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‘Fostering Voice’ – play highlights youth voice in foster care
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‘Fostering Voice’ – play highlights youth voice in foster care

[caption id="attachment_23881" align="alignleft"]fostering-voice 0246(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.

Director Junauda Petrus: “There Are Other Worlds”
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Director Junauda Petrus: “There Are Other Worlds”

[caption id="attachment_23643" align="alignleft"]11025013 10152747836081818 315957289 oPhoto 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.

Ashley DuBose: Out with new album, ‘Be You’
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Ashley DuBose: Out with new album, ‘Be You’

ashleydubosebeyoupromopic 1Recently 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.”

Sisters with Soul: DJ Keezy & BdotCroc Celebrate Women in Music
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Sisters with Soul: DJ Keezy & BdotCroc Celebrate Women in Music

xr5a3912 1Though 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.

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