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Feb 14th


Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate tough issues

Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate tough issuesMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has served the city for 12 years and whether you believe for better or worse, his successor faces some daunting issues ahead.

With the election looming, and over 35 choices on the ballot, some of the candidates gathered in south Minneapolis to discuss a wide array of the city's toughest issues.

2013 Voters Guide

2013 Voters GuideHere is the Insight News 2013 Voters' Guide, information to help readers make informed decisions on Election Day, November 5th. This year, voters will use Ranked Choice Voting when they go to the polls. Ranked Choice Voting is a system that permits voters to list the candidates by preference instead of picking one candidate. Each voter can rank the order of preference for 3 candidates and it is recommended that the voter rank the three top choices.

OutFront Minnesota announced LGBT Equality Award winners

OutFront Minnesota announced LGBT Equality Award winnersOutFront Minnesota recently honored three award winners who champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The Gala celebrated the historic achievements made in our state in the past year and inspired our supporters to keep the momentum going! The Legacy, Innovator and Visionary Awards recognized the accomplishments of community members who are advancing the movement for LGBT equality in Minnesota. The awards were presented at the Walker Art Center during the stage program at OutFront’s Annual Gala.

Inside the White House

Inside the White HouseThe best summer of my life was working at the White House as an intern. 

I landed in Washington, D.C. in early June, excited but nervous about my first day of work. I was placed in the Office of Presidential Correspondence as a participant of the White House Internship Program (WHIP). WHIP is a highly selective opportunity, and typically receives several thousand applications every year from highly-qualified young servant leaders from all across the nation. I was blessed to be chosen as one of 147 interns the White House invited onboard this summer.

Insight endorses Cherryhomes, Buckner, Warsame, Nix

Insight endorses Cherryhomes, Buckner, Warsame, NixTwin Cities excitingly finds itself at the crest of convergent streams of energies and ideas, histories and interests, and, visions and cultures all finding voice in next week’s general elections. The November 5th election emerges in the public mind of our communities like a precarious precipice challenging those who would lead us, and the citizenry as a whole, to fiercely leap forward into a world and community that we must simultaneously envision and actualize. 

Profiles in Excellence: A conversation with Mahmoud El-Kati

Profiles in Excellence: A conversation with Mahmoud El-KatiI knew well before I sat down with Mahmoud El-Kati that this interview and the subsequent piece to come from it would be like no other I had written before.

Normally, in a standard reporter’s notebook, an interview or press conference takes up just a few pages. For me, I can have notes from up to five or six stories in one notebook. With El-Kati – professor emeritus at St. Paul’s Macalester College – I needed the entire notebook, and we both agreed that this was just part one of the interview. We barely got through the college years of the 78-year-young scholar, activist and iconic figure.

NAACP leaders congratulate LaJune Montgomery Tabron, new President & CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NAACP leaders congratulate LaJune Montgomery Tabron, new President & CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation(Baltimore, MD) – NAACP leaders congratulated LaJune Montgomery Tabron, former Executive Vice President of Operations and Treasurer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, for her appointment to President and CEO of the foundation, effective January 1, 2014.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" premiering on PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

African Women’s Development Fund USA comes to Minnesota

African Women’s Development Fund USA comes to MinnesotaToday's grandmothers are younger, healthier, better educated and better off than grandmothers have ever been.

Across the country and the world, often unheralded women elders are charting a new future for their communities. Whether serving as activists, caregivers, philanthropists, community volunteers or in many other roles, grandmothers are a vital force. Women across the African Diaspora and throughout the world have launched a new international grandmother movement.

West Broadway welcomes Mr. BBQ Express

West Broadway welcomes Mr. BBQ ExpressSince opening on West Broadway in August, Mr. BBQ Express has experienced a warm welcome from the community. Area residents, as well as people passing through on their way to and from Robbinsdale, are filling the small restaurant daily, hungry for the St. Louis pork ribs, beef tips, fried chicken and all the classic side dishes one expects: macaroni and cheese, collard greens, rice and beans, mashed potatoes and more. "We're very pleased with business and our clientele so far," says manager Ted Wilebski.

Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gap

Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gapDid you know that in Minnesota one in five people have an arrest or conviction record that can show up on a routine criminal background check for employment? Community members with a criminal or arrest record are routinely denied employment, leading to one million people within Minnesota struggling to find work. A person’s criminal record and even a person’s arrest record will follow them throughout their lives and may negatively impact their employment opportunities. By promoting changes to employer’s use of background information, it allows for access to employment opportunities for those with criminal records. 
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