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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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Minimum wage jump good for low-income Blacks

Minimum wage jump good for low-income BlacksWASHINGTON (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.
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Paul Robeson: The template for an amazing Black man

Paul Robeson: The template for an amazing Black manThe foundation of leadership is courage.

Civil rights pioneer, Paul Robeson, exercised courage by leveraging his moral strength to challenge racism and promote racial equity. Despite his fervent efforts of fighting for justice, for far too many Paul Robeson is unknown. However, we each are direct beneficiaries of Robeson's unwavering commitment to the realization of freedom and justice. He fought tirelessly so all of humanity would live free from the chains of oppression. This is the type of commitment that should inform our understanding of the essence of leadership.
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CELEBRATING the BEAUTY of BLACK

CELEBRATING the BEAUTY of BLACKThe image itself is striking.

The image is powerful. The image is beautiful. The image is aesthetically pleasing. The image is bold. The image is serious. The subjects of the image command respect. And, unfortunately, the image is an anomaly in the world of fashion and fashion periodicals – or any periodicals for that matter, minus an issue or two of Ebony or Essence.
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Prison phone justice

Prison phone justiceNearly15,000 children in Minnesota are losing contact with a mother or father in prison due to the extremely high cost of prison phone calls.
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Opportunity for all: President Obama launches My Brother's Keeper Initiative to build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color

Opportunity for all: President Obama launches My Brother's Keeper Initiative to build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color"I'm reaching out to some of America's leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential."
– President Barack Obama, January 28, 2014
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President Obama calls on investment in infrastructure

President Obama calls on investment in infrastructureThe Twin Cities is clearly on the White House’s radar.

President Obama has visited the area three times within the past couple of years and touted the business practices of an area restaurateur, Punch Pizza, during his most recent State of the Union address. Vice President Biden was in town a couple of weeks ago and on Wednesday, February 26, the president made a stop at the Union Depot in St. Paul to announce his competition encouraging Congress pass a bill to create jobs and restore infrastructure as part of the president’s Year of Action. The depot was chosen as an example of a previously collapsing entity that is seeing a revival due to a recent restoration.
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Beacon offers hope to low-income renters

Beacon offers hope to low-income rentersWhen 27-year-old Simone Brooks' job as a school cafeteria worker ended last June, her family slid into homelessness. Their apartment rented for $650/month. Leroy, her fiancé and father of her six-year-old son, was just making minimum wage. "It was obvious that we couldn't pay for such a high rent," she said. They could afford the apartment when they were bringing in two incomes, but once the summer hit, it was too much.
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Champion: Town hall meetings engage, energize

Champion: Town hall meetings engage, energizeState Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) recently hosted a town hall to update his constituents on happenings at the Capitol; and according to Champion and others, the picture is a lot rosier for North Minneapolis than in years past.
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