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Celebrating Harriet B. Solomon's 80th birthday

Celebrating Harriet B. Solomon's 80th birthdaySt. Peter's AME Church, located at 401 E. 41st St. in south Minneapolis, recently celebrated the 80th birthday of long-time member, Harriet Bowman Solomon. A lifelong Minneapolis resident, Solomon attended Minneapolis Public Schools: Warrington Elementary, Bryant Jr High and Central High. Solomon worked 38 years for Northwest Bell, before her retirement. She was married 39 years to Edward C. Solomon, until his death in 2002.
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Collaboration illuminates our artistic genius

Collaboration illuminates our artistic geniusThreads Dance Project will perform this Friday and Saturday (March 21 and March 22) with Grammy Nominated Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.
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Black male initiative must address structural racism

Black male initiative must address structural racismWASHINGTON (NNPA) – If President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative expands educational and work opportunities for young Black and Hispanic males, but fails to address the burdens of structural racism that threaten their lives, the program might not succeed, some community activists believe.
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Radio without boundaries: Dean pursues multicultural frontiers

Radio without boundaries: Dean pursues multicultural frontiersIt can be tough trying to be all things to all people.

But since 1978 community radio station KFAI (90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul and online at www.kfai.org) has been trying to do just that. Offering programming that ranges from "Democracy Now!," a far left leaning syndicated talk show to "Conversations With Al McFarlane," a weekly program focusing on issues of concern to the Twin Cities' African-American community, to "Soul Tools Radio," a hip-hop/soul music show hosted by local music icon, Toki Wright to "The Pop Shop" with Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy who spin "power pop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more," KFAI is trying to offer something for everyone. That is not always an easy task.
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Comcast grants enhance digital learning

Comcast grants enhance digital learningComcast announced it is providing $50,000 in grants to non-profit community organizations in St. Paul to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones within the community.
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Legacy institutions mobilize community for affordable health insurance

Legacy institutions mobilize community for affordable health insuranceStairstep Foundation, Minneapolis Urban League, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Southside Community Health Services and Pillsbury United Communities are collaborating in an omnibus outreach initiative to insure that African Americans can get the affordable health insurance they need through the state MNsure Health Insurance Exchange.
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Simmons College of Kentucky wins accreditation

Simmons College of Kentucky wins accreditationLOUISVILLE – Simmons College has become accredited as the first private Historically Black College and University in Kentucky and is only the second HBCU in the state, along with Kentucky State University, a public institution.

Simmons has just learned that it has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
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Health experts say raising wages will create better health outcomes in Minnesota

Health experts say raising wages will create better health outcomes in MinnesotaMinnesota Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, and State Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL 26A) joined the Rev. Paul Slack at the State Capitol for a press conference to bring attention to the health impacts of low wage work and broaden the debate around ending poverty wages in Minnesota.
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The Element of discipline that leads to success

The Element of discipline that leads to successA microcosm of the transformative work that Dalton Outlaw and Element Boxing and Fitness does, comes in the form of a young man named Deonte.

Deonte, according to Outlaw, walked into Element, 655 Fairview Ave. S., St. Paul, about five years ago as an unmotivated teenager on the doorstep of making some pretty bad choices. He stuck with an intense training routine, working and sweating nearly everyday at the Element gym.
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From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley - Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality

From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley - Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America.
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Lupita Nyong’o wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Lupita Nyong’o wins Best Supporting Actress OscarLupita Nyong'o's best supporting actress Oscar win marks a new chapter in the young actress's rise since the release of '12 Years a Slave' which took the best picture Oscar later that night.

Along with Minneapolis' own Barkhad Abdi of Somalia who received a best supporting actor nod and the UK's Chwitel Edjiofor's nomination, a broader swath of pan-Africana was represented. This is a trend that could continue if narratives of communities of color continue to be explored within major motion pictures.

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