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Baraza: Owning our health: Women need equity, solutions discussion

Baraza: Owning our health: Women need equity, solutions discussionOn Oct. 10 on a bright, sunny Saturday morning, more than 300 Black women gathered for the 4th Annual Baraza – A Black Woman's Health Gathering.

Baraza is a Swahili word, which translated means, "a meeting held by a collective group of people of wisdom." Indeed, that is exactly what it was.
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Community prevails; MPS cancels $1.25 million book deal

Community prevails; MPS cancels $1.25 million book dealFollowing community uproar over books that many deemed racist and sexist, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has decided to end its relationship with the books' provider, Reading Horizons.
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Saint Paul Foundation grants seek to address question of racial equity

Saint Paul Foundation grants seek to address question of racial equityWith 133 requests from cities, schools and nonprofits, The Saint Paul Foundation has approved seven Advancing Racial Equity grants in honor of its 75th anniversary.

Applicants were asked to answer the question, "What will your organization do to advance racial equity in St. Paul or the East Metro?"
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Minnesota.

To mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Secretary of State Steve Simon is reminding Minnesotans who fear for their safety, including victims of domestic violence, about the Secretary's Safe at Home address confidentiality program.
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James "Mudcat" Grant: Determined to succeed

James A dozen or so community guests gathered at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in Minneapolis for a luncheon with baseball legend, musician and author, James "Mudcat" Grant.

The intimate gathering was hosted by the Minnesota Twins and was attended by special guests including Elder Atum Azzahir, executive director and founder of Cultural Wellness Center; recipient of the 2015 Minnesota Twins Roberto Clemente Legacy Award.
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Embarrassing, shameful

Embarrassing, shamefulParaphrasing the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, "Minnesota, we have a problem,"β€”an embarrassing, shameful blot on our carefully crafted and maintained image of forward thinking government, progressive corporate leadership, generous philanthropic partnerships and active civic engagement on matters of equity, fairness and quality of life. The problem is the existence of an African American shadow state within the State of Minnesota, an alternative reality where black citizens live below the poverty line at a rate three times greater than that of white citizens.
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Biden tries to calm HBCU leaders' fears

Biden tries to calm HBCU leaders' fearsWASHINGTON (NNPA) -- In a speech at the 2015 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week Conference here last week, Vice President Joe Biden praised the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and announced an additional $10 billion in HBCU funding.
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Deep racial disparities in the labor market

Deep racial disparities in the labor marketWhile productivity has risen in the United States, wages continue to lag. Six years into the economic recovery from the Great Recession, too many Minnesotans lack the quality jobs that would allow them to support themselves and their families. This brief digs deeper into data on wage growth, income inequality and Minnesota's deep racial disparities in the labor market. The brief also describes policy choices that would ensure that hard work pays off and builds a strong economic future for all.
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Census Data: Black women, children struggle with poverty

Census Data: Black women, children struggle with povertyWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite relative improvement in job growth from 2013 to 2014, Black women continue to struggle in the economy, according to the latest statistics from the United States Census Bureau.
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CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS: Leerssen, Stephens lead equity, inclusion initiatives

CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS: Leerssen, Stephens lead equity, inclusion initiativesThe city of Minneapolis has hired two new equity and inclusion managers in hopes of addressing the city's disparities when it comes to its residents of color and contracting with more minority-owned businesses.
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Nielsen reports untold success stories in the Black community

Nielsen reports untold success stories in the Black communityWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Acquanetta Pierce Glass, president and CEO of Avance Communications in Detroit, Mich., used last year's Nielsen report on Black consumers to convince one of her clients to run a 15-second trailer in movie theaters during the holiday season.
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