Minnesota’s theater community celebrates 11th Annual Ivey Awards

African American actors in Minnesota were well represented at this year’s 11th Annual Ivey Awards, held September 21 at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

From opening to close, the Iveys never missed a beat, with a variety of action on and off the stage.

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‘Laugh 2 Learn’ showcases humor for a worthy cause

When it comes to kicking in for the community, Project DIVA puts hard work and selfless dedication where its mouth is.

The highly regarded grassroots initiative’s offshoot, Raiding a DIVA’S Closet, invaluable in aiding and empowering young inner-city ladies, last year put on a fashion show celebrating youth stepping to their next levels as they headed back to school.

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FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl successful, despite the soaring heat

The four-day festival, held on the Northside of Minneapolis, was very successful and well attended, even with Saturday’s very punishing heat index. The ole-school hip hop showcase on Saturday featured rap legend, Kool Moe Dee who took the stage at 6 pm. He possessed the power and ability to cool the North High School football field down.

Born Mohandes Dewese in 1952, it was immediately apparent at the top of his performance that this 52-year-old rap legend has barely slowed down. He continues to fascinate the hip hop world, showing why he was the first rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards.

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First annual Moms Rock! Expo aims to connect and empower moms

“This is a time for moms to say: ‘We deserve two days to get out, go downtown, hang out with some new people, and really find out…what we don’t know,’” said founder and producer of Moms Rock! Expo Sharon Smith-Akinsanya. Attendees can expect to be “inspired by celebrity mom keynotes, real talk panels, cooking demos, and career corner information.”

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

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Delta Sigma Theta’s 19th Annual Literary Luncheon to feature Iyanla Vanzant

Life coach and author Iyanla Vanzant will headline the Delta Sigma Theta 19th Annual Literary Luncheon, Saturday April 11, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul. Vanzant follows actor, author and motivational speaker Hill Harper, who headlined the luncheon last year.

“The Delta Sigma Theta’s bring in these different authors to support one of our national missions of literacy education,” said Trena Ross, the president of Delta Sigma Theta Minneapolis/St. Paul Chaper. “We brought in Iyanla Vanzant as our guest speaker. We know that she is a nationally known author and has been around for a while.”

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