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Story potential of Hurricane Katrina squandered in first season of Treme

Story potential of Hurricane Katrina squandered in first season of Treme

May. 16 |         Treme Season One (HBO-DVD) could’ve been worse and should’ve been better. The first season, anyway. Even with Khandi Alexander (The Corner, NewsRadio, Sugar Hill) Wendell Pierce (The Wire, B.B. King and I) and Clarke Peters...

I Will Follow: little-known film gem from a Black woman director

I Will Follow: little-known film gem from a Black woman director

May. 10 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   A problem with living in a small market, especially if you happen to be a movie nut, is that many flicks, even those with major stars, don’t make it here to the Twin Cities. There just aren’t...

Shelley Halima: ‘Indie Gypsy’ author a publishing success

Shelley Halima: ‘Indie Gypsy’ author a publishing success

May. 2 |   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Shelley Halima, brilliantly gifted novelist (Blinding Mirror, Los Morenos, Azucar Moreno), has turned ingeniously astute entrepreneur with her flourishing company Indie Gypsy (www.indiegypsy.com). Blinding...

Chastity Brown: Acoustic soul singer plays slow-paced CD release show

Chastity Brown: Acoustic soul singer plays slow-paced CD release show

Apr. 23 |         Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer     It is not my night. A knock on the door wakes me up and it’s my upstairs neighbor wondering whether she, fiddling with building’s water source, has accidentally turned...

Hobbes holds nothing back in ‘what’s on my mind’ tell-all — MSR contributor publishes collection of essays, columns

Hobbes holds nothing back in ‘what’s on my mind’ tell-all — MSR contributor publishes collection of essays, columns

Apr. 12 |     A book review By Marcie Rendon Contributing Writer   Something I Said: Essays on Domestic Abuse, Rape, Relationships and Other Critical Social Issues (Papyrus Publishing, Inc.) is a collection of previously published commentaries...

Movies, Media & More — Gil Noble: Passing of a Black TV news pioneer

Movies, Media & More — Gil Noble: Passing of a Black TV news pioneer

Apr. 11 |     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Word of Gil Noble’s death stopped more than a few folk cold. Black journalism today is what it is — quality reporting — because Noble, Sue Simmons, Bob Teague, Carole Simpson and their...

Entertainment, etc. — Buddy Guy’s brilliance ends on a weak note

Entertainment, etc. — Buddy Guy’s brilliance ends on a weak note

Mar. 21 |         By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer     Blues legend Buddy Guy can be brilliant or on some b.s. Depends on whether you catch him on a good night. When he’s tight, he kills. When he’s not, well, he’s not. In...

Recognition of Black women in American film industry still the exception, not the rule

Recognition of Black women in American film industry still the exception, not the rule

Mar. 14 |     Movies, Media & More Dwight Hobbes You really have to wonder whether Black women are ever going to get from the American film industry the break they have long since earned, which is to say it’s gravely doubtful. White men who...

Memoir on surviving abuse shows light at the end of the tunnel

Memoir on surviving abuse shows light at the end of the tunnel

Feb. 16 |     Ms. Nique’s (née Monique L. Crusoe) stirring memoir If My Past Wasn’t So Dark…My Future Wouldn’t Shine So Bright (Xlibris) is hard to read. As it should be. Cutting to the bone of what it is to endure domestic abuse and sexual...

Lion King delivers a heartwarming affirmation of what it is to be Black

Lion King delivers a heartwarming affirmation of what it is to be Black

Jan. 24 |   Entertainment, etc. Dwight Hobbes   When the Broadway musical The Lion King saw its world premiere hereabouts, give or take 20 years ago, I wondered: How was Disney going to do this? Would they turn a charming story set in Africa into...
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