Monthly Archives: December 2013

Navigating emotional abandonment


What is abandonment? Often when we hear the word “abandon” we associate it with buildings that are vacant. Sometimes we may think of animals or children who have no home. Webster’s defines “abandon” as something being given up completely, discontinued; to leave or cease to support. I would further this definition by adding the emotional health element. Continue Reading →

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People of color seek an environmental message that includes them

By LaDonna Redmond

Contributing Writer


It is easy to dismiss the environmental movement. It seems that so many of the messages that come from environmentalists are related to things that are defined as White or ideas that are not of any concern to African Americans. It may also seem like the environmental movement is trying to “unring” a bell, making the behavior attached to protecting the environment from human harm inaccessible and unrealistic. The environmental movement categorizes the natural world’s existence over people. The goal of protecting the planet and not people is troubling for communities of color. Continue Reading →

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Interact with the environment in ways that support the ecosystem

Green household cleaning tips that save Benjamins





By Renee Barron

Contributing Writer

We live in an age of chemical use that is affecting our health. Our people are contracting cancers of all kinds — asthma, and so many other illnesses — due to overuse and consumption of chemicals in our food, drinks, and personal-care products. Many years ago I set out to remove products from my home that contained chemicals as they have a direct link to cancer. The health and wellness of my family depended on removing these carcinogenic elements from our daily use. The things we rub on (lotions, creams and powders), clean with and spray into the air, all affect our health in ill ways that many of us are unaware of. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights






Fight the Freeze

With DJ Abilities, Carnage, Duenday, Cannaholics, Niles Miller, and King Fuvi. • Fri., Dec. 27, Doors open at 8 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm • Midwest artists unite to fight poverty and hunger — food and clothing donations will be accepted at the door. • Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis • Call 612-338-8100 or go to






Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Various theaters

Based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild the country’s once-segregated society. Featuring Idris Elba. Continue Reading →

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The MSR 2013 year in review

The local Black press continues to publish stories “from our own lens”

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

This year, 2013, was historic as well as a year-long full of highs and lows: Two MSR reporters were among the national and international press that covered America’s first Black president’s second inauguration in January. Said Atlanta Daily World reporter Kenya King, a member of the Black press who was covering the Obama inauguration for the second time, “I’m here to capture…the moment of this historic occasion [and] to make sure that the message that should get across, does get across.”

A ‘new Black agenda’ was discussed by the Council on Black Minnesotans and others during the organization’s Lobby Day at the State Capitol on March 19. The MSR asked several Blacks in attendance that day if they felt new voices and perhaps a new message is needed from Black Minnesotans. “I think it is time for new voices to be heard,” believed Greater Friendship Missionary

Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Billy Russell in our March 28 front-page story. The MSR also continued its coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the introduction of MNsure, the state’s new health-insurance exchange program and how the new healthcare law will benefit Blacks. Continue Reading →

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Hometown hip hop group captures national spotlight

3DC becomes YouTube holiday sensation

By Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Contributing Writer

This holiday season, members of the hip-hop group 3DC — Dameon “Dame Jones” Jones (14), Devon “D.J.” Johnson (13), D’antanie “D.T.” Johnson (11), and Chris “Chrisss” Baraja (11) — wanted to create a song that would express gratitude to their family and friends during the holiday season. Mission accomplished. With their kid-friendly remix of the Christmas classic “12 Days of Christmas,” Jones, Baraja and the Johnson brothers have created

quite the buzz in the Twin Cities and the Internet. “We wanted to create a song that our family and friends could relate to,” said Jones, an eighth-grader at Nellie Stone Johnson School in Minneapolis, who added that it took three-to-four hours to record the song. The song’s message of gratitude to family and friends is clearly presented in the music video. Continue Reading →

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Mpls. school board approves measure to decrease suspension

Superintendent disputes claims that schools are warehouses, mini-jails

Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

The Minneapolis School Board last week approved a new district-wide discipline policy. The “Behavior Standards Policy,” which will take effect in the 2014-15 school year, “sets clear expectations, defines consistent responses and helps staff members find alternatives to suspensions.”

This came in response to an “alarming” suspension rate of one in five Black males annually being suspended compared to one in 29 White males, especially in the early grades. According to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, who spoke with the MSR during a December 19 interview, a new policy is needed to help Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) close the achievement gap between Blacks and other students. “It’s really about expanding learning time for students and reducing suspensions and out-of-school time, especially for our African American students and African American boys,” Johnson explained. “I am not saying that kids are creating an unsafe environment and leaving them [in school], and I am not sure I am interested in in-school suspension rooms either. Continue Reading →

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U of M sprinter ‘going with the flow’

Spotlight on the Gophers 100

There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players. This week: Gopher senior runner Te’Shon Adderley

Track is eons different from cross-country. Just ask Te’Shon Adderley. The Nassau, Bahamas native told the MSR that she first tried running cross-country as a 12th grader upon the strong suggestion of her track coach. Continue Reading →

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City Conference race heating up

In recent years the Minneapolis City Conference has not received the attention it used to get in the 1980s, ‘90s, and the early part of the 2000s. This year could prove to be a very competitive season for the conference, which has plenty of talented players who can hoop. So far, three conference games have been played, and if those games are any indication of the future, the City Conference might not be decided until the final game. Here is a quick rundown of the conference race so far:

North (3-0) is a young team led by sophomore point guard TYLER JOHNSON, who’s averaging 18 points per game. JAMIL JACKSON and ISAAC JOHNSON are playing well, giving the Polars a well-balanced attack. Continue Reading →

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Kisa’s message takes Keith back in time to a road tour and London…

Keith woke surprisingly refreshed. Hopped out of bed, went straight to make coffee, promising himself that soon as he was thoroughly conscious, he’d call Lesli. And be careful not to mess up. There were two messages on his voicemail. One from the cleaner reminding him for a third time to come get his clothes. Continue Reading →

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