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President Obama and flip flop Republicans

I don’t care how anyone tries to butter up the words, President Obama’s administration negotiated indirectly or directly with terrorists for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I write about double-minded Democrats (see my column regarding Democrats and photo I.D. when it comes to Somalis) and I will write about double-minded Republicans. Before this coward’s release Republicans were prodding Obama to do all he could for this runaway who left his fellow platoon members alone. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the administration to “do all it can” to ensure Bergdalhl’s (I’ll call him coward) return, only to say today that a prisoner swap would hype up the terrorists. Continue Reading →

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Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Ex-president, in Humphrey school speech, sounded alarm that we are ‘drifting apart’

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

Barack Obama, or for that matter Jimmy Carter, or even former president Bill Clinton himself would not have been elected U.S. president if it wasn’t for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, said Clinton during a June 9 speech last week at the University of Minnesota Northrop Auditorium. The school’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, named after the late senator and vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, has co-sponsored a yearlong series of events to reflect on the 50th anniversary year of the law’s passage that’s largely believed to have ended de jure segregation in this country, primarily in the South. University of Minnesota Trustee Emeritus Dr. Josie Johnson, who introduced Clinton, told the audience that everyone should “challenge misinformation and seek truth.” She reiterated afterwards to the MSR that “the focus on justice, equity, civil rights, etcetera” must continue. “I wish we could create an environment where we could talk together,” she said. “Until we can pass legislation that opens opportunities for all of our children, and when our children understand their place in history and in society, until we do that I don’t think the future of our civil rights resonates with our children. Continue Reading →

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Would a Robinson Rule be just another ruse?


The only thing I like about a proposed “Eddie Robinson Rule” for college sports hiring is that it is being named for the late Grambling football coach. Otherwise, if the proposed law is modeled after the NFL’s Rooney Rule, I’m afraid it’s a recipe for deception, false hopes and tokenism. This week’s “Another View” published in the MSR sports section briefly discusses Richard Lapchick’s latest campus leadership report, where it notes again just how White (nearly 90 percent) of the campus leadership positions are.  

Here are the latest diversity report’s “lowlights”:

Coaches of color decreased by three, from 18 in 2012 to 15 in 2013. There was a two-percent drop in Black head football coaches (now 9.6 percent) from last year even though Black football players at the same time went up nearly three percent. Continue Reading →

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Legendary guitarist still going strong with new CD — Self-taught virtuoso has recorded over 30 albums



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



Earl Klugh’s 60th birthday is this coming September. As a result he is celebrating with his first solo record since 2006. “A birthday gift to me? I didn’t think of it that way,” admits Klugh on HandPicked, his first CD release by Heads Up International. It is his third solo effort, but his first “with multiple original solo guitar pieces.” The 16-track set hit stores on July 30. Continue Reading →

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Former Gopher star now promoting U of M ‘engagement’

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Quincy Lewis says a large part of his new role as an associate development officer at the University of Minnesota is to create and maintain “the passion” among the school’s many supporters. He also wants to improve relations between the school and the city’s Black community, which historically have generated mixed feelings over the years. “As for the African American community, we have to do a better job of asking for engagement, and when we get engagement then we have to perform,” proclaimed Lewis in a recent interview with the MSR.

With a new president and new athletic director, “I think sometimes when you have change, there’s new opportunities. Now it’s time to step up and come with some fresh ideas, some fresh engagements and some opportunities.  I think it’s a great opportunity for the university to be aggressive” in this area. Lewis said he is keenly aware of the historical distance between the school and the city’s Black community. Continue Reading →

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A post-election mobilization agenda






By Julianne Malveaux

Guest Commentator


Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African Americans should mobilize around these issues:



Unless the Democrats and Republicans can cut a deal during the lame-duck session of Congress, our budget will be cut automatically. While House Speaker John Boehner has softened his tone just a bit and indicated his willingness to compromise, he still has to herd his Tea Party colleagues into also agreeing on ways to avoid sequestration. The notion of cutting expenditures at a time of slow economic growth makes no sense. Neither does sequestration, a desperate move to avoid a compromise. What do we need to address the deficit? Continue Reading →

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Publishing company supports ministry work

Chappell Publishing Ministry gives authors or prospective authors the opportunity to have their manuscripts published at an extremely affordable cost. “We are professional writers, transcriptionists, and designers who have spent a number of years working in the ministry writing books, publishing magazines, and transcribing sermons,” says Norma Chappell president of the company. “We love the ministry and see an opportunity to help others advance their ministry work through our experience.”

Freelance writer Michele Johnson says that the Lord has given individual members of the body of Christ specific gifts for the edifying of the church. “We have the capacity to operate within those specific gifts,” Michele Johnson says. “By assisting those in ministry in spreading the messages God gave them, the whole body benefits.”

Chappell Publishing Ministry has the means to transfer years of cassette tapes to CDs, and if ministers desire to have their preaching and teaching cassettes or CDs transcribed or made into a library for them, Chappell Publishing Ministry has that capability, too. Continue Reading →

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NFL continues to score high in hiring diversity

Third in an occasional series

Historically, pro football has been slow to embrace racial diversity, especially at high-profile positions such as quarterback and coach. There was a nearly seven-decade gap between the hiring of Blacks as head coaches in the National Football League. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Blacks broke down the color barrier in playing quarterback, football’s central “thinking” position, but teams didn’t rush to undertake their deconstruction project in this regard. As a result, the NFL’s on-field diversity was slower to arrive than that of other pro leagues, but according to the 2012 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), the league has scored its third consecutive high grade on racial hiring. To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:”


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To The Editor: Saunders elected first Black president of AFSCME

The NAACP congratulates Lee Saunders on his election to serve as the new president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Saunders is the first African American president in AFSCME’s history. “For his entire career, Lee Saunders has been a staunch defender of workers’ rights and civil rights,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “As the first African American president in AFSCME’s history, he will surely continue to build coalitions between AFSCME and the civil rights community.”

“Lee Saunders has been an outspoken ally of the NAACP on issues ranging from fair pay and equal opportunity to voter suppression,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP sr. vice president for advocacy and policy and Washington bureau director. “We welcome him to his new position at AFSCME and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Saunders has been working with AFSCME since 1978. Continue Reading →

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