Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:31
Dr. Artika R. Tyner
What does freedom truly mean?
For African-Americans, was it won 150 years ago with the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation? What are some of the challenges facing freedom today? These are some of the questions that I began to ponder as I explored freedom's journey through the chapters of the past, present, and future.
When we think about freedom today, some see it as a historical ideal that has been achieved and while others are so overwhelmed with the injustices around them that they have given up hope of ever affecting any form of change.
As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, we cannot forget he was impacted by the loss of freedom that comes with being incarcerated. In his book, "Long Walk to Freedom," Mandela recalled that while in prison, he was entitled to have only one visitor and write and receive one letter every six months. He said that it was "one of the most inhumane restrictions of the prison system."
Can you talk about racism in the college classroom?
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:15
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
Recently, Professor Shannon Gibney was reprimanded by Minneapolis Community and Technical College after three white male students complained about her classroom discussion of structural racism. That's not the only classroom where structural or institutional racism or white privilege are discussed, or where such discussions spark protests or anger. The consensus of professors and students who have responded to requests for interviews is that, while these discussions often can be painful, investing in this type of curriculum is essential in the long run. We invite readers to share their own experiences and points of view, either through comments or through articles submitted for publication.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:11
Herb Boyd, Special to the NNPA
NEW YORK – Clara Gantt, 94, has waited more than 60 years for her husband to come home from Korea, and last Friday his remains were returned in a flag-draped casket to the Los Angeles International Airport.
Her husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph E. Gantt, was a field medic with the 2nD Infantry Division when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 after his unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea.
Hunger at the holidays for 500,000 Minnesotans: Recent SNAP cuts push more to food shelves
Monday, 23 December 2013 15:50
Minnesota's unemployment rate is at a six-year-low and the state budget is back in the black, but for many of the working poor, the economic rebound has yet to be felt. According to the new director of Minnesota FoodShare, Suzanne Shatila, the need at food shelves remains around record levels, and recent cuts to SNAP benefits have more people looking for help in feeding their families.
All in the family is exactly how Tunisunia Reed keeps it at her salon in south Minneapolis.
From ownership, to construction and décor, the efforts to create and run Posh Hair Studio, 2403 Nicollet Ave., have been nothing short of a family affair. With the help of her husband and business partner, Reed has set out to establish a salon that exudes class, sophistication and elegance.
Friday, 20 December 2013 10:42
Harry Colbert, Jr., Contributing Writer
When Betsy Hodges emerged the victor of an absurdly crowded field in the contest to become Minneapolis’ next mayor, she said it sent a clear message that the city would no longer be divided.
“I want to grow Minneapolis and I want to close the gaps between white people and people of color,” said Hodges, who takes office Jan. 2. “I want to close the gap between the haves and the have nots. The people of Minneapolis very clearly said they wanted me to do that. The results of that election made it pretty clear that the message I carried resonated with the people of Minneapolis.”
Conflict in South Sudan: Hussein Maar Nyuot, Deputy of Governor of Jonglei State, South Sudan. New writer for Insight News: Toki Wright, hip hop artist and educator. MNsure meetings: Angela Williams, MNsure navigator for Minneapolis Urban League; TaMica' Tody, MNsure navigator for Stairstep Foundation; Makeda Norris, Mnsure community outreach liaison for Twin Cities metro.