Monthly Archives: June 2013

No candidates of color for Mpls Park Board elections

MPRB commissioners make ‘huge decisions’ affecting Black youth
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

All nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)commissioner seats are up for election this fall. The group regularly makes fiduciary and other key decisions about the city parks, community centers, and other recreation activities. Although the candidate filing deadline is still over a month away, at this point it appears there will be no Blacks vying for the positions for the first time since 2009. “If we knew [someone], we would support them,” said local AARP President Charles Mays. Asked why more city Blacks aren’t showing as much interest in the Park Board elections as in the mayoral and city council elections, Mays suggested, “I don’t think they realize how important a position on the Park Board is.”

Blacks are more concerned about education and not so much about parks, believes Mary Merrill Anderson, a former MPRB commissioner. Continue Reading →

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Patrick Henry valedictorian sets her own course rather than follow the crowd

Her example refutes stereotype of young Black women

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

One has to wonder whence the next Michelle Obama will come. After all, it’s apt to be quite a while until we see another Black president — of either gender. In the First Lady’s wake, though, the national climate is set for someone to ascend — along with fields that are such glamour magnets as sports, music and the movies — in areas like business, law, politics and more. While she enjoys her next few years of prominence before moving on to a career as considerably more than decoration on her famous husband’s arm (she did, remember, graduate Princeton University and Harvard Law School) today’s generation of young women are poised to prevail, enhancing the image of Black women. Enter one such face of tomorrow, Maria Maddox, this year’s valedictorian at Patrick Henry High School in North Minneapolis, bound in the fall for the rarefied, Ivy League clime of Brown University. Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Fathers in the Twin Cities community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honoring fathers in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul community was the focus of a series of activities June 8-16 hosted by Positive Image during its Annual Father’s Day Celebration. In addition to acknowledging the contributions of local fathers, a portion of the proceeds generated from the events provided scholarships to help minority young men attend college. The events included a series of workshops hosted at the Minneapolis Urban League South office focusing on community health, legal resources and employment opportunities. It also included an evening dinner and awards ceremony on June 14 where more than 100 fathers gathered at The Doubletree Hotel in St. Continue Reading →

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Should more Black women decide to have natural births?

On June 5, 2013, I was blessed to have the experience of bringing a child into the world. Well, my wife did the majority of the work. I was more of a support. We were graced with the presence of a healthy baby girl. The journey to this joyous occasion was a process that I will always cherish. Continue Reading →

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What is melasma and why should I care?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melasma is a condition where one develops dark brown and gray patches most notably on the forehead, upper lip, nose and cheeks. It can also occur on the forearms and neck. I consider melasma to be a very rapid, uneven suntan.  

Why should I care about melasma? Melasma is a condition that occurs in both men and women. Ninety percent of melasma cases occur in women; however, 10 percent of cases will occur in men. Continue Reading →

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Somali parents struggle with trauma of childhood autism

New legislation promises more help for low-income families
 
By Michelle Lawrence

Contributing Writer

 

“It’s an awesome feeling to change policy so that equality is from the get-go and from the gate for all kids. This new law/policy will help children on fee for service Medical Assistance and Managed Care who are mostly low-income and disproportionately minorities. This is victory at its best!” says Idil Abdul, autism advocate (see “Mother of autistic child fights for equal care,” MSR, May 2). On May 16, the Minnesota State Legislature passed an autism therapy (ABA and Developmental Therapy) coverage law, which was subsequently signed into law by Governor Dayton. Unfortunately, many families struggling to cope with the illness are not confident the new law will address their needs. Continue Reading →

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Final tributes to an inspirational coach

I only knew Charlie Coles through my high school basketball coach, Ed Rachel — the two were friends who regularly met and talked shop. I never met him in person but can only imagine that Coles, who died June 7 at age 71, is again talking shop with the late Rachel, who died a couple of years ago. Before he retired in 2012 as Miami of Ohio’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach (355-208), and the Mid-American Conference-wins leader as well, Coles was a successful prep basketball coach at Saginaw (Mich.) High School (1972-82) and led teams to two state title games in the mid-1970s. He then moved on, first to Central Michigan in 1985 for six seasons, then back to high school coaching in Toledo, returning to his college alma mater in 1994 as an assistant, followed by 16 seasons as head coach. There he coached former Minnesota Mr. Basketball Robert Mestas of Minneapolis Roosevelt, who attended his college coach’s June 13th funeral and spoke to us afterwards. Continue Reading →

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A great man honored – Local prep star memorialized with Stacy L. Robinson Field

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the Stacy’s Light Still Shines Committee dedicated the Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center football field in honor of the late great Stacy L. Robinson on Saturday, June 15. Robinson, another in the long list of great St. Paul-born super athletes including Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Joe Mauer and others, won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. He grew up

playing on those fields in St. Continue Reading →

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All-around athlete excelled in many sports – Local prep star memorialized with Stacy L. Robinson Field

STACY ROBINSON, the former St. Paul Central football, basketball and track standout who went on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, was honored a couple of weeks ago after a field was renamed after him. Robinson, who played as a youth at Jimmy Lee, died of multiple myeloma in May 2012 at age 50. The community and Robinson’s family looked on as Jimmy Lee Fields at Oxford Community Center was renamed Stacy L. Robinson Field after the man nicknamed “Bird” for his outstanding athletic ability. Robinson helped raise around $200,000 to improve the facility, which now has synthetic turf, bleachers, and a scoreboard bearing his name. Continue Reading →

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Mercury rookie Griner gets help from legends

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

While other reporters asked basketball-related questions during her first Twin Cities visit since 2011, the MSR instead asked 6’-8” Phoenix Mercury rookie center Brittney Griner about her musical tastes. During an earlier media conference call, Griner disclosed that she usually listens to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” during her pre-game routine. “That’s my favorite song, so that’s what I listen to a lot before games,” she disclosed. “Normally, I start off [with] some Jimi Hendrix, then maybe Trace Adkins, and then I’ll switch over to rap. It just depends on what I’m in the mood for.”

Hendrix’s hit obviously was around nearly three decades before her birth in 1990, so the MSR asked Griner who hipped her to the legendary guitarist. Continue Reading →

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