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Ellison proposes friendship societies

Ellison proposes friendship societies

Jul. 24 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and five other congressional Democrats last week sent a letter to both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry urging the administration “to...

Visiting Africans prepare to  become ‘transformative leaders’

Visiting Africans prepare to become ‘transformative leaders’

Jul. 23 | Representing 18 countries, they say they are learning the most from each other.   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this summer hosted 25 young African professionals in its first...

Special Integration District school resists takeover attempt

Special Integration District school resists takeover attempt

Jul. 21 | Goal of ‘mitigating racial isolation’ in East Metro threatened by ‘school grab’   By Isaac Peterson Contributiong Writer   First of a two-part story   Parents and students in the United States scored a major victory 60 years ago in...

Aspiring educator shares penny-pinching tips

Aspiring educator shares penny-pinching tips

Jul. 18 | Youth, it’s understandably said, is wasted on the young. Not, though, in the person of Vanessa Young who, at 24, is an excellent exception to the proverbial rule. She’s sensibly down to earth when it comes to the fundamental nuts and bolts of...

Tell Me More axed by NPR

Tell Me More axed by NPR

Jul. 17 | Yet another program by/for people of color bites the dust on public radio   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer     Tell Me More, the National Public Radio (NPR) multicultural daily newsmagazine, will leave the air August 1 after seven...

Another ‘long, hot summer’ threatens North Minneapolis

Another ‘long, hot summer’ threatens North Minneapolis

Jul. 16 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer     After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st...

State Services for the Blind reaches out to people of color

State Services for the Blind reaches out to people of color

Jul. 14 | Local, national organizations help the vision-impaired maintain a rich life   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Over many years, studies have shown African Americans to be more prone to diabetes than Caucasians and to have a higher incidence...

Sister Spokesman gives women skills to spice up their relationships

Sister Spokesman gives women skills to spice up their relationships

Jul. 11 | By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   The need to spice up our relationships is something that most of us will experience if we have been in any form of a relationship for any substantial amount of time. To help in this effort of spicing things...

State senator gets serious about ending poverty in Minnesota

State senator gets serious about ending poverty in Minnesota

Jul. 10 | Sen. Marty to introduce an anti-poverty ‘Worker Dignity Bill’ in upcoming session   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Poverty in Minnesota has been the subject of much talk and some action. From 2008’s “Commission on Ending Poverty...

Atlanta Boom foil the myth that Black girls don’t play volleyball

Atlanta Boom foil the myth that Black girls don’t play volleyball

Jul. 9 | Their message to local Black females: ‘Get out there and try’   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Historically for many Blacks, volleyball is often seen as a too-costly country-club sport. Therefore, it’s unusual, especially in this...