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 West Broadway Business Pro
Master gardener at West Broadway Farmers Market
How to spot victimsof domestic violence
Serving theCommunity 
Good in the ‘Hoodserves familiesin need
Small computer center making alarge impact
Mint Condition @ the speed of life
Church leaders on gay marriage
Brett Buckner announcesbid for Ward 5 seat
When it comes to the musicindustry, Mint Condition is ararity.For most musical acts,their careers span just a few
eeting years with one or two,maybe three or four – at best – albums to their credit. ButMint Condition has been goingstrong for more than 20 yearsand earlier this month the groupreleased its eighth studio album,“Music @ the Speed of Life.”Add the fact that Mint Conditionis a
with all of its memberstrained musicians, and it makesthe group even more of a rarity – especially in R&B/soul music.And there are certainly very few – if any acts that can say itseighth release in a 20-plus year career debuted number one oniTunes.“It’s like the African proverbsays, ‘If you want to go fast,go alone, if you want to go far,go together,” said keyboardistLawrence Waddell, who prefersto go by Lawrence El. “We justkind of jelled. It’s the love wehave of music and love for oneanother that keeps us together.”And it is the music that hasendeared Mint to a legion of faithful fans worldwide. The fanThe Rev. Oliver White supportsgay marriage – and he said it hascost him his church.White, pastor of GraceCommunity United Churchof Christ, whose church waslocated at 986 Forest St. on theeast side of St. Paul for nearly12 years, closed the doors to thechurch on July 31. The churchwas foreclosed upon when itcould no longer pay its bills dueto a severe decline in members.White said he lost two-thirds of his congregation when he cameout in support of gay marriage.The Rev. Jerry McAfee, pastor of the New SalemMissionary Baptist Church, 2507Bryant Ave. N, Minneapolis,said his church is thriving. Andwhile McAfee says his churchis welcoming to everyone, he isin complete opposition to gaymarriage.White said his troubles beganin 2006 when his denominationvoted to support gay marriage.White was a delegate at themeeting where the churchdoctrine was changed and hesaid area members blamed himfor the shift.“All of a sudden we werelabeled as a gay church and Iwas labeled a bisexual,” saidWhite. “I just think good peopleshould have the same rights asother good people. I’ve never had a second thought aboutthat.”White said when the churchwas branded gay, most of hismembers left fearing they would be accused of being gay.McAfee said he too has beenfalsely branded.“(People) have called mehomophobic and say I hategays,” said McAfee. “Can’t noBlack pastor hate gays becausethey are all through the church.”McAfee said his supportof the ban on gay marriage is asimple one. “It’s a sin,” said theBaptist minister. “In the Bible,marriage is de
ned as betweena man and a woman. I respectall people but I don’t support(homosexual’s) right to marry.”According to White,who said he ministers to hiscongregation of about 30 atan area church (which hedeclined to name for fear itwould be targeted for reprisal)homophobia is rampant in theAfrican-American community.“It’s well known thathomophobia exist (in theAfrican-American community)more than any other community,”said White. “(To change it) it’sgoing to take some assimilation.People need to get to know eachother beyond gender, sexualorientation, beyond race; beyondanything.” NorthPoint Health & WellnessCenter’s
rst annual Fit4Funevent was a roaring success byany measure. In fact, neighborscame from blocks away justto see what all the commotionwas about. Fit4Fun, whichwas initiated by NorthPointemployees as a means to helpfamilies easily integrate physicalactivity into their lives beganwith the notion of hosting a dayof small demonstrations of hulahooping and jump roping. Sucha great idea was embellished andenhanced until the full versionemerged as a huge communityevent last Saturday, September 15th with over 700 people inattendance.Kids and adults participatedin an obstacle course, hip hopdancing, Zumba, double-dutch jump rope and much more.There were healthy eating andcooking demonstrations alongwith health screenings and accessto community information. Aone mile walk and bike ride took  place, as well as a three mile runfor the more serious athletes.The LWA in Motion Drill Team& TKO Drum Line kicked off the walkers and runners at thestarting point and Jovanta Pattonand the Deliverance for YouthLifelong North Minneapolisresident and communityorganizer Brett Buckner 
ledwith Hennepin County to runfor Minneapolis City Council inward 5. This
ling will allow himto begin the formal organizing process, including raisingmoney and hiring staff, leadingup to the 2013 Minneapolismunicipal elections. Buckner has been a leader in NorthMinneapolis, and throughout theregion for many years, includingworking with the DFL party,Congressman Keith Ellison,President Obama and numerousother organizations that work to empower the communitythrough the election process to bring about positive change.
