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NAACP, St. Paul teachers team up to address Brown’s unfinished business

NAACP, St. Paul teachers team up to address Brown’s unfinished business

Jun. 4 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The St. Paul NAACP branch and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) recently have joined forces to work on local education issues. “We started talking this [past] winter” with the NAACP on working on...

Family, community mourn loss of 17-year-old shooting victim

Family, community mourn loss of 17-year-old shooting victim

Jun. 3 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Using a bullhorn brought by K.G. Wilson of Hope Ministries, 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson’s stepmother Nekisha Bowman pleaded to the gathering outside their North Minneapolis home Monday, “If you know something,...

South West Light Rail advocates see gains  for communities of color

South West Light Rail advocates see gains for communities of color

Jun. 3 | By Mel Reeves Contributing Writer   As Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council prepare to hear the public’s thoughts on the proposed South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), the effort to secure it has created some strange bedfellows. The...

Gregory Gray reflects on a lifetime of public service

Gregory Gray reflects on a lifetime of public service

May. 30 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   “I think the one thing that links most of my career in public service has been some type of advocacy or support for communities of color and low-income communities,” says Gregory Gray, looking back...

Africa is open for business

Africa is open for business

May. 29 | Forum touted benefits of investing in East Africa   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Several African-born persons “pitched” their native lands to Minnesotans at a recent African business forum. Commodities, vegetables and machinery...

Inside the Super Bowl bid

Inside the Super Bowl bid

May. 28 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Organizers of the 2018 Super Bowl, which the National Football League awarded to Minnesota last week, boast that it will be a “public-private partnership” expected to bring millions to the Twin Cities and integrate...

A conversation with Maya Angelou

A conversation with Maya Angelou

May. 28 | Renaissance woman speaks on Tyler Perry, Obama and ‘the sweet language’ By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   In remembrance of  author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) This article was originally published in October...

Spoken word performer aims high

Spoken word performer aims high

May. 27 | She hopes to transform young lives nationally and internationally     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Julia Sewell’s website (www.sewellspeaks.com) announces her as “a world-renowned public speaker and performer. With over 10...

Transit riders bring concerns to Met Council

Transit riders bring concerns to Met Council

May. 23 | Routes, fares, shelters among issues raised in community engagement session     By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Transit equity means more than additional bus stops or faster trains. Local residents are saying it also means an equitable...

Organizing to unite the African world

Organizing to unite the African world

May. 22 | Omali Yeshitela discusses his work in ‘the ongoing struggle’   By Dwight Hobbes Staff Writer   The only thing more dangerous than the truth is someone committed to telling it with the courage of his or her convictions and without regard...