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Feb 11th


After gun incident, MPS officials say Henry, other schools, are safe

After gun incident, MPS officials say Henry, other schools, are safeMinneapolis Public Schools (MPS) are safe places for students to learn.

That was the message officials wanted to convey during an Oct. 28 press conference at the close of school at Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave. N. The conference was called in the wake of a student bringing a handgun to the school on Oct. 26. Although according to officials the gun was not loaded, it was still cause for great concern, but officials stressed this was an isolated incident and commended fellow students for alerting school officials.

Trinny Cee: Dancehall queen

Trinny Cee: Dancehall queenIn Minnesota, the world of event promotions is pretty small.

Actually, that goes beyond the state. For those who are truly committed to being a promoter, it seems in one way or another, we are all connected. And let's be clear, there are promoters and then there are event producers. Promoters are fly by night. They come and they go. They are the ones who just hand out flyers and hope. Event producers are dedicated. They are obsessive. They know every aspect of the show or event they're producing. They're travel agents, they're the marketing department; they're ad hoc sound engineers, hosts and chauffers. An event producer in Detroit will know about an event producer in Dallas, so when Minnesota's Trinny Cee got a call from Jamaica, it was confirmed, she wasn't just some promoter – she is an event producer at the top of her game. Simply put, Trinny Cee is Minnesota's "Dancehall Queen."

Historic NCDC gets makeover

Historic NCDC gets makeoverFor far too long the drabness of the building located at 1000 Plymouth Ave. N. on Minneapolis' north side did not match the joy and wonderful works that were going on inside.

But all that changed thanks to the help of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and volunteers who collectively donated 700 hours to giving the home of Catholic Charities' Northside Child Development Center (NCDC) a vibrant makeover. The exterior facelift and interior renovations were a part of the United Way's #Next100 campaign. The #Next100 campaign is a celebration of the United Way's 100th anniversary. During the centennial, the United Way is seeking to engage 100,000 volunteers nationwide.

As Tuskegee Airmen fade, an effort to save the legacy grows

As Tuskegee Airmen fade, an effort to save the legacy growsMore than 16,000 Tuskegee Airmen made history, but now only about 250 remain. They see each other mostly at funerals these days.

When the heroes returned some from overseas after World War II, they were still treated as second-class citizens in the South. They were simply known as participants in the Tuskegee Experience – pilots, engineers, mechanics, instructors and other support personnel enrolled in an Army Air Force program to train Black aviators at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama from 1941 to 1946.

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship shows early successes

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship shows early successesNEW YORK – As the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellows program announced its third class of fellowship recipients, fellows from the first two years have quickly become game changers in their respective fields.

Cosby Show dreams and African American financial realities

Cosby Show dreams and African American financial realitiesThe upcoming piece in Ebony magazine's November issue, "Can 'The Cosby Show' Survive? Should It?" has set black America on fire with a much-needed discussion on the impact of the Cosby show, and the recent allegations of rape against Bill Cosby. The core analysis is a critique of the man Bill Cosby is off camera, and whether it should affect the historical legacy of the show he created.

First Lady Michelle Obama praises amazing students

First Lady Michelle Obama praises amazing students[AKRON, Ohio] - Students in Akron have a lot to look forward thanks in part to city's own NBA legend LeBron James, who recently announced plans to help students pay for their college education.

On Wednesday October 21, 2015 at the University of Akron's James A. Rhodes (JAR) Arena, LeBron James and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addressed this announcement to over one thousand students at a special event focused on education.

Out of the boardroom and into the streets: Managing crises today

Out of the boardroom and into the streets: Managing crises todayReputationally speaking, there may not have been a safer place to be than the How to Wow One or 1,000 Media and Branding Seminar recently held in the Minneapolis, MN. Addressing an agenda of industry best practices, I was privileged to join a distinguished panel of crisis communication experts, including:

Urban Perspectives interviews Governor Dayton on Minnesota growth and disparities

Urban Perspectives interviews Governor Dayton on Minnesota growth and disparitiesBMA Networks announced that its weekly local urban affairs program Urban Perspectives will feature Governor Mark Dayton discussing Minnesota's growth and stand against disparities Sunday November 1st 5:30am on WCCO channel 4. Urban Perspectives is hosted by Pete Rhodes. The 30 minute program topics include the state's economic development, jobs, education, healthcare, social justice, diversity and inclusion.

South Carolina Cop fired following national outrage

South Carolina Cop fired following national outrageThe white South Carolina police officer who sparked national outrage once a video surfaced of him body-slamming a young girl to the floor for refusing to leave her classroom seat is now unemployed.

Ben Fields, the now former officer of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who was serving as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was fired just two days after a video that went viral showed him abruptly yanking an African-American girl out of her chair and tossing her several feet to the ground, before he pounced on her and handcuffed the teen.

Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. Paul

Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. PaulThe YWCA St. Paul is hosting an open house on Oct. 27 to formally introduce its new CEO, Gaye Adams Massey.

Massey took over as CEO this past July following the retirement of former CEO, Billy Collins. The open house welcoming Massey takes place from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave.
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