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Apr 25th


Comcast grants enhance digital learning

Comcast grants enhance digital learningComcast announced it is providing $50,000 in grants to non-profit community organizations in St. Paul to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones within the community.

Legacy institutions mobilize community for affordable health insurance

Legacy institutions mobilize community for affordable health insuranceStairstep Foundation, Minneapolis Urban League, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Southside Community Health Services and Pillsbury United Communities are collaborating in an omnibus outreach initiative to insure that African Americans can get the affordable health insurance they need through the state MNsure Health Insurance Exchange.

Simmons College of Kentucky wins accreditation

Simmons College of Kentucky wins accreditationLOUISVILLE – Simmons College has become accredited as the first private Historically Black College and University in Kentucky and is only the second HBCU in the state, along with Kentucky State University, a public institution.

Simmons has just learned that it has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

Health experts say raising wages will create better health outcomes in Minnesota

Health experts say raising wages will create better health outcomes in MinnesotaMinnesota Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, and State Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL 26A) joined the Rev. Paul Slack at the State Capitol for a press conference to bring attention to the health impacts of low wage work and broaden the debate around ending poverty wages in Minnesota.

The Element of discipline that leads to success

The Element of discipline that leads to successA microcosm of the transformative work that Dalton Outlaw and Element Boxing and Fitness does, comes in the form of a young man named Deonte.

Deonte, according to Outlaw, walked into Element, 655 Fairview Ave. S., St. Paul, about five years ago as an unmotivated teenager on the doorstep of making some pretty bad choices. He stuck with an intense training routine, working and sweating nearly everyday at the Element gym.

From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley - Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality

From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley - Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality( - Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America.

Lupita Nyong’o wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Lupita Nyong’o wins Best Supporting Actress OscarLupita Nyong'o's best supporting actress Oscar win marks a new chapter in the young actress's rise since the release of '12 Years a Slave' which took the best picture Oscar later that night.

Along with Minneapolis' own Barkhad Abdi of Somalia who received a best supporting actor nod and the UK's Chwitel Edjiofor's nomination, a broader swath of pan-Africana was represented. This is a trend that could continue if narratives of communities of color continue to be explored within major motion pictures.


Minimum wage jump good for low-income Blacks

Minimum wage jump good for low-income BlacksWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would lift nearly 1 million low-wage workers out of poverty, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Although a majority of low-wage workers are White, people of color would be disproportionately affected by an increase in the minimum wage. Blacks work in low-wage jobs at higher rates than Whites, according to federal statistics. Blacks account for 11 percent of the workforce, but 16 percent of workers that would see their wages increase.

Paul Robeson: The template for an amazing Black man

Paul Robeson: The template for an amazing Black manThe foundation of leadership is courage.

Civil rights pioneer, Paul Robeson, exercised courage by leveraging his moral strength to challenge racism and promote racial equity. Despite his fervent efforts of fighting for justice, for far too many Paul Robeson is unknown. However, we each are direct beneficiaries of Robeson's unwavering commitment to the realization of freedom and justice. He fought tirelessly so all of humanity would live free from the chains of oppression. This is the type of commitment that should inform our understanding of the essence of leadership.


CELEBRATING the BEAUTY of BLACKThe image itself is striking.

The image is powerful. The image is beautiful. The image is aesthetically pleasing. The image is bold. The image is serious. The subjects of the image command respect. And, unfortunately, the image is an anomaly in the world of fashion and fashion periodicals – or any periodicals for that matter, minus an issue or two of Ebony or Essence.

Prison phone justice

Prison phone justiceNearly15,000 children in Minnesota are losing contact with a mother or father in prison due to the extremely high cost of prison phone calls.
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