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Dialogue now focused on how best to strengthen, not eliminate,  state ethnic councils

Dialogue now focused on how best to strengthen, not eliminate, state ethnic councils

May. 21 | No final decision expected until the 2014-15 legislative session   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   As previously reported in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the legislative audit of the Minnesota councils of color created quite a stir,...

MSR’s 19th Annual Graduation Celebration

MSR’s 19th Annual Graduation Celebration

May. 16 | By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer     On Tuesday, May 7, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) newspaper sponsored its 19th Annual Graduation Celebration to acknowledge African and African American senior students finishing high...

Blacks will suffer a ‘great hangover’ after Obama

Blacks will suffer a ‘great hangover’ after Obama

May. 15 | Activist predicts a steep price to pay for the ‘catastrophe of mis-leadership’   By Mel Reeves  Contributing Writer   Glen Ford, executive editor and chief of Black Agenda Report, will be speaking at Minneapolis North High School this Saturday...

Film provides students’ views  on standardized testing

Film provides students’ views on standardized testing

May. 15 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The on-going national debate on standardized testing features a lengthy list of pros and cons. Proponents often cite the tests as “reliable and objective measures,” “inclusive and non-discriminatory,”...

EJHA report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

EJHA report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

May. 15 | They are ‘treated as if they are disposable human beings   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs. A...

Family contact with prisoners known to reduce re-offending

Family contact with prisoners known to reduce re-offending

May. 12 | Community asks commissioner to remove obstacles to such contact By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer   On April 24, Reverend Jerry McAfee of New Salem Baptist Church hosted an event introducing Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner...

Black wine expert enjoys defying stereotypes

Black wine expert enjoys defying stereotypes

May. 9 | By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   Mouton Noir means “black sheep.” André Hueston Mack is an African American owner and winemaker of Mouton Noir Wines. After being successful in a corporate career with Citicorp Investment Services,...

Project Sweetie Pie cultivates an urban farm movement

Project Sweetie Pie cultivates an urban farm movement

May. 8 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   It’s a tough call as to whether Project Sweetie Pie (www.projectsweetie.org) is the proverbial idea whose time has come or if its founder/director, irresistible force Michael Chaney, has brought his...

U of M study: Race matters most in determining who breathes bad air

U of M study: Race matters most in determining who breathes bad air

May. 7 | The Twin Cities earn yet another racial disparities distinction   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer In April, researchers at the University of Minnesota released a study showing that people of color in the U.S. typically breathe air that...

Lawyers of color names Levy-Pounds one of the most influential law professors in the U.S.

Lawyers of color names Levy-Pounds one of the most influential law professors in the U.S.

May. 5 | University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is one of the most influential young minority law professors in the country, according to media and research company Lawyers of Color. Levy-Pounds was named to the company’s “50...