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School discipline must be decriminalized

School discipline must be decriminalized

Oct. 12 |               By Marian Wright Edelman Guest Commentator   I believe the purpose of public schools is to educate not exclude children and to help identify and meet child needs, not make children serve adult...

Curly hair styles turned up

Curly hair styles turned up

Oct. 11 | Styling and hair care have evolved for Black women, especially those who choose to wear their hair natural. Curly hair flashback: Can you name the hairstyle that actually stained furniture due to the residue from the product we added in our hair? ...

Senator Hayden deserves a fair hearing

Senator Hayden deserves a fair hearing

Oct. 11 | Black leaders need to demand he gets due process   “Due process” is a fundamental constitutional right. It means respecting legal rights, holding “innocent until proven guilty” and having one’s day in court. Due process is the legal glue...

Winners named in first  St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

Winners named in first St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

Oct. 11 | A range of community-driven ideas representing St. Paul’s diversity and cultural vibrancy received $1.365 million September 29 as winners of the first St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge. A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge...

What do HBCUs know that MN schools don’t?

What do HBCUs know that MN schools don’t?

Oct. 11 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Can Minnesota, which has one of the worst academic achievement disparities among Blacks, learn from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? These schools have success with underprepared students...

Prep countdown

Prep countdown

Oct. 11 | This week’s prep countdown includes some outstanding football players, describes the basketball tradition at a Minneapolis city school on the boys’ and girls’ levels and the recent dominance of two St. Paul City boys’ basketball coaches. The...

Human life is not sacred and we are all liars

Human life is not sacred and we are all liars

Oct. 10 | One of the most hypocritical mantras we all assume we live by is the idea that human life is sacred. However, when we access the evidence we have to conclude that this is just a saying that has no merit, no credibility in our lives. In fact, the evidence...

Breck School 2014 Homecoming royalty

Breck School 2014 Homecoming royalty

Oct. 10 |   On September 19, Breck School crowned seniors Kwaku Bodom and Jaila Tolbert as Homecoming King and Queen during the school’s annual Homecoming Coronation ceremony. Both students are residents of Brooklyn Center. — Information and photo...

Racial Equity Movement gains some momentum

Racial Equity Movement gains some momentum

Oct. 10 | Just defining the terms presents a challenge   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Racial equity in recent weeks has been the top discussion focus of two “convenings” in the Twin Cities. One of their leaders says that in order for an effective...

Kudos to all young Black baseball players

Kudos to all young Black baseball players

Oct. 10 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Will Mo’ne Davis, the young Black middle-schooler who pitched her Philadelphia team to this summer’s Little League World Series (LLWS), become another Gabby Douglas? The comparison shouldn’t be made but...