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Playwright Lesli Lee dies at age 83

Playwright Lesli Lee dies at age 83

Feb. 6 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Lesli Lee, one of America’s most significant Black playwrights prior to the emergence of August Wilson, died January 20 in Manhattan at 83 of congestive heart failure. Lee is best known for his Obie Award-winning...

Black male students feel targeted by U of M crime alert

Black male students feel targeted by U of M crime alert

Feb. 5 | School officials grapple with creating a “safe for all” campus   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Everyone at the University of Minnesota — students, faculty, staff and administrators — are concerned about campus safety after a recent...

U of M targets financial aid to low-income students

U of M targets financial aid to low-income students

Jan. 31 | Determined students use Pell grant to graduate almost debt free   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler recently announced a new four-year initiative to improve keeping low-income students in college. “We...

St. Cloud State University holds fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference

St. Cloud State University holds fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference

Jan. 31 |             Students from several Minnesota colleges and universities joined a few students from other states January 23-26 at St. Cloud State Universities’ Atwood Memorial Center for the fifth annual Power in Diversity...

Humphrey Public Affairs panel agrees: King’s Dream remains a dream, not our reality

Humphrey Public Affairs panel agrees: King’s Dream remains a dream, not our reality

Jan. 30 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The 1964 Civil Rights Act became law 50 years ago, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this year is hosting a series of events to commemorate the historic legislation. Last week’s...

Local civil rights leader Matthew Little passes

Local civil rights leader Matthew Little passes

Jan. 29 |     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer Matt Little is gone, leaving a legendary legacy. He was widely renowned and will be well remembered as a Civil Rights Era icon who held a soul-deep commitment to empowering the African American community....

Tobacco marketing targeted Blacks with ‘devastating effects’

Tobacco marketing targeted Blacks with ‘devastating effects’

Jan. 24 | Black media now seeks inclusion in tobacco settlement  News Analysis By George E. Curry Contributing Writer   The National Association of Newspaper Publishers (NNPA) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), two industry...

Race discrimination persists in school discipline practices

Race discrimination persists in school discipline practices

Jan. 23 | By Mary Turck Contributing Writer   In early January, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder jointly announced new federal guidelines on school discipline. Why? “Racial discrimination in school discipline is a real...

Alarming ‘retirement racial divide’ could  leave millions of Black elders at risk

Alarming ‘retirement racial divide’ could leave millions of Black elders at risk

Jan. 22 | AARP pushes for state retirement savings plan to bridge the gap By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Are working-age Blacks and other people of color preparing themselves for retirement? A new study by the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS)...

Donna Brazile keynote speaker at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Donna Brazile keynote speaker at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Jan. 22 |   During the keynote address for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) breakfast on January 20, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Donna Brazile, a veteran political strategist, adjunct professor, author and syndicated columnist,...