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Apr 20th

12 Days of Christmas' gets a hip-hop remix

12 Days of Christmas' gets a hip-hop remixLet'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.
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West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique features 20 local vendors

West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique features 20 local vendorsThe 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.
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Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush

Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush"I was privileged to work with Eric Draper during my entire Presidency. I got to know him during the 2000 Presidential campaign.

I saw right away that Eric is not only an excellent photographer; he is a fine person. I came to trust his judgment and made him chief White House photographer...

He earned my confidence and that of the White House staff. As a result, he had a front row seat for all eight years of my Administration...
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Music icon Prince gets tribute in new comic book biography

Music icon Prince gets tribute in new comic book biographyBluewater Productions will be releasing a new comic book about the life of the music icon Prince.

"Fame Prince" comic book was released last week and is available in print and digital.
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Remembering our extraordinary journeys

Remembering our extraordinary journeysFrom 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.
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Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNelson “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.
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Traci Allen connects with Can-do Girls Club, Wayman Praise Dancers following Cinderella performance

Traci Allen connects with Can-do Girls Club, Wayman Praise Dancers following Cinderella performanceCTC’s newest Company Actor Traci Allen is currently enchanting Twin Cities’ audiences with her portrayal of Cinderella in Children’s Theatre Company’s holiday production Cinderella. Her performance has garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. According to City Pages, “Allen is magnetic as Cinderella, merging weary innocence with grace. It's a performance that carries plenty of dramatic weight, which adds a real heart to all the frantic comedy.” Allen’s performance was most appreciated by girls and young women from North Minneapolis who belong to local groups dedicated to their empowerment: the Can Do Girls Club and the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church Praise Dancers. Both groups attended the performance on Sunday, November 17 followed by an exclusive post-show discussion with Allen.
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