A “multimedia boot camp” for nearly two dozen high school students recently took place in North Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC) was the site for the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalism High School Workshop (JSHOP) held August 5-7 in conjunction with the 2015 NABJ annual convention in Minneapolis.Black journalists cultivate future writers Read More
Bloomington Prosecutor Sandra Johnson has dismissed all charges against Deanne Pratt, a middle-aged White woman who was unjustly charged at the Mall of America (MOA). She was present and took pictures during the Black Lives Matter demonstration last December. Pratt was a shopper at MOA on the day of the demonstration and was not an actual participant in the protest.Mall trespass charges dismissed Read More
Supporters say that the new Seward Co-Op Friendship Store soon to open at 38th Street and 3rd Avenue South can help solve the “food desert” problem in the Central and Bryant neighborhoods. However, it appears a “rift” has developed between the store and the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) over a proposed agreement.
CANDO officials had hoped for a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Seward Co-Op that, among other things, called for 70 percent of the store jobs go to Blacks and Latinos by December 31, 2016.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annual convention turned Minneapolis into a “chocolate journalism city” for at least a week, with over a thousand-plus Black folk seen on the downtown streets.Post-NABJ reflections and perceptions Read More
The unlikely titled State of Garbage Compost Summit, though it sounds less than inviting, may prove a hallmark for environmentalists, principally because social and political heavy hitters are weighing in to give the initiative a high profile.Upcoming summit could spark composting revolution Read More
Faatemah Ampey is an award-winning hairstylist and educator on beauty who spent her childhood in Maplewood and St. Paul. Ampey, who currently resides in St. Paul, is writing a book with the intent of empowering young Black women and girls by encouraging them to wear their natural hair.Celebrity stylist urges girls to love themselves the way they are Read More
This intergenerational child care center opened July 20 and is currently seeking participants heading into the 2015-2016 school year. Olu’s Center provides care for children six weeks to three years of age, preschool for children ages three to six, and before and after school care for children age six to 12.Olu’s Center brings children and elders together Read More
Many public school districts in this country are now “re-segregated.” This dreary fact, among others, was discussed during last week’s education town hall at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.NABJ Town Hall explored national education ‘crisis’ Read More
Boom Island in Minneapolis marked the spot for Senior Citizen Safety Pride Day on August 7. Live music, grilled burgers, games and dancing from both senior and youth groups were this year’s highlights. MAD DADS of Minneapolis and other community organizations sponsored the event to show appreciation and support for seniors in the Twin Cities.MAD DADS gives love to seniors Read More
Some 2,000 journalists and media personalities were in Twin Cities for the 40th National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis, August 5 – 9. Iyanla Vanzant, Louis Gossett, Jr. and more were in attendance, Mint Condition performed at a fundraiser, and Prince invited members to Paisley Park to close out event.
See highlights from those in attendance in the Storify, and check the website and this week’s print for more NABJ coverage.NABJ celebrates 40 years in Minneapolis – sights and highlights Read More
By the mid-’70s, NABJ founder Sam Ford worked at CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, where he did enterprising and heart-wrenching reporting. Walter Middlebrook, another young journalist, began long and rewarding career at both city newspapers. And Michael Days learned valuable lessons as an intern the climbed the industry ranks to editor of a metropolitan daily. Here are their stories.Three Black journos had memorable MN careers Read More
As part of our celebration over the next several months of 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than 4,000 weekly issues of African American news in Minnesota.From the MSR Legacy Archives Read More
Rod Hicks, chair of the 2015 NABJ Convention, visited the MSR offices August 5 and chatted with MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard (l) and MSR Editor-in-Chief Vickie Evans-Nash. MSR News OnlineReach …PHOTO OF THE WEEK | NABJ Chair Rod Hicks visits the MSR Read More
Wallace Collier, born June 25, 1923 in Minneapolis, was “a giant” on Minneapolis’ North Side, say his family and friends. He passed away July 24 at age 92. His funeral was at Ascension Church on July 31, and he is now buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.Wallace Collier, Northside ‘giant,’ passes Read More
On Saturday, August 1, friends, supporters and contributors of the oldest African American-owned business in Minnesota gathered at St. Croix Boat & Packet on 525 Main Street South in Stillwater to commemorate 80 years of continuous publication of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) with a riverboat cruise celebration.MSR river cruise celebrated 80 years of publishing Read More
Members of Urban Ventures’ Summer Lab stopped by the MSR office July 23 and chatted with MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard, as part of a community scavenger hunt. Much to the …PHOTO OF THE WEEK | Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. visits the MSR Read More
Will Minneapolis take the top spot for hosting the most National Night Out events across the nation for the fourth straight year? Last year the city once again placed first for city’s with a 300,000+ population.National Night Out 2015: a time to celebrate and reflect Read More
From Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 5-9, members of the National Association of Black Journalists will convene their first convention in Minneapolis. This Twin City — sibling St. Paul is next door — has a special relationship with Black journalists.Black journalism conference kicks off in Mpls — a remarkable 40 year milestone Read More
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) celebrated 80 years of service to the community with the Legacy Boat Cruise, Saturday, August 1, 2015.PHOTOS | MSR 80th Celebration: Legacy Boat Cruise Highlights Read More
The July 16, 2015 issue of the MSR carried a story on Washburn Center for Children under the headlines “Leading provider of children’s mental health services has no Black clinicians: Agency relies on other sources for cultural competence.”Washburn Center revisited Read More