[caption id="attachment_23881" align="alignleft"](Top row right Symone Wilson, Lahson Hampton, Dr Darlene Fry, Anika Bowie, Tiara Bellaphant , Helen Collins, Rosa Miyashiro/ bottom lower from the right Bert Johnson, Keno Evol Jen Wang,, Julia Gay, Grace Fry, Malena Wilson)[/caption]On any given night there are more than 5,000 homeless youth on the streets in Minnesota. According to the Department of Human Services, approximately 185 children each week go into foster care. The non-profit Irreducible Grace Organization: Assisting Vulnerable Youth in their Transition to Adulthood has come up with a powerful way to give a platform to young people in the system to express themselves and create change. I spoke with founder Darlene Fry, co-director and theater legend Jan Mandell, and 19-year-old poet Brandon Wilson about their new play “Fostering Voice,” debuting this Sunday at Park Square Theater.
[caption id="attachment_23643" align="alignleft"]Photo by Sway Heavy[/caption]In a vision of the world what is seen and why?
Stop and ask origin of the thoughts and ideas that shape day-to-day choices in life. Multidisciplinary artist Junauda Petrus’ world travels as well as spiritual and creative study have culminated in the new play “There Are Other Worlds.” The play is homage to Black people and how necessary it is to write works that show their absolute limitless beauty, power, sweetness, tenderness and humanity.” A group of artists came together through Petrus’ vision in this aerial presentation of women expressing new ideas through stories of imprisonment and family.
Recently on a six hour drive back from tour I got time to check in with one of the nation’s most talented musicians, Ashley DuBose. As she prepares for the release of her second album, I got to ask in-depth questions about the new direction her music, her album release party (Saturday, March 7 at the Bedlam Lowertown in St. Paul) and life after NBC’s “The Voice.”
Though no person on this planet came into this world without one, women are often the last considered across the board.
Women are paid less, represented less in government and systematically spoken for in the arts. To challenge the idea that “women can’t do it on their own” north Minneapolis hip-hop artists DJ Keezy and BdotCroc present “Sisters with Soul” this Wednesday at First Avenue. I sat down with the duo to find out more about the concept.
[caption id="attachment_21509" align="alignleft"]Mac Irv (Courtesy of the artist)[/caption]It didn’t happen on purpose but the game of basketball’s comparison to the music hustle became a central theme when I spoke with emerging hip-hop artist Lawrence “Mac Irv” McKenzie.
[caption id="attachment_20892" align="alignleft"]Chris Styles [/caption]Urban radio remains one of the strongest forces to spread style, music, culture and ideas throughout the world.
[caption id="attachment_20502" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: Mara McKevitt[/caption]Weird – adjective \ˈwird\
: of, relating to the supernatural : magical
: of strange or extraordinary character : odd, fantastic
Calling someone “weird” has always been … weird.
[caption id="attachment_19895" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: (Courtesy of the artist)[/caption]As he swerves with determination through the streets of south Minneapolis Sti-Lo Reel remains cool at all times.
His voice never rises to a yell even after being tailed by a heavy-handed driver in a hurry to nowhere.