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The MSR 2013 year in review

The local Black press continues to publish stories “from our own lens”
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

This year, 2013, was historic as well as a year-long full of highs and lows: Two MSR reporters were among the national and international press that covered America’s first Black president’s second inauguration in January. Said Atlanta Daily World reporter Kenya King, a member of the Black press who was covering the Obama inauguration for the second time, “I’m here to capture…the moment of this historic occasion [and] to make sure that the message that should get across, does get across.”

A ‘new Black agenda’ was discussed by the Council on Black Minnesotans and others during the organization’s Lobby Day at the State Capitol on March 19. The MSR asked several Blacks in attendance that day if they felt new voices and perhaps a new message is needed from Black Minnesotans. “I think it is time for new voices to be heard,” believed Greater Friendship Missionary

Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Billy Russell in our March 28 front-page story. The MSR also continued its coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the introduction of MNsure, the state’s new health-insurance exchange program and how the new healthcare law will benefit Blacks. Continue Reading →

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Mpls. Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar dies at age 45

 

 

 

On Sunday, August 25, influential Somali business leader and groundbreaking Minneapolis Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar died of complications from leukemia. He was 45. In 2010, Samatar became the first Somali-American ever elected to public office in Minnesota when he won a seat on the Minneapolis Board of Education. Samatar served on the audit, finance and teaching and learning committees. A native of Somalia, Samatar provided a strong voice for all MPS students, especially immigrant students and children of immigrant parents. Continue Reading →

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South High food fight gives voice to Somali student’s frustrations

One student response to turmoil is to “mix it up” culturally
 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

“We don’t feel safe,” said 16-year-old Kowsar Mohamed, a Somali student at South High, during a recent press conference addressing the reasons for a Feb. 14 fight in the cafeteria of the school involving Somali, other African Americans, and Native American students. Her classmates surprisingly pointed out that their sense of insecurity extends to the Minneapolis police stationed at the school. “We were mishandled by the police,” said student Halima Abumunye. “I felt disrespected by the police. Continue Reading →

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MN’s sales tax highest of five-state Upper Midwest

 
Revenue commissioner talks tax reform with Twin Cities’ business owners of color
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

On December 21, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans held the second of two minority business tax forums at African Development Center in Minneapolis. It was part of an effort by the Minnesota Department of Revenue to “get as much feedback as possible about tax reform and how the tax code impacts small businesses to ensure [Frans] is giving the best advice to Governor Dayton as he puts together his tax package for the 2012 legislative session,” according to a department of revenue community invite. Present at the meeting was also Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Commissioner Frans said that Minnesota’s current tax system is out of date and too complex. He also admitted that a simpler tax system is needed. Continue Reading →

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