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Sep 03rd

WWII saga recounts heroic exploits of Tuskegee Airmen

WWII saga recounts heroic exploits of Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname given the 332nd Fighter Group, the first squadron of African American aviators ever trained by the U.S. Air Force. Formed in 1940, the historic unit had to be stationed at a base on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama, since the Armed Forces were still racially segregated at the time of its creation.


Mindless Behavior Interview

A video interview with Mindless Behavior on 12/11 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.


Christopher Walker, Marlon James and Douglas Ewart highlight Jamaica Heritage Celebration 2011

Christopher Walker, Marlon James and Douglas Ewart highlight Jamaica Heritage Celebration 2011 This year’s Jamaica Heritage Celebration will feature presentation, reflection and choreography by Jamaica’s own Chris Walker. In one, half-hour demonstration, Walker will explore, through video and imagery, the contributions and evolution of The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and its recently memorialized founder, Professor The Honorable Rex Nettleford.

The Devil Didn’t Raise You

The Devil Didn’t Raise You The feminine touch has finally come to a Minneapolis stage, and we have playwright Pamela Rollins to thank for meeting this need. For two nights only, her play aptly titled, “The Devil Didn’t Raise You” made its Twin Cities debut at the Capri Theater.

The play illustrates the struggle three sisters have to overcome a past filled with uncertainty after their mother dies from a drug related death. One sister finds herself mirroring her mother’s addiction by falling to drug abuse, another gets swept away in a dangerous relationship, while the last mimics their Christian aunt who takes them all in, and does her best to hold this family together. Tana Matthews plays Aunt Kay, a God fearing woman who works to remind these women that no matter what they’ve been through, they’re children of God, first.

Grammy nominated soul singer Eric Roberson at the Dakota Oct. 1

Grammy nominated soul singer Eric Roberson at the Dakota Oct. 1Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer, Eric Roberson will make his Twin Cities debut Sat., Oct. 1 at the Dakota Jazz Club.

Roberson, one of the most sought-after songwriters in the music industry, has penned several top soul hits including Vivian Green’s Emotional Rollercoaster and Previous Cats recorded by Musiq Soulchild.

In recent years, Eric has been recording for his own imprint, Blue Erro Soul. His four most recent recordings have sold more than 100,000 copies each – an almost unheard of feat for an independent artist. His 2009 Music Fan First earned two Grammy nominations.

Book review: Sister Citizen

Book review: Sister Citizen“This book is concerned with understanding the emotional realities of Black women’s lives in order to answer a political, not a personal, question: What does it mean to be a Black woman and an American citizen?
…The particular histories of slavery, Jim Crow, urban segregation, racism, and patriarchy that are woven into the fabric of American politics have created a specific citizenship imperative for African-American women—a role and image to which they are expected to conform.
We can call this image the strong Black woman… The strong Black woman myth is a misrecognition of African-American women. But it creates specific expectations for their behavior.” -- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 20-21)
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