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How-to book helps Black families survive dangers of criminal justice system

How-to book helps Black families survive dangers of criminal justice system

Dec. 19 | “The August 9th fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri has focused global attention on the precarious safety of young African-American men… Brown is only the most recent addition to the tragic list of shootings...

Top Five: Chris Rock directs and stars in satire of celebrity reality shows

Top Five: Chris Rock directs and stars in satire of celebrity reality shows

Dec. 19 | A movie review By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic   Chris Rock recently hosted Saturday Night Live. During the show’s normal intro section, he did around 10 minutes of standup. One of the targets of his wicked humor was the new World Trade Center....

Motown: The Musical actress-singer delights  in her multiple legendary roles

Motown: The Musical actress-singer delights in her multiple legendary roles

Dec. 17 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Motown: The Musical, the hit Broadway musical now touring the country, arrives next week for a 13-day run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Grammy-nominated artist Ashley Támar Davis plays several...

Mensah out, Yohannes in

Mensah out, Yohannes in

Dec. 17 | His wake-up call came at nine on the nose. He was up and in the shower a few minutes later. Turned out, Helen and company — she’d got Yohannes Tona to sign on for a week and a half — were going north to Duluth, then Canada. He was tempted...

A toast to changing spots

A toast to changing spots

Dec. 12 | There was no convincing the kid that watching the great Helen St. James work had been mostly boring. “Oh, no it wasn’t,” she said with a smile. “Trust me.” “Come on.” “Smitty, listen…” “What did you just call me?” For some...

Sounds of Blackness re-imagines a holiday classic

Sounds of Blackness re-imagines a holiday classic

Dec. 10 |   An interview with Gary Hines about The Night Before Christmas By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Sounds of Blackness (www.soundsofblackness.com) is a time-revered Twin Cities music institution, second only to a certain soulster with...

Attorney-activist pleads case against mass incarceration in new book

Attorney-activist pleads case against mass incarceration in new book

Dec. 5 | “Our criminal justice system is in need of reform. [It] costs the taxpayers too much, fails at rehabilitation, exacts a life-long toll on offenders, and does not yield corresponding social benefits.  “The purpose of this book is three-fold:...

Usher’s #URXTOUR elicits fun at Xcel Energy Center

Usher’s #URXTOUR elicits fun at Xcel Energy Center

Dec. 5 | A concert review By Caleb Baumgartner Contributing Writer When I sit down to try to gather my thoughts to describe Usher’s November 18 show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, only the most idiotic exclamations come to mind. “Wow,” “holy crap,”...

Keith and Sam chat in Chi-Town

Keith and Sam chat in Chi-Town

Dec. 3 | Keith stared at the receiver. After a while, placed it in the cradle. Something still wasn’t sitting right with him. He assured himself that getting married’s a big step for her. She finally got your fast self to stand still long enough and might...

Sci-fi author places Black people, history at the center of the universe

Sci-fi author places Black people, history at the center of the universe

Dec. 3 | Back in the late 1970s, in one of Richard Pryor’s routines, riffing on the science fiction flick Logan’s Run, he noted there weren’t any Black characters in that movie and blithely opined to the audience, “Y’all ain’t plannin’ for us...