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Comcast Cares Day at Urban League

Comcast Cares Day at Urban League For area homeowners, weekends in April are often set aside for spring cleaning. The story is quite the same for Twin Cites nonprofits who need help with landscape clean-up, sorting and pitching, painting, general fix-up and more at their respective facilities. And Comcast reached out to lend a helping hand.

On Saturday morning, April 27, Lynn Mulkern, Comcast project leader, worked with 70 Comcast volunteers at two sites for the Minneapolis Urban League.
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Reshaping the global village

Reshaping the global villageIn the words of Dr. Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of the largest non-governmental educational organizations in the world, now reaching nearly 140 million people in nine countries. "We thought nationally, worked locally, and looked for inspiration globally."
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Mother's Day: A day for reflection

(StatePoint) Most people spend Mother's Day bestowing flowers, gifts and heartfelt sentiments upon their moms. But for some, knowing how to honor their mother is not so easy. After all, mothers are only human, and not all of them are perfect.
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"New Jim Crow" discriminates against people with a criminal record

Minneapolis resident Manu Lewis has spent the past four years working to turn his life around and give back to society despite his criminal record. "I do a lot of volunteer work. I do a lot of community work," he said. "I do a lot of organizing within the community that I reside in, but the fact still remains that society still sees me as a convicted felon. So no matter how much time I volunteer, no matter how many good deeds I try to do, I always have that stigma attached to me." He looks to people like Michelle Alexander who are "trying to overthrow some of these policies that are keeping the community held hostage."
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State cuts to college aid exacerbates affordability issue

State cuts to college aid exacerbates affordability issueWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As President Obama continues to underscore the need to increase the college-educated workforce significantly by 2020, all except two states have slashed their funding for higher education.
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Pell Grant changes will slow Black graduation rates

Pell Grant changes will slow Black graduation rates[Editor's Note: This is the second of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rodan examining how federal loan problems are hurting Black students in college.]
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Tutu daughters discuss faith and hope in the wake of tragedy, anguish

Tutu daughters discuss faith and hope in the wake of tragedy, anguishSouth African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is revered a symbol of strength and courage during a time of great strife and upheaval.
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Marie Johns is leaving her mark on SBA

Marie Johns is leaving her mark on SBAWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Marie Johns, the retired president of Washington Verizon, was busy managing a consulting firm when she received an unexpected call three years ago from the White House.
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More Blacks must become entrepreneurs; MUL chief takes area corporations to task

More Blacks must become entrepreneurs; MUL chief takes area corporations to taskEconomic empowerment is the next phase of the civil rights movement.

That is the message Minneapolis Urban League President Scott Gray is trying to convey to the area's African-American community. Gray, who came to Minneapolis from Milwaukee, said he is accustom to seeing a plethora of African-American owned businesses in other major metropolitan cities and thinks it's past time that Minneapolis and the surrounding areas produce more African-American entrepreneurs.
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Group rallies around grandmother fighting to get custody of her grandchildren

Group rallies around grandmother fighting to get custody of her grandchildrenEven though the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against her, Dorothy Dunning is fighting on in her quest to gain custody of her granddaughters.
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'Magic' Johnson encourages African-Americans to ASPiRE with launch of new network; focus on family-friendly programming

'Magic' Johnson encourages African-Americans to ASPiRE with launch of new network; focus on family-friendly programmingIf a person were to only judge African-American culture based solely on the majority of television programming currently being offered, the representation would be quite sad.
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