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Vol. 40 No. 37 • The Journal For Community News, Business & The Arts •

Undefeated, “Shango” James seeks title

Jesse James Kelley

Jamal “Shango” James

Jamal “Shango” James will be one of the fighters looking to take the vacant Minnesota welterweight crown in the co-main event fighting and defending his undefeated professional record on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center against Mohammed Kayongo. James is currently ranked number one in the welterweight division in Minnesota and 31 in the nation, according to He sports a perfect 10 – 0 record with five knockouts. Kayongo is 17 – 2 – 1 with 12 wins by knockout. Seconds Out Promotions, approached James after watching him win a unanimous decision against Las Vegas fighter, Robert Osiobe, beating him in all eight rounds at the Grand Casino in Hinckley on

Aug. 16. James took the fight on a week’s notice after Jason Litzau, who was scheduled to fight Osiobe as the main event, backed out due to a hand injury. James is looking to expand his career out of Minnesota and bring some positive recognition to professional boxing in the state. “Minnesota is known for building other fighters (outside of the state). We don’t get the respect and recognition we should and I am looking to change that image of Minnesota professional boxing,” said James. The first Minnesota welterweight champion was in 1931 with only six Minnesota boxers holding the state title – none of them from Minneapolis. The last state


The gift of the struggle By TaNoah Morgan Special to the NNPA

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Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century talks about the IBW Black Paper project in Washington, D.C.

IBW Black Paper seeks to energize activists By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “There is a ‘state of emergency’ without urgency in Black America,” writes Ron Daniels,

president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. In a collection of essays and briefs, the IBW’s forthcoming “Black Paper” documents the progress – and lack of progress – made since the 1963 March on


WASHINGTON (NNPA ) – This summer, my daughter turned 13, and after she’d spent two years at an elite Northeast prep school where most of her classmates were white, my husband and I decided it was time she learned the history of the struggle of her people as an African American. It is a burden that is akin to “the talk” many Black fathers have with their Black sons about dealing with police. But it is also a gift that I have longed to give her. My husband and I are both alumni of Howard University, and although our daughter, Noelle, spent her primary years in private schools in Prince George’s County without so much as a single white classmate, as parents, we decided to share very sparingly with her about race in America.


TaNoah Morgan and her daughter, Noelle.


NNPA: Premier Black news organization in the world By Kam Williams Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., is the Publisher of the Arizona Informant, a family owned and operated newspaper that provides an important voice for the African-American community in Arizona. This year it celebrates 42 years of publishing. Currently, he serves as Board Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NNPA).

As a Phoenix native, his personal commitment and knowledge of the community in which he grew up shows throughout his work. Most recently, he served in the State House of Representatives for District 16 from 20072010 fulfilling duties on the Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, and House Ethics committees. With an extensive background in marketing communications, media/public relations and

Good at gardening? There’s a spot for your veggies...


Cloves Campbell, Jr.

advertising sales, Cloves lent his expertise as Vice-Chair of Arizona African-American Democratic Caucus. He is also a board member of the following organizations: The George Washington Carver Museum Board, Roosevelt Foundation for Our Children’s Future, The Black Theatre Troupe, Arizona African American Legislative Days Coalition, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church Renaissance Committee and

First Tee of Arizona. A lifetime member of the NAACP, Cloves was educated at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., and University of Virginia Darden School of Business Legislators Program. He and his wife of 22 years, Lanette, have three children: Daivon, Chanette, and Cloves III. Kam Williams: Hi Cloves, thanks for the interview. Congratulations on being reelected Chairman of the

NNPA! Cloves Campbell: Thanks, Kam. It is truly an honor to be the Chairman of the premiere news organization in the world for Black folks. KW: How are things at the Informant? CC: Things are going really well. We are celebrating 42 years of



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Good at gardening? There’s a spot for your veggies at the Community Aggregation and Distribution Table By Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Coalition Are you a North Minneapolis resident growing your own fruits and vegetables? If you, or someone that you know has extra bounty to share, there’s an innovative resource available to help you earn money while sharing your produce with the local community. The Community Aggregation and Distribution Table is a resource at the West Broadway Farmers Market staffed by West Broadway Coalition employee Matthew McGlory, a licensed and insured farmers market vendor and reseller. By bringing their fresh goods to the table for McGlory to sell on their behalf, local growers can sell their produce without spending on overhead costs like insurance, market tent, table, signage and merchandising gear. For Northside growers that find themselves with too many tomatoes and wondering if they might share their bounty with their neighbors while making some extra money, working with the Community Ag. Table is as easy as following these simple steps: How to get started: Contact Matthew McGlory via e-mail (matthew@ or phone (612.353.5178). Talk with McGlory about what you want to sell, including type and quantity of produce, and when. Drop off goods to the table at the Camden Farmers Market (4400 Osseo Rd, Thursdays, 3pm—7pm) or the West Broadway Farmers Market (900 West Broadway, Fridays, 3pm-7pm). On site, McGlory assists you with pricing and display. You stay at the market or leave. McGlory sells your produce on your behalf. You collect 100% of the sales. McGlory, a proud

Northsider himself with a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of MinnesotaDuluth, brings a friendly, positive energy to the Community Ag. Table. The table also serves as a licensed reseller of non-local fruits and vegetables, so market visitors can always buy foods like bananas, avocados and pineapples along with locally grown veggies. Growers dropping off to the Camden Farmers Market on Thursday can choose to have any leftovers sold the following day at the West Broadway Farmers Market. McGlory can also distribute Community Ag. Table goods to corner stores and restaurants like Avenue Eatery. The idea behind the Community Ag. Table is to support the local food system by keeping Northside-produced food and money spent on food within the Northside community and economy. The Community Ag. Table increases access to healthy, locally produced food and serves as a low-risk business incubator for growers. The coordination of the Community Ag. Table by the West Broadway Coalition, which operates the West Broadway Farmers Market, is part of the Fresh Corners project led by Appetite for Change and supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Center for Prevention. Mosezel Dixon, owner of Dixon’s Garden, got his start selling his collard greens at the Community Ag. Table last year. Dixon is now a full vendor and famous at the West Broadway Farmers Market for his beautiful bundles of collards, green tomatoes and red tomatoes, which he grows at his home garden on Queen Ave N. He originally approached market staff in 2012 because he had way more vegetables than he could eat. Selling at the Community Ag. Table gave him a chance to see if he could make a business of what had always been a favorite pastime.

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West Broadway Farmers Market staffed by West Broadway Coalition employee Matthew McGlory, a licensed and insured farmers market vendor and reseller. Community Ag. Table customers can pay with cash and EBT at both the West Broadway and Camden farmers markets. Contact Matthew McGlory at the West Broadway Coalition with questions: 612.353.5178 or West Broadway Farmers Market 900 West Broadway (at Emerson Ave N) Fridays, 3:00-7:00pm June 21st- October 11th Camden Farmers Market Thursdays, 3pm—7pm 4400 Osseo Rd (44th & Penn Ave N) July 11th- October 3rd CamdenFarmersMarketMpls

Gift From 1 Of course, she has learned about the Civil Rights Movement and other milestones during Black History Month. And her prep school did a commendable job teaching about slavery last school year. But for me, the history of Africans in America is so brutal, so cruel and so unjust, we have never exposed her to its realities. I feared it could crush her spirit. Yet, in the face of the slaying of Trayvon Martin, a moment that had every African American mother holding their teenage children tightly, I realized she needed to know, because the struggle was coming to her. So we embarked on her summer of blackness, which included her attending the Aug. 24 March on Washington, a heavy dose of research, summer reading, movies and documentaries

Mosezel Dixon, owner of Dixon’s Garden, got his start selling his collard greens at the Community Ag. Table last year.

detailing not only the facts about African enslavement, American racism, and long-term injustices but also the roots thereof. National Geographic magazine chipped in with an essay on sugar, detailing its production for European royalty as a driving force for the enslavement of African people. Douglas A. Blackmon’s book and the PBS documentary, ”Slavery by Another Name,” exposed the expansion of the prison system in America after Reconstruction through World War II for use as another tool to conscript and re-enslave free Black men throughout the south, and “re-sell” them into forced labor camps that were run by county governments and commercial interests. We talked about the propaganda used to paint distorted theories about Blacks, fueling hatred and racism; the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and their terrorism perpetrated against Blacks on a near daily basis. And at each turn, we discussed the economic

realities – lack of jobs and education — and political apathy – a lack of concern for the plight of Blacks at state and federal levels — that fanned the flames. She came to understand the heavy load of frustration and hope carried by the thousands of marchers who found their way to Washington from all over the country to march for jobs and freedom in 1963. And she came to understand why hundreds of thousands did so again 50 years later. Only this time — with laws such as Stand your Ground, Stopand-Frisk, and restrictive voter ID – she understood, it was for her, too. “I am a different person than I was in the start of the summer,” she told me. “I know what terrible things Black people are going through, and have been going through for the past few hundred years…I can tell my friends now that certain things aren’t true, and should not be said, and explain why, too.” I placed on her a burden this

summer more than 500 years in the making. But in some ways, it is a gift of African American selfrealization in this culture. She is gifted to understand, when her friends may not, the intense anger and frustration among African Americans at instances of injustice — whether pronounced or perceived. She is gifted to hear certain political dog whistles and understand that they exist to strike fear. Most importantly, she is gifted to understand the economics, politics and systems that not only drive racism, but also impede African Americans in our pursuit of Dr. King’s dream. I have given her the gift of the struggle. She won’t experience it fully now at 13, but she is aware that the struggle exists. And she knows that it is not for the history books alone. It is now. TaNoah Morgan is a journalist based in Maryland.