“As a proud lifelong NorthSide resident,” said Buckner,“I feel honored and humbledto have been asked by so manyfriends and neighbors to takethis
rst step towards movingour community towards a brighter future.”
Minneapolis ward 5encompasses the vast majority of  North Minneapolis and had beenthe only ward with a majorityAfrican American population prior to the latest redistricting bythe city’s Charter Commissionand approved by the CityCouncil earlier this year.
By Harry Colbert, Jr.Contributing WriterBy Harry Colbert, Jr.Contributing Writer
Reverend Oliver WhiteBrett Buckner Reverend Jerry McAfee
By D. Helene Woodsand Maria Moore
Fit4Fun 2012 a lively success
 Photos: Phil Hernandez
Raymond Moore and Noah TidwellHelene Woods and daughter Teagan Woods Women from Heritage Park participate in Fit4Fun Walk 
Courtesy of Mint Condition
September 24 - September 30, 2012 • MN Metro Vol. 39 No. 39 • The Journal For Community News, Business & The Arts • www.insightnews.com
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Entrevista: Legado y dinastía
Traducción por Paola Sánchez-Garrett  James Garrett Jr. y PaolaSánchez-Garrett son reciéncasados. Ella es de la República Dominicana y aunque él es de las Islas Vírgenes,tiene raíces muy profundasen Minnesota que lo hacenun oriundo de las ciudades gemelas. Recientementeambos fueron invitados a participar de mi programa deradio “Conversations with Al  McFarlane” que se transmite por KFAI FM 90.3. Laentrevista puede ser escuchadaen el siguiente link: http:// eedburner.com/insightnewsconversationswithalmcfarlane.
Al McFarlane
: Tú y Paolatienen la misma profesión y unnegocio propio que crece que puede crecer como crece tufamilia. ¿Como se conocieron?Paola, cuéntanos la historia 
Paola Garrett
: Nosconocimos en una red socialy fuimos amigos por un par deaños para luego empezar a salir  por un tiempo. El amor estabaahí y empezamos a visitarnosfrecuentemente en nuestrosrespectivos países. Ahoraestamos juntos, felizmentecasados, muy felices. 
: me contaste como te propuso matrimonio 
: Bueno, no hablo ingles perfectamente, pero trataréde relatar la historia. El meinvitó a un concierto de jazzen Santiago, mi ciudad natalen la República Dominicanay la verdad no estaba muyentusiasmada con la invitación, pero pensé para mi misma“este hombre esta aquí por mi,así que voy a acompañarlo “.Cuando llegamos al lugar, una parte de mis amigos estabaallá y pensé que era una gratacoincidencia y una oportunidad para divertirnos todos juntos.James Garrett: ¡Fue unacoincidencia!
: Coincidencia oalgo más pensé. Durante elshow, la jazzista dijo algocomo “yo quiero dedicarleesta canción a una pareja deenamorados que se encuentra presente hoy con nosotros, élquiere declararle su amor y proponerle matrimonio a sunovia”, yo pensé que era algomuy hermoso que tuviéramosla oportunidad de presenciar algo así, y pensé que era muy“cool”, sin sospechar lo quesucedería después. La jazzistaempezó a cantar y mi corazónempezó a palpitar muy rápido porque ella cantaba nuestracanción. Yo no podía creer loque estaba sucediendo y de pronto James tomo mi manoy me llevó al escenario dondeempezó a bailar conmigo.Todas las personas que estabanen el concierto empezaronaplaudir y gritar. Había mujeresllorando de la emoción, fuetodo un acontecimiento aquelloy yo no podía creer lo queestaba pasando, él se arrodilloenfrente de todos y pidió mimano. Todo fue documentadoen Facebook y el video esta enYouTube también. Todavía hay personas que me ven el calle yme detienen para preguntarme“!Hey!, ¿eres tu la chica de la propuesta de matrimonio?”. 
: entonces ¿es unahistoria de amor famosa? 
: Sí, podría decirse quesí. 
: Paola, tu enseñas enla universidad, ¿Cuál es tu profesión? 
: Soy arquitecta ytambién plani
cadora urbanaen Santiago. Estudié en laPonti
cia Universidad CatólicaMadre y Maestra de Santiago yallí enseño urbanismo. 
: Tu familia es muyconocida porque tu padre esuna personalidad en los mediosde comunicación.
: Sí, mi papa es productor de televisión allá.Fue por mucho tiempo unfamoso DJ desde los años60 hasta los años 80. Ahorase dedica más que nada a la producción de un programa detelevisión. 
