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Prince Legacy Project Vol. I: Mike Queenz

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:25am
Volume I of a collaborative series with the Twin Cities Daily Planet dedicated to the legacy of Prince, featuring artist Mike Queenz. "Prince was a very clear statement for a lot of queer folks. He was able to be that thing and embody this, I don't know this energy that so many people have pent up inside or can't express... Whatever it is, society doesn't want to accept queerness, especially when it's coming from black people, or masculine folks. I think Prince was just that thing, that epitome of what it means to be a carefree, queer, black, genderbending person." –Mike Queenz Video shot and edited by Ryan Stopera Original song "Currency" written by Mike Queenz Instrumental production by Yon Legend

We’re hiring! The Daily Planet seeks an Assistant Editor + Marketing Coordinator

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 9:16am
Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and two to three (2-3) samples of your writing and/or editorial work to

Best of Neighborhood News 7/28: FLOW Northside, Fringe Festival and more

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:15am
This week: previews of FLOW Northside Arts Crawl, treating addiction recovery for women and the best of the LGBTQIA plays coming in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival

North Minneapolis takes back food systems, land through urban agriculture

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:43am
Transforming the community and its residents is the main goal of Northside food system organizers, who are using food as a tool to aid in that transformation.

On fatness and bullying

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:27am
Fat people do not need anyone’s body policing, and telling a fat person to lose weight or live healthfully is not helpful. The unsolicited “advice” is passive aggressive and hurtful. The actions and mistreatment is bullying.

Best of Neighborhood News 07/21/2016: Thousands gather to celebrate Philando Castile

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:12am
This week: Philando Castile's funeral, Minnesotans "dump Trump" at the RNC and supporters fill Lynx game after Lt. Bob Kroll's offensive comments.

Prioritizing pedestrians over cars shakes up Minneapolis street design

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:18am
Pedestrian advocates are stepping up to create new city policies that will improve not only transportation infrastructure, but the very thinking that goes into street design. For the first time, pedestrians and their needs will be put above people in vehicles.

Three protesters tell their own stories of the I-94 shutdown

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 8:40pm
In this Community Voices video, two protesters–Mica Grimm and Alicia Lucio–who were on the ground that night along with Aria Weatherspoon share their side of the story.

Best of Neighborhood News 07/14/2016: Nation’s violence opens old wounds

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 7:50am
This week: a son realizes his mother's fears, Insure the Police passes important hurdle and decolonizing thinking processes within the African immigrant community.

“He showed us what revolution could look like, feel like and ultimately be like”: Local Black artists create new work honoring Prince’s legacy

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 8:10am
To mark Prince's legacy in these trying times, we’ve invited local black activists/artists to create original work that deconstructs power, pain, and the fallacy of “Minnesota Nice.”

Pride festivals may be more corporate, but they’re also more exploitative

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:15am
When queer communities complain about the “corporatizing of Pride,” they often mean they don’t want to see businesses like Target and Car2Go having large displays at the festival and floats in the parade, when department stores and car sharing have nothing to do with queer pride or resilience within heteronormative patriarchy.

Best of Neighborhood News 7/7/2016: Lavender Magazine and anti-Muslim bias allegations

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:47am
This week: Lavender Magazine's whitewashing and anti-Muslim narrative of Orlando, minimum wage on the ballot in Minneapolis and microaggressions in the workplace.

Radically engaged institution East Side Freedom Library celebrates second year

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:02am
Two years ago, founders of St. Paul's East Side Freedom Library founders Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff opened the doors to an institution that is changing what a library can be and can do for community.

Best of Neighborhood News 6/30/16: Queer & Trans POC communties post-Orlando stand tall

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:01am
This week: QTPOC reflections on safety and inclusivity at Pride, overcrowding in Minnesota prisons and climate change's disproportionate effect on marginalized communities

What one Native woman thinks everyone should know about Native people

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 7:29am
The hardest part of trying to do intersectional work for me, as an Anishinaabe woman, is that most people–even most people of color and other oppressed peoples–know so little about Native people. I had a lot of difficulty recently when someone (a respected changemaker) tried to tell me her opinion on why Native people don't have it that bad, when no part of her opinion was based in truth. It is hard to not feel resentment when people bring huge, common misconceptions to the table: of rich Indians, of free college and casino money.

Lack of housing for ex-offenders is set-up for failure

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:41am
Having both housing and a job is more than a necessity; the absence of one or the other can spell danger for many ex-offenders.

‘You talk, I’ll type’ Cow Tipping Press offers new space for writers

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:08am
Taking a class with Cow Tipping Press was the first time Rob Bergerson had ever tried his hand at poetry–let alone read it aloud—which he did, at one of Cow Tipping Press’s public reading events. The reason he’d never done these things before was not, he said, because he didn’t think he could do them. He could. It was simply because until then, he hadn’t had an outlet.

Best of Neighborhood News 6/23/16: Dispute could close Cedar-Riverside mainstay

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:00am
This week: Afro Deli dispute, Northside air quality and more reactions to the Orlando massacre.

The invisible side of homelessness

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:48pm
Nine thousand three hundred and twelve: the number of adults, youth and children in Minnesota who were living without a home on Oct. 22, 2015, as part of a one-night statewide Wilder Research study to better understand homelessness. In 2012, it was estimated there are over 40,000 people in Minnesota who experience homelessness over the […]

Best of Neighborhood News 6/16/16: America’s check for black education keeps bouncing

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:07pm
This week: the state of black education, retail janitors reach landmark agreement with Best Buy and emerging artist Princeton Brown.