Monthly Archives: April 2013

St. Paul Foundation honors race ambassadors

Josie Johnson took on Voter ID  

Ellen O’Neill helped spark Duluth racial dialogue

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

University of Minnesota Regent Emeriti Dr. Josie Johnson and YWCA of Duluth Executive Director Ellen O’Neill are among the five Facing Race Ambassadors who will be honored April 29 by

the Saint Paul Foundation at the Prom Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota. O’Neill was nominated for her leadership in working with people and organizations in Duluth in anti-racism efforts. She has helped “spark thousands of conversations around racial equity in families, workplaces, community gatherings and in the

media.”

Dr. Johnson, who has been “an ambassador for racial justice and racial equity” in Minnesota for over 50 years, was nominated for inspiring and mentoring new leaders, along with her advocating against the ramifications if the 2012 Voter ID

 

constitutional amendment had passed last year. In separate interviews, both women recently talked to the MSR.

O’Neill admitted that upon first learning of the award, “I actually had a mixed reaction. The work that the Duluth community have been doing for the last year and a half very much has been a collaboration — the YWCA has been involved in starting it but there are 17 partners in our community in this specific campaign. Continue Reading →

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One man’s battle against illiteracy

A. J. Briscoe shares his life-changing lesson on the value of reading
 
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer 

The MSR has, of late, had the opportunity to report on education as empowerment with profiles on Carolyn Smallwood and educator-motivational-speaker Daphne Brown. Continuing this coverage, consider A. J. Briscoe, author, entrepreneur, orator, and prison literacy advocate. Briscoe applies energized commitment to an age-old tenet that reliably has seen African America through, over the eons, prevailing against slavery, segregationist subjugation, and today’s covert discrimination. After all, no one can enslave a free mind. It’s an elemental concept well proven. Putting forth the principle, he states that, in order to succeed, one must read, starting at but by no means limited to youth. Accordingly he established an initiative accessible at his website — www.tosucceedyoumustread.com — at which viewers can peruse a veritable panorama of options for those who are literacy challenged. Continue Reading →

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New research exposes Detroit’s pre-Underground Railroad history

The beleaguered city’s slavery past suggests much about its potential future
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Detroit historically has been known as a key stop in the Underground Railroad, visited by Blacks escaping from slavery in the South. However, a University of Michigan professor’s current research reveals that by no means were all of the slaves in Detroit passing through to freedom, even when slavery there was illegal. “Slaves in Detroit were not as interesting [to historians] as slaves in the South,” said University of Michigan Professor Tiya Miles at the 19th annual David Noble Lecture April 9 at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. The city originally was founded in 1701 as a fort first owned by the French; then it was acquired by the English until the time that it became a part of the U.S. Northwest Territories. “It [was] intended to be a settlement, not just a military trading post,” explained Miles, who began researching Detroit’s history three years ago. Continue Reading →

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Local media personalities migrate south to warmer climes

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Two local radio personalities recently left town, and both are now entertaining audiences in their new locales. Former KMOJ midday host Georgia Ellyse — “Miss Georgia” — is now a morning drive time co-host at WFXE-FM in Columbus, Georgia. Henry Lake is now a midday co-host at Kansas City, Missouri’s KCSP-AM after 15 years at KFAN-FM. The two local natives – Ellyse of St. Paul and Lake of Minneapolis — began their new jobs earlier this month. Continue Reading →

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Rick Ross’ apology just a phony play for sympathy

 

Hypothetical situation: Rick Ross is hanging out at his favorite water hole. He strikes up a conversation with a guy. They hit it off pretty good and he invites the fella back to his crib to shoot pool, watch the game, whatever. Ross, for the sake of argument, leaves his drink unattended in the living room. Then, next thing he knows, he wakes up in the morning, the guy is gone, and he has a sore behind with a suspicious fluid dripping there from. Continue Reading →

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Detroit is going under and we need to prepare

As we move closer to the warm part of the year, six human beings have died or have been murdered here in the great city of Minneapolis as we are just four months into the year 2013. Once again, we have to plead to our young people to not engage in assault and murder. That means that it might not be on the preachers’ agenda, but please talk about it on Sundays. It may not be on the social service agenda, but they need to talk about it weekly. Those of you who think you can help out, step up and help out. Continue Reading →

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Fish doesn’t have to be fried to taste good

 

If you’re a diet-avoider like me, spring usually marks the time for getting creative about cutting down on foods high in fat and shedding excess pounds and inches gained over winter months and the holiday season. Though it’s still too cold and likely illegal to fish right now, keep in mind that as residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes we have access to a variety of fresh fish known to be high in protein and to contain a good source of magnesium and potassium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium — nutrients that promote heart health and digestion. So, this year, think about getting that fishing pole out of the garage or basement and putting it to use! Of course, buying fish from your local market is always an option, and there are many varieties to choose from — whiting, perch, tilapia, salmon, walleye and cod to name a few. It’s really your choice. Continue Reading →

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After that first night with Lesli, Keith had to admit it: He was in love

 

 

Come morning, room service rang at the door. He’d forced his eyes to open, dragged himself out of the bed, staggered across the floor and was about to answer the door before remembering to put his pants on. Snatching one of the complimentary robes from the closet and tossing it on, he’d opened the door, let the cart in, and closed the door in the poor waiter’s face. Then got right back under the covers. Lesli, half asleep, stretched like a cat, reaching her arms out, not opening an eye. Continue Reading →

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Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Choices have consequences

 

 

A movie review

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

I have to confess that from my perspective Tyler Perry’s movies are simply for pure entertainment and laughs. They are usually too formulaic and too simple, but they usually make me laugh. And like everyone else, Madea has worn on me. And I confess I liked what Perry tried to do in The Family that Preys. While I struggled with Temptation — it was sloppy, heavy handed and included some fantastic plot twists — I wasn’t bothered by the moralizing. Continue Reading →

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