Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman announced his decision not to charge the officers who shot and killed Jamar Clark in North Minneapolis. The incident, investigation, and community response has increased tension between the Minneapolis Police Dept. and some Minneapolis residents. K.C. Harrison attended the public meeting and Rico Morales attended the rally where hundreds of people gathered and marched in the streets to show their disappointment with officials and to support each other.

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This week, Katie and Blaine Garrett from MPLSArt.com speak with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about upcoming visual arts events featuring Minneapolis artist Aza Erdich, an MCAD/SooVac exhibition honoring Suzy Greenberg, art created during a 48-hour lock-in at Electric Machete, and more.  

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International Women's Day 2016 was a great success. If you didn't get a chance to hear every programmed that aired over our 24 hour celebration, you can listen here! 

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Program Proposals Requested – Monday Public Affairs

KFAI is now accepting abstracts for a public affairs program to be placed in the Monday broadcast schedule.  You can apply online by following this link.

This position is currently occupied by the program “Truth To Tell”.

The In the Heart of the Beast Theater in South Minneapolis is known for some pretty wild performances involving giant puppets, so if any theater company was going to dramatize the creatures living in our basements and under our beds…this is what it might sound like. 

We often hear stories about the educational disparities between students who are white and students who are not white. Right now Minnesota students of color are not only far behind their white peers, but are graduating at some of the lowest rates in the country. 

Health Notes will be in conversation with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute Titilayo Bediako.

Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history
to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

Titilayo says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.
She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”
Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,”
says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”
Many African-Americans have adopted African names. Despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism.
Titilayo says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.
This is an important conversation you will not want to miss.

Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

In the fall of 1995, Lyndale school (Minneapolis Public School) teacher Titilayo (Titi) Bediako saw the need to build the youth of the future by celebrating and honoring cultural differences. WE WIN, which began with one program and 25 children, and has grown to include free parent groups, after school, tutoring, and summer programs, and Kwanzaa Celebrations each year and as of 2014, has served over 5000 youth and families, creating long-term and systemic change in their lives and communities.

We Win students will share the history of African people on Health Notes to celebrate Black History Month

Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM

Over at MPLSArt.com, Katie and Blaine Garrett preview a selection of this week's art happenings featuring art that 'beyond the point of no return,' romantic art that is 'uniquely dark,' and art in a state of 'Decay.'  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with the Garretts about these events throughout the Twin Cities.  

Photo credit:  "Boxel", Andrew Krahn, 2015

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