Celebrating the artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry
Monday, 03 February 2014 16:31
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the launch of "Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony." This special initiative offers enhanced programming that includes master classes and workshops, an art exhibition, social gatherings and cultural conversations to celebrate the rich artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry. The surrounding events are designed to enrich the Ordway's 2013-2014 season of world-class performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maria de Barros, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Step Afrika!.
On January 16, College Possible participated in a summit for increasing college access for low-income students at the White House. The summit brought together qualified representatives from organizations such as the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Department of Education to have dialogue about the achievement gap and class disparities among college students and graduates.
Ellison urges significant expansion for Summit Academy
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:33
Harry Colbert, Jr.
The unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent in Minnesota this past December – more than 2 percent lower than the national average – yet unemployment for African-Americans in the Twin Cities is nearly four times that state average.
High School for Recording Arts: A space for musically gifted students
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:30
High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), 1166 University Ave. St. Paul, is no ordinary charter school. The school was founded to create a safe and positive space for musically gifted students whose learning styles didn't fit the status quo.
"'When students haven't been successful in more traditional spaces they don't feel comfortable, they don't feel understood," said Executive Director Tony Simmons. "They feel their style of learning and the way they carry themselves, the way they think and apply their thinking towards learning isn't appreciated or understood in a traditional space.
UCare has hired Edith Dorsey as the nonprofit health plan's new Senior Vice President of Operations. She assumed her new responsibilities Dec. 2 and reports to UCare's President and CEO, Nancy J. Feldman.
Ordway highlights African culture through "Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony"
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:13
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, together with members of the African and African-American communities, is presenting a set of distinctive performances in February to celebrate the arts of the African Diaspora.
Local legislators Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59), Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-59B) and Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-59A) are holding a series of coffee and conversation breakfast tours with a number of local city council members and commissioners.
Moving the race conversation forward: Race Forward Research presents solutions for real race talk
Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:22
NEW YORK -- A new report released Jan. 22, 2014 by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country. "Moving the Race Conversation Forward" includes a content analysis of mainstream media, an overview of harmful racial discourse practices, recommendations, five powerful case studies and profiles of five successful campaigns, and an accompanying video.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:41
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Nearing the end of his first term in office, US Sen. Al Franken said the road to progress is long and the gap between the haves and have nots is widening.
Franken made the comments during a one-on-one sit down with Insight News following the annual Minneapolis MLK Holiday Breakfast, honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. According to the junior senator from Minnesota, though progress has been made, King's dream is far from being realized.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:35
Scott Gray, President/CEO Minneapolis Urban League
Over 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there has been much that has obviously changed about our country. From technology, social attitudes, the growing diversity; our nation has become a multicultural oasis. Sadly, amidst this rapid growth and change, inequalities for communities of color still exist. Dr. King's legacy is often simplified to his focus on racial justice but King was a fighter of economic injustice and wrote that "the inseparable twin of racial injustice is economic injustice."
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.