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Black graduates face a stiff job market

Black graduates face a stiff job marketWASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based research and education group focused on low- and middle-income workers.
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McMahon: Gurus, Superheroes and Aliens

McMahon: Gurus, Superheroes and AliensPainter Barry McMahon offers a unique take on daily life through his many works and will have several on display during his "Gurus, Superheroes and Aliens or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Art" show.
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Obama proclaims June African-American Music Appreciation Month and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Obama proclaims June African-American Music Appreciation Month and National Caribbean-American Heritage MonthWashington, D.C. – President Barack Obama signed a couple of proclamations honoring the contributions those of African heritage have made to the United States.

The president proclaimed June as both African-American Music Appreciation Month and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Both proclamations were signed May 29.
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Urban League Academy graduates its last class

Urban League Academy graduates its last classIt was a graduation just like any other; yet it wasn't like any other.

There were all the pre-ceremony activities. Future graduates practiced their walks as a woman franticly steamed graduation gowns. Families and well-wishers waited eagerly in the hall. Everything was as it was surrounding any typical high school graduation. But this was not a typical graduation.
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Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the PiecesThe American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released their study of more than 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014. Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study reveals that Black people were 8.7 times more likely than white people to be arrested for a low-level offense—any offense with a fine of $3,000 or less and/or a year or less in jail. Native Americans were 8.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for such offenses.
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African Immigrant Services gets Bush Foundation grant

African Immigrant Services gets Bush Foundation grantThe Bush Foundation has awarded the African Immigrant Services (AIS) $200,000 to support its From Observers to Leaders initiative based in the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. AIS is among 30 organizations awarded $5 million through the foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program announced on May 27.
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Legislative Auditor finds no double-billing

Legislative Auditor finds no double-billing In a letter released June 4, 2015 and copied to my attention, Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, stated the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) was "unable to substantiate the improprieties related to double-billing by MUL." Specifically, the auditors could not substantiate any of the Star Tribune's claims as relates to dollars we received from the Minneapolis Public Schools for the Urban League Academy alternative school and grant monies allocated to our 13th Grade Program by the Minnesota Department of Education.
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New Congressional Caucus champions HBCUs

New Congressional Caucus champions HBCUsWASHINNGTON (NNPA) – A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public.
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A nightmare comes to a close in Liberia as MN's declare it 'Ebola-free'

A nightmare comes to a close in Liberia as MN's declare it 'Ebola-free'May 11 (GIN) – With no new infections in 42 days, Liberia has been declared free and clear of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
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Akon unveils new solar campaign for Africa

Akon unveils new solar campaign for Africa(GIN) - Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire.
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Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health

Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental healthWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.

But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.
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