The 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.
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.
Louis Alemayehu, Home at the End of Another World, TC Daily Planet
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.
[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
Four 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."
Soul 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.
"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art " at Walker Art Center... Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator; Fionn Meade, Walker coordinating curator; artist Jamal Cyrus and artist Maren Hassenger.