COMMUNITY VOICES | Celebrities make a child’s dream come true in St. Paul

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Gino Terrell

Anthony Gresafe (left) gets autograph from Daunte Culpepper (no. 23, right).

Minneapolis, Minnesota native and NHL athlete Dustin Byfuglien was one of the many celebrities who participated in Celebrity Sweat’s annual celebrity softball event to support over a dozen local ch


2014 J4 Freedom Celebration and Soccer tournament

I was watching “My Fair Lady” last night. It has been ages since I have seen it. I was taken with the part where Eliza leaves and Henry Higgins finds her at his mother’s house. Eliza says that she felt that she has always been treated like a lady by Mr. Pickering and that subsequently she felt like Henry had not treated her like a lady. But Higgins countered that he felt it was more important to treat all people the same. I think there is some truth in that. Of course I believe we should treat all people well and with respect (Henry Higgins admitted he was grouchy with everyone).


Youth, sports, and life

It is hard for me to become enamored with sports where the only scoring is penalty kicks or multiple overtimes. But watching what I have of the World Cup has been an education. A lot of people want to guide kids who might play American football into soccer, but the World Cup shows that the image of “safe sport” is an illusion. Not many kids who play American football end their season with cracked vertebrae like the leading scorer for Brazil. I’m sure our football beats the brain up worse than soccer, but the excessive use of the head for ball movement in soccer can’t be particularly good for the brain either.


64 years later, one of Minnesota's Black athletes gets posthumous recognition

(l-r) Lea Hargett, Henry Crosby, Miguel Ramos, Peter Gorton (Photos by Charles Hallman)

William Henry “Bill” Binga until last weekend was resting in an unmarked grave for over 60 years. Now, that is no longer the case.


Rep. McCollum says Redskins name violates University of Minnesota policy, some students plan to protest campus game this fall

Some University of Minnesota students plan to protest the Washington Redskins’ nickname when the NFL team plays on campus this fall.


Reflections of New Minnesotans: The World Cup

This week's episode features a discussion of the 2014 World Cup, as well as a round-up of refugee and immigrant-related news. [Audio below]

Is the beautiful game Laos' beautiful struggle?

The kicks! The slides! The hair! And those uniforms! I know that’s what you’re watching for. As the World Cup began last week, Laos is again sitting back and watching the big guys with the big money kick around the big balls.


OPINION | Taking the public out of a public park

Sharing public amenities is only slightly less controversial than funding public amenities. The new Vikings stadium adjoins an equally new Minneapolis public park. The Minnesota Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission retain exclusive use for 80-100 days per year. The park represents a new economic development direction that presents itself as one thing, a park, while behaving as another, an athletic performance venue.


Five Elements Martial Arts: Principle-based martial arts for the whole family

Five Elements Martial Arts (FEMA) is a nonprofit educational organization “dedicated to the empowerment of all people through martial arts, wellness, personal safety, and self-defense training,” located at 3749 Cedar Ave. S. since 2012. FEMA, which operates under the leadership of Shifu (Sensei) Koré Grate, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. Koré holds multiple black belts (the highest level of mastery achievable) and is part of several regional and national organizations that promote the empowerment of all people, especially women, through martial arts.


North Minneapolis YMCA named for Harold Mezile, mentor

Beats and Rhymes brought the house to their feet with a rap that repeated, “I do my homework, I do my business.” (Photos by Margo Ashmore)

“Seeing a man that looked different, and had a background like mine,” solidified her commitment to the YMCA, said Stacy Guilfoyle, a youth support specialist. Having a person of color at the top had profound effects “on many of us from that era.”

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