What's On Today - Wednesday

Beyoncé & adidas Mutually Agree To End Ivy Park Partnership


Months after cutting ties with Kanye West, adidas has parted ways with yet another big time celebrity. Their partnership with Beyoncé and her Ivy Park brand has come to an end.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, after five years of working together, Beyoncé and adidas have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. The news comes a month and change after it was revealed that sales for Beyoncé’s Ivy Park clothing line was down 50% and the three-stripe brand had been left roughly $200 million in the hole behind the lackluster sales.… Read more

The Movement To Ban TikTok, Explained

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, 2023, amid a chorus of calls from members of Congress for the federal government to ban the Chinese-owned video social media app and reports that the Biden administration is pushing for the company’s sale.

The federal government, along with many state and foreign governments and some companies, has banned TikTok on work-provided phones. This type of ban can be effective for protecting data related to government work.… Read more

‘Abbott Elementary’ College Course Uses Hit Sitcom To Explore Inner-City Public Education

Title of course:

“Public Education’s Possibilities and Predicaments: Exploring Portrayals of Critical Issues in ‘Abbott Elementary’”

What prompted the idea for the course?

When the first episodes of “Abbott Elementary” aired in January 2022 and the show began getting widespread praise, I started having interesting conversations with folks about schools and teaching based on what they had seen on the show. After episodes aired, colleagues, friends and neighbors all wanted to talk about issues like funding inequities, teacher shortages and charter schools.… Read more

K. Michelle Releases New Single “You”

Mar 19, 2023 | New Music

R&B superstar K. Michelle has just released her latest single “YOU”. The song was produced by Hero and showcases her signature soulful sound, coupled with her ability to craft honest and introspective lyrics that speak to her fans’ true emotions.

The accompanying video was directed by Sam Green.

This is the follow up to her previously released #1 hit single “Scooch”, which also featured prominently on our list of the Top 100 R&B Songs of 2022.Read more

Supervisor in Tyre Nichols’ death retired before firing

Lt. DeWayne Smith was identified Friday in records obtained by media outlets as the officer that officials said earlier this month had retired before his termination hearing.

Associated Press  |  

Mar 18, 2023

The Memphis police supervisor on scene when Tyre Nichols was beaten to death by officers retired with his benefits the day before a hearing to fire him, according to documents filed to revoke his law enforcement certification.

Lt. DeWayne Smith was identified Friday in records obtained by media outlets as the officer that officials said earlier this month had retired before his termination hearing.… Read more

“Where are people supposed to go?”: Walmart closure exposes growing gaps in north metro



BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — When the Brooklyn Center Walmart closes its doors April 21, it will subtract from an already dwindling list of resources for affordable groceries for people in the area. 

The store closure, which a corporate statement says is tied to poor performance, comes after Aldi and Walgreens shut their doors for good on Minneapolis’ north side. 

For many who shopped at Aldi before it closed, Brooklyn Center’s Walmart was the next closest place to find affordable groceries. … Read more

“I stand by what I said”: Ex-race and equity director doubles down on accusations against Minneapolis leaders


MARCH 22, 2023 / 7:27 PM / CBS MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Division of Race, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, has left her position after nearly a year on the job, and has threatened to file a lawsuit against at least one city councilwoman.

Tyeastia Green, who was hired in March 2022, issued the threat in a scathing 14-page memo she sent to Mayor Jacob Frey and other city officials, blasting what she called a “toxic” work environment, which reflected “antiblack sentiment” – even among its two black city councilwomen.… Read more

Metro Transit’s new police chief promises beleaguered agency’s “brightest chapter yet”


MARCH 22, 2023 / 10:25 PM / CBS MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — There’s a new police chief in charge of public transit in the Twin Cities. Ernest Morales III was sworn in Wednesday to lead Metro Transit Police Department.

“I am committed to leading this department into the brightest chapter yet,” he said.

Morales faces challenges like safety on light rail trains. Frequent riders often feel uncomfortable.

“[People] get high on the train,” said Tim Grimes, a near-daily commuter.… Read more

Federal regulators visit Monticello, one week following news of nuclear reactor leak

By Courtney Godfrey

PublishedMarch 22, 2023 10:20PM

Updated 10:21PM



MONTICELLO, Minn. (FOX 9) – Federal regulators doubled down on the public notification process, following a leak at the Monticello power plant in November.

Officials with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission were in Monticello Wednesday, as part of the license renewal process for the 50-year-old power plant, and answered questions about why it took four months for news of the leak to become public.… Read more

Minneapolis mayor reprimanded new community safety commissioner for lashing out on Twitter

BY: DEENA WINTER – MARCH 22, 2023 11:46 AM

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reprimanded Community Safety Commissioner Cedric Alexander last year after some wayward tweeting, according to records reviewed by the Reformer

Alexander oversees the city’s Office of Community Safety, which includes 911, the police and fire departments, the Office of Emergency Management and Neighborhood Safety, formerly known as the Office of Violence Prevention. 

Alexander was just a couple of months into his job as Minneapolis’ first community safety commissioner when one Thursday evening in October, he responded to a tweet questioning why nine empty police squad cars were parked on and near Nicollet Mall sidewalks downtown.… Read more