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A Chinese Lunar New Year celebration at the Midtown Global Market

A Chinese Lunar New Year celebration at the Midtown Global Market

By J. MARIE FIEGER & MEGAN BENEDICT  This Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 18. 2020 was a free public event featuring live music, a traditional Chinese Lion dance by Ha-Family Entertainment, Chinese Heritage Foundation activities, a free kid’s craft table making dragons, specially staged, decorative photographs and [...]

Manhood rites of passage ceremony celebrates 15 Black male initiates

Manhood rites of passage ceremony celebrates 15 Black male initiates

By ELDER ATUM AZZAHIR AND MINKARA TEZET, CULTURAL WELLNESS CENTER Cultural Wellness Center Manhood Rites of Passage Initiates: Jamal Williams, Christian McCleary, Corey Byrd, Jamir Williams, DJ Brooks, Trea Edwards, Sha-suAdili, Jaleel Simpson, Monte Moldonada, Jaron Major, Darrin Lofton, Quadree Drakeford On Dec. 11, 2019, the Council for [...]

Phillips Community is focus of syringe disposal pilot program

Phillips Community is focus of syringe disposal pilot program

By LINDSEY FENNER The City of Minneapolis is piloting a project for syringe litter clean up and disposal, centered around the Phillips Community. The project is in response to the concerning amount of syringe litter Phillips residents encounter on a daily basis. The City began doing syringe litter sweeps in July and August along Bloomington [...]

Two lives well lived together

Two lives well lived together

By LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK It is often said of two people who have been together for many years that they give great gifts to one another beyond the gifts of love and caring. That and much more was true of David and Linda Back McKay, married for thirty-five years before her untimely death. Linda was a young and published poet when she went to [...]

‘This is our Rondo – we just don’t know it yet’

‘This is our Rondo – we just don’t know it yet’

Historians collecting stories from people who lived in path of I-35W in South Minneapolis TESHA M. CHRISTENSENHistorians Denise Pike (far left) and Greg Donofrio (far right) of the University of Minnesota lead a walking tour of Interstate 35W, traveling on both sides of the freeway to talk about how the interstate cut through a neighborhood. [...]

GROUNDBREAKING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

GROUNDBREAKING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

COURTESY OF THE RED LAKE EMBASSY With prayer, song, speeches and gold shovels emblazoned with Ojibwe floral patterns, the Red Lake Nation broke ground Saturday, Sept. 14 on a 110-unit complex in Minneapolis at the site of the former Navigation Center. About 15,000 American Indian people live in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Healing with community

Healing with community

Jessica entered DAP Advocate Makenzie’s office looking for healing after a long, exhausting journey. She was finally ready to ask for support from someone. Thirty years was how long Jessica was abused by her partner.  Thirty years trying for a few months at a time to leave, but ultimately having to go back.  Financial control kept her [...]

Reducing harm

Reducing harm

Southside Harm Reduction Services working to distribute and pick-up syringes, provide naloxone, and reduce stigma for those using drugs TESHA M. CHRISTENSENLuce Guillen (left) carefully places a used syringe into a container held by Michael Neil on Saturday, Aug. 24 during a clean up on the Midtown Greenway, Lake and Bloomington. Neil, a [...]

Join Nice Ride for $5

Join Nice Ride for $5

By Tesha M. Christensen Nice Ride Minnesota Executive Director Bill Dossett (front right) rides with Council Member Kevin Reich, chair of the Minneapolis City Council Public Works Committee, at the launch of the Nice Ride dockless system last September. The non-profit is now partnering with Lyft to offer pedal-assist ebikes, as well. Things [...]

SOUNDS OF SOUL

SOUNDS OF SOUL

Phillips musician recalls Black music scene of his youth Alfred Johnson By Tesha M. Christensen Sitting on the front porch one summer day, painting in the sweltering heat, Alfred Johnson reminisced about his early days in music and the burgeoning Twin Cities Black music scene of the 1970s and 80s. He’s even found his way into a book [...]

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