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Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom, Steppingstone Theater’s latest stage production is a period piece, charting the heroic journey of three siblings planning their escape to the Underground Railroad.  After having watched their parents and older siblings get sold off to other plantations, their desire to escape begins with a need to stay together as a family – something that seems impossible for every slave during this horrific era.  

At a closer angle on Freedom, we venture into the life of the youngest of the three siblings— a sweet girl, who dotes upon a rag doll given to her by her older sister- a doll, that comes to life in this young girls world to serve as a friend, a confident and an eternal witness to the tragedies going on around them. The play was written by Kim Hines, and is based on the book by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and if my opinion means anything, it is one of the best productions I’ve seen in a while.

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PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

 

“All About Bullies… Big and Small” named Best Children’s Album

When the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album was presented last Sunday in Los Angeles, PACER Center was one of the winners. PACER Center, based in Minnesota, is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. The CD All About Bullies… Big and Small received music’s highest award, and all proceeds from its sale go to support the mission of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. All About Bullies… Big and Small features a unique mix of poems and songs about bullies on the bus, cyberbullies, children who don’t fit in, and children who are learning to stand up for themselves. “The CD creatively speaks to all children through music and poetry,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “It offers a beautiful way to educate children about the universal theme of treating one another with kindness.”

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Black comedy comes to the Twin Cites

Black comedy comes to the Twin Cites

 

With an abundance of comedy clubs, theaters and workshops operating in the Twin Cities, one might think it would be relatively easy to find a place to see black (or urban as some call it) comedy.

Unfortunately, for area fans of black comedy, with the rare exceptions of a couple of large-scale tours, seeing urban comedians live has become a daunting task. But with the launch of the Northern Exposure Comedy Series, finding such shows should become a lot easier. The series, which kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at the Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N, is bringing two headlining comedians, Damon Williams and Brandon “Hot Sauce” Glover.

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Let Cab Calloway take you on a tour of Harlem’s jazz scene

A new animated video of NYC jazz legend Cab Calloway narrating a tour of Harlem's 1930s jazz scene:
http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/culture/let-cab-calloway-take-you-on-a-tour-of-harlems-jazz-scene/
 
This embeddable video is an excerpt from the new music documentary American Masters Cab Calloway: Sketches -- premiering nationally Monday, February 27 at 10pm (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Black History Month.

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Syndee Winters Interview

Syndee Winters Interview

As Lion King the Musical prepares to make its exit this weekend from the Orpheum Theater after another successful run, the Tony Award winning production leaves in its trail the residue of peace after having touched the hearts of its thousands of attendees. One talented gal who helped to continue its engaging spark is Syndee Winters, who plays the role of Nala in this current productions run. Winters, who wears many hats brought a fierceness and an infectious strength to this seasons feline hero.  These are attributes that the star carries over to everything she does in life, which is why without a doubt she’s a superstar in the making.

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KFAI celebrates Black History Month February 21st

On Tuesday, February 21st, KFAI will have the singular honor of being the only community radio station in Minnesota to celebrate Black History Month with a day of dedicated programming!

KFAI will celebrate this year's historical event with musical programming, documentaries, and treasured stories honoring African American greats. We will feature "KFAI's Moment in Black History," where a compilation of significant contributions made by African Americans since 1890 will be included within hourly news updates, courtesy of students from Cristo Ray Jesuit High School and the Minnesota African American Registry.

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Coco and Breezy

Coco and Breezy

Minneapolis’ own Coco and Breezy are taking the world by storm by making a spectacle of themselves. Literally.  At only 21 years old, they’re rising to the top of the fashion and entertainment industry by meshing their unique style with a love for design, to create captivating eyewear that promises to please any fashionista.

If you haven’t yet heard of this infectious duo, than I’m certain you’ve seen their work if you’re at all plugged in to pop culture and its reigning princesses. In a matter of months from their company’s inception, artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osboure, Lady Gaga and Ashanti, have been seen rocking their shades. Apart from the numerous celebrities that wear Coco and Breezy eyewear, they’ve also been published in a multitude of fashion magazines from Vogue Italia to Vibe. Pretty amazing for a venture that only started 2 and a half years ago.

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