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  • Predatory tax preparers scam working families

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, a national anti-poverty tax policy that rewards work and helps low-income families successfully remain in the workforce, has been eroded by predatory marketing practices of major tax preparation franchises in S...
  • I’ll never, ever, never fix Tang in a pitcher

    So, I was on the phone talking with Eve. Actually she called for Cheryl, my wife, to coordinate the tickets for our February outing to the LA Opera (The Barber of Seville), but some how I ended up on the phone. ...
  • Poor Economy Turns Tables on African-Americans

    WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Leroy Venzen was on top of the world. The St. Thomas native had worked as a janitor during his first eight months after moving to Washington, D.C., in November 1995. Within three years he had landed a consulting job with Bell Atlantic,...
  • Spike Moss, seeking our fair share

    Spike Moss is vice president of The City, Inc., a youth service community organization and alternative school in Minneapolis.Al McFarlane: Often you’ve been referred to in the White media, as a militant activist...Why do they call you "militant...
  • Moore, Samuels define approaches

    Following the laid back strains of house band Wain McFarlane & Jahz doing a jazz-tinged take on the Mongo Santamaria classic "Watermelon Man", Jan. 13th's "Conversations With Al McFarlane" started off on an energized note....
  • Samuels, Moore seek vote

    In November, former City Council Member Joe Biernat’s resignation did not take many people by surprise. It had long been expected that he would step down and when a federal conviction on five felony counts was handed down......
  • Businessman John James, Born in slavery... still in slavery

    John James: [I was] born in rural Mississippi, raised there and went to school. A lot of our people don’t want to hear this: I was born in slavery, raised in slavery, and I escaped in slavery, Yet I am a slave. ...
  • North Minneapolis celebrates Ellison inauguration

    Raquel Belt, Cierra Burnaugh, instructor Linda Green, Chelsea McCree, Stephanie Washington, Amirah Coney, of The Art of Dance Studio, last Tuesday got words of praise and thanks from State Representative Keith Ellison (58B) at a community reception celebr...
  • Murder in the Minneapolis Drug Zone

    Minneapolis’ very first homicide of the year took place when 2003 was barely more than an hour old. And it happened in a locale perceptibly designated by the city’s police force and, by extension, the mayor,......
  • Focus on problems we can solve

    In our typical “out with the old and in with the new” fashion, most of us view the arrival of the New Year as a chance to start over. As we begin again, there’s a sense of excitement and expectation. ...
  • Flawed commentary disserves community

    I have been reluctant to write this piece because I prefer to not air differences with African American organizations or individuals publicly. If I have differences I most often prefer to discuss them privately. ...
  • Sanford Son marathon a lesson in Black culture

    The two-day "Sanford & Son" marathon on the TV Land network (Time Warner Cable - Ch. 43, Jan 4 -5) wasn't just a long string of back-to-back reruns. ...
  • Glaucoma: silent theft of sight

    I can still remember my dad’s kind and loving eyes. While he never fully lost his sight, I can also remember the visible symptoms of the "silent thief"... glaucoma. ...
  • chefs working to create low-fat soul food

    Imagine collard greens minus the jowl bacon. Chitterlings served without a heaping helping of black-eyed peas. Hog without the maw. Sound like a culinary oxymoron. Or is it?...
  • It’s about the Benjamins and economics, stupid

    Robert L. Johnson, 58, is the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television Holdings (BET), which became the leading Black-owned-and operated media and entertainment company in the US. ...
  • Celebrate Gullah heritage on Hilton Head Island

    Today, the descendants of West Africans who were brought in bondage to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia, are striving to preserve a way of life. ...
  • Daniels a purveyor of the genuine spoken word art form

    As a variation on the old joke about lawyers, What do you call 5,000 performance art/spoken word artists at the bottom of the ocean? Answer: a good start. Most have slightly more talent than you'll find in the average grade-school skit. ...
  • Protect your confidence

    Iniating her featured segment, motivational speaker Verna C. Simmons, self-help author of The Power of People gave her thought for the day, advancing the philosophy of “Just-Is”. ...
  • First date anniversary means pilgrimage

    So it’s January 7th. Once again. Now I’m sure to most of you that doesn’t mean anything special unless your Katie Couric, Nicholas Cage, or David Yost. Oh you know David, the nerdy Blue Power Ranger from the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV s...
  • 3rd Ward election promises higher standard

    Minneapolis Third Ward residents Olin Moore and Don Samuels –both Democrats— will compete for the Ward’s City Council seat in a February 3 runoff. ...

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