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C.J.

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C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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C.J.: Social media star Connor Franta comes home to promote his Urban Outfitters clothing line

C.J.: Social media star Connor Franta comes home to promote his Urban Outfitters clothing line

YouTube’s 5 Million Man and “Work in Progress” memoirist Connor Franta is scheduled to flex his entrepreneurial muscle Friday for Urban Outfitters at the…
C.J.: Former KDWB DJ Steve Cochran's flying high in Chicago

C.J.: Former KDWB DJ Steve Cochran's flying high in Chicago

Remember Steve Cochran, the KDWB-FM morning show DJ back when that station was fun? He’s doing extremely well with a talk show in Chicago…
C.J.: Nekima Levy-Pounds talks about protests, policing, parking tickets

C.J.: Nekima Levy-Pounds talks about protests, policing, parking tickets

There was only one subject on which I was able to school former Minneapolis NAACP president, civil rights attorney and uber-protest leader Nekima…
C.J.: Kim Schultz found a play and a book among ruins of romance with Iraqi refugee

C.J.: Kim Schultz found a play and a book among ruins of romance with Iraqi refugee

Minnesota-born, now Chicago-based, actor and writer Kim Schultz was in Syria in 2009 to interview refugees when she fell into her own unlikely love…
C.J.: Toure has sympathy for Prince and insight into Kanye West

C.J.: Toure has sympathy for Prince and insight into Kanye West

It was a singular pleasure to interview Touré, the journalist, TV host and cogent cultural/political critic and music writer. Touré is a blunt, deep…
C.J.: Creative force behind Pleasure is coming to the Dakota with Jeff Lorber

C.J.: Creative force behind Pleasure is coming to the Dakota with Jeff Lorber

Funk R&B fans may not remember Marlon McClain’s name until they hear Pleasure. Pleasure is the legendary funk R & B group that put…
C.J.: 'Team Ninja Warrior' Jennifer Tavernier takes her gun show to Women RISE to Lakeville

C.J.: 'Team Ninja Warrior' Jennifer Tavernier takes her gun show to Women RISE to Lakeville

Not many of Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Summit speakers personified the word powerful quite like Jennifer Tavernier. Wearing a sleeveless top, Instagram’s @minneninja…
C.J.: Paisley Park was like summer camp at uncle Prince's for Brianna Nelson

C.J.: Paisley Park was like summer camp at uncle Prince's for Brianna Nelson

We haven’t heard the last of Brianna Nelson, who was knocked off the list of Prince heirs. Nelson, who contacted me to set…
C.J.: After 38 seasons, Dehn's Garden's earthy Bonnie and Bob ready to retire

C.J.: After 38 seasons, Dehn's Garden's earthy Bonnie and Bob ready to retire

Bonnie and Bob Dehn of Dehn’s Garden didn’t work Minneapolis’ downtown Thursday Farmers Market this year. Bob’s hip just wouldn’t tolerate the rigors…
C.J.: Prince's 'wall of security' didn't keep Tommy Smith from getting great photos

C.J.: Prince's 'wall of security' didn't keep Tommy Smith from getting great photos

“This is what they call an ego boost, big time. Wow,” said photographer Tommy Smith III as I set up video cameras for…
C.J.: Soledad O'Brien brings "PowHERful" summit to St. Kate's

C.J.: Soledad O'Brien brings "PowHERful" summit to St. Kate's

Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien’s “PowHERful” conference for young women is rolling into St. Paul. The PowHERful Twin Cities Summit is Oct. 29 at St.…
C.J.: Carl Hiaasen's an 'equal opportunity SOB'

C.J.: Carl Hiaasen's an 'equal opportunity SOB'

Carl Hiaasen, the Florida-born and -based journalist, columnist and writer of outrageous bestselling novels, recently came to speak at the Star ­Tribune. I interviewed…
C.J.: Former ride-share driver Evan Kail doesn't curb himself with new book "Ubered"

C.J.: Former ride-share driver Evan Kail doesn't curb himself with new book "Ubered"

Former Lyft and Uber driver Evan Kail was flunking my road test and not because of his driving skills. As you will see on…
C.J.: Marriage is making restaurant savant Steve Schussler much more mild

