As Lion King the Musical prepares to make its exit this weekend from the Orpheum Theater after another successful run, the Tony Award winning production leaves in its trail the residue of peace after having touched the hearts of its thousands of attendees. One talented gal who helped to continue its engaging spark is Syndee Winters, who plays the role of Nala in this current productions run. Winters, who wears many hats brought a fierceness and an infectious strength to this seasons feline hero. These are attributes that the star carries over to everything she does in life, which is why without a doubt she’s a superstar in the making.
On Tuesday, February 21st, KFAI will have the singular honor of being the only community radio station in Minnesota to celebrate Black History Month with a day of dedicated programming!
KFAI will celebrate this year's historical event with musical programming, documentaries, and treasured stories honoring African American greats. We will feature "KFAI's Moment in Black History," where a compilation of significant contributions made by African Americans since 1890 will be included within hourly news updates, courtesy of students from Cristo Ray Jesuit High School and the Minnesota African American Registry.
Minneapolis’ own Coco and Breezy are taking the world by storm by making a spectacle of themselves. Literally. At only 21 years old, they’re rising to the top of the fashion and entertainment industry by meshing their unique style with a love for design, to create captivating eyewear that promises to please any fashionista.
If you haven’t yet heard of this infectious duo, than I’m certain you’ve seen their work if you’re at all plugged in to pop culture and its reigning princesses. In a matter of months from their company’s inception, artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osboure, Lady Gaga and Ashanti, have been seen rocking their shades. Apart from the numerous celebrities that wear Coco and Breezy eyewear, they’ve also been published in a multitude of fashion magazines from Vogue Italia to Vibe. Pretty amazing for a venture that only started 2 and a half years ago.
Learning about the Africans That Came to the Americas!
Book Review by Kam Williams
“When I looked at my small son and wondered what types of information would be important for him to learn that I could pass along to him, I knew that I had to first prepare him to become a positive and proud African-American… So out of great love for my son and a deep concern for his future, I decided to write books that tend to point out some of the more obscure and forgotten about elements of the African-American ancestors’ experiences." -- Excerpted from the book jacket.
Cymphonique Miller - The “How to Rock” Interview Born in New Orleans on August 1, 1996, Cymphonique Miller stars as Kacey Simon on the Nickelodeon’s new TV series How to Rock. Prior to landing her own sitcom, Miller made guest appearances on several Nick series, including Big Time Rush, True Jackson VP, Just Jordan and The Troop. In addition to her television roles, Miller has also made many national television commercials and public service announcements. And her big screen credits include the feature films Scarecrow Joe and Opposite Day. Besides acting, Cymphonique is an accomplished singer who has performed on numerous national school tours and at theme parks all across the country. She also sings the theme song and provides the voices of “Nova” and “Krystal” on the Nickelodeon animated series Winx.
“When a 19 year-old member of a Black Muslim cult assassinated Chauncey Bailey in 2007—the most shocking killing of a journalist in the U.S. in 30 years—the question was: Why? Killing the Messenger… explores one of the most blatant attacks on the 1st Amendment and free speech in American history and the… cult that carried it out…Yusuf Bey… created a radical religion of bloodshed and fear…through a business called Your Black Muslim Bakery, beating and raping dozens of women… and fathering more than 40 children… [while] the police looked the other way as his violent soldiers ruled the streets. [culminating] in a journalist’s murder.” -- Excerpted from the inside cover of the book’s dust jacket
During Black History month, students are bombarded with facts about the important attributions African Americans have contributed to society. We learn that African Americans were not just main contributors to the civil rights movement, but in government, engineering, and the medical field as well.
One aspect we need not leave out while reviewing Black history is music. From the African drums to the blues, gospel, jazz and funkadelic era birth a genre diverse and unique in its own way (other wise known as rap.) People will argue the influence of rap music as positive and negative forever, but the magnitude of it’ impact is not up for discussion.