Robin Hickman guides Ordway celebration of African and African American culture
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:20
Harry Colbert, Jr.
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is a public institution.
That means the beautiful building housing a 1,900-seat orchestra hall, ornate lobby and rehearsal spaces located at 345 Washington Street in Saint Paul is funded in part by public contributions – as well as a host of private donations. Each year nearly 400,000 people are greeted by ticket takers to experience a variety of performances at the Ordway. But of that number, few are of African descent or people of color. That didn't sit well with the powers that be at the Ordway. It also didn't sit well with Robin Hickman.
Diversity, inclusion theme of this year's Super Bowl ads
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:16
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Super Bowl Sunday was an awful day for some of America's so called "purists."
In a game that featured quarterback match-ups between southern-born white "traditional" pocket passer, Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos against the more mobile, less traditional African-American QB, Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks, the game was no contest. Seattle crushed Manning and the Broncos 43 – 8. Oh, yeah, and don't forget Seattle's defense was led by "thug" cornerback Richard Sherman. Keep in mind the man labeled a thug by many for his post-game rant following the NFC Championship game has a degree with honors from Stanford University.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:03
Mahmoud El-Kati, Columnist
Matthew Little belongs to a special generation of African American people. He was a part of that second generation to be born outside of bondage – after roughly 300 years of captivity. They knew who they were and whose they were. The children of a tough, resilient and creative people who were built to last. They were heir to a noble struggle for freedom, justice and political equality.
Council on Crime and Justice releases new juvenile records report
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:51
The Council on Crime and Justice has released a new report entitled Juvenile Records in Minnesota. It is designed to provide a "one stop" place to go for information about the consequences of a juvenile record for youth, their parents, and criminal justice and other professionals working with youth. It sheds light on the commonly misperceived effects of a juvenile record - as detailed in the report; a juvenile record often has serious and long lasting consequences for employment, housing, education, and many other opportunities.
Celebrating the artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry
Monday, 03 February 2014 16:31
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the launch of "Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony." This special initiative offers enhanced programming that includes master classes and workshops, an art exhibition, social gatherings and cultural conversations to celebrate the rich artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry. The surrounding events are designed to enrich the Ordway's 2013-2014 season of world-class performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maria de Barros, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Step Afrika!.
On January 16, College Possible participated in a summit for increasing college access for low-income students at the White House. The summit brought together qualified representatives from organizations such as the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Department of Education to have dialogue about the achievement gap and class disparities among college students and graduates.
Ellison urges significant expansion for Summit Academy
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:33
Harry Colbert, Jr.
The unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent in Minnesota this past December – more than 2 percent lower than the national average – yet unemployment for African-Americans in the Twin Cities is nearly four times that state average.
High School for Recording Arts: A space for musically gifted students
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:30
High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), 1166 University Ave. St. Paul, is no ordinary charter school. The school was founded to create a safe and positive space for musically gifted students whose learning styles didn't fit the status quo.
"'When students haven't been successful in more traditional spaces they don't feel comfortable, they don't feel understood," said Executive Director Tony Simmons. "They feel their style of learning and the way they carry themselves, the way they think and apply their thinking towards learning isn't appreciated or understood in a traditional space.
UCare has hired Edith Dorsey as the nonprofit health plan's new Senior Vice President of Operations. She assumed her new responsibilities Dec. 2 and reports to UCare's President and CEO, Nancy J. Feldman.
Ordway highlights African culture through "Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony"
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:13
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, together with members of the African and African-American communities, is presenting a set of distinctive performances in February to celebrate the arts of the African Diaspora.