By Harry Colbert, Jr. While the gymnasium at Patrick Henry High School was packed with hundreds – most who came to hear from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders – it became clear that not everyone was “feeling the Bern.” Sanders was in town on Feb. 12 for a scheduled Democratic event later that evening…
By Harry Colbert, Jr. It’s been five years in the making, but judging from the reaction of the capacity crowd at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, KING’s “We are KING” was worth the wait. Although the album was just a week old when the group hit the Icehouse stage, fans were already singing along to several…
[caption id="attachment_26039" align="alignleft"]phenomgymnastics.com[/caption]M-I-Z …
The customary response to those letters shouted out is Z-O-U. Together it’s Mizzou – the name that signifies you’re affiliated as a student, alum, faculty, staff and/or fan of the University of Missouri Tigers. For years, except for hardened sports fans, not too many outside of the Show Me State knew what the hell a Mizzou was. But they know now … and it’s for all the right and all the wrong reasons.
Good Ol’ Mizzou.
First, I’m a Tiger.
[caption id="attachment_25991" align="alignleft"]Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro addresses a town hall on affordable housing as Rep. Keith Ellison and (far left) Mary Tingerthal, commissioner of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, look on. Photo credit: Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]A 1935 Minneapolis Planning Area Designations map outlined clear housing boundaries to separate the community by race and income, but some are alleging the same is being done today throughout the Twin Cities.
[caption id="attachment_25963" align="alignleft"]northmetro100.org[/caption]“Young brothers, we’re here for you.”
That is the message many hope will be conveyed on Friday, Nov. 6, at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis as an estimated 100 Black male volunteers converge on the school to directly engage with Black male students. The event mirrors a similar session that took place last year at Henry, but last year’s event was a district program presented through the Minneapolis Public School’s (MPS) office of Equity and Diversity. This time around the event is presented through the 100 Strong organization, as the office and Equity and Diversity was eliminated this past summer. James Burroughs, who was the head of MPS’ Equity and Diversity, transitioned out of the district but felt it was important to let Black male students know that the community is still in their corner.
[caption id="attachment_25934" align="alignleft"]Interim superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Michael Goar (at the podium) addresses the media, parents and students at Partick Henry High School during a press conference following an incident where a student brought an unloaded handgun to school. Behind Goar are (left to right) Steve Belton, interim CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League, MPS board member, Don Samuels and Henry principal, Yusuf Abdullah. [/caption]Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) are safe places for students to learn.
That was the message officials wanted to convey during an Oct. 28 press conference at the close of school at Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave. N. The conference was called in the wake of a student bringing a handgun to the school on Oct. 26. Although according to officials the gun was not loaded, it was still cause for great concern, but officials stressed this was an isolated incident and commended fellow students for alerting school officials.
[caption id="attachment_25931" align="alignleft"]photo was taken by Photo Credit to MAB[/caption][caption id="attachment_25932" align="alignleft"]One with me holding mic Photo Credit is Kalvin George.[/caption]In Minnesota, the world of event promotions is pretty small.
Actually, that goes beyond the state. For those who are truly committed to being a promoter, it seems in one way or another, we are all connected. And let’s be clear, there are promoters and then there are event producers. Promoters are fly by night. They come and they go. They are the ones who just hand out flyers and hope. Event producers are dedicated. They are obsessive. They know every aspect of the show or event they’re producing. They’re travel agents, they’re the marketing department; they’re ad hoc sound engineers, hosts and chauffers. An event producer in Detroit will know about an event producer in Dallas, so when Minnesota’s Trinny Cee got a call from Jamaica, it was confirmed, she wasn’t just some promoter – she is an event producer at the top of her game. Simply put, Trinny Cee is Minnesota’s “Dancehall Queen.”
[caption id="attachment_25922" align="alignleft"]Members of the Twin Cities Black Journalists participated in a volunteer event at Catholic Charities’ Northside Development Center this past summer. The group of journalists worked on finishing a fence project, did some landscaping and did general clean-up.[/caption]For far too long the drabness of the building located at 1000 Plymouth Ave. N. on Minneapolis’ north side did not match the joy and wonderful works that were going on inside.
But all that changed thanks to the help of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and volunteers who collectively donated 700 hours to giving the home of Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center (NCDC) a vibrant makeover. The exterior facelift and interior renovations were a part of the United Way’s #Next100 campaign. The #Next100 campaign is a celebration of the United Way’s 100th anniversary. During the centennial, the United Way is seeking to engage 100,000 volunteers nationwide.
[caption id="attachment_25873" align="alignleft"]Photos courtesy of the Ordway[/caption]Choreographer for the films, “Avatar” and “Little Mermaid,” Lula Washington brings her acclaimed company to the Ordway for an evening of dance, delivered with messages of cultural awareness.
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs, Friday, Oct. 30 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. Washington, along with her company, will present a multi-act performance with dance from disciplines ranging from ballet to hip-hop.
[caption id="attachment_25871" align="alignleft"]Photo: Mark Simpson. The Walker Art Center [/caption]Dean Moss’ “johnbrown” is not entertaining.
Actually, I should say Dean Moss’ “johnbrown” is not just entertaining. Minus the opening ballet solo, which drags on for far too long, “johnbrown” is quite entertaining. But more than just a night at the theater, Moss, with his powerful work inspired by white abolitionist, John Brown, forces the audience to think, to reflect … to question.