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Susan is based in Minneapolis and reports on general assignments for Mshale with a focus on entertainment. In addition to reporting, she is also a writer, poet, teacher and coach.

Walker Art Center 2006-2007 Season

The Walker Art Center announced its 2006-2007 performing arts season schedule at a luncheon held in its Skyline Room on June 7th.  The aspiring program includes dancers, actors, and musicians…

The Meaning of Traditional Masks in Africa

An interview with Mimi Girma

Art Exhibit Closes with Lively Public Discourse

Art Exhibit Closes with Lively Public Discourse

"I think it's more beneficial to be embraced by the audience of the Walker ( Art Center ) than it is to hang on the walls of the Walker," said photographer, Bill…

African Daily Life

A group exhibit including paintings, sculpture, photography and artifacts highlighting daily life in African countries is on display at the Mira Gallery of the Instituto de Cultura y Educación in…

Shining a Light on Kenyan Girls

Shining a Light on Kenyan Girls

Pastor Bill Heib, from Riverside Ministry Center in Somerset, Wisconsin  says that the daughters of these Kenyan women are born with three strikes against them.  "They're born girls, they're born…

Highlights of Dr. Mumbi Mwangi’s Speech at Light House Ministries Fundraiser

Highlights of Dr. Mumbi Mwangi’s Speech at Light House Ministries Fundraiser

Dr. Mumbi Mwangi speaks of domesticity in Kenya as both encompassing motherhood as well as defining a woman's place in the home.  She doesn't have a problem with that.  The…

African Dance Awakens Local Libraries During Black History Month

African Dance Awakens Local Libraries During Black History Month

It’s common knowledge that hip-hop dancing is a veiled attempt to sexualize the movements of African dance.  Isn’t it?  According to G. Craige Lewis who preaches nationally as well as…

Cameroon’s Judge Ntuba Calls for Change of Attitude

Cameroon’s Judge Ntuba Calls for Change of Attitude

Outdoor temperatures soared to record-breaking levels Thursday, June 23rd. But the heat, held in check at the North Star Ballroom on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota,…

Jimi Hope and Yawo Attivor in Benefit Concert for Togo

Jimi Hope and Yawo Attivor in Benefit Concert for Togo

A benefit for Togo, headlined with transplanted local boy, Yawo Attivor, and the irrepressible, straight-from-Togo Jimi Hope drummed up thousands of sorely needed dollars for this West African country last…

Soweto Gospel Choir on Stage

Soweto Gospel Choir on Stage

Silhouetted on stage against a slate gray backdrop, Sipokazi Luzipo' clear alto voice calls out into blackness. A taut hide stretched over a jembe provides drumming surface to accompany Luzipo…

The Woman Behind the Music

One might expect a bigger, louder, brassier woman to be the one who breaks down gender barriers in Mali, West Africa.…