President honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of Freedom
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:49
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago to honor exceptional people for their courage and contributions to society during their careers.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, today said, "Violence in all forms – emotional, physical, and financial – is a real fear for women of all ages, races, sexualities, and nationalities. It is unacceptable that one in three women worldwide will be the victim of violence in their lifetime. I am proud of my efforts in Congress to keep women safe, but we must do more. I will continue to fight for the rights and safety of all women in the fourth district, in Minnesota, and around the world."
The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's "Images of Africa: An African Film Series" features 27 films and exceptional filmmaking
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:25
Jim Brunzell III, The Optimistic Pessimist
After a few successful years of exploring different countries (2010's "In Search of Asia" and 2011 with "Latin Festival") the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul has turned their attention to Africa bringing us, "Images of Africa," which features 27 films. The screenings started on Friday, November 15 and run through Thursday, November 21 at St. Anthony Main Theatre and also Mixed Blood Theater.
Ladan Yusuf and CrossingBarriers: 'It is okay to talk about racism'
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:21
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
When Ladan Yusuf came to the United States from Somalia at the age of 13, she could not read or write English proficiently. By the time she was in the eleventh grade, at a public high school in northern Virginia, she was in an AP English class with native English speakers. Yusuf credits the strong English Language Learner (ELL) programs of the public schools she went to for her quick rise.
Although my first-choice mayoral candidate didn't win this year, I can't help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year's Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.
Monday, 25 November 2013 11:46
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, and a series of presidential apologies.
In Minnesota, nearly 300,000 adults have Type 2 diabetes, and as many as 1.4 million Minnesotans have prediabetes. Most do not know it. Of those estimated to have prediabetes, only about 1 in 6 people even know they have the condition.
Saturday, 23 November 2013 11:33
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Currently in aviation only about seven percent of all U.S. pilots are African-American.
For those who fly regularly, this number might not seem shocking, as it is quite rare to see an African-American in a commercial cockpit. Some might even be shocked that the percentage is even that high. But a group of aviators in the Twin Cities is working to boost the appallingly low numbers and introduce a new generation of African-Americans to a career in flight.