C.J.: Marriage is making restaurant savant Steve Schussler much more mild

Restaurant creator Steve Schussler has a Donald Trump business story that is a showstopper! However, telling the Trump story — I’ve been sworn…
C.J.: Nekima Levy-Pounds' eye-opening take on so-called 'black-on-black crime'

C.J.: Nekima Levy-Pounds' eye-opening take on so-called 'black-on-black crime'

The video from this Nekima Levy-Pounds interview contains sounds and facial expressions not normally seen when the Minneapolis NAACP president is on local newscasts.…
C.J.: FOX 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard recovering from removal of a third of his lip due to cancer

C.J.: FOX 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard recovering from removal of a third of his lip due to cancer

Fox 9 chief meteorologist Ian Leonard will return to work beard-free and, more importantly, cancer-free after surgery to remove squamous cell skin cancer from…

C.J. apologizes

A column I wrote and that was briefly published Wednesday has created a lot of anger and confusion among some readers. I want you to…
C.J.: Music writer Toure attracts attention while here for the Revolution's Prince performances

C.J.: Music writer Toure attracts attention while here for the Revolution's Prince performances

Cultural and music critic Touré was in the metro for the trio of reunion shows at First Avenue performed by Prince’s band the…
C.J.: Market BBQ now smoking on a truck

C.J.: Market BBQ now smoking on a truck

The transition from father to son has worked remarkably well at Market BBQ on Nicollet Avenue. Owner Steve Polski comes in when he wants,…
C.J.: Feast your eyes on social media's photo of bearded Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard

C.J.: Feast your eyes on social media's photo of bearded Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard

Based on Twitter’s response, there’s a great deal of interest in a photo of Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard with a beard. As…
C.J.: Former metro meteorologist Patrick Hammer still scheduled to become chief at WGRZ

C.J.: Former metro meteorologist Patrick Hammer still scheduled to become chief at WGRZ

A "bonehead" DWI arrest in Buffalo, N.Y., didn't cost Hammer the promotion he was expecting.
C.J.: R.J. Fritz came to the WCCO-TV 'Old Timers' party with a heavy, noisy gift

C.J.: R.J. Fritz came to the WCCO-TV 'Old Timers' party with a heavy, noisy gift

Retired WCCO-TV sports guy R.J. Fritz brought retired sports photographer Larry Kohout a camera that Fritz's son found stored at R.J.'s home.
C.J.: Fox 9's Shayne Wells on TV, motherhood and out-of-line fans

C.J.: Fox 9's Shayne Wells on TV, motherhood and out-of-line fans

Fox 9’s Shayne Wells was just fine not being on camera. When she was producer of “The Jason Show,” I would look at her…

C.J.: WCCO meteorologist Molly Rosenblatt turns cool on 'Michael'

WCCO-TV meteorologist Molly Rosenblatt was blowing up a guy’s cellphone recently while he shopped at SR Harris Fabric in Brooklyn Park. There was apparently…
C.J.: Family matters land HGTV's Nicole Curtis in court

C.J.: Family matters land HGTV's Nicole Curtis in court

Nicole Curtis, the host of “Rehab Addict,” challenges the report of an incident Sunday at the St. Paul home of her youngest child’s father,…
C.J.: Josh Hartnett smiles pretty at the Birdie

C.J.: Josh Hartnett smiles pretty at the Birdie

Josh Hartnett was reportedly observed doing something sweet when he poked his head into Birdie. Birdie is a chef’s table restaurant with a U-shaped…
C.J.: NAACP chief lauds Uber-nice move for Philando

C.J.: NAACP chief lauds Uber-nice move for Philando

Uber provided free rides to Philando Castile’s funeral. NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds had a hunch the online transportation company was doing this because…
C.J.: KARE 11's Camille Williams and Cory Hepola's family of 5 almost didn't happen

C.J.: KARE 11's Camille Williams and Cory Hepola's family of 5 almost didn't happen

When it comes to the Williams-Hepola romance, it came close to not happening. They were working in upstate New York. He was at the ABC station and she at the NBC.
C.J.: Cotty Lowry billboards once decorated, now just defaced

C.J.: Cotty Lowry billboards once decorated, now just defaced

Sunday afternoon a new Cotty Lowry billboard went up “and by Monday morning it was pretty well destroyed; less than 12 hours,” he said.…
C.J.: MC Hammer has a beef with Market BBQ mini truck

