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Miguel Ramos: Minnesota Twins executive to chair Green Card Voices board

Miguel Ramos: Minnesota Twins executive to chair Green Card Voices boardMiguel Ramos has signed on as board chairman for Green Card Voices, a young 501(c)3 that facilitates understanding between immigrant and non-immigrant communities through digital storytelling.
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Shem Mustafa Shakir dies, 72

Shem Mustafa Shakir dies, 72"Swing low ... sweet chariot ... coming for to carry me home..."

Shem M. Shakir, age 72, died Wednesday, July 9, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
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FIRES OF THE 60'S VS THE DEITY OF DADDY PART VIII: Paying the price for fatherhood

FIRES OF THE 60'S VS THE DEITY OF DADDY PART VIII: Paying the price for fatherhoodWhat my "burn baby burn" generation did not understand was that "fatherhood" is expensive, but real fatherhood costs absolutely everything.

And Daddy paid the price.
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My Brother's Keeper's 'Oppression Olympics'

My Brother's Keeper's 'Oppression Olympics'PERSPECTIVE

Generally, as one of the youngest persons in the room in a culture that respects the gravitas of age, I am honored when provided the floor to speak. So, for an African American woman who grew up in one of the most dangerous communities on the south side of Chicago, to have earned a Ph. D, authored two books, edited one, managed two political campaigns, maintained a tenure-track teaching position, organized faith-based community action work, and now pastoring a local congregation while pursing a fourth degree, all before turning 36, I was satisfied in this conversation with just knowing I am signee #523. And yes, auto correct thought my first name was more accurately ended in "ie" rather than 'y,' and even changed my "signature" there.
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Michael Walker heads Minneapolis Public Schools Black Male Student Achievement initiative

Michael Walker heads Minneapolis Public Schools Black Male Student Achievement initiativeDr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), has selected Michael Walker as the director of the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, effective July 28.
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Exhibit celebrates Tuskegee airmen

Exhibit celebrates Tuskegee airmenTo celebrate 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) Aeronautics division and their African American Employee Resource Group honored surviving Minnesota Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Dr. Harold Brown and the rest of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron.
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Green Line illuminates Rondo story

Green Line illuminates Rondo storyAfter its first month of service, Metro Transit's new Green Line light rail line is exceeding ridership expectations – and opening new learning opportunities for its passengers.
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Fires of the 60s vs the deity of daddy part VII: Matthew Little's primary motivation was love of wife and children

Fires of the 60s vs the deity of daddy part VII: Matthew Little's primary motivation was love of wife and childrenAt my father's memorial, his obituary stated that he had five children.

My father had six. His first-born son was Arthur, named after his father.
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African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky

African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more riskyHOUSTON – (July 22, 2014) – While historical barriers that excluded Black America from the homeowner market for decades have crumbled, there are signs that emerging types of racial inequality are making homeownership an increasingly risky investment for African-American home seekers. A new study from sociologists at Rice University and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their homes to renting them.
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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFABJul. 21 (GIN) - The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence this week in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called "the father of AIDS research in developing countries.
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Minnesota expands expungement relief

Minnesota expands expungement reliefAs a defense attorney, one of the most common questions I get is: "how long will this be on my record?" It is easy to see why people are so concerned about their records. Background checks are increasingly common. You may be asked to submit to a record check to secure a job, housing, a loan, or government benefits. Computers and the internet have made it much easier and cheaper to find records – even very old records.
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