: Él no es sólo un productor de televisión, es todauna personalidad. Su showtiene una larga trayectoria enla isla. Se transmite de lunes aviernes a las 7:00pm. 
: Es una personalidad 
: Él es todo un personaje.Él se presenta frente a lascámaras y también produce su programa. Pero es toda una personalidad de la televisión.
: Hago las pregunta para que podamos tener unaimagen de tu nueva familia.La familia es muy importante.Tú también nos hablaste de tumamá, Paola. Sobre la fuerte ymaravillosa mujer que es. 
: Sí, lo es. Somos treshermanos. Yo soy la mayor ysiempre tengo presente a mifamilia. La familia te enseña aser una buena persona, a dar lomejor de nosotros mismos paraayudar a otros. Es realmenteimportante para mí y siemprerecuerdo eso. 
: Y James, tu procedesde una familia de trayectoria.Háblanos de tu familia aquí enSaint Paul. 
: Mi familia se asentó enSaint Paul alrededor del 1800.Soy la 5ta generación de “SaintPaulite”. Yo no nací aquí, comote mencione anteriormente. Nací en Charlote Amalie en lasIslas Vírgenes, pero mi familiaregreso aquí. La familia por  parte de mi mamá es de aquí.Entonces hemos estado en SaintPaul desde hace mucho tiempo,
 James Garrett Jr. y Paola Sánchez-Garrett 
 James Garrett Jr. y Paola Sánchez-Garrett
 Phil Hernandez
13Por Al McFarlane,Editor-en-Jefe
Choir welcomed them home tothe
nish line. Area residentscame out of their homes andcheered on the walkers andrunners, many joining in withtheir families.Throughout the day KMOJ provided entertainment andhealth professionals deliveredhealth tips, while hundreds of  people had a blast exercising anddancing. The day culminatedwith a raf 
e of new bikesfor kids 16 and under, made possible through a donation fromUnitedHealth Group.While NorthPoint expects tomake this an annual event, this
rst inaugural Fit4Fun honoredDr. John Williams, DDS, who passed away unexpectedlythis year. Dr. Williams wascommitted to improving thehealth of North Minneapolisand it was a
tting memorial todedicate the 2012 Fit4Fun to hislegacy. Dr. Williams practiceddentistry in North Minneapolisfor over 30 years in the samelocation on West Broadway. Hewas dedicated to the revitalizationof the North Minneapoliscommunity and used his businessand community involvement as acatalyst for change. Dr. Williamswas a founding member of  NorthPoint’s Community Boardof Directors and is duly missedas evidenced by the manycommunity members that signeda memorial banner that will be
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Small computer center making large impact 
“It is my
rst time to touchcomputer and I am very happy.”These were the wordsexclaimed by Zulfa Fara, anEthiopian immigrant who wasat a computer center developedthrough the Broadband AccessProject (BAP), an outreach project of the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research andOutreach/Engagement Center (UROC). In response to thegrowing digital divide amongunderserved communities in theTwin Cities, UROC developeda project that aims to increase broadband access, awareness anduse in four federally designated poverty zones in Minneapolisand St. Paul. The project isfunded through a federal grantfrom the Broadband TechnologyOpportunities Program.The Minneapolis PublicHousing-Glendale lab is one of 12 new or enhanced community based BAP computer centersthroughout the metro area.While the Glendale lab is oneof the smaller centers with only
ve computers, it can still have alarge impact.Kadra Abdi, a University of Minnesota employee who worksat the Glendale center explainedhow the small size allows her tomake strong connections withclients.“We’re a small center sowe don’t have a lot of training but we assist people in other ways. We give them one-on-one assistance; we sit with themas they’re trying to learn basiccomputer skills,” said Abdi.Larger BAP computer labsoffer technology training withclasses covering topics suchas Microsoft Of 
nancialsupport, social media for  business use and even Internet programming and design.Through these classes andthe assistance offered in eachlab, BAP aims to help peopledevelop to meet the increasedtechnological demands of today’s world.According to BAP sources, people of all ages
nd thatcomputer use at these centers plays a large role in their everyday lives. Abdi taught Farahow to set up and use an emailaccount so she can communicatein the workplace and with lovedones all over the world.“I’m so happy, believe me or not, because I send to my kidsemail to Ethiopia, to Africa. Inthe job place also they send me(emails). It’s a big knowledge Iget, big knowledge. (I’m) oh sohappy,” said Fara.Deshawn King, a regular visitor to the center, uses thecomputers to do homework and submit schoolwork. She is pursuing her Certi
