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‘Folks want to see action right now’ Whites use cops as Civil Rights Director Korbel wants more people to know what she can – and can’t – do

By Keith Schubert Staff Writer

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eing the civil rights director for the city of Minneapolis is probably one of the hardest jobs in the city,” said Velma Korbel, director of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department (CRD). “Probably not as hard as the police chief’s job, but I think it’s a close second.” Yet, as she has discovered, most people aren’t even sure what she does. Korbel said she had an “aha” moment during a somewhat tumultuous reappointment process earlier this year in which she faced criticism for a “hate crime hotline” pegged as dysfunctional, raising concerns about First Amendment violations. She also received complaints from the community for not holding enough police accountable for their misconduct. The public outcry caused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to temporarily rescind her nomination to the position. She said

By Sheletta Brundidge Contributing Writer

Velma Korbel at Minneapolis Public Safety Meeting

it also revealed a more glaring issue: the public’s lack of clarity about her role and how much power her position actually yields. “On any given day, someone could have an ax to grind on something that they perceived that I’ve done [wrong],” she said, adding that she needs to be “very clear to people [about] what the limits of my authority are as

Former NEON director welcomes the challenge Now in its 11th year, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) has worked to sustain “leadership you can believe in,” as the expression goes. After the usual growing pains through trial-and-error, the organization has appointed a new executive leader, Marcus Owens, to help take it to its next level. In our recent talk with Owens about his new position, he shared his perception of the group’s agenda going forward and how he believes his skills can help take it where it needs to go.

Marcus Owens

It’s nothing new, just better documented and shared NEWS ANALYSIS

AALF passes the torch to new leadership By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer

‘Black people removers’

velop not only myself, but my community,” said Owens. “I had a lot of different perspectives I wanted to [share with] the community. NEON gave me a tremendous opportunity to form all those experiences and provide a direction that will last for a while at the organization. This was my next step.” Owens will be introduced to the public at AALF’s annual dinner and fundraising gala on July 26. “I’m excited,” he said of this very public opportunity to put his best foot forward. “It’s truly a chance to let this community know who I am. Hopefully, I’m not

a civil rights director.” According to Korbel, the CRD’s purpose is to protect the rights of everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of Minneapolis. She explained the department does this by investigating allegations of police misconduct and discrimination and by advocating for women and minority-owned business owners, while promoting all aspects

Photo by Keith Schubert of equity. Within the department there are five divisions, all of which are “engineered so that everybody can have a full and fair opportunity to live in a vibrant city,” in Korbel’s words. They are the Complaint Investigation Division, the Office of Police Conduct Review, the Labor Standards Enforcement Division, the ■ See Korbel on page 5

The phenomenon of White folks calling the police on Black folks, including children, for doing everyday things like barbecuing, traveling, and even canvassing neighborhoods has risen to what seems like new heights. Just about every week a new video or meme goes viral, maintaining a stronghold on our conversations. For example, in Ohio, angry White folks called the cops because a 12-year-old Black boy accidentally mowed some of their lawn last month, and then they called again on July 4 because they felt “threatened.” An eight-year-old California girl was selling bottled water outside her apartment complex when a White la-

dy dubbed #PermitPatty dialed 911 to report that the budding entrepreneur didn’t have a permit for her impromptu fundraiser. Who can forget the performance #BBQBecky put on when she phoned in a tip to police about Black folks grilling in a public park, which is legal and lawful to do. Just last week, a White woman called the police on Oregon State Rep. Janelle Bynum while she was canvassing ■ See AnAlysis on page 5

#PermitPatty

With Noonie’s, former gangster launches food empire By Keith Schubert Staff Writer Got oxtail on the brain? Then you might want to check out Noonie’s Famous Jerk and Things. First-time customer Princess El said she was drawn to the new South Minneapolis restaurant after seeing a picture of an oxtail dinner a friend shared on Facebook. “I had to stop in and see what everyone was talking about.” Just by the picture, she said she knew it was going to be good, and she had to come in right away to try it. Another regular, Cortez Adams, said his favorite item on the menu is “everything.” But, when pressed, he said the macaroni takes the noodle. While oxtail and Jamaican jerk chicken are staples of the restaurant, which opened its doors this past March, its offerings include everything from candied yams to beans and rice. The owner, Harold “Noonie G” Ward, describes the menu as a mix of “Caribbean, Jamaican, Jerk Style and a little American” food fare. If the food doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean, then surely the atmosphere will. There’s a Jamaican flag hanging out front, multiple images of the legendary Bob Marley draped on the walls, and a continuous streaming of Reggae sounds. “I cherish the opportunity to dine in a place where I have a sense of cultural envelope of the Caribbean, West Indies environment,” said regular Darryl “Bruddadarryl” Streeter. He described Noonie’s as more than a neighborhood restaurant. “This particular part of town needed this shot in the arm in terms of economic development… [Noonie’s] helped provide jobs for

Harold “Noonie” Ward

the community and the neighborhood,” he said. Ward boasts that a tasty, budget-friendly fare has kept business booming. “Our prices are cheaper than everybody else’s, and we got the best food,” Ward said, which Streeter backed up by saying the restaurant has “excellent, authentic cuisine, very generous portions, and 1970s prices.” Ward, a former gang-banger, has turned his knack for hustling into a food empire. While new to Minneapolis, Ward has been in the restaurant business since his mom opened up “Granny’s Carryout” in Chicago

Photo by Stephenetta Harmon in 1987 after the passing of his father. Since then, he has owned three other Chicago restaurants. In addition to Noonie’s, he currently owns and manages “Ward’s Carryout” in Chicago and has plans to open up other Noonie’s locations in Atlanta, Chicago and South Carolina. Things have been going so well at Noonie’s, said Ward, that he’s now asking customers if they know anyone looking for a job, because his staff cannot keep up with the demand. While business has always been good, ■ See noonie’s on page 8

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Prior to joining AALF, Owens served as Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) president. Before that, he cut his teeth at Target Corporation, where he developed initiatives in finance, diversity, inclusion and human resources. Owens didn’t just leave one job to take another – he effected a career transition in community leadership. “I left the corporate realm with the mission and purpose to de-

new to everybody.” Not with his track record. At NEON, he fostered partnerships and development opportunities for entrepreneurs and swelled the operational budget by upwards of 40 percent, increasing staff by almost half. The evening, however, is a networking golden goose for even the most powerful movers and shakers. Accordingly, ■ See AAlF on page 5

Oxtail Lunch

Jerk Chicken Soup

Photos courtesy of Noonie’s


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MN high school students save millions in tuition taking college-credit courses Now’s the time for parents to discuss this option with eligible kids

Minnesota provides among the nation’s broadest opportunities for high school students to challenge themselves, learn about college expectations, and save thousands of dollars. Families may want to discuss these opportunities with youngsters during the summer.

