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Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health

Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental healthWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.

But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.
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EDITORIAL: The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & Unemployment

EDITORIAL: The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & UnemploymentToday no group is more misrepresented in the American conscious than African American males. Their presentation in media is a glamorous image of Grammy Awards and NBA MVP statues. But their reality is one of failure unlike any other subgroup in all of America. Black maleness holds a bastion of unemployed, imprisoned and homeless. Our nation, not only forgot these men, it created their pseudo image as a placeholder for our country's history. An image that has been painted with a cover of NFL logos and rap stars making millions of dollars. All as an optical illusion to accept our own conscious need to see this failure as personal, and not systemic.
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LET'S STOP USING THE "P" WORD, NOW!

LET'S STOP USING THE When I was growing-up in the 1950's and 1960's they used to refer to Black folks as being "Poor." The new word for poor today is "Poverty" – a word with terrible implications. Webster's dictionary defines poverty as being destitute, being a beggar, lacking in nutrition, and lacking in fertility. We need to stop referring to ourselves and our people as being poor or living in "Poverty."
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Breaking ground in the spirit of MLK, Jr.

Breaking ground in the spirit of MLK, Jr.Community, business and political leaders at Noon on May 6th gathered for the groundbreaking celebration for the new playground at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

The playground will be the first in the state of Minnesota to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and African American History.
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New report shows wide racial disparities in Twin Cities transit times

New report shows wide racial disparities in Twin Cities transit timesNeighborhoods Organizing for Change, TakeAction Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the Center for Popular Democracy released a new report showing the impact of enormous racial disparities in commute times between transit riders of color and white drivers in the Twin Cities. The report shows that transit riders of color in the Twin Cities lose the equivalent of about four work weeks commuting annually compared to white drivers.
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The nationwide push for police reform

The nationwide push for police reformWASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation.
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10 year-old: "At least I'm still alive"

10 year-old: "At least I'm still alive, I only got Maced."
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Leadership for Social Justice: 3 Leadership lessons from the life of B.B. King

Leadership for Social Justice: 3 Leadership lessons from the life of B.B. King"The King of Blues," B.B. King, was a living legend and iconic figure.
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Star Tribune still wrong about Minneapolis Urban League

Star Tribune still wrong about Minneapolis Urban LeagueI’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the Star Tribune’s relentless unsubstantiated attacks on the credibility of the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL), an 89 year old civil rights organization, has me wondering if they have declared open season on legacy institutions.
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Blacks lag in accessing high-speed internet

Blacks lag in accessing high-speed internetWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As education, jobs, and the national and global economy go digital, people without broadband (high-speed Internet) access risk being left behind. This disparity in who's online and who isn't is often called the digital divide – and Blacks and Latinos are more likely to be in the latter group.
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Hodges: Inclusive growth critical

Hodges: Inclusive growth criticalMinneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges participated in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention in Washington, D.C.
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