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Sep 02nd

Is this where Showtime at the Apollo started??

Is this where Showtime at the Apollo started??Last Wednesday, my sister Elsa took me to a funky little two-room nightclub, a "tej bayt" or " honey wine house" that specializes in traditional Ethiopian music and dance. We arrived around 8:45 p.m. and tonight's' show was to start at 10:30. We found a perfect "Malcolm X type" position in the room. We had a clear unobstructed view of the entrance and could always see who came in and who left. We walked through the first room through an archway to the second room that held the bar and beyond that a short walk lead to the "shunta bayts" or toilets. Elsa and I sat right behind the DJ and owner of the club. Elsie knew him and they greeted one another warmly with a full embrace and the traditional three to four kisses from cheek to check.

Guioi: The Other Blacks

Guioi: The Other Blacks[This book] chronicles the journey of a group of Jamaican pioneers who went to Guatemala during the early 1900s and carved out a life for themselves and their descendants... Though a miniscule part of the African and Jamaican Diaspora, Guiou is another step in the unveiling and unraveling of our past, as it documents the lives, struggles and accomplishments of a people who, in spite of our adversity, have managed to excel in the areas of academics, medicine and sports..."
-- Excerpted from the Preface (page 13)

Threads Dance Project performs with Grammy nominated Sweet Honey in the Rock

Threads Dance Project performs with Grammy nominated Sweet Honey in the RockFour years in the making, Threads Artistic Director Karen L. Charles is now realizes a dream with Sweet Honey as she takes audience members on a journey of memories, loss, love and spirituality with "Body & Soul."

2014 Grammys recap: A Royal Night to Remember!

2014 Grammys recap: A Royal Night to Remember!From Queen B's wardrobe malfunction to Queen Latifah's mass wedding


SnapshotsSoul music fans packed the Dakota Jazz Club this past Sunday (Jan. 19) to see Grammy nominated soul performer Anthony David. Following the show, David took time to hang out with some of his Twin Cities fans. Here are a few shots from the show.


PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE: Sarah BellamySarah Bellamy – daughter of Penumbra Theatre founder, Lou Bellamy – was recently named co-artistic director of Penumbra, the nation's largest African-American theater company.

The Taboo to Pursue!

The Taboo to Pursue!Taboo
The "Jamesy Boy" Interview

Born in L.A. on July 14, 1975, Jimmy "Taboo" Gomez began dreaming about show business at an early age. The versatile fourple threat is a multilingual rapper, singer, dancer and emcee who got his big break in 1995 when approached by to form the Black Eyed Peas.
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