Monday, 16 December 2013 13:19
Al McFarlane, Editor-in-chief
Ernestine Shalema Walton-Brailsford was buried last Friday, the day after Nelson Mandela died. Friends and family mourned her loss and celebrated her life at midday funeral services at Trinity Tabernacle Church in North Minneapolis, where she was an active member.
New study finds typical U.S. households of color have no retirement savings
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:11
(BLACK PR WIRE) — WASHINGTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new report calculates the severity of the U.S. retirement security racial divide. The analysis finds that every racial group faces significant risks, but people of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement. Americans of color are significantly less likely than whites to have an employer-sponsored retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA), which substantially drives down the level of retirement savings.
Last week, President Barack Obama delivered an address, starting a dialogue on how the long path to America's current level of inequality has led us to the wrong place.
The president said that Americans' frustration with Washington is "rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them." His timing coincided with the nationwide spread of strikes by fast-food workers, showing they cannot wait for Washington to act on raising minimum wages.
Maya Angelou pens Mandela tribute, 'His Day is Done'
Monday, 16 December 2013 11:31
(GIN) – A video tribute to Nelson Mandela by poetess Maya Angelou is being distributed widely over the internet.
Angelou reads the poem with deep feeling on the video, which was recently aired on the news show DemocracyNow! The American novelist, in an interview with CBS New York, described meeting Mandela in the 1960s. Mandela and Angelou's husband were members of rival liberation movements when Mandela came to Egypt, where Angelou was living.
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:55
Professor Mahmoud El-Kati
If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man. – Nelson Mandela
There are a lot of words that we can associate with the life, work and struggle of Nelson Mandela. Some of them come to mind immediately: Courage, endurance, faith. Love, forgiveness, redemption: the core of the Christian creed. Still more: patience, reason, confidence, empathy, truth, humility and grace. All of these words would be considered as virtues by most thoughtful people.
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:26
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly three decades ago, a handful of prominent Black activists began organizing a movement that would eventually help break the back of apartheid in South Africa and force the U.S. government and American companies to end their support of White minority rule on the continent.
Biracial instructor accused of being racist for discussing race at MCTC; Union president accuses school of institutional racism
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:56
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Shannon Gibney is both Caucasian and African-American.
But to a couple of white students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Gibney, a professor of English and African diaspora studies, is apparently not white enough – or maybe too Black.
The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:40
Tressie McMillan Cottom
*This article originally appeared on slate.com
Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
For the eighth year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee, a part of PROCEED Foundation and Progressive Baptist Church has produced the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African-Americans with roots in Minnesota. The group is recognizing twelve individuals for sharing their creative talents and gifts and who continue to enrich and shape our culture and the overall societal culture. The individuals represent various components of the arts.
Black film: Cheryl Mousley, senior film curator, Walker Art Center. Dean Otto, film and video manager, Walker Art Center. Andrew Peterson, executive director, IFP Minnesota. Alaina Lewis, producer and filmmaker. Hassan Hassan, aspiring filmmaker.