By Joe Nathan Contributing Writer

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ore than $100 million — that’s the value of academic and technical college-credit courses that Minnesota high school students took during the 2016-17 school year at Minnesota’s public twoyear colleges and four-year universities. Because there are so many benefits, families might want to discuss dual-credit options with their highschool-age youngsters this summer. Dual-credit courses can make colleges and universities much more affordable. And research shows that taking college-level courses in high school makes it far more likely that students will not only enter but graduate from a two- or four-year college or university with a certificate or degree. There are three important limitations to the information above: First, the $100 million figure is an understatement. The information above doesn’t include the number of Minnesota high school students participating in PSEO courses at private colleges or universities. It doesn’t include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Project Lead the Way courses, and the College Level Exam Program (CLEP). These also help high school students earn college credit. Second, not all the college credits that students earn in high school are accepted by postsecondary institutions. So it’s vital for high school students to check the Minnesota Office of Higher Education report on dualcredit acceptance policies, available at https://bit.ly/2srIuZG. Finally, just taking a dual-credit course doesn’t mean the student passes. Failing a college-level course can

make it more difficult for a student to graduate from high school. Also, students’ grades follow them into college. Students can start taking dualcredit courses at their high school campus as early as ninth grade, and online or on a college campus in the 10th grade. However, depending on a student’s skill level and other time commitments, it could be wise to wait until junior or senior year and start with one or two college-level courses in areas of particular strength and interest. Here are some details, thanks to officials at the Minnesota State system and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. First, information from Doug Anderson, director of communication and media at Minnesota State: • At Minnesota’s two-year public

colleges, students took 306,918 credits at an average cost per credit of $178.80. That’s a total potential savings of $54,876,938. • At the four-year public universities, students took 76,318 credits, worth on average $267.60 per credit, for a total of $20,422,697. • 40,277 Minnesota high school students took a dual-credit course with Minnesota State; of those, some took an on-campus or online PSEO course, others took a course in high school offered in cooperation with Minnesota State institutions, and some did both. • Students’ participation at each of the two-year colleges and four-year universities, which varied widely, is available at https://bit.ly/2Je4GRr. University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus officials provided the following information:

• Julie Williams, director of the College in the Schools program, told me: “In 2016-17, students earned 57,274 U of M semester credits. At the 201617 U of M undergrad tuition rate of $482.54 (per credit), the value of the credits was $27,636,995.96.” • Scott Coenen, PSEO program director at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, reported that in 2016-17, University of Minnesota PSEO students took 10,411 PSEO credits. He also cited the $482.54 per credit given above. (He mentioned that non-PSEO undergraduate students pay fees averaging $432.18 per credit. Coenen also explained that “regular” University of Minnesota students save if they take more than 13 credits.) Overall, not including fees, University of Minnesota PSEO students took credits worth $5,023,723.94.

Next steps for students and families a. Check with the college or university where you might like to take the PSEO course (state law says you can do this either on the campus on ”online,” and students have a right to use their school’s computers to take PSEO courses on-line b. Students might want to make an appointment at the college or university this summer at one or more colleges or universities to learn which PSEO courses are available to 10th graders, and which are available to 11th and 12th graders. c. Once students have an idea about where they want to take one or more PSEO courses, and what they want to take, they should meet with their high school counselor. Additional info on PSEO, including student-produced YouTube videos, some of them ”hip hop,” is available at http://centerforschoolchange.org/dual-credit/. For more information, visit https://education. mn.gov/MDE/dse/schfin/pseo/. Joe Nathan directs the Center for School Change. He welcomes reader responses to joe@centerforschoolchange.org.


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It’s summertime — time to be skin smart and sun safe

By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD This column, which first ran in June of last year, is reprinted here in response to popular seasonal demand. First of a two-part column

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et’s face it: With summer comes the opportunity for all kinds of skin problems. This includes attacks by mosquitoes and ticks; sporting activities where bumps, bruises, cuts and abrasions abound; and the notorious ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It’s always a good idea to be sun smart and sun safe. When it comes to taking good care of your skin, there are three key principles: 1) Gentle cleansing. This is extremely important to do for your skin to reduce irritation and increase cleanliness and hygiene. I recommend using non-detergent or low-detergent cleansing products such as Dove, Vanicream cleansing bar, Neutrogena products, Cetaphil, and Basis. All of these work well to cleanse the skin without irritation. 2) Skin hydration. This is one of the most important things you can do for

your skin. A little-known trick – and one of the biggest things you can do to keep your skin hydrated – is to use a gentle cleanser that won’t take away the natural oils in your skin. In addition to the cleansers listed above, it’s also important to use a good emollient, hydrating lotion or cream. I like to use CeraVe lotion or cream because it contains a technology called microvesicular emulsion. This means there are little microspheres of moisturizing lipids in water that break down over several hours, constantly replenishing the skin’s moisture. There are other over-the-counter lotions that contain ammonium lactate, which will actually penetrate the skin and assist in holding water in the skin. In summer, the two most important things you can do for skin hydration is to use a gentle cleanser and to use moisturizers. The most important time to use a moisturizer is immediately after bathing or showering. As soon as you finish the bath or shower, step out and gently pat your skin dry with a cotton towel and immediately apply the moisturizing lotion, cream or emollient. This serves two important functions: Number one, it seals in all of the water your skin has absorbed during your bathing, and secondly, it adds another layer of moisturization to help replenish the water normally lost throughout the day. This is very important in the winter when humidity levels are low and the air extremely dry. 3) Protection from ultraviolet radiation. There are mainly three types of ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet C is almost totally blocked out by the

ozone layer. Ultraviolet B and A penetrate the ozone and can have profound effects on our skin. Ultraviolet B, “wavelength 290320 nanometers,” is responsible for irritation and sunburns. Ultraviolet A, “wavelength 320-400 nanometers,” is a much longer wavelength and can penetrate much deeper into the skin. This ultraviolet A actually wreaks much more havoc on our skin than most of us realize. When we use a sunscreen, the SPF number is really a sun protection factor indicating the blocking of ultraviolet B rays, the ones responsible for burning the skin. In the old days, if you could stay out for one hour without getting burned, an SPF of 15 theo-

retically means 15 hours. Although, in actuality, this doesn’t quite hold true, that’s where the SPF number calculation comes from. Not so long ago, most sunscreens only had an SPF factor, but they didn’t block ultraviolet A. Ultraviolet A is responsible for sun freckles, the development of wrinkles, and most importantly, the development of skin cancer. Ultraviolet A can actually penetrate and break DNA, causing all kinds of signs associated with aging skin. Next week: skin color, vitamin D, and some basics of skin protection. Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is a board certified dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Uni-

versity of Minnesota Medical School. He also has a private practice in Eagan, MN. He received his M.D. and Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Genomics from the Mayo Clinic. He has been selected as one of the top 10 dermatologists in the United States by Black Enterprise magazine. Dr. Crutchfield was recognized by Minnesota Medicine as one of the 100 Most Influential Healthcare Leaders in Minnesota. He is the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild and Lynx. Dr. Crutchfield is an active member of both the American and National Medical Associations, and president of the Minnesota Association of Black Physicians.

Why mentoring does not work for Black children The concept of mentoring is a popular approach to assisting children in their development. Mentoring is not a new concept. Mentoring has been the ideal solution for youth in the United States for over 100 years – organizations like Big Brothers and JEGNA Big Sisters have been around since the early 1900s. Mentoring has been a Brandon Jones concept in many cultures throughout history. However, it has not always been labeled as mentoring; it has simply been the practice of having a more experienced person engage in a positive manner with a less experienced person. Overall, it is a noble and empathic act in today’s society. When we look at the current state of Black youth today, we often have mixed thoughts trauma does not escape any individuals in and emotions on whom and how they are. our community. Due to the extreme amount of trauma that We have brilliant young Black people, geniuses with untapped potential, and trou- Black youth interact with on a consistent babled young people who often get labeled as sis, significant attachment issues develop at-risk. Unfortunately, the truth is that all of for many Black youths. I believe the current our youth are at-risk, because the impact of model of mentoring aims to address attach-

ment issues; however, the model does not acknowledge that this is a major concern. Attachment issues affect children when they do not establish lasting, healthy bonds with parents or caregivers. These are youth who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment or are orphaned (foster care). They have never established enough loving, caring attachment with others.

goals, being actively engaged in getting to an outcome, and being open to learning from each other. Unfortunately, these elements are not always present in the current mentoring model. Needed in addition to the mentoring approach is something called change agents. There are two elements that change agents possess: consistent modeling of constructive behaviors and apprenticeship. Children learn by what they see on a consistent basis. Children pick up patterns in a process called social learning. Therefore, learning from someone who is modeling constructive choices is essential to a child’s development. In addition, children need to develop “know how” through apprenticeships. Black children need to develop the “know how” on basic life skills, emotional coping skills, and practical labor skills. Placing Black children in environments and situations that allow them to develop the necessary skills to grow and evolve, and not just survive, is key. Everyone has the ability to be a change agent in the lives of Black children, whether you know these children personally or not. Mentoring does have a place in the healing journey of Black children. However, it alone is not the solution.

