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Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder passes

Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder passes

Oct. 15 | Geoffrey Holder did it all. He was an actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist. He’s best remembered, of course, for his charismatic charm and deep, marvelously rich voice as the 1970s pitchman...

St. Louis Area Police, Protesters, Brace for More Protests

St. Louis Area Police, Protesters, Brace for More Protests

Oct. 13 | Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY ST. LOUIS (USA Today) — Police and protesters spent Sunday gearing up for the culmination of a weekend of demonstrations in Ferguson and across St. Louis. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File Protest organizers planned to stage...

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...

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...

Metro Congressional contest draws national spotlight

Metro Congressional contest draws national spotlight

Oct. 9 | Incumbent Kline, no friend to communities of color, may get more attention than he wants   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer One of the most closely watched Congressional races of this election season is happening right here in Minnesota, where...

1st Ebola Patient Diagnosed in the US Has Died

1st Ebola Patient Diagnosed in the US Has Died

Oct. 8 | NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman. Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas...

Immigrant stories get a hearing

Immigrant stories get a hearing

Oct. 8 | Many cultures are contributing to the new majority   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Each immigrant who comes to this country has a story to tell. The vast majority of them didn’t come to steal jobs, or rely on public assistance, but rather...

Hmong population one of the fastest growing in U.S.

Hmong population one of the fastest growing in U.S.

Oct. 5 | Six reasons why Minnesota Hmong Americans — and other communities of color — should vote this year   By Tiffany Vang Contributing Writer Historically, the Hmong community has had one of the lowest voter turnouts, but with outreach campaigns...

Joy Marsh Stephens runs for mayor

Joy Marsh Stephens runs for mayor

Oct. 4 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Brooklyn Park needs “strong, intentional leadership” in City Hall, says mayoral candidate Joy Marsh Stephens. The state’s sixth-largest city is changing, demographically speaking, but Stephens says this isn’t...

National coalition works to protect voters’ rights

National coalition works to protect voters’ rights

Oct. 3 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer On September 23, a coalition of organizations that included the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund, Bus Federation Civic Fund, Fair Elections Legal Network, League of Women Voters, Nonprofit...