Minneapolis trio behind ‘The Retention Strategy’ create dynamic fashion event

Let’s start with Ashley Johnson, known as “The Face” of Retention Strategy, who comes to Minneapolis by way of Detroit. Born and raised in the Motor City, she has always had a passion for community and has longed to instill social and academic events into various communities. Johnson has achieved this by creating a healthy environment for her peers and functions to inspire young individuals and encourage them to also do the same.Madia Willis, another third of the Retention Strategy, hails from Washington, DC and is known as “The Designer.” She once owned a clothing line called Biribelle that was infused with African fabric and a touch of vintage feel. She uses her talents to prove and encourage that the mind can achieve anything it is set on.Last but not least, Christopher Webley, completing the trio, is known as “The Engineer.” He describes himself as a “visionary.” All the way from North Carolina, he has nurtured his immense passion to not only empower people but to teach individuals how to follow their passion by exposing them to opportunities and resources.This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. Check out the links below for other recent Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder stories:Treating Black men means healing Black womenEntrepreneur’s story of refugee hardship results in successNow, what do these three individuals have in common? Continue Reading

All sales final: Roberts Shoes going out of business after 77 years

Any time you see a Going Out of Business Sale sign, you know some lives are changing, as an institution is coming to its end. But what if that business has been in the same location, in the same family, and with only two owners, since 1937? That’s the story at the corner of Chicago and Lake, where the familiar green signs “Roberts Shoes” and “Hardly A Foot We Can’t Fit” are now eclipsed by huge going-out-of-business sale signs. That’s the main story, but there are scores of other stories, too.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Ziggy Marley at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

The 2014 Music in the Zoo Series is winding down with some of the strongest acts of the Season. A diverse and fun audience packed the venue to jam along with Ziggy Marley on a perfect night for outdoor music Tuesday, August 12th. Minneapolis Reggae artist Young Ry started out the evening with an exceptional set that nicely complemented Marley. Make sure you don’t let this summer pass you by without catching some great entertainment in this extraordinary outdoor setting. Continue Reading

Bar Louie, dress codes, aversive racism, and searching for the forest amidst all these damn trees

Some people will look at a Van Gogh and just see a bunch of stupid dots. And no matter how passionately or rationally you argue about the importance of stepping back to see the larger image that all those dots create, they will insist on pressing their faces as close to the painting as possible, inspecting each dot, one by one, convinced that all those stupid little dots aren’t really “art.” Continue Reading