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MN ranked second-worst state in U.S. for Blacks to live

AntiPovertySoldier

Why do we continue to tolerate such harsh disparities?  
Several months ago, in one of the earliest “Anti-Poverty Soldier” columns to appear in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, I discussed the glaring disparities that plague people of color in Minnesota, particularly African Americans. What makes these disparities especially troublesome is that Minnesota consistently rates at or near the top of all 50 states in a myriad of quality of life measures. Consider the issue of health, for example, as the United Health Foundation ranks Minnesota the sixth healthiest state in America. Minnesota also fares quite well in the arena of education. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Fringe Festival presents 169 shows in Minneapolis

The Midwest’s largest performing arts festival opens July 31
 
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Midwest’s largest performing arts festival, opens July 31 in 19 venues around Minneapolis. The festival will play host to 169 shows of live performance, with each show performing at least five times. The result is 878 performances, running concurrently throughout the 11-day festival. Size is not the festival’s only unique quality, however. Every show in the festival’s lineup is chosen by random lottery. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Rock the Garden 2014
Featuring De La Soul, Lizzo, Best Coast, Dessa, Valerie June, and more. Sat.-Sun., June 21-22, 3-10 pm

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to http://rockthegarden2014.com or call 612-375-7600 for more information

 

Ordway Summer Dance Series: R&B/Soul
Featuring music by Ray Covington and the Maxx Band. Thu., Jun. 19, 5:30 pm

Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul

Go to www.ordway.org/summerdance for more information. Continue Reading →

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2014 All-Star Classic summary

 

 

 

Here is snapshot of the 21st Annual Inner City All-Star Classic played at Schoenecker Arena on the University of St. Thomas Campus a couple of weeks ago. The game features some of the metro area’s top graduating girls’ and boys’ basketball players.  

Boys’ game

Team Wisdom — Coach: Larry McKenzie (North ) —Jeff Jones (Minneapolis Washburn), John Sabaski (Prior Lake), Andre Wallace (Eden Prairie), Wheeler Baker (Osseo), Kamali Chambers (Hopkins), Rayeon Williams (St. Paul Central), Markus Taylor Knighten (St. Continue Reading →

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Are you ‘unbanked’ or ‘underbanked’?

Financial illiteracy is a calamity in the making
 
The North American Securities Administration Association declares that “The need for financial education in the United States has never been greater. The precipitous drop in savings rates and the rise of personal debt indicates a looming crisis that will be averted only through the combined efforts of public and private sectors, educators, and in the end, individuals making informed choices about their own financial futures. “These problems will not be solved by education alone, but we are certain that they cannot be solved without education.”

This ominous quote calls attention to what is a genuine calamity in the making, not just in America but throughout the world. A great deal of the analysis and personal angst surrounding the most recent financial crisis and the resulting recession focused on a worldwide financial establishment that, in the view of many, had wickedly “run amok.” During this time, a number of financial experts cited the onset of new and expanded banking practices as having a decidedly detrimental effect on the global economy. For example, when the financial crisis emerged in 2007, Americans quickly became familiar with terms such as deregulation, subprime and adjustable rate loans, credit default swaps, the housing bubble, collateralized debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities, hedge funds, predatory lending, over-leveraging, and the shadow banking system. Continue Reading →

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Family contact with prisoners known to reduce re-offending

Community asks commissioner to remove obstacles to such contact
By Raymond Jackson
Contributing Writer

 

On April 24, Reverend Jerry McAfee of New Salem Baptist Church hosted an event introducing Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy and his staff to a listening audience greatly affected by the rules, regulations and policies of Minnesota correctional facilities. This was an audience whose cultural base is four percent of Minnesota’s population, yet from their community comes 50 percent of Minnesota’s incarcerated population: African Americans. The top three areas of concern were:

• a 10 percent increase in the surcharge applied to money sent to inmates,

• visitation and family contact, and

• educational opportunities for those incarcerated. Reverend McAfee, in his introduction and welcome, stated, “Our goal tonight is to get some information, to all of us, that tells exactly what the Department of Corrections does. Normally when we deal with the Department of Corrections it is from a negative perspective. Continue Reading →

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Photo exhibit highlights life in ‘70s and ‘80s Twin Cities’ Black community

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

The daily life of Minneapolis’ Black community during the 1970s and 1980s, which has been documented in black and white and color photos, is now on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis” opened April 26 and runs through January 4, 2015. Chamblis was called “The Pictureman,” says Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Exhibit Developer Ben Petry during the one-hour tour he conducted for the MSR several days before the exhibit opened last weekend. “Somebody told me if you really knew him well, you called him ‘The Pictureman,’ and if you casually knew him you called him ‘The Cameraman.’”

His daughter Reva found boxes of her father’s photographs and lent them to MHS in 2001, added Petry, who admitted that he “emerged himself in the photographs and the time period” while he prepared the historical exhibit. Continue Reading →

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