Monthly Archives: October 2012

Voter suppression laws cast chill on Black community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Khalil Abdullah

Contributing Writer

 

As voter suppression laws continue to be debated in states across the country, members of the African American press and voting rights advocates say the repercussions of that debate are already being felt. The most immediate metric, they note, will be whether voter turnout is reduced. For some observers, that is a likely prospect. “Talking about the guys who are not going to vote, four years ago, they took chances,” said Harold Meeks, publisher of the Tell Us USA News Network, an online news magazine with bureaus in several cities. “I owe $23,000 in child support, but I’m going out to vote for the Black man,” Meeks said, describing a hypothetical Detroit voter in 2008. “They’re not going to take those same chances again, particularly with these other voices saying that we’re going to scrutinize you,” he continued. Continue Reading →

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Athletes encourage youth to stay active, healthy

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Around 100 local boys and girls worked with WNBA stars October 15 on staying active and living healthy. The five Minnesota Lynx starters — Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Taj McWilliams-Franklin — along with WNBA Legend Teresa Edwards worked with Southside Family Charter School students on basketball fundamentals at the WNBA FIT Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic on the team’s home court. “It warms my heart, and it says a lot of the character of the women,” Edwards noted of the five Lynx players whom she beforehand introduced individually to the students. Each of them had played a game the night before but spent part of their off-day with the kids. “Having the young kids here and being able to interact with them” was important for the Lynx players, added McWilliams-Franklin. Continue Reading →

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Getting to ‘The Root’ of hair loss

 

 

 

First of a two-part story
 

By Anika Robbins

Contributing Writer

 

 

Between lifestyle and grooming issues and breast cancer treatments, hair loss affects an estimated 21 million women in the U.S., according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Traditionally considered a “men’s issue,” women are debunking that myth at epidemic speed. With scant treatment options available, including transplantation or topical steroids, many women are resorting to natural remedies, including going natural,” i.e., wearing their hair free of chemicals. The natural hair movement has gained momentum nationwide, picking up speed in the Twin Cities.  

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Cities’ youth hear celebrities’ success stories

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Singer-songwriter Ledisi, nationally syndicated radio talk host Warren BallentineWarren Ballentine, and actress Kim Coles were panelists at the half-day United Negro College Fund “Empower Me Tour” stop in Minneapolis October 13 at Dunwoody College of Technology. Each told a packed auditorium of Twin Cities middle- and high-school students how they overcame personal struggles until they eventually achieved success. Ledisi Anibade Young — her first name is Nigerian and means “to come forth” — was born in New Orleans and left home at age 18, later forming a group named after her middle name in 1995. However, she said initially she wasn’t able to convince record execs, who often told her, “You sound good, but we don’t know what to do with you.”

After opening for Chaka Khan, Ledisi was signed by Verve in 2000, and the twice-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter said she now has four albums to her credit. “I am living my parents’ dream,” she said proudly. Continue Reading →

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Volunteer to learn new career skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are thinking of starting a new career, you may be wondering where to begin. Often, when we decide to transition or take a leap into a new adventure, we are faced with the issue of experience or lack thereof. This hurdle can be daunting and discouraging, but there are many ways to gain new skills and experience while doing good. Why should you consider volunteering? Well, you would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while meeting contacts in your prospective career field. Continue Reading →

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Election judges keep polling places operating smoothly

 
Be sure your vote counts by coming to the polls prepared
By Vickie Evans-Nash

Editor-In-Chief

Serving as an election judge and helping voters navigate through the voting process is an invaluable contribution to our democratic process. Stephani Booker, who has been an election judge for over a decade, explains what it takes to become an election judge and how to show up prepared next week at the polls. She became a judge by first responding to information in her City of Minneapolis water utility bill. Among several pieces of junk mail was an insert with a number to call for more information. According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, in order to be an election judge:

• You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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Women of color wield decisive power in this election

 
Voter ID, marriage amendment impact Black women
News Analysis

By Dwight Hobbes 


Contributing Writer

 

Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party.
Advocate-activist Kenya McKnight, a 2012-13 Humphrey Policy Fellow

and 2013 Bush Fellow, was a 2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate in Minneapolis. She comments, “Because women make up the largest numbers in America, [they] have the ability to influence policy on many levels that impact birth rights, families and infrastructures of our communities.  

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Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party. Continue Reading →

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Why voting matters

MSR asked local and national figures the importance participating in electoral process

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

November 6 is Election Day in the United States. The MSR has published a series of stories and articles to fully inform you, the reader, on the issues and choices at stake in next week’s general election. This week, the following individuals answer the question: Why does voting this year matter?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: “Don’t go after the election [and] sit around moping and bemoaning your outcast state… Get off the couch and out of the beauty shop and the barber shop and go vote.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record executive Amir Windom: “I’m 27 years old, and I think our generation as a whole have not been as interested in understanding what people went through to get us the right to vote. Even if you don’t care, you should exercise your right.”

 

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Freedom Rider shares his story with Minnesotans

 
Ernest Patton, Jr. tells untold story of Nashville’s importance to Civil Rights Movement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Nashville, Tennessee is more known for its country music roots, but the city also has strong roots in the Civil Rights Movement, says civil rights activist Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas’ Tolerance Minnesota sponsored Patton’s October 11-12 visit, where he met with local high school students as well as college students at St. Cloud State University. Patton always wanted to be in music, and his initial goals included teaching music in school. His teaching plans were put on hiatus after he became involved in the Nashville movement in 1961 that led to the eventual integration of the city’s downtown lunch counters. He was featured in Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary based on the book of the same name. Continue Reading →

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Congressional candidates’ radio debate ends in name-calling

 
Fifth-District rivals differ on debating vs. door-knocking
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

With two weeks remaining before Election Day, have the voters in the Fifth District congressional campaign received enough information from the two main candidates to make an informed choice? In addition to many other disagreements, the two candidates do not agree on this either. An October 18 debate aired on KFAI Radio between three-term Democrat incumbent Keith Ellison and Republican challenger Chris Fields, which station staff described as “a spirited and feisty” exchange, turned about halfway through into a brief name-calling exchange between the two men. “I acted beneath my personal standard as a public official, and I apologize,” said Congressman Ellison in a subsequent released statement. Continue Reading →

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