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THE COVENANT

THE COVENANT

Leo Kiely stepped to the mic after a glowing introduction from John B. Smith Sr., chairman of the Black Press of America.

"I am Leo Kiely. And I sell beer. That's what I do," he said to laughter from the audience, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the nation's premier Black Press organization.

But, Smith quickly clarified that selling beer is not the only work of Kiely, CEO of Molson Coors Brewing Company, the third largest brewer in the U. S.

"He is a gentle giant because of what he believes in terms of community and a true friend of the Black Press," Smith said in his introduction during the NNPA winter conference in Las Vegas. "He is a true advocate for the cause of African-American liberation and an advocate for us on the inside."
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Minnesota leaders announce effort to reform the states judicial selection process

Minnesota leaders announce effort to reform the states judicial selection process

Minnesotans for Impartial Courts (MIC), an educational and advocacy organization chaired by former Governor Al Quie, will announce a significant effort to reform Minnesota's current judicial selection process on Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 125. The event will be the official kick-off of a statewide project to inform the public of emerging threats to the fairness and impartiality of Minnesota's judicial system and urge the Legislature to approve a constitutional amendment enacting judicial retention elections for voter consideration on the November 2008 election ballot.
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Minnesota Precinct Caucuses

Minnesota Precinct Caucuses

The Minnesota State Caucuses will take place on Tuesday, February 5th. A precinct caucus is a neighborhood meeting where party members gather to choose a candidate for President, to show their support for candidates at all levels, and to have a real voice in the party's platform. Follow the links below to find out where caucuses are taking place near you:
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MAWA opens new Satellite Center in Brooklyn Park

MAWA opens new Satellite Center in Brooklyn Park

It has become evident that many refugees have seized their newfound opportunities. Minnesota has seen an increase in the number of African-owned businesses, school enrollment, specific television programming and in general an overall presence, particularly in Brooklyn Park; which is why the Minnesota African Women's Association (MAWA) has just opened up its newest satellite location there.
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After South Carolina: Can Obama capture a wider swath of voters?

After South Carolina:  Can Obama capture a wider swath of voters?

With his victory in the South Carolina primary Saturday, Sen. Barack Obama offered convincing proof of his ability to appeal to Black voters. But to stay on course for the Democratic nomination when 22 states vote on Feb. 5, analysts say, Senator Obama will need to reach further and wider.

African-Americans are a big part of the Democratic vote in Georgia, Alabama, and a few other Super Tuesday states. But experts say Obama's fortunes on Feb. 5 will hinge on the groups of voters responsible for his only other win, in Iowa: independents, college students, and well-educated and affluent whites.

Above: Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Barack Obama greets supporters at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday.
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President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address

President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address

Last night at 8:00 pm, President Bush delivered his last State of the Union Address inside the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives. Major highlights included the economy, immigration, peace in Israel, Iraq, military and veteran's benefits.

Read the transcript here.
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Minneapolis Institute of Arts feature African Arts and Culture for Family Day

Minneapolis Institute of Arts feature African Arts and Culture for Family Day


A festive introduction to African arts and culture is the focus of Family Day on Sunday, February 10, 11 A.M.-5 P.M. at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). Collaborating with St. Cloud resident and Cameroon native Fred Yiran, the MIA presents "Sharing Africa: Sights, Sounds, and Symbols." This Family Day will feature music, stories, drums, dance, and art-making activities, all free and open to the public. The art of sharing will be the underlying theme for the day's events.
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Minnesota Department of Human Rights announces the hiring of Michael Browne and Mario Hernandez

Minnesota Department of Human Rights announces the hiring of Michael Browne and Mario Hernandez


The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filled two key positions by hiring Michael K. Browne, former Interim Director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, and Mario Hernandez, former Executive Director of La Escuelita. Browne will serve as the department's Manager, Legal Affairs, coordinating appeals, conciliations, settlements and other legal matters. Hernandez will work with the Commissioner of Human Rights Velma Korbel on legislative matters and will assist with community outreach.
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Obama support spreads as he wins South Carolina - Now what?

Obama support spreads as he wins South Carolina - Now what?

The eyes of the people at Gate A15 at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta were focused in one direction - and that was not on the flight monitor.

Heads were turned upward, ears straining to hear the TV set hanging from the ceiling. On the screen the figures showed that Barack Obama had just defeated Hillary Clinton 55 percent to 27 percent in South Carolina's Democratic Primary with John Edwards hanging in with 18 percent.
Photo: Reuters
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Caroline Kennedy endorses Barack Obama

Caroline Kennedy endorses Barack Obama

In an op-ed published Sunday in The New York Times, Caroline Kennedy announced her support for Senator Barack Obama, citing his judgment in opposing the Iraq war from the start, his character in running a dignified campaign, and his ability to unite this entire nation around a common purpose.
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