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May 22nd

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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Commentary: I’m a Deadbeat Who?

Commentary: I’m a Deadbeat Who?

Father's Day has always been special to me. 

I guess that's why I agreed to work as the director's assistant for the play, I'm A Deadbeat Who?  Actually, it was the title that grasped me. Then, later as I begin to read the drafted script, I became more interested in the meaning of it all. 

Pictured: The cast, top left to right: Javonte of Deja Vu, 'Ms. Angela', Edward Bell, Sharon Brooks, founder of Peace of Hope, Catrina ' Trina Gurl' Tresvant, Anthony Tunstall, Monique ' Ms. Nique' Crusoe, and Jerome Gilkey.  2nd Row:'Trilla' and Mackey Moe.  Bottom row:  Constance Anderson, Rico Nevotion and Marrell.  Not pictured:  Saint Paul Slim, Berna Jackson and Derrell Mitchell.

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If you can't go to Rome, go to Guthrie

If you can't go to Rome, go to Guthrie

For those of you who can’t just hop a plane and rush to the beautiful city of Rome and experience the spirit, the music, and the ideal of falling in love in one of the most amazing places in the world, than Guthrie Theaters latest production of “Roman Holiday” is the play for you.

The story is a stage reprisal of the 1950’s feature film that stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. The productions charts the story of Princess Anne (Stephanie Rothenberg) and shows how the curiosity that gently calls from outside her window takes her on a whirlwind journey from being a pampered princess locked in the world of royalty, to an average tourist rushing through the streets of Rome on a motorcycle bumping into beauty, culture and friendships on every avenue.

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Fela! Unique and engaging

Fela! Unique and engaging

Fela! breezed into the Twin Cities on June 12th making its Ordway Theater debut to a diverse and sold out crowd yearning for the cultural masterpiece. The production, which crushed the Broadway circuit to a bevy of Tony awards and praise for its unique, engaging and monstrous message was produced by Jay-Z along with help from Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The show reprises the journey of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti.

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Tyler takes the witness stand: The truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth

Tyler takes the witness stand: The truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth

Tyler Perry
The “Madea’s Witness Protection” Interview
with Kam Williams

Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.

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Jearlyn Steele performs July 2nd at Old Log Theater

Jearlyn Steele performs July 2nd at Old Log Theater

The crystal clear voice of Jearlyn Steele will be featured in a concert July 2 as part of the Old Log Theater’s Sounds for Summer music series.

Jearlyn Steele has titled her show “Songs I Love to Sing.” It is a collection of the many songs she has particularly enjoyed singing over the years. Great songs like “Summertime,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and many others.

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