Friday, 08 November 2013 13:05
Commentary by Eric Mahmoud
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the screening of the most brutal, gut wrenching, and emotionally overwhelming film I’ve ever seen in my 53 years. 12 Years a Slave is British director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of a memoir by the same name, written 160 years ago by Solomon Northup. Northup was a freeman who lived in New York. He was tricked, drugged, kidnapped, taken to New Orleans, and made a slave.
Northup’s story is one-of-a-kind because it is told by the victim of the slave condition himself. This first-person perspective makes the condition impossible to sanitize. One woman in the theatre could be heard weeping through half the movie. Whites and Blacks alike were in tears by the time the viewing was over.
Opportunity: Using our growing diversity as our biggest strength
Friday, 08 November 2013 10:53
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
Inside H. Jackson Brown’s Life’s Little Instruction Book, he says that “nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” These little words of wisdom can help us understand the compounding negative impact of poverty, discrimination, institutional bias, and lack of opportunity that exists among communities of color. We now understand that the “achievement gap,” “wealth gap,” “income gap,” and “housing gap” may stem from a foundational “opportunity gap.”
Nov. 5 (GIN) – Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene.
Coleman wins in St. Paul, Hodges presumptive Mayor of Minneapolis; Warsame, Yang, and Cano make City Council history
Friday, 08 November 2013 09:52
Harry Colbert, Jr.
FRIDAY, NOV. 8 – Nov. 5, 2013 will be remembered as a day of history and infamy in Minnesota elections – Minneapolis in particular.
For the first time in a major election, voters took to the polls faced with a ranked choice voting ballot and an absurd number of candidates – 35 to be exact – vying to become Minneapolis’ next mayor. The combination meant a 17-inch long ballot for voters and days of tabulations for city elections officials. At the time of press, while it is presumed that Betsy Hodges will be named the city’s mayor elect, the results were not yet official after a staggering 15 rounds of ballot counting and Hodges was about 10,000 votes shy of being named the victor even though her closest challenger, Mark Andrew already conceded.
Abdi Warsame becomes first African-born Minneapolis City Council member
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:33
Abdi Warsame (Nov. 5) became the first person born in Africa to become a Minneapolis City Council member. He beat incumbent Robert Lilligren handily to win the Ward 6 seat. Born in Somalia and raised in London, he is the executive director of the Riverside Tenants Association. The association advocates for the residents who live in the high rises in Cedar-Riverside area, home to many Somali-Americans.
Obama selects 3 African Americans to Manage Key U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism Operations
Monday, 04 November 2013 16:03
Michael H. Cottman | BlackAmericaWeb.com
For the first time in history, three African Americans selected by President Barack Obama could simultaneously manage high-level federal operations that shape national and global law enforcement policies while also protecting America against terrorists.
Black clergy push 'Obamacare' enrollment as glitches get fixed
Friday, 01 November 2013 12:21
Hazel Trice Edney
Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian are among 14 leading Black preachers who sent a letter to the President assuring they will organize and push to get African-Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their "commitment to the Affordable Care Act" even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.
Friday, 01 November 2013 11:55
Glenn Townes, Special to the NNPA from The New York Amsterdam News
In what many expected Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race against Republican hopeful Steve Lonegan at a special election on Wednesday in New Jersey. The gregarious mayor becomes the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate since President Barack Obama.
The Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) mourns the death of Charles Nichols, an educator, advisor, advocate, and public servant.
The League also pays tribute to Nichols’ legacy as a trusted leader and mentor who championed efforts to inspire youth to become productive citizens and future leaders of their community. Those whose lives he touched will remember a patient instructor, a strict but caring school administrator, a principled professional, and a seriously fun-loving and witty colleague.
In an overflow meeting at the Capri Theater, executives with Target Corporation engaged in a dialog about how corporate hiring policies prevent people with criminal arrest – disproportionately people of color – from securing a job.
The community meeting was organized by TakeAction Minnesota through its Justice 4 All, fair hiring campaign.
In a basement room lined with college banners, inside the Five Points Building, staffers, parents and partners celebrated Northside Achievement Zone’s (NAZ) milestone of having 1,300 students enrolled and on track to be college ready.