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Black Music Month feature: Yohannes Tona
Aesthetically Speaking

Black Music Month feature: Yohannes Tona

[caption id="attachment_17421" align="alignleft"]yohannes-tona1Yohannes 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.

Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hit
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Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hit

[caption id="attachment_17409" align="alignleft"]head-start-photo 4317Rep. 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.

Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need
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Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need

[caption id="attachment_17407" align="alignleft"]snap-4365Right 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.

Candidates head for November ballot
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Candidates head for November ballot

[caption id="attachment_17403" align="alignleft"]mayoral-photo photo-by-harryVying to be Minneapolis’ next mayor, candidates participated in a recent 1MPLS forum on race. Seated from left to right (background to foreground) are Tony Lane, Mark Andrew, Gary Schiff, Don Samuels, Jim Thomas, Doug Mann, Betsy Hodges and Jackie Cherryhomes. (Photo by Harry Colbert, Jr.)[/caption]Candidates seeking to be Minneapolis’ next mayor had to convince a packed auditorium inside Sabathani Community Center they were receptive to the needs of the city’s various minority communities.

My apology to Hugh Masekela: He and Larry Willis gave the performance of a lifetime at the Dakota
Aesthetically Speaking

My apology to Hugh Masekela: He and Larry Willis gave the performance of a lifetime at the Dakota

[caption id="attachment_17362" align="alignleft"]dscf4398Jazz legends Larry Willis (piano) and Hugh Masekela delighting the audience at the Dakota Jazz Club. [/caption]I take great pride in being a journalist.

I recognize the true honor bestowed upon me. I strive every day to be truthful, thoughtful and accurate and maintain the public’s trust. It’s a weighty job. Yes, in the past I have erred. I’ve left off a period at the end of a sentence here or there. I have missed a word that should have been capitalized – forgot to add an apostrophe … nothing major, but errors nonetheless. It happens with every writer. You beat yourself up over it, maybe say a foul word (or few), but you move on.

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