Stephani Maari Booker

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Minnesota legalizes same-sex marriage

 

 
But my same-sex marriage was real before the law passed
 
 

 

By Stephani Maari Booker

Contributing Writer

 

Instead of attending to the novel I was supposed to be working on, I spent the afternoon in front of the TV watching the debate over and vote on the same-sex marriage bill in the State Senate on TPT’s Minnesota Channel. I listened to the passionate and heartfelt speeches given by DFL Senators Scott Dibble, Jeff Hayden, Patricia Torres Ray and others in favor of passing the bill for legalizing same-sex marriage, and — to be honest — I muted the TV sound when senators opposing the bill had the floor. I was all ears and eyes when speeches and attempts by Republican senators to attach amendments were over and the vote commenced. When the results showed the bill passed 37-30, the first thing I did was pick up the phone and call my wife. On Sunday, June 12, 2011, I married my domestic partner of six years, Misha, at Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona, MN. Continue Reading →

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Local art star leads evening of creative, collaborative fun

 

By Stephani Maari Booker

Contributing Writer

 

Ta-coumba Aiken turned an audience into an artistic collective at a Feb. 28 “An Evening with tpt’s MN Original” event held at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul. The St. Paul-based artist instructed the participants to use cardboard cubes and magazines to create individual collages that “talk about your past, your present and your future… Continue Reading →

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From Floetry to rebirth: Natalie ‘Floacist’ Stewart walks an independent road to artistic excellence

A music review

By Stephani Maari Booker

Contributing Writer

 

Natalie Stewart, a.k.a. “The Floacist,” has been forging a fiercely independent musical path since Floetry, the duo she formed with Marsha Ambrosius, broke up in 2006. Stewart self-released a downloadable EP titled The Floacist Presents…Spoken Soul Vol. 1 in 2010. Later that year, her first solo CD was released though independent label Shanachie, The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul. The album charted on Billboard’s pop, R&B/hip hop and independent album charts. Continue Reading →

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Les Nubians bring more of their joyous revolution to Mpls

 
A CD review
By Stephani Maari Booker

Associate Editor

 

I’ve been a fan of Hélène and Célia Faussart, two French sisters of Cameroonian descent known as Les Nubians, since their first U.S. hit “Makeda” in 1998, a paean to the Queen of Sheba and all women of African descent. The album the song was from, Princesses Nubiennes (Virgin Records), was the biggest selling French-language album released in the U.S. in over 10 years. In May of last year, Les Nubians played two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. The sisters will return to the Dakota on June 26 and 27 for another two performances. The duo’s quick return to the Twin Cities is a good occasion to write about their most recent CD, Nü Revolution (Shanachie Records). Continue Reading →

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Hiding in plain sight: Black women in chemistry

 

By Stephani Maari Booker

Community Editor

 

Jennette E. Brown has made uncovering and spreading the history — indeed, the existence — of African American women in the chemistry field her mission for the past decade. Her new book, African American Women Chemists (Oxford University Press), is the result of those years of research. The book profiles 25 Black women in academics, industry and government who are pioneers in chemistry from the years 1865 (post-Civil War) through about 1965 (Civil Rights Movement). One of those pioneers profiled in the book is Brown herself. Another is quite a familiar name to most Minnesotans. Continue Reading →

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