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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly .” ~Zen proverb

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Some call it “a solution looking for a problem” when referring to the wave of election reform initiatives sprouting up in at least 43 states. Critics of the reform initiatives cite that the wave of GOP sponsored bills are in large part a reaction to the “big lie” perpetrated by the Trump adm…

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A virtual Town Hall meeting 1pm Tuesday, April 6 will explore issues and opportunities created by the search for improvements in the Highway 252/I94 Corridor segments in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.

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The 15-member jury has been selected for the Derek Chavin trial. Jury selection began Monday, March 8. And after 11 days, the panel of 15 –12 jurors, two alternates and an additional alternate—were selected. There are six jurors of color, including three Black men, one Black woman and two mi…

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Healing is never complete until we have been truly heard.  May the universe send you someone who will sincerely care to listen.  Anthon St. Maarten

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Ben Johnson has been named head men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. The University and Johnson have agreed to a five-year term, pending the completion of a background check and Board of Regents approval. Johnson, 40, is Minnesota's 18th head coach in program history. 

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The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) continues its global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.

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The House of Representatives Wednesday gave final approval to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill and sent the Bill to the President’s desk for his signature. Biden’s Friday signing the Bill into law means millions of Americans will get direct stimulus payments and the $…

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Community members and a coalition of social justice organizations gathered outside of the Hennepin County Government Center on Monday March 8 to demand justice for George Floyd as the first day of jury selection began for Derek Chauvin’s trial.

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Jury selection for the Derek Chauvin trial began on Monday, March 8. Though it began with delays, it continued on Tuesday, March 9 with three jurors selected, two men and one woman. An additional man was seated on the jury this morning.

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The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, is now underway. The trial has opened with a pre-trial appeal. On Friday, Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the district court erred in not granting the State’s motion to reinstate the…

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Comcast Twin Cities recently hosted a virtual screening and panel discussion of the critically acclaimed film, “A Most Beautiful Thing.” This 90-minute documentary chronicles the story of the nation’s first African American high school rowing team and their journey to overcome the seemingly …

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The YMCA is partnering with Minnesota Safe Streets, a community-based organization focused on providing boots on the ground and coordinating efforts with local law enforcement agencies, to reduce violence and create safe, thriving neighborhoods.

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North Dakota has one of the lowest Black populations in the country but that did not stop the introduction of a bill to their State Senate to make Juneteenth a ceremonial holiday. The bipartisan bill will recognize June 19 as an important day of remembrance without interruption to normal pub…

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On March 15, 2021, Rosalind Brewer is slated to make history as the only Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company she will helm Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the parent company of Walgreens drugstores. She is currently the COO of Starbucks and the former president and CEO of Sam's Club, a…

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COVID-19 can infect anyone. But some communities in the U.S. have been hit harder because of racial disparities. Black Americans are almost three times as likely to be hospitalized and almost twice as likely to die from the disease as their white counterparts. With harsh statistics like thos…

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Comcast NBCUniversal presents an exclusive virtual panel discussion on the new film A Most Beautiful Thing, the highly acclaimed documentary chronicling the first African American high school rowing team in the United States from the West Side of Chicago.

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WASHINGTON — Today, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will host a hearing on H.R. 40 – a bill that would study the history of slavery, the role federal and state governments played in supporting slavery, and racial discrimination agains…

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Georgia prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s phone call to Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger. During the call, the former President asked him to “find” the votes he needed to overturn the state’s election results.

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WASHINGTON, DC — To kickoff Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus, introduced three related pieces of legislation. Collectively, the resolutions formally recognize the important contributions, struggles and sacrifices o…

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JC Lofton Tailors is continuing a family legacy that has been around for almost a century, with the help of a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo through Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

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[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz signed Chapter 3, HF 114 into law. This bill waives statutory deadlines imposed upon judicial proceedings during a peacetime emergency.

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The City of Minneapolis leadership has said its committed to working with the community to reconnect 38th & Chicago after the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial. City leadership’s overriding goals will be to support the needs of residents and businesses while honoring the importance o…

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Netflix and Higher Ground, the Obama’s production company, are bringing a puppet-filled kids cooking show to the streaming service. “Waffles + Mochi”, arriving March 16th, will depict Michelle Obama as a supermarket owner who hires two new employees, Waffles and Mochi. These two best friends…

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