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Sep 02nd

North Minneapolis Rising: Disaster relief benefit concert for North Minneapolis families

Sabathani Community Center will hold host a  benefit concert titled North Minneapolis Rising at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Marion O. Snargrass Auditorium at Sabathani. Proceeds will be donated to the Minnesota Helps – North Minneapolis Recovery Fund that will support the humanitarian needs of the individuals and families in North Minneapolis impacted by the May 22 tornado.

First Lady Michelle Obama credited in 'dispelling stereotypes' of Black women in groundbreaking national study

First Lady Michelle Obama credited in 'dispelling stereotypes' of Black women in groundbreaking national study In a first of its kind groundbreaking national study on the lives of college educated, accomplished Black women, more than 87% of the Black female survey respondents (n=540) believe that First Lady Michelle Obama has helped dispel negative stereotypes of accomplished Black women in America.

The results of what author Sophia Nelson has dubbed as the "Age of Michelle Obama" survey are published in a new book Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama. Essence Magazine has hailed the book as a "Game Changer" for Black women in America. The New York Post writes "At a moment of profound economic and cultural change for America, Black Woman Redefined comes along at the perfect time. While Sophia Nelson knows her target audience, she's also aware of the broader, diverse world. With solid research and a smooth inclusive voice, Nelson has produced a book that that holds lessons for many."

Tavis Smiley reflects on life lessons

Tavis Smiley reflects on life lessonsFrom his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be a leading voice for change. He is currently the host of his late-night television talk show on PBS as well as the host of a couple of radio programs syndicated by Public Radio International: “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Smiley and West” alongside Dr. Cornel West.

This year, Tavis is celebrating his 20th year in broadcasting, and in conjunction with that anniversary he’s just published, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure.

In the Red and Brown Water intrigues

In the Red and Brown Water intrigues In order to get to the heart of a story, you can’t be afraid to muddy your heels in uncharted waters.  That’s exactly what makes the play “In the Red and Brown Water,” such an intriguing piece. Where it excels in exploring a challenging journey, it equally marvels in its abstract execution. The production is being presented by The Pillsbury House Theater, and is currently playing in the famed Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater.

Bridesmaids Film Review: No holds barred in cutthroat Maid of Honor competition

Bridesmaids Film Review: No holds barred in cutthroat Maid of Honor competitionAnnie Walker (Kristen Wiig) has been in a tailspin since her bakery, "Cake Baby,” failed during the recession. She’s presently in danger of losing the job she got at a jewelry store after a member of her mother’s (Jill Clayburgh) support group took pity on her.
Annie’s problems at work stem from her bad habit of openly expressing her skepticism about marriage to customers shopping for engagement rings. She has good reason to be cynical, between hearing her biological clock ticking and her poor track record in relationships, including the shallow guy (John Hamm) she’s currently involved with who treats her like a doormat. 

Annie is also close to being kicked out of her apartment by her roommates (Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas) for falling behind in rent which means she might have to move back in with her mom. All of the above make it easy to understand why Annie has such mixed emotions upon being asked to be her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) Maid of Honor.


40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's landmark What's Going On album celebrated with super deluxe edition and events

40th anniversary  of Marvin Gaye's landmark What's Going On album celebrated with super deluxe edition and eventsOn May 21, 1971, Motown Records released an album unique to its vast, already classic catalog: a suite of protest songs, railing, albeit softly and with an undeniable groove, about the planet’s woes and the pain of war.  With What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye forever changed the sound and subject matter of popular music, influencing and inspiring every generation since.  Formerly Motown’s reigning smooth-faced, smiling, mass-appeal artist, this album was Gaye’s departure for the bearded, brooding, reflective, angry artist he would become.  His first self-production, the album was written, sung and solely produced by Gaye.

McBride, Parker connect funk, jazz idioms

McBride, Parker connect funk, jazz idiomsFunky music connotes dance, high energy, rebirth, or experimentation. It temporarily relieves internal strife, worries and fears, with rhythmic twangs of guitar strings, meteoric drum beats, reverberations of a horn, or the sound of hypnotic vocals. When you envision funky music, you might see images of James Brown doing the splits, or George Clinton dismissing all rules of the normal and taking music to another level. On Sunday, May 22, 7:00pm Piper Jaffray Jazz at Minnesota Orchestra Hall presents, Foundations of Funk, featuring Maceo Parker and A Christian McBride Situation, will give you a taste of funk ranging from its roots to present day interpretation.
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