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A 4th of July Reflection for 2021

This reflection originally appeared in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder on July 7, 2021. The Fourth of July is always a good time for Black folks to reflect on their...

The Untold Stories That Speak to Hmong Artist Law Thao

It started with a question... Why? My family lineage includes many adversities, conflict, and trauma tied to the Secret War. They fled the hilltops of...

‘Armed With Language,’ World War II Nisei Soldiers Have So Much...

I am a Sansei, a third-generation Japanese American. My first generation - Issei -grandfathers came to this country around 1905. Both my parents’ families...

Leading Through the Pandemic: Dr. Roli Dwivedi

"Leading Through the Pandemic" is a series focused on Twin Cities leaders and their reflections on the year of living during a pandemic and leading...

A Global Network of Pen Pals Creates Connection During the Pandemic

Story published on: March 26, 2021 In journalism, there are six questions that are at the core of every story - who, what, when, where,...

Responding to Disparities: A Look at a Post-2020 United States

Have you ever had a cut in the most inconvenient place? One of those places that you continually bump and re-aggravate? That is the...

What’s It Like to Raise a Baby in a Pandemic?

  2020 was the best year of my life. It was also the worst. 2020 was the year my daughter was born. It was also the...

A Black Mother Contemplates What It Means to Defund the Police

I remember once, many years ago, watching a boyfriend run down a dimly lit street in downtown Minneapolis, a small package under his arm...

50 Years Later, You’re Still ‘Gonna Make It After All’

  This fall TV season marked the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Mary Tyler Moore Show on CBS. The series belongs in the...

MN Hardcore, Episode 2: The Fastest Band in the World

  I saw my first Hüsker Dü show at an Oddfellows Hall in South Minneapolis. It was 1982, and I had recently bought the band's...