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Minneapolis NAACP swears in new members

Minneapolis NAACP swears in new members

Feb. 26 | New leaders say their mission includes no time for negativity     By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   The Minneapolis NAACP meeting, held on February 22, was the first membership meeting following the organization’s election of new...

Civil rights report highlights across-the-board disparities

Civil rights report highlights across-the-board disparities

Feb. 26 | Education gaps, high incarceration strongly impacts Black unemployment   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The “intolerably high unemployment rates” for Blacks in Minnesota has been oft-discussed in recent years, but a new Minnesota...

White students’ discrimination complaints at MCTC create atmosphere of censorship

White students’ discrimination complaints at MCTC create atmosphere of censorship

Feb. 21 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Some believe that the administrative decision surrounding a Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) English professor who received a reprimand last year may have “far-reaching ramifications” for...

St. Cloud leaders embrace the area’s growing diversity

St. Cloud leaders embrace the area’s growing diversity

Feb. 20 | Acknowledging the city’s ‘devastating’ history may help it leave ugly past behind   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis admits that although his city has changed in recent years, the past can’t be ignored. During...

Passion for Black history, culture leads couple to found company

Passion for Black history, culture leads couple to found company

Feb. 19 | Liberation Clothing and Gifts and Black History Expo result   By Isaac Peterson, III Contributing Writer   About two years ago, Karla said to her husband Anthony, “Now is the time to start our own business,” and Liberation Clothing...

When it comes to training dogs,  Big D’s a winner

When it comes to training dogs, Big D’s a winner

Feb. 19 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Even before Michael Vick’s infamous association with and incarceration for dog-fighting, the public imagination did not pair Black men and canines in a particularly shining light. The stereotype held of...

Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’ Like Richard Pryor and James Baldwin, Dwight Hobbes speaks his mind

Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’ Like Richard Pryor and James Baldwin, Dwight Hobbes speaks his mind

Feb. 14 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Name the subject — any subject — and Dwight Hobbes will have something unique to say about it. After his writing appeared over the years in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine,...

Author recommends all Black women marry Jewish men

Author recommends all Black women marry Jewish men

Feb. 13 |     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Crude stereotyping, or effort to heal the erosion of Black families? You can’t swing a dead cat in the Twin Cites without hitting a Black woman who’s married to — or doing her damnedest...

Communities of color receive 750K to promote MNsure

Communities of color receive 750K to promote MNsure

Feb. 12 | Website frustrations may have ‘scared off’ some Black enrollees   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Open enrollment for MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace, closes March 31. Stairstep Foundation President Alfred Babington-Johnson...

Community organizers lay foundation for racial equity agenda in Minneapolis

Community organizers lay foundation for racial equity agenda in Minneapolis

Feb. 7 | OUR MPLS: strategic proposals aimed at keeping City leaders accountable to communities of color     By Charles Hallman  Staff Writer   With new leadership now at Minneapolis City Hall, a coalition of locally based organizations have developed...