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May 22nd


CenturyLink may exclude service to minorities, critics say

CenturyLink may exclude service to minorities, critics sayCompetition is good, right?

Of course it is. Competition in business is so needed that there are rules in our nation that guarantee a competitive marketplace. So it may come as a shock that when CenturyLink announced it wants to compete against Comcast – Minneapolis' only cable provider since 1983 – the communications company was met with opposition. But those opposed to CenturyLink say they agree with competition in a free marketplace, what they don't agree with is CenturyLink being able to cherry pick where to compete – especially if CenturyLink chooses not to service areas of lower income that tend to be minority concentrated.

Leadership forum crafts united urban agenda

Leadership forum crafts united urban agendaThey came together for the greater good.

A one-day gathering of several hundred at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs was convened by the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and it brought together some who may have had diverging thoughts but common goals. These goals are to put into plan actions that will empower area African-Americans – many of whom have been marginalized and are not seeing the same economic, educational and political gains as their white neighbors.

Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years

Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 yearsPresident Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in 24 years. She is Katherine Simonds Dhanani, a Foreign Service veteran who has previously served in five other African countries in various capacities.

Coalition creates unified Bloody Sunday march

Coalition creates unified Bloody Sunday marchWASHINGTON (NNPA) – A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," has been resolved with both groups agreeing to participate in a single march in Selma, a coalition of organizations has announced.

Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin death

Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin deathWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department's Community Relations Service met today with Martin's family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.

KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energized

KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energizedIt seemed just like old times.

The atmosphere inside the Target Center was electric like it was back some 10 years ago when Kevin Garnett led Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals. And though the Timberwolves are far removed from those days with the team dwelling at the bottom of the West, it didn't seem to matter to the sold-out crowd who came to see its favorite son return, power forward and future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett.

Shem Mustafa Shakir

Shem Mustafa ShakirShem Mustafa Shakir, son of the late Edward and Kathryn Stafford, was born on June 9, 1942 and passed away into eternal peace on July 9, 2014.

Celebrating the Life of Joseph Matey-Keke

Celebrating the Life of Joseph Matey-KekeThe life span of a person is like a lighted candle.

The length progressively diminishes with each passing minute and with each second bringing us nearer and nearer to the grave. So it is with all mortals. Our lovely brother Joseph Matey-Keke was by no means an exception.

Reflections: James Shelton Jr.

Reflections: James Shelton Jr.James Shelton, Jr. transitioned from this earthly life on Dec. 29, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale.

Emmanuel Joseph Udo

Emmanuel Joseph UdoOur father, the late Emmanuel Joseph Udo, was born in 1936 in Eket,
Nigeria. He died in Nigeria in December 2014. He was the younger of two brothers. Our uncle Enobong Joseph Udo passed away a few years ago.

Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work Program

Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work ProgramA task force created by the Legislature to look into how Minnesota spends its federal TANF dollars outlined a major problem within the welfare-to-work program, according to the final report released recently. The problem is a legislative issue: monthly MFIP cash assistance has not increased since 1986. A family of three receives $532 per month to cover basic expenses, including housing and transportation. As noted in the report:
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