Full-service, Black-owned, Detroit-based bank to open Twin Cities branch

Detroit-based First Independence Bank, one of only 18 Black-owned full-service banks in the country, has filed an application to open a branch in the Twin Cities. Five banks in the Twin Cities — Bank of America, Bremer Bank, Huntington Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo — are each supporting First Independence Bank’s arrival with capital, […]

Chaz Sandifer is redefining health and wellness in Minneapolis with theNEWmpls

For the past 10 years, Chaz Sandifer has taken a holistic approach to health and wellness from the inside out. Her mission has been to get healthy through fitness, nutrition and wellness. Her passion prompted her to start her company, theNEWmpls. As a certified group fitness instructor, lifestyle and wellness coach, and owner-operator of the […]

Life coach Dawn Johnson helps people connect with their inner light

After 20 years in corporate America, Dawn Johnson decided it was time to do what she does best — motivate, mentor and help people to connect with their inner light. As a John C. Maxwell-certified life coach, Johnson helps others define their purpose. Johnson spoke with rolling out about her superpowers, As a Black woman, […]

Kyla Sharp is reaping the success of Summit Academy OIC training

Summit Academy OIC of Minneapolis continues to uphold its mission to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and become contributing citizens of their communities. Kyla Sharp one of Summit Academy OIC’s success stories. She is currently a pre-apprentice electrician and employed as an Advance Panel Builder I at Design Ready Controls, a lead […]

De’Vonna Pittman shares love for Minneapolis and Minnesota Black Authors Expo

Many have a deep and abiding love for North Minneapolis and an appreciation of Black literature and Black authors. That love and appreciation spawned the idea for the Minnesota Black Authors Expo. De’Vonna Pittman is a community engagement guru and co-founder of the Minnesota Black Authors Expo. She and co-founder Jasmine Boudah had the vision […]

Up-and-coming comedienne Ashli Henderson setting her sights on bigger stages

Comedienne Ashli Henderson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she is best known for her ability to roast a crowd and for her brand of raw, authentic comedy. She first tried her hand at stand-up comedy during an open mic night at a local club in 2016. Since then, Henderson has opened for […]

Positive Image hosts 7th annual Father Daughter Dance

Positive Image hosted its 7th annual Father Daughter Dance at the Earl Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The dance is a community-sponsored formal event that focuses on the importance of maintaining a strong healthy relationship between fathers or father figures and their daughters and building their self-esteem in a fun-filled environment. Held Sunday, […]

Albert Gallmon gives spiritual guidance as Minneapolis endures diversity issues

The heat of summer extends beyond weather in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. In the past two years, the Twin Cities have been rocked by police shootings of unarmed Black men. In July 2016, the area gained national attention after Philando Castile was shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez was charged […]

100 Black Men Strong host event to empower Black male students in Twin Cities

Youth typically view life from one perspective in communities of color. Illicit activities which often leads to prison or the grave. For young Black men, the lack of positive examples and role models can be crippling. Christopher Fleming, of Black Male Achievement, and event coordinator, concurs. “Our scholars hear a lot of single narratives about […]

Dr. Tonya Jackman Hampton works to bring serenity and comfort to patients

Dr. Tonya Jackman Hampton is the vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS). She’s quick to share that she’s grateful to be in a position to for women’s rights. With those eye-catching and lovely silver tresses, Dr. Hampton, who is also the founder of Graces of […]

NABA Twin Cities celebrate local millennials during Black History Month

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) hosted their third annual Black History Month celebration to acknowledge and celebrate the journey of Black people in America. The event hosted nearly 200 attendees who came to support and share in the experience. The ambiance in the room set the tone for an explosive session of spoken word […]

VocalEssence brings Harlem Renaissance to Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall

The melodic sounds of good music were in the air as VocalEssence did a phenomenal job celebrating Black History Month with the performance of I Trust Harlem Is Still There. The performance was the inspiration of Bill Branfield from the letters from writer Langston Hughes. The performance from the symphony, conducted by Phillip Schoultz III was breathtaking. A […]

Robin P. Hickman touches souls through powerful social impact experiences

Robin P. Hickman, the CEO and executive producer of SoulTouch Productions, has a love for multimedia and an even bigger love for young people. As a young girl, she knew it was her duty to instill the same principles her mother taught her in succeeding generations. What is your goal or mission with SoulTouch? The […]

Youthprise president Wokie Weah shares how she’s blessed by strong women

Youthprise boasts of being the only youth-centered philanthropic organization in Minnesota. A nonprofit established by the McKnight Foundation in 2011, Youthprise is committed to harnessing the collective ideas, resources and capacity of the Minnesota community — including youth — to promote more systematic approaches to delivering and supporting high quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom. […]

Positive Image Father Daughter Dance celebrating 6 years in Twin Cities

One of the best events for fathers in the Twin Cities is the Positive Image Father Daughter Dance. The  Father Daughter Dance focuses on the importance of fathers and their daughters having strong, healthy relationships. Positive Image Executive Director Terry Austin said, “Father Daughter Dance is a community-sponsored, formal, elegant and fun-filled evening for girls ages 5 […]

Melvin Carter III: St. Paul’s 46th mayor introduces a host of firsts

It wasn’t just another frigid Tuesday in Saint Paul when Melvin Carter III, 38, was sworn into office as the first mayor of color and one of the youngest since Minnesota’s capital city’s founding in 1854. It was also a day when new thought leadership stepped to the fore. His leadership style embraces continuity, a […]

Nick Hooks of Cool & Co. introduces a nuance of panache to the Twin Cities

When you step out in the Twin Cities and you are looking for the culture creators, look no further than Nick Hooks, better known as Mister Hooks. For more than a decade, Hooks has been the plug in the Twin Cities. A brand ambassador, connector and stylist, he’s recognized for his style, network and legendary […]