I will die the way I lived Antonio Guerrero: One of the Cuban Five political prisoners in U.S. prisons Exhibition of 15 paintings September 5-30 M-F, 8am-6pm; Sat, Sun, 10am-2pm Pillsbury House 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis

“All these images have one thing in common: they were memories of the unjust, and cruel treatment given to us since the very first day of our detention.” Opening Reception Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm Marking the 15th anniversary of the arrests and imprisonment of the Cuban Five

Film Showing: The Cuban Wives Thursday, September 19, 7pm Midwest premiere of the award-winning documentary about the families of the Cuban Five

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The Cuban Five are Cuban revolutionaries who were monitoring the terrorist activities of anti-Cuban exile groups in Miami. These groups had already carried out deadly attacks against Cuba and were continuing to plan more attacks. The Five were arrested by the FBI on September 12 1998, and were framed and convicted in a trial that one court called a “perfect storm” of prejudice.

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COMMENTARY Gloucester’s rebellion: Another lesson about our character

By Ben Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP Three hundred years before a multiracial coalition stormed Washington’s National Mall to demand equal rights and economic justice, the working men of Gloucester County, Va., made a stand of their own based on class, not race. We often ask whether Martin Luther King Jr. would recognize the world in 2013, but it is equally valid to ask whether he would have recognized the world of 1663, when Black and White children of slaves and servants did play together in the tobacco fields. One of the forgotten landmarks of civil rights history occurred 350 years ago Sunday: Sept. 1, 1663. This day marks the

first recorded instance of African slaves and European indentured servants standing together for justice against the ruling elite. The Gloucester County Conspiracy took place at a time when Virginia tobacco growers relied on both slaves and indentured servants to farm tobacco. Management treated their workers with cruel abandon, regardless of color. Unwilling to accept their fate, a group of black and white workers met in secret to plan a revolt. After securing weapons and a drum, they would “march from house to house” until they reached the mansion of Royal Governor Sir William Berkeley. They would demand their freedom, and resort to force if necessary. Though the plot failed, the landowners recognized the power that the Gloucester rebels possessed when banded together. Over the next several decades, they sought to breed racial contempt between the white and black members of the underclass. On the plantation level, they gave

The original state of race relations in America is one of shared struggle, not mutually assured destruction.

whites nominal control in the field. On the colony level, they allowed whites to join the militia and carry firearms. As historian Edmund Morgan writes, the landowners used racism as a device for control. On this 350th anniversary, the Gloucester rebellion can teach us as much about our character as the March on Washington. The rebels in Gloucester recognized what King

memorialized in his famous remarks: we are, by our nature, capable of great things when we judge one another solely on the content of our character, not by the color of our skin. The original state of race relations in America is one of shared struggle, not mutually assured destruction. It is ultimately the introduction of an outside variable - money, power, or the desire for control - that

tends to alter that natural state. It turns out that 2013 is a perfect year for this lesson. The fight for voting rights is making its own 50th anniversary curtain call, in the form of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder and countless voter suppression laws that affect African-Americans but also Americans of all colors, ages and incomes. The failed War on Drugs continues to destroy families in black inner city America, and, increasingly, white rural America. Finally, 45 years after King was killed in the midst of his Poor People’s Campaign, lowwage workers of all hues are organizing across geographic and demographic lines to demand a higher minimum wage. Politics is a lot like physics. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and objects in motion eventually return to their original state. As we tackle these challenges, let us consider that the original state of race relations in America may be one of unity - and that the

possibility of moving beyond our nation’s legacy of racism is obtainable. In his 1869 speech “Our Composite Nationality,” Frederick Douglass wrote about the unique phenomenon and mission of America. On this anniversary, let us remember his words: “Our geographical position, our relation to the outside world, our fundamental principles of Government ... our vast resources, requiring all manner of labor to develop them, and our already existing composite population, all conspire to one grand end, and that is to make us the most perfect national illustration of the unity and dignity of the human family, that the world has ever seen.” Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the national NAACP. This column was first published in USA TODAY. Contact: Ben Wrobel 917-8460658 @ NAACPPress

All children deserve teachers who care about them INSIGHT NEWS

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By Marian Wright Edelman Insight News is published weekly, every Monday by McFarlane Media Interests. Editor-In-Chief Al McFarlane CFO Adrianne Hamilton-Butler Publisher Batala-Ra McFarlane Associate Editor & Associate Publisher B.P. Ford Vice President of Sales & Marketing Selene White Culture and Education Editor Irma McClaurin Director of Content & Production Patricia Weaver Sr. Content & Production Coordinator Ben Williams Production Intern Sunny Thongthi Distribution/Facilities Manager Jamal Mohamed Receptionist Lue B. Lampley Contributing Writers Harry Colbert, Jr. Julie Desmond Fred Easter Timothy Houston Alaina L. Lewis Darren Moore Alysha Price Photography Suluki Fardan Michele Spaise Contact Us: Insight News, Inc. Marcus Garvey House 1815 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis., MN 55411 Ph.: (612) 588-1313 Fax: (612) 588-2031 Member: Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC), Midwest Black Publishers Coalition, Inc. (MBPCI), National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Postmaster: Send address changes to McFarlane Media Interests, Marcus Garvey House 1815 Bryant Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55411.

“You see a lot of teachers judge and stigmatize their students based on where they come from. A lot of my teachers thought that since I was from the South End of Louisville and I grew up in Section 8 housing that I wasn’t capable of doing all the things that I did, and the first time that I really felt like I was someone, it was the first time my fifth grade teacher actually pulled me to the side and said, ‘What can I do for you to help you as a student?’ And I ask my students that now. I pull them to the side and I say, ‘What can I do as an adult to help you?’. . . I feel like every time I talk to someone, I should instill something in them, and I want that in return. And that happens just through treating people with love.” As children across the country are returning to their classrooms, Janol Vinson is part of the next generation of educators and administrators who will be shaping our children’s future. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Northern Kentucky University and is now pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at Florida International University. Vinson spoke at a recent symposium convened by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Children’s Defense Fund on “Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years” on how he found his own calling in education and his passionate belief in the need for training teachers who love, respect, and set high expectations for every child. Vinson explained that his grandfather, a pastor, helped set the stage for Vinson’s success in school with high expectations. His grandfather didn’t have the

opportunity to go to college until he was in his mid-40s: “Hearing the stories from my grandfather talking about the [Civil Rights] movement and talking about the things that he sacrificed for my education . . . He set that expectation for me, just saying, ‘You owe this to your family. You owe this to your community. It’s not this is what you should do’—he sat down and said, ‘this is what you are going to do.’ . . . So by the time I did get to high school, I knew . . . I need to make an A in this class because that’s what my grandfather expected from me.” Vinson’s good grades allowed him to attend an excellent magnet high school but he realized he didn’t have any Black male role models there or see his own experience reflected in the curriculum, where, he says, “the first time I saw an African American male in my textbook was as a slave.” He didn’t get to see how a school could go beyond providing an education to transforming lives. When as a young college student he attended a week-long training to serve as a servant leader intern teaching children in the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools® summer enrichment program, the light bulb went off: “What I saw changed my life forever. Seeing thousands of young people who were excited about enriching the lives of students in grades K through 12 excited me, and the fact that it was all based around reading really just changed my whole mindset on how I viewed education, how I viewed the movement. And by the end of that summer, during my first year of Freedom Schools, I realized that my calling really was to give back to my community and help young people love to read.” Now, “[I] make sure that I set the [high] expectations. So now with my students at my site, I don’t say, ‘This is what you should do’. . . I say, ‘This is what you’re going to do.’” Vinson is now an Ella Baker Trainer in the Freedom Schools program teaching others how to inspire a love for learning

in children and he wants to see a new kind of teacher training become a priority throughout the educational system. “We need to put more emphasis on helping teachers become better educators—not just teaching a curriculum, but actually educating a child and showing them ways to critically think not only about their curriculum, but about their community and being change agents through academia. We need more trainings for teachers to understand how to analyze curriculum and instruct it and facilitate it in a way where it’s actually connecting to their students. And that’s what is

lacking so much in our school system today, the fact that students are not connecting to what they see . . . “Students are getting punished based on a teacher who either doesn’t care about them or just doesn’t know what they’re doing. And a lot of these teachers have great degrees— and I think it’s great if you go to an Ivy League [university] and you get a degree in education, but . . . Your credentials cannot educate a child. It’s your heart and your love for that child to get an education. And once we realize that teachers are the main vehicles to help children as a whole, that’s when we’re

going to honestly see a change, when we have equitable funding for all teachers and all school systems, because all children deserve a valuable education, and all children deserve teachers who care about them.” Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.

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James From 1 welterweight champion was in 1962. Since then the title has been vacant. James thought he had won the state title on June 23 in a rematch with Hector Orozco at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, only to find out later that there was not an official ranking system in place, which made their fight a non-title bout. This did not stop James from moving forward and taking on tough fights to prove to the boxing community that he will be a contender for a world title. James is from Minneapolis, and started competing in amateur boxing at the age of 10. He has been training at the Circle of Discipline, Inc., under the guidance of Sankara Frazier. James turned pro

in 2010, after competing in amateur boxing for 12 years. He has won numerous national amateur tournaments, trained at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs, Col. and was ranked number one in the nation as an amateur. James and Kayongo are not the only fighters contending for a state title that night. In the main event, Caleb Truax and Cerresso Fort will be competing for the Minnesota Middleweight title and the IBF/USBA Middleweight title. The card also features the Minnesota Lightweight title rematch of Tony Lee vs. Jeremy McLaurin. General admission tickets are $30, with VIP at $40, table seats at $85 and pre-sale ringside seats at $125 ($150 at the door). Information on the card can be found at www. or by calling (612) 282-4869.

