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Sep 02nd

“The Injustice Files” Interview: Brother Beauchamp on still investigating unsolved lynchings

“The Injustice Files” Interview: Brother Beauchamp on still investigating unsolved lynchingsAward-winning filmmaker, Keith Beauchamp found his calling while making his first documentary about Emmett Louis Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was abducted and tortured to death in August of 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The suspects subsequently arrested for the lynching were all acquitted by an all white jury.
That heart-wrenching story of a young boy, beaten, shot, and thrown in a river, ignited the early civil rights movement. Decades later, the case was re-opened by the FBI because Keith Beauchamp uncovered new information in the course of his research for The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.
Bolstered by his ability to connect with potential witnesses who otherwise might not come forward in communities where such Civil Rights crimes have occurred, Beauchamp has become a passionate advocate for survivors seeking justice for victims and has assisted the FBI by developing new leads for some of the still unsolved cases from this shameful troubled chapter in American history.

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil It takes something undoubtedly special to leave ones jaw on the floor, and usher their eyes into pure astonishment. And such is the recurring reaction of anyone who dares to venture into the blue and yellow tent tucked in the parking lot that sits across the street from the Mall of America. The culprit behind such wowing and amazement—Cirque du Soleil, and since their newest show opened on May 26th, the conversation on everyone lips has simply been “OVO.”

I Can Finish College

I Can Finish College“Almost half of the students who get into college do not graduate… Students who succeed have what is known as Emotional Intelligence. This means that they are resilient and know how to face obstacles, manage time, take advantage of resources, build networks, become self-aware, become self-confident, learn from every experience, focus on personal aspirations, and take responsibility for themselves…
You can succeed and finish college if you learn how these institutions work and how they can work for you. This book is meant to help you do just that. The goal is your graduation.”  - Excerpted from the Introduction (pg.7)

Intriguing documentary revisits To Kill a Mockingbird

Intriguing documentary revisits To Kill a MockingbirdHey, Boo - Film Review

In 1961, Harper Lee, an unknown white woman from a small town in Alabama, won a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Released at the height of the African-American struggle against Jim Crow segregation, the book played a pivotal role in raising the country’s awareness of racism while simultaneously serving to shame the South about its disgraceful legacy of lynching, oppression and discrimination.

A couple of years later, the screen adaptation of the best seller earned several Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. Gregory Peck delivered his career performance as Atticus Finch, an attorney defending a Black man unfairly accused of rape.

Mississippi Mass Choir set to tour South Africa

Mississippi Mass Choir set to tour South AfricaThe award winning Mississippi Mass Choir will once again “Go ye into all the world;” evangelizing in song; with a tour of South Africa. Hosted by the I Can Foundation, the tour will take place June 9-20 and included services in Johannesburg, New London, Hazyview, and Pretoria.

According to Dr. David Molapo, chairman and co-founder of the I Can Foundation, “We are looking forward to hosting the world renowned Mississippi Mass Choir in the Motherland. Over the years their music has made an impact in the lives of many South Africans. We believe that this ministry tour will spread a message of hope and be life transforming for all involved.”

North Minneapolis Rising: Disaster relief benefit concert for North Minneapolis families

Sabathani Community Center will hold host a  benefit concert titled North Minneapolis Rising at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Marion O. Snargrass Auditorium at Sabathani. Proceeds will be donated to the Minnesota Helps – North Minneapolis Recovery Fund that will support the humanitarian needs of the individuals and families in North Minneapolis impacted by the May 22 tornado.

First Lady Michelle Obama credited in 'dispelling stereotypes' of Black women in groundbreaking national study

First Lady Michelle Obama credited in 'dispelling stereotypes' of Black women in groundbreaking national study In a first of its kind groundbreaking national study on the lives of college educated, accomplished Black women, more than 87% of the Black female survey respondents (n=540) believe that First Lady Michelle Obama has helped dispel negative stereotypes of accomplished Black women in America.

The results of what author Sophia Nelson has dubbed as the "Age of Michelle Obama" survey are published in a new book Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama. Essence Magazine has hailed the book as a "Game Changer" for Black women in America. The New York Post writes "At a moment of profound economic and cultural change for America, Black Woman Redefined comes along at the perfect time. While Sophia Nelson knows her target audience, she's also aware of the broader, diverse world. With solid research and a smooth inclusive voice, Nelson has produced a book that that holds lessons for many."
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