Monthly Archives: January 2013

More than ever, we need to resurrect the spiritual teachings of our Ancestors



“We are in trouble as a People” is a statement that I hear many times over the course of a week from people in the community, both younger and older. I hear stories from children who tell of the painful experience of being isolated from their biological parents, children who have been abandoned by their families and their community.  When I hear mothers and fathers say that they “hate” each other, and that the only reason they interact is to parent the child they have in common, I find myself moaning and groaning just to cope with the heaviness that sits in their words and their stories. I find myself moaning and groaning to release the heaviness which has penetrated my heart, a heaviness that has been transmitted from generation to generation as a result of the experience of living under conditions of restriction, constraint and brutality — conditions uglier than any other to take place in human history. Just as our people created the art of humming or praising in song, I find myself turning to the moaning and groaning as a form of relief, because I know that if our Ancestors were able to survive what the enslavers brought upon us, then surely I can — we can — survive what we are now bringing upon ourselves. During times of great struggle, pain and suffering, the spiritual teachings of our Ancestors surge forward from within us. Continue Reading →

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The power of informational interviews


As a career changer, I can say that I owe much of my career transition success to informational interviewing. An informational interview is a meeting in which a job seeker asks for career and industry advice rather than employment. The job seeker uses the interview to gather information on the field and to find employment leads and expand their professional network. This differs from a job interview, because the job seeker asks the questions. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of informational interviewing. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights


Through Sun., Jan. 27,  7:30 pm
Pantages Theatre
710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.

Aida is a contemporary spin on Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera about love and hate, slavery and freedom, war and peace. It stars Austene Van and Jared Oxborough as lovers Aida and Radames, along with T. Mychael Rambo, Ben Bakken, Cat Brindisi, and Nathan Barlow. The company also includes several University of Minnesota theater and dance students. Continue Reading →

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Don’t fall for the ‘deception’: Lack of Blacks on TV still a ‘scandal’

Meagan Good (Deception) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are two Black women who are starring in their respective prime-time dramas. LL Cool J co-stars in another network series. And Jada Pinkett Smith was executive producer and star of her own series on cable for three love webseasons. Continue Reading →

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Sports Authority Legislative Report, with Unequal Equity Plan, sent to legislature

It is an unintended but very real sad irony of history that on the birth date of Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, the Vikings, the NFL, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) sent its first annual report to the state legislature carrying the message that there may be some room in the People’s Stadium construction bus, but only in the back, a Minnesota refrain I’ve steadily warned about since 2005. Our community has not believed. Will they now? On page six of the MSFA report to the legislature, we can see how the MSFA blindsided Commissioner Kevin Lindsay and the African American leadership of Minnesota. The highly touted, well-publicized PR charade of 32 percent minority participation evaporated. Continue Reading →

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Election fraud: Why it didn’t work this time

As Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama neared, it was hard not to recall the voter fraud of 2000 and 2004 that outright stole the elections of those for George W. Bush. BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast proved that George’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with ChoicePoint Corporation rigged ballots the first time and it worked so well that they went back and did it again for the next go ’round. The allegations charge that, in 2000, among other skullduggery 57,700 people — primarily African American and Latino Democrats — were incorrectly listed as felons and barred from voting. The Republican-run U.S. Supreme Court helped out in the hijacking by halting the recount: Independent recounts show Al Gore otherwise would have won. You have to give it to Bush for unmitigated gall. Continue Reading →

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The N-word unchained: Film controversy calls for some education


By Charles W. Davidson

Guest Commentator


By now, movie-goers across the country are embroiled in heavy social media discussions or water-cooler arguments about Quentin Tarantino’s use and Spike Lee’s criticism of said use of the infamous N-Word in the blockbuster hit Django Unchained. There are those who believe that the word is grossly overused in the film starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Then there are those who believe that the film’s utterances help to present a sometimes painful yet accurate depiction of pre-Civil War America. No matter which side of the discussion you find yourself, you probably agree that Whites should not be letting that word escape their lips in 2013. During the last couple of decades there has been an interesting ongoing dialogue concerning the use, misuse, and exploitation of the so-called N-Word. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Honoring our community leaders



I am honoring the late Evelyn Eubanks as my local hero. For those of you who never had the opportunity to meet this dedicated leader, you missed out on a great thing. 

Evelyn was a tireless activist in the education of our children. She was the founder of the Minneapolis Parents’ Union and a former chairperson of the Minneapolis NAACP Education Committee. For a little woman, Evelyn had a big voice. She was vocal when she believed the Minneapolis Public Schools were lacking in the education of our children of color. Continue Reading →

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Rooney Rule misnamed — should be called Rooney Ruse


The NFL’s Rooney Rule that mandates teams looking for a new head coach to interview at least one Black candidate today resembles a Peanuts comic strip. Team general managers and owners are like Lucy holding the football, and Black coaches are Charlie Browns watching head-coaching jobs perennially snatched from beneath them under the guise of an inclusive interviewing process. Seven recent head-coach job openings — zero Blacks hired. Andy Reid was hired four days after being fired. Former college coach Chip Kelly met with two teams, returned to Oregon, and falsely told his bosses that he was staying put, then bolted off to Philadelphia to replace Reid. Continue Reading →

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