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BUSINESS What do you want to be when you grow up? Plan Your Career By Julie Desmond The first day of school is happening all over Minnesota right now. Whatever you do

now, what did that job look like when you were starting ninth grade? Did it even exist? Recruiting, for me, looks nothing like it used to. Gone are the paper files, the thermal paper fax and the suit and tie on every candidate. I always tell my kids, learn to adapt. The work you excel in might not exist yet. Adapt. This is in direct contrast to the other good advice: create goals and stick to

them. Have a plan. Don’t veer from your intended path. Stay the course. And they’re both right. If you know what your strengths are, you can use that knowledge to write up some goals. For example, there’s a teacher over at a local high school who was really good at engineering. He built a career as an engineer at some of the most prestigious companies around. He constantly updated his skills

and stayed on top of his goal of becoming a successful in his field. It paid off, and eventually he retired. So, how did he get into teaching, you wonder, if his strength was engineering? In truth, his strengths were in learning new skills and working with others to create great projects. His ability to mentor others helped him reinforce his own abilities as an engineer, but he could have been equally good

at something else. He knew how to learn, how to teach and how to adapt. When he decided to leave engineering, teaching engineering was a natural next step. He didn’t set out to be a teacher; he took a strong skillset and applied it somewhere else. Today, it’s critical that people keep learning. It seems cliché to sing about the times a-changin’ but that is the way the world works now. Whether you are in transition or perfectly

secure in your current position, remember to keep an eye on developing your skills rather than falling back on your title. The job you excel at next might not look anything like the job you have today. Julie Desmond is IT Recruiting Manager with George Konik Associates, Inc. Please write to Julie at jdesmond@

How will you fund your strategic plan? FUNdraising Good Times

By Mel and Pearl Shaw Strategic planning is the process that drives the work of many nonprofit organizations and institutions. It takes different forms depending on the culture and policies of the nonprofit. Some complete the process at a retreat, others hire a facilitator to work with a committee of the board, still others hire a

IBW From 1 Washington and offers potential solutions to the problems afflicting Black America. The authors of the Black Paper say that the compilation is not an academic exercise, but “a call to action.” Contributors recently discussed their findings at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington. The final product, A Deposit was Made but the Check Still Bounced, is expected to be published next month and will be available on IBW’s web site, Zachery Williams, coordinator of the IBW research consortium, and associate professor of history at the University of Akron in Ohio, said that the purpose of the IBW Black Paper was to suggest strategic directions for the future and to reignite movements for democracy and social change. The title of the Black Paper is a takeoff of a section of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” King said, “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.

firm to survey best practices and emerging trends amongst competitors and collaborators. The outcome – a strategic plan – will drive operations and decision making over a multiyear period. We encourage strategic planning that answers the question “where will the money come from” as part of the process. Determining future directions without seriously evaluating how they will be funded can create an unhealthy stress for nonprofits of any size. Assuming that the development director or vice president will raise the money needed to bring a strategic plan to life without planning and budgeting for his

Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” Williams explained, “Over the last 50 years, we argue that a deposit was made into the account by America, by providing relative ‘equality’ for some Black folks, but the check still bounced because it did not provide ‘equality’ for the overwhelming majority of Black folks.” The collection examines the wealth gap, housing, education, health care, the criminal justice system and a number of key issues and recommended policy and stakeholder changes that would improve the lives of marginalized and poor Blacks in today’s society. “We categorically reject the oft-repeated assertion that targeting conversation and analysis to Black people, or focusing on Black issues is politically incorrect in today’s “post-racial environment,” the executive summary of the IBW Black Paper states. It continued: “IBW regards such distorted thinking as fundamentally flawed and incorrect (whether it comes from Black folks, white folks or other folks) and calls on sober minded persons of all races to join us in this 50 year reflection, analysis and dialogue.” According to the Black Paper, the 20th Century ushered in the migration of the Black community to the urban centers of America that accompanied a sharp distinction in classes among Blacks. “The end of WWII also ushered in a more militant consciousness evidenced by

or her success is irresponsible. Here are three things to consider: If fundraising planning is not integrated into the strategic plan, you may find out later that the plan’s underlying assumptions don’t materialize. Assuming a consistent (or increasing) level of funding without planning for how those funds will be raised, can put the organization itself in jeopardy. Creating operating budgets without a marketbased assessment of whether or not the required income can be generated can also put your nonprofit at risk. If the strategic planning committee envisions a major

fundraising campaign as part of the organization’s future be sure to poll your board members to learn whether or not they would be willing to give an increased amount of their time, money and resources to that campaign. If your board isn’t willing to lead and give, including such a campaign in your strategic plan may not make sense. Unless your nonprofit is funded through a well managed, unrestricted endowment, someone within the organization will ultimately be charged with raising the funds required to bring the strategic plan to life. The extent to which he or she can raise the required funds is often impacted by the extent to

which the nonprofit’s strategic direction aligns with funding priorities of local and national foundations, corporations or individuals who have the financial capacity to make major gifts. One way to integrate fundraising planning into the strategic planning process is to invite input from select donors and funders. Ask program officers and corporate leaders about the vision, strategic directions, goals and objectives of the foundations and businesses they represent. Your CEO and fundraising staff can also provide the strategic planning team with information they have gained over the years

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Nkechi Taifa, a senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice and reform with the Open Society Foundations, talks about the criminal justice system and the IBW Black Paper project in Washington, D.C. returning veterans, which helped to incubate a nascent social movement to fight white racism and elitism,” stated the report. The collection notes that even as some progressive presidential administrations made deposits in social and economic programs that promoted racial and financial equality, those programs were often countered by opposing administrations that passed painful cuts and cost-saving measures that neutered those same programs and “weakened the Black middle class and further marginalized the Black poor, vulnerable, and working classes.” The paper maintains that “sufficient resources were never put into the social account to sustain both the Black middle class and the Black poor and vulnerable” forcing lawmakers and even members of the Black community to choose between bolstering the middle class and providing for the poor. “The results are normal and not an accident or an aberration,” said Mtangulizi Sanyika, former professor of African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans and a former senior fellow at Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace. “It’s how the system is supposed to work.”

Sanyika said that the simple imagery of America’s bounced check captures the major contradiction of the American political economy and how we got where we are today. “Yes, a deposit was made, but the check still bounced. There’s too much rubber in the account so the check will keep bouncing as long as the status quo is maintained,” said Sanyika. Sanyika argues that the American political economy operates on flawed logic, blaming the poor and marginalized for today’s social problems, while ignoring the past that contributed to them. “Never mind the fact that you were robbed in the first place, never mind the fact that your labor was stolen, never mind the fact that you were left landless never mind the fact that your family was disrupted,” said Sanyika. “The consensus is that the American political economy, the free market system, and American democracy are exceptions to the norms of history. That is the American consensus and that is one of our big problems.” Michael Fauntroy, associate professor of political science at Howard University, argued that addressing those big problems

will take big voter turnouts at the ballot booth. “In 1965 approximately 70 African-Americans held elected office in the eleven southern states; that number grew to 248 by 1968, 1,397 by 1974 and 2, 535 by 1981. Now more than 10,500 African-Americans serve as elected officials at every level of local and state government around the nation,” he wrote. Fauntroy said that, numerically, there is no question that that is progress, but African Americans are still underrepresented relative to the number of African Americans across the country. “That progress has not resulted in the kind of change and profound structural reform needed in the policy improvements that we all seek,” said Fauntroy. “Politics is about exercising power to change policy to impact people. Settling on accepting symbols is not enough.” According to Fauntroy, sometimes exercising that power takes getting tough with our friends and punishing our enemies. “While there are other worthy areas to be focused on, the answers to our solutions, beginning in the next election,


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strong print presence, as well as to continue to reach out to younger readers.

From 1 publishing. KW: I really admired your dad and your uncle, and I think it’s great that you and Roland have not only built upon their vision, and that you run a photo of them in the paper every week. That touches me every time I see it, since they were such solid gentlemen and reminded me of my father who was from the same generation and also a WWII veteran. CC: Thank you. I believe that it is important to remember the people that paved the way for you. They are definitely my role models. I think about them

KW: How would you describe the primary mission of the Black Press? CC: I believe that our mission is to deliver the news of and about the Black Community to our respective markets. The most important aspect our mission is that we deliver that news from the Black perspective. KW: What’s at the top of your agenda as you start your new term? CC: My main focus will be, as it was two years ago, to continue to integrate the digital platform to our member papers’ portfolios. However, we still want to maintain our

KW: Do you consider mainstream papers as your competition? CC: Not at all. Mainstream papers biggest competition is television. They are competing for the instant gratification customer. Black newspapers are a niche market and Black consumers are now being targeted by major corporations for their dollars. KW: Do you think the NNPA publications get their fair share of corporate advertising dollars? CC: Definitely not! We have been making that argument for several decades. As a

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will depend largely on who wins those elections and who wins those elections is determined in large part by who turns out to vote,” he said. Nkechi Taifa, a senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice and reform with the Open Society Foundations, an organization that works for public policy reform, said that it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about vigilantism, police brutality, prosecutorial abuse or court processes, as a race Blacks have been subjected to a double standard of justice. “Fifty years ago the police and the Klan worked hand in hand it was overt it was direct, it was in your face,” said Taifa. “Today, 50 years later, the United States has moved from overt racist lynchings and explicitly blatant discrimination to institutionalized racism and institutionalized mass incarceration as its punishment of choice.” Taifa cited a range of actions – including racial profiling, abuse of prosecutorial discretion, the lack of diversity in jury pools, the removal of Blacks from jury pools – that skew the criminal justice system in favor of Whites. She lauded Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent speech on criminal justice reform and said that the proposals he laid out were a step in the right direction. Ultimately, it will be up to community stakeholders, activists, and scholars like those who penned the Black Paper to explain the importance of those reforms and connect the dots for those affected members of the Black community in everyday language, she added. “It is time that we as scholars, advocates and the media raise the ante and have the audacity to advance creative solutions to break the criminal punishment continuum once and for all and fashion new systems based on prevention rather than punishment and compassion rather than criminalization,” said Taifa. “The mass incarceration, the mass criminalization and the institutionalized genocide of Black people must end. What we need is justice, not ‘just us.’”

