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South Carolina Cop fired following national outrage

South Carolina Cop fired following national outrageThe white South Carolina police officer who sparked national outrage once a video surfaced of him body-slamming a young girl to the floor for refusing to leave her classroom seat is now unemployed.

Ben Fields, the now former officer of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who was serving as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was fired just two days after a video that went viral showed him abruptly yanking an African-American girl out of her chair and tossing her several feet to the ground, before he pounced on her and handcuffed the teen.
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Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. Paul

Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. PaulThe YWCA St. Paul is hosting an open house on Oct. 27 to formally introduce its new CEO, Gaye Adams Massey.

Massey took over as CEO this past July following the retirement of former CEO, Billy Collins. The open house welcoming Massey takes place from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave.
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AALF outlines plan to combat economic disparities

AALF outlines plan to combat economic disparitiesBlacks living in Minnesota are in economic crisis – a crisis so urgent one community leader likened it to South African apartheid.

"Minnesota, we have an apartheid problem," said Steve Belton, interim president of the Minneapolis Urban League. "Despite our carefully crafted and maintained image of forward thinking government, progressive corporate leadership, generous philanthropic partnerships and active civic engagement on matters of equality, fairness and quality of life, African-Americans and African immigrants in Minnesota live a separate reality where poverty is three times greater than that of white Minnesotans."
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Congressional Black Caucus sends letter to Speaker John Boehner to prioritize and address CBC legislative priorities

Congressional Black Caucus sends letter to Speaker John Boehner to prioritize and address CBC legislative prioritiesWASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter on behalf of all 46 CBC Members to outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner to encourage him to prioritize and address time-sensitive legislative items and urge that he fully address issues affecting the African American community before the end of his leadership tenure.
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Grading the Democratic debate

Grading the Democratic debateThe first debate among Democrats seeking to succeed Barack Obama as president may have been the first time a group of national politicians bragged on television about getting a failing grade.

Speaking in the third person, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders began the show-and-tell by saying in reply to a question from moderator Anderson Cooper regarding his record on guns, "Let's begin, Anderson, by understanding that Bernie Sanders has a D-minus voting rating from the NRA."
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Curry bringing back 'Emerge' online via George Curry Media

Curry bringing back 'Emerge' online via George Curry MediaWASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Emerge magazine Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry has announced that he is reviving the award-winning publication online, possibly as early as mid-November.

Curry resigned as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service as of Oct. 2 and immediately directed his attention toward bringing back Emerge as an online publication.
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North Minneapolis: Creating the world's best workforce

North Minneapolis: Creating the world's best workforceNearly 1,000 business, civic, and political leaders at the Minnesota Business Partnership’s (MBP) Annual Dinner, Oct. 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center heard Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) president and CEO, Sondra Samuels, challenge and invite Minnesota to support NAZ initiatives to eliminate disparities as an example of Minnesota innovation.
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Making a new rap about unity and the Black dollar

Making a new rap about unity and the Black dollarWASHINGTON—The power of hip hop and the Black economy were the topics of discussion during a press conference at the National Press Club Oct. 9, kicking off the day's events for the Justice Or Else weekend here.
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Forty ideas win $1.29 million in 2015 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

Forty ideas win $1.29 million in 2015 St. Paul Knight Arts ChallengeFrom the streets of Lowertown to Rondo and the West Side, 40 ideas will bring art to neighborhoods across St. Paul, with $1.29 million in funding from the Knight Arts Challenge.

A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge funds ideas for engaging and enriching St. Paul through the arts. The 2015 winners include large and small arts organizations, collectives and individual artists. Their diverse ideas range from a Winter Carnival concert played on instruments made of ice to flash mobs of flamenco dancers and the transformation of a water tower with stained glass murals.
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THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD US: Top seven children's books on leadership for social justice

THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD US: Top seven children's books on leadership for social justiceWith an eye toward the future, now is the time to re-imagine education.

I envision a type of education that places an explicit focus on leadership development and social justice advocacy. This is related to my dream of becoming Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire – basically, Wonder Woman with a law degree and an afro. Can you see me now? I was determined to use my education in the struggle for justice.
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Why Black people answer when Farrakhan calls

Why Black people answer when Farrakhan callsIt's time to give Minister Louis Farrakhan credit. When he issues a call for people to join him in the nation's capital, Blacks show up. At least a million showed up for the Million Man March 20 years ago and at least two-thirds as many showed up for Saturday's Justice or Else assembly on the National Mall.
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