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Apr 23rd

Oak Grill at Macy's gets a makeover

To provide a unique dining experience for its diners and guests, the iconic Oak Grill restaurant at Macy's, downtown Minneapolis is undergoing its first significant renovation in more than 50 years.

Young artists find magic in North Minneapolis

Young artists find magic in North MinneapolisThe magic of picture taking is the ability to tell people how beautiful they are through a photograph. This was the take-away message from Jamel Shabazz's talk at Juxtaposition Arts this past Thursday. Jamel Shabazz is a photographer, lecturer and teacher of the visual arts from Brooklyn. This artist talk and reception was held in honor of the work of youth artists at Juxtaposition Arts as well as a part of One Minneapolis One Read, which invites residents in Minneapolis to partake in a city-wide read. This year's book is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks.

Seasonal sequel finds reunited BFFs romancing and reminiscing

Seasonal sequel finds reunited BFFs romancing and reminiscingWhen released back in 1999, "The Best Man" was dismissed by some as merely an African-American variation on "The Big Chill," and by others as the black male answer to the sassy sisters dishing the dirt in "Waiting to Exhale." But the romantic romp revolving around a sophisticated set of college grads was actually entertaining enough to stand on its own, and was even well-enough received to land a trio of NAACP Image Awards, including Best Picture.

Marry Me For Christmas

Marry Me For ChristmasProduction began this week in Atlanta on the UP original movie "Marry Me For Christmas," a romantic home-for-the-holidays drama with "Soul Food" co-host of ASPiRE's "Exhale," Malinda Williams.

The made-for-television movie premieres on UP Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

BronzeLens Women Superstars Awards

BronzeLens Women Superstars AwardsAtlanta – The BronzeLens Women Superstars Award was created to honor the accomplishments of women of color in the film and television industry.

In four short years it has become a coveted signature event for industry insiders, corporations and the local community, inspiring and informing women from all walks of life while providing a platform for interactive networking.

El-Kati and McQueen on 12 Years a Slave

El-Kati and McQueen on 12 Years a Slave Following a sold out matinee showing of the acclaimed film, “12 Years a Slave” a clearly emotional audience stayed for a nearly hour-long discussion with the film’s director, Steve McQueen.

The film, which is an adaptation of the autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free Northern Black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South, has been called the most realistic depiction of the brutalities of slavery captured on film. The book, which in recent years has been largely ignored outside of academic circles, has gained new life due to the film and McQueen hopes it will become core reading in schools throughout America and Europe.

Margeaux Davis steps forward to be heard

Margeaux Davis steps forward to be heardIt's hard to believe Margeaux Davis is just 27-years-old.

The jazzy singer/songwriter/actress is wise beyond her years and it's reflected in her music. Davis hasn't fallen into the trap of singing about the trend of the day. She's not caught up trying to sell sex to sell records. Davis isn't about lust ... she's about love. She's like titles of a couple of her songs. Davis is about "Feel Good Music" and she's the "Essence Of Soul."
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