matter of fact, two years ago we partnered with the Nielsen Ratings Research Company to do a study of African-American consumers and it has been very useful in our advertising sales call and marketing efforts. KW: What did you think of the Zimmerman verdict? CC: Unfortunately, it was what I expected. Once we knew the makeup of the jury, the verdict was a forgone conclusion. Naturally, I am disappointed, but I honestly believe that this may be the wakeup call that this generation of Black folks needs. KW: Does Arizona have a


2013 Selby Ave JazzFest Features Marcus Johnson, Damon L. Brown Organizers of the 12th annual Selby Ave JazzFest recently announced their 2013 entertainment lineup. “This is shaping up to be a real solid day of great music,” said festival founder and Selby community activist Mychael Wright. “We again have a little of everything for

all musical tastes as well as a couple of really dynamite national acts to close the show.” This year’s JazzFest lineup on the Allina Stage includes Headliner Marcus Johnson, Damon L. Brown, Dick and Jane’s Big Brass Band, who are back for their 12th

year, Walker West Music Academy’s Legends of Jazz, Lex Ham Community Band, Jazz Heritage Showcase and Yohannes Tona. Keyboardist Johnson is an independent Billboardranked musician, producer and NAACP Image award nominee. He has emerged as one of the young lions of the music world with his unique self-taught style of piano playing. The 12th annual Selby Ave JazzFest takes place from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 14 at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton Street in St. Paul. Admission is free. For more information, visit the event’s website at

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Guerrero, a Cuban 5 revolutionary, paintings exhibit The Minnesota Cuba Committee and Obsidian Arts are sponsoring a month-long exhibit featuring the paintings of Antonio Guerrero, one of five Cuban revolutionaries locked up in U.S. prisons on what his supporters claim are “trumped-up” charges. The opening reception takes place on Sept. 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Pillsbury House in south Minneapolis, 3501 Chicago Ave. S. The art show, “I Will Die the Way I Lived,” features 15 watercolor paintings by Guerrero, who learned to paint and draw from fellow inmates. “After finishing the painting number 15, I made the decision to stop in this number, because it coincides with the number of years that soon will mark our captivity,” wrote Guerrero in his introductory note to the exhibit. Most of the prisoners’ time has been in maximumsecurity prisons, including many months in solitary

confinement. Also at the Pillsbury House, “The Cuban Wives,” an awardwinning documentary about the families of the Cuban Five, will be shown on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Guerrero, along with four other Cubans – Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González – were convicted on charges that included conspiracy to commit espionage and, in the case of Hernández, conspiracy to commit murder, and received long prison sentences. René Gonzalez was released in 2011 after serving more than 13 years in prison. Known internationally as the Cuban Five, these revolutionaries were arrested in September 1998 in Miami by the FBI. The five had been gathering information on rightwing Cuban exile groups in



• Nyong’o Oscar nod predicted

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Self portrait, Antonio Guerrero

• Young people given a voice: Center stage

Minnesota Cuba Committee y Obsidian Arts son las dos organizaciones patrocinadoras de una exhibición, de un mes de duración, de las pinturas de Antonio Guerrero, uno de los cinco revolucionarios cubanos encerrados en cárceles de los Estados Unidos debido a acusaciones falsas. La recepción inaugural de la exhibición se realizará el 12 de septiembre desde las 6 a las 8 de la noche, en Pillsbury House, situada en 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. La exhibición de arte, llamada “I will die the way I lived” (Moriré como he vivido) consiste de 15 acuarelas de Antonio Guerrero, quien aprendió a pintar y dibujar de otros presos. “Después de pintar la acuarela número 15, decidí parar de pintar, dado que coincide con la cantidad de años que muy pronto marcará

nuestra fecha en cautiverio”, escribe Antonio Guerrero en su nota introductoria para la exhibición. La mayor parte del tiempo estuvo en cárceles de alta seguridad, incluyendo muchos meses incomunicado. Además, el 19 de septiembre a las 7 de la tarde, en Pillsbury House, se presentará el documental “The Cuban Wives” sobre las familias de los Cinco Cubanos. Antonio Guerrero, y otros cuatro cubanos—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, y René González—fueron declarados culpables basado en cargos falsos, incluyendo “conspiración para cometer espionaje”, y en el caso de Gerardo Hernández, de “conspiración para cometer homicidio”, recibiendo largas sentencias. En 2011, René González fue puesto en libertad después de cumplir 13 años de cárcel.


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Nyong’o Oscar nod predicted

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Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years A Slave”

(GIN) – Movie critics, swept off their feet by Kenyan actress and filmmaker Lupita Nyong’o, are predicting an Oscar nod for the captivating new star who appears in the blockbuster movie “12 Years a Slave.” Based on a true story, the movie tracks Northern-born free man Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped in Washington, DC, and sold into slavery in 1841.He worked on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years before his release. His autobiography appeared in 1853. The film received a standing ovation during its recent debut at the Tulleride Film Festival in Colorado. Variety magazine movie critic Peter Debrudge wrote: “Actresses like Nyong’o don’t come along often, and she’s

a stunning discovery amidst an ensemble that carves out room for proven talents such as Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Brad Pitt to shine.” Northup’s unforgettable story was also the subject of an American TV film which aired on PBS in 1984. Directed by Gordon Parks, it was released on video under the name “Half Slave, Half Free.” Born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the U.S., Nyong’o is a graduate of Yale’s drama program and has already directed her own documentary about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population. She is best known for her role in MTV’s 2009 series “Shuga.” The movie, at two hours and fourteen minutes, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on Oct. 18.

Cuba Gooding on The Butler, Django, & celebrities By Kam Williams Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born in the Bronx on January 2, 1968, but raised in Los Angeles from the age of 4 on. Best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of the charminglyarrogant Rod “Show Me the Money!” Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, he first found fame in 1991 when he received critical acclaim for his performance in John Singleton’s coming-of-age classic “Boyz n the Hood.” Cuba followed-up that success with roles in “As Good as It Gets,” “What Dreams May Come,” and the Oscarnominated “A Few Good Men.” The versatile thespian’s repertoire also includes roles in pictures ranging from “Red Tails” to “Radio” to “Men of Honor” to “Pearl Harbor” to “American Gangster” to “Shadowboxer” to “Boat Trip” to “Snow Dogs” to “Norbit.” Among his upcoming big screen projects are “Don Jon” and the sequel “Machete Kills.” On television, he played the title character in the award-winning “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” as well as in “Firelight,” the highest rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie ever. A decade ago, Cuba’s extraordinary achievements were recognized when he was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Here, he talks about his work opposite Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

KW: Especially because it tackles the material from a fresh perspective. CG: It’s interesting, too, because when Django Unchained came out, so many people were alienated by it, while others who thought it was just a really cool ride from Quentin Tarantino said, “Get over it!” If you look at the latter group, a lot of them were really young kids who had a disconnect from slavery. To them, all they saw was their hero being freed, shooting back, saving the day and getting his girl. It’s funny, I started dating my wife, who’s Caucasian with blonde hair and blue eyes, in 1987. I got hate mail when I did Boyz n the Hood saying stuff like, “I can’t believe your girlfriend is white.” But I hadn’t grown up in the South back in the days when blacks were lynched for even looking at a white woman. And when you look at what I did today, it’s elementary compared to the attention being paid to the issue of same-sex marriage. So, we’ve moved away for the better, but we just can’t afford to forget all the sacrifices and trials and tribulations.

Kam Williams: Hi Cuba, appreciate the time. Cuba Gooding, Jr: Anytime, Kam. How are ya, buddy? KW: Great, and you? CG: Very well, thank you. KW: What interested you in The Butler? CG: Well, to give you a little history, Lee Daniels and I had been friends even before he was a producer, manager or casting director. When he offered me the role of the shadowboxer in Shadowboxer, I was invited into the editing room. We’ve done this thing throughout his career from Precious on, where he sends me screenplays that he’s considering. So, I feel like this is an invested relationship I have with him. He sent me this screenplay about five years ago, suggesting that I might be the butler. KW: Were you upset when you didn’t land the title role? CG: No, one thing led to another in casting choices, and now I couldn’t imagine this movie without Forest Whitaker playing the lead and Oprah playing his wife. I think they’re both deserving

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Cuba Gooding Jr. in “The Butler” of Oscar nominations. Their relationship in the movie’s so powerful, and so is Forest’s with David Oyelowo’s character. KW: You did a great job, too. CG: Thanks. It just feels so good to be involved again

with a movie that’s socially relevant. I recently met a 27 year-old white male who admitted that he didn’t know about the sit-ins until seeing this movie’s scene with the kids being refused service in a segregated diner. And it hit me how we


can so easily forget, because I’m in my forties. There’s such a disconnect from the next generation in terms of all the brutality. That’s why it feels good to be a part of this film which revisits that time period and talks about what transpired.

