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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...

Hayden-Champion ethics delayed

Hayden-Champion ethics delayed

Nov. 12 | Republicans defend complaints; accused deny charges   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   After the second hearing as part of the ethics complaint against Democratic State Senators Jeff Hayden and Bobby Champion, the process has been placed...

Pilot program outfits 36 Mpls cops with body cams

Pilot program outfits 36 Mpls cops with body cams

Nov. 12 | More police ‘accountability and transparency’ are hoped-for outcomes   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Minneapolis City and police officials pledge that the body camera pilot program now in effect will “enhance transparency and...

Nuns celebrate 25 years on the North Side

Nuns celebrate 25 years on the North Side

Nov. 9 | Visitation Sisters stay true to mission of ‘prayer, presence and hospitality’ By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Six Catholic nuns relocated from the suburbs to North Minneapolis 25 years ago. Recently the community and the sisters both celebrated...

Raid a diva’s closet to boost self-esteem

Raid a diva’s closet to boost self-esteem

Nov. 9 | Mentoring program helps girls dress for success   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer Raiding a DIVA’s Closet (www.projectdivas.com) is an excellent example of communal self-empowerment, benefitting the public at large and an imperiled group in...

MN Black lawyers support future law students

MN Black lawyers support future law students

Nov. 8 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer On November 8, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Annual Scholarship Gala will celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The Gala’s theme will be “Honoring the...

Diversity hiring on the rise where new State goals apply

Diversity hiring on the rise where new State goals apply

Nov. 6 | ‘People’s Stadium’ reports ‘better than anticipated’ progress    By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Second of a three-part story   Both the Minneapolis Civil Rights and St. Paul Human Rights Departments agreed in 2006 to accept...

Cynicism, Anger, Optimism in Play on Election Day

Cynicism, Anger, Optimism in Play on Election Day

Nov. 5 | NANCY BENAC, Associated Press Writer There is hope mixed with cynicism and anger vying with optimism as Americans cast ballots across the country. Seventy-one-year-old Jim Brinley gave voice to the discontent of many Americans from a polling place...