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Feb 10th

Waiting For Superman

Waiting For SupermanWith Minneapolis North community High School in line for a possible closing, more and more parents, community members and government officials are discussing a weighted question: is America’s public school system truly failing our children?


Another important question is: What do this country’s children need to cash in on their right to a proper education? According to Davis Guggenheim, maybe a hero like Superman is the one for the job!

The Nielsen Company supports the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

The Nielsen Company supports the National Hispanic Foundation for the ArtsThe Nielsen Company, leading global provider of media and consumer information and analytics, is completing another successful celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The company was a proud sponsor at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Annual Awards Gala recently held in Washington, DC. Actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia along with attorney Felix Sanchez, created the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in 1997 to advance the presence of Latinos in the media and entertainment industries. Since it began the foundation has provided scholarships to more than 350 Hispanic students pursuing graduate degrees in the arts.


The article published in the September 27 edition of Insight News by Alaina L. Lewis entitled "Entertainment firms collaborate to relaunch pageant," gave a wrong contact phone number in error. We deeply regret and apologize for any inconvenience which may have encountered when calling the number that was published. The correct contact information for the Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant is as follows:

For more information on pageant recruitment or sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 1-888-530-4613 .

Damning Bio-pic recounts rise of ruthless Facebook founder

Damning Bio-pic recounts rise of ruthless Facebook founderThe Social Network

In case you’re wondering what inspired camera shy Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) to make a rare public appearance on Oprah last week to give a $100 million charitable donation to the City of Newark, you need to look no further than The Social Network to find a plausible answer. For this damning bio-pic portrays the reclusive Facebook founder as less a computer genius than a ruthless fraud who deliberately stabbed everyone close to him in the back en route to becoming the world’s youngest billionaire.

The seeds of Zuckerberg’s phenomenal success were sown back in 2003 when the internet wunderkind was still an undergraduate at Harvard University. That Fall, after hacking into the school’s database for photos of coeds, he relied on an algorithm developed by his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), to run a website called Face Mash where guys could rate female classmates based on their looks.

Leading artistic and professional lives

Leading artistic and professional livesThis is the second in a series of artist biographies aimed at illuminating the depth of talent, creative and productivity Minnesota artist bring to their craft and to our community and culture in the broadest sense. This week we focus on three incredibly talented members of Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness.

Ashley Nicole Commodore
Ashley Nicole Commodore was born into a truly musical family. Her mother, father and brother are all musicians.

After high school roles in “Fame” and “Godspell” and the lead role of Dorothy in “The Wiz” Ashley joined the cast of “Black Nativity” at the Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul MN and debuted as reindeer “Dasher” in the award winning Sounds of Blackness musical “The Night Before Christmas”. She was also featured in the “Twin Cities Tribute to Michael Jackson”.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family“John and Angelena Rice were extraordinary, ordinary people. They were middle-class folks who loved God, family, and their country. I don’t think they ever read a book on parenting. They were just good at it… They built a world together that wove the fibers of our life into a seamless tapestry of high expectations and unconditional love. And somehow they raised their little girl in Jim Crow Birmingham to believe that even if she couldn’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she could be President of the United States… Good parents are a blessing. Mine were determined to give me a chance to live a unique and happy life. In that they succeeded, and that is why every night I begin my prayers saying, ‘Lord, I can never thank you enough for the parents you gave me.’” - Excerpted from the Author’s Note (pg. x)

Denzel Whitaker: The My Soul to Take interview

Denzel Whitaker: The My Soul to Take interviewDenzel Dominique Whitaker was born in Torrance, California on June 15, 1990 to Dale and Younalanda Whitaker. He made his acting debut at 11 in Training Day opposite his namesake, Denzel Washington, and he was subsequently directed by and co-starred with Denzel in The Great Debaters. Whitaker has also been on the big screen in The Bad Lieutenant and as the voice of Albert in The Ant Bully.

As for TV, Denzel has appeared on UPN’s One on One, and played recurring roles in Nickelodeon’s All That and FOX’s The War At Home. His other television credits include such hit shows as ER, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Furthermore, he was a series regular on the ABC pilot House Rules. Plus, this past year, he was cast in Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior, which is set for release in 2011. And he currently appears as a recurring character on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and is developing several projects of his own.
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