Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dating tips for sistahs who don’t get it

 

 

 

Hard as it might be for sistahs to believe, everything that goes wrong in the pursuit of life, liberty and a relationship that works out is not necessarily the man’s fault. Much as the ladies like to believe the only mistake they ever make is picking the wrong guy, they can rethink that one, too. It’s not hard to understand Black women who feel they can do no wrong. For one, they are among the sexiest, most profoundly alluring creatures on the face of the earth. Two, women of all colors — most of ‘em, anyway — dodge personal responsibility like a cat avoiding a sprinkler. Like Jack Nicholson, playing the best-selling novelist in As Good As It Gets, said when asked how he was able to so successfully create female characters, “I [leave out] reason and accountability.”

You put the two characteristics together and you have someone who’s thoroughly convinced that when they go out of a first date, this guy should be so grateful she gave him her phone number — much less actually let him take her out — he’s supposed to put up with anything and everything she says or does. Continue Reading →

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2013 W draft: a ‘huge buzz’ and no surprises

 

 

 

The Big 3 draft” was no surprise. Through the days and weeks, if not the last few years, leading up to Monday’s WNBA draft, top picks Britney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne were a three-headed Carly Simon anticipation trio of college stars that the league hadn’t seen before. The picks played out as expected. It was essentially two drafts in one. The game-changers went first:

The 6’-8 Griner, “an impact player,” was picked first by Phoenix. Continue Reading →

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We did it again! — Ninth annual Carol Fitzgerald Fund announces grant winners

 

 

 

Ten years ago on April 10, 2003, we lost a great woman, Carol Fitzgerald. Thanks to great support from our community locally and nationally, we continue her work. With major spending cuts across the United States in funding the fight against HIV-AIDS and breast cancer and for urban education support, many voices are not being heard. Last Friday, April 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom on a cold snowy evening in Golden Valley and Saturday, April 13 at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis, we carried on the mission to do our part with your continued help, through the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF). Big Sy Huff was master of ceremonies; Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, my sons All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus Fitzgerald, and yours truly spoke passionately about the work of Carol Fitzgerald. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis’ Tayler Hill is Mystics’ first pick

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Tayler Hill, the first Minneapolis City Conference player to be a WNBA first-round pick since Tamara Moore in 2002, was among 12 invited prospects to attend Monday’s draft at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. During last week’s pre-draft media conference call, the MSR asked Hill, the 5’-10 Minneapolis South graduate who played her college ball at Ohio State, about any anxiety leading up to the clear possi

bility of hearing her name be called. “I’m a little excited, but I am anxious too at the same time,” she admitted. “I’m trying not to over think it. Whatever team I get drafted to, it’s going to be a blessing.”

That team that drafted Hill Monday night was Washington. Continue Reading →

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé trip to Cuba draws lots of attention

 

 

 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

 

After stories about the popular entertainment power duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary popped up all over the internet and in just about every major news outlet in the U. S., the Treasury Department confirmed that the couple had been granted a license to travel to the socialist island. The dynamic duo were well received in Cuba according to news reports. There were reports of long lines of admirers standing outside their Havana hotel to get a glimpse of the couple. The stars took in the sites of Old Havana and even visited with excited school kids. However, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtian and Rep Mario Diaz Balart, both representing South Florida, protested the trip and wrote a letter to the Treasury Department inquiring about its legality. Continue Reading →

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Mpls civil rights director to ‘ride herd’ on hiring goals

 

 
But reporting specifically on hiring of Blacks still won’t happen
 
 

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

Minneapolis Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel pledged recently that her department will have a “distinct presence” in addressing issues of employment equity and monitoring construction hiring goals in the city. She also said, however, that the department is still not in a position to specify how many African Americans have found work on publicly funded construction projects. “The [Minneapolis] City Council was very clear that they needed someone riding herd on the work that happens” in the city, said Korbel recently to a small group of city residents March 22 in South Minneapolis at an Early Mornings with [City Council Member] Elizabeth [Glidden] event. “One of the main things we are working on right now is the NFL stadium,” she pointed out. The Minnesota Vikings stadium workforce goals are 32 percent “minority” and six percent women. Continue Reading →

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City confirms ballpark ‘minority’ hiring goals met

 

 

 
But participation by Black workers remains unverified 
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

This story was originally printed in the June 10, 2010 edition of the MSR regarding the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department’s inability to report Black inclusion on the construction of the Twins stadium because the department does not — neither at the time this story was printed nor currently — specify any worker breakdown by ethnicity.  

In a story published last January 14 [2009 “Stadium’s construction workforces mostly White — but less so than usual”], the MSR provided workforce hiring diversity data released by the Twins stadium project’s general contractor…

[Minneapolis Civil Rights Director Velma] Korbel confirmed last week that the Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) met its hiring goals: participation of over 25 percent persons of color and around six percent women on the Twins stadium project. Her department has approved the Authority’s supplied workforce data…

However, the MBA website provides only aggregate numbers for a “minority labor force” with no indication of how many African Americans were part of this workforce. Since it appears that the Civil Rights Department did not have access to data that would enable verification of African American participation, there is no way to document how many, if any, Black workers participated in the construction project. Why did the monitoring have to be done through a special contract that prohibits making the results public without the Ballpark Authority’s consent? Continue Reading →

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Educator says help at home crucial to academic achievement

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

It’s said you can’t change the world but you can do something about the few square feet you occupy. Try telling that to educator-motivational speaker Daphne Brown, who utilizes both practical life experience and academic education to make a difference for African American youth. Her full professional title, Daphne E. Brown, M.A., M.A., EDD (2014), and the fact that she’s on the Upper Iowa University faculty needn’t throw you off. A refreshingly accessible, down-to-earth take on empowering the young, Brown’s thorough, enlightened curriculum is grounded in elemental nuts and bolts. “My concentration and dissertation,” Brown states, “[is] dedicated to making [Black children] successful academically.” There, of course, could not be a more crucial issue for Black America in general and Black Minnesota in particular. Continue Reading →

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Some Black women crack media’s glass ceiling

 

 
Josie Thomas optimistic based on her CBS experience
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The number of women in leadership positions virtually has not changed since 2009, says a Women’s Media Center study on females in the media (see “Black women hammering at media’s glass ceiling: Mainstream offers them ‘dismal’ opportunities,” April 4, MSR). However, a top CBS female executive says the numbers are improving. CBS Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Josie Thomas was the featured speaker April 2 at University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications Spring Forum. She has held several management-level positions at CBS since 1995, and since being named to her present position last year, Thomas directly reports to network President and CEO Leslie Moonves. “I think there have been some notable strides” in media diversity, especially Black women as leaders, said Thomas in an interview with the MSR. “You have an Oprah Winfrey… You have a media mogul at that level and the people she probably mentored in her career. Continue Reading →

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Judge orders mediation over McGee home foreclosure

 

 

 
Rep. Ellison joins rally to halt eviction
 
By Becky Dernbach

Contributing Writer

 

 

Last week more than 50 community members rallied in support of Rose McGee as she faced off against Fannie Mae in settlement court alleging wrongful foreclosure. When Fannie Mae still refused to offer what she considered a fair deal, the judge ordered the parties to return for further court mediation May 14. “The outcome of the court process today was very disappointing,” said Rose McGee. “The offer that Fannie has made is unreasonable. If they made a reasonable offer, I would gladly accept it. Continue Reading →

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