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Nominally Free…

Nominally Free…

Feb. 27 |     Starting this blog just after we celebrate the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation’s inauguration seems fitting.  Because much of what will be written in this blog will range from the historical context of the plight of Africans...

MPS revising Black history curriculum

MPS revising Black history curriculum

Feb. 27 |   Mahmoud El-Kati calls for a ‘radical’ change to educating youth     By Charles Hallman Staff Writer     Following two recent incidents that occurred at Minneapolis high schools — a Black doll hung by the neck from a...

Recognition of early ‘Black Fives’ players long overdue

Recognition of early ‘Black Fives’ players long overdue

Feb. 27 | The NCAA this year is celebrating 75 years of March Madness. Before it became an overhyped trademark, and before it became a behemoth cash cow for everyone but the players, the annual tourney for decades was a White-only affair. The celebrating...

Local youth join international poets to hone Brave New Voices

Local youth join international poets to hone Brave New Voices

Feb. 27 |   Tish Jones cultivates next generation of MN spoken word artists     By Jamal Denman Contributing Writer   Almost every practitioner of creative art, regardless of the discipline, will be quick to point out that they are motivated...

South High food fight gives voice to Somali student’s frustrations

South High food fight gives voice to Somali student’s frustrations

Feb. 27 | One student response to turmoil is to “mix it up” culturally   By Mel Reeves Contributing Writer   “We don’t feel safe,” said 16-year-old Kowsar Mohamed, a Somali student at South High, during a recent press conference addressing...

How is Dred Scott connected to MN history?

How is Dred Scott connected to MN history?

Feb. 27 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Many people don’t know that for a time, Dred Scott lived in Fort Snelling, where he met and married his wife, Harriet Robinson. Local community member Frank White and others are working to see this knowledge...

Greatest of all time? I say Jordan, and here’s why

Greatest of all time? I say Jordan, and here’s why

Feb. 27 | It rages on — the debate over who’s the best of all-time. Michael Jordan? Magic Johnson? Kobe Bryant? LeBron James? That is where the argument gets testy. Jordan just celebrated his 50th birthday. Because Jordan won six NBA titles and all those...

Ancient African knowledge holds key to trusting ourselves and others

Ancient African knowledge holds key to trusting ourselves and others

Feb. 27 |     The Black man/woman is the temple that absorbs the planetary influences of the cosmos. The Black man/woman is not a helpless creature in this drama of life, nor is he/she held helpless by circumstances around him or her. The planets...

Designing a healthy approach to life

Designing a healthy approach to life

Feb. 27 |   You’ve set some new year’s goals for yourself…maybe some fitness goals, travel plans, or maybe even a new attitude about life! The new year always brings about renewed zeal for the things we’d like to do to enjoy a better quality...

Health disparities cost African Americans $45.3 billion annually

Health disparities cost African Americans $45.3 billion annually

Feb. 27 |   A recent report by the National Urban League Policy Institute found that African Americans continue to pay a disproportionate price for health disparities, spending $54.9 billion of the total $82.2 billion for the U.S. in healthcare costs and...
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