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Organizing to unite the African world

Omali Yeshitela discusses his work in ‘the ongoing struggle’

By Dwight Hobbes
Staff Writer


The only thing more dangerous than the truth is someone committed to telling it with the courage of his or her convictions and without regard to politically correct protocol. That characteristic has distinguished such iconic individuals as Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory and Martin Luther King. While his isn’t a household name, Omali Yeshitela nonetheless is to be reckoned with as a statesman of integrity and as a voice that refuses to compromise. When Yeshitela, chair of the African People’s Socialist Party, relates to revolution, it’s not from an armchair. He was there, sleeves rolled up, holding the front line in the 1960s Civil Rights Era throughout the thick of it all, as the U.S. saw its most momentous upheaval since the Civil War. It isn’t lost on him that both of these landmarks confronted the subjugation of African America. This country bit off more than it could chew by enslaving Black people and has spent hundreds of years choking on it ever since. So, it couldn’t be more fitting that Yeshitela addressed the First Annual Twin Cities Malcolm X Conference this past Saturday in North Minneapolis. There is, of course, no Malcolm X Day, despite the fact that he and Martin Luther King, Jr. fought, lived and died for the same principle of equality. White liberals look on King as a sort of kindly, non-threatening figure. Malcolm, on the other hand, scared them witless. His memory still casts a disquieting pall, lest a successor emerge. Someone like Omali Yeshitela. Continue Reading →

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Plenty of action in semifinal playoffs

In the prep football semifinal playoffs last week, one team avenged an early season loss, top seeds from Minneapolis and St. Paul moved a step closer to a state playoff birth, two more top seeds representing each of the Twin Cities didn’t make it past the semifinals, and a brilliant career ended after a loss.  

Cretin Derham Hall gets revenge 

Cretin Derham Hall got revenge last Saturday with a convincing 41-0 victory over Stillwater in a Section 4AAAAAA football playoff semifinal matchup. Running back BLAKE BANHAM led the way with 192 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Backfield mate BRIAN LANKFORD-JOHNSON added 68 yards and another score, while Banham and TONY ADAMLE each scored on pass receptions from quarterback RICARDO JOHNSON. Continue Reading →

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Northside hoops league starts teaching the game young





While the NBA and NHL playoffs are well underway, the NABA is winding down its regular season. The North Area Basketball Association (NABA) has been playing Saturday morning games at North High School since late March. The spring league features up to 90 boys and girls in grades K-4, learning how to play the game the right way. “I learned how to shoot a left hand lay-up and how to dribble,” said eight-year-old Elisiah Robinson. However, his mother, Vanessa Petty, says her son is a regular participant because of the socialization skills he’s learning as well. Continue Reading →

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Poor MPS test scores show leadership’s lack of commitment to students


“We exist to ensure that all students learn” is the mission of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson states on the MPS website that she believes “more strongly than ever that our top priorities lie in narrowing the achievement gap and offering all of our students a high-quality education that prepares them for college or a career.”

All of this sounds great, but by the time you get through reading this column you will realize that those are just empty words. In this column I will discuss the 2011-2012 MPS test results. These results have been swept under the rug by the so called “Leadership Council” and their representatives. In 2010, when the NAACP called for parents to remove their kids from Minneapolis Public Schools some people thought that they were going overboard. Continue Reading →

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Local dance instructor trained over 1,000 in N. Mpls


Hollywood Studio students received national awards


By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer


“So you think you can dance?” That’s not likely a question you would ask Diane Elliott-Robinson. Especially if you know anything about the Hollywood Studio of Dance’s reputation in regional and national dance competitions over the last 20 years. Elliott-Robinson is a national award-winning professional dancer, dance instructor, consultant, mentor, business woman and the founder and artistic director of the Hollywood Studio of Dance (HSD), located at 2128 West Broadway. It’s on the corner of West Broadway and Penn Ave. N. in Minneapolis, directly across the street from KMOJ-FM radio station. Continue Reading →

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Mpls high school athletics now stepsisters to suburbs


Degree of affluence, open enrollment are factors in league’s decline


Is the Minneapolis City Conference today a non-factor locally, especially in the higher profile sports such as football and basketball? The city’s daily newspaper named just two Washburn players (second team) on their all-metro selections. No city females in volleyball. Only Washburn (boys) was listed in the paper’s top 10 — not a male or female conference basketball player was mentioned in their so-called ones to watch. What happened? Continue Reading →

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Educators urged to partner with families


North High hosted top national expert on
community engagement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A productive school involves effective family and community partnerships, a leading community engagement expert said last week at North High School. Although there was little family involvement in this event, some hope the educators present will spread the word that such partnerships are essential to student success. “She is the number-one reference” in the nation for community involvement research, said Center for School Change Director Joe Nathan of Dr. Joyce Epstein, the director of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A program of Macalester College, the Center for School Change and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) co-sponsored a November 10 two-hour evening event attended by nearly 300 educators and other professionals. Family involvement is important “for students to do better in school,” said Epstein. Continue Reading →

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