The current mentoring model does not address the trauma that Black children (especially males) experience. These conditions can lead to controlling, aggressive or delinquent behaviors, trouble relating to peers, and other problems. These are issues that go much deeper than what the current mentoring model can address. The dictionary defines mentoring as the process of advising or training someone (especially a younger colleague). The current mentoring model is centered around conversations and spending one-on-one time between an adult and a youth, time spent maybe once or twice a week to engage the youth in an activity and maybe a meal. However, the current mentoring model does not address the trauma that Black children (especially males) experience. Thus, mentoring continues to be an often suggested and funded solution for Black children, and it is not enough. Mentoring is a relationship that works best in context. This context must have a few elements present for it to be beneficial. Those elements include both parties (both the mentee and mentor) having aligned visions and

Mentoring is merely a piece to the puzzle. The additional elements described above are also essential to support and assist in the evolution of Black children. Therefore, while mentoring is a small step in the right direction, it alone does not work for Black children. This is due to the significant amount of toxic stress and trauma that Black children interface with on a daily basis. Therefore, we must be honest and open to understanding that mentoring is not the solution to healing the issues afflicting Black youth. We have to be more strategic and intentional in our efforts to help Black children advance. Brandon Jones M.A. is a mental health practitioner. He welcomes reader responses to Brandon@jegnainstitute.com or follow him on twitter @UniversalJones. Photo courtesy of BBBS


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Mellaneous Could indifference to police brutality be a reflection of poor home training? By Mel Reeves Contributing Commentator Some have been outraged by the callous, insensitive remarks of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis (no such thing as a police union) President Bob Kroll in the wake of his comrades’ shooting of Thurman Junior Blevins in the back as he was running away from them. Kroll, on Facebook, tried to detract from Blevins’ killing by saying people should be more concerned about Black people killed by citizens. Why can’t we be concerned about both? This is not a new tactic, but a particularly heinous one considering that Blevins has not even been buried yet. But Kroll – like the rest of the folks who agree with him and always seek to justify the killing of Black people by the police – may not be to blame. It could simply be a matter of poor home training. In other words, it is possible that his mother didn’t teach him any better. One cannot do better if they do not know better. While some may argue that my premise is a bit facetious, let us examine the evidence. Judging from Kroll’s comments regarding the lives of Black folks and his membership in a racist motorcycle gang, he can be considered a racist – though he likely does not have the intestinal fortitude to openly admit it. And, what is the reason for hating Black people? He is the well-paid head of the federation of anti-working class people (and thugs) who have the freedom to abuse and mistreat Black people and make their lives miserable on a daily basis and get away with it. It’s not just Kroll. In Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Chicago and other areas where police have needlessly killed Black folks, comment sections in local newspapers and social media posts are filled with hateful statements supporting the police and denigrating the victim. A woman in Sacramento, claiming to be “of faith,” wrote on social media that Stephon Clarke deserved to be shot. It is worth noting that no one asked her to give her mean-spirited opinion, but she somehow thought it was important to express. As a Christian, she should have learned in Sunday School that one should not wish on others what they do not want done to them. But, failing that, someone should have taught her that it is inappropriate to pee on people’s graves and that the dead should at least be allowed dignity in death. Ironically, while trying to point the finger at so-called Black criminality, it is people like these that exhibit a criminal mindset. It might actually be worse than a criminal mindset, because even most criminals respect the dead and the grieving. No, this is the reflection of a human being who is not fully formed, a Neanderthal, a barbarian. White society attempts to paint the Black family as dysfunctional, but if it is especially in this nation’s ghettos, it got that way by a series of discriminatory events and an environment not conducive to raising children correctly. So what is the excuse of Bob and Becky? Why are they so upset and so mean-spirited? They have had almost every advantage. They grew up in two-parent suburban homes, have eaten three square meals every day, attended

the best of schools, took family vacations, attended college, and landed decent paying jobs. What is their excuse for acting like callous thugs on social media and comments sections? What causes them to be so angry and hateful towards dead Black people killed by police? What causes them to lash out and make nonsensical rebuttals to Black cries for justice by claiming Black people don’t care about Black people dying in the inner cities? If they have already indicated that they don’t care or like Black people, why do they care if Black people are killing one another? Is it just another example of poor home training? Kroll also tried to detract from the issue by saying police are only to blame for one out of 100 killings in the Twin Cities. But that is too many, and these are human beings he is referring to, which again is possibly a reflection on something he was taught at home. The fact that he never considered how callous and cold this would come off to the families of those who have lost loved ones to police violence causes one to wonder if his mother taught him to respect the dead and those grieving the dead. Most people are taught not to kick people when they are down. And Christianity has an imperative to “weep with those who weep.” But, many of the mean-spirited people will tell you they are people of faith and adhere to family values. Judging by the actions of most “people of faith,” especially the evangelical community, it appears to be an unreconstructed, narrowminded, bigoted and mean religion. But, people like Kroll and the woman in Sacramento should not be hated, but pitied. They cannot help themselves, as they were not taught any better. It is likely they were taught to hate people who had not done anything to them, just for sport. They may have been taught that the only life that counts is White life. The Sacramento woman possibly thinks the golden rule only applies to her fellow White people. Thankfully, many folks have pushed back against this type of poor home training, social conditioning and programming and have awakened to realize that they and their neighbor share a common humanity. They also recognize we live in a country and system that seek to pit us against one another for the sake of maintaining White Supremacy and U.S. imperialism (or neoliberal capitalism, pick a term). If we are to live in a nation as human beings, many more will have to reject their conditioning, because their hatefulness does not benefit them as much as they think. No man and no people are an island. We are all “inter-related,” as the late Martin Luther King, Jr., put it. “All [humans] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny,” he said. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” Justice, then peace. Mel Reeves has a blog fighthepowerjournal. com and welcomes reader responses at mellaneous19@yahoo.com

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America has been separating families long before Trump By Jeffery Robinson Guest Commentator Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and angered, but not because this is a new Trump transgression against real American values. America was in the business of separating families long before Trump. I am not talking about spurious claims that Obama did the same thing or the valid comparisons to how our criminal justice system uses a cash bail system that every day rips children from their families before they or their parents have been convicted of any crime. The true story is that the United States has a well-documented history of breaking up non-white families. When we sent Japanese Americans to internment camps, families were often separated when fathers were sent hasty relocation orders and forced labor contracts. In some cases, family members (usually the father) had been arrested earlier and sent to a different camp. Forty years later, the U.S. government apologized, provided reparations of $20,000 to every survivor of those internment camps, and blamed the “grave wrong” on “racial prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” Sound familiar? The separating of Native American families was more intentional. America deliberately tried to wipe native culture from our country. According to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, beginning in the late 1800s, thousands of American Indian children were forcibly sent to government-run or church-run “boarding schools,” where they were taught English and forbidden to speak their native languages. An exhibit at the museum includes a quote from Richard Henry Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which reads, “In Indian civilization I am a Baptist, because I believe in immersing the Indian in our civilization and when we get them under, holding them there until they are thoroughly soaked.” The boarding schools forced children to cut their hair and give up their traditional clothing. Their meaningful native names were replaced with English ones. Their traditional religious practices were forcibly replaced with Christianity. They were taught that their cultures were inferior. Teachers sometimes ridiculed the students’ traditions. These lessons humiliated the students and taught them to be ashamed of their heritage. “They tell us not to speak in Navajo language. You’re going to school. You’re supposed to only speak English,” John Brown Jr., a Navajo who served in World War II as a code talker by using his Navajo language for tactical communications the Japanese could not decode, told the museum in a 2004 interview. “And it was true. They did practice that, and we got punished if you was caught speaking Navajo.” And then, of course, America enslaved Blacks for 246 years. Separating enslaved families was done for profit, for punishment, or simply because a seller or buyer wanted it that way in the 18th and 19th centuries. “Destroying families is one of the worst things done during slavery,” said Henry Fernandez, co-founder of the African American Research Collaborative and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “The federal government maintained these

