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Sister Spokesman discusses the importance of planning ahead

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Have you ever counted the cost of all the little guilty pleasure items you buy throughout the week and found yourself surprised at how much these seemingly small purchases add up? Using a $5 cup of coffee as one example, the expert panelists at the “Sister Spokesman Life Planning from 18 – 62” event April 2, broke down ways in which spending carelessly can prove costly in the long run. Continue Reading →

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Meet the Sister Spokesman panelists to help you plan for life

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Sister Spokesman’s “Life Planning from 18-62,” Saturday April 4, is sure to be a money-making event for many. No, you will not win any money or get a check, but if you come with the intent to listen and learn, you may gain a personal strategy for saving and managing money, thus making more money for you and your family in the long run.

Select panelists include: Natasha Phillips, Joseph Dillard, and Vicki Casey-Steward, who will share their expertise on life planning. Tamiko Morgan, medical director at Metropolitan Health Care, is co-organizer of the Sister Spokesman event. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and serves on the programming and planning committee for the sorority. One of the sorority’s goals is financial literacy.

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Minnesota college students face loan crisis

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Minnesota is fifth among U.S. “high-debt states” where college student debt upon graduation on average has surpassed $30,000, says The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). The 2014 project student debt report that TICAS released last November points out that in 2013 seven in 10 college graduates from public and private nonprofit colleges owe an average of $28,400 in student loans, up two percent from 2012.
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Blacks now finishing high school at record levels

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After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history.

This is the finding in a new issue brief titled, “Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever,” published by the Center for Economic Policy Research, a Washington-based think-tank. The report examines Census Bureau data for 20 to 24 year-olds, and compares high school completion rates around the country over the past 30 to 40 years.
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Age 0 – 3 the focus of achievement gap forum

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On March 5, North Minneapolis’ Phyllis Wheatley Community Center hosted Mayor Betsey Hodges’ Cradle to K Public Forum. Roughly 100 Minneapolis parents and community members gathered to voice concerns and add input to the city’s growing factors that contribute to the Minneapolis achievement gap between students of color and their Caucasian counterparts.
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Could Central Corridor gentrification threaten affordable housing?

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In a column from last June, I wrote about the lack of affordable housing and its disastrous effects on the Twin Cities’ poor. That particular column addressed the fallout from a foreclosure epidemic that assaulted neighborhoods in North Minneapolis and the East Side of St. Paul as well as critical issues like cost-burdened households and the recent spike in homelessness. The issues of fair and affordable housing remain at the forefront of poverty-related discussions, and on January 19 (MLK Day) the Star Tribune dedicated several column inches to the topic, including its daily editorial and a commentary by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Ifill’s commentary skillfully bridges the need to honor Dr. King by calling on us to continue his fight against unfair housing and segregation. Continue Reading →

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