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Something I Said, Papyrus Publishing, Minnesota's only Black-Owned Book Publishing Company

Something I Said books | Minnesota publisher works to deflect "Non-educational" Dwight Hobbes, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Anyone can talk community empowerment, Papyrus Publishing walks the walk. The Twin Cities-based small press, Black owned and operated, has as its mission to keep African American literature in front of audiences. Anura was at the helm is-pissed, an unassuming Brother 30-something with a crystal-clear focus. In the mid 1990s he and a handful of other professionals took a stand against what he calls "the effect of being in this country, taught by public schools, the media and some of our own institutions. "The car: Papyrus Publishing, Inc. The catalog lists of wonderful offerings. Magnificent Dreams: The Life of Colonel John E. Hazelwood is a diary that serves as the family torch passing from generation generation. Hazelwood speaks of its heritage beginning with his great grandmother leaving a southern plantation for a better life in Ohio. John reminisces about his childhood, college education and the people it took to go ROTC from being a highly decorated, full-bird colonel in the U.S. Army. Shegitu Kiflom's My African heritage tells the story of a six-year-old Ethiopian-Eritrean girl living in the U.S. is another product from the Metu Papyrus Publishing Neteru Card Set. It's deck of 40 cards marketed by papyrus, copyrighted by the International Institute Khepran to help introduce students learning the language of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) in the philosophy of life encoded by the hieroglyphics. The company's newest title is Arthur McWatt's Crusaders for Justice (published in collaboration St. Paul NAACP) and Mahmoud El-Kati's The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns, a British study of language in Black America. Si-pissed takes a refreshing strategy. Instead of dictating to author Papyrus Publishing how the end product will look from editing the book cover, she says, "essentially it is a collaboration between writer and publisher. "El-Kati appreciates the relationship of mutual respect." It feels good. It is progressive, democractic, empowering, " he says. Mahmoud El-Kati took a nod from Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks declined as major publishers to work with Third World Press in Chicago, El-Kati recently ducked offer a big-time's house to stay at Papyrus Publishing. This dovetails seamlessly with Si-pissed for guiding the enterprise. It is about putting the community first. "For in thousands of years, "he reveals," Africans along the Nile River used the papyrus plant to make the first paper in the world, where all the saints documents are written. The papyrus stood as a symbol of prosperity. "We thoughtfully Papyrus Publishing chose the name because we understand that our commitment reemerge in the community is the knowledge back and reconnect them. "He adds," Papyrus is a community publishing entity that emerged out of need in the community documents and impress our experience in the heart of our future generations to come, as our ancestors are inscribed on papyrus us to them and the walls of hundreds of magnificent buildings of ancient Egypt and Sudan. "To be sure, Si-pissed was a great deal more than good intentions of going for Papyrus Publishing. Look at his credentials: He was on the board of BEST Academy the past two years, worked at Harvest preparation School from 1991 1997 and taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools 'Project Kofi. Hence, his program counter propaganda has experienced a backbone. Also, Si-pissed himself was involved in the development of African children from 1988 to the African American Academy for Accelerated Learning (AAAL) in Minneapolis (1988, 1989) and started college youth development program by Inner Kijana City Youth League in St. Paul (1988-1990). He has studied and worked with the likes of El-Kati, Katie McWatt, Nathaniel A. Khaliq, Rose McGee, Mary K. Boyd and Kwame McDonald. Through the University of Minnesota, he has a degree in African / African American studies (BA) and Special Education / Educational Psychology (M.Ed.), and he has studied with professors John Wright, Rose Brewer, Frank Wilderson and Josie Johnson. Si-pissed attended the International Institute Khepran and study of society and civilization building within the African community. At present, He coordinates Imhotep Imhotep Science Academy and the Science Fair program Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Suffice to say, Anura Si-pissed is serious about community empowerment and expert in using his own in that application. Papyrus Publishing Inc. is 7409 North Edgewood Avenue, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55428. Contact them at 763-560-0760 or PapyrusPublishing@msn.com. About the Author

Twin Cities Daily Planet articles archived at
www.tcdailyplanet.net/profiles/dwight-hobbes. Dwight Hobbes has written for ESSENCE, Reader's Digest, Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, Mpls/St. Paul, MN Law & Politics, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Women & Word, San Diego Union-Tribune and Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (where he contributes the commentary column Something I Said).  He's spoken his mind over National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Blog Talk Radio's UNOBSTRUCTED and KMOJ in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Was regularly featured as guest commentator on NewsNight Minnesota (KTCA-Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Spectator (Minneapolis Television Network). His monthly column "Hobbes In The House" in MN Spokesman Recorder speaks to domestic abuse and rape. His plays are Shelter - produced at Mixed Blood Theatre by Pangea World Theater, Dues - produced by Mixed Blood Theatre, University of Southern Illinois in Point of Revue, selected for Bedlam Theatre's 10-Minute Play Festival and published by Playscripts, Inc. You Can't Always Sometimes Never Tell - produced by Theater Center Philadelphia, Long Island University, reading at The Kennedy Center and published in the anthology CENTER STAGE, In the Midst - produced by Long Island University, starring Samuel E. Wright.  Hobbes spoke on the panel "Farewell To August Wilson" at the Guthrie Theater, broadcast on Conversations With Al McFarlane (KFAI, KMOJ). Singer-songwriter Dwight Hobbes recorded the single "Atlanta Children" (BeatBad Records) and gigged 10 years in the Long Island/NYC area, including The Other End, Kenny's Castaways and My Fathers Place.   He fronted the Boston blues band Midlight.  In Minneapolis, Hobbes opened for David Daniels at First Street Entry, James Curry at Terminal Bar, sat in with Yohannes Tona, Alicia Wiley at Sol Testimony's Soul Jam, The New Congress at Babalu, Willie Murphy at the Viking Bar and Wain McFarlane & Jahz at Lucille's Kitchen. Dwight Hobbes still drops in at the occasional open mic around town. www.myspace.com/dwighthobbesmusic

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