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MPS aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15

MPS aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15

Apr. 16 | Mentors, new programs part of plan to ‘normalize success’   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   An estimated 80 local Black men met with Black male students last Friday morning as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program that Minneapolis...

Money manager learned his craft the hard way

Money manager learned his craft the hard way

Apr. 11 | His book guides everyday people to financial literacy   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   “Some are born great,” according to William Shakespeare, “some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Well, some...

State auditor clarifies intent: Make ‘minority councils’ better,   more effective

State auditor clarifies intent: Make ‘minority councils’ better, more effective

Apr. 10 | Legislature, governor’s office partly to blame for problems   Second  of a  three-part story   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   In last week’s issue of the MSR, we detailed the points made by the Minnesota’s Office of the...

Providers call for investigation of referral process they consider unfair

Providers call for investigation of referral process they consider unfair

Apr. 9 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Hennepin County residents seeking chemical health assistance are offered “culturally competent and specific” programs to meet their needs, according to County officials. But providers of culturally specific...

Referral numbers suggest Hennepin County bias against culturally specific providers

Referral numbers suggest Hennepin County bias against culturally specific providers

Apr. 9 | By Brandon Jones Contributing Writer     In our conversations about injustice and systemic racism, we tend to focus on individuals who have been mistreated. Whether we are speaking about current police brutality incidents, something that...

Brenda Bell Brown: art as  a natural part of everyday life

Brenda Bell Brown: art as a natural part of everyday life

Apr. 4 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Writer, performer and visual artist Brenda Bell Brown, renowned Twin Cities fixture, utilizes the concepts of art and culture as more than an aesthetic pursuit. She successfully realizes them as a community...

Virtual companies tackle real issues

Virtual companies tackle real issues

Apr. 3 | Entrepreneur promotes recycling, launches mobile app business   By Judith Hence Contributing Writer Angela Harmon is a publisher and mobile marketing entrepreneur. She is an ambitious individual, committed to the health and ecological well-being...

Audit questions need for Council on Black Minnesotans

Audit questions need for Council on Black Minnesotans

Apr. 2 | Council director calls the report ‘flawed,’ its recommendations ‘a disgrace’   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Earlier this month, Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released its annual audit of the four “minority...

North Mpls rental property owners refute slumlord label

North Mpls rental property owners refute slumlord label

Apr. 2 | Property owners place responsibility for code violations on problem renters   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer City landlords Keith Malmer and Mahmood Khan both do not see themselves as “slum landlords” simply because the majority of their properties...

New MPS programs to focus on Black male student achievement

New MPS programs to focus on Black male student achievement

Mar. 28 | Unified office, more instruction, more teachers planned   This story concludes our report on new MPS initiatives to address disparities that began with last week’s story, “Mpls Public Schools to assess impact of all policies, procedures on...