KW: How much research did you have to do to prepare for the role? CG: Well, I’d been researching and gathering information on the subject for several years for both this script and for a Martin Luther King story about


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Young people given a voice: Center stage By Titilayo Bediako An exciting partnership was formed this summer between WE WIN Institute, the Ordway Theater, Connections to Independence (C2i) and Sabathani Community Center. The collaboration brought in noted artists including, Chad Heslup, Toki Wright, Chastity Brown and Lisa Brimmer. Heslup, better known as MC Longshot; a song writer, composer and producer who has just released his sixth CD titled, “Instant 4 Eternity,” which has received rave reviews. Wright is a Twin Cities recording artist, community organizer and educator. Brown is a singer, songwriter and musician who was dubbed by the critics as

Gooding From 6 Selma. So, it’s a time period I’d already become pretty well-versed in. KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: How similar are you to your character in The Butler, Carter Wilson? CG: I AM that guy! [LOL] Sometimes, I can be pretty goofy, and a bit of an exhibitionist. I don’t think I’m quite as free with the lips as he is, but I can tell a joke or two. Some of those lines I ad-libbed. KW: How emotionally affected were you seeing the film for the first time? CG: I was a wreck. I sat and hugged Pam [producer Pam Williams] like someone had died in the family. And, to

Minneapolis’ best folk artist in 2012. Brimmer, is a poet and a Givens Foundation for African American Literature Fellow in 2010 and 2013. The program helped children develop a respect for the arts and gave them an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the arts. Students learned the roles of language in art production, artistic expression and various career paths that exist within performing arts. The artists led youth through group warm-up and performance exercises during which they learned how to vocally warm up to sing, project their voices and use their whole vocal range. They also instructed students how to produce original artistic content. The professional artists mentored youth in the process of

be honest with you, Kam, it wasn’t so much the history lesson, but simply that my eldest son who’s 18 was going off to college, and I couldn’t get back to L.A. to see him off when he left because I was stuck in New York. The father-son relationship just hit me, man, especially the scene where Cecil Gaines says goodbye to his son departing for college. What I experienced wasn’t a feeling of sadness, but rather a realization of this higher calling in life, and how we’re all a part of this chain. KW: Speaking of your being in New York, Harriet PakulaTeweles asks: How did you enjoy being on Broadway? What play were you doing, A Trip to Bountiful? CG: Yes, sir, since February. I loved it. I actually started in theater, that’s where an

producing a show, from creating and ordering artistic content to

stage management techniques, to how to run lighting and a

soundboard. Youth also learned a variety of performance skills during an intense two-day tech and dress rehearsal, including speaking to the audience, talking to a group, voice projection and how to negotiate stage space with other performers. “One goal of the project is to encourage life-long engagement in the performing arts. We are delighted to partner with WE WIN Institute and Sabathani for this program and are committed to continuing a partnership of creative programming, education and entertainment that inspires us all,” said Patricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway. “This program fits completely within our mission,” said Lissa Jones, executive director of Sabathani Community Center.

agent found me in ’86, I was doing a Shakespeare festival. On the stage, if you don’t understand every word of what you’re saying, it is apparent in your countenance. So, I was always about living the character. Then I got stolen away by TV where I got my start as MacGyver’s sidekick for awhile which was easy to phone in. You know the guy, you know the peril, and you know how to save the day. So, I leapt at this opportunity to go back, and it reignited my creativity. Just to be across from Cicely Tyson on that stage every day, was great. My creative passion is back!

asked. Just last night, literally, I was sitting around talking with some friends about those old movies with a Broadway theme. Maybe one of those.

question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? CG: I would fly. I’ve been dreaming about flying since I was 5 years-old.

KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet? CG: Well, I smile a lot more on the red carpet.

KW: The Gabby Douglas question: If you had to choose another profession, what would that be? CG: Social work. Or maybe coaching kids sports. I’ve always been a people person. It would have to be something where I could help people.

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“We welcome the opportunity to partner with WE WIN Institute and the Ordway to give our young people access to the arts.” Heslup, one of the artists who also works with WE WIN Institute, assisted with youth on a project. He helped youth in creating a spoken word composition on Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old AfricanAmerican youth who was killed and received national attention. “It has been really incredible working with our youth this summer. They worked hard and really demonstrated great talent and the ability to give their best,” said Heslup. The program was showcased on Aug. 23 inside the Sabathani Community Center auditorium with a variety show format. The acts included singing, hip-hop, poetry, music, and dance.

KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: What is your favorite charity? CG: The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is one of them. I have a few. KW: Can you give me a Cuba Gooding, Jr. question to ask other celebrities? CG: Yeah, what still scares you? KW: Thanks, and thanks again for the time, Cuba. CG: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: Harriet also asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in? CG: That’s an interesting question I’ve never been

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Opening this week for movies opening September 13 By Kam Williams “Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13 for terror, intense violence and mature themes) Horror sequel finds the Lamberts reunited and again haunted by a series of increasingly-terrifying paranormal events while unraveling the mystery linking them to the spirit world. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. “The Family” (R for violence, profanity and brief sexuality) Mafia comedy about an American mobster-turnedsnitch (Robert De Niro) living with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kids (Dianna Agron and John D’Leo) in a tiny town in France where he proceeds to blow his cover much to the consternation

of the CIA Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to hide them in the Witness Protection Program. With Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Pastore and Dominic Chianese.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS “And While We Were Here” (R for profanity, some sexuality and brief drug use) Romance drama revolving around a jaded writer (Kate Bosworth) stuck in a stale marriage who gets her groove back by embarking on a steamy affair with a young college student (Iddo Goldberg) while doing research on the island of Ischia for her grandmother’s

turned-editor Carine Roitfeld who ran French Vogue from 20012011. Featuring appearances by Tom Ford, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld.

(Claire Bloom) memoir. With Jamie Blackley. “Blue Caprice” (R for profanity, drug use and disturbing violence) Beltway sniper saga chronicling the exploits of the infamous serial killers (Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond) who terrorized the entire Washington, DC area during the month of October in 2002. With Tim Blake Nelson, Joey Lauren Adams and Leo Fitzpatrick. “Four” (R for sexuality, profanity and brief drug use) Day-in-thelife drama set on a very eventful Fourth of July on which a married man (Wendell Pierce) cheats on his bedridden wife (Yolonda Ross) with a closeted teen (Emory Cohen) he meets online at the same time that his daughter (Aja Naomi King) is entertaining the advances of a drug-addicted, ex-basketball star (E.J. Bonilla) she met at the mall. With Liam Benzi, Andrea Herbert and Kathryn Meisle. “GMO OMG” (Unrated) Ecodocumentary suggesting that humans are unwittingly serving as guinea pigs in agri-chemical companies’ long-term test of whether genetically-modified foods are safe for consumption. (In English and French with

Guerrero From 5 Florida that have a long history of carrying out violent acts against the Cuban Revolution. Their assignment was to keep the Cuban government informed of these deadly operations in order to prevent as many as possible from coming to fruition. Over five decades, more than 3,500 Cubans have


“Insidious 2” subtitles) “Herb & Dorothy 50X50” (Unrated) Bittersweet sequel follows recently-widowed Dorothy Vogel as she divvies up her and her late husband’s legendary art collection among museums located in all 50 states. “Informant” (Unrated) Turncoat documentary about Brandon Darby, a left-wing activist recruited by the FBI in 2005 to spy on fellow progressives, who eventually renounced radical politics entirely to become a Tea Party advocate. “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity, drug use and bloody images) Class-conscious drama, set in 1969, about the tensions which

been killed and 2,100 injured in attacks – most originating from U.S. soil. Guerrero was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. In 2009, his sentence was reduced to 21 years and 10 months after an appeals court ruled that the sentences of three of the five – Guerrero, Labañino, and Fernando González – were excessive. The reduction in the sentences was seen as an acknowledgement of

Guerrero From 5 Los Cinco Cubanos o “Cuban Five”, como se les conoce internacionalmente, son revolucionarios arrestados en septiembre de1998 en Miami por el FBI. Ellos habían estado recogiendo información sobre los grupos de derecha de exiliados cubanos en la Florida con un largo historial de acciones violentas contra la Revolución Cubana, con la complicidad del gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Su misión era mantener informado al gobierno cubano de esas mortíferas operaciones para prevenir que muchas de

arise when a clan of Alabama hillbillies’ relatively rich relations arrive from England for the funeral of the family matriarch. Starring Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Billy Bob Thornton and Tippi Hedren. “The Last Time I Saw Macao” (Unrated) Nostalgic documentary about a filmmaker (Joao Rui Guerra da Mata) who ventures from Portugal to his native Macao for the first time in 30 years after being summoned back by a cross-dressing former flame (Joao Pedro Rodrigues). With Lydie Barbara and Cindy Scrash. (In Portuguese with subtitles) “Mademoiselle C” (unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the career of model-

“Money for Nothing” (Unrated) Central banking expose, narrated by Liev Schreiber, detailing the Federal Reserve System’s ability to manipulate the world’s economy. With appearances by former, Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, economist Janet Yellen and investment strategist Jeremy Grantham. “Mother of George” (R for profanity, sexuality and a disturbing image) Marital crisis drama about a newlywed Nigerian couple (Danai Gurira and Isaach de Bankole) dealing with infertility while trying to keep their modest restaurant afloat in Brooklyn. With Yaya Alafia, Anthony Okungbowa and Angelique Kidjo. “Sample This” (Unrated) Hiphop documentary revealing the pivotal role that The Incredible Bongo Band played in the creation of rap music. Includes commentary by R&B diva Freda Payne, gridiron great Rosey Grier and Kiss front man Gene Simmons.

the pressure put on the U.S. government from the worldwide campaign demanding freedom for the Cuban Five. More than 350 committees in 114 countries, hundreds of political organizations, and thousands of individuals around the world are working to win the freedom of the Cuban Five. Support ranges from the National Conference of Black Lawyers to the National Council of Churches,

actors such as Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, 12 Nobel Prize laureates, several trade unions and many others. Also at the Pillsbury House, “The Cuban Wives,” an awardwinning documentary about the families of the Cuban Five will be shown on September 19 at 7 PM. For more information, visit www.minnesota or call (612)-367-6134.

ellas se concretaran. Por más de cinco décadas, más de 3.500 cubanos fueron muertos y 2.100 lesionados en ataques, originados, la mayor parte de ellos, desde el territorio de los Estados Unidos. Antonio Guerrero recibió una sentencia de cadena perpetua más 10 años. El 13 de octubre de 2009, su sentencia fue reducida a 21 años y 10 meses, después que un tribunal de apelaciones dictó que las sentencias de tres de los cinco cubanos—Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino y Fernando González—eran excesivas. La reducción de esas sentencias draconianas fue el reconocimiento de la presión ejercida en el gobierno de los

Estados Unidos por la campaña solidaria a nivel mundial exigiendo la libertad de los Cinco Cubanos. Más de 350 comités en 114 países, cientos de organizaciones políticas, y miles de personas en todo el mundo están aunando esfuerzos para lograr la liberación de los Cinco Cubanos. Ese apoyo proviene de National Conference of Black Lawyers, National Council of Churches, de actores como Danny Glover y Harry Belafonte, de 12 ganadores del Premio Nobel, de varios sindicatos de industrias, y muchos otros. Para más información, visitar www. o llamar al 612-367-6134.

