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Sep 23rd

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The benefits of being neutral

The benefits of being neutral

When General Mills recently announced its company’s stance against the ban on same sex marriage, the uproar could be heard from both sides of this highly charged issue:  there were both cheers and jeers.  High profile organizations take such a stand only after relentlessly considering the not only issue but also the consequences of choosing a side.  Strong leadership sometimes requires making tough, even divisive, decisions sometimes.  And sometimes, strong leadership requires not taking a position at all.  Neutral is a choice, too.  The key is in knowing when to step back, and how to maintain that neutral position under scrutiny.

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Historic mortgage discrimination settlement: Wells Fargo to pay Black, Latino borrowers $175 million

For the second consecutive month, one of the nation’s largest banks has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement of mortgage discrimination complaints. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Wells Fargo Bank will pay more than $175 million to resolve unfair lending claims against African-American and Latino mortgage borrowers from 2004 through 2009. It is the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history.

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Bill Tompkins named to take Black Press helm

Bill Tompkins named to take Black Press helm

Publishing veteran Bill Tompkins will get a crack at moving Black newspapers forward as he’s been named president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the umbrella organization for America’s Black newspapers.

Tompkins has 19 years of experience with the {Washington Post} serving as vice president of marketing and director of national advertising among other roles. After leaving the {Post}, he moved on to Kodak to become chief marketing officer of its entertainment imaging business unit. Tompkins, whose first day on the job was July 2, said that both experiences, as unique as they were, prepared him for this endeavor.

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If you are bored, you are boring

If you are bored, you are boring

That’s what Grandma used to say, most often on a hot afternoon in late summer when even the neighborhood pool was painfully old.  Fast forward to today, you are an adult reading this because you are either interested, curious, or bored with everything else in your life at the moment.  Whatever you are, don’t be bored.

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American Chemical celebrates 25 years.

American Chemical celebrates 25 years.

North Side business, American Chemical is celebrating its 25th year of operation.

The adhesive distributer and manufacturer's founder Dennis Werneke credits the success of the company with their ability to listen to their customers and problem solve through their challenges.

Pictured: Dennis Werneke and STEP-UP intern Faduma Ali

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Book review: Help Me To Find My People

Book review: Help Me To Find My People

Help Me to Find My People
The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery
by Heather Andrea Williams
University of North Carolina Press
Hardcover, $30.00
264 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8078-3554-8   

“This is a book about slavery and family and loss and longing… It is about the forced separations of African-American families, about their grief and their determined hope to someday see each other again… It takes courage to look at the humiliation they suffered…It is worth saying that this is a book about separation, resilience and survival, and about the texture and contours of despair… In the end, it is a journey into their feelings... The stories I recount are raw, emotional and dramatic... That’s what these people’s lives were.”
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. xiii-xiv)

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Buy Black. Resist Oppression.

Buy Black. Resist Oppression.

By supporting Black-owned businesses, we hold the keys to our own economic prosperity.

When reflecting upon the day to day struggles and hardships of African Americans, the words of rapper, Tupac Shakur come to mind: "Trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. It's hard to be legit and still pay your rent." This quote symbolizes the dilemma that many African Americans face while trying to survive and support their families in today's global economy. Here in Minnesota and across this nation, African Americans are under-represented amongst those who are gainfully employed and over-represented amongst those who are incarcerated in local jails and in state and federal prisons. What it boils down to is the fact that Black people need jobs, not jails.

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