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Black nurses celebrate their contributions to health care

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer


MN Black Nurses Association is an organization that is dedicated to providing support, advocacy and programs to further advance the nursing profession and eliminate health disparities through the delivery of culturally competent, quality health care in our communities. Under the direction of Association President Shirlynn LaChappelle, RN., SNP, and Association Treasurer Hazel Tanner, BSN, RN, MPH, the organization’s primary mission is to reduce health disparities among African Americans. They also work from a collectivist perspective in order to investigate, define and determine what the needs are of African Americans across the healthcare spectrum. Overall, the MN Black Nurses Association wants to empower the African American community and improve their health. In an effort to continue the organization’s mission, the Association held its 2nd Annual Gala “Circle of Care — One Person at a Time” at the Boulevard Hotel in Brooklyn Center on Saturday, May 3. Continue Reading →

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Sunup to sundown, Magic 1530 broadcasts a local vibe



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


KQSP-AM — “Magic 1530” is the Twin Cities’ first AM R&B station since 2001. “It was a Spanish topical format,” explains Magic General Manager Rodney Smith on the station before it switched formats in June 2011. “They [the station owners] brought me in and switched it to an Adult AC [Adult Contemporary] format. It’s been going good for us.”

The station moved its studios from Chaska to Golden Valley last September, which Smith believes has helped as well. “Our listenership is up,” he says. Continue Reading →

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