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‘Quiet As It’s Kept’: A one-of-a-kind journey of African American history told on ice

Deneane Richburg on ice

The powerful, signature jazz vocals of local singing sensation Thomasina Petrus will be featured in a new theatrical modern dance-figure skating fusion production, Quiet As It’s Kept, which tells a story through modern dance and figure skating about the complexities of African American cultural history and how ideologies from the past persist today. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or • T.I. is on tour promoting his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he has hinted may be his last. But considering he reportedly has over 100 unreleased tracks from the Heavy is the Head sessions, this is unlikely.  Travis Scott, I-B-ILL and DJ Enferno open.  



Shabazz Palaces w/TheeSatisfaction and Malitia Mali Mob
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. Continue Reading →

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Local chapter of National Black Nurses organizes festive gathering

Eliminating health disparities high on their agenda
By Robin James

Contributing Writer


Stepping into Spring with the “Minnesota Black Nurses Association” was the joyous theme at the organization’s first annual gala on Saturday, March 9, held at the Crown Plaza hotel in Brooklyn Park, co-sponsored by The Minnesota Black Nurses Association (MNBNA) and a number of other local organizations. This special event was dedicated to fundraising for scholarships for the next generation of nurses and was attended by nearly 200 guests, who took part in festivities that lasted over three hours but didn’t feel like a long, drawn-out

occasion. According to event organizers, there are approximately 100 Black nurses in the Twin Cities area. The overall polish and organization of the affair gave the distinct impression that the engagement wasn’t the MNBNA’s first go-around. Familiar faces in the crowd included Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter and Roxanne Givens, founder of the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center. Continue Reading →

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The Amen Corner: Penumbra breathes life into James Baldwin play



Lou Bellamy brilliantly directs James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at Guthrie Theater for a Penumbra Theatre Company/Guthrie Theater regional premiere. Bellamy, of course, is best known for taking scripts through their paces in St. Paul on Penumbra’s home ground at the Halle Q. Browne Community Center. An ace with ensemble casts, Bellamy has shown his hand to admirable effect with memorable Penumbra productions of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running. Here, Bellamy tackles an unwieldy script to winning effect. Continue Reading →

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