evils through the fugitive slave laws and other rules which defined African Americans as property with which a slave owner could do whatever they wanted.” Each of these policies, Fernandez said, begins xwith the assumption “that the idea of family is simply less important to people of color and that the people involved are less than human. To justify ripping families apart, the government must first engage in dehumanizing the targeted group.” “The Weeping Time” exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture documents the U.S.’s history of separating children from parents. “Night and day, you could hear men and women screaming … ma, pa, sister or brother … taken without any warning,” Susan Hamilton, a witness to a slave auction, recalled in a 1938 interview. “People was always dying from a broken heart.” A report in the Maryland State Archives includes a narrative from a man named Charles Ball, who was enslaved as a child and remembered the day he was sold away from his mother. “My poor mother, when she saw me leaving her for the last time, ran after me, took me down from the horse, clasped me in her arms, and wept loudly and bitterly over me,” Ball recalled. “My master seemed to pity her and endeavored to soothe her distress by telling her that he would be a good master to me, and that I should not want anything.” Ball added that when his mother persisted, his master hit her with a rawhide whip. Thousands of former slaves looked for lost relatives and children who had been sold away from their families. They placed thousands of ads in newspapers. Those ads are now being digitized in a project called “Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery,” which is run by Villanova University’s graduate history program in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel AME Church. Our history of separating families is no older than our use of the Bible to justify or transgressions against humanity on June 14, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited biblical scripture to claim support for the Trump administration’s forced separation of immigrant families. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” he said. As it happens, this is the same passage cited by loyalist preachers who said America should not declare independence from England; it was cited by southerners defending slavery; and, it was cited to defend authoritarian rule in Nazi Germany and South African apartheid. In 1667, Virginia law stated that if an enslaved person became Christian it did not mean freedom, because the only way that conversion could happen was through the “charity and piety of their masters.” When Texas withdrew from the union it declared that enslaving people was justified by “the revealed will of the Almighty Creator.” William T. Thompson, the designer of the Confederate flag, said, “As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heavenordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.” Sessions is simply the most recent person to try to justify an indefensible policy by referring to the Bible. Jeffery Robinson is deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality.


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SB: Is this a new phenomenon? KM: I think it’s always Continued from page 1 been there. We [as Blacks] are now hypervigilant about White people doing constituents. this kind of stuff because The author of this article we live in a different era. even experienced her own We thought what we saw #BabiesInTheBack episode on the news were outliers in Woodbury, MN when or aberrations. We are seepassers-by accused her ing occurrences across the husband of leaving their country, but now we are children alone in a van on- documenting it more frely to find the author – their quently and we have more mother – with them. proof of it happening.

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he states, “I’m eager to hear from stakeholders, how they want our community to look 20, 30 years from now. There are a lot of things to be said about what’s happening today. But, more importantly, where do we want to go?” Of the night, itself, he said, “You’re going to hear from a number of key leaders being highlighted and receiving recognition for their work.” Passing the baton Owens succeeds retiring director Jeffrey Hassan, both distinguished contributors to the community. In his previous roles, Hassan created the United Urban Agenda, promoting health, education, economic development and public safety priorities. He also led the founding of the Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy, where he convened current leaders in faith, business, nonprofits and politics to mentor future leaders. Dr. Sylvia Bartley, AALF board chair and global director for Medtronic Philanthropy, credits Hassan with addressing a crucial issue during his tenure as director. “We had the reputation,” Bartley recalled, “of not connecting with ‘real’ community folks. Plus, our reputation was soured by…personal agendas of past AALF members, which was very negative for AALF. “Jeff played a critical role in re-connecting AALF with the more senior community leaders who severed ties with AALF because of this,” she continued. “[He] had connections and friendships he leveraged to re-engage folks and establish ties to the community, like the Urban Agenda series and Black legislative agenda.” Owens realizes he’s entrusted to improve on AALF’s legacy – no small challenge. “As I think of where we’ve come from at the Forum and where we are going, we have a solid foundation. Jeff has done a fantastic job of building our reputation, [cultivating] partnerships, [and] laying groundwork for what’s ahead.”

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veloping our leaders.” Owens added that a key component is communication: “getting information out into the community in way that they’re more aware of what’s going on in our community – the problems as well as the solutions.” On that agenda is media outreach with its myriad avenues, anchored by the group’s weekly African American Forum broadcast on KMOJ hosted by Bartley. “It’s a multifaceted approach,” said Owens. “Technology is changing – nationally and globally. We have to find different vehicles to engage that content [and archive it] so people always have access, can see and hear from the great leaders already in our community,” he said. “And, highlighting the work being done [and] progress happening in the community.” “Print media is a huge way to connect with the community,” he said, adding AALF will also look into other prospects, such as community cable access television stations. “We have to [explore] all those different things. However our community is accessing information, we should definitely be a part of putting content with it.” Owens underscores an abiding priority for his administration: “to focus on gaining ground on our core values as an organization, with attention to health, education, and economic development.” Rather than simply deciding for himself what people need to know, Owens places great value on research and going “deep into the numbers about what’s happening in our community,” he said. “In this work, there are a lot of layers to [a] problem. When you have information, you’re able to distill it down and get a clear picture of what we want to see for our future.” That information, he said, helps them inform the community. “My approach is to have an ear to the people who have done the hard work over the last 10 years and figure out how to improve it from there. There’s great potential to go further than we’ve thought.”

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Contract Compliance Division and the Civil Rights Equity Division. There is also the Workplace Advisory Committee; the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights; and the Police Conduct Oversight Commission. Given her department’s complexity, it’s not surprising the public is confused about Korbel’s job. The confusion is not unique to Korbel’s office – especially with the various divisions. “We tend to be like most government agencies,” said Korbel. “We put up information on a website and we expect that people are going to come to those sites and read the information and remember it.” Korbel said that since she took over as director in 2010 the department has made a “180-degree turnaround.” She said it is now “functionally solid, and there is professionalism at every level in this organization.” Her focus now is on better communication between her office and the com-

Sheletta Brunbidge (SB): It seems like Black people can’t even breathe without having the cops called on us. Why is this phenomenon of Whites policing Black existence growing to such levels? Keith Mayes (KM): I think it’s because we live in the age of Trump. Some White people think they have a license to call the police even though they know that Black people are not doing anything wrong. They think the Black person is a source of menace, even a Black child. So they call the police to remove the Black person from their sight. I think it’s gone beyond any kind of reasonable call for someone you think is doing something wrong. They’re thinking, “I just don’t want to see these Negroes around here!”

The 2018 African American Leadership Forum annual dinner takes places July 26 at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. The evening will feature keynote speaker Carla Harris, former President Obama’s appointee to the National Women’s Business Council; Emmy Award-winner T. Mychael Rambo; and three-time Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness directed by Gary Hines. For more information, visit aalftc.org.

