Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mint Condition: New CD an improvement, but not a return to glory days

Music @ the Speed of Life is an improvement on 2008’s E-Life, a static, paint-by-number disappointment from a band renowned for fresh, even innovative fare. But, not by much. With hints of Guy, Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang, Stokely Williams (frontman-vocalist-drums), O’Dell (guitar), Lawrence El (keys), Jeff Allen (sax, keys) and Ricky Kinchen (bass) haven’t returned to the form that made them international standard bearers of contemporary R&B. They have, however, somewhat returned to credibility. Intermittently, Williams’ vocals regain some sense of urgency and the songwriting again is fairly imaginative. Continue Reading →

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Black lawmakers almost killed Title IX

Landmark bill caught in race vs. gender  equity wrangling

 

Long before Title IX, Black females have been participants in sport. “There [always] has been a strong African American women presence in sport,” notes Ohio State Sport Humanities Associate Professor Sarah Fields, author of “Race v. Gender: How Constructions of Title IX Have Failed Women of Color.”

Blacks and other female athletes of color in action scenes were included in racially motivated “endangered exhibits” at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. “In the 1930s…there were strong [women] basketball leagues in some Black colleges, and they played against each other,” continues the professor. Continue Reading →

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College baseball player aspires to be a major leaguer

As young African American males think about playing professional sports, primarily football and basketball, there is a sport out there that is just as lucrative as those, but not very many Black males play — it’s baseball. Adrian Turner, a transplant to Minnesota by way of Grambling State University, is striving to reach his dream of playing Major League Baseball (MLB). Turner was born in Tuscon, Arizona, and due to his father’s job he ended up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At St. Joseph High School, a private school in Kenosha, he was a three-sport athlete. Continue Reading →

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Redistribution needed when the rich reap what the poor sow

“I know there are some who believe that if you simply take from some and give to others, then we’ll all be better off. It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America… I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others, but to create wealth for all of us,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently. Of course the formula that Romney describes has worked quite well for the one percent. That is exactly how they have enriched themselves: They have taken from others and given to themselves. Continue Reading →

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Where is the equity plan for the Viking Stadium?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minneapolis City Council passed a binding resolution May 10, 2012, directing the Civil Rights Department to report to the June council meeting: “1) Master agreement details, including stadium equity plan; 2) Enforcement and reporting structure relating to Stadium Equity Plan” (see City Council website, www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@clerk/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-093512.pdf. It was approved by Mayor Rybak May 25, 2012. Velma Korbel and her Civil Rights Department has yet to report. Are the State, authority, city council and mayor paying lip service to the stadium legislation or are they serious? No report nor steps to correct reflects “not serious.”

The resolution identifies expectations and reporting responsibilities within the city council’s structure, as defined in Article 1, Section 16, of the stadium legislation. Continue Reading →

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The McKnight Foundation awards recipients for community service

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Gada Roba of Minneapolis, Gino Nelson of Lakeville and Ibrahim Hussein of Owatonna were among six Minnesotans recently honored by The McKnight Foundation for their community service. Named for the late former chair and president, since 1985 the foundation has given out Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service to 271 individuals, including this year’s recipients. Candidates are nominated confidentially by someone familiar with the individual’s work, and then a six-person committee selects the finalists. More than 70 nominations were received this past spring. “We read every nomination,” admits committee member Jolene Anderson of St. Continue Reading →

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African American lupus ambassador shares her personal battle

Fifty-nine percent of Americans have limited knowledge about lupus and its destructive impact, yet one in every 200 individuals is estimated to live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune condition that is invisible to others but can cause extreme fatigue, painful and swollen joints, unexplained fever and skin rash. These attacks by the immune system can also lead to kidney failure, heart and lung inflammation, central nervous system abnormalities and blood disorders. Between 1.5 to two million Americans are currently diagnosed with lupus; 20 percent are children and 80 percent are girls. African American women are three times more likely to get lupus and tend to develop lupus at a younger age with more severe symptoms.

There is no single diagnostic test for lupus. Continue Reading →

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Local food broker brings global food to Twin Cities

African, African American and Caribbean foods now available at Cub

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

According to an agreement between Cub Foods and Minnesota-based Global African Foods, Inc. (GAF), food items familiar to people from the continent of Africa, the Caribbean islands and African Americans will be distributed by GAF to 30 different Cub Foods stores in the Twin Cities area and a location in Rochester. You can find these items in the ethnic foods section under the African/African American/Caribbean foods banner.  

 

Global African Foods products are available at the following list of Cub Foods grocery stores:

 

 

• Cub Apple Valley

 

• Cub Broadway in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Brooklyn Center

 

• Cub Brooklyn Park South

 

• Cub Burnsville Heart of City

 

• Cub Lake Street in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Lyndale South in Bloomington, MN

 

• Cub Rochester

 

• Cub Fridley

 

• Cub Maplewood East

 

• Cub Midway in St. Paul

 

• Cub Nicollet in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Phalen in East St. Paul

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Conference brings Black environmental thought to Twin Cities

Everyday Black folks missing from the eco-dialogue

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Tuskegee University hosted the first-ever Black Environmental Thought (BET) conference in 2007. The University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Center hosted last weekend the second such event on September 21-23. The U-M’s African American and African Studies (AAAS) department, the Institute for Advanced Study and St. Paul-based AfroEco were key organizers of BET II, which was billed for Black scholars, activists, farmers and other environmentalists “to engage in translocal and transnational dialogues about environmental justice.”

“It took us five years to do this again,” proclaimed U-M Professor Rose Brewer in her welcoming remarks. AAAS Chair Keith Mayes added that too often “Black folk and people of color are left out of the [environmental] discussion.”

Environmental issues are “fundamental Black issues,” noted AfroEco’s Sam Grant. Continue Reading →

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Five million people of color made voting history in 2008

Will voting trend continue in 2012? By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) approximately five million more voters, including Blacks, Latinos and Asians, went to the polls in the historic 2008 presidential election in which America’s first Black president was elected. However, with the rise in voter suppression laws across the country since 2008, approximately five million voters are expected to be affected, says the ACLU. This includes Blacks and other people of color, the elderly, students, the poor and the disabled. “I don’t think it was any accident that after 2008 we found these huge gains in Blacks and Latinos in voting, as well as Asian Americans and Native Americans voting, then all of a sudden all these Republican-held [state] legislatures decided that voter fraud is a problem,” notes University of Minnesota Journalism Professor Catherine Squires. Continue Reading →

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