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FULL CIRCLE Harness the power of the ancestors Man Talk

By Timothy Houston Years ago when my kids were small, I received some excellent advice from my friend and mentor. He told me to cherish the time I had with my children because there would come a day that we would not be able to sit down and have dinner together. As time went on, his counsel quickly came to pass. At that time, I had 4 kids in three different schools, and if

you added in the complexity of multiple activities such as band, cheerleading, football, basketball, and track practices, we could hardly find time for a sit-down family dinner. Out of this need came our family’s Sunday dinner tradition that has existed in some form or another for the last 25 years. This tradition has now grown to include my 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and extended family and friends. Family traditions are an important part of our heritage. They have their roots in distant past when the concept and system of family as a unit of society was crystallized. In all ages and in all civilizations, since the ancient time to the present day, families have taken pride in their

traditions. From our African roots to our American culture, family traditions have been established to remind us of who we are and where we come from. This is a prerequisite to clearly understand where we are going. Like our language, traditions and customs keep us connected to our common ancestry. Family traditions must be preserved. Some families like to identify a particular person as the keeper of the family traditions and assign a particular name to the keeper. In West Africa the griot is the repository of oral traditions, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages. In Mande society, the jeli was

a historian, advisor, arbitrator, praise singer, and storyteller. Most African villages had their own griot, who told tales of births, deaths, marriages, battles, hunts, affairs, and hundreds of other things. This was their way of keeping their family’s traditions, history, and culture alive from one generation to the next. Family traditions provide a guide for parenting. Meaningful family traditions have always been a valuable tool for parents and elders to carry out the responsibility of raising children and injecting into them social values. Family traditions ensure that the warmth and closeness of a family bond grows. In the modern context, maintenance of and developing family traditions

continue to be as significant as they were at the earliest times. Active family traditions and meaningful participation in them help families to avoid what the social scientists call “entropy”. An “entropic family” is one that loses its sense of emotional closeness because members neglect the family’s inner life and community ties. Without strong family traditions to bind a family together, the children will over time simply drift apart. Family traditions must be kept alive. Think about your family. What are your traditions? Who is the keeper of the flame? You or someone in your family may need to research your family history to discover some of the rich, powerful, and vibrant traditions

your fore-fathers used. By this, you will be able to harness the power of your ancestors. Without the aid of computers, telephones, or the internet, they were able to weave a fabric of family traditions that has lasted down through the ages. These traditions will help you to be a better, person, parent, and family member. Great family traditions keep great families together! Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. For copies of his book, questions, comments or more information, go to www.

Stop making excuses; find the time Motivational Moments

By Penny JonesRichardson Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! We make excuses for ourselves on a daily basis. We make excuses for

not finishing what we started, we make excuses for not following our dreams, and we make excuses for just about everything that we know we should be doing but just don’t have the drive to go out there and step out on faith. I can remember making up excuses for not finishing something that I know I should have finished a long time ago. My excuses were that I was working all the time and I was tired when I got home, or it just

wasn’t enough hours in the day to get it done. All that did was hinder me from being who I truly believe I was called to be. I let those excuses stop me from completing something that should have took me months to complete, but instead it took me over a year to finish. When we make up excuses to not follow our dreams, we do it because fear steps in. We let fear tell us that it is a waste of time and that we have other priorities that

must come first. Believe me I understand that. But also believe that if you don’t make achieving your goals your first priority, they will always be at the bottom of your list. You have to see that your goals should be something that is worked on daily. You will never achieve any goal if you make it something that you work on in your spare time. Goals aren’t spare time work, they are first and foremost! Stop making up excuse for

not doing something and make the time to do it every day. Find the time! If you have to lock yourself in a room for an hour, make that your time! If you have to use the time right before bed time, make that your time! If you have to tell your family that every day for an hour you will be unavailable, make it your time! When you stop making up excuses for not doing what you should be doing, then with hard work and perseverance you

will see amazing results. Never let a busy day go by without you focusing on your goals and how to make them a reality. And as always remember, stay focused…..stay determined…. and keep striving for greatness! Penny Jones-Richardson is a published Author and Life Coach. penny@thequeensproject. com

Holmes envisions diversity in ethnicity and in thought The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes began her tenure as the first African-American president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United) one year ago. Her vision for the seminary has a strong focus on creating a diverse community, not only in race and ethnicity, but also for those who are diverse in thought. To this end, Holmes has taken major steps toward creating a learning environment that will continue to actively invite members of all communities to study and prosper at United. Addressing the common barriers for students of color, there are new scholarships to assist with tuition, a recently appointed director of diversity and student affairs and new faculty and adjunct faculty with backgrounds that make them uniquely qualified to teach United’s incoming students. In order to ease the financial burden, two new scholarships for incoming students are now available. These scholarships were created to introduce theological education to those pursuing a career in ministry, seeking professional development, following a new career path or engaging a deeper understanding of their

can be admitted into a master’s program at United. For those interested but unsure about theological education, United is awarding a limited number of “Test the Waters” scholarships. This award provides an opportunity for a qualified student to enroll in a degree program to test the waters of theological study before making a decision to enroll in one of United’s master’s degree programs. Changes to the staff have also been a part of the plan to Courtesy of United Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes

own spirituality. Because of the generosity of Robyn and Frank Sims, African-American former board members and Twin Cities residents, a scholarship fund has been created to provide one full year of tuition in any master’s degree program (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts or Master of Arts in Religious Leadership) for African-American students. The Sims scholar can choose when the scholarship can be of the greatest financial help for them and use it over the course of several semesters. Even without a bachelor’s degree, a certain number of students

bring diversity to life at United. Margaree Levy has been promoted to the position of director of diversity and student affairs, and her role encourages diversity in the institution through creating multicultural programs and events. Most recently, Levy organized events such as Out in Gospel and brought award-winning jazz artist Kirk Whalum to Minneapolis to perform from his album trilogy, “The Gospel According to Jazz.” United also announced

two new African-American professors joining the faculty in the 2013 fall semester. Joining the faculty as assistant professor of pastoral care and pastoral theology, Trina Armstrong, an ordained itinerant elder with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.), will begin her first term this fall teaching two pastoral care courses, Caring for Families and Relationships and Pastoral Care in Grief and Loss. Visiting professor of theater

and culture, Sarah Bellamy, associate artistic director at Penumbra Theatre, will teach a new course in the fall term, Bearing Witness: The Power of Story. This course will look at the power of theatre to promote social justice and equity through story, performance and post-play dialogue. For additional information about the scholarships, contact Michelle Turnau, director of financial aid, at mturnau@unitedseminary. edu or (651)255-6117.

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Community Calendar • Classifieds Phone: 612.588.1313

Fax: 612.588.2031

your feet moving and your heart pumping. There will also be music, prizes and healthy food options. NorthPoint will be distributing health and wellness information and most importantly, providing a setting where everyone can have fun. To register online or for more info go to www.

Send Community Calendar information to us by email: info@, by fax: 612.588.2031, by phone:( 612)5881313 or by mail: 1815 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411. Free or low cost events preferred. EVENTS HCMC Exhibit Sept. 3-Oct. 30 A new exhibit featured in the Hennepin Government Center, The World Within Our Walls: The history of departments inside HCMC, which highlights the vast array of skills, abilities, and concerns that are necessary to fulfill our patient care mission opens Sept. 3 and runs through Oct. 30, 2013. This exhibit contains historic and current documents, objects and photographs that tell the story of each hospital department’s contribution to our health care mission. For more information, visit our website at www.hennepin, or stop into the History Center on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10am2pm located inside HCMC in BL 226 and 227, 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, or call (612) 873-6090. The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A Level, 300. S. Sixth St., Minneapolis. Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Business Workshop Sept. 10 Do you have any questions about setting up your business entity? Are you wondering what to choose? Do you have questions about how your choice affects your taxes or liability? If so then attend the free workshop “Choosing the right business entity for your business” hosted by Fredrikson and Byron Law Firm and sponsored by the Northside Economic


“The Illusionist: Shakespeare Reveals All” performance September 13, 14, 19, & 20 “The Illusionist: Shakespeare Reveals All” an original play by author, Jerry Wilson, will be presented by The Park Theater Company at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Studio Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins on September 13 (Fri); September 14 (Sat); September 19 (Thu) and September 20 (Fri), Curtain - 7:00pm. Opportunity Network (NEON) and The Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). The workshop will take place at North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411), Tuesday September 10th, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. For More information call (612) 302-1505 or email Target Free Thursday Nights Sept. 12, 19, 26 The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in

September feature a Chef-in-Residence event with Peter Ireland (Thursday, September 5); A Preview of the 20132014 Performing Arts Season (Thursday, September 5) and Music in the Garden featuring The Field of Medicine (Thursday, September 5). Target Free Thursday Nights in September also includes a Teen Art Lounge (Thursday, September 19), and Conversation: The Politics of Home with University of Minnesota history professor Tracey

Performed by Jerry Wilson, Rachel Ratkowski, and Symone Wilson, this original play tells the story of William Shakespeare, characterized as the world’s greatest playwright, and his greatest opponent Christopher Marlowe. Shakespeare reveals the personal secrets and intrigues that inspired his works. However, Christopher Deutsch (Thursday, September 19). Galleries open 5–9 pm. Harvest Gala Sept. 12 The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market and Chowgirls Killer Catering announce the second annual Harvest Gala on September 12, 2013, 6pm to 10pm, at Chowgirls Parlor. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the activities and mission of the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market. The Gala features an

innovative format that pairs Market vendors and local chefs. Chefs and farmers team up to create tasty appetizers using ingredients sourced from the Northeast Farmers Market. The Gala also includes entertainment, by Dan Turpening, Adam Frank and ethnic dancing. A silent auction will include donated arts, crafts, certificates and services from local artisans, businesses and individuals. Donations for the silent auction are now being solicited. A


Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium - Preview Center


Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

Construction Manager:

Mortenson Construction, in association with Thor Construction


HKS, Inc.

