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The air is getting chillier, pumpkins are perched on porches and kids across the country are planning their spooky costumes. As a professor of pediatric nursing and a mom to four young children, I know the excitement and anxiety that pandemic holidays bring to children and parents alike.

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East Point, GA — After decades of longstanding racism in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) loan programs, Black farmers stand to lose their farms, land and livelihoods after a temporary injunction halted an estimated $4 billion in debt relief passed by Congress as part of …

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Healing doesn’t mean the pain never existed.  It means the damage no longer controls our lives. NotSalmon.com

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“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.” Malcolm X

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When at a crossroads, my father was fond of saying “go with your gut.”  It is a voice that can tell us who is friend and who is foe - which ones to hold at arm’s length and which ones to keep close.  But too often, we become distracted by fear, doubt, our own stubborn hopes and refuse to lis…

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Colin Powell has died from complications from Covid-19, his family members have confirmed.

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When Pamela Weems was first diagnosed with breast cancer, one of her first thoughts was to reach out to other women. Cancer was something she had known about, but she never thought it could happen to her. Today, she wants others to be aware that any woman can get breast cancer and they shoul…

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When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?  To surrender dreams, this may be madness.  Too much sanity may be madness!  But maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.  Don Quixote   (Lewis uses this quote at the end of some of his e-mails)

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Minneapolis based Target, last week announced it will invest $100 million through 2025 to help fuel economic prosperity in Black communities nationwide. In a story posted Tuesday on the company’s corporate.target.com website, Target said it will support local Black-led organizations to ensur…

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The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of us all.  JFK

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The 2021 Pearls of Prestige Debutante Cotillion, sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and The Ivy Foundation, celebrates leadership by Twin Cities Black high school juniors and seniors, who rose to the challenges of the past year.  What makes it unique is that the Debutante Co…

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The story behind Bruce’s Beach tells a narrative of Black ownership in America. The original property owners of the resort, Charles and Willa Bruce, had their land seized by the City of Manhattan Beach. The local government managed the rights to the land for almost 100 years. However, on Thu…

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Columbus Day celebrations in the United States – meant to honor the legacy of the man credited with “discovering” the New World – are almost as old as the nation itself. The earliest known Columbus Day celebration took place on Oct. 12, 1792, on the 300th anniversary of his landing. But sinc…

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There were a few times this year when I thought we wouldn’t make it.When I started The Zen Bin in 2018, I wrote out detailed business plans, saved startup dollars, and leaned heavily on family and friends. Of course, we had contingency plans for unexpected hardships, but any business owner h…

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Burn Something Collective (BSC) presents RECORD, a public art exhibition conceptualized and curated by BSC members Lizy Bryant, Gabby Coll, Genevieve DeLeon, Adrienne Doyle, Zola Ellen, Mare Lodu, and Nance Musinguzi, featuring the work of visual artists Bereket Adamu, Faiza Mohamed, Grover …

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Bank of America announced today that it has provided a $1 million anchor grant to Juxtaposition Arts(JXTA)—the only Black-led art and design organization in Minnesota—in support of its four-year capital and legacy campaign to construct a new headquarters, restore two existing facilities and …

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St. Paul immigration organizations and legal service providers will expand efforts to help immigrants become United States citizens, with the help of a $1.5 million investment from the Knight Foundation, Mayor Melvin Carter said last week.

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The Walker Art Center elected Seena Hodges President of its Board of Trustees at their annual meeting on September 13, 2021. Hodges is the first person of color to hold the position. The Walker also elected a new slate of officers, including Vice Presidents Karen Heithoff and D. Ellen Wilson…

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In 1972, author Leo Buscaglia wrote in his book entitled “Love” that leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.  Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each …

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The fourth wave of COVID-19 is exacerbating the ongoing crisis for the nursing workforce and has led to burnout for many nurses. As a result, many are quitting their jobs in substantial numbers all across the country, with 62% of hospitals reporting a nurse vacancy rate higher than 7.5%, acc…

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Last month, we marked the 58th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech before a quarter of a million people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. We all know the soaring oratory that Dr. Ki…

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St. Peter’s AME Church has a legacy in Minneapolis’ Black community going back to its inception in 1880. At its current location of 401 East 41st Street in south Minneapolis, presently pastored by Rev. Dr. Jon Robinson, it has been a rallying point in matters of social justice. Resiliency is…

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Governor Tim Walz  last week signed Executive Order 21-31, establishing the new Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion. The Council brings together 15 labor, business, philanthropic, and non-profit leaders from across the state to provide recommendations on expanding Minnesota’s economy.

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Minneapolis Fire Department Captain, Kalimba Cobb Edwards, is among the 12 contestants vying to reign supreme in Tough as Nails, CBS announced last week. Launching the popular show’s third season, these twelve new contestants will put themselves to the test in the reality competition series.…

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So many powerful reflections from some of the many astute and passionate minds in the Twin Cities as they looked back 20 years remembering where they were; what they were thinking minutes after evil snatched 3,000 plus lives; and if they had any idea that the horror of that morning of 9-11-2…

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Northpoint Health & Wellness Center recently broke ground on what is expected to be a 30-month project, culminating in the first quarter of 2024. When this ground-breaking project is complete the center expects to have expanded wings in its medical, dental, and behavioral services divisions.

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So, you are sitting on a park bench, just enjoying the weather. What is the likelihood that the next person that walks by you is of a different race than you? In 2010 the probability of another race person walking by was 54.9 percent, and it rose to 61.1 percent by 2020. We are more likely t…

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“Having an entire financial ecosystem in our community is critical. Growing up, my mother's mortgage was with the local credit union and had it not been, had our mortgage been with a large bank, we would have been on the street. We were able to stay in our house was because the gentleman who…

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Local Twin Cities artists Enzyrose, Eyenga Bokamba, Noah Lawrence-Holder, LeShon Lee, and Meadow Gillispie, talk about their reaction to the murder of George Floyd, the trial of Derek Chauvin, and life as a black artist during this time.