Now Showing in Amazon Prime’s All Voices Film Festival

Saint Paul Almanac, in partnership with St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) and High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), presents Rondo: Beyond the Pavement, a new student-produced film and podcast that chronicles the history of a once-thriving African American neighborhood torn apart by the Interstate 94 corridor. Read the press release here
Watch Bianca Rhodes being featured on news article.


Rondo: Beyond the Pavement needs your help! 

Help us win the Amazon Prime Award.
Watch Rondo: Beyond the Pavement here through June 24th.

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Led by filmmaker Bianca Rhodes, Rondo youth created this powerful film interviewing Rondo elders. Edited by Georgia Fort. Sound by Katherine DeCelle. 


Learn more about the All Voices Film Festival here:
Model Cities
Thursday, June 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

839 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104


Dinner included
At Model Cities, our mission is to provide social and economic prosperity by providing access to opportunities that stabilize and develop families and communities.


RONDO: Beyond the Pavement is an official selection for the San Francisco Black Film Festival June 13–16, 2019

RONDO is an official selection for April 2019 at the Indie Short Fest at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Indie Short Fest Los Angeles – TBA

Universe Multicultural Film Festival April 5-7, 2019

SXSW EDU 2019 March 5, 2019

Yofi Microfest Black History Showcase Feb. 9, 2019




Learning about what happened in the Rondo community while interviewing those who witnessed their homes being destroyed was heartbreaking. It was astounding the resilience they showed. It lit a fire in me. Rondo never stopped trying to rebuild what was there. It gave me a lot of confidence in myself to go after what I love to do in life. I learned that I-94 going through Rondo was a power struggle to limit what the black community could actually do. It didn’t stop us at all.

Jevrye Morris, HSRA student

If we know who we are and who we came from, it helps us to go forward in our lives. If we know nothing about our history, then how are we to know about our future?

Donna Evans, Rondo elder

Community reaction to viewing RONDO: Beyond the Pavement

The stories you will hear on this podcast are from the people who lived or live in the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

In the 1920s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart.

The construction of 94 shattered homes, businesses, and families. It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit.

These are the stories of “RONDO: Beyond the Pavement.”

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Rondo resident Donna Evans

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Rondo resident Melvin Emanuel

Podcast 1

Rondo resident Miss Margaret Lovejoy

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