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The Tutu sisters visit the Twin Cities

 

 
Sharing cross-continental stories of trauma provides a mutual learning experience
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

When tragedy strikes, such as the recent Boston Marathon blasts, the people directly affected are “tested,” said the daughters of renowned South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Twin Citians last week met and heard from these two women with extensive knowledge of what it means to be so tested. Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe spoke on trauma, faith and community healing at two scheduled events: April 23 at Shiloh Temple in North Minneapolis and April 24 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union. Prior to the events, the two women also talked to local reporters at Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) April 23. People sometimes blame God for bad things occurring, said Tutu-Gxashe. Continue Reading →

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Personal care attendants looking to unionize

In-home healthcare workers caring for family members feel they deserve better pay  
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Personal care assistants (PCAs) are persons who care for elderly and disabled folk at home. Clara R. NaKumbe, age 72, gave up her private daycare business to take care of her adult son Siran, who was stricken several years ago with multiple sclerosis. “When he first got it, he could still do some things for himself,” recalls NaKumbe. But soon thereafter, Siran had to move into her North Minneapolis home where he could receive 24-hour supervision and care. “He has to be fed. Continue Reading →

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President Obama’s visit to discuss gun violence disappoints

 

What joy and excitement energized the Black community, individuals and organizations alike, anticipating seeing and meeting the first African American president, Barrack Obama, in North Minneapolis when he was in town Monday, February 4 to make a major speech on guns and violence in America. Although disappointed in what the president’s administration has not done for communities of color, and skipping North Minneapolis as a campaigner, expectations still ran high until they gave way to high disappointment when his visit turned out to be a PR drive-by, as his motorcade sped to and from the well-fortified police academy building at 41st and DuPont in North Minneapolis, leaving many bewildered and upset. The gun and crime statistics didn’t match ours of columns past nor address the concerns Harry Belafonte expressed at the February 1 NAACP Awards show: that Black Americans are the “most incarcerated, most unemployed, and most hunted in America,” nor the question Belafonte asked earlier regarding why contemporary discussions continue “to ignore decades of urban gun violence.”

The courtesy and respect denied the community in general spilled over to key leaders such as the Assistant Majority Whip of the Minnesota Senate, who received none of the considerations that should be accorded to a man of his political stature (he stands fifth in the line of succession for governor). One wonders how many were behind Senator Hayden being so disrespected by his own. Senator Hayden is known within the Black community for his significant expertise and experience. Continue Reading →

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Pres. Obama visits Mpls promoting gun-control measures

Missing from conversation: Black youth, the most likely victims of gun violence
 

 

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

President Barack Obama’s visit to Minneapolis last week to discuss gun control and solutions to limit gun violence left more questions unanswered about the country’s commitment to ending gun violence. It also further exposed the disconnect between the Black community’s desire to see gun violence addressed in urban neighborhoods and the White House’s desire to respond to mass shootings such as occurred in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado. The president was purportedly to have met with community leaders, but upon closer examination, few if any community leaders were included in the roundtable discussion that the president engaged in before giving his speech. No clergy, no real community leaders, no grassroots or Black political activists who may have brought diverse points of view to the table were invited. And despite the fact that most gun violence victims have been Black youth, none were represented in the roundtable. Continue Reading →

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Minister celebrates his 105th birthday — Reverend Smith describes himself as a ‘late bloomer’

 

 

By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

On Saturday, January 19, Wayman AME Church in North Minneapolis played host to a glorious event that celebrated the 105th birthday of Reverend Noah Spencer Smith. The church was filled with many people of all ages who Smith has touched over the years. After Reverend Smith was escorted into the building, a welcoming speech was delivered by Reverend Marchelle Hallman, which was followed by a prayer by Reverend William Smith and a reading of scripture by Reverend Joseph Baring, Jr.

Reverend Smith was then seated alongside his wife, Dr. Hallie Hendrieth-Smith, and literally crowned as the audience gave him a standing ovation. A musical tribute was paid to Reverend Smith by a talented young lady by the name of Jada Stumon, who sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was described as one of his favorite songs. The Wayman AME Steppers for Christ put on a spirited stepping performance in tribute to Reverend Smith, who looked genuinely touched by the tributes, even standing up and applauding after the performances. Continue Reading →

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No More Excuses

Too many have sacrificed for us to give up now
Most of the excuses we make up make it hard for our life on this earth. Everything that really matters we make excuses for: excuses why we won’t go to school, why we don’t listen to our parents, why we don’t stay out of trouble, why we end up in jail, why we have a criminal record, why we have felonies. More excuses: I don’t have a job because I won’t work for less than $10 an hour. I don’t have a job because no one will give me a chance. If you don’t listen to your parents and drop out of school, your chances of being successful are slim to none without education. Continue Reading →

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Stadium equity plan not yet a reality

 
Is a 32 percent people-of-color workforce goal overly optimistic?  
News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The plans are in full swing for the new $975 million Vikings stadium. And yet again many in the Black community hold out hope that the economic stimulus the stadium promises to provide will benefit them as well. Unemployment in the Black community continues to remain high. In fact, in the last quarter of 2012 unemployment in North Minneapolis hovered around 22 percent. Continue Reading →

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Northside pastors partner to increase number of Black homeowners

 
Habitat for Humanity focuses on eight-block N. Mpls area damaged by tornado
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Homeownership among Blacks on the Northside has been waning in recent years, first because of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and secondly by the May 2011 tornado. As a result, a group of North Minneapolis pastors met a few months ago and joined collaboratively to help address this issue. This issue “is urgency to our congregations. Right now there is a small percentage of homeownership by African Americans,” explains

Bishop Richard Howell, Jr., pastor of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a founding member of the Northside Pastors’ Collaborative, a coalition of local churches. New Salem Baptist, Kwanzaa Community Church, Greater Friendship

Missionary Baptist, New Creation Church, New Bethel Baptist, Redeemer Lutheran, Berean Baptist, Family Baptist and Proverbs Christian Fellowship are the other members. Continue Reading →

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Entrepreneur turns fetish into business opportunity

 
Divas in Motion brings unique shoe styles to Twin Cities
 
By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

Divas in Motion is a small, intimate boutique located on the corner of 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis. It specializes in offering unique, one-of-a-kind women’s footwear that is not likely to be found anywhere else in the state. Divas in Motion offers limited quantities of fashionable flats, heels, wedges and boots, as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere for every customer they serve.The concept for Divas in Motion came from 29-year-old owner and entrepreneur Tashawna Williams. Williams earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where she also played basketball and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Minneapolis native — who is also the youngest of five siblings — returned to her hometown and became a teacher and mentor. Although she liked the fact that she was teaching and working with youth, Williams still felt like something was missing in her professional life. Continue Reading →

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Program helps young adults transition from foster care to positive futures

 

By Makula Dunbar

Contributing Writer

 

 

Contrary to how most people view it, Tiffany — a teen who’s just become familiar with the foster care system — says it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Making the shift was a dream come true she says, as was becoming a participant of Connections to Independence (C2i). The South Minneapolis-based nonprofit assists youth in foster care ages 15-21 to transition to an independent lifestyle as they age out of the system. “People have their own opinions, but with me it’s like I’m in a whole different world. I’m living in a dream world I always wanted,” Tiffany, 19, confessed. Continue Reading →

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