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Journey to Salta, Argentina

Journey to Salta, Argentina


I went far from the Twin Cities last fall; more south than "The South" – I left our America for South America. But as far away as it was, I ended up seeing traces of us there. North, Central and South Americans alike; we are all Americans by way of our geography, but I found that we also face some similar questions, culturally and in our communities. Across the American continents, regions are layered in different voices, telling distinct stories of each place.
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Superstar at Supervalu

Superstar at Supervalu


Supervalu is celebrating Black History Month with special product promotions and store events, and donations of more than $300,000 to African-American organizations nationwide. Superstar entertainer and visionary entrepreneur William "Smokey" Robinson kicked off Supervalu's Black History Month celebrations in meetings with executives, associates and customers in Twin Cities and Washington, D.C.organizations nationwide during the month.

Soprano Ilah Raleigh performs in Minneapolis on March 2, 2008

Soprano Ilah Raleigh performs in Minneapolis on March 2, 2008

Ilah Raleigh, an African-American soprano with Minnesota roots, will present a recital of classical music at the Guild Hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis, on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. This vibrant program includes Debussy's ethereal "Forgotten Airs," poignant songs by Sicilian composer Donaudy, and delicious canciones by Obradors, a 20th century Spanish composer. Pianist Jim Reilly will accompany Raleigh and special guest Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano, will join her in two duets.
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The Carters: Creating a better future

The Carters: Creating a better future

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter is committed to strengthening her community by building coalitions and creating jobs and opportunities for economic development. However, her career began in the private sector. She worked with IBM Corporation as a systems engineer after moving to St. Paul from Northfield, MN where she attended Carleton College.

"At that time, it was all about climbing the corporate ladder and escalating my career in that particular arena," said Carter. She was recently married, and she and her husband, who was then an officer with the St. Paul Police Department, found themselves making plans for a family, two cars, a dog, and a house with the white picket fence; a piece of the American dream.

Above: Ramsey County Comissioner Toni Carter and Son Melvin Carter III, Ward 1 St. Paul City County Member. Photo by Elliot Stewart Franzen
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Born again: Anthropologist Dr. Irma McClaurin infuses pursuit of global truths about inequality with personal experience

Born again: Anthropologist Dr. Irma McClaurin infuses pursuit of global truths about inequality with personal experienceExcerpts of a presentation to the African American Leadership Summit and Black Church Coalition at the Insight News Editor’s Roundtable at Sunnyside Café in December.
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Obama sweeps primaries, leads delegates

Obama sweeps primaries, leads delegates

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Sen. Barack Obama's impressive wins in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia primaries propelled him past Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates. According to realclearpolitics.com Obama has1,259 delegates with Clinton at 1,210. Exit polls showed the strength of Obama's wins not only among core supporters – African Americans, affluent Democrats, younger voters and independents – but also among traditional Clinton supporters – older voters, women and blue collar workers.

Obama's victories Tuesday were by overwhelming margins — 75 percent of the vote in the nation's capital , nearly two-thirds in Virginia and approximately 60 percent in Maryland. The wave of momentum behind these wins has Clinton on the defensive and hoping for huge wins in Texas and Ohio which vote March 4.

Talking Circles of Hope and Healing for Kenyans on Feb. 17

Talking Circles of Hope and Healing for Kenyans on Feb. 17

Sunday, February 17, 4-6pm at St. Alphonsus Church - 7025 Halifax Ave. N, Brooklyn Center, MN. This is an opportunity to create awareness and reflect on self care and healing as a result of what Kenyans are experiencing due to the events taking place in Kenya. Everyone is welcome. Note: This is not a political discussion. Call (763) 561-5100 for directions. Sponsored by the Center for Victims of Torture. For more information about this event, call Dr. Patricia Shannon (612) 436-4806.
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Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association honors two Minneapolis Public Schools principals

Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association honors two Minneapolis Public Schools principals


The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) honored Dr. Kathleen Alvig and Joan Franks, two Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) principals, during its annual three-day convention. The theme of this year's MESPA convention, held February 6-8 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, was "Changes, Challenges, Connection."
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International forum examines discrimination in Minnesota, US

International forum examines discrimination in Minnesota, US

Minnesota's failure to deal fairly and equitably with people of color will receive international attention next week when a representative of St. Paul NAACP testifies before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Obama takes Potomac Primary

Obama takes Potomac Primary

U. S. Sen. Barack Obama won big this week over Sen. Hillary Clinton in their contest to win the Democrat nomination to the presidency. In a clean sweep of Tuesday's Potomac Primary - Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia - Obama took his number of pledged delegates to 1,215 to Clinton's 1,189. "This movement won't stop until there's change in Washington. Tonight, we're on our way," declared Obama at a thunderous rally in Madison, Wis., where he moved ahead to campaign for votes in Wisconsin's Feb. 19 primary. Hawaii will also hold a primary that day.
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U of M Black Student Union to host lecture on Blacks in American comedy

U of M Black Student Union to host lecture on Blacks in American comedy

The University of Minnesota's Black Student Union continues its African Cultural History Month celebration with a lecture on Blacks in comedy from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in room 12, Murphy Hall, 206 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.
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