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Hours after attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington hosted by President Biden, Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud addressed a near capacity crowd of the Somali diaspora at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Dec. 15. Speaking exclusively in Somali for about 40 minutes to a cheering crowd waving miniature Somali flags, the president praised the tenacity of Somalis and vowed...
The holiday season is here, and for Kenna-Camara Cottman that means curating Afro-fusion musicals that grip individuals of all ages. This year, Kenna wants to bring attention to Kwanzaa, the African American holiday, which some say has lost popularity among Black youth. Kenna, who is non-binary and prefers to go by the first name, is promoting Kwanzaa through a series...
Recently, Governor Tim Walz announced that internet providers will receive nearly $100 million in funding to expand broadband coverage to more Minnesotans.  This largest-ever grant round is estimated to extend new high-speed internet connections to more than 33,000 Minnesota homes and businesses in 48 counties. At the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Broadband Development, we’re working hard...
Gov. Tim Walz chose an ex-police chief Wednesday to be Minnesota’s top cop and picked one of the Legislature’s top tax experts as his chief tax collector. The Democratic governor announced six appointments altogether to fill out his cabinet as he prepares for his second term. Most of his agency heads are coming back, but six slots were open —...
The Brooklyn Park City Council in its last meeting for 2022, on Dec. 12, voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Angel Smith as the city’s new assistant city manager. Dr. Smith will also be director of the administration department. She takes over from Wokie Freeman-Gbogba who left in August to lead operations at Youthprise, a Minneapolis nonprofit. Her official start date...
Brooklyn Park Mayor Lisa Jacobson held her last city council meeting Monday, joined by outgoing councilmembers who also came to say their final goodbyes. The council meeting also served as a forum to discuss the future of the city’s facilities, infrastructure, and the wellbeing of the community. “I’ve been serving this community for the past 38 years, so this is...
The number of U.S. deaths dropped this year, but there are still more than there were before the coronavirus hit. Preliminary data — through the first 11 months of the year — indicates 2022 will see fewer deaths than the previous two COVID-19 pandemic years. Current reports suggest deaths may be down about 3% from 2020 and about 7% vs....
AfroBeats Dance Party started at 8 pm Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, but no one was on the floor dancing. House manager, Kendall, did not look alarmed. Nor should he have been. He knew the pre-sale tickets were strong and people were buying tickets at the door as well. When DJ Salif Keita started spinning, a couple started...
Fanaka Nation and Carolyne Naomi hosted the all ages Afrobeat Dance Party at The Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Mshale’s Chief Photographer Richard Ooga was on the scene to capture the images.  
Efforts by African immigrant health care professionals in Minnesota to create COVID-19 awareness in their community continue. On Saturday, it was the Igbo Women League of Minnesota (IWL) hosting a COVID-19 vaccination and education at Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center. The event, which IWL organized in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), encouraged members of...
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) works in partnership with communities to provide safe and free on-site COVID-19 vaccines. Completing your primary vaccination series and getting a booster dose when due remains the most important way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very good at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Make sure you...
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