[caption id="attachment_24030" align="alignleft"]Batala McFarlane[/caption]A Wednesday (April 15) early morning fire roared through a row of businesses and residences leaving many homeless and one high profile community organization in search of new operating facilities.
[caption id="attachment_24028" align="alignleft"]Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) [center] along with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) [seated left], Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon [standing left] and Wintana Melekin of Neighborhood Organizing for Change (NOC) gather to discuss a proposed amendment to the Constitution to ensure the right to vote. Photo Harry Colbert, Jr. [/caption]With the right to vote being questioned in states throughout the nation, representatives from neighboring states are calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to ensure citizens’ rights to vote.
A former car dealership, 800 West Broadway sat vacant for years: Groundbreaking set for Northside health, career, and education collaboration
[caption id="attachment_23885" align="alignleft"]NorthPoint Health & Wellness CEO Stella Whitney-West (right) talks about the joining forces with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in the new West Broadway Education and Career Center, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. Looking on are DEED deputy commissioner Jeremy Hanson-Willis (left) and MPS interim superintendent Michael Gore. Photo by Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]All around Minneapolis proof of the economic boon can be seen with the recently developed or under development commercial and residential sites – everywhere except north Minneapolis.
[caption id="attachment_23739" align="alignleft"]Photo credit is Thomas Peeples[/caption]Although this season’s road was a bit rockier the outcome was the same as the Park Center (Brooklyn Park) girls basketball team beat a familiar foe in the title game to capture a state crown for the second year in a row.
[caption id="attachment_23673" align="alignleft"]eaganmn.com[/caption]A viral video that shows four African-American shoppers being accused of theft at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan has caused anger and outrage and sparked accusations of racism of mall personnel and of Eagan police.
[caption id="attachment_23596" align="alignleft"]Dr. Artika Tyner in Selma, Ala. just before crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in observance of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." Photo courtesy of Dr. Artika Tyner[/caption]A contingency of up to 70 Twin Cities residents took part in the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a seminal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
[caption id="attachment_23593" align="alignleft"]Members of the "MOA 11" and their supporters hold hands in a moment of silence for the many unarmed African-Americans killed by police. [/caption] Next court hearing set for May 1
Inside a packed courtroom at the Hennepin County Division IV (Southdale) Courthouse in
[caption id="attachment_23505" align="alignleft"]The new executive director of Business and Community Economic Development (BCED) at the University of Minnesota, Darryl Peal, said he is committed to increasing the university’s commitment to work with women and minority owned businesses. Photo — Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]Darryl Peal has hit the ground running as the new executive director of Business and Community Economic Development (BCED) at the University of Minnesota.
[caption id="attachment_23441" align="alignleft"]centurylink.com[/caption]Competition is good, right?
Of course it is. Competition in business is so needed that there are rules in our nation that guarantee a competitive marketplace. So it may come as a shock that when CenturyLink announced it wants to compete against Comcast – Minneapolis’ only cable provider since 1983 – the communications company was met with opposition. But those opposed to CenturyLink say they agree with competition in a free marketplace, what they don’t agree with is CenturyLink being able to cherry pick where to compete – especially if CenturyLink chooses not to service areas of lower income that tend to be minority concentrated.
[caption id="attachment_23438" align="alignleft"]The Rev. Jerry McAfee gets applause for his call to come together despite differences within the African-American community. [/caption]They came together for the greater good.
A one-day gathering of several hundred at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs was convened by the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and it brought together some who may have had diverging thoughts but common goals. These goals are to put into plan actions that will empower area African-Americans – many of whom have been marginalized and are not seeing the same economic, educational and political gains as their white neighbors.