ed MedicalAssistant degree from a localcollege and appreciates thatthere is no time limit on BAPcomputers, unlike those at the public libraries.“You don’t get but an hour at the library and you have tolet somebody else get in,” saidKing. “Here I’m able to get alot in. Whenever I have to dohomework and submit it, I’mable to do it over here. There’s alot of lab work and stuff that wehave to look up.”Because King’s schoolwork requires a lot of time and efforthaving a computer center staffedwith helpful employees keepsher motivated.“I come here every day;every day because the work thatyou have to have for college is persistent. I don’t know what Iwould do without it, it would bevery hard to submit my work,”King explained. Not only does the center supply a bene
cial resource tothose with more professional pursuits, it also provides away for young people to feelconnected and involved withtheir peers through socialnetworking sites such asFacebook and Twitter.“(Also people will come in)if they want to learn how to typeor open their 
rst email account,or if they just want to come inand build a resume and other things like job research, cover letters,” said Abdi. “If they wantto set up a Facebook account;if they’ve never done it beforeor try to
gure out how to useYouTube, those are just some of the things we can help with for our clients.”In only a year working atthe center, Abdi said she has been able see the lab positivelyimpact people’s lives.“I had people who came hereand the computer lab helpedthem get a job because they werehere to do their resumes. Thatwas a really good thing to see,”said Abdi.For more information onthe BAP labs visit www.bap.umn.edu.
By Britta Anderson
MPH Glendale Computer lab
The Rev. McAfee said he believed a common groundcould have been reached withsupporters of gay marriage, butmembers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT)community refused to meetwith him and other membersof the clergy. “For more thana year (State) Senator (Jeff)Hayden tried to get the twosides together, but they (LGBTleaders) had no interest inmeeting with us.”McAfee said he would haveno opposition to strengtheninglaws in support of civil unions,“But to change the de
nitionof marriage is a different thingall together.”Pastor White’s troubleshave brought a nationalspotlight to Minnesota, withmedia outlets such as
CNN and the Huf 
ngton Postall exploring the story of hischurch.“We were called outof a building to set up acongregation of acceptanceand love,” said a hopefulWhite.The issue on gay marriagewill be decided by Minnesotavoters in the upcoming Nov. 6election.
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support was no more evidentthan on the album’s release date,when “Music” soared to number one on the iTunes R&B albumchart. iTunes is the world’sleading online music outlet.Mint bassist Rick Kinchensaid with this latest release,“Music” was a completelycollaborative effort among thegroup. “This was a record whereeverybody was on the same pageon every song,” said Kinchen.“When we were putting this CDtogether it just all fell perfectlyin place.”With the new album,Mint ventured into unchartedterritories for the band. Themost notable difference in theMint sound this time around isthe addition of horns.“We talked for yearsabout adding horns and withthis album it totally took it toanother place,” said guitaristHomer O’Dell. “And to haveEric Leeds; one of my favoritehorn players on this (album) isamazing.”The horns on the album arecourtesy of M Factory Horns(Leeds, Bradley Shermock and Michael Nelson). Leedsarranged all the horn for thealbum.Mint also collaborated withthe legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff for the song, “Girl of My Life”and rapper, Brother Ali, who provides a powerful verse onSixFortyNine/Changes.“I don’t think anybody couldhave done a better verse on thatsong than Brother Ali,” saidKinchen.Mint is preparing to takethe stage where it all beganfor them (the group performedthere when they were seen – andlater signed – by the legendary production duo of Jimmy Jamand Terry Lewis) at the fameddowntown Minneapolis club,First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.The upcoming show takes placeon Friday, Sept. 28.Mint keyboardist, JeffreyAllen, said the group’s liveshow is the reason the group hasendured for so many years.“Our live show is where weexcel,” said Allen. “That’s our  biggest asset; it’s our biggestadvertisement. We’re no holds barred on stage. It’s emotionalup there on stage.”The group said the MFactory Horns will be joiningthem on stage for the Sept. 28First Avenue show.“One of the good thingsabout being a live band is younever know what to expect,”said O’Dell. “This is going to bea fun, exciting show.”
An Evening with MintCondition
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N,Minneapolis (www.
rst-avenue.com)Friday, Sept. 28Doors: 8 p.m.Admission: $26 in advance $29at the door Ages 18 and upThe new single “Believe In Us”is currently at #15 UAC, andthe new album “Music @ theSpeed of Life” (just released)is ALREADY #1 on the iTunesR&B album chart!
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