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Bethel is a student journalist at the University of Minnesota and an intern at Mshale.

Minneapolis festival celebrates Somali Independence Day

Minneapolis festival celebrates Somali Independence Day

MINNEAPOLIS – Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday between Blaisdell and Stevens Avenue block of West Lake Street to commence Somalia’s 58th Independence Day. Every year, communities across the world…

A bonanza of African music in Minnesota this summer

A bonanza of African music in Minnesota this summer

Fans of African music in the Twin Cities have reason to celebrate this summer. Not only is the Cedar Cultural Center bringing back its annual “African Summer” music series which…

Ilhan Omar launches campaign for Congress

Ilhan Omar launches campaign for Congress

MINNEAPOLIS (Mshale) – Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar officially launched her campaign for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District seat last night at the Mixed Blood Theater in Cedar-Riverside. Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District…

Jambo Africa opens second location in Brooklyn Center

Jambo Africa opens second location in Brooklyn Center

Jambo Africa Restaurant has opened a second location about a mile south of its current location on 1601 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center. The new location is the former Oriental Market.…

Business Spotlight: Abdirahman Kahin of Afro Deli

Business Spotlight: Abdirahman Kahin of Afro Deli

In our latest Business Spotlight,  Bethel Gessesse sat down with Abdirahman Kahin, the owner of the thriving Afro Deli to discuss the state of his widely celebrated eateries and future…

African Summer in Minneapolis

African Summer in Minneapolis

The African Summer music series returns to the Twin Cities for a ninth year, celebrating the diversity in music and culture of Africa. The series will consist of three concerts…

Business Spotlight: Goodir Realty

Business Spotlight: Goodir Realty

The National Association of Realtors released its monthly membership report at the end of April and said it has just over 1.2 million members. Of those just over 18,000 are…

Highly anticipated opportunity center opens in Cedar Riverside

Highly anticipated opportunity center opens in Cedar Riverside

After two years in the making, the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center opened this  past Sunday, March 12th, with a ceremony drawing nearly one-hundred people. The center was packed with members…

Dandies Book Launch 2017: Make a Difference, Look Good Doing It

Dandies Book Launch 2017: Make a Difference, Look Good Doing It

Mark your calendars for the annual Dandies Project: a showcase and photo book release featuring professional men of color from around the Twin Cities. Amara Kamara, Dandies Project board member…

In advance of concert, Mshale and Ordway welcome Somi to Minnesota

In advance of concert, Mshale and Ordway welcome Somi to Minnesota

Jazz vocalist and songwriter, Somi,  paid homage to the many places and people she draws inspiration from during a welcome gathering in her honor at the Brooklyn Park community center…