Advancing an agenda “The Forum is a movement, a collective making a greater impact [for] the community,” Owens notes. “My focus is the next level. Dwight Hobbes welcomes reader responses to dhobbes@ “One of the biggest things [is having] a strong spokesman-recorder.com. infrastructure,” he said of his game plan. “What type of services, what programs we can deliver to strengthen the African American community…de-

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And the list goes on… The question now is why. What’s going on in this country that White people feel empowered to use police as their personal “Neighborhood Association Enforcement Agency?” To get an answer, the MSR reached out to Keith Mayes, professor and chair of the College of Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota. Mayes is an expert in race relations, perceptions, and civil rights policies. But, don’t let the smooth taste and all his degrees fool you. Mayes is a thug at heart like Killmonger from Marvel’s Black Panther, and he ain’t never scared.

munity and better leveraging of the department’s services. “We’ve got to be more intentional about getting our story and our messages out. When we see an opportunity to get the word out, particularly to communities of color, we want to let people know that these ordinances are here for them,” Korbel said.

KM: I’ll be damned if I’m not going to go to the park to cool out with my family and not throw some stuff on the grill because I’m worried about #PermitPatty. SB: So then, how do we prepare children? KM: The only way to prepare them is to give them the additional talk, which is to say, “Listen, when you go to these places, you shouldn’t be afraid. You have a right to go where

“I’ll be damned if I’m not going to go to the park to cool out with my family and not throw some stuff on the grill because I’m worried about #PermitPatty.” SB: What do you think about communities recording and documenting this ongoing issue? KM: I love it. That’s why social media is so important, because we need to put them on blast. #PermitPatty had to resign as CEO of her company when video surfaced online as she called police on a little girl selling water in front of her apartment complex. She paid a price for it. I think if more people paid prices for doing stuff like this, they are less likely to do it. I just think we need to put some folks on blast and have that be the educational campaign that we engage in for now. SB: What about the children? What do we tell parents like myself who are going to extremes to not let them go anywhere to prevent another #BBQBecky situation? KM: What you’re doing to your kids is what we don’t want to do. We don’t want to keep our kids in the house for fear that White folks will call the cops. You know, we’re talking about young kids just walking around the neighborhood or going to the store or a swimming pool. SB: Aren’t you personally afraid of what could happen?

you want.” We want to give them the freedom to play, but we have to be careful. We may need to accompany our kids. We may need to have somebody who is watching over them. So, from now on we will have to monitor the situation to make sure they are all right. SB: Playing devil’s advocate, could it be possible that White folks are genuinely concerned for their safety? KM: I don’t think that’s the case. Truth is, they don’t want us there, and they are going to use whatever White power and privilege they have to get us out. My thing is, if there is indeed some kind of misrepresentation about who people are or some confusion about where they are from, that can be cleared up with a conversation. Some simple respectful dialogue would diffuse the matter. But they are like, “I don’t want you Negroes around, even if you are kids.” Sheletta Brundidge welcomes reader responses to shelettab@gmail.com.

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sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, or status with regard to a public assistance program. Regarding those priorities, Korbel said, “We realized we were not leveraging those areas well enough… Our focus this year and in the upcoming years is to leverage all aspects of that ordinance. So we have got to be very me-

thodical, very intentional and very focused on how we do things.” To maximize the resources available, Korbel said the department has to be “in lockstep with where the policymakers want to go.” This means working with Mayor Frey on his three main policy priorities of affordable housing, police and community relations, and economic inclusion. “The Civil Rights Department believes that we’ve always worked in that space,” Korbel said. But, she said, there is more work that needs to be done and she knows the community wants it done quickly. “People want to see things happening

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ty across the gamut of things...especially around the legacy that race and systemic racism has played in this city. “This new progressive council has that at the forefront of their minds that folks want to see action right now,” Korbel said. She added, “I’m hopeful that they will do the things that they said they would do when they were out on the campaign trail.” “I think this new mayor and this new city council know that people want to see change,” continued Korbel. “It’s encouraging to see that level of intentionality paid to this work at this time, but we still have a long way to go.” focus on things like housing, which As for the Civil Rights Department, lines up with Mayor Frey’s top prior- her goal for this term is simple: “Continities. It wants to address disparities in ue the good work that we’ve done, imbusiness credit and lending. “We know prove, and become the relevant departthat that’s an area where communities ment for the City enterprise and for the of color have had significant barriers to city residents. That has always been my wealth creation,” she said. goal since I got here in 2010.” Lastly, among other things, she said the department wants to focus on pubKeith Schubert welcomes reader lic accommodations, which she called responses to kschubert@spokesman-recorder. the “bread and butter” of the original com. Civil Rights Movement. Beyond her department, Korbel said the same conversations are happening at the City level. “I think the City has been very intentional and courageous in identifying the need for racial equiright now. Folks don’t have a lot of patience for waiting for five, six years for things to happen,” she said. “It has taken generations to get us where we are now. Hopefully, it won’t take generations to get us out of it.” In recent history, the department has focused on employment discrimination. Now, she said, it also wants to

“When we see an opportunity to get the word out, particularly to communities of color, we want to let people know that these ordinances are here for them.” This includes working with a consultant to “help us push messages out, do different types of community events, and to identify certain celebrations where we want to be out in the community more.” Korbel added that during this term she is looking to hone in on “protections in the law that we have never fully leveraged.” Those protected areas include public service, public accommodation, employment, housing, banking, business organizations, education, employment agencies, and business. The 13 protected classes in the Civil Rights Ordinance include color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex,

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Uncle Drew - Geriatric legends relive glory days in hilarious hoops comedy ly his best players but also his girlfriend (Haddish) to the perennial winning coach (Kroll), he prevails upon geriatric Drew for help. Drew, in turn, embarks on a cross-country road trip, coaxing his long-lost buddies out of retirement for one last hurrah on the court at Rucker. This ain’t easy, for a variety of reasons. Big Fella (Shaq) is now the sensei of a thriving karate school. Lights (Miller) is legally blind. Boots (Robinson) is wheelchair-bound. And Preacher (Webber) has a bat-wielding, disapproving wife (Leslie), plus a church congregation he’ll have to abandon to make the trek. Of course, upon arriving at Rucker, the reunited geezers are practically laughed off the court — at least until they show they still got game. But, can the cagey old codgers prevail in the championship match against the youngbloods coached by Dax’s trash-talk-

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ncle Drew is a hilarious hoops flick that pays tribute to Harlem’s historic Rucker Tournament, and acrobatic athletes who have mesmerized generations of adoring fans attending the annual summer classic. Rucker Park is home to the popular basketball tournament staged since 1950 on an outdoor court on 155th Street. Many promising prospects have honed their skills on the world-famous proving grounds en route to enviable NBA careers: Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, to name a few. Sadly, some Rucker standouts

seemingly bound for glory have failed to even make it to the pro ranks, including such self-destructive streetball legends as Pee Wee Kirkland and Earl “The Goat” Manigault. Upon retiring, Jabbar referred to “The Goat” as the best player he’d ever competed against. Directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline), the film stars Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, who actually honed his skills at Rucker, as the film’s title character, but don’t expect to be able to recognize him under all the gobs of plastic makeup turning him into a senior citizen. The same can be said of a host of other basketball greats who transform into geriatric legends for the flick. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, Nate Rob-

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inson and Lisa Leslie all transition into old-timers, too, a la Larry Johnson’s alter ego Grandmama of another era. Rounding out the principal cast are the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon and a half-dozen of the funniest comedians around: Tiffany Haddish, J.B. Smoove, Mike Epps, Nick Kroll, Lil Rel Howery and Erica Ash. Oh, and the film features a profusion of cameos appearances by George “Iceman” Gervin, Jerry West, Dikembe Mutombo, Bill Walton, David Robinson, Steve Nash, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin and more. Just past the point of departure, we find Dax (Howery) fielding a team to enter in the upcoming Rucker tournament. But when the hapless manager loses not on-

ing nemesis? As a delightful family comedy, Uncle Drew is guaranteed to keep you in stitches all the way to the satisfying, if not exactly surprising, finale. Uncle Drew opened nationally June 29 to a weekend gross of $15.5 million. Check local listings for show times. Excellent (4 stars) Rated PG-13 for profanity, suggestive material and brief nudity Running time: 103 minutes Production Studios: Creators League Studio / Temple Hill Entertainment / Summit Entertainment / Pepsi Productions Distributor: Lionsgate Films Kam Williams welcomes readers responses to kam_williams@hotmail. com.

