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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta ComptonSo, there we were, Sept. 1, Tuesday afternoon.

Toni and I, westbound on University Avenue, minding our own business, approaching Dale Street, in route to see the movie "Straight Outta Compton." A bunch of commotion up ahead set my spider senses tingling. Alert. Take emergency evasive measures. Turn off University.
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Women Leading Change: Transforming the law school classroom into the training ground for social justice advocacy

Women Leading Change: Transforming the law school classroom into the training ground for social justice advocacy"Schools are the garden for leadership -- the places where seeds are planted and first green shoots spotted, tended, and encouraged."
John Adair, "How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development"
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Minnesota gets U.S. Department of Education grant for Excellent Educators for All initiative

Minnesota gets U.S. Department of Education grant for Excellent Educators for All initiativeWASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its Excellent Educators for All initiative – designed to ensure that all students have equal access to a high-quality education – the U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of 16 states' plans, including Minnesota's, to ensure equitable access to excellent educators.
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Black-on-Black crime is destroying communities

Black-on-Black crime is destroying communitiesMILWAUKEE – Tory Lowe walked 100 miles across steaming-hot pavement from Milwaukee to Chicago because he is tired.

The 39-year-old human rights activist from Milwaukee said he's tired of young African-American men killing each other; he's tired of African-American children dying after being caught in the crossfire; he's tired of attending funerals for African-American men who were shot to death; he's tired of watching the city's homicide rate continue to climb. In August the city's murder rate reached 85, one killing shy of the overall total in 2014. Sadly, some African-American residents expect murders to reach 100 by year's end.
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Demonizing 'Black Lives Matter'

Demonizing 'Black Lives Matter'Led by Fox News, conservatives are trying to discredit the #Black Lives Matter Movement by claiming incorrectly that it is a Black hate group that encourages the killing of police officers.

On the Aug. 31 edition of Fox & Friends, Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, "Why has the Black Lives Movement – Black Lives Matter Movement – not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"
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BET founder pushes Black hiring, launches new network

BET founder pushes Black hiring, launches new networkRobert L. Johnson keeps tabs on BET because, well, he co-founded the network and, he said, it's like a grandparent making sure the young ones are OK.

The network, like so many other business ventures that the distinguished entrepreneur has owned and operated, continues to do well and remains a beacon in the Black community.
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Spanish police arrest notorious 'blood diamond' trafficker

Spanish police arrest notorious 'blood diamond' trafficker
(GIN) – A U.S.-based businessman whose dealings in 'blood diamonds' replicated scenes from the 2006 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio was pulled him off an aircraft by police in Malaga, Spain. He was said to have a ticket for New York.
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Richfield's Alex Morales stationed at Manama, Bahrain

Richfield's Alex Morales stationed at Manama, BahrainMANAMA, Bahrain – A 2014 Edina graduate and Richfield, Minnesota native is serving on the mine countermeasures ship USS Monsoon.

US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Morales is a machinist's mate and lives and works at a Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where USS Monsoon is based. Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Arabian Gulf.
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MNHS earns prestigious grant to extend life of cultural heritage collection

MNHS earns prestigious grant to extend life of cultural heritage collectionThe Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) received a major grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement energy-efficient ways to protect the audiovisual material in the collections.
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Denisha Richardson begins Peace Corps service in Fiji

Denisha Richardson begins Peace Corps service in FijiDenisha Richardson, 30, of Bloomington has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Fiji to begin training as a youth development volunteer.

Richardson will live and work at the community level to promote and develop healthy lifestyles and environmental awareness in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sport. She will coordinate several skill-building activities, including co-teaching life skills classes, after school clubs and school gardens.
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After Hurricane Katrina: Changing hearts, minds and systems

After Hurricane Katrina: Changing hearts, minds and systemsNEW ORLEANS - Ten years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, it's time for midcourse corrections in the restoration efforts. The coalitions of foundations, nonprofits and government should pause to ensure that their investments will improve upon the pre-Katrina conditions in communities of color and that the racial and class inequities that existed prior to the storm are being adequately addressed.
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