Monthly Archives: November 2013

Monogamous: To Be or Not to Be?

The one thing you don’t expect to see in any of the Bible Belt states (where most have amended their constitutions to define marriage between one man and one woman) is an organization promoting polyamory. Last month at Atlanta’s Pride Parade the group Atlanta Polyamory Inc. did just that — and in the wide-open light of day. The result was the shock, awe, and disgust of a mixed group. Atlanta Polyamory Inc.’s purple-lettered banner read, “Polyamory: having simultaneous close emotional relationships with two or more other individuals.” While many religious conservatives might argue that the legalization of same-gender marriage and shows like HBO’s Big Love — about a fictional polygamist Mormon family — plant seeds to destroy the conventional family unit, we have to ask ourselves is monogamy a natural instinct in us or is it a social construct, which was obviously devised to protect and to regulate the institution of heterosexual marriage? To be non-monogamous in this culture carries pejorative and judgmental connotations for both heterosexuals and LGBTQs. Continue Reading →

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Obama Care, or Kennedy Care? Our president was used

Because President Obama is Black does not mean we can’t disagree and challenge poor policies. Liberal news media report daily that Obama had a bad week. How in the world can the president have a bad week living in the White House, having a private jet, servants, cooks and people that walk his little black doggy? People attacking his failing Obama Care sign-up-now act, both Republicans and Democrats, including Bill Clinton, indicates he lied to the people, and liberals call that a bad week for Obama. Oh yea, it’s okay for Bill Clinton to break ranks and say Obama needs to keep his promise to the American people. Continue Reading →

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Boys & Girls Clubs a safe place for kids to go

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



A locally based restaurant chain recently raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help support its youth sports and other related programs. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Buffalo Wild Wings donated 100 percent of the money raised from “paper pinups” purchases by patrons for its Team Up for Kids initiative, which provided at least $650,000 in grants to clubs across the country. The monies raised at more than 930 restaurants across 49 states was donated to help support youth sports, education, and training for administrators and volunteer coaches. “It’s ironic that Buffalo Wild Wings reached out to us,” notes Minneapolis’ Southside Village Director Mark Graves. “Right before they reached out to us, we were struggling trying to figure out either how we would buy up-to-date helmets or


“The grant money we received from Buffalo Wild Wings has helped purchase helmets and some jerseys,” says Graves, adding that nearly 65 kids participated in the park’s football program,

which has three teams and one “fundamental flag football” team. Graves has been with Southside Village for 23 years. Continue Reading →

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Nearly five million Black households hit by food stamp cuts

By Frederick H. Lowe

Contributing Writer


Approximately 4.7 million African American households will see their monthly food stamp allotment dramatically reduced beginning this month. Bread for the World, a non-partisan, Christian citizens’ movement in the United States to end hunger, determined the number of Black households that would  be affected by cuts in food stamps with United States Department of Agriculture data. In 2010, Congress voted to cut $11 billion from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs or SNAP, and the first of three fiscal years of cuts begin this week. During the first fiscal year of the cut, which ends Sept. 30, 2014, $5 billion will be sliced from the program. Continue Reading →

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African Americans especially susceptible to gout







What is gout? Gout is an extremely painful, inflammatory condition that commonly affects the joints of the large toe, but can affect any joint. About two percent of all Americans experience gout; however, approximately twice as many African Americans (three to four percent) suffer from gout. Chronic gout can cause joint deformity and joint destruction.  

What causes gout? Continue Reading →

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Tips for gluten-free holiday desserts

You don’t have to have celiac disease to benefit from avoiding gluten
By Ginny Grimsley

Contributing Writer 


If there’s one downside to fabulous, food-filled holiday celebrations, it’s the gurgles and groans of post-feasting indigestion. “We assume it’s because we overate, but for a lot of people, that pain and sick feeling may not be about how much you ate but what you ate,” says Kyra Bussanich, two-time winner of The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and author of a just-released recipe book, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle. 

“About two million Americans have celiac disease, an auto-immune reaction to gluten, the protein in wheat,” says Bussanich, whose painful symptoms became life-threatening before she was finally diagnosed with the illness. “Most of those people aren’t diagnosed though, because the symptoms look like so many other intestinal ailments.”

People with celiac disease must completely avoid gluten, which is also in rye and barley, to avoid a case of painful and gut-damaging indigestion. But, as Harvard Medical School reported earlier this year, avoiding gluten also appears to help people with less serious digestive issues. “It really does seem to provide some improvement in gastrointestinal problems for a segment of the population,” says Harvard assistant professor Dr. Daniel Leffler. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Black Uhuru With Mike Pinto

Sun., Nov. 24, 7 pm • The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

• Visit or call 612-338-2674




Fitz and the Tantrums With Capital Cities

Thur., Nov. 21, 6:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood

• Go to or call 651-779-6984





Thur., Nov. 21, 8 pm • 7th St. Continue Reading →

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Record win streak ends for Gopher women’s hockey




Now that “The Streak” is snapped, will it be truly recognized as a historic feat?  Minnesota’s 62-game women’s hockey win streak ended with a 3-2 loss Sunday against North Dakota. The Gophers hadn’t lost a game since February 17, 2012, when they also lost at home in a 2-1 overtime defeat to North Dakota. This reporter vividly remembers when the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won 90 games in a row over a three-year period (2008-10) and too many mainstream sports know-it-alls dismissed it as only women rather than correctly placing the streak two games better than UCLA’s 88-win streak (1971-74). The UConn’s streak didn’t need an asterisk, and neither should Minnesota. North Dakota Coach Brian Idalski told the MSR Sunday after his team’s one-goal victory to salvage a split in the two-game weekend series, “It [the streak] was a pretty special thing not only for Minnesota but for all women’s hockey. Continue Reading →

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Helen St. James saves the day

Katie had eased the door barely ajar, just enough to eavesdrop on Keith’s heated exchange with Samantha. When Keith responded to the kid’s last comment — “I’m not doing it” — Katie hurriedly retreated back into the engineering booth, dazed. “He fired her,” she announced. “Helen St. James is on her way over. “Here?” Carl sat up. “He what? Get the f—”

“Swear. The brat is history. You gonna tell them?” She indicated the irritated, thoroughly aggravated musicians. Continue Reading →

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Blacks scarce in MIAC Conference

 Football road trip becomes another ‘Only One’ experience
The 13-member Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is the only NCAA conference completely contained within a state’s borders. Six of its members are in the Twin Cities, all located within an estimated 11 miles from one another. Throughout this fall, we took off on our first-ever MIAC football road trip. The trek, which took place on non-consecutive Saturdays in September and October, involved only five MIAC schools — all-female St. Catherine’s in St. Continue Reading →

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