Midnight Express

TruthToTell, Monday, May 16-9AM: LABOR'S UNTOLD STORIES: History Belies Successes:First Person Radio: May 11: CROW BELLECOURT: Lead Singer-Midnite Express with Comic Tito Ybarra

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Many of us know and understand the struggles working people fought when corporations and managers abused their workers, the 100-year effort to improve wages and working conditions, to organize craftsmen and laborers, the police-supported thugs hired to prevent them from it. We know how labor unions that emerged from all that conflict gave us the 8-hour day, the 40-hour week, paid vacations, toilets at the work site, lunch breaks, coffee breaks, holidays off – all of it union-made.

But other stories lie underneath all of those successes, stories that provided hope, but have failed to fulfill their promise.

Monday night (May 16), the next in a long line of presentations on Labor’s Untold Stories organized by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, a panel of speakers on discrimination in and against union workers and workers of color and the birth and work of theFair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC). The panel will present at Rondo Community Library in St. Paul at 7:00PM. And we have

Labor pioneers in the Twin Cities pushed for similar laws in Minnesota, including the late Katie McWatt of the old North Central Voters League, A. Philip Randolph, the St. Paul Urban League and one of its activists, Monsignor John J. Gilligan of St. Mark’s Parish.

Thus do the issues of race, class and labor merge once again into a classic untold story – because we do not openly discuss those discomfiting matters in this state or this nation. We want to believe it never happens, that race and class don’t matter, especially when we have human rights commissions and civil rights commissions and fair employment practices commissions and employment discrimination rulings and settlements and all the rest. Still, the pathology of racism and classicism plague our society and our labor unions.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with Twin Cities and national labor activists, scholars and writers to discover some of Labor’s Untold Stories.

GUESTS:

MAHMOUD EL-KATI – Professor Emeritus of History, Macalester College, Essayist, Speaker, Honoree of Macalester’s Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies and Author, Haiti: The Hidden Truth (2010)

ANDREW E. KERSTEN – Professor of History, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay; Author, Race, Jobs, and the War: The FEPC in the Midwest, 1941-1946 (Illinois, 2000) and Clarence Darrow – an American Iconoclast

TOM BEER –  Retired Business Agent and Political Director, AFSCME Council #6 (Minnesota); Labor Union Director, Paul Wellstone 2002 re-election campaign; co-author of biographical article on Very Rev. Msgr. John Gilligan (to be published soon)

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First Person Radio: May 11: CROW BELLECOURT: Lead Singer-Midnite Express with Comic Tito Ybarra – Audio HERE

Midnite Express commemorates the release of its 10th recording in honor of one of their elders and teachers, Jerry Dearly, Sr.– Sutapi – which means “Sharpshooter” in Lakota Sioux. Jerry has been a guiding influence to the Midnite Express singers as well as many others. His knowledge of the Lakota language and traditions is evident throughout this album culminating with the title track, composed by his son, Jeremy.

 Midnite Express Singers

Joseph Rainy, Buffalo Campbell, Chris Whipple, Crow 
Bellecourt, Opie Day-Bedeau, Carlos Day, Marcus Denny, 
Jason Kingbird along with John Teller, Jr. from Bear Traks 
and Myron Pyawasit from Smokeytown Singers

Crow Bellecourt is one of the lead singers/manager for the Midnite Express drum group from the Twin Cities. They represent the Ojibwe, Lakota, HoChunk and Menomonee and Pueblo. Last year, ‘MNX’, as they are known, were the winners of the Best Powwow album, at the Nammy’s (Native American Music Awards) for their album, “Band of Brothers” CD. Four times in the past 10 years they have won as world class Northern Singing Champions at Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are also the first group ever to win this award three years in a row. They enjoy singing for the people and representing their Twin Cties Indian community. Crow began singing traditional music when he was a student at Heart of the Earth in Minneapolis.

“Midnight Express is a group of Ojibway, Menominee Sioux & Ho-chunk Nations. We travel to powwows & gatherings all year round singing every where we go...we’ve recorded over nine albums & one DVD. Our most recent CD’s are called MIDNITE EXPRESS BAND OF BROTHERS and SHARPSHOOTER."

The sounds of Midnite Express, originating from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, have grown from local Great Lakes area favorites to renown across Indian country. MNX, as they are often referred to on the powwow trail, have traveled from coast to coast competing and hosting as one of the most prominent drums on the circuit today. This drum group has proven to be one of the most powerful drum groups on the powwow trail today. They have captivated powwow arenas from coast to coast with their unique original style of singing. Coming from the twin cities of Minnesota, they have taken numerous singing championships along with various host drum jobs at some of the most prestigious powwow in Indian Country.

FIRST PERSON RADIO's  RICHARD LaFORTUNE (with Andy Driscoll) talks with Crow Bellecourt and Comic Tito Ybarra and listen to the Express' latest CD.

GUESTS:

CROW BELLECOURT - lead singer, Midnight Express, Native American singers.

TITO YBARRA – Native Comic and Singe

First Person Radio: May 11: CROW BELLECOURT: Lead Singer-Midnite Express with Comic Tito Ybarra – Audio below

On-air date: 
Wed, 05/11/2011

Midnite Express commemorates the release of its 10th recording in honor of one of their elders and teachers, Jerry Dearly, Sr.– Sutapi – which means “Sharpshooter” in Lakota Sioux. Jerry has been a guiding influence to the Midnite Express singers as well as many others. His knowledge of the Lakota language and traditions is evident throughout this album culminating with the title track, composed by his son, Jeremy.

 

 

 

Midnite Express Singers
Joseph Rainy, Buffalo Campbell, Chris Whipple, Crow
Bellecourt, Opie Day-Bedeau, Carlos Day, Marcus Denny,
Jason Kingbird along with John Teller, Jr. from Bear Traks
and Myron Pyawasit from Smokeytown Singers

Crow Bellecourt is one of the lead singers/manager for the Midnite Express drum group from the Twin Cities. They represent the Ojibwe, Lakota, HoChunk and Menomonee and Pueblo. Last year, ‘MNX’, as they are known, were the winners of the Best Powwow album, at the Nammy’s (Native American Music Awards) for their album, “Band of Brothers” CD. Four times in the past 10 years they have won as world class Northern Singing Champions at Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are also the first group ever to win this award three years in a row. They enjoy singing for the people and representing their Twin Cties Indian community. Crow began singing traditional music when he was a student at Heart of the Earth in Minneapolis.

“Midnight Express is a group of Ojibway, Menominee Sioux & Ho-chunk Nations. We travel to powwows & gatherings all year round singing every where we go...we’ve recorded over nine albums & one DVD. Our most recent CD’s are called MIDNITE EXPRESS BAND OF BROTHERS and SHARPSHOOTER."

The sounds of Midnite Express, originating from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, have grown from local Great Lakes area favorites to renown across Indian country. MNX, as they are often referred to on the powwow trail, have traveled from coast to coast competing and hosting as one of the most prominent drums on the circuit today. This drum group has proven to be one of the most powerful drum groups on the powwow trail today. They have captivated powwow arenas from coast to coast with their unique original style of singing. Coming from the twin cities of Minnesota, they have taken numerous singing championships along with various host drum jobs at some of the most prestigious powwow in Indian Country.

FIRST PERSON RADIO's  RICHARD LaFORTUNE (with Andy Driscoll) talks with Crow Bellecourt and Comic Tito Ybarra and listen to the Express' latest CD.

GUESTS:

CROW BELLECOURT - lead singer, Midnight Express, Native American singers.

TITO YBARRA – Native Comic and Singe


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