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Trayvon Martin is guilty…  …of being a young, Black male in the wrong place at the wrong time

Trayvon Martin is guilty… …of being a young, Black male in the wrong place at the wrong time

Jul. 24 |     The headline in this column is not a mistake. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was guilty of being Black. All of us know of jokes about being arrested for driving while being Black. It was no joke for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, killed...

Trayvon Martin tragedy’s  lesson: ‘Everything has changed, yet nothing has changed’

Trayvon Martin tragedy’s lesson: ‘Everything has changed, yet nothing has changed’

Jul. 24 |     Someone once said, to describe the state of race relations near the end of the 20th century, “Everything has changed, yet nothing has changed.” That may be the best way to sum up the Trayvon Martin tragedy. At bottom, as in the case...

Respect the tresses

Respect the tresses

Jul. 24 | How many times have you combed your hair or watched someone comb their hair so hard the head shakes like one of those bobble-head dolls? That, my friends, can produce major stress to the scalp and hair, creating hair damage. As Diana Ross & the...

Investigate the racial context  behind  Martin’s death

Investigate the racial context behind Martin’s death

Jul. 24 |   By Jesse Jackson Guest Commentator   If Trayvon Martin were not a young Black male, he would be alive today. Despite the verdict, it’s clear that George Zimmerman would never have confronted a young White man wearing a hoodie. He would,...

Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin:  bigotry knows no boundaries

Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin: bigotry knows no boundaries

Jul. 24 |     The nation is once again divided along the fault line of race. In a perceived 2013 post-racial society, William Faulkner’s prophetic quote of the last century — ”The past is never dead. It’s not even past” — has come back...

Get mental illness out of the shadows

Get mental illness out of the shadows

Jul. 24 | President Obama hosted a summit June 3 in which he called for mental illness to come out of the shadows. With the increased concerns about the role of mental illness in the perpetrators of mass violence, questions are being raised about the adequacy...

Restoring the ‘Beloved Community’

Restoring the ‘Beloved Community’

Jul. 24 | How the enslaved African was stripped of his humanity   I want to take a moment to remember with our readers how and when the African was forcefully brought to the Americas; it happened during the 1400s. This time in our existence on earth...

Trayvon Martin: this generations’ Emmett Till? — Zimmerman verdict confirms broken judicial system for many Blacks

Trayvon Martin: this generations’ Emmett Till? — Zimmerman verdict confirms broken judicial system for many Blacks

Jul. 17 |       News Analysis By Charles Hallman Staff Writer     Organizers of Monday’s downtown rally in front of the Hennepin County Government Center estimated the peaceful crowd of all ages and ethnicities at between 3,500 and...

Agency specializes in models of color — Good looks help, but ‘real people’ are also in demand

Agency specializes in models of color — Good looks help, but ‘real people’ are also in demand

Jul. 17 |     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   A tried and true quip goes, “The three most important things in retail are location, location and location.” That said, there’s something else that has to run a close second in any business...

Spoken Hero: Etta Christon — Lifting struggling souls with a sandwich and self-respect

Spoken Hero: Etta Christon — Lifting struggling souls with a sandwich and self-respect

Jul. 17 |     People in our community and their giving spirit to others often go unnoticed as “Unspoken Heroes. Our Spoken Heroes gives the community the opportunity to recognize these everyday heroes and their accomplishments. Without looking for...
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