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Transitions: From foster care to life on their own
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Transitions: From foster care to life on their own

[caption id="attachment_17099" align="alignleft"]markita-hawkinsMarkita Hawkins[/caption]Life on one’s own is a daunting task. 

It is even more daunting for young adults who have been in foster care – often bouncing from residence to residence with very little stability and no real support system of which to speak. Things most take for granted, such as establishing and maintaining a banking account or budgeting for monthly expenses, oftentimes go untaught to foster children. For some children in the foster care system, the primary concern is surviving each day, not planning for tomorrow.

Governor signs same sex marriage bill into law; takes effect Aug. 1
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Governor signs same sex marriage bill into law; takes effect Aug. 1

[caption id="attachment_17091" align="alignleft"]governor-signing-with-dibble-clark--spouses credit-anne-hodsonState Senator Scott Dibble (61), State Representative Karen Clark (62A) and their spouses with Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill for Marriage Equality May 14, 2013.[/caption]With a throng of nearly 6,000 supporters on hand at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that will legalize same sex marriages in the state.

Jon Jon Scott on all things music
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Jon Jon Scott on all things music

jon jon scott articleJon Jon Scott has an opinion on just about everything.

“But I don’t offer it unless someone asks,” said Scott, the 47-year-old former bassist who mans the counter at the iconic Electric Fetus record store at the corner of Franklin Avenue East and 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Pick a topic – especially a musical topic – and Scott has an opinion.

Minnesota honors Juanita Jackson Mitchell
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Minnesota honors Juanita Jackson Mitchell

[caption id="attachment_17001" align="alignleft"]juanitamitchellJuanita Jackson Mitchell (Photo courtesy of Lisa Mitchell Sennaar)[/caption]Dignitaries and well-wishers alike packed the State Capitol Rotunda to celebrate and honor the works of civil rights pioneer Juanita Jackson Mitchell.

Snapshots
Aesthetically Speaking

Snapshots

[caption id="attachment_16917" align="alignleft"]contactsheet-001Top left: Chiropractics Dr. Ashpal Kent and Dr. Carson Benjamin hanging out at Seven. Top right: Cousins Tyra Wagner and Marquita Wagner hanging out at Elixir for the Old School Happy Hour. 2nd Left: Donna Smith and Jami Frasl celebrating Jami’s birthday at Elixir during the Old School Happy Hour. 2nd right: BoomBox’s Ashley Commodore shows she has heart while performing for the American Heart Association fundraiser at Insert Coin(s). 3rd left: Painting the stage red, Bree Turner (left) and Beeph rock to the beat as BoomBox performs for the American Heart Association fundraiser at Insert Coin(s). 3rd right: Bringing the beat, BoomBox and Mint Condition tour drummer Brandon Commodore at Insert Coin(s) for the American Heart Association fundraiser. 4th left: Spinnin’ the wax: DJ Dudley D spinning at Insert Coin(s) 4th right: Black love: husband and wife Jason and Romaya Burns hanging out at Insert Coin(s) during the American Heart Association fundraiser. [/caption]Top left: Chiropractics Dr. Ashpal Kent and Dr. Carson Benjamin hanging out at Seven.

Top right: Cousins Tyra Wagner and Marquita Wagner hanging out at Elixir for the Old School Happy Hour.

2nd Left: Donna Smith and Jami Frasl celebrating Jami’s birthday at Elixir during the Old School Happy Hour.

2nd right: BoomBox’s Ashley Commodore shows she has heart while performing for the American Heart Association fundraiser at Insert Coin(s).

3rd left: Painting the stage red, Bree Turner (left) and Beeph rock to the beat as BoomBox performs for the American Heart Association fundraiser at Insert Coin(s).

3rd right: Bringing the beat, BoomBox and Mint Condition tour drummer Brandon Commodore at Insert Coin(s) for the American Heart Association fundraiser.

4th left: Spinnin’ the wax: DJ Dudley D spinning at Insert Coin(s)

4th right: Black love: husband and wife Jason and Romaya Burns hanging out at Insert Coin(s) during the American Heart Association fundraiser.

More Blacks must become entrepreneurs; MUL chief takes area corporations to task
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More Blacks must become entrepreneurs; MUL chief takes area corporations to task

[caption id="attachment_16892" align="alignleft"]scottgrayPhoto of MUL President and CEO Scott Gray[/caption]Economic 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.

Group rallies around grandmother fighting to get custody of her grandchildren
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Group rallies around grandmother fighting to get custody of her grandchildren

[caption id="attachment_16890" align="alignleft"]use-dscf35243524: Dorothy Dunning (center) is consoled by Willie Mae Demmings (left) as Hattie Bond addresses Dunning’s supporters during a rally at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Dunning is fighting to get her grandchildren out of the state’s foster care system.[/caption]Even though the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against her, Dorothy Dunning is fighting on in her quest to gain custody of her granddaughters.

Laugh now, laugh later
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Laugh now, laugh later

[caption id="attachment_16830" align="alignleft"]vanessa-graddick- 0294Vanessa Graddick[/caption]There are many dates of historical significance.

There’s Jan. 1, 1863; the date President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. On Aug. 28, 1963 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington. On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. And Sept. 11, 2001 shall forever be a date of infamy.

For Vanessa Graddick, her date of significance is Nov. 1, 2006.

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