Insight News

Oct 06th


PACs and Politics: Who's your Rich (white) Daddy?

PACs and Politics: Who's your Rich (white) Daddy?A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ), "Billionaires Put Their Stamp on Campaign," makes it clear that we are watching a new political era in the United States--an era of Big Bucks Politics. If you don't have millions in your coffers, or rich friends, get out of the proverbial political kitchen, because money is the fuel driving political elections today.

Mobilizing for D.C. 'Justice or Else' March

Mobilizing for D.C. 'Justice or Else' MarchWhen The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issues a sacred clarion call for a national and international mobilization for justice, freedom and equality, millions of people across America and throughout the world respond with responsive enthusiasm and energy. Such was the case in response to the minister's call for the Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, D.C. 20 years ago. I believe that history will be made once again this year on October 10 in Washington, D.C.

NABJ's JSHOP trains future media professionals

NABJ's JSHOP trains future media professionalsThe National Association of Black Journalists came to Minneapolis celebrating its 40th anniversary.

10 rules to help Black boys survive

10 rules to help Black boys surviveLike so many, I have been deeply disturbed by the senseless loss of Black male lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. I was particularly affected by Tamir Rice's senseless death – a 12-year-old sixth grader who loved drawing, basketball, playing the drums, and performing in his school's drum line. Sometimes his teacher had to remind him not to tap a song on his desk with his fingers. When Tamir, a mere boy child, was shot and killed last November, who was there to protect him?

Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBose

Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBoseUniversity of Cincinnati Police Officer, Ray Tensing, Wednesday July 29, 2015, was indicted on a murder charge in the killing of Samuel DuBose on July 19 during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

The late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change. On July 18, as we celebrated Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday and honored Nelson Mandela International Day, we were challenged to discover the leader within. For many, this leader may be lying dormant like a sleeping giant since your leadership path is uncertain and your vision is unclear. For others, you may be developing your leadership skills but have yet to take action by leveraging your influence to advance social justice. No matter what stage you are in your leadership development, you can learn key lessons by exploring the leadership legacy of Mandela and principles of servant leadership.

Voting rights: The legacy

Voting rights: The legacyThe four living Minnesota legislators serving in 1965 in the U.S. House and Senate and civil rights icon, Dr. Josie Johnson, were recently honored for their work in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Charges against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis dismissed

Charges against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis dismissedBloomington Prosecutor Sandra Johnson has dismissed all substantive trespassing charges against the alleged organizers of the Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place at the Mall of America this past December.

Economic Summit explores entrepeneur path

Economic Summit explores entrepeneur pathA panel of entrepreneurs will discuss their paths to success, the common ingredients it took to get there, and how we can work together to increase opportunities for more African American entrepreneurs.

A hotbed of what?

A hotbed of what?Obama's visit to Kenya commenced in a reactionary frenzy to CNN's pre-visit headline that Kenya is a hotbed of terrorism. Africanists chronically discuss how Western media focuses on negative stories to perpetuate a sense of Africa as a place of despair, disease and violence. But this particular headline touched a raw nerve for Kenyans, Africans, and those who understand Africa because Obama was visiting Kenya to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit — a gathering of over 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the world, convened to discuss how small business, with an emphasis on technology, will drive Africa's economy forward.

The Rondo annihilation

The Rondo annihilationThe sky was deep bluish-blue, the grass loud green. Birds flocked in radiant colors across treetops, sang and frolicked in the freshest of air.

Rondo Avenue extended east/west from about Marion Street to Lexington Parkway. Our house was just one of several properties my father inherited from Uncle Mac Carter, who worked himself into early grave (on the railroad).
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