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Ruby Dee passes

Ruby Dee passes

Jun. 22 | October 27, 1922 — June 11, 2014   Cultural icon and beloved actor Ruby Dee is no longer among us. She was best known for her film portrayal in 1961 of the achingly vulnerable, nonetheless strong-willed Ruth of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic...

Freedom Summer revisits Mississippi’s voting rights history

Freedom Summer revisits Mississippi’s voting rights history

Jun. 20 | Award-winning filmmaker credits his career to those who risked their lives for change   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer An oft-overlooked but important part of the Civil Rights Movement is the focus of Freedom Summer, which premiers on American...

Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Jun. 18 | Ex-president, in Humphrey school speech, sounded alarm that we are ‘drifting apart’   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Barack Obama, or for that matter Jimmy Carter, or even former president Bill Clinton himself would not have been elected...

WNBA players’ dilemma: Make money abroad or stay home and rest?

WNBA players’ dilemma: Make money abroad or stay home and rest?

Jun. 17 | A  “time off bonus” of up to $50,000 a player can earn for “limiting their overseas play to three months or less” is part of the collective bargaining agreement signed earlier this year by the WNBA players and the league. But is 50 grand...

Life coach teaches grow-as-you-go leadership skills

Life coach teaches grow-as-you-go leadership skills

Jun. 13 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Highly charismatic motivational speaker and leadership trainer Mary Jo Winston, PhD, is perfectly suited to her line of work. Inspirational? The very air seems to come alive around her. She certainly, completely...

Hope for hip hop: Local students make The Next Move

Hope for hip hop: Local students make The Next Move

Jun. 12 | High School for the Recording Arts gives academia an undercurrent of artistry   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Visiting the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) isn’t for the faint of heart. Your senses are bombarded as soon...

After more than 60 years,  goes digital only

After more than 60 years, goes digital only

Jun. 11 | Industry must innovate, change along with new needs of readers   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   JET magazine this summer will abandon its traditional weekly print format and go all digital. According to Johnson Publishing Company (JPC)...

Maya Angelou    April 4, 1928 — May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou April 4, 1928 — May 28, 2014

Jun. 8 | How does one pay adequate tribute to the legacy of Maya Angelou, the beloved historic icon and cultural treasure who passed away on May 28? Her enduring presence as an enlightening, empowering beacon to which the hearts and minds of Black women faithfully...

N. Judge King   May 13, 1936 — May 26, 2014

N. Judge King May 13, 1936 — May 26, 2014

Jun. 8 | N. Judge King, Ph.D., indeed a man for all seasons, succumbed to lung cancer on May 26 following a life and career of 78 years as an educator, entrepreneur, activist, scientist, altruist and more, including building and piloting airplanes. Most of...

PBS documentary views Thurgood Marshall through a personal lens

PBS documentary views Thurgood Marshall through a personal lens

Jun. 5 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   A new documentary on the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will air on public television in October, but a free public preview was aired May 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall....