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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...

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...