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Moxie Girl turns flaws into superpowers


I am excited and inspired to see the increased dialogue in videos, community activities and books on young girls learning to be more positive about how they view their Black hair texture. One comic book in particular that resonated with me is called “The Adventures of Moxie Girl.” Continue Reading →

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Achievement gap already present at kindergarten

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As early as when children enter kindergarten, there are already significant achievement gaps as a result of socioeconomic status. In fact, socioeconomic status is the single largest factor influencing children’s school readiness, according to Inequalities at the Starting Gate: Cognitive and Noncognitive Gaps among the 2010–2011 Kindergarten Classmates. Continue Reading →

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New Mpls housing program targets race gap in home ownership

The City of Minneapolis launched Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis (HOM) on May 26, a new housing program aimed at increasing the number of home owners in Minneapolis and reducing the racial disparity gap in home ownership. In the City’s 2015 adopted budget, the Minneapolis City Council approved Mayor Betsy Hodges’ recommendation of $940K ($840K for affordability assistance and $100K for outreach efforts) for HOM. It is anticipated that about 125 families will be served by the program this year. The racial disparity gap in home ownership is defined as the difference between the percentage of White households that own their homes and the percentage of non-White households that own their homes. Minnesota has one of the worst racial disparity gaps in home ownership in the country at approximately 38 percent. Continue Reading →

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Blacks must be invisible to the Minneapolis ‘miracle’


In February of this year The Atlantic magazine published what soon became a widely scrutinized article titled “The Miracle of Minneapolis.” In this essay, author Derek Thompson championed the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area for its high percentage of college educated residents, median household income, affordable housing, low poverty, and high employment, particularly among what is defined today as the millennial generation. Continue Reading →

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