C.J.: MC Hammer has a beef with Market BBQ mini truck

MC Hammer can Command a crowd again, I guess, thanks to his funny 3M commercials. Market BBQ owner Anthony Polski swears that…
C.J.: 'Funniest Dad' Outrageous Davis aims to be Dave Chappelle minus potty mouth

C.J.: 'Funniest Dad' Outrageous Davis aims to be Dave Chappelle minus potty mouth

Retired educator David Ricks is not going to make it big as a comedian. That’s my prediction. But what do I know? He’s the…
Fox 9's Jonathan Choe takes his talent and sartorial style home to Boston

Fox 9's Jonathan Choe takes his talent and sartorial style home to Boston

Beantown called and “The Choe” had to go. Fox 9’s Jonathan Choe, who’d be up there if I had a list of Best Dressed…

C.J.: Former Fox 9 meteorologist Mike Tsolinas was on front lines of fun

Former Fox 9 meteorologist Mike Tsolinas was a weather talent ahead of the times. Tsolinas died Monday after being taken off life support, reported…
C.J.: Sister Rosalind has one of the most gripping handshakes in the metro

C.J.: Sister Rosalind has one of the most gripping handshakes in the metro

The nun and famous masseuse has been massaging fans at St. Paul Saints games "since 1993, year one."
C.J.: PETA calls out Dairy Queen for lack of non-dairy options

C.J.: PETA calls out Dairy Queen for lack of non-dairy options

“Good Wife” star Alan Cumming has got a PETA-related beef (make that tofu beef) with Dairy Queen. The Edina-based company is due to receive…
C.J.: New Vikings stadium worth rapping about for one Grip

C.J.: New Vikings stadium worth rapping about for one Grip

The new Vikings stadium is co-starring in Minneapolis rapper OG Grip’s upcoming video featuring Houston rapper Scarface and singer Jack Freeman. The…
C.J.: Lifestyle guru Jasmine Brett Stringer drinks the Oprah tea

C.J.: Lifestyle guru Jasmine Brett Stringer drinks the Oprah tea

Stringer is an original OWN Ambassador, one of those ultimate Oprah Winfrey Network viewers.
KARE 11's Sarigianopoulos is expecting a baby, but without that last name

KARE 11's Sarigianopoulos is expecting a baby, but without that last name

Dec. 2 is the due date for the "Breaking the News" anchor. "We are over the moon," she said.
C.J.: 9-year-old writes for 'black people everywhere'

C.J.: 9-year-old writes for 'black people everywhere'

Andrew decided to write a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton after seeing the video posted by Diamond Reynolds moments after her boyfriend was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer. Andrew is worried about his three younger siblings, who are autistic.
C.J.: 'Original' Pointer sister fondly remembers Prince

C.J.: 'Original' Pointer sister fondly remembers Prince

R&B legend Ruth Pointer is a study in ageless cool. Before the “original Pointer sister,” as she called herself, performed with daughter Issa…
Glen Mason hasn't forgotten being tricked by Nick Saban

Glen Mason hasn't forgotten being tricked by Nick Saban

The memory of getting pranked in 1978 by Nick Saban is still fresh for Glen Mason.
C.J.: Alert the TSA, Ruth Pointer may be armed with a sassy T-shirt

C.J.: Alert the TSA, Ruth Pointer may be armed with a sassy T-shirt

Ruth Pointer now owns perfect attire for standing in line for the third degree from TSA agents. The “original Pointer sister” performed Saturday at…
C.J.: What won't WCCO-TV's Heather Brown research? Good question

C.J.: What won't WCCO-TV's Heather Brown research? Good question

There is a tiny bit of anxiety about asking a dumb question when interviewing Heather Brown, WCCO-TV's "Good Question" correspondent.
C.J.: Should Prince's friends have watched him more closely after Moline?

C.J.: Should Prince's friends have watched him more closely after Moline?