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Luke Cage’s Simone Missick on being Black and unapologetic SM: Whoo, I think if you notice in this show, season one and season two, Misty has issues with women, and especially women in power, which is something hopefully we’ll get to explore in season three. But, Nandi is not an exception to that rule. She represents everything that Misty visually once was: a woman in power, a woman of color from her neighborhood, and she is literally sitting where Misty once sat, and so that’s a difficult visual. That’s something that’s hard to come back to after having a trauma and losing a piece of yourself, losing a major piece of your identity when you’re trying to put your life back together to have someone there who is constant reminder of what you’ve lost is hard. But, what I love is that we get to the real reason that Misty does not like Nandi, and why she

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lthough Marvel’s Luke Cage focuses on a male super hero, it’s really the women of the comic book series who drive the plot. Take for example Det. Misty Knight, who is played by Simone Missick. Both she and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) have the same motivation of keeping Harlem safe in taking on Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), but go about it differently at times. Yet, Misty is Luke’s greatest ally; he can use brawn when an investigation stalls, while she has the long arm of the law on her side. But, there’s more to Misty than applying “foot to a#$. And match[ing] lead for lead.” She is afforded the space to be truly pissed off, thanks to showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Yet she’s not a bitter woman with a bad attitude, which is often the case with Black women characters. There are real and deep reasons behind her anger. Ahead of the release of Luke Cage on Netflix last month, I spoke with Missick about why Misty has unapologetic feelings of rage and anger; what went into shooting the scenes with Misty’s bionic arm; where Luke and Misty stand now; and how the introduction of Det. Nandi Tyler (Antonique Smith) highlights Misty’s conflict with women. Annika Harris (AH): How was it coming back for season two of Luke Cage? Simone Missick (SM): This cast is like a family … Alfre [Woodard] related it to being a theater troupe that had to go away from each other for a while and now we’re back doing a season of theater. It was great to be able to work alongside, you know, Mike [Colter] and Theo [Rossi] and Alfre and Karen Pittman. But it was great also to have the additions we had to the cast with Antonique [Smith], Mustafa [Shakir], Kevin Mambo … and Gabrielle [Dennis]. It was just such a wonderful cast to work with, and to be able to expand season two outside of Harlem and going to Brooklyn, and then going to Jamaica. It was just awesome.

Simone Missick Allowing women to explore the same human emotions that men get to explore on-screen. I think that the woman, especially the Black woman, is an experience that is so universal. We have such a rich tapestry of cultural, emotional, and just human vulnerability, power, and emotions that need to be explored as our White female counterparts and our male counterparts. I had someone ask me, “What does it feel like to be able to portray Misty with the kind of rage and anger that is usually only reserved for White superheroes?” And I thought that was such a powerful question because it’s true. When you see Black women being angry, you assume that she is crazy, she’s got an attitude problem — something’s wrong with her. But if it’s a White male, then you really listen to what…has got him so uptight. So, it was beautiful to be able to explore why Misty has these feelings of anger and rage, and then to not have to apologize for it. You

“It was beautiful to be able to explore why Misty has these feelings of anger and rage, and then to not have to apologize for it.” I know that going into it, we were all aware of the “mistakes” — although I don’t think there are any such things as a mistake; it’s a learning experience — some of the things that our first season fell hard on. And so knowing that, we all came back with our game faces on. [We were] all interested in making it a better season than the first. And to have all of the artists, the writers led by Cheo in that room, every actor, every stunt person, every crew member, every musician [who] graced the set [was] looking to exceed what they had done before. And so I think that we accomplished that and I’m really excited for everyone to see this season. AH: Were you aware that was the arc your character would have before you took on the role? SM: I knew from the source material that she had a bionic arm. You see the pics of Misty and you know what that’s going to be. I didn’t know how it would come to pass. I didn’t know how they were going to make it happen. I think the way that it came together is the best for our universe. I’m really, really happy with what we did, and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds on the screen. AH: The women of Harlem aren’t taking a backseat to the men in this series. Do you think it’s important to have female protagonists and villains in this particular genre, and why? SM: Absolutely. I think representation matters. We’re definitely in a time where we’re talking about the importance of uplifting women characters in the same way that we uplift male characters.

know, for her to just be a person [who] is hurting and be able to show that. AH: How does that nuance play out in the other characters? SM: When you have characters like Alfre Woodard’s and we see her [character] Black Mariah just evolve, and to find out the why of that. How many women do we know who have been abused, who have been sexually molested and had sexual violence exacted against them simply because they’re a woman, specifically because they’re a Black woman? And, how often is that trauma not addressed, not seen, not spoken out within our communities, within our families, our churches, our schools? And, to have that storyline be the backstory of why Mariah is a villain, why she is who she is, it’s a beautiful thing to see. I love that Cheo and the writers of this show are not afraid to push the envelope, to put women in positions of power — as captains of police departments — and put them in positions of political power, law enforcement power, and physical and emotional power. I think it’s great to have women at the forefront of these stories. AH: How does Misty feel about Luke having another love interest this season? SM: You know, I think she feels the same way she felt in season one, when they started to develop this romance. (Laughs.) Misty supports anybody finding a relationship because she’s not trying to be with Luke. Luke done “had coffee” all over Harlem, and she ain’t trying to go back for a second

cup. They have developed a true friendship — one that is interesting to see because you so often see men and women have a sexual relationship and people think a friendship could never be possible. Yet these two people have found that. But, I think it’s her feeling that she intimately knows Luke, that she can see the direction and the path that he’s heading on, and that is in direct conflict with his relationship with Claire [Temple]. So Misty is there to say, “Hey, brother, don’t mess this up because you need a special kind of woman to deal with a man like you.” She’s rooting for them in a way you don’t often see on-screen. You know, you always see women jockeying for the attention and affection of a man, especially if they’ve been intimate before, but you rarely see a woman saying, “Listen, it was moment. We experienced it. I’ve moved on. And I would really love for you all to work this out.” Misty is the ultimate woman of 2018, evolved sexually and emotionally in ways that lots of women aren’t. AH: You mentioned Antonique Smith a little earlier. What can you say about Misty’s relationship with her character Det. Nandi Tyler?

doesn’t trust her. It’s something greater than “I don’t like you and I don’t like the way your glasses look.” It’s some real deep-seated and long history of character that Misty sees in Nandi. So, I can’t wait for the fans to see how that unfolds because on the surface, it most certainly looks like she is just jealous. But when you find out why she really doesn’t trust this woman, it’s a great thing to see. Annika Harris is the digital content director for UPTOWN Magazine. She welcomes reader responses at aharris@uptownmagazine.com. Photos courtesy of Netflix

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opening wasn’t so easy, said Ward. Because of strict City inspectors and a negligent landlord, he said opening Noonie’s took two years and was harder than opening any of his other restaurants. The biggest problem came when, after signing a five-year lease, City inspectors found 20 gas leaks in the building. “The City inspectors, I’m cool with them now, but they were so rough, man,” said Ward. “They were rough, but they also did their job. So, I got to take my hat off to them. If they didn’t do their job, this place could’ve blown up.”

