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Archive for August, 2012

GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens

GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens

Aug. 29 |   It’s hard enough finding straight people of color — including Black folk — on TV and film, never mind non-hetero depictions. Here’s a thumbnail sketch roundup of positive portrayals. In the interest of being thankful for small favors,...

Angie Stone’s upcoming CD makes her a Rich Girl

Angie Stone’s upcoming CD makes her a Rich Girl

Aug. 29 |   Album has a wealth of great music, lyrics     Angie Stone mines a gem with her newest offering. Rich Girl, start to finish, kills in cold blood. The neo-soul bag is a perfect fit for Stone. R&B and gospel underpinnings give her...

Funding cuts decrease access to books for 21,217 MN children

Funding cuts decrease access to books for 21,217 MN children

Aug. 29 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Children’s literacy programs, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are too often overlooked. However as school began this week, such programs as Reading is Fundamental (RIF) are operating without...

Author uses life experiences  for children’s books — Proceeds used to support Liberian orphanage

Author uses life experiences for children’s books — Proceeds used to support Liberian orphanage

Aug. 29 | By James L. Stroud, Jr. Contributing Writer   If you read, write or know anything about fiction, then you know first of all that by definition it means to fabricate. Therefore, when it comes to getting published, one common assumption is...

Voter ID march

Voter ID march

Aug. 29 |   On Sunday, August 26, 2012, an estimated 400 concerned citizens/protesters converged at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. The group marched from Sabathani Community Center to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for a rally and...

Students can still register to  vote on Election Day in MN

Students can still register to vote on Election Day in MN

Aug. 29 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   According to Rock the Vote, a national young people’s voter registration advocacy group, 11,500 young people turn 18 every day in this country. These individuals help make up the “Millennial Generation”...

Former Brooklyn Park candidate emphasizes importance of primary elections

Former Brooklyn Park candidate emphasizes importance of primary elections

Aug. 29 |   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Reva Chamblis, former candidate for Brooklyn Park City Council’s East District, isn’t by any estimate sitting around crying over spilled milk. No sooner did her region’s primary elections wrap...

MS may cause Linda Gill to fall,  but she always gets up

MS may cause Linda Gill to fall, but she always gets up

Aug. 29 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Linda Gill with husband, Mitchell Gill, Sr.Photo courtesy of Linda Gill When doctors told her “around my birthday” in 2000 that she had multiple sclerosis (MS), Linda Gill asked a ton of questions. “’What...

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

Aug. 29 |   “When you shoot somebody, that’s not the only person that you’re killing.”   — Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s daughter, testifying after his death   I attended a neighborhood meeting on racism. Afterward I mentioned the comments...

Strong communities require healthy relationships

Strong communities require healthy relationships

Aug. 29 |   What is a healthy relationship? What do healthy relationships look like? Have you ever been in a healthy relationship? Is your current relationship healthy? We know what a dysfunctional and unhealthy relationship looks like. Just turn on the...