Minnesota is more than a thousand miles away from hip hop’s mainstays on either coast. Yet, Complex listed Minneapolis as one of the 15 best cities for hip hop fans in the United States, and Mic named the Twin Cities the “greatest hip-hop scene you’ve never heard of.”

 

Despite the geographical pull to mimic other regions, Twin Cities hip hop has managed to trademark its own experimental sound, humble aesthetic (most artists opt for toned down and muted attire), and, of course, the white supremacy that comes with our state’s infamous Minnesota Nice.

After walking up four floors of white marble staircases that looked out onto rows of chandeliers and carved ivory ceilings, I arrived in a small theater at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium. On the top level of the pristine building, a panel discussion was scheduled on Feb. 11 by the equally lofty institutions of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and Minnesota Public Radio with the title, “Is there a right way to protest?”

 

The fact that the event was scheduled a year and two days after the university had 13 student protesters arrested on school grounds for demanding an end to racial profiling and lack of funds for ethnic studies departments strongly hints that the university has a clear, affirmative answer to the panel’s title question.

Although it was mainly a plot to cool out radical activism, Labor Day is widely remembered as a celebration of the successful fight for the eight-hour day. Yet, while we’re approaching the United States’ 121st official Labor Day, it is now impossible for low-wage Minnesota workers to support their families while working only eight hours a day.

 

Audrey Park experienced the vibrancy and chaos of night markets in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia before she was hired to coordinate one in the center of the Little Mekong district of St. Paul.

 

At traditional night markets in Southeast and East Asia, vendors set up tents on condensed streets to sell street food, clothing, and other goods aimed at late-night crowds. “They’re overwhelming in the best kind of way,” says Park. “Everyone is out. It’s the place to be seen and see things. You experience so many different and new smells and activities. I would highly recommend it.”

 

Care about minimum wage, fair housing, immigration? Go caucus.

This Tuesday, March 1, is Super Tuesday. That means Minnesota, along with 11 other states and American Samoa, will hold presidential primaries or caucuses. However, the number of delegates Bernie, Hillary, Drumpf, Rubio, or whomever else, receive is not the only thing that will be decided on Tuesday. Minnesotans will have the chance to introduce resolutions, nominate candidates for state party office and shape their parties’ platforms.

First Open Streets Event of 2015 Kicks, Peddles, and Skates off Summer

The pavement of Lyndale Avenue was packed with bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, strollers, wheelchairs, and feet of all ages this Sunday during the first Open Streets Minneapolis event of the year.

“Your Crew vs. My Crew” creates community amidst competition at Rondo Days

The second annual “Your Crew vs. My Crew” dance competition finished out this year’s Rondo Days, which celebrates the black community that once thrived where I-94 now cuts through St. Paul.

“Every year we celebrate Rondo Days and the people and community who once stood there,” Leviticus Martin, the host of the event, proclaimed to a cheering audience during intermission of the competition. “So keep that in your minds and in your hearts when you come to Rondo Days, to the festival, to the parade, to the competition, that’s what it’s about. It’s about the community, it’s about love.”

Almost three years after Minnesotans voted down a restrictive voter ID amendment and 50 years to the day after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, the United States still has the largest voting gap of any industrialized nation.

 

This voting gap means that in 2012, 80% of Americans making $150,000 or more voted, compared to only 36% of folks earning less than 50,000, according to Representative Keith Ellison who delivered the opening remarks at the Stay Restless event put on by Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and his Council to Celebrate the Voting Rights Act in North Minneapolis Thursday evening.

Vecindario Central se une para traerle acceso a las personas con discapacidades de familias locales

Multiple community members were brought in to help with the idea of making Emanuel’s transport from his home to his yard physically easier by building a ramp with the help of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO). (article in Spanish)

2015 Somali Independence Day Festival in Photos

The Minnesotan Somali community celebrated the 55th anniversary of Somalia’s independence from Britain and Italy this weekend at a festival that spanned three blocks of West Lake Street.

Queer art is anything but a drag

Queertopia, “a cabaret celebration of queer love,” seeks as much diversity as possible. It is not just another white Twin Cities Gay Pride event–it is more.

Nathan Cambridge ’99 has used his Macalester degree to become a starring actor in national and international commercials, a freelance sports reporter for the Los Angeles Times Media Group and the High Priest of Beanpole, the god of pointless behavior.

Like physical health, mental health is something everyone is likely to struggle with sometime in their life. Yet due to stigmas and negative connotations associated with mental health issues, discussions surrounding the topic are sparse.

The government is tracking every citizen’s every move in a humungous, all-encompassing surveillance program behind closed doors, then a young protagonist reveals the federal government’s secrets and has to run away to foreign lands to avoid its harsh prosecutions.

This sounds like some sort of horrifying science fiction movie; however, sadly, it is real life.

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