Grammy winner Judith Hill’s name is going on my list of Prince confidantes who should’ve stuck to him like glue after the emergency…
C.J.: There was disappointment all around from Justin Bieber's Minnesota tour stop

C.J.: There was disappointment all around from Justin Bieber's Minnesota tour stop

Based on the lackluster reviews from Sunday’s Target Center performance it sounds as if Justin Bieber left it all on the lakes. Video surfaced…
C.J.: Lincoln Del daughter Mickey Berenberg is a saucy one

C.J.: Lincoln Del daughter Mickey Berenberg is a saucy one

Mickey Berenberg is my kind of person. She's an F-bomb waiting to happen. Dear Readers: The F-word in question could be FUN, even though that's not the one that comes out of her mouth frequently.
C.J.: Place in Chanhassen to pay tribute to Prince is in the works

C.J.: Place in Chanhassen to pay tribute to Prince is in the works

Prince fans are going to be able to celebrate his memory and commune with nature on a piece of private property where something special is being installed by an artist.
C.J.: Spirits were high at Mickey Berenberg's high tea

C.J.: Spirits were high at Mickey Berenberg's high tea

Of course, Queen Elizabeth graced Sunday’s Tea Party celebrating Mickey Berenberg’s significant birthday. “My mother thinks she’s the queen,” said Wendi Rosenstein, who…
C.J.: Marsters suffered for his art as Spike on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

C.J.: Marsters suffered for his art as Spike on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Maybe “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fans knew how James Marsters suffered for the role of Spike but I had no idea. Between not…
C.J.: Being off-duty for the Vikes gave Norv Turner time to do PR work for Ike's

C.J.: Being off-duty for the Vikes gave Norv Turner time to do PR work for Ike's

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was in the mood to socialize, not talk football, Tuesday at the VIP grand opening of Ike's in Bloomington.
C.J.: Adrienne Foreman Jones had her playful pick of heavyweights — Ali or George

C.J.: Adrienne Foreman Jones had her playful pick of heavyweights — Ali or George

“We’ve all been in shock,” said Adrienne Foreman Jones when asked Monday about the death of Muhammad Ali. “Oh yes, honey. Very sad.”…
C.J.: Hal Sparks gets fired up about comedy, Prince and politics

C.J.: Hal Sparks gets fired up about comedy, Prince and politics

Hal Sparks unapologetically talks too much. The good thing is that the actor — Michael Novotny on “Queer As Folk” and inventive scientist Donald…
C.J.: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was a cheerleader?

C.J.: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was a cheerleader?

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was probably a lot more popular with some Minneapolis residents Saturday when attorney Clinton Collins took this photo…
C.J.: Attorney Ron Rosenbaum, an invaluable source to media, dies

C.J.: Attorney Ron Rosenbaum, an invaluable source to media, dies

My buddy Ron Rosenbaum, the attorney and broadcasting personality, died Sunday. The week before he died, I left a message on his cellphone. His…
C.J.: Child actor in chilling Abbey's Hope spot is an old soul

C.J.: Child actor in chilling Abbey's Hope spot is an old soul

There are actors in Hollywood who don’t stay on message as well as 12-year-old Caitlyn Carroll. You’ll see what I am talking about…
C.J.: Will Dire Straits' F-word be heard again on KQRS?

C.J.: Will Dire Straits' F-word be heard again on KQRS?

Something in marketing manager Shelly Malecha Wilkes’ tone of voice tells me that the offensive version of “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits has…
C.J.: Madonna tried valiantly but in the end her Billboard tribute to Prince was not very royal

C.J.: Madonna tried valiantly but in the end her Billboard tribute to Prince was not very royal

Now we know why Prince didn’t give “Nothing Compares 2 U” to his friend, and collaborator, Madonna. The song he wrote that…
C.J.: The bubbly, mighty spirit of attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders will be celebrated Friday

C.J.: The bubbly, mighty spirit of attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders will be celebrated Friday

Fate only accorded attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders one more Mother’s Day. Her attorney husband, Lance Sanders, was hoping for “the next Christmas”…
C.J.: 'Incredible Hulk' is incredibly forgiving about Bill Cosby's alleged advance on Mrs. Hulk

C.J.: 'Incredible Hulk' is incredibly forgiving about Bill Cosby's alleged advance on Mrs. Hulk

Lou Ferrigno is a sweet, civil hulk of man. I interviewed TV’s “Incredible Hulk” at the Hyatt restaurant when he was here for Wizard…
C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns didn't want to jinx ROTY honor by preordering a gem of a suit

C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns didn't want to jinx ROTY honor by preordering a gem of a suit

At 1:45 a.m. Monday the guys at King Brothers Clothiers got a text message from Karl-Anthony Towns. “He wrote, I won. Today’s the…
C.J.: When Carrie Underwood's at an Edina hockey tourney, dads notice

