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Oct 25th

‘Porgy and Bess' choreographer to conduct workshops in the Twin Cities

‘Porgy and Bess' choreographer to conduct workshops in the Twin CitiesIn advance of the revival of the classic musical, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," the show's award-winning choreographer is coming to the Twin Cities.

Walker Art Center builds curatorial team to enhance cross-disciplinary programming and scholarship

Walker Art Center builds curatorial team to enhance cross-disciplinary programming and scholarshipThe Walker Art Center is embracing its mission as a multidisciplinary art center with a commitment to research and scholarship through a number of new appointments that diversify the talents and expertise of its curatorial team.

Diversity by design at Ordway

Diversity by design at OrdwayIf it seems as though the audience at the Ordway is becoming more diverse, that's because it is – and that's by design.


SNAPSHOTSThe Twin Cities is losing yet another talented Black professional as Breana Ponder (right) is taking her talents to Seattle. She and Akilah Mahon were at Cause on their tour of places in the Twin Cities they had not yet ventured.

The year according to Greg Tate

The year according to Greg Tate
As subject, field, reference point, or combination of the three, music has been a part of Greg Tate's work since the beginning. His 1985 co-founding of the Black Rock Coalition with Verno Reid and Konda Mason began a journey that would align with the forthcoming New Black Aesthetic and lead to a staff writer position at the Village Voice, multiple books and essays, and his current group, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. A commonly referenced honorific recognizes Tate as one of the "Godfathers of Hip-Hop Journalism," but instead of defining his career, this became a jumping off point for promoting black artists in a variety of venues.

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)
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