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Stereotypes thwart aspirations of young Black men

Stereotypes thwart aspirations of young Black men

Nov. 28 | MPS Black Male Achievement director gets some barbershop ‘real truth’   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Shahmar Dennis plans to graduate next spring from Roosevelt High School. He also plans to continue his post-secondary education by...

Twin Cities Black preachers unite against biased reporting

Twin Cities Black preachers unite against biased reporting

Nov. 27 | Spiritual leaders voice parishioners’, community’s concerns on media coverage   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The local mainstream media has been “culturally arrogant” in its reporting of prominent Blacks, says a ministers’ group....

Hometown Artist Sold Three Million Records Before Age 20

Hometown Artist Sold Three Million Records Before Age 20

Nov. 27 | From the MSR Legacy Archives As part of our celebration over the next several months of our 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than  4,000 weekly issues of African...

Activist, former D.C. mayor Marion Barry passes

Activist, former D.C. mayor Marion Barry passes

Nov. 26 | Marion S. Barry, stalwart civil rights activist cum prominent politician, passed away Nov. 23 at age 78 owing to cardiac arrest. Barry, of course, was infamously publicized for his 1990 arrest and subsequent incarceration for drug possession. Like...

Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

Nov. 21 | Local artist’s work displayed ‘from here to Ireland’    By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   St. Paul sculptor Frank Brown describes himself as a “gofer,” someone who “goes for it, who doesn’t sit around waiting for someone...

How parents can help close the achievement gap

How parents can help close the achievement gap

Nov. 20 | Educator encourages close collaboration between home and school   By Dr. Levette Evans Thomas, Ed.D Contributing Writer   I believe as an educator I can effectively contribute to closing the achievement gap. It is important for parents to believe...

MPS curtails suspensions

MPS curtails suspensions

Nov. 19 | ‘Reverse racism’ used to combat discipline bias   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Since this story was published, Minneapolis Public Schools has emailed the following statement: In regards to the article posted on Dr. Johnson’s...

Critics say ‘Pointergate’ story perpetuates racial stereotypes

Critics say ‘Pointergate’ story perpetuates racial stereotypes

Nov. 19 | Mayor says she doesn’t plan to stop pointing   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The fallout continues from a local television station’s airing a controversial story two weeks ago. The Hubbard Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate, KSTP 5, aired...

St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

Nov. 15 | Concerns over ‘unrealistic’ hiring goals have proven unfounded   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Nearly $105 million in St. Paul City contracts was awarded in 2013 to businesses owned by people of color, women-owned, and small businesses,...

Students tour southern Black colleges

Students tour southern Black colleges

Nov. 14 | St. Paul church celebrates 10 years of HBCU campus visits   By Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald Contributing Writer Last month, St. Paul’s Progressive Baptist Church (PBC) sent 68 youth on a tour to visit seven Historical Black Colleges and Universities...
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