C.J.: When Carrie Underwood's at an Edina hockey tourney, dads notice

"No one recognized her. She was in the stands and so I checked [with] one of my kids keeping score and was like, 'Is that Carrie Underwood right there?' "
C.J.: Writer of Minnesota-made movie "Blood Stripe" has an L.A. premiere and a TV pilot in the works

C.J.: Writer of Minnesota-made movie "Blood Stripe" has an L.A. premiere and a TV pilot in the works

“We made the film in my hometown and we get to premiere it in Remy’s and we like that,” actor/writer Kate Nowlin told me…
C.J.: Fancy Ray's kid is not a chip off the old noisy block

C.J.: Fancy Ray's kid is not a chip off the old noisy block

It was so refreshing to see Trevon pause and allow moments of silence before answering questions. His daddy pounces on question.
C.J.: A family history of addiction prompted attorney to tell authorities what he'd heard about Prince and Percocet

C.J.: A family history of addiction prompted attorney to tell authorities what he'd heard about Prince and Percocet

Attorney Mike Padden said he received some 25 requests to do media interviews, nationally and internationally, after my video of what he told authorities…
C.J.: A ruckus at Paisley Park over T-shirts

C.J.: A ruckus at Paisley Park over T-shirts

A T-shirt seller had a verbal go-round Sunday with a woman who claimed to be a Paisley Park surrogate as a steady stream of fans…
C.J.: King twins fill tall orders in dressing the hard to fit

C.J.: King twins fill tall orders in dressing the hard to fit

King Brothers Clothiers, owned by twins Danny and Kenny King, specializes in dressing the hard-to-fit. Among the athletes who’ve found their way to…
C.J.: PR exec refused to profit off Prince's death by selling photo of him on bike

C.J.: PR exec refused to profit off Prince's death by selling photo of him on bike

The universe finally acquiesced to Heather Hofmeister’s desire to see her famous neighbor: Prince. The corporate communications exec lives around the cornerish…
C.J.: Memories 'Billy Jack Bitch,' Prince's 'biggest enemy'

C.J.: Memories 'Billy Jack Bitch,' Prince's 'biggest enemy'

During our chance 1997 meeting, Prince called me his "biggest enemy," and said he thought items I wrote about him were the fallout of my being "an old girlfriend." I told him to take a good look at me: I didn't in any way resemble the incredibly beautiful women he brought into his life. Prince said that he had a dream he and I might work together in the future.
C.J.: Broadcast legend Don Shelby is somewhat nervous about intervewing Bill Moyers

C.J.: Broadcast legend Don Shelby is somewhat nervous about intervewing Bill Moyers

“I’m a little nervous,” retired longtime WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby admitted about interviewing Bill Moyers. Such anxiety would not subside after seeing the…
C.J.: Diana Pierce is pleased her KARE11 exit included a little something extra

C.J.: Diana Pierce is pleased her KARE11 exit included a little something extra

Retiring KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce said she was not pushed out of the station.Last week a news release arrived via e-mail announcing her…
C.J.: Writing a book with Prince 'would be a nightmare job,' Neal Karlen says

C.J.: Writing a book with Prince 'would be a nightmare job,' Neal Karlen says

Writer Neal Karlen tried to conceal a tape recorder in the crotch of his jeans before a 1990 Rolling Stone interview with Prince.…
C.J.: KARE 11's Diana Pierce calls it a career after 32 years

C.J.: KARE 11's Diana Pierce calls it a career after 32 years

In September 1983 Pierce was paired with Paul Magers at what was then WTCN. Their popularity soared, making them the No. 1 anchor team in the metro.

Piercing Diana's armor

KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce is much funnier off-camera.
Fox 9's 'Jason Show' getting national tryout, and it's not even a year old

Fox 9's 'Jason Show' getting national tryout, and it's not even a year old

Matheson, who was out in L.A., for the "American Idol" finale, spilled the beans Tuesday while doing a celebrity gossips segment.
C.J.: Long-time KQ sidekick Terri Traen is in negotiations to do her own show

C.J.: Long-time KQ sidekick Terri Traen is in negotiations to do her own show

KQ92 morning show sidekick Terri Traen's getting her own show, Tom Barnard told me on Monday."Terri went to management and said she wanted…
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