"From today's perspective in a media-soaked world all too familiar with the genomic footprints of human DNA and the tracings of the double-helix back to an African origin, it has become considerably easier to accept the notion that, like nations, 'races' are what Benedict Anderson calls 'imagined communities'—social constructs, fabrications made in history by historical forces, and which acquire meaning only in relation to identifiable others.
Monday, 07 April 2014 14:48
President Barack Obama
Editor's note: President Barack Obama addresses students, staff and community leaders today at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland.
Young people today are working on cooler stuff than they were when I was in high school. In classrooms across the country, students just like the students here, they're working hard, they're setting their sights high. And we've got to do everything we can to make sure that all of you have a chance to succeed.
NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:47
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League's 38th annual State of Black America report titled, "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America."
Minnesota has some of nation's worst racial, geographic health disparities
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:41
Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wis. – Carver county ranks healthiest in Minnesota and Mahnomen is the least healthy county in the state, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Ellison presses for light rail: Community forum held to discuss light rail expansion through North Minneapolis
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:37
Harry Colbert, Jr.
About 100 people showed up for a forum on the proposed Southwest light rail transit line that some say would gentrify north Minneapolis and force out low income residents while others say is the economic boon that the area needs.
Numbers do not always tell a complete story, but some numbers tell enough of a story to let it be known that there is a definite cause for alarm – maybe even a cause for panic.
So how about these numbers? Last year the Minneapolis Public Schools graduated just 43 percent of its African-American students on time, meaning within four years from the time a child entered high school to the time of graduation. And that number is actually up from the appallingly putrid on-time graduation rate of 36 percent for African-Americans in the district in 2012. And according to James Burroughs, the district's director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, extrapolate out the girls and that number is sharply lower for African-American boys.
Senator Champion's legislation adds protections for tenants who are victims of violence
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:55
Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) co-authored legislation to remove barriers for tenant-victims to break a lease if necessary for their safety, prohibits eviction because the tenant was a victim of violence, and extends protections to tenant-victims of sexual assault and stalking.
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:31
Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Coalition
Mike Wynne and EMERGE latest caretakers of 120 year-old North Minneapolis cultural asset
Mike Wynne, President and CEO of EMERGE Community Development, accepted an award on behalf of EMERGE for Non-Profit of the Year at the Minneapolis Chamber's Best in Business luncheon earlier this month. EMERGE, dedicated to "creating a community where people have the freedom and mutual support to thrive," was recognized by the Chamber for the non-profit's success in four focus areas: community development, staffing, villages (housing), and workforce development.
Park Center girls basketball brings home state title in triple overtime thriller
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:25
Harry Colbert, Jr.
In a game that will go down as one of the greatest in Minnesota high school history, Park Center High School won its first ever girls basketball state championship in the most dramatic fashion in a triple overtime thriller.