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Minneapolis has a new bookstore, courtesy of Chaun Webster and Verna Wong, who opened Ancestry Books on June 7th, 2014.
On the store’s front window, it says Ancestry Books is “… dedicated to re-centering the narratives of indigenous authors and authors of color.”
KFAI’s Brittany Lynch, co-host of “Soul Tools Radio”, attended the opening and talked with co-founder Verna Wong about what it takes to start a bookstore.

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This Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, The Cabooze will be hosting the FunkyTown Family Reunion, which will feature artists Mind Condition, Lo-Key?, Sounds of Blackness, RL, Jellybean Johnson, and #MPLS. This event is a benefit for Lance “LA” Alexander, a founding member of Lo-Key? and a collaborator, alongside his partner prof t, with such names as Michael and Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Alexander O’Neal, Flyte Tyme, and more. Lance was born with a rare condition called “Chiari Malformation”, and it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that he began to experience severe effects from it. While going through surgeries and physical therapies, Lance learned that he also had another disease called “Syringomyelia”, which was brought on by his “Chiari Malformation”. This eventually caused paralysis from the waist down.

Now Lance’s friends will be coming together for a night of music and optimism to help him raise enough money to help afford expensive medical treatment which may be able to reverse his paralysis. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to the “Lance Alexander Trust”.

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The American actor, athlete, scholar and singer, Paul Robeson, died 1n 1976, but his music and his cultural profile still resonate today.

At the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, Robeson’s life and art will be explored in a two act musical featuring Jason McKinney as Paul Robeson and Christopher Bagley as Lawrence Brown, Robeson’s accompanist.

The shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm, and there’s a 2pm matinee on Sunday, June 22. You can find out more by calling Ticket Works at 612 343-3390, or by going online to The Capri Theater dot org.

Bagley and McKinney stopped by KFAI and talked with Robert Easley, who asked if Paul Robeson’s story is still important.

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Telling the story of a community takes time and effort, especially when the details are recorded in many forms and stored away in personal and institutional archives.

The Historyapolis Project is an attempt to illuminate the history of Minneapolis using digital media. You can see the latest effort at historyapolis dot com, or by searching for “Historyapolis” on Facebook.

Kirsten Delegard is director of the project, which is housed at Augsburg College. She talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein about some lesser known elements of the city’s history.

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On Spin with Cyn Tuesday 10 – noon, you’ll hear Yonkers spin bands that inspired him, his recordings few, if any people have heard, and some of his music with his various bands over the past five decades. Tune in to hear songs and stories from this legendary Minnesota artist.

From the earliest indicators and faint forebodings to the eventual grim diagnosis, Deborah Shouse talks about the difficult—and at times joyous—road she and her parents walked through the Land of Dementia—Alzheimer’s disease.

She shares the challenges she faced during the process of caring for both parents as her mother slowly vanished, to be replaced by a difficult but surprisingly no less valued and beloved stranger. Strong, fluid organization and tender writing distinguish this purposeful and compelling conversation on a heartbreaking subject filled with unexpected insights.

The Green Line Light Rail project started running between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Free rides were provided all weekend throughout the Metro Transit system.
Opening day festivities at a number of stations along the way were marred by a persistent rainstorm and high winds.
KFAI’s Debbie Strege braved the elements to sample some of the music and talk to a few of the first riders. She spoke with Gary, DeRong, Sean Dunn, Joshua and Sarah Stumbo, and Mike Elias, who is co-owner of Barely Brothers Records in St. Paul, a new record store near the Raymond Avenue Station. She also visited with Kathy Larson, who shared a family legend about traveling between the Twin Cities on the now-defunct streetcar system.

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Soccer’s World Cup is underway in Brazil.
On the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda and Raul Escobar of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” have shared their enthusiasm for the sport and their excitement about an event that brings the world together.
On Monday, June 16th, they dissected the first weekend’s action.

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The Green Line Light Rail line was launched on June 14, 2014. It’s a one billion dollar transit project linking downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue.

Free rides through the first weekend gave thousands the chance to see what all the excitement was about. The festivities were launched at a ceremony held inside the refurbished Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.

Eleven public officials had a few minutes each to talk about the years of work that led to this opening weekend. We’ll hear some excerpts, including comments from Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Federal Transportation official Peter Rogoff, Governor Mark Dayton, Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh and Fifth district Congressman Keith Ellison. We’ll also hear from Twin Cities artist Seitu Jones. KFAI’s Terry Carter will introduce the comments.

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Somalia is not known for business development and access to formal banking is basically nonexistent for a large sector of the population.
Seven out of ten people are under 30 years old. Unemployment is about 65%. A lingering civil war and violent confrontations between insurgent groups and the skeletal government make planning difficult. In spite of these challenges, the Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee is working to advance the Somali economy. ARC has teamed up with a leading money transfer service and a Qatar-based social enterprise to create Somalia’s first micro-lending program. The program will provide money and offer business training to people hoping to work in fishing, carpentry, tailoring and other small businesses. The Kaah Islamic Micro-finance Service, or KIMS, has opened in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The American Refugee Committee’s Said Sheik-Abdi was recently in East Africa. He stopped by KFAI and talked with Paul Brohaugh about how micro-lending can make a difference in Somalia.

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