Mortenson Construction (the Construction Manager at Risk) is soliciting proposals for Procurement and Construction on the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium - Preview Center. Notice is hereby given that responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) will be received by Mortenson for the provision of Construction Services on the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium Preview Center for general construction, mechanical construction, and electrical construction. Please see the RFP for specific subcontract categories. The current projected process and schedule for selecting the subcontractors is as follows: 100% Design Development Documents Issued RFP Proposal Manual Issued Pre-Proposal Conference / Job Site Walk Through RFP Submission Proposer Interviews Selection

September 6th, 2013 September 6th, 2013 September 17th, 2013 September 24, 2013 September 24-October 4, 2013 September 27-October 9, 2013

All dates are approximate and are provided as a courtesy to Proposers. Mortenson reserves the right, acting in its sole judgment, to modify this process or schedule. Plans and specifications are available via For access to the plans and specifications on, contact My Nhia Vang at (Phone: 763-287-5639). Copies of the plans and specifications will also be provided to the following plan rooms for viewing:

Marlowe does not consider Shakespeare a notable or competent dramaturgist. Intense combat ensues in this “war of words.” Come see who wins! Tickets: $15. Phone: 952-9355762 Please visit website: www.theparktheater or online: www.brownpapertickets. com/event/447118. Donation Agreement with information about donating can be found below or at Northeast Farmers Market (www. northeastmarket. org). All donations submitted by September 7 will be promoted online. Each contributing donor will receive one free admission to the Gala. Admission to the Gala is $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite (http:// harvestgalanefm-es2. The Northeast Farmers Market is located on the corner of 7th Street NE and University Avenue, in the St. Boniface Church

parking lot. Chowgirls Parlor is located at 1224-2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, 55413. Second Annual Fit-4Fun Sept. 14 Join north Minneapolis neighbors in a day of fun and fitness at the Fit-4-Fun event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at NorthPoint Health & Wellness, 1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis. As part of this celebration of healthy living, take a family-oriented 1- or 3-mile walk or run, or participate in a bicycle tour through Northside neighborhoods. Try aerobic exercises, line dancing, an obstacle course and other activities to get

Walking and Biking Tours through September 15 During the summer of 2013, Preserve Minneapolis will offer 27 unique tours that highlight the natural, built, and cultural treasures found throughout the City. The 2013 schedule runs from May 19th through September 15th. On each tour, guides with experience in fields like architecture, history, and preservation will tell the “stories behind the stories” and give participants a greater understanding of the area’s social and built history…with fun and a sense of humor. Tours typically cost $8 per person. Participants must pre-register online. Tours fill up fast and will be held to their size limits; however, when space allows, we will accept lastminute additions and cash payments of $10 at the tour starting points. Prepayment/registration and more information is available at: h t t p : / / w w w. preserveminneapolis. org/wpfile/tours/ Aging Eye Forum Sept. 26 Eye specialists from Phillips Eye Institute will discuss age-related vision issues and options for treatment at the Aging Eye Forum, Thursday, September 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Phillips Eye Institute 2215 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Topics will include cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, intraocular lens implants, glaucoma, macular degeneration and laser vision correction surgery. Products and resources from the Minnesota Low Vision Store will be on display.


DIABETES Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of

death in Minnesota, and African Americans die from diabetes at more than double the rate of whites. If you are African American, 18 and older and overweight, you are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes. But the good news is “It’s not too late to prevent diabetes”. Recent studies show you can prevent or delay diabetes. Lose a small amount of weight by being physically active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and eating healthier. Join a Stairstep Foundation/His Works United “I Can Prevent Diabetes” Program offered in area churches at no cost to you and receive $125 in gift certificates for completion. For more information call Sylvia Amos at 612-521-3110.

Executive Administrative Assistant One (1) electronic copy and five (5) bound copies of Sealed Proposals shall be submitted to Mortenson at the address provided below no later than 2:00 pm on September 24, 2013 which is the deadline for submittal of Proposals. M. A. Mortenson Company 700 Meadow Lane North Minneapolis, MN 55422 Attention: Carolyn Wolf, Project Manager Phone: 763-287-5737 Proposals shall be valid for 120 days. Proposals will be opened privately by Mortenson in the presence of the representatives of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, if requested by the Authority. The subcontract will be held by M. A. Mortenson Company. The form of Subcontract Agreement, together with the Construction Services Agreement between the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson, are available within the RFP. The Owner has adopted a comprehensive Equity Plan for the construction phase of the Project. The Targeted Business Program sets an 11% and 9% goal for construction contracts for the Project to be awarded to women- and minority-owned Minnesota-based business enterprises (MWBE), respectively. The Targeted Business Program also establishes a Veterans Inclusion Program to ensure that our veterans have every opportunity to participate in the Project. The Veterans Inclusion Program will include efforts to include small veteran-owned businesses. See the RFP Proposal Manual for Subcontract Category specific MWBE goals. The Work Force Program sets a 32% and 6% goal for workforce utilization for the Project of minorities and women, respectively. The Equity Plan applies to all subcontractors and suppliers of all tier levels. The Veterans Inclusion Program will also include efforts to utilize veteran in the construction workforce. Proposers are expected to use all necessary and reasonable means to comply with the Equity Plan, including without limitation soliciting work from a broad number of Targeted Businesses and for work scopes suitable for their participation. Pre-Proposal Meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Brakins Consulting& Psychological Services, LLC & the African American Child Wellness Institute seek a highly motivated individual for a full-time position to work primarily with African American children, adolescents and adults in a community-based private practice clinic. The Executive Administrative Assistant (EAA) will be responsible for performing moderately complex to complex administrative tasks in support of the Executive/Clinic Director and the Mental Health Service Delivery Treatment team. Duties include extensive meeting scheduling, providing assistance to coordinate larger and complex meetings. Compiling information and preparing moderately complex documents, spreadsheets and reports using appropriate software; assisting, screening and/or selectively referring callers; handling complex and sensitive inquiries/calls from external/internal sources. The EAA is also responsible for confirming travel arrangements and managing payments for payroll and expense report reimbursement. The EAA will also provide support within areas of reporting for business documentation and team/individual goals, personnel changes and department record keeping processes. The successful candidate proactively tracks procedures and deadlines. The candidate may work closely with both internal and external customers to meet service needs. The EAA will also act as an onsite assistant for the Treatment team for miscellaneous duties such as equipment assistance, delivery support and supplies. Performing special projects as requested. The successful candidate must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of college plus 2 years experience as an administrative assistant; possess strong written and verbal communication skills and have experience with interacting with ethnically diverse mental health consumers. Finally, Punctuality, Reliability and Dependability are a must. Unqualified applicants need not apply. Interested candidates should send a resume, interest letter and at least 3 references to:

All questions regarding this RFP shall be directed in writing to Carolyn Wolf, Mortenson Project Manager, at the address above or via e-mail at Interpretations or clarifications considered necessary by Mortenson in response to such questions will be issued by Addenda to all parties recorded as having received the RFP documents. Questions received less than seven (7) days prior to the date for openings of the Proposals may not be answered. Only responses issued by formal written Addenda will be binding. Oral and other interpretations or clarifications will be without legal effect. Addenda may be issued to modify the Proposal Documents as deemed advisable by Mortenson. END OF ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS

BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., LP, Clinic Director Brakins Consulting& Psychological Services, LLC & The African American Child Wellness Institute 4050 Olson Memorial Hwy # 195 Golden Valley, MN 55422 (Phone) 763-522-0100 (Fax) 763-588-0100 Email:

To register, call (612) 775-8964 or email Elizabeth.albrecht2@ by Tuesday, September 24. The Aging Eye Forum is sponsored by the Kirby Puckett Education Center of Phillips Eye Institute and Alcon. “With Privilege Comes Responsibility” Workshop Sept. 26 The “With Privilege Comes Responsibility” Workshop to focus on ways to turn knowledge and understanding into action, and the role that people of privilege must play in the fight for racial justice will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26th, 2013—6:30 to 8:30 pm at the YWCA downtown facility (1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403). Price: $25 for YWCA members, $50 non YWCA members. Tickets may be purchased through the YWCA website (Workshops), or at the door. For more information please contact Jerad Green, or call Sara Jensen at 612-215-4133. Third Annual Big Gay Race Sept. 28 Last year, more than 7,000 people ran, jogged and walked to show their support for the freedom to marry. Join us this year on Saturday, September 28 at St. Anthony Main, 65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55 to celebrate marriage equality and thank all the legislators who voted yes! This wasn’t the easiest thing to do for some of our state lawmakers – but in the end, a bipartisan majority chose to follow their own consciences and do the right thing for all Minnesota families. Everyone is welcome at this fun and festive event! There’s no skill level required, and you can walk or run at your own pace. The most important thing is that you show up and participate. Check-in /Day of Race Registration 8:30 am - Race begins at 10:00 am. To register: mnunited.

