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With the pandemic finally waning, the months ahead will be crucial in ensuring a successful economic recovery. There are important priorities on the line right now, as we look towards administering more COVID-19 vaccines, re-opening the economy, resuming normal life, and continuing critical …

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Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’.  Alfred Lloyd Tennyson

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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus 

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“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid.  Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.”  Nadia Comaneci, gold-medal gymnast

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By James Earl Hardy

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Here., too, was the guide, the beacon for such times as humanity might be in danger; here was the Guardian of Whom all humans knew — not an exterior force, nor an awesome Watcher in the sky, but a laughing thing with a human heart and a reverence for its human origins, smelling of sweat and …

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It has been 100 years and we are only now, as a country, beginning to learn the truth of one of the most horrific events of racial violence in America's history, the Tulsa Massacre.

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In the words of When Destiny Calls author Sharon Botts Garth, “When you change the narrative, you change the perception.” Such is the focus and celebration of the Women United to Win luncheon, for which she will be a guest speaker on June 5.

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I am eager to see a brilliant Black woman serving as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. I hope to celebrate her swearing-in later this year. If you’re thinking, “Did I miss something?” the answer is no, there is no vacancy on the Court right now.But there has been talk that Justice Stephen Breyer…

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After taking a two-year “gap year” after defending my dissertation, I did the damn near impossible and landed a post-doctoral research position at a top 10 R1 research institution. Well, God did it. But still. I got an academic job in a pandemic. In a year when countless universities are not…

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The emotions of Black people in particular, and people all over the world were heightened as the horrific video of the heinous and appalling murder of George Floyd was played again during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Matter: verb [no object] 1 (usually in the negative or in questions) be of importance; have significance…what did it matter to them?

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Whether it is being among the most highly infected with COVID19, being forced out of jobs at an alarming rate due to lack of childcare and support, or making up a large portion of the essential workers who put themselves at risk to keep the country going, women of color continue to bear the …

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Yesterday, another Black man was killed by law enforcement officers during an encounter over a minor offense. I say another, because we haven’t even gotten halfway through the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, we haven’t arrested the killer of Breonna Taylor, we’re still…

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Let this sink in – our child poverty rate is higher in the United States than in any other wealthy nation. Nearly 11 million children in the United States live in poverty further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that children of color are disproportionately represented amon…

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Congress just missed one of its best shots at improving health when the Senate failed to advance a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to US$15 an hour. Study after study has linked higher income to better health.

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While adults debate closing and re-opening schools, youth endure Covid-19-created home isolation juxtaposed to street protests against racism and police violence. Twenty-year veteran history/social studies teacher, Dr. Stephen Bond’s book “Perseverance In A Strange Land” collects his Wilson …

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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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Today there is a welcomed breath of fresh political air in Washington, DC even amidst the unprecedented spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic throughout the United States. According to the Biden-Harris Administration the issues of racial justice and equity are now top priorities in a “whole…

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“The ultimate measure of …[people] is not where …[they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where …[they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Poetic Tribute to #The Amanda Gorman

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W.D. Foster-Graham is a native son of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an alumnus of Minneapolis Central High School’s Class of 1970. A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he received a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in Black studies. He is an original member of the 3-time Grammy Award…

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COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the United States and Minnesota has experienced one of the largest per capita increases among states.  Earlier this year, COVID seemed a little distant – we’d hear about a friend of a friend or a distant relative who contracted the virus.  With this re…

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To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life, but to feel affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses – that is something still greater and more beauti…

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Once again, Black Americans have saved a presidential candidate with our votes, which President-Elect Joe Biden publicly acknowledged. He could NOT have won without us. Yet, his newly released “priorities” say Nothing about racial healing, reparations, or eliminating racial injustice.

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For generations, the neighborhoods in North Minneapolis have been the targets of marginalization and disinvestment. Although not always as violent as the states in the South, Minnesota experienced its own institution of Jim Crow laws through redlining, discriminatory lending practices, and e…

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On May 25, 2020, four Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd. Minnesota, the rest of our country, and the world witnessed the last minutes of Mr. Floyd’s life; Floyd, a father, a son, and, more importantly, a human being, lay with his head pressed into the cement, empty hands bound …

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Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA) will celebrate the recently completed construction –which continued throughout the ongoing COVID19 pandemic—of its second campus. A sense of anticipation is in the air for the Friday September 4 ribbon cutting at the new Intermediate School campus located…

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Accept what’s happening is happening. Nature is turning you inward to gain power through peace, rather than outward to gain power through activity.  Until things improve and something starts to work, let’s lie down in the cool, shady valley . . . and rest. 

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The U.S. Postal Service is under threat of collapse and privatization. This comes after years of federal political maneuvering that has effectively depleted revenues and staffing – issues now amplified by new cuts to overtime worker pay and slowed delivery.

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There is a certain kind of reality created by our present days.  A good portion of Americans might not be returning to what was ‘normal’ for quite some time.  An unprecedented pandemic of a mysterious, relentless and killing disease where the shock of over 16,000,000 global cases to date has…

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The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the location where George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. But it is also imprinted in streets, parks and neighborhoods acros…

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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.