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12 Years a Slave reflections: American slavery as close as three generations

12 Years a Slave reflections: American slavery as close as three generationsI saw 12 Years a Slave for the 2nd time Saturday. When I came home, the family photograph on the dining room mantle caught my eye. I was 4 years old in this 1951 photo. I sat at the feet of Big Mama, our grandmother, Martha Nall. To my right were my cousins Bernard, his twin brother, Burnele, and their brother Robert. To my left were my sister Kathleen, cousin William, and Bernard, Burnele and Robert’s older brother, Lonnie. Lonnie is seated in front of his dad, Mr. Powell, the patriarch of our extended family. We were in the Powell house, a huge brownstone, that was also home for my grandmother and grandfather and aunts who lived with them in the building’s 2nd story apartment. My sister and new baby brother Raymond Lee, and our mom and dad lived in the three room efficiency on the third floor.
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Amirah Coney seeks to put her stamp on the fashion world

 Amirah Coney seeks to put her stamp on the fashion worldAmirah Coney, 16, is a student at St. Paul Central High School. 

Coney is a member of SHE, a student group at her high school that advocates for, and promotes female empowerment. The engaged teenager is highly focused on her academics – her favorite subject is science and she also loves to learn about African-American history. One of her career goals is to be a coroner because of her interest in forensic science. Coney is also a teacher’s assistant to an accelerated pre-calculus teacher. She has a strong passion for track and field and plans to join St. Paul Central’s track team.
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Dr. Josie Johnson honored by Temple Israel

Dr. Josie Johnson honored by Temple IsraelUpon the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Dr. Josie Johnson has been honored with the prestigious Rabbi Max A. Shapiro Tzadik Award at Temple Israel in Minneapolis for her lifetime commitment to the struggle for civil rights and social justice.
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Relief slowly makes its way to typhoon-battered Philippines

Relief slowly makes its way to typhoon-battered PhilippinesDOHA, Qatar, Nov 13 2013 (Al Jazeera) - Relief operations in typhoon-devastated parts of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but still only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies were making it to increasingly desperate survivors in the hardest-hit places.
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For future success, focus on Minnesota children's first 8 years

For future success, focus on Minnesota children's first 8 yearsIn Minnesota, 1 in 3 children are in poverty or low-income

The first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if the child will go on to success, and a new report says that's why investments are needed. According to Stephanie Hogenson, outreach specialist for the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, the strategy must focus on all aspects of a child's well-being.
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Subtle racism damages health

Subtle racism damages healthWASHINGTON (NNPA) – "My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, 'Oh, I'm sorry...I'm looking for Rachel.' I'm half black."
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MN employment improves, but racial gap remains

MN employment improves, but racial gap remainsWhile Minnesota officially has recovered jobs lost over the Great Recession and the unemployment rate continues to trend down, the state is still struggling with a major employment gap among races.
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Asian American and Pacific Islander community holds summit in Minneapolis

Asian American and Pacific Islander community holds summit in MinneapolisIn collaboration with Asian Media Access, Hawman and Company, Project Sweetie Pie, Strategies and University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), the Twin Cities Regional Center (TCRC) has held the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Summit on Oct. 29. 

The summit hosted seven professional workshops, with more than 60 participants. All presentations were interwoven with each other; largely focusing on transit oriented development, from how small businesses can grow with transit to health impacts.
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REACTIONS | 12 Years a Slave

REACTIONS | 12 Years a SlaveLast week I had the opportunity to attend the screening of the most brutal, gut wrenching, and emotionally overwhelming film I’ve ever seen in my 53 years. 12 Years a Slave is British director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of a memoir by the same name, written 160 years ago by Solomon Northup. Northup was a freeman who lived in New York. He was tricked, drugged, kidnapped, taken to New Orleans, and made a slave.

Northup’s story is one-of-a-kind because it is told by the victim of the slave condition himself. This first-person perspective makes the condition impossible to sanitize. One woman in the theatre could be heard weeping through half the movie. Whites and Blacks alike were in tears by the time the viewing was over.
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Opportunity: Using our growing diversity as our biggest strength

Opportunity: Using our growing diversity as our biggest strengthInside H. Jackson Brown’s Life’s Little Instruction Book, he says that “nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” These little words of wisdom can help us understand the compounding negative impact of poverty, discrimination, institutional bias, and lack of opportunity that exists among communities of color. We now understand that the “achievement gap,” “wealth gap,” “income gap,” and “housing gap” may stem from a foundational “opportunity gap.”
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Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern CongoNov. 5 (GIN) – Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene.
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