Test – or build – your comedy skills with one of the nation’s premier Black improv troupes, Blackout Improv, on July 21. Presented by the Center for Performing Arts (CFPA), “Using Your Truth In Improv” will feature a two-part day of comedy and workshops. The day kicks off with a two-hour workshop led by Blackout Improv’s troupe of actors, comedians, activists and teachers on the art of improv, how to ”roll with the punches” and be your best self in every moment. Later that evening, the troupe and workshop participants will hit the stage for a public performance of their newly acquired skills, followed by a discussion. Blackout Improv has gained international acclaim for celebrating Black performers while changing the face of comedy stages in Minnesota. The troupe’s presentations are a mix of comedy, social justice, and arts access. “Using Your Truth In Improv” takes place Saturday, July 2 at the Center for Performing Arts, located at 3754 Pleasant Ave. South in

Minneapolis. The workshop will run from 3-5 pm and the presentation from 7-9 pm. The workshop is open to individuals and families, ages 12 and up. No previous improv experience is required; however, space is limited. To participate, register online by July 14 at 5 pm or just join the audience from 7-9 pm for the free performance and snacks. The two-part series is part of CFPA’s monthly ReClaim series designed to connect audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/reclaimblackout. Information provided by Center for Performing Arts.

Sunday, July 29 @ 2:00-3:30 pm Brunson’s Pub, 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55130 2019 BUDGET ADDRESS Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 pm Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, 1495 Rice St., St. Paul, MN 55117 All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Our City, Our Budget events and the 2019 Budget Address, visit http://bit.ly/ourcityourbudget2019. For more information about the City of St. Paul’s budget, visit the Open Budget St. Paul online at budget.stpaul.gov. Information provided by the City of St. Paul.

Ward added that the landlord, who he said was ignoring previous fines, forced him to pay out-of-pocket to get the building up to code. He is currently in the middle of a lawsuit with his landlord to get his money back. Despite those setbacks, Ward said he is excited over how things have progressed with the restaurant. “[Minneapolis] really made Noonie’s like it is now because everyone is really coming from all over [from] all walks of life, and they love the food,” he said. Reflecting on his past, Ward said, he’s glad to see how things have changed for the better. For him, that also means giving back to the community, including motivational talks. He also shared his plans to work with John Legend and Ste-

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vie Wonder as a motivational speaker for their upcoming series of events aimed at ending gun violence. That may seem far-fetched, but this is a man whose autobiography, Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G Story, about his journey from the world of drugs to running for local political office in Chicago, was turned into a biopic narrated by Chicago hip-hop artists Kanye West and Common. “Before, I was part of the problem,” said Ward, “and now I want to be part of the solution.” Noonie’s is located at 3731 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. Keith Schubert welcomes reader responses to kschuber@spokesmanrecorder.com.

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. Date: June 11, 2018 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: 1. DATE OF MORTGAGE: May 30, 2003 2. ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF THE MORTGAGE: $60,000.00. 3. MORTGAGOR: Mark A. Pehlke, a single person 4. MORTGAGE HOLDER: National City Bank 5. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded on June 24, 2003, as Document No. 3763241 in the Office of the Hennepin County Registrar of Titles. 6. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE, IF ANY: The Mortgage has been assigned to Roundpoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation, by Document Number T5080246; and further assigned to DBI/ASG Mortgage Holdings, LLC, by Document Number T5207649; and further assigned to Good News Trust UTD09012013, and further assigned to Northern Realty Ventures, LLC, by Document Number T5535134. 7. TAX PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF THE PREMISES SUBJECT TO THE MORTGAGE: 31-120-21-44-0008. 8. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PREMISES SUBJECT TO THE MORTGAGE: Lot 2, Block 3, Westwood North, Hennepin County, Minnesota (Torrens property – Certificate Number 779794). 9. THE PHYSICAL STREET ADDRESS, CITY OF THE PREMISES SUBJECT TO THE MORTGAGE: - 8115 - 109th Place North, Champlin, MN. 10. AT THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE, AND TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY THE HOLDER OF THE MORTGAGE IS $83,838.70. 11. ORIGINATOR: National City Bank. 12. RESIDENTIAL SERVICER: None 13. Mortgage Identification Number: None 14. The requisites of Minn. Stat. 580.02 have been satisfied. The holder of the Mortgage has complied with all conditions precedent to acceleration of the debt secured by the Mortgage and foreclosure of the Mortgage, and all notice and other requirements of applicable statutes. 15. That no action or proceeding has been initiated at law to recover the debt then remaining secured by such mortgage, or any part thereof, or, if the action or proceedings has been initiated, that the same has been discontinued, or that the judgment rendered therein has been returned unsatisfied, in whole or in part. 16. Pursuant to the power of sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff of Hennepin County at public auction on August 6, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Room 30. Old Courthouse, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN, to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements by law. The time for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of sale. 17. THE TIME AND DATE TO VACATE THE PROPERTY: Unless said mortgage is reinstated or the property redeemed, or unless the time for redemption is reduced by judicial order, you must vacate the premises by 11:59 p.m. on February 6, 2019. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STAUTES SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING THAT, AMOUNG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. MORTGAGORS RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: NONE. June 11, 2018 Netzell Legal Services, PLLC By: Timothy A Netzell #0203646 Attorneys for Mortgagee Netzell Legal Services, PLLC 9531 West 78th Street, #135 Eden Prairie, MN 55344 651-478-6500

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A Petition for Determination of Descent has been filed with this Court. The Petition represents that the Decedent died more than three years ago, leaving property in Minnesota and requests the probate of Decedent’last Will dated April 28, 2009, and the descent of such property be determined and assigned by this Court to the persons entitled to the property. Any objections to the Petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper, and no objections are filed or raised, the Petition may be granted. IT IS ORDERED and Notice is further given, that the Petition will be heard on July 30, 2018, at 11:00 AM, Courtroom C456, by this Court at Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, 1. Notice shall be given to all interested persons (MINN. STAT. § 524.1-401) and persons who have filed a demand for notice pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-204. 2. Notice shall be given by publishing this Notice and Order as provided by law and by: • Mailing a copy of this Notice and Order at least 14 days prior to the hearing date. • Delivering a copy of this Notice and Order to Tulpen Law PLLC, 393 Dunlap Street North, Suite 450C, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104 personally at least 14 days prior to the hearing date. Dated: 6/4/2018 BY THE COURT Elizabeth V Cutter, Attorney for Petitioner Judge of District Court, Amy J. Rotering Tulpen Law PLLC Probate Division 393 Dunlap Street North, Suite 450C Sarah Lindahl-Pfieffer, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104 Attorney License No: 0399391 Court Administrator (651) 564-4357 amy@tulpenlaw.com Minnesota Spokesman Recorder July 12 & 19, 2018

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A basketball ‘closer’ A baseball closer is the pitcher who comes in late and hopefully saves the game for a win. Just next door to the Twins ballpark, Lynx Assistant Coach James Wade last Thursday essentially recorded his first WNBA “save.”

When Head Coach Cheryl Reeve was ejected after she received two technical fouls with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, Wade was pressed into service and helped seal the win for the host team. “What a game to do it,” Wade told the MSR after Minnesota’s nine-point win over visiting rival Los Angeles. “The weird thing is that on timeouts, I am the one who draws their stuff

up for us because I know it so well,” he noted of his opponents’ scouting responsibilities. “I know them [LA] a lot more than other teams. “It was interesting, but a good experience,” Wade concluded on his first “closing” assignment. Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to challman@ spokesman-recorder.com.

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Fitz Continued from page 10 and added two really promising talented young players, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates Diop. They re-signed former threetime NBA All-Star and league MVP, Derrick Rose. I know for a fact that Towns and Butler respect each other and the Timberwolves want both players back. Butler and Towns are both in the last year of current contracts. Towns is happy here, the Timberwolves gave up a lot in the trade with Chicago to acquire Butler last year, and both Thibodeau and Butler are extremely high on each other.

The Wolves do indeed want to resign Towns soon; he is the foundation of the team’s rising fortunes. I believe Butler will come around and play. The Wolves don’t want to lose him either. This is a sticky situation, but Thibodeau makes $10 million a year leading this franchise. He will do what’s best. Let’s all be patient and allow this schism to play itself out. Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday and Friday at 9:10 am, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www. Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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arl Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, two Timberwolves NBA All-Stars, can’t stand each other if you believe the stories that have been written and the circling rumors.

