Forget Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving -- this time around it was all about Jack Friday. The event at Darby's was presented by Thee Urbane Life and The Cool & Co. was themed after the famous whiskey, Jack Daniel's and brought out hundreds of Twin Cities urban professionals. Here are a few sights from the night.
Let's admit it, any song published almost 234 years ago could use an update.
So it's no surprise that the fresh take on the old Christmas classic, "12 Days of Christmas" by the 3DC Kids is getting a lot of buzz in the Twin Cities. Performed by Dameon "Dame Jones" Jones, 14 – lead rapper from the 2012 hit, "Hot Cheetos & Takis," Devon "D.J." Johnson, 13, D'antanie "D.T." Johnson, 11, and Chris "Chrisss" Baraja, 11, the hip-hop, kid-friendly remix of the Christmas classic is quickly becoming an instant hit this holiday season.
West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique features 20 local vendors
Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Coalition
The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is announcing the West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique, to take place December 13th and 14th at 201 West Broadway in North Minneapolis.
The produce and craft market will be host to over 20 area vendors selling a variety of locally produced goods, from fresh apples and honey to fine art, baked goods, clothing and jewelry. Northside favorites such as Juxtaposition Arts Textile Lab, Ancestors Voices Press and Right on Thyme Catering will be joined by other crafters, artists, bakers, and even the popular urban farm, McKinley Community CSA, which will offer 2014 vegetable share registrations, t-shirts and volunteer opportunities.
From 1987 to 2002, The St. Paul Companies (now St. Paul Travelers) sponsored a unique leadership program, Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN).
Over the course of 16 years, more than 180 local activists and artists received a combined $4.5 million in funding to pursue opportunities to augment their skills in a variety of meaningful ways. Now, a decade after the last grant was provided, the program has come to life once more in the form of the book "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities," by writer, educator and life-long arts advocate Carolyn Holbrook. The book features profiles of twenty LIN recipients who founded Twin Cities nonprofits agencies.
Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Kam Williams, Film Review
Nelson “Mandiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started writing his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” while still serving what he had every reason to believe might very well be a life sentence on Robben Island. The lawyer-turned-spokesman for the outlawed African National Congress had been convicted of treason for trying to dismantle South Africa’s racist regime.
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.