Monthly Archives: August 2012

Like father, not like son: George Wilcken Romney vs. W. Mitt Romney

 

 

As I watch all of the millions of dollars pour into the negative campaign ads on television on both side of the aisle, I wonder what would happen if both candidates just had a meeting with each other and said, ”Let’s just stop all of this negativity and pool these dollars and put our constituents back to work and let the chips fall where they may. Let the folk decide who the leader of our free world should be.”

Since I turned 76 years old July 10, and since the Republicans could care less about what I think, I may as well just shut up and write my story. Well, I will take a portion of that remark back. There is one Republican in this town who cares about what we think, and that is Sheriff Rich Stanek. (He is the only Republican my family allows me to vote for.)

But my story is about the honesty of a Republican father and the deception of his Republican son. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis child waits for transplant donor

 

 
Be the Match need Blacks to join their registry
 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

The need for African Americans to sign up as organ donors has been promoted through several local and national initiatives. Here in the Twin Cities, a one-year-old is waiting for a donor to step up to the plate. Artan Warsame has Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). “We are getting ready for the transplant,” Artan’s father Abdullah Warsame told the MSR last week. He hopes that the surgery will take place in September. Continue Reading →

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‘The Wheatley’ reinvents itself as needs evolve

 
Director Milon talks about what holds communities together
 

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 
The Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC), also affectionately known as “The Wheatley,” is widely known and respected as a source of strength and pride for children, youth, families and elders in North Minneapolis. The center’s namesake is a slave who won her freedom and emerged as the first African American to publish a book of poetry. In the past, PWCC was once a settlement house where famous Black artists and musicians found shelter after discrimination kept them from local hotel establishments. Marian Anderson, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ethel Waters, and Paul Robeson among others stayed at the settlement house from the time it first opened its doors back in 1924. In the present, it still serves as a gathering place, particularly for those interested in educational and social supportive services. Continue Reading →

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Dave Chappelle sneaked into Twin Cities and left ’em laughing

 

Dave Chappelle don’t have a lick of sense. For that matter, Tracey Ashley ain’t wrapped too tight, either. Between them both, August 2 at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis was a gas. Tracey Ashley, new to Twin Cities audiences, is fairly well accomplished, having to her credit stints on HBO’s The Lucky 21 and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She opened with roughly 20 minutes of laid-back hilarity, riffing on, among other topics, how she’s got two first names (you wouldn’t believe how funny something that innocuous can be when handled right) and how to best abuse medical marijuana. Continue Reading →

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Threads Dance Project director speaks truth to spirit

 
She wants audiences to leave iDENTiTY uplifted

By Dwight Hobbes

 

Contributing Writer

 

You don’t need to be a dance aficionado, or even be particularly fond of the art form, to understand and appreciate where visionary choreographer-dancer Karen L. Charles is coming from. Artistic director at Threads Dance Project (TDP), she firmly believes in expanding dance beyond the conventional pigeonhole as just a performance vehicle, a venue in which technical proficiency is the priority. For her, although the essentials of technique are fine, cultural, personal and spiritual expression add vital dimensions. “The feedback I get from audience members,” Charles reflects, “is that dance speaks to people’s spirits.” She says of dance in general, “Moments of beauty, those moments of inspiration [are important]. Art is the keeper of the culture, a catalyst of the culture.”

You can go to www.threadsdance.org and read her intent to “speak the truths of the human condition through dance and have the audience experience those truths through the dance performance. Continue Reading →

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Top prep prospects

University of Wisconsin-bound KEELON BROOKINS (Tartan) leads a talented list of top football prospects for the 2012 season. Brookins is ranked among the top corner back prospects in the country according to Scout Minnesota Preps.com. KIERRE RHODES (St. Paul Johnson), one of the state’s top all-purpose players, is being recruited as a corner back by several Division I schools. Wide receiver JAMES ONWAULU (Cretin-Derham Hall) will lead the powerful Raiders at receiver, while teammate AKEEM ROLLER is one of the state’s top offensive guards. Continue Reading →

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Ugly America rears its head with Olympic coverage — Mel Reeves

 

Like referees who bring attention to themselves, the U.S. big-business press, along with the color commentators with their unbalanced, intrusive and unfavorable coverage of African and AfricanAmerican athletes during the London Olympics,brought shame upon themselves and their craft. Truth is, they can’t help themselves; many are the beneficiaries of an uneven playing field themselves. Many of them went to the best schools and were afforded the best opportunities, yet they allow themselves to believe the worst propaganda and narratives about people of color. The proof of this was in the coverage. These Olympics were also a stage for U.S. propaganda. When Uganda was mentioned, the press chose to talk about Idi Amin rather than the colonial rampage that left the country ripped off, unstable, and open to despots. When the Grenadian athlete Kirani James was mentioned, they repeated the lie that the U.S. had liberated Grenada when in fact they worked with criminals to overthrow the elected government of Maurice Bishop. Continue Reading →

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More MPS students to ride city buses

District plans to retire all yellow school bus service  for high-schoolers
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Over the next two years, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) plans to replace the yellow school buses serving eligible high school students with student bus passes to use public transportation. According to MPS officials, over the past three years more than 2,000 students in summer school programs, citywide programs, or living outside of the area attending a Minneapolis high school have used Metro Transit Go-To Passes as a pilot program. Students like Donesha Lester who participated in the pilot project speak highly of it: “I was very grateful for having the [Student Go-To] card,” she says. Others are not quite so enthusiastic. Beginning this fall, approximately 3,500 eligible students from six high schools will receive bus passes for the 2012-13 school year. Continue Reading →

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Women finally get reentry help targeted to their needs

 

By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

For adult ex-offenders attempting to adjust to the norms of society, the transition can be quite a challenge. Female ex-offenders, a group rarely mentioned in the media or during public discussions, can face even more complex issues than their oft-discussed, studied, and analyzed male counterparts.Two local community organizations, Twin Cities Rise! and RS Eden, have come together to develop Reentry Connect, a program designed to address the issues female ex-offenders face when attempting to transition back into their communities. The collaboration project was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Department of Labor, expected to serve approximately 325 to 375 participants. Currently in its planning phase, the project should be completed by the end of October. Continue Reading →

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Did Blacks help build MPS’s new Davis Center?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on contractors’ numbers, there’s no way to tell

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

A final report recently submitted by the company that built the new Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) headquarters, named the Davis Center in honor of W. Harry Davis, claims to have exceeded a 25 percent minority hiring goal by two percent as well as doubling its 25 percent minority subcontractors goal to 51 percent participation. However, the information provided does not show that any African American workers participated in the project or how many African American subcontractors were utilized. The joint Mortenson Construction-Thor Construction report says that of 759 total workers, 156 (20.5 percent) were minority and 50 (6.5 percent) were female. The report also indicates that the minority and women workers spent more hours on the project than did other workers: “Expressed as a percentage of total workforce hours, workforce utilization through May were 27 percent minority and 10 percent female,” according to the report. Mortenson-Thor report that of “80 different firms involved with the project,” 21 were minority firms and 23 were women-owned. Continue Reading →

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