[caption id="attachment_17610" align="alignleft"]Alexander O’Neal[/caption]It may not be “Saturday Love” but R&B legends Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle hope to bring some Friday love to Minneapolis with their upcoming First Avenue show.
[caption id="attachment_17595" align="alignleft"]“Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS” premieres Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 from 10-11p.m. ET/PT on OWN Credit: ©Harpo, Inc. Photo by George Burns.[/caption]Tracey Ashley came to Minneapolis as an account executive for a local television station – she left as rising star in stand up comedy.
[caption id="attachment_17591" align="alignleft"]Shá Cage (Francine), Ansa Akyea (Albert) and Jim Lichtscheidl (Karl) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Clybourne Park,” by Bruce Norris. [/caption]Play runs at the Guthrie through Aug. 4
The subject of race has proven to be a difficult and complicated discussion to have, but the Pulitzer Prize winning “Clybourne Park” uses biting humor to address race in America.
[caption id="attachment_17540" align="alignleft"]Courtesy of the artist[/caption]One of the most requested songs on 89.9 KMOJ-FM isn’t from established icons such as Beyoncé, Kelly Roland or Robin Thicke – it’s a song from an artist living right here in south Minneapolis.
[caption id="attachment_17528" align="alignleft"]Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels addresses concerned north Minneapolis residents regarding the high number of sex offenders residing in the area. Photo by Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]Concerned residents of neighborhoods in north Minneapolis are calling on state, county and city officials to address the concentration of registered sex offenders in the community.
[caption id="attachment_17497" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]Let me state that I’m a huge fan of Macy Gray.
I love her voice. I love the uniqueness of her tone. “I Try” is one of my favorite songs.
Hipster hip-hoppers, Crunchy Kids provide alternative to swagger rap
In a genre dominated by tales of consumer excess, debauchery, misogyny, excessive drug use and “swag,” the Twin Cities’ Crunchy Kids are offering the antitoxin to the current era of hip-hop.
[caption id="attachment_17421" align="alignleft"]Yohannes Tona (Photos courtesy of the artist)[/caption]Just thinking of Yohannes Tona’s dizzying schedule is exhausting.
Tona, a native of Ethiopia, is known as the Twin Cities’ most sought-after bassist – and with good reason. His outstanding ear for music, combined with his formal training and his love of multiple styles and genres have made Tona one of the busiest (and most likely the busiest) musicians in the area. For Tona, slowing down isn’t even an option.
[caption id="attachment_17409" align="alignleft"]Rep. Keith Ellison leans down to greet Fraser Head Start student, Hamsa as Tre’ Jour (braids) and Miles (yellow shirt) enjoy their lunches. (Photos by Harry Colbert, Jr.)[/caption]Parents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start Executive Director Alyce Dillon said her program’s resources are stretched to the max.
If further federal cuts, known as sequester, are to occur, Dillon is forecasting a bleak future for those who could be dropped from Head Start, the federal preschool educational, health and nutritional program for disadvantaged children. The 43-year veteran of the program said Head Start in Hennepin County is already in a dire predicament.
[caption id="attachment_17407" align="alignleft"]Right to left: Colleen DeCubellis, executive director of Hunger Solutions and SNAP recipients Evelyn Shelafeo, Erin Pavlica and Tyler Lindroth offer first-hand insights on the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during a listening session at the state Capitol. Photo: Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]For those with little or no income, government food assistance is the only way in which some are able eat.
But come Nov. 1 that assistance may be greatly reduced. This past May the House Committee on Agricultural passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947), also known as the Farm Bill. The bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly know as the food stamp program – by $20.5 billion over the next 10 years.