Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.The pioneering artist was one of the earliest breakout stars of the scene, and has become a successf ... More >>
Image via YouTubeSpike Moss, at right, walked out of the Project CeaseFire meeting.North Minneapolis activist Spike Moss leveled accusations of racism at Mayor R.T. Rybak's office yesterday, furious at what he called the mayor's disrespect for local volunteers working day and night trying to ... More >>
(Update below.) Homeless since December, black community radio station KMOJ-FM (89.9) announced Tuesday that it has found a new location--in Uptown. Headquartered in North Minneapolis, the heart of black Minnesota, since launching in 1978, "the People's Station" will now be moving at least temporari ... More >>
John Delmonico defends those who serve and protect. Whether they deserve it or not.
The MPD captain tries to outrun his most formidable opponent—his own checkered history on race—in a bid to be Hennepin County sheriff
The mayor of Minneapolis has unveiled his plan in the search for a new police chief, including an advisory committee made up of elected officials and community activists. The list is more notable for who's not on it.
In the crowded race to replace Sabo, Keith Ellison wins endorsement easily
Fifteen-year-old Gary Parker was the 26th of Minneapolis's 49 homicides last year—and one of the 54 percent of black male victims whose killings went unsolved.
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
Rybak picks a reformer for the MPD
Federal mediation of MPD-minority troubles concludes: Now what?
Can Michael Friedman save the civilian review authority?
Stephen Porter may have been humiliated and abused by cops. Or he may be the best thing that's happened to the MPD in a long time.
A City Pages Roundtable
Federal mediation goes forward, critics say city stacked deck
Federal mediation is delayed; this is a recording...
Is Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson trying to stop federal mediation?
Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!
A violent night in north Minneapolis and the community activists who helped the cops stop it
When it comes to police brutality, the mayor is all talk
Can the Cities' oldest black radio station survive a date with the bulldozer?
Brian Herron has battled racism, hatred, and self-doubt. But none of that prepared him for the Minneapolis city council.