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Sole surviving original member of the Four Tops answers questions from fans

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Legendary artists such as Abdul “Duke” Fakir can spin a yarn or two when given the opportunity. The sole surviving original member of the Four Tops took full advantage of this during a question and answer period at Minneapolis’ St. Peter’s AME Church last month. He was in town to receive the church’s first annual “Living Legend” award. “I have a testimony” for every question, the 78-year-old Fakir said proudly. Continue Reading →

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Last surviving Four Top honored as a living legend

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the sole surviving original member of the Four Tops, recently was honored as a “Living Legend.” St. Peter’s AME Church in South Minneapolis on February 23 honored Fakir during its first annual Living Legend Sunday morning service. Born in Detroit in 1935, Fakir later met Lawrence Payton, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Levi Stubbs in high school, and together they formed a singing group in 1954. Originally called the Four Aims, a musical director suggested they change their name to The Four Tops — to avoid being confused with another group called the Ames Brothers. They remained together for over four decades without a single personnel change until Payton died in 1997, then Benson died in 2005 and Stubbs in 2008. Continue Reading →

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African Americans in the Twin Cities co-op movement

By LaDonna Redmond

Contributing Writer

 

 

“There were two African American owned co-ops in the Twin Cities,” according to Gary Cunningham, former staff of the old Bryant-Central co-op. Gary’s uncle, Moe Burton, was the energy behind the co-op that formed in 1975 on the corner of 35th Street and 4th Avenue. Decades earlier, in 1946, the Credjafawn Social Club formed the first African American Co-op, the Credjafawn Co-op, which was located a few blocks from the current Mississippi Market Co-op location at Selby and Dale. St. Peters AME church member and Central community resident, Gregory McMoore became concerned when he learned from a Wilder Foundation report that found that you can predict the life expectancy of people by their zip code. Continue Reading →

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