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Walter Chancellor, Jr.: Music man works to keep jazz alive in Twin Cities

Walter Chancellor, Jr.: Music man works to keep jazz alive in Twin Cities

Nov. 7 | Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, and music producer Walter Chancellor, Jr. has been prominent in Twin Cities jazz and R&B the past two decades. After constant touring early on, he moved to Minneapolis from Des Moines, Iowa,...

The show must go on

The show must go on

Nov. 5 | Hey, Helen!” Keith hollered across the stage. “You ain’t gon’ b’lieve this!” She was on the stage scanning the surroundings, taking a breather. And idly responded, “Yeah, yeah, what?” “Your boy just got arrested.” Helen gave him...

Gugu the Ingenue!

Gugu the Ingenue!

Nov. 4 | Gugu Mbatha-Raw skyrocketed to fame earlier this year on the strength of her inspired performance as the title character in Belle, a biopic about a biracial slave girl who was brought by her white father to England where she was raised in the lap...

Chick Corea show draws secretive star to Dakota

Chick Corea show draws secretive star to Dakota

Nov. 3 | As we welcome the fall season, we also welcome the beginnings of good live music in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a lot to look forward to. Then again, it’s been said that life is to be lived forward, but understood backwards. So, I’m sitting in...

Chick Corea show draws secretive star to Dakota

Chick Corea show draws secretive star to Dakota

Nov. 1 | As we welcome the fall season, we also welcome the beginnings of good live music in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a lot to look forward to. Then again, it’s been said that life is to be lived forward, but understood backwards. So, I’m sitting in...

Racial satire Dear White People filmed at U of MN, stars homegrown talent

Racial satire Dear White People filmed at U of MN, stars homegrown talent

Oct. 29 | By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer   The title of the new film Dear White People leads the average mind to think, feel and question: What if there was a new film entitled “Dear Black People” in this era of President Barack Obama? Prior...

Mensah runs afoul of Lady Law

Mensah runs afoul of Lady Law

Oct. 29 | All during the run-through of both sets, between songs, everyone had been getting nice and wired tight. Keith called himself getting a breath of fresh air, got out to the sidewalk and staggered up the way, not weaving and wobbling, just unsteady enough...

Boris Kodjoe: Hunky actor with a heart gets hooked in Addicted

Boris Kodjoe: Hunky actor with a heart gets hooked in Addicted

Oct. 22 | From his big screen and television roles to his theater and entrepreneurial skills, Boris Kodjoe has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He is probably best known for his role as Damon Carter on the TV series Soul Food. He...

Kill the Messenger: riveting true tale of reporter who exposed CIA-crack connection

Kill the Messenger: riveting true tale of reporter who exposed CIA-crack connection

Oct. 22 | In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published an eye-opening exposé detailing exactly how the Central Intelligence Agency had orchestrated the importation of crack cocaine from Nicaragua as well as its distribution in the Black community of...

The band finds a groove

The band finds a groove

Oct. 22 | Keith wasn’t sure which dressing room to go to. Helen would be situated in the bigger quarters. Sam, as the opener, would have the other. Getting double-paid, Keith was backing them both. He decided to go to Helen’s dressing room where, it turned...
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