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Sep 02nd

CNN Special Deals with Black America’s Money Woes

CNN Special Deals with Black America’s Money Woes Almighty Debt

Soledad O’Brien’s latest CNN special report in her Black in America series is certainly her most practical yet in that it addresses the timely question of how to manage your money during these trying financial times. The show is apt to be of salient interest to African-American communities all across the country, given how they’re beset by skyrocketing rates of unemployment and home foreclosures.

At the center of this installment is Reverend Buster Soaries who sets the tone at the outset by making the incendiary comment that “Debt is a bigger problem than racism” for black folks today. The New Jersey-based minister is no stranger to controversy, having run interference for President Bush in the wake of the heavily-disputed 2000 Presidential Election by serving as the first Chairman of the Administration’s newly-established Election Assistance Commission.

Talented teen, cut from X-Factor debut, hit with deport order

Talented teen, cut from X-Factor debut, hit with deport order(GIN) – Zimbabwe teen and songbird Gamu Nhengu, who gave a standout performance for the British “ X Factor” reality show, is bearing up under trying times. After getting cut by one vote by the Factor’s panel of four white judges, she is now threatened with deportation by order of the UK Border Agency.

After her recent showstopping performance on X Factor, judge Cheryl Cole gushed: “I thought you were adorable, I got you. I love your style of song and how you perform.

But I'm sorry Gamu," the judge told the 18-year Zimbabwean student who lives in Scotland before delivering the bad news.

Leading artistic and professional lives

Leading artistic and professional livesThis is the third in a series of artist biographies aimed at illuminating the depth of talent, creative and productivity Minnesota artist bring to their craft and to our community and culture in the broadest sense. Again we focus on three more incredibly talented members of Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness.

White House Diary

 White House Diary“During my four years in the White House, I kept a personal diary by dictating my thoughts and observations several times each day… When dictating entries to my diary… I intertwined my personal opinions and activities with a brief description of the official duties I performed.

Readers should remember that I seldom exercised any restraint on what I dictated, because I did not contemplate the more personal entries ever being made public… Despite a temptation to conceal my errors, misjudgments of people, or lack of foresight, I decided when preparing this book not to revise the original transcript…

Throughout this book, I wrote explanatory notes to help the reader understand the context of the entries, bring to life the duties of a president, offer insights into a number of the people I worked with, and point out how many of the important challenges remain the same… In presenting this annotated diary, my intention is not to defend or excuse my own actions or to criticize others, but simply to provide, based on current knowledge, an objective analysis.”
-- Excerpted from the Preface (pgs. xiii-xv)

Waiting For Superman

Waiting For SupermanWith Minneapolis North community High School in line for a possible closing, more and more parents, community members and government officials are discussing a weighted question: is America’s public school system truly failing our children?


Another important question is: What do this country’s children need to cash in on their right to a proper education? According to Davis Guggenheim, maybe a hero like Superman is the one for the job!

The Nielsen Company supports the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

The Nielsen Company supports the National Hispanic Foundation for the ArtsThe Nielsen Company, leading global provider of media and consumer information and analytics, is completing another successful celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The company was a proud sponsor at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Annual Awards Gala recently held in Washington, DC. Actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia along with attorney Felix Sanchez, created the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in 1997 to advance the presence of Latinos in the media and entertainment industries. Since it began the foundation has provided scholarships to more than 350 Hispanic students pursuing graduate degrees in the arts.


The article published in the September 27 edition of Insight News by Alaina L. Lewis entitled "Entertainment firms collaborate to relaunch pageant," gave a wrong contact phone number in error. We deeply regret and apologize for any inconvenience which may have encountered when calling the number that was published. The correct contact information for the Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant is as follows:

For more information on pageant recruitment or sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 1-888-530-4613 .
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