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MSR’s 19th Annual Graduation Celebration

By Raymond Jackson
Contributing Writer

 

 

On Tuesday, May 7, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) newspaper sponsored its 19th Annual Graduation Celebration to acknowledge African and African American senior students finishing high school. This year’s event was held at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.  

Shed G, co-host of The KMOJ Radio Morning Show, emceed the event, which awarded six graduates Cecil E. Newman Scholarships and two graduates Launa Q. Newman scholarships. Cecil Newman is the founder of MSR; his wife, Launa Q. Newman, carried on as publisher after her husband’s death. The food served was home style, with many in attendance returning for seconds. Continue Reading →

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The Music

 
Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle
Fri., July 19, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • The pair reunite to sing their duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” along with their respective catalogue of songs.  

 

 

 

 

 
Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival
Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, www.bayfrontreggae.com • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Sat. July 19, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien plays Indigenous Creole Zydeco. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway  • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •

Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.  

 

 
Carl Thomas
Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, http://wilebskiblues.com/ • Former Bad Boy Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Doug E. Fresh 
Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
The Garifuna Collective
Thurs., Jun 20, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or www.thecedar.org • The Garifuna Collective features an exciting roster of the top musicians in the Garifuna music scene of Central America and they are renowned for their work with the late Andy Palacio on the groundbreaking album Wátina, which Amazon.com selected as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.”

 

 

 

 
Carolina Chocolate Drops     
Sat., June 22, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.suemclean.com or www.mnzoo.org • The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina comprised of several banjos, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills, beatbox, tambourine and mandolin. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and was number nine in fRoots magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010.  

 
Questlove and D’Angelo
Sun., June 23, 7 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • Questlove and D’Angelo team up for their two-man show, Brothers in Arms which has been earning rave reviews since they teamed up for D’Angelo’s first U.S. concert in 12 years last summer. Continue Reading →

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49ers rule the Bay Area

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Yes, the 49ers are back after dominating the Arizona Cardinals 23-7 at Candlestick Park Sunday for their eighth-straight win. The 49ers (9-1) are riding the wave of returning to the playoffs. It’s been a long dry spell for the Bay Area, with San Francisco and Oakland having fallen on hard times in recent years. Combined, the 49ers and Oakland Raiders, who beat the Vikings 27-21 Sunday at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome, have captured eight Super Bowls. The 49ers have won five and the Raiders three; both teams currently are in first place in their respective Divisions. Continue Reading →

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