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Sherisah Ngo talks with The Lennie Chism Show about the latest Nielson Black shopper predictions "Savior of the 2014" holiday season.

The Black consumer according to the Nielsen report will drive holiday retail.

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Shez Cassim is a Minnesotan who spent most of 2013 in a prison in the United Arab Emirates. His nine-month ordeal began when U.A.E. authorities took offense to a satiric video he posted on You Tube. Cassim’s jailers would not tell him why he was imprisoned. His release came only after he was convicted of defaming the country, sentenced to a year in prison and given credit for time served.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti talked with Shez Cassim in Minneapolis, and filed this report.

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There are plenty of arts performance events to attend in the Twin Cities area, and often you’ll find American Sign Language interpreters translating for hearing impaired audiences. 

Film director and actor Maya Washington thinks more could be done to include deaf audiences and performers in the arts mainstream. 

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Robert Robinson’s musical profile in the Twin Cities is varied and impressive.

He can sing gospel and has led a gospel choir for 20 years.

He’s sung with the Minnesota Orchestra and pop-classical performer Lorie Line and folksinger Larry Long too. 

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Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus” fame is head of the social justice issues organization Network. She talked with Trisha Collopy on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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A St. Paul based organization called Small Sums is working locally to help adults who need support with necessary financing to get education, or to become established in housing and employment.

Terre Thomas is executive director of Small Sums. She stopped by KFAI and talked with Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend.

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Music, so we're told, can soothe a savage breast. But the working men and women who built Virginia, Minnesota's Socialist Opera Hall in 1913 also believed it could educate the masses. In the opulent 800-seat auditorium, concert-goers were treated to opera's greatest hits—as well as labor rallies and socialist lectures. KFAI's Britt Aamodt talks to Clarence Ivonen, who as a boy, sat rapt in his balcony seat, and as a man, reported on the decline of the aged beauty for the Mesabi Daily News.

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Where do you go when you want to hear live music? 

If you follow an online community called Sofar Sounds, you could wind up just about anywhere.   Sofar stands for “Songs From  A Room”.  It started five years ago in London, and has since spread to ninety cities worldwide, including Minneapolis.

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The Cedar Cultural Center is collaborating with Augsburg College for a series of Somali artist residencies called Midnimo.  The series has already included local musicians from the Twin Cities as well as international acts like The Dur-Dur Band who reunited for a show in November. The latest Midnimo artist residency features The North America Super Stars, based in Minneapolis.  This week they host workshops, collaborations, and perfomances throughout Minneapolis.

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There is no word for “autism” in the Somali language. And yet as many as 1 in 32 Somali children in Minneapolis have been identified with autism.

Recognizing the need, St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development decided to open an autism day treatment program in Northeast Minneapolis. There, St. David’s is partnering with Somali staff and a Somali day care to help Somali children with autism ages 3-4.

The new program, a replica of the existing ADT program at St. David’s Minnetonka location, features a four-hour morning program supported by home visits. It uses a mental health approach in a small-group, natural setting to help children improve communication, social interaction, and family support. Treatment plans are customized for each child and subject to parental approval.

The Somali Autism Day Treatment program is accepting enrollment applications now for a four-hour morning program, supported by home visits, for Somali children ages 3 to 4. You can find out more by contacting St. David’s at 952-548-8700.

KFAI’s Sharon Chen spoke with program consultant Mariam Mohamed and St. David’s Senior Director of Autism Services, Beth Fagin.

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