Hey there, Minneapolis. It’s us, MPLS.TV–and this is “From Us. MPLS.TV” – the first of our new weekly check-ins to let you know what we’ve been thinking about and working on.
Just in case you haven’t looked down there at the bottom of the page in a while (or ever), this website is, officially, “a Minneapolis-centric content hub whose mission is to highlight and champion the unique cultures that make our city thrive.” MPLS.TV celebrates the art, music, writing, events, businesses, projects, and other goings-on in Minneapolis that we think are worth shouting out–without losing sight of how we fit in nationally and internationally, and without falling into the “loving it just ’cause it’s local” trap that people here are often accused of succumbing to.
As an editor, it’s important to me to make sure that we talk about Minneapolis as a whole, keeping an eye on innovation and creativity wherever it happens–including in parts of the city that don’t always get much constructive attention. A few weeks ago, City Pages’ coverage of the death of a 5-year-old boy named Nizzel George caught my notice, and I followed the community anger over the paper’s insensitive, racially charged article as it played out in City Pages’ comments (before they were closed) and on Twitter. To me, the problem wasn’t confined to the bad judgment of the writer in that situation, but extends to a disconnect between media that focuses on a small slice of Minneapolis life and the larger, diverse populations that live here and read what we’re writing.
MPLS.TV never tackles hard news or politics, but I think our positive approach to covering Minneapolis still means something. Progress will come from ongoing work to close that gap between people who write about the city and people who read it, and from paying attention when Minneapolis residents tell their own stories.
That’s why I was so excited to hear about InCOLOR, a new magazine by and for multicultural students in the Twin Cities. “The goal is to help readers understand other ways of life, and experience different cultures, not just their own,” reads the mag’s official handout. InCOLOR is just one of many magazines launching this year that can help spotlight the neighborhoods, populations, and trends that don’t always get noticed by more established Minneapolis publications. Keep an eye out for MPLS.TV’s interview with InCOLOR founding editor Tiffany Trawick before the magazine launches on August 30.
Other stories to watch the site for in August include another installment of Chance Encounters, more moving-back-to-Minneapolis rediscovery, and Scratch Your Niche‘s exploration of a Northeast yoga studio. If you haven’t been checking the site lately, you might have missed our recommendations for lake activities, Babes in Soyland’s recipe for classy adult cupcakes, or the Return of Ula Brown with a River’s Edge Festival edition of What the F**ck Are YOU Wearing?
This week we’re also saying goodbye to Caroline Thompson, who has served with me as Co-Editor since we both joined MPLS.TV early this year. In the last six months, Caroline has told us which Minneapolis-based Tumblrs to follow and advised us on how to have the most fun–or at least memorably catastrophic–holidays. Besides her own posts, she’s been instrumental in getting MPLS.TV’s regular written content off the ground, and we wish her the best as she moves on to new levels of fabulousness in Chicago.
That’s it for now–but remember that we don’t believe in one-way streets (at least not metaphorical ones), and we want to hear from you. Tell us what you love or hate about us, and what we could be doing better. If we’re sleeping on something amazing going on in the city, wake us the fuck up. We’re listening. Talk to you soon!
Illustration by Aimée Pijpers for MPLS.TV.