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In my previous review of Crown Shepherd’s book Black Boy Black Boy, the issue was raised about how African American boys fell behind in their reading skills. When asked the reason they didn’t like reading in school, the reply was simple: there were no characters or images who looked like the…

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Family is everything, and in the world of our children and their education, little things mean a lot, especially taking an active interest in our children’s learning experiences. Such are the lessons taught in M. Ann Machen Pritchard’s children’s book, Val’s World: Featuring the Family Roundtable.

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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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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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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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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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Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement.  Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.  Mahatma Gandhi

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By Ava Freeman

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“You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world.  In order to defeat the darkness, you must bring it into the light.”  Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

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On June 5, I had the honor of attending the Women United to Win luncheon, a program of National Empowerment Group, Inc. Featured in a previous article, this luncheon recognized the contributions of women in multiple fields—nonprofit, for-profit, community service and activism, to name a few.…

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“Traumatic events, by definition, overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotion, a circuit breaker is thrown that allows us to survive the experience fairly intact, that is, without becoming psychotic or frying out one of the brain centers. The cost of this blown …

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With the sentencing of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin now complete, Minnesotans and people all over the world are asking one question: What now?

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Africa changes you forever like nowhere on earth.  Once you have been there, you will never be the same.  But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it?  How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Cou…

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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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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.