Kirk Washington, Jr. was a North Minneapolis-based artist and activist who was recently killed in a car accident. I spoke with some of Washington’s friends and fellow artists about his work and legacy. I reported this story for KFAI community radio in Minneapolis. (Photo courtesy Made Here/Hennepin Theater Trust).
As the U.S. presidential election draws closer, many Latinos living in the United States will be going to the polls. Some, like Minneapolis’ Sara López Lara will be doing that for the very first time. The 30-year-old Mexican native became a U.S. citizen in December 2015 after living here since she was a teenager.
“Everybody told me, Sara, you need to become a US citizen,” she said. “And that was a no brainer, I needed to do it because I wanted to vote.” López Lara has always been passionate about politics and community organizing. After college, she helped Latinos in Minnesota to register to vote.
Since she became a U.S. citizen, López Lara says her identity has shifted. She no longer feels like a Mexican immigrant. Now she identifies more as a Mexican-American woman. “There’s a lot of nuance in being Latin American, being an immigrant, and also a lot of nuance in becoming a citizen,” she said.
I reported this story for NPR’s Latino USA’s “Whatever Floats Your Vote” episode, which released April 29, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Sara López Lara).
Desdamona is an emcee who doesn’t want you to call her a femme cee. On her newest album, “No Man’s Land,” the Minnesota musician conjures a world where women are the dominant force in hip hop. I reported this story for KFAI’s Minneculture series.
Minneapolis hip hop artist P.O.S had to take an extended break from touring and performing to deal with the chronic kidney disease he’s had since he was a teenager. Now he’s back with a brand new track. I reported this story for KFAI community radio. (Photo by Graham Tolbert)
Walter Humphrey and Jerrel Matthews (pictured above) are two friends who love nothing more than to fish from dawn until dusk. I spent 10 hours with the duo on Medicine Lake just outside of Minneapolis to discover the hidden world of urban ice fishing. I reported this story for KFAI community radio in Minneapolis. (Photos by Nancy Rosenbaum).
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