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Monday
May 04th

I love Minnesota music!

I love Minnesota music!

Greetings class, today we will start things a little different.

We have a newcomer, and I’d like to give him a chance to introduce himself. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, like many of us were, then enjoyed a broad but brief stint in upstate New York. He’s back and will be working with us from today forward. I’d like to introduce Dom Minor. And like that, class in session.

In the same way a new student accepts his novelty, I welcome the unacquainted eyes skimming Insight’s Aesthetic Section. Hopefully this city, my new class, accepts the fresh outlook of an old “newcomer” so to speak. I would describe myself as an eager and wide-eyed music enthusiast, the nerd who devoted himself to musical knowledge until it became cool to know all the history of the trends and styles of today. I’ll write about what I know and love. You guessed it, music.

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Book Review: Slaves with Swag

Book Review: Slaves with Swag

Slaves with Swag: The Negroes Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention
by Daryl T. Hinmon 
Knowledge of Self Publishing
Paperback, $14.95
150 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-0-9787862-1-2

“Every February, your history teachers taught you about nine African-Americans: Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, Phyllis Wheatley, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall. There are millions more you should know about…

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Tyler Perry and Eugene Levy make for strange bedfellows in fish-out-of-water comedy

Tyler Perry and Eugene Levy make for strange bedfellows in fish-out-of-water comedy

Madea's Witness Protection
Film Review

George Needleman (Eugene Levy) is so naive that he has no idea that his boss, Walter (Tom Arnold), is running a Ponzi scheme right under his nose. It only dawns on the terminally-nerdy CFO that something is awry when arrived at work one day to find all of his co-workers in the office of Lockwise Industries feverishly shredding documents. 

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Rel gets real

Rel gets real

Rel Dowdell: The “Changing the Game” Interview 

Rel Dowdell is a very gifted screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his Bachelor’s degree in English with magna cum laude honors from Fisk University and a Master's Degree in Film with highest distinction from Boston University.   

Dowdell’s first feature film, Train Ride , was released to widespread critical acclaim. Produced with independent financing, the film was acquired and distributed by Sony Pictures in 2005 and was a tremendous financial success. The picture starred Wood Harris, MC Lyte, Russell Hornsby, and the late Esther Rolle in her last performance. 

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Chili Most releases “Stop the Violence”

Rico Sweatt also known as “Chili Most” and his brother, William Sweatt, known as “Z Most” have created a socially conscious song that they hope will change the mindset of society.

“Stop The Violence” speaks to the issues of governmental wars, gang and drug wars, domestic violence and gun violence. Chili Most gives credit in the song to the message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Growing up in Tey learned that oneerre Haute, Ind. during the Civil Rights Movement, Chili and Z Most said th man could make a difference.

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Will Frederick Douglass be snubbed by partisan politics?

Will Frederick Douglass be snubbed by partisan politics?

Washington, DC – Will Congress allow acknowledgement to one of our nation’s greatest statesmen? Will justice be served to an abolitionist who dedicated his life to justice for all? Will the global activist be recognized for his military service and historical significance as the first African American vice presidential nominee? Or jettison US history in the current morass of partisan politics?  A true embodiment of the “American dream”, Frederick Douglass rose from slavery to a life as a political leader and confidant to President Abraham Lincoln.

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Black Music Month Profile: The Commodore family; a musical legacy

Black Music Month Profile: The Commodore family; a musical legacy

The clichés are endless.

Like father like son (like mother like daughter), the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, etc. But when it comes to the Commodore family – two generations of musical excellence, the question begs itself, is it nature or nurture?

Pictured: Two generations of musical excellence, the Commodore family on stage recently at the Dakota Jazz Club. Ginger Commodore (far left), Bobby Commodore (Center), Ashley Commodore (right) and Brandon Commodore (seated behind the drums).  

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