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Making it official

Making it officialJamil Smith Cole and Michael Cole Smith are never ones to do the ordinary.

So when same sex couples were allowed to legally marry in Minnesota on Aug. 1 of last year, the two didn't rush out and get married on that day as many other couples did. The couple, who together own Talk of the Town Hair Salon, said that was too cliché, too ordinary.

"Everybody was pressuring us to do it (get legally married) on the first day but we want to do it how we want to do it," said Smith Cole. "Everyone was getting married at the courthouse. We're not courthouse people."
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Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justice

Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justicePart 3 in a series

Al McFarlane
Nardal Stroud, how do you come to this work? What are you doing to address the question of food justice?
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Changing attitudes about green living

Changing attitudes about green livingWASHINGTON (NNPA) – A record-high 356 temperatures were tied or broken across the contiguous United States in 2012, marking the warmest year ever in American history. Over that same period, widespread droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, snowstorms, and superstorms put a nearly $110 billion dent in the economy.

And according to environmental activists, that's something Blacks should be concerned about.
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Urban View replays Maya Angelou's final radio interview + a statement from Aretha Franklin

Urban View replays Maya Angelou's final radio interview + a statement from Aretha FranklinMay 28, 2014

As the nation and the world mourn the loss of one of our greatest authors, activists and human rights advocates, hosts on SiriusXM Urban View are memorializing Dr. Maya Angelou with commentary, clips and celebrity eulogies throughout the day.
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Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya AngelouMay 28 (GIN) – Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth.
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For Asian immigrants, mental health an 'invisible problem'

For Asian immigrants, mental health an 'invisible problem'NEW YORK — In a small reception area of the Henry Street Settlement's Community Consultation Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side, a couple of young Asian women sit far apart from each other on maroon chairs lined up against the wall.
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End of session accomplishments

End of session accomplishmentsOn Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the Legislature adjourned Sine Die with many accomplishments, and because we must compromise, there are a few things I am not 100% pleased with. We came into the legislative session with the first budget surplus in decades. The $1.2 billion surplus allowed legislators to look at various ways to invest in needed programs while making sure our budget remained on stable footing.
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Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20

Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20--Events to take place at The American Theatre and Fort Monroe--

Hampton, VA- August 15th, 16th, and 20th, honor the First Africans who arrived in America on English occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration, a program being presented by the City of Hampton, Project 1619 Inc., National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, and the Hampton 1619 Commission.
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Brooklyn Park DFL endorses Reva Chamblis for city council

Brooklyn Park DFL endorses Reva Chamblis for city councilThe Brooklyn Park DFL Unit held its first Endorsing Convention on May 17 and endorsed Reva Chamblis in her bid for the suburb's city council.
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Target Field Station: From transit line to transit system

Target Field Station: From transit line to transit systemTarget Field Station opened last week creating a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis.

According to Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, widely viewed as a regional transportation visionary, Target Field Station embodies the principles of open transit by integrating all modes of transit within a strategy of economic development which focuses on architecture that creates iconic indoor and outdoor spaces, appeals to passengers, residents, office workers and visitors alike, as well as integrating culture with transit.
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DFL endorsed for Brooklyn Park Mayor: Joy Marsh Stevens poised to make history

DFL endorsed for Brooklyn Park Mayor: Joy Marsh Stevens poised to make historyBrooklyn Park is the second most diverse city in Minnesota but one would not know it by looking at its elected officials.

In the history of the city, which was incorporated in 1969, Brooklyn Park has never had a non-white council member or mayor. Joy Marsh Stevens is looking to change all of that as she seeks to become the city's next Mayor. And with the endorsements rolling in, March Stevens, who is African-American, is primed to make history.
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