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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis named to Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

It’s about time. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Minneapolis-launched writers and producers behind 16 No. 1 pop hits and 26 No. 1 R&B hits, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15 in New York City.

One of the most successful writing/producing teams in the history of modern music, Jam and Lewis have worked on hits for Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey, George Michael, Sounds of Blackness, Boyz II Men, Herb Alpert, the Human League, Alexander O’Neal and many others.

Former members of the hit R&B band the Time, Jam and Lewis started their behind-the-scenes career in their hometown of Minneapolis in 1982. Now based in Los Angeles, they have won three Grammys, earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, received a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP and were named ASCAP songwriters of the year nine times.

Other inductees in the 48th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremonies will be Berry Gordy, Babyface, Max Martin, Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera of Chicago, and Jay-Z.

About 400 songwriters have been previously inducted. The list includes Bob Dylan, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Robinson, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Dolly Parton, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Paul Simon and Kris Kristofferson.  

Screening of Swedish documentary about Somalis on skates cancelled after lone copy gets lost in the mail

The American Swedish Institute and Somali Museum were forced to cancel Wednesday’s joint screening of the film “Nice People” after the only copy of the film with English subtitles available in the United States got lost in the mail.

“It really is a tempest in a teapot,” said Karen Nelson, ASI’s marketing and communications manager said.

A screening of “Nice People” had long been planned for Wednesday night at the ASI. In the proud tradition of “Cool Runnings,” the new documentary tracks a group of Somali men who immigrate to Sweden, where they establish the first-ever “bandy” team for their home nation and attempt to compete at the world bandy championships in Siberia.

Bandy differs from hockey in that players pursue a ball, not a puck, and the sport is played on soccer field-sized surface. The Guidant John Rose Oval, in Roseville, is one of the only regulation-sized rinks in the United States, and nearly all American players of the sport live in Minnesota. Given the local bandy connection, and the large population of people Swedes and Somali’s descent living in the Twin Cities, screening “Nice People” seemed like a very nice thing for the two museums to do.

But unfortunately, Nelson said, the Swedish Film Institute sent only one copy of the film with English subtitles to the United States. Somewhere between Minnesota and the House of Sweden embassy in Washington, D.C., that copy got lost in the mail.

The sad news about “Nice People” came just days after President Donald J. Trump strongly (and falsely) inferred that Muslim immigrants have incited terrorist attacks in the Nordic country. Nelson did not know if the ASI would be able to reschedule the screening, however, she did encourage Twin Cities bandy fans to watch the Swedish-language version.

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