Karl Anthony Towns I covered the NBA All-Star game back in February in Los Angeles when they both were selected. For the first time in years, the Timberwolves had two-players selected; Towns played well in the game, and Butler did not play at all. The fact that the two guys took separate flights to and from the All-Star game speaks to the seriousness of their issues with each other. All 30 franchises are valued at $1 billion or more in the ever-changing NBA. Players make guaranteed contracts and they leave if they want and teams can trade or cut them. For example, LeBron James recently left Cleve-

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land and signed with Los Angeles. Yes, the Lakers, a team that won just 35 games last year is now loading up for a playoff run. Team President and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau guided the Timberwolves to the playoffs last season. They were 47-35, good for eighth in the West. Are happy days here again? Not so fast. Since being eliminated from the playoffs by Houston in five games, Butler has made it clear how badly he wants to win. The feeling is that he is not pleased with Towns and Andrew Wiggins and what developed last season. Butler missed 23 games last year with a knee injury, the most games he’s missed in a season in his career. Despite that fact, the Timberwolves put a fouryear $138 million offer for Butler to sign on the table. He has not yet signed it. He and [Uncle Drew] Kyrie Irving, NBA star of the Boston Celtics and star of the movie Uncle Drew, were teammates on Team USA a couple of years ago and are fond of each other. The Timberwolves are moving forward. They had a successful season and draft ■ See Fitz on page 9

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The Minnesota Lynx is celebrating its 20th year in the WNBA this season. In this 20-part occasional series we will take a year-by-year look back, featuring reflections from players, coaches, fans and others. This week: 2001

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fter consecutive 15win campaigns, Minnesota’s 2001 season opener win would be the only time the Lynx played above .500. The team’s third WNBA season saw not only two fivegame losing streaks, eventually finishing its third straight sub-.500 summer (12-20), but also its first home losing record (6-10). “It was my first [pro] team,” Betty Lennox recalled in a recent MSR phone interview. Just the season before, she and Grace Daley became only the second rookie duo ever to combine for the most made three-pointers (72) for the same team. Now 42, she is the women’s basketball coach at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in Kansas City, Missouri. “I was drafted number six by Minnesota. I’m very thankful that Brian Agler thought highly of me to draft me high that year” in 2000 out of Louisiana Tech, Lennox stressed. “I felt like it was a place where I [would be] immediately accepted.” The 5’-8” guard almost im-

Betty Lennox receives her WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

mediately became a fan favorite. “The people and the fan base there were great to me,” Lennox proudly recalled. The rookie went on to rack up honors, including the first-ever rookie to make the WNBA All-Star Game and was later named the league’s top rookie.

Her nearly 17-point scoring average was second on the team that season as well. “Those were all awards that came along with the hard work that you put into the game and put into your craft,” Lennox explained. “What I’m very proud of is that I was the first person [in Minnesota] to wear [number] 22.” The 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year was expected to pick

ami midway through the 2003 season. “I was very disappointed in leaving there,” Lennox pointed out. “But I look back and say it had to happen in order for me to get that championship ring in 2004.” After being involved in two dispersal drafts – first, when Miami folded, and Cleveland picked her up, and then when Seattle swept her up after the

back to Minneapolis, now as an opponent, the Lynx faithful always greeted her with warm applause. “I call Minnesota my first home,” she said. “I stayed there throughout the winter [her first two seasons], did a lot of community work, met a lot of great people, and influenced a lot of young people’s lives.” She later started her own ■ See View on page 9

Former local prep stars who’ve reached the WNBA

Pro hoopsters go to Harvard Minnesota Lynx veteran guard Seimone Augustus was among seven Black female WNBAers who went back to school during the recent off-season. They participated in the new Crossover into Business program at Harvard Business School from early February to late April earlier this year. Harvard Business Administration Professor Anita Elberse, who Seimone Augustus first started and teaches the semesPhoto courtesy of Twitter ter-long course with NBA players, paired them with MBA student mentors. This year a new program was opened mind to things outside of basketball.” to WNBA players. The cohort examined two case studies: one Augustus, Ivory Latta, Elizabeth Williams, on a business decision by NBAer LeBron James, Alana Beard, Kayla Alexander, Marissa Cole- and a software company working with a Georman and Tina Charles were in the cohort along gia school system to develop a program for atrisk youth. with three NBA players. “It was cool,” Augustus reported. “[James] “It took me a minute to respond” to a league email about the program, Augustus told the took equity deals, upfront cash for using his MSR. “I responded a week later. The applica- name, likeness and image in video games. The tion process was five or six essay questions: You software company was there to listen to the had to explain yourself, why you need to be in feedback, pros and cons of the program they a business program, what kind of business do had set up.” An LSU grad, Augustus said she didn’t know you conduct, do you actively have a business… what to expect at the Ivy League school. “They and submit it. [the students] told us to enjoy ‘the Harvard experience,” she said. The players and the MBA students throughout the class talked and brainstormed ideas. “No one had a wrong answer,” Augustus said. “You got graded on participation… It gave you freedom to have that critical thinking pro“I thought I didn’t get in because it took three cess. It was awesome to be a part of something weeks or so before I got a response back” from different” than her former college days. “[In] every university, or at least the univerthe school, Augustus recalled. A 2009 Sports Illustrated story reported ma- sity I went to, you just learn how to take tests. ny NBA and NFL players, a few years after You go and learn different quotes [and] sayings they retire, find themselves broke despite mak- then go answer some multiple-choice questions. ing millions during their playing careers. Such You are just learning how to memorize stuff.” riches-to-ruin stories aren’t always published on She found the Harvard experience more stimulating. female players after they retire. Augustus said she’s glad she took advanNow in her early 30s and in her 13th WNBA season, Augustus is preparing for her post-ath- tage of the Harvard program. “I’m glad for malete life. “When I turned 30, I was asked when ny reasons. Stepping out of my comfort zone… am I going to retire, and the next phase in life is It opened up my mind in developing skills afcoaching,” she pointed out. “Why put me in that ter basketball.” ■ See SOe on page 9 box because I play sports? Harvard opened my

Rockers’ demise – Lennox helped lead the Storm to the 2004 WNBA championship and was named Finals MVP. She would play for three more clubs (Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Tulsa) before retiring in 2011 after 12 WNBA seasons. But whenever she came

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up where she left off a season ago. But her second pro season barely reached a dozen games before a hip injury shelved her for the remainder of the year. Lennox did return the following season, but she never showed her rookie form and eventually was shipped to Mi-

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This week’s column features four former Minnesota prep girls’ basketball players who went on to college and are now in the WNBA. Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Lynx), Tayler Hill (Minneapolis South, Ohio State University, Washington Mystics), Nia Coffey (Hopkins, Northwestern University, Las Vegas Aces), and Rachel Banham (Lakeville North, University of Minnesota, Connecticut Sun) have all made their marks thus far in the WNBA’s 20th season.

Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson) remains the unquestioned leader of the defending WNBA champs. She had a season-high 17 points in the seasonopener loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Photo courtesy of the Lynx

Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill (Minneapolis South) has played seven games since coming off a knee injury and recently had a season-high of 11 points in a loss to the Phoenix Mercury last month. She averaged 13.3 points per game last season. Photo courtesy of the Mystics

“Harvard opened my mind to things outside of basketball.”

Las Vegas Aces second-year guard Nia Coffey (Hopkins) has shown consistency all season while netting a season-high 23 points in a loss to the Seattle Storm last month. Photo courtesy of the Aces

Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham (Lakeville North) has appeared in every contest this season with a season-high of 20 points in a win over Indiana. Photo courtesy of the Sun

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