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Sep 01st

"Eye on the Struggle"

"This groundbreaking biography... illuminates the life and accomplishments of pioneering journalist Ethel Lois Payne, while also bringing to the fore the critical role of the black press in the civil rights era... In the 1950s and 1960s, she raised challenging questions at presidential press conferences about matters of importance to African-Americans...

Twin Cities Dilla Day 2015

Twin Cities Dilla Day 2015Music has forever been changed by the presence of Detroit based producer/emcee James Dewitt Yancey, better known as Jay Dee or J Dilla.

BOOK REVIEW: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

BOOK REVIEW: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom"Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda Blackmon Lowery refused to give up the fight for equal rights. She was the youngest marcher on the historic 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. She vowed to make a difference—and she did."

James Craven stars as Thurgood Marshall

James Craven stars as Thurgood MarshallThe Illusion Theater's 40th Anniversary Season continues with a powerful play based on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall, starring one of the Twin Cities' most venerable actors, James Craven. A journey of epic proportions, "Thurgood" is an eye-opening, humorous and uplifting portrait of a true American hero on stage March 6-15 at the downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave. Post-show panels and audience discussions follow each performance.

Imaginative theatrical revue honors Harlem Renaissance artists

Imaginative theatrical revue honors Harlem Renaissance artistsThe O'Shaughnessy presents "Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey" at 7:30 p.m. on March 6 as part of its on-going Women of Substance series.

Aesthetically It!

Aesthetically It!Aesthetically It! is a list of picks from the editors of Aesthetically Speaking. Aesthetically It! features venues, events, outings and more that are worthy of "It" status. If you have a venue, event or outing that you feel is It worthy, email us at

O-D: Producer talks K.Raydio album & African roots

O-D: Producer talks K.Raydio album & African rootsAs we continue to shed light on members of the Twin Cities aesthetics community, we bring you Milwaukee to Minnesota transplant O-D.

Born out of the Pete Rock/J Dilla school of thought, the beat maker has paid dues producing music for Ghana's M.anifest and Blitz the Ambassador, The Chalice and the collaborative album with K.Raydio, "One Drop." I recently sat down with O-D to talk about his music and family roots.
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