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Reunited

William had been asking to meet his birth mom for some time. She was never far away from his thoughts. When counting all of his moms, she was always included. Sometimes he would rate us. On some occasions, she would come first. “She made me!” he’d say. William understood that without her he wouldn’t exist and loved her for that. We reached out and decided to meet at Minnehaha Park. Leah greeted us all with hugs. She was gracious, easy to smile and easy to laugh. William impressed her with his NBA knowledge and his sense of humor. The rest of us just watched and enjoyed. We left promising to meet again. I can’t be happier for the two of them.
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Vocalessence

I’ve really enjoyed photographing the work this choral group does. The collaborations and partnerships that they make with community members and singers across the country is special. They make music and artistic expression accessible and attainable for all. It’s lovely.

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Twin Cities Young Black Leaders

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Brittany Lynch ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com In the studio in Minneapolis Min., June and July 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1601062101491361

Brittany Lynch “I’m very much so an advocate of speaking your truth”

Jobi Adams ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com In the studio in Minneapolis Min., June and July 2015.

Jobi Adams “I don’t really consider myself a leader. I’m just doing the work.”

Shawntera Hardy ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com In the studio in Minneapolis Min., June and July 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1601062100441353

Shawntera Hardy “I think we are in this situation where all hands need to be on deck if we really, truly have that goal of improving black lives and actually making them matter.”

Jason Sole "You might see me, but there's a whole lot of people that stand behind me."

Jason Sole “You might see me, but there’s a whole lot of people that stand behind me.”

Chaun Webster " I manifest my politics in my art."

Chaun Webster ” I manifest my politics in my art.”

Lena Gardner “I’m just paying it forward, and I’m just continuing the legacy in the shadows of my ancestors.”

Lena Gardner “I’m just paying it forward, and I’m just continuing the legacy in the shadows of my ancestors.”

 

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BLM Occupation

A community member held up his sign in front of the Fourth Precinct before heading down to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511241940380214

A community member held up his sign in front of the Fourth Precinct before heading down to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Community members and protesters warmed themselves by the fire during BlackGiving event in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com BlackGiving event on Plymouth Ave in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 26, 2015.

Community members and protesters warmed themselves by the fire during BlackGiving event in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com BlackGiving event on Plymouth Ave in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 26, 2015.

Neighborhood members watched as protesters walked passed their homes as they marched around the Fourth Precinct before heading to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Neighborhood members watched as protesters walked passed their homes as they marched around the Fourth Precinct before heading to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Alexander Clark lead the chants as more than 1000 protesters headed to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Alexander Clark lead the chants as more than 1000 protesters headed to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Protesters danced to music as they headed to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Protesters danced to music as they headed to the federal court house. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Saturday November 24, 2015.

Protesters held up tarps against gated parking lot of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct and chanted during their outside occupation outside surrounding area. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Protesters held up tarps against gated parking lot of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct and chanted during their outside occupation outside surrounding area. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Protesters moved to the gated parking lot of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct to chant during their outside occupation outside surrounding area. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511182028020664

Protesters moved to the gated parking lot of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct to chant during their outside occupation outside surrounding area. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Police in riot gear watched the crowd of protesters after they drove near the front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511182040500681

Police in riot gear watched the crowd of protesters after they drove near the front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Jason Sole, of the NAACP lead the crowd in chanting and keep them at a safe distance after police in riot gear drove near the front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511182040320678

Jason Sole, of the NAACP lead the crowd in chanting and keep them at a safe distance after police in riot gear drove near the front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau was asked a flood a questions from protesters in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau was asked a flood a questions from protesters in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015.

Angry community members loudly questioned officers standing guard about their actions in north Minneapolis. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Angry community members loudly questioned officers standing guard about their actions in north Minneapolis. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Black Lives Matter protested in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Wednesday November 18, 2015.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges got peppered with questions from protestors about police violence. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511192119441166

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges got peppered with questions from protestors about police violence. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015.

Crowd members held up cellphones as lights in honor of Jamar Clark during a vigil held in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015.

Crowd members held up cellphones as lights in honor of Jamar Clark during a vigil held in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015.

Josie Johsnon listened to speakers during a vigil held in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511201912230205

Josie Johsnon listened to speakers during a vigil held in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Friday November 20, 2015.

Demonstrators outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct split off and walk to the site where Jamar Clark was shot by police, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Kyndell Harkness/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1176971

Demonstrators outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct split off and walk to the site where Jamar Clark was shot by police, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Kyndell Harkness/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Rev Richard Coleman lead a group of protesters in prayer on the five day of protesting in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1511192154151179

Rev Richard Coleman lead a group of protesters in prayer on the five day of protesting in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015.

Andrew Bickford helped start a fire in one of the several fire pits on the five day of protesting in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015.

Andrew Bickford helped start a fire in one of the several fire pits on the five day of protesting in front of the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Protesters in front of Minneapolis Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis Min., Thursday November 19, 2015.

 

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33), right, and Minnesota Lynx forward Devereaux Peters (14) celebrate winning the WNBA title.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1510142135070441

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33), right, and Minnesota Lynx forward Devereaux Peters (14) celebrate winning the WNBA title. Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015.

Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) and Indiana Fever forward Erlana Larkins (2) fought for the ball during the second half.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015. ORG XMIT: MIN1510142239290521

Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) and Indiana Fever forward Erlana Larkins (2) fought for the ball during the second half. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015. 

Jiggles danced it up for Prowl during a time out during the first half.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015.

Jiggles danced it up for Prowl during a time out during the first half. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015.

The Minnesota Lynx celebrate winning the WNBA title.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015.

The Minnesota Lynx celebrate winning the WNBA title. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015.

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) congratulates Minnesota Lynx guard Renee Montgomery (21) during the second half.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015.

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) congratulates Minnesota Lynx guard Renee Montgomery (21) during the second half. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015.

The Minnesota Lynx celebrate winning the WNBA title.   ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com  Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14,  2015.

The Minnesota Lynx celebrate winning the WNBA title. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Game 5 of the WNBA finals Lynx vs Indiana at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Wednesday October 14, 2015.

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Thoughts on the way home.

Warmed by the seat of my car. The date julip drink in my tummy. Grounded by the sound of my wiped blades I started the pod cast again.
An Alan Ginsberg phrase rolled over me like disappearing shade in the 3 o’clock sun. “The dearness of the vanishing moment”
“The dearness of the vanishing moment”
I rewound and played it again and again.
Watching between beat of the wipe blades all of the vanishing moments of the night.
Stopped at a red light. Hum of perfection in its imperfection stepped off the bus.
Elderly woman. Bent over by life. Fighting against gravity by shear will and a four footed silver cane. Black rubber boots that had trouble finding the ground with certainty. Gray puffy overcoat that nearly swallowed her whole. Nearly… The gray and black did not consume all of her. Hot pink volour pants were neatly tucked into those boots. And a beautiful red and white Santa hat topped it all off.
“The dearness of the vanishing moment” was my mantra as she labored passed my car. Her strides were so unsure. So unstable. The cacophony of motion was hard to watch. For a moment I thought Gravity was going to win this one. But with a brief pause…balance was regained.
“The dearness of the vanishing moment”
In the crazy clothes that we cover ourselves with. We walk. Never truly certain. Always on uneven ground. But we continue to walk. Because it the crazy uncertainty that actually keeps us balanced.

MLK visit

Melissa and I sat in the sanctuary for a while. I watched as tourists walked the aisles. Taking selfies. There presence is white noise. I gripped the arm of the pew and looked beyond them. It felt like hope and longing wrapped in sadness. So much loss there. But the haze is always forward.