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The Miss Seventh Avenue Pageant arrives March 31

Over the last few years, North Minneapolis has undergone some tremendous hardships, such as the devastation from the tornado that tore through North neighborhoods last summer and increasing youth violence. However, there is an upcoming event that offers some hope. The Miss Seventh Avenue Pageant will take place on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Wayman AME Church, 1221 7th Avenue North.  The pageant supports young women in the area and gives them opportunities to achieve success.

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North Minneapolis Neighborhood Beat.

Victory
The Victory Neighborhood Association will hold a board meeting 7-9pm Wednesday, April 4th 2012 44th Ave.  For more information, Debbie Nelson 612-529-9558 or info@victoryneighborhood.com

Shingle Creek
The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Organization engages residents, meet to discuss various topics, activities, projects and events in the neighborhood.  The next meeting will be held 7-9pm Tuesday April 10 at Creekview Park 5001.  For more information: Amy Lusenbrick 763-561-1616.

Harrison
The Harrison Neighborhood Association will host a housing committee meeting 6:30-7:30 Thursday April 5th at the HNA office 503 Irving Ave. N. For more information; Larry Hiscock 612-374-4849 or info@hnampls.org

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Man Talk: Hope, the remedy for disappointment

Man Talk: Hope, the remedy for disappointment


Last week, I received an email with feedback from a reader of my article about “The importance of Fathers.” He thanked me for the article and expressed the joy of being a father and his frustration as an African American man trying to find work here in the twin cities. As I pondered over his words, I could not help but to reflect back on a time that I too was without work here in Minnesota. This was a time of frustration and disappointment for me, so to keep myself from losing hope, I got dressed in a suit and tie and left the house everyday just as if I had a job.  As the months went by, it was this simple act of dignity that kept me from losing hope. This difficult time in my life took place before the recession so I know the current job situation is even more dire. 

It the twin cities more Black men than ever are facing the reality of unemployment. Minnesota’s Black unemployment rate was a shocking 27 percent in the third quarter of 2011, by far the highest level in the 25 states examined in a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Minnesota was one of only five states in the subgroup where black unemployment topped 20 percent. During the same study period, Minnesota’s white unemployment rate was just 6 percent.

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North Minneapolis Neighborhood Beat.

59 B Delegate & Resident Listening Sessions
Terra Cole, a candidate running for State Representative in the 59B area, will host delegate and residential sessions.  The next one takes place 5:30-7:30pm Monday March 19 at Agape Construction 250 Freemont Av. N. on the corner of Freemont and Glenwood.  Proceeding will be a session held 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday March 21st The Churchill Community Room, 111 Marquette Av. S.

Cleveland
The Cleveland Neighborhood Association will hold a board meeting 7-9pm Monday March 19th at Lucy Craft Laney 3333 Penn Av. N.  For more information: Debbie Nelson 612-588-1155 or can@clevelandneighborhood.org

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Beyoncé, beauty and the all mighty dollar

Beyoncé, beauty and the all mighty dollar

 

Just for the record, we are not in, nor has there ever been, a post-racial moment in America.  And so, we must dive deep into historical memory of this country to understand why all the fuss about L’Oréal’s  latest advertisement for cosmetics featuring Beyoncé.

Racial Passing
Centuries ago, before Black was defined as beautiful, those individuals whose features (nose, hair, lips) and color suggested European ancestry hid the origins of their one Black parent and “passed.”  These offspring were generally the result of a liaison between a white man and Black woman, and on occasion, between a Black man and a white woman.  The latter unions were often the motivation for lynchings in an effort to protect “white womanhood.”  And, most often, the former unions occurred under duress, power imbalances and were all too frequent a consequence of a white male slave owner taking control of what he deemed his property—the bodies of Black women. 

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Ascension Patriots wins championship

Ascension Patriots wins championship

The 5th-6th Grade Ascension Catholic School Boys Basketball Team capped off a 12-1 season in the Monsignor Coates Youth Organization by winning the league's championship game 48-41 against Golden Valley's Good Shepherd Black.  The Ascension Patriots were able to overcome an extreme height disadvantage and a 10-point first quarter deficit by playing solid team defense and sharing the ball on offense.   Pictured top (l-r) Coach Harold ‘Fats’ Johnson, Cameron Vaughn, Anthony Culhane, Kiareon Bellfield (captain), Matthew Yang, Jadin Johnson, Malik White Coach Kris Culhane. Bottom (l-r) Isaiah Jester, DeLaJunte Moore, Demonce Harris (captain), Coach Rodney Johnson.

Clipper Clinic Continues March 9

Clipper Clinic takes place at  Talk of the Town Salon, 310 E. 38th Street - Suite 117  Minneapolis, 10am – 2pm Friday, March 9. Clipper Clinic has the primary goal of taking quality health care to the community in a comfortable and trusted environment. Each event is conducted in partnership with a local barbershop or beauty salon, and free preventive health care services are provided.

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