Insight News

Nov 25th


Grants address homelessness

Grants to fund Housing Stability programs in the Twin Cities region in an effort to address the underlying issues which may cause homelessness, was announced by Greater Twin Cities United Way.  With an annual commitment of $4.6 million, the grants will support individuals, families and youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The three-year grants – awarded after an open and competitive review process – total nearly $14 million and supports 38 of United Way’s highest-rated housing stability programs in the metro area. Funding ensures individuals will have housing, be provided shelter and intervention services, and immediate emergency assistance.  United Way’s Director of Basic Needs Marcia Fink says investment in these programs focuses on providing housing services.  The faster we can move families from shelters to an apartment or sustainable housing, the better.  Stable housing means having a mailing address when seeking employment or for children going to school.”

Sixth Annual Conference for African American Financial Professionals

The sixth annual Conference for African American Financial Professionals in partnership with MetLife, the founding and presenting sponsor, and Northwestern Mutual, the platinum sponsor hosted by The American College will be held Tuesday, August 16 to Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Once again, leading companies from across the financial services industry will come together to help promote the education and advancement of African American financial professionals during this unique industry event. More than 250 African American financial professionals at all stages of their careers, representing financial companies from across the United States, will be in attendance.

SBA disaster assistance still available

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center located at the Lucy Laney School, 3333 Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis closed, July 19, but survivors from the May 22 severe storms and tornados can continue to apply for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan program.

Although the Center is closed., homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes may obtain information on loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to

American Public Media Group selects David Kansas as new COO

David Kansas, has accepted the position of chief operating officer, announced the American Public Media Group, parent company of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media. Kansas, a Wall Street Journal veteran and digital startup pioneer who grew up in St. Paul, will succeed Jon McTaggart, who took over as CEO on July 1.

Creating a workplace people want to join

Creating a workplace people want to join NASA Administrator and Astronaut Charles Bolden Jr is living an industrious and adventurous life as the first African American to travel into space.  He spoke recently about the future of the evolutionary and evolving NASA.  What caught my interest was that people apply for work with NASA by the thousands every week.  And yet, NASA is a space-focused organization which very recently sent its last ship into space.  One reporter asked him the obvious, “Why would anyone want to work there?”

Unemployment figures released

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) released this statement regarding unemployment figures:

“Today’s unemployment numbers are a serious warning to the Republican Party to stop playing games with our economy.   Republicans have created a default crisis that’s a double whammy for the economy – it’s creating uncertainty for businesses across the country and it is preventing Washington from focusing on job creation. 

Whatever happened to Armstrong Williams?

Whatever happened to Armstrong Williams?“It’s been so long since I have heard his name, I thought since “ole massuh Bush” left the White House, Armstrong had retired close to his beloved cotton on the plantation singing his favorite song, ‘ole massuh, I is heah’” –  A Williams critic’s internet comments

Back in the day, Armstrong Williams proved to be “one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America.”  He possessed a pugnacious and provocative style, and stayed Williams was “on point” when expressing his viewpoints.  Most importantly, he provided conservatives and Christians with what they longed to hear.  In the 1990s, Williams’ colloquies regarding Black Americans, received national attention by pointing out that high percentages of African-Americans actually hold conservative views.  Williams also noted that “political leaders dupe Blacks and persuade high numbers of them to swap their votes for Democratic handouts.” 
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