FREE SPEECH ZONE | More Than Lights at the Fine Line Music Cafe

In the tight knit community of Minneapolis Hip Hop, More Than Lights has collected a small army of very capable and talented performers to announce the release of their second full-length album.”Fun’s on Our Team” is the title of their new EP. The Fine Line hosted the event. The Hip Hop/ Funk group kicked it off with a high-energy show filled with long time collaborators.the free speech zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the twin cities daily planet. this is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements, and even a few press releases.Through out the night the bands would filter in and out of the green room talking about their labyrinthian connections to one another and reminiscing over festivals and benefit concerts that brought them to this moment.The party atmosphere kept the show positive and it felt more like an intimate party of friends and relatives. The sold out crowd was treated to five acts over the course of the night. Continue Reading

Preventing foreclosure in North Minneapolis

In a meeting that was part lunch meeting, part rallying cry for help, hope and understanding, the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) focused on its dual goals: foreclosure prevention and empowering residents to hold leaders accountable. “We need to go after the people who are making it (financially) unfair,” said Jerie Cuff, NCRC doorknocker and cheerleader. The Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition is an organization of ethnic, religious and community citizens who are dedicated to helping people who have been foreclosed on keep their homes. (See Looking for ways to fight foreclosure in North Minneapolis.) They work directly with the banks to amend loan agreements or modify them in a way that allows people to stay in their homes and the bank to get what it needs. A large part of what NCRC does involves reaching families in need and directing them to financial counseling. Continue Reading