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Dec 18th


EBONY Magazine to release commemorative book about Michael Jackson

EBONY Magazine to release commemorative book about Michael JacksonEbony Magazine has announced it will release a 100-page commemorative book on the life of the late Michael Jackson, featuring 100 pages of never-before-seen photographs, tributes from celebrities and previously unpublished remarks by the late singer.

Jackson, who died June 25 of cardiac arrest, has been honored in tributes at the BET Awards Show, at various memorials around the world and an official memorial service in Los Angeles on Tuesday, attended by 20,000 people.


Campbell Soup Company charged with discrimination against African American employees in nationwide class action suit

Camden, NJ ( - A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed against Campbell Soup Company, charging that African American employees are denied professional development opportunities. The lawsuit has been filed in Camden, New Jersey, home of Campbell's headquarters.
Filing on behalf of the Plaintiff Chester Hicks and the proposed Class are the Houston, Texas based firm, Nelkin, Nelkin & Krock, P.C., and Sidney L. Gold & Associates, based in Philadelphia.


Black graduation rates in Minnesota are the lowest in the country

African American children are at historic lows in their academic failures within the Minneapolis Public Schools. Black graduation rates in Minnesota are the lowest in the country at 38% while their white counterparts’ graduation rates soar to 83%, which is amongst the highest in the country.  As a result of these contradictions, the African American Mobilization for Education (AAME), made up of community activists, organizations and educators, created a Covenant that was approved by the Minneapolis Public School board in June, 2008, to develop specific strategies that would assure academic excellence for all African American children in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

HUD provides 2,500 housing vouchers to keep families together

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is awarding 2,500 rental assistance vouchers to 37 public housing authorities across the U.S. to reunite more than 7,500 children with their parents. The children are currently in foster care.

Chicago Defender Wins Top Award in 2009 NNPA Merit Contest

MINNEAPOLIS (NNPA) - The Chicago Defender Newspaper, which at 104, one of the nation’s oldest and most influential Black-owned newspapers, was awarded the prestigious Russwurm Award during this year’s NNPA Merit Awards Gala.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund remembers Justice Marshall on 101st anniversary of his birth

Thurgood Marshall College Fund remembers Justice Marshall on 101st anniversary of his birthThe New York of the City offices Thurgood Marshall College Fund is closed Thursday, July 2, 2009 in recognition of the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice. The trailblazing attorney and jurist would have turned 101 on July 2.

Thurgood Marshall Sr.’s extraordinary contributions to American society are chronicled through photos, videos, speeches, and interviews available on the commemoration website at:


Slain Holocaust guard remembered

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - In an emotionally charged eulogy that took place on a radiant afternoon, Stephen Tyrone Johns, the special police officer who was slain at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, was remembered as a gentle giant with a big heart and warm smile.


Black Press: Building coalitions for progress

The Black Press of America convenes this week in Minneapolis for the National Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention June 24 through June 28 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Pelosi tours Indian Jobs program

US Rep.Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other elected officials and tribal leaders toured the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (AIOIC) on Sunday, June 7, to witness firsthand the economic recovery package at work.  Pelosi met with students and employers of the American Indian OIC Summer and Year Round Youth Employment Program funded by the economic recovery package passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President.

Noted Master Storyteller, Nothando Zulu to perform in the Folklife Festival at Historic Smithsonian Museum in DC

Twin Cities Northside resident and Master Storyteller, Nothando Zulu has been invited to perform her storytelling magic at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC June 24 through July 5th. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.

Mayors: Brace for deep cuts and significant property tax increases

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Minnesotans need to prepare for significant property tax increases and major cuts to public safety, libraries, parks, and other city services, mayors said in response to the announcement that Governor Tim Pawlenty will unallot $192 million of funding to Minnesota cities.

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