Powerful new book analyses race-relations of African-Americans; Exposing continued anger in 'Black America'.
Written by Allan E. Lucas, Jr. 'A View From Street-Level-The Answer to Why?' takes readers through five-hundred-years of lies and misconceptions that have trapped and controlled a massive group of prisoners labeled 'African-Americans'. Exposing lethal ingrained racism and division within the black community itself, the book is poised to resonate with readers from coast to coast.
Rapper Ja Rule was paroled from prison earlier this year after spending a couple of years behind bars for a weapons violation and tax evasion. In a case of art imitating life, he now stars in a faith-based tale of redemption revolving around a hip-hop producer endeavoring to go straight following his release from jail.
"With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America's most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture...
Photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 166 beautiful photographs taken over 22 years.... The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city's inhabitants...
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in adaptation of African-American autobiography
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a black man born free in upstate New York in 1808. A skilled carpenter and fiddler, he and his wife (Kelsey Scott) settled in Saratoga Springs where they were raising their children (Quvenzhane Wallis and Cameron Zeigler) when their American Dream turned into a neverending nightmare.
The princess of neosoul, Algebra Blessett coming to the Dakota, Oct. 27
She's worked with everyone from Anthony Hamilton to Anthony David, Esperanza Spalding and Eric Roberson, and now, with her latest album, Algebra Blessett is shining on her own.
Known by most of her fans as simply Algebra, the Atlanta-born singer is set to release her long awaited sophomore LP, "Recovery" later next month. The singer/songwriter will be debuting some of her new music, as well as performing several of her well-known tunes, when she takes the stage at the Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, on Sunday, Oct. 27 for her 7 p.m. show.
North Minneapolis performance artists at Capri theater open mic
Lee-Hoon Benson, TC Daily Planet
The young woman sauntered onto the stage, cracked a half smile then pulled the mike almost to her lips. The lights dimmed, music piped in and the spotlight turned onto her. The smoky voice that emerged from this girl was surprising as was the melody. Here on the Capri Theater stage in North Minneapolis, an African American girl was singing a jazz song popularized by Billie Holiday, an American cultural icon of the 1940s. The audience of about 50 young students, teens and middle aged folks hooted and howled encouragement when this aspiring singer ended her rendition. She glowed with a big smile, waved, and bounded off into the wings.