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EVENT: The SEAD Project and Northside Orgs Hosts Southeast Asian Voices Roundtable

Are you Southeast Asian and live in North Minneapolis? Want to have a say about issues that impact you the most? Join us for a discussion and share a meal as our umbrella organization The SEAD Project co-hosts a roundtable discussion for Southeast Asian residents this Thursday, October 27th from 5:30PM-8:00PM at UROC University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787583184856731/

On tour: MN metal band debuts “The Color Clear”

Minnesota-based metalcore band, Reflections, officially released their third album, The Color Clear, on September 18, 2015. The four person band features two Lao Americans, guitarist Patrick Somoulay, and bassist Francis Xayana. LLOTP caught up with Francis to find out more about their latest album and life on tour. Tell us a little bit about Reflections. Who’s in it? How did it get started? Reflections has been a band since 2010, but didn’t get active until 2012. It started off as a project between our guitarist, Patrick Somoulay, and our vocalist Jake Wolf. I came into the picture soon after and also our drummer, Nick Lona. I play bass for the band, but I also take care of the business and branding aspects. Our genre is metal. What’s it like to be a Lao American kid in a rock band?  I never once felt like I ever had a disadvantage in being in a band because of being Lao American. I suppose it doesn’t really make me feel special or different than anyone in that sense. But as of …