Nekima Levy-Pounds walks the walk for civil rights and social justice
Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:20
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
Lawyer, professor, scholar-activist, preacher, mom, volunteer and blogger, Nekima Levy-Pounds has a lot on her plate. The recent Star Tribune blogger (in addition to her writing for MinnPost and TC Daily Planet) is being thrown accolades left and right, but she takes it all in stride.
On June 14, after almost two decades of anticipation, the METRO Green Line (formerly called the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project) officially opened for service during a celebration at Union Depot Station in downtown St. Paul.
'Invest in our girls,' says Liberia's 'Ma Ellen,' if Africa is to rise
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:09
Jun. 16 (GIN) – In an open letter dated June 16 – the International Day of the African Child – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no "Africa Rising" without a serious investment in young girls.
The My Brother's Keeper initiative was launched in late February by President Barack Obama to create equal access to opportunities by eliminating barriers to success faced by young men of color. It focuses on unveiling the full potential of young men of color through an assets-based approach. The president shared his own personal experience of growing up without a father in the home and making some bad choices. However, he also highlights what led to his success.
Pluria Marshall, Jr. Group purchases three TV Stations
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:14
Merdies Hayes, Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly
Pluria Marshall Jr. has purchased three FOX-affiliated television full-power stations – KLJB-TV in Davenport, Iowa; KMSS-TV in Shreveport, La., and KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Tex. For $58.5 million through his Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG – pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.
Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel: 'I'm still standing'
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:08
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Rachel Jeantel inched toward a high school diploma, she tried to keep in mind that she had a promise to keep. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would.
Ray Boone, crusading editor, champion journalist, dead at 76
Monday, 16 June 2014 16:23
Jeremy M. Lazarus
(Richmond Free Press) - Raymond Harold "Ray" Boone had a snappy response when the infuriated commander at an Army outpost in South Carolina threatened to lock him in the stockade for staying seated when the band played the Southern anthem "Dixie."