org/biggacerace. Follow the Big Gay Race on Twitter: @ BigGayRace. The Twin Cities Financial Planning Day Oct 5 Find answers to your money management questions at the Twin Cities Financial Planning Day with KSTP’s Joe Schmit Oct 5th, 2013 10am to 2 pm at Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104. The Financial Planning Association of Minnesota (FPA) is giving the Twin Cities community a day of free financial advice. FPA is teaming up with the City of Saint Paul, the Wilder Foundation, and Neighborhood House to bring this one-of-a-kind opportunity to people who have questions about money. The free event is open to the public and will include workshops, one-on-one financial advising sessions, and a resource fair to learn more about programs and services that are available. Don’t miss this opportunity to get free, private advice on the financial issues that matter most to you from qualified professionals from FPA. For information visit www.Financial TwinCities or call (877) 861-7826. Volunteers of America Foster Parent Information Meetings Ongoing Foster Parent Information Meetings for interested skilled parents desiring to provide care for troubled youth in the Volunteers of America foster care program. Kids of all ages are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents. Information meetings are held at Volunteers of America Corporate Office every Friday from 10am-11:30am. To RSVP or for additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact Jolene Swan at (952) 945-4064, email ftpfostercare@voamn. org or online at

Executive Director Headwaters Foundation for Justice seeks experienced Executive Director. Responsibilities include fundraising, staff development, board relations, strategic partnerships and alliances. ED reports to 18-member board. The successful candidate will understand and be committed to community organizing as a model for social change. Will employ a participatory leadership approach and have the maturity, experience and skill to instill confidence and build a shared vision with stakeholders. The ideal candidate must possess exceptional written/ verbal skills, excellent strategic planning abilities, solid management skills, and the capacity to translate vision into results. Require at least 5 years progressive leadership experience, BA or equivalent experience. Excellent benefits, salary commensurate with experience, to apply email resume, cover letter and salary history to search@ by September 16 – position open until filled. No phone calls. EOE.

APARTMENT OPENINGS Delton Manor is accepting applications for future 1, 2, & 3 Bedrm apartment openings. Delton Manor has 3 two-bedrm handicapped accessible units located in the building. Delton Manor promotes equal housing opportunities for all perspective residents regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference, religion, handicap, marital status, familial status, national origin or source of income. For applications and qualifications, contact NANCY at 218-759-2523. AN EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.

West Falls Estates Rent based on 30% Of adjusted income Call Patricia Brown At 218-283-4967 TDD 800-627-3529

Townhomes Available Fieldcrest in Moorhead, MN Rent based on 30% of income 2 & 3 bdroms open MetroPlains Management


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HEALTH Teens and preteens need shots, too! to boost their protection against these diseases. It’s important for teens (and adults too!) to be vaccinated against pertussis, not only to protect themselves, but to prevent spreading it to babies who are too young to be vaccinated.

Vaccines keep healthy teens healthy. Did you know that your kids need shots when they begin their teen years? Starting at around 11 or 12 years old, kids need three vaccines. And it’s not too late for your older teenagers who didn’t get these vaccines at 11 or 12 years old. They can get them at their next doctor/clinic visit. Tdap The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Kids also get vaccinated against these same diseases when they are younger and they need the Tdap vaccine


Meningococcal The meningococcal vaccine protects against dangerous brain and blood infections. These illnesses are not very common, but they are very serious when they happen. People can lose their arms or legs, have brain damage, or die. One of the most likely times for people to get meningococcal infections

is between the ages of 15 and 24. Teens need meningococcal vaccine at 11 or 12 years and a booster at 16 years. HPV The HPV vaccine protects against two types of human papillomavirus that cause most cervical cancer and some other kinds of cancer. One of the HPV vaccines also protects against genital warts. Boys and girls need three doses of HPV vaccine when they are 11 to 12 years old. How and Where Your child can get these vaccines at the same time, and

they can be given at any doctor visit. If your child’s school has a health clinic, vaccines may be available there too. Your local health department may also have these vaccines. Many people can get vaccines for free or for a low cost. Ask about this at the doctor’s office. More Information For more information about vaccines, ask your doctor or local health department. You can also get information about vaccines for adolescents on the Minnesota Department of Health website at http://www.


Playtime encourages motor skill development and consultant for VTech, a maker of age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children. “Parents can play a role in helping their children learn these skills.â€? And while it may sound like work, motor skill development can be fun, says Boehm. Here are some helpful hints for parents on how play and motor skill development can go hand in hand: • Play Music: Whether it’s the piano, flute or violin, playing a musical instrument requires the use of fine motor skills. Remind children how much work it takes to become proficient, and encourage them to practice every day. Aside from being a fun, potentially lifelong hobby and improving self-discipline, playing music can improve coordination as well. • Play Sports: Throwing a baseball, catching a football,

(StatePoint) From playing basketball to painting a picture to cutting with scissors, motor skills are at the basis of all of our movements. And while these abilities may be innate,

Campbell From 4 “Stand Your Ground� law in effect right now? CC: Yes we do. We are currently engaging with our legislature to review the law. KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? CC: Well, probably really wanting a pair of cowboy boots. It is likely the reason why I wear them now so much! KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read? CC: “Uneven Lies� by Pete McDaniel.

fine motor skills must be developed and refined through practice. Experts say it’s crucial for parents to offer children opportunities to reinforce these vital skills.

“From school work to play time, a mastery of motor skills will make a child’s experiences more productive and enjoyable,� says Dr. Helen Boehm, psychologist

CC: Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated.

question: How do you want to be remembered? CC: As a person who was always willing to help others.

KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: What is your favorite charity? CC: The Arizona Informant Foundation. [Chuckles] I’m a little biased. KW:




KW: Thanks again for the time, Cloves, and best of luck with all your endeavors, brother. CC: Thank you, Kam. I always look forward to reading your articles.

doing a cartwheel -- all these athletic feats require great motor skills. Even if children are too shy or are unwilling to join an official team sport, encourage them to spend time outdoors and play a game of catch or tag. The exercise and fresh air is important for good health and the movements made during free play outside will support large-motor skill development. • Play with Toys: Educational toys can prove very useful toward improvements in motor skills. Look for toys that encourage problemsolving and visual awareness, but are also fun. For example, VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos provide good opportunities to enhance motor learning while combining two of children’s favorite playthings – dinosaurs and vehicles. From a helicopter that turns into a velociraptor to a construction crane that turns into a tyrannosaurus rex,


the transformation feature encourages the development of perceptual and motor skills. Jagger the T-Rex also emits dinosaur sounds, moves forward and backward on his own and even responds to 20 voice commands. More information can be found at switchandgodinos. • Play with Paint: Don a smock and get messy! Make sure the house is well-stocked with crayons, paper, markers and paint so children can express themselves creatively while honing fine motor skills. “Play is the ‘job description’ of childhood, helping to build the fundamentals for a lifetime of learning,â€? says Boehm. “Make the most of playtime with your children.â€? From indoor fun to outside adventure, offer children opportunities to build valuable motor skills.





KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to? CC: “Jamaican Funk� by Tom Browne. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? CC: Angel hair pasta with shrimp. KW: The Mike Pittman question: What was your best career decision? CC: Getting into the newspaper business, of course!


KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? CC: I would be able to fly. You saw Big Willy in the film Hancock!


KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? CC: The ability to listen.


KW: The Michael Ealy question: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? CC: Frederick Douglass. KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

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This recipe was given to me by a neighbor years ago. I think it is a delicious and healthy option for a meal that can be changed to fit your taste depending on how you feel. I hope everyone enjoys it. - Coleen A. McConnell


Healthy Recipes Presented by NorthPoint Health and Wellness staff

Recipe by Coleen McConnell Makes 8 servings • • • • • • • • • •

1 package (10 ounces) whole grain couscous 2 cups water 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 cup raisins 2 tablespoons crystalized ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ cup cashew pieces or peanuts, if desired 3 tablespoons orange peel (about 2 to 3 large oranges) 2/3 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Prepare couscous using water and olive oil according to package directions. Allow couscous to cool; set aside.

I love to cook! I have many friends and family members with health issues, so I’ve learned to experiment and adapt my cooking to different needs - including vegan, vegetarian, no/low salt and gluten-free. My best skill is in using herbs, spices, seasonings and culinary techniques to bring out the best in good food. - Rosanna L. Hudgins

Place couscous in large bowl. Add parsley, raisins, ginger and cashews to couscous; stir with large spoon until combined. Stir together orange peel, orange juice and vinegar. Pour juice mixture over couscous; stir with spoon until combined. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. (8 servings)


Tip: If desired, substitute 2 ½ cups cooked and cooled brown rice for couscous.

Makes 16 servings

Recipe by Rosanna Hudgins

Omit water and olive oi1 when using cooked rice.

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Couscous is a traditional dish of semolina (granules of durum wheat) which is cooked by steaming. The couscous that is sold in most Western supermarkets has been pre-steamed and dried. Couscous has 3.6 g of protein for every 100 calories. Furthermore, couscous contains a 1% fat-to-calorie ratio. Source:

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1 package (8 ounces) elbow macaroni 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil ½ cup chopped onion 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained 3 cloves fresh garlic or ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes ¼ cup chopped celery or ½ teaspoon celery flakes or celery seeds 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

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1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained 1 can (19 ounces) black beans, drained 1 can (19 ounces) pinto beans, drained 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, drained 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice or ¼ teaspoon lemon peel 1 tablespoon dried red bell pepper flakes 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning 1 bay leaf 1/8 teaspoon black pepper About 3 to 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain cooked macaroni; set aside. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Heat medium skillet over medium heat; add chopped onion to skillet. Cook onion about 1 minute; place mixed vegetables, garlic, red pepper flakes, celery into skillet with onion. Cook vegetable mixture about 3 to 5 minutes or until heated. Remove vegetable mixture from skillet; place in another container and set aside. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet; heat over medium heat. Place crushed tomatoes in skillet; cook about 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is boiling. Place all ingredients in large pot; stir until well mixed. Cook over low heat 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if desired.

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