From 1987 to 2002, The St. Paul Companies (now St. Paul Travelers) sponsored a unique leadership program, Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN).
Over the course of 16 years, more than 180 local activists and artists received a combined $4.5 million in funding to pursue opportunities to augment their skills in a variety of meaningful ways. Now, a decade after the last grant was provided, the program has come to life once more in the form of the book "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities," by writer, educator and life-long arts advocate Carolyn Holbrook. The book features profiles of twenty LIN recipients who founded Twin Cities nonprofits agencies.
Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Kam Williams, Film Review
Nelson “Mandiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started writing his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” while still serving what he had every reason to believe might very well be a life sentence on Robben Island. The lawyer-turned-spokesman for the outlawed African National Congress had been convicted of treason for trying to dismantle South Africa’s racist regime.
Traci Allen connects with Can-do Girls Club, Wayman Praise Dancers following Cinderella performance
CTC’s newest Company Actor Traci Allen is currently enchanting Twin Cities’ audiences with her portrayal of Cinderella in Children’s Theatre Company’s holiday production Cinderella. Her performance has garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. According to City Pages, “Allen is magnetic as Cinderella, merging weary innocence with grace. It's a performance that carries plenty of dramatic weight, which adds a real heart to all the frantic comedy.” Allen’s performance was most appreciated by girls and young women from North Minneapolis who belong to local groups dedicated to their empowerment: the Can Do Girls Club and the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church Praise Dancers. Both groups attended the performance on Sunday, November 17 followed by an exclusive post-show discussion with Allen.
R. Kelly & IFC reunite for more chapters of "Trapped In The Closet"
New York, N.Y. – December 4, 2013 – The cultural phenomenon Trapped in the Closet is coming back to IFC with more chapters filled with intense drama, crazy situations and tumultuous relationships. The ultimate hip hopera returns in 2014 exclusively on IFC with brand new chapters featuring entertainment icon and multi-platinum recording artist R. Kelly.
This past Friday (Nov. 22) Aesthetically Speaking was on hand at the Dakota Jazz Club for the American Roots Revue featuring local icons Michael Bland, J.D. Steele, Robert Robinson, Larry Long and Tonia Hughes. Our photographers caught a bit of the action and a few faces in the crowd.
Soul Sounds: An open mic for nurturing arts, building community
Sheronda Orridge, TC Daily Planet
I recently had the opportunity to attend Soul Sounds Open Mic where the featured artist was Danez Smith, who is a spoken word artist, slam poet, and author. It was an intimate crowd of about 40 people, with some attendees even dressed in Halloween costumes.