Black male initiative must address structural racism
Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:54
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (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.
Radio without boundaries: Dean pursues multicultural frontiers
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:03
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It 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.
Legacy institutions mobilize community for affordable health insurance
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:14
Harry Colbert, Jr., Contributing Writer
Stairstep 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.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:59
Yvonne Coleman Bach, Special to the NNPA from the Louisville Defender
LOUISVILLE – 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).
Health experts say raising wages will create better health outcomes in Minnesota
Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:56
Minnesota 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.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:19
Emily Blodgett, Neighborhood Development Center
A 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.
From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley - Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:19
Hazel Trice Edney
(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.
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:43
Senah Yeboah-Sampong, Mshale News
Lupita 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.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:58
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would lift nearly 1 million low-wage workers out of poverty, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Although a majority of low-wage workers are White, people of color would be disproportionately affected by an increase in the minimum wage. Blacks work in low-wage jobs at higher rates than Whites, according to federal statistics. Blacks account for 11 percent of the workforce, but 16 percent of workers that would see their wages increase.