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Sights, Sounds, and Soul:
Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. Tue.-Sun., Through Jan. 4, 2015

Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Go to or call 651-259-3000 for more information


Carnage the Executioner

Fri., May 2, 11:30 pm

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Call 612-332-1010 or go to


PACER Center Benefit

Featuring Diana Ross

Silent and live auctions

Sat., May 3, Silent auction, 6 pm; live auction, 8 pm; performance, 8 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. Continue Reading →

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‘Now is the time’ to diversify the MPD

 Veteran officers campaign to bring more women and people of color into the Mpls police force

By Isaac Peterson
Contributing Writer


It is no secret that historically the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and communities of color in Minneapolis has been tense, at best. Between brutality, shootings, racial profiling and other problems, the tension has led to the creation of a civilian review board, and even at one point, to federal mediation. Yet the tensions continue. Minneapolis police officer Eric Lukes, a 27-year veteran of the force, is attempting to put into place a long-term solution to improve relations: recruiting more people of color to be on the Minneapolis police force. To that end, with support from the Minneapolis NAACP, Minneapolis Urban League, and the Community Standards Initiative, the first of an undetermined number of events was held Saturday, April 19, at North High school to generate interest in the community to join the force. Continue Reading →

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Why didn’t I listen?

I’m talking to two of my young cousins who are really super people, solid parents, good marriages, and the best friends one could have. We have a great relationship as family and girlfriends. Here we are talking about how much sweeter life might have been had we listened. As they talk, I think to myself: Would their lives have been different if they had listened to everything they were told? Perhaps — or would they have ended up in the same place? Continue Reading →

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Certification workshop offered for women-owned businesses

Women business owners looking for an edge to win contracts with government organizations and corporations should attend a workshop presented by the Women’s Business Development Center-Minnesota (WBDC-MN) titled “Is WBE Certification Right for You?”

National in scope and issued by a third-party agency, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification is recognized by more than a thousand major corporations and government agencies in the U.S. Learn if your woman-owned business is positioned to benefit from WBE certification. Among other requirements, certified businesses must at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women. Once certified, business owners can benefit from the WBDC’s Established Business Program designed to help them leverage their certification and seek out and win new corporate and government contracts.  

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 21, from noon to 2 pm at Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd., in Minneapolis. Cost to attend the workshop is $20. Continue Reading →

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Writer hopes her children’s books can make the world a better place

Author selected as ‘One of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’
By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer


Caring isn’t merely a word to M. Ann Machen Pritchard (don’t ask what the M. stands for, she won’t tell you). It’s a heart-and-soul-felt sense of commitment to community, which moved her to write and illustrate the uniquely empowering books Phil the Pill and Friends: Making Positive Choices and Val’s World: Featuring the Family Unity Roundtable. The best children’s books aren’t written only for kids. Accordingly, Phil the Pill and Friends and Val’s World deliver important messages to young minds that are vital in helping adults strengthen the fabric of the family and thereby that proverbial village that it takes to raise a child, cornerstone and key to the future. It’s quite fitting that Ms. Pritchard has been selected “One of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading for 2013-2014” by The Authors Continue Reading →

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Treating skin of color








Most skin diseases occur in people of all nationalities, regardless of their skin color. Certain problems encountered in the skin are more common in people with different hues of skin, and sometimes a disorder seems more prominent because it affects skin color. This week continues our review of these disorders and their treatment.  


Throughout evolution, our skin has become quite skillful at repairing any sites of injury or damage. Once the integrity of the skin barrier has been interrupted, invaders such as bacteria, fungus, and virus can penetrate the skin and important

bodily fluids can leak out. Continue Reading →

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McDonald: Folding the Council on Black Minnesotans into the State Human Rights Department is a bad idea

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer


Last week, Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) Executive Directory Edward McDonald responded to an audit release by the Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) in March (See MSR April 17-23, “Director defends Council on Black Minnesotans: ‘We’re doing it’). Among the four recommendations the OAL offered to increase the effectiveness of the COBM was restructuring the council under the State Human Rights Department. This week, McDonald responds to this recommendation. “I think that what that [placing the councils under the Human Rights Department] would do for the council is move it into partisan swings. If there is a Republican governor, then the council more than likely will be supporting a Republican agenda. Continue Reading →

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Two Washburn grads who chose to stay home








When he graduated from Minneapolis Washburn five years ago, RA’SHADE HAGEMAN was the state’s top football prospect and among the nation’s top tight ends. When he entered the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2009, standing at 6’-8”, he had helped the Millers’ boys’ basketball team capture the Class 3A state championship five months earlier. After switching to defensive end and adjusting to the rigor of Division I football and college academics, Hageman developed into one of the country’s top players. He earned All-Big Ten honors and is among the top 25 2014 NFL draft prospects. As a high school senior, Hageman was recruited by a host of Division I schools before choosing to stay home and play for the Gophers. Continue Reading →

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For these athletes, ‘being Black while swimming’ is no joke

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


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: U of M swimmers Emanuel “Manny” Pollard and Daryl Turner


Manny Pollard and Daryl Turner, the Gophers’ only Black members on the swimming and diving teams, have provided color to a historically vanilla sport. Pollard believes he, Turner, and a Black diver at Ohio State were the only ones of color in the Big Ten. “There aren’t that many of us throughout the country,” Pollard says. Continue Reading →

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Online network will ease access to after-school programs in Mpls

Fatima Muhammad hired to head project
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) has announced that it is developing an online network aimed at linking parents, caregivers and young people to after-school programs available throughout Minneapolis. The YCB has hired Fatima Muhammad as after-school project director to help manage development of this citywide network. Modeled after initiatives like Saint Paul’s Sprockets, the network will be designed to help create awareness of and enhance opportunities for young people to benefit from the vast array of after-school programs offered, from sports and arts programming to leadership-building, service-learning and other opportunities. “Participating in after-school programs strengthens young people’s ability to complete school, helps them develop essential skills and talents, and contributes to advanced learning, career preparation and future civic engagement,” said YCB’s Executive Director Ann DeGroot. “We want all Minneapolis young people to have access to safe, quality opportunities to learn outside the classroom. This coordinated approach, which Fatima will help manage, is a big step in making that happen.”

Besides benefiting young people, their families and the community, the citywide system is expected to enhance coordination and communication among youth-serving organizations, facilitate the use of data to inform planning for after-school programs, and optimize the resources of the parks, schools, libraries, community partners and families. Continue Reading →

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