The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's "Images of Africa: An African Film Series" features 27 films and exceptional filmmaking
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:25
Jim Brunzell III, The Optimistic Pessimist
After a few successful years of exploring different countries (2010's "In Search of Asia" and 2011 with "Latin Festival") the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul has turned their attention to Africa bringing us, "Images of Africa," which features 27 films. The screenings started on Friday, November 15 and run through Thursday, November 21 at St. Anthony Main Theatre and also Mixed Blood Theater.
Ladan Yusuf and CrossingBarriers: 'It is okay to talk about racism'
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:21
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
When Ladan Yusuf came to the United States from Somalia at the age of 13, she could not read or write English proficiently. By the time she was in the eleventh grade, at a public high school in northern Virginia, she was in an AP English class with native English speakers. Yusuf credits the strong English Language Learner (ELL) programs of the public schools she went to for her quick rise.
Although my first-choice mayoral candidate didn't win this year, I can't help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year's Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.
Monday, 25 November 2013 11:46
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, and a series of presidential apologies.
In Minnesota, nearly 300,000 adults have Type 2 diabetes, and as many as 1.4 million Minnesotans have prediabetes. Most do not know it. Of those estimated to have prediabetes, only about 1 in 6 people even know they have the condition.
Saturday, 23 November 2013 11:33
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Currently in aviation only about seven percent of all U.S. pilots are African-American.
For those who fly regularly, this number might not seem shocking, as it is quite rare to see an African-American in a commercial cockpit. Some might even be shocked that the percentage is even that high. But a group of aviators in the Twin Cities is working to boost the appallingly low numbers and introduce a new generation of African-Americans to a career in flight.
Pop-up Museum at Capri showcases North Minneapolis
Friday, 22 November 2013 11:48
Ben Markhart, TC Daily Planet
On October 30, artists of all kinds came out to show the colorful face of North Minneapolis, in the Tell Me Something Good pop-up museum.
Hosted by the Capri Theater on Broadway Avenue, the event provided a forum for local artists and community members to combat negative views of the Northside by showing some of its good side.
Pop-up museum have appeared all over the country in various forms but all seek to use audience participation to create dialogue on specific issues. In this instance, numerous participants came together to tell an authentic Northside story.
Open letter welcomes Warsame to rights, equity legacy
Friday, 22 November 2013 09:54
To Council Member-elect Abdi Warsame:
We speak from among members of the African American community to heartily hail and salute your successful election to the City Council of Minneapolis.
You are not only the first continental African to win a seat on the Council, you are the first Somali. Only one other Somali has won a city council seat across the United States –Ahmed Hassan, of Clarkston, GA.
We welcome you to this long persistent journey in the struggle to make democracy more inclusive and real for persons of color. Your achievement reminds us that democracy is a process, and not a static condition. We wish you well.
Hip Hip Hurrah!
Signed, Al McFarlane, Verlena Matey-Keke, Mahmoud El-Kati, and African American community members.
Along a stretch of museums and other points of interest in Minneapolis sits a beautiful Victorian mansion at 1700 3rd Ave. S. that houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM).
Though the site houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM), in many ways the museum is homeless as the 1884 built structure is uninhabited due to a fight between the museum and a contractor that has walked off the job and placed a lien on the property. This, on top of a promised $1 million bond that has since been denied, leaves the building in disrepair and far from being visitor ready.
WCCO-TV's downtown Minneapolis location will now feature one of the city's most unique rooftop spaces with a highly visible exclamation point provided by a new landmark that is reminiscent of a local icon that was destroyed in a Thanksgiving Day fire 31 years ago.
Nov. 19 (GIN) – When Santa Claus comes to town in Amsterdam, it's not a cluster of elves leaping around the robust figure in red waving at cheering children and adults.
The dancing figures are "Black Petes" – white Netherlanders in blackface wearing Afro wigs. Servants of St. Nick, they are variously Black Pete playing music or singing; Black Pete on horseback; Black Pete on stilts and Black Pete climbing up the façade of department stores or cavorting atop six-story buildings.