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God bless Rachel Jeantel,  a courageous witness



During the first week of July, some in America showed their true colors by once again viciously attacking, with malice aforethought, a 19-year-old Black woman, Rachel Jeantel. She was the last person to speak to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin just seconds before he was to die at the hands of George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Ms. Jeantel was born in the nation of Haiti but has been a resident of the United States since age three. But English is not her native tongue. It is her third language. How many languages do her tormentors speak? Rachel Jeantel is important for two reasons. First, she teaches us about the lessons of respect. Second, she brought credibility and truth to her testimony. Continue Reading →

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Black fraternity conventioneers reach out to North Mpls

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Leadership and community service were among the themes of the Omega Psi Phi Grand Conclave July 5-12 in downtown Minneapolis. It was the first time the legacy Black fraternal organization, founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., held their annual national gathering, which is composed of over 700 chapters, in the Twin Cities. “We are a collective body of men who strive for higher ideals, and we want to impart on the community here that those ideals exist in reality,” explained Craig Armstead of Chicago, an Omega member since 1986. “The Omega Psi Phi fraternity is an uplifting body of men who want to pass the higher values along to the community.”

These values include brotherhood, spirituality, education, family and good health: “We are not just about wearing purple and gold… We’re about some real things in this world,” Armstead pointed out. Continue Reading →

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