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Mike Brown is laid to rest

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The MSR sent writer Mel Reeves to Ferguson, Missouri to personally observe and report on the aftermath of unrest there following an incident of police violence that left a young Black man dead and triggered an outbreak of protests and rioting. Beginning this week, Reeves provides a journal of his observations and conversations with local people about what has happened there and what the future portends. 

 
Dispatches from Ferguson
 
FERGUSON, MO — At 10 am on Monday, August 25, the time of the Michael Brown funeral, it was very hot, around 97 degrees and humid. The press was out in full force, and folks could barely get into the Friendly Temple church without nearly being assaulted by the media, which clearly were trying hard to find a different angle on grief. For those who may have somehow missed the unfolding of this tragic story, shortly after noon on Saturday, August 9, an unarmed Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A candlelight vigil that turned violent was followed by two weeks of rioting, looting, and street battles with police and National Guard troops along with some peaceful protests and continuing disclosures of the longstanding racial tensions in this mostly Black community governed by mostly White elected officials. Continue Reading →

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Police violence against Blacks incites unrest nationwide

It has happened here. Could it happen again?  Police won’t say. News Analysis
By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

Last year, long before most people had heard of Ferguson, Missouri, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, in essence declaring that racism in the United States had ended. Fast-forward more than a year and Ferguson resembles nothing more than a warzone after the protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Continue Reading →

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An interview with veteran actor Sterling K. Brown

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Sterling K. Brown became a thespian back in high school in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he went on to Stanford, where he earned a drama degree and later a masters in fine arts from New York University. Brown has nearly 30 acting credits, mostly small roles in television to his credit. His breakthrough role may have been in Lifetime’s Army Wives (2007-13), where his Dr. Roland Burton character was the only male among the featured group of

military spouses the show revolved around. Continue Reading →

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Local entrepreneur attempts to buy Brookdale Mall

By Cris Patrick

Contributing Writer

 

You see a local mall going under, and you have no money, and no financial backing to do anything about it. You’re outmanned and out-financed, but you still want to stay and fight. What would you do? One man took a stand; one man couldn’t be moved and wouldn’t back down without a fight. Donald Jackson saw Brookdale mall in Brooklyn Center slowly becoming a vast empty space. Continue Reading →

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Local media personalities migrate south to warmer climes

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Two local radio personalities recently left town, and both are now entertaining audiences in their new locales. Former KMOJ midday host Georgia Ellyse — “Miss Georgia” — is now a morning drive time co-host at WFXE-FM in Columbus, Georgia. Henry Lake is now a midday co-host at Kansas City, Missouri’s KCSP-AM after 15 years at KFAN-FM. The two local natives – Ellyse of St. Paul and Lake of Minneapolis — began their new jobs earlier this month. Continue Reading →

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Blacks have a different agenda from Whites on gun control

Let me state what’s important to African Americans on the gun issue. White Americans who have invented the Black boogieman will never give up their guns that they feel will protect them from the American Black uprising, which has always been a myth, because all we have tried to do is stay alive in America. I will say yes, it’s true, our people have always stood up against injustice. We’ve always fought for freedom, justice and equality. But White Americans are trying to change the issue to mental health. Continue Reading →

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