Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr. is a 28-year St. Paul Police Department veteran // Photo courtesy of MN Historical Society Press Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr. went from heading down a dead-end path in his youth to becoming a 28-year St. Paul police veteran. He also built a rich family legacy challenging racism and segregation within the police department and becoming the … [Read more...]
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Submitted Photo With the New Year in full swing, what better time than now to make a positive change in your life? For those of us who are still on the fence about how to get started, one Twin Cities empowerment coach has launched a new program that can help you achieve your goals in just 30 days. Dr. Verna Price, author and self-proclaimed human potential expert, … [Read more...]
Ann Moody Most memoirs are soon forgotten. A rare exception is Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi, which was published in 1968. It spoke to the day’s pressing issues — poverty, race and civil rights — with an urgent timeliness. Fifty years later, the book still commands a wide readership. Read each year by thousands of high school and college students, it remains a … [Read more...]
St. Paul native Danez Smith’s award-winning poetry about Blackness, queerness, gender and HIV diagnoses has been highly praised. Smith, recently named to Forbes’ 2019 30 Under 30 in media list, noted it is often heralded as “raw” and “powerful.” But, that's not the whole story. “I think I’m pretty soft,” said Smith, who goes by non-binary pronouns, including they, them, … [Read more...]
Susan Burton and Cari Lynn’s Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press) is a groundbreaker. Burton’s harrowing path from impoverished childhood through sexually traumatized youth into troubled adulthood is all too symptomatic of myriad Black women virtually predestined to self-medicate with drugs, and … [Read more...]