Southwest light rail train a must for our community
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:26
Op-ed by Rep. Keith Ellison and State Senator Bobby Joe Champion
When the Southwest light rail line (SWLRT) is built, a Northside station will bear the name of Van White. Van White, the first African American to serve on the Minneapolis City Council, provides the kind of example we need to do what is right for our entire community. Van White worked hard to overcome barriers, and in so doing he provided inspiration and real opportunities for residents of North Minneapolis and throughout the City. His life tells us that we can surmount the obstacles we face in reaching consensus about the route of the rail line. His life reminds us that we must build the rail line to provide more economic opportunity.
Marketing guru Pepper Miller, president of The Hunter-Miller Group, Chicago, IL addresses the 18th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon being held 8am – 3pm Wednesday, March 26, at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street.
Ranked choice voting 'local options' bill picks up steam
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:15
ST. PAUL-Though both Minneapolis and St. Paul have now used Ranked Choice Voting twice—with tremendous success—they're not the only Minnesota communities interested in smarter, fairer, more representative elections.
Other reform-minded Minnesota cities want to try RCV for local elections. The bipartisan "local options" bill authored by Rep. Steve Simon (H.F. 367) and Sen. Ann Rest (S.F. 335) would give them the tools and the flexibility to do it.
St. Peter's AME Church, located at 401 E. 41st St. in south Minneapolis, recently celebrated the 80th birthday of long-time member, Harriet Bowman Solomon. A lifelong Minneapolis resident, Solomon attended Minneapolis Public Schools: Warrington Elementary, Bryant Jr High and Central High. Solomon worked 38 years for Northwest Bell, before her retirement. She was married 39 years to Edward C. Solomon, until his death in 2002.
Black male initiative must address structural racism
Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:54
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative expands educational and work opportunities for young Black and Hispanic males, but fails to address the burdens of structural racism that threaten their lives, the program might not succeed, some community activists believe.
Radio without boundaries: Dean pursues multicultural frontiers
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:03
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It can be tough trying to be all things to all people.
But since 1978 community radio station KFAI (90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul and online at www.kfai.org) has been trying to do just that. Offering programming that ranges from "Democracy Now!," a far left leaning syndicated talk show to "Conversations With Al McFarlane," a weekly program focusing on issues of concern to the Twin Cities' African-American community, to "Soul Tools Radio," a hip-hop/soul music show hosted by local music icon, Toki Wright to "The Pop Shop" with Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy who spin "power pop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more," KFAI is trying to offer something for everyone. That is not always an easy task.