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World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

Dec. 18 | Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary:...

2014 elections: Black doom, or Black success, a personal decision

2014 elections: Black doom, or Black success, a personal decision

Dec. 18 | The voters have spoken and Americans placed their trust in Republicans by giving the party control over both the House and Senate in Washington. The 2014 elections appeared to be about trust, integrity, and which party (Democrats, or Republicans)...

Venerable activist Dick Gregory offers words of wisdom

Venerable activist Dick Gregory offers words of wisdom

Dec. 18 | ‘Library of Black radical thought’ shared insights  on sundry topics during his recent visit   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Dick Gregory first started out as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid-1950s and had become one...

Judge: Boy, 14, Shouldn’t Have Been Executed in U.S.

Judge: Boy, 14, Shouldn’t Have Been Executed in U.S.

Dec. 18 | COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed...

This Week’s Cartoon

This Week’s Cartoon

Dec. 17 | Share:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new window)Click to email...

Twins sign Torii Hunter, Ervin Santana

Twins sign Torii Hunter, Ervin Santana

Dec. 17 | Who got the best of the MLB winter meetings? Time will tell. Several teams in Major League Baseball used the winter meetings to improve their teams. The Twins were no different, signing veteran outfielder Torii Hunter before the meetings to a one-year...

Black athletes weigh in on police violence

Black athletes weigh in on police violence

Dec. 17 | Recent events of police brutality, a problem that Blacks in this country have faced for decades, have pushed Black athletes out of their normal say-nothing postures. Several NBA players and two college teams last week donned “I Can’t Breathe”...

Northside Achievement Zone gets mid-term report card

Northside Achievement Zone gets mid-term report card

Dec. 17 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Almost three years ago, the Spokesman-Recorder reported on the origins and mission of the Northside Achievement Zone, or NAZ, which was described as “a $28 million social experiment” whose goal was...

Motown: The Musical actress-singer delights  in her multiple legendary roles

Motown: The Musical actress-singer delights in her multiple legendary roles

Dec. 17 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Motown: The Musical, the hit Broadway musical now touring the country, arrives next week for a 13-day run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Grammy-nominated artist Ashley Támar Davis plays several...

Mensah out, Yohannes in

Mensah out, Yohannes in

Dec. 17 | His wake-up call came at nine on the nose. He was up and in the shower a few minutes later. Turned out, Helen and company — she’d got Yohannes Tona to sign on for a week and a half — were going north to Duluth, then Canada. He was tempted...