G.E.A.R. U.P. (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) was formed and put into place in 1993 by then-president Bill Clinton and Congressman Chaka Fattah, to assist first-generation, low-income, and under-served youth to get ready for post-secondary educational opportunities.
Under the Office of Higher Education’s Get Ready program, this is a federal college and career readiness program that has helped thousands of young people to start college. Many of these students, for a variety of reasons, receive no economic support from their families upon starting college, and there are economic and cultural disparities that greatly interfere with college learning.
One of the founders of the High School for Recording Arts, T.C. Ellis, stated during the event, “We need all of you to spend more time with us…in order to G.E.A.R. U.P. and get ready for college.” Continue Reading →
Walter Palmer, the Twin Cities dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s much-loved lion Cecil, returned to his Bloomington clinic on Tuesday after Labor Day. Continue Reading →
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to include electronic cigarettes in its clean indoor air policy and prohibit use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes within 25 feet of building entrances. By including e-cigarettes in the clean indoor air policy, county leaders have established use of e-cigarettes will not be allowed anywhere conventional cigarettes are not allowed, such as work places, bars and restaurants. Continue Reading →
Black lawyers nationwide are concerned about “prosecutor’s discretion” whether or not to file charges on police officers who shoot Blacks. The Cochran Firm, founded by late attorney Johnnie Cochran, earlier this summer released a “boiling point” timeline of police-related shootings of Blacks over a 12-month period from July 2014 to July 2015. Continue Reading →
You commit a crime, do your time and, appropriately rehabilitated, having learned your lesson, you pick yourself up and move on. That’s how it goes in theory anyway, on the proverbial drawing board.
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The University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC) was formed in 2009 by a group of Liberians who had decided to leave the country because of civil unrest, turmoil and war. Continue Reading →
Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, a native of South Minneapolis, has received a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Award with Cape Peninsula University of Technology located in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Scott will leave for Cape Town, South Africa in October. Continue Reading →
Stephanie Dilworth of St. Paul, Minnesota was installed as the 22nd National President of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at the 86th National Convention in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island, which convened at the Marriott Frenchmen’s Reef and Morningstar Beach Resort July 14-20. Continue Reading →
The term “Black-on-Black crime” is oft-referenced in reporting on violence in this country, often using the annual FBI crime reports. These reports show that the percentage of Black murder victims who have been murdered by Blacks in the U.S. has consistently hovered around 90 percent since 2009. Continue Reading →
About 100 community members gathered in Fridley on Saturday, September 19 to search for a Mounds View man who disappeared without a trace almost two weeks ago. Members of the African community, families and coworkers gathered at the SuperAmerica station in Fridley to search for him. Continue Reading →