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Governor Mark Dayton’s Pre-K Plan (information) is purposely being kept away from Black Minnesotans

Governor Mark Dayton’s Pre-K Plan (information) is purposely being kept away from Black Minnesotans

Governor Mark Dayton's plan is graded. (Photo: "F" - Fair Use). The evolution of Jim Crow seems to follow black Minnesotans into employment, economic development and education. The governor's universal preschool plan for 4-year-olds will drive every program created by people of color outside MN's public education system out of business. [...]

Is Downtown Minneapolis is safe…do black youth have summer jobs? (No)

Is Downtown Minneapolis is safe…do black youth have summer jobs? (No)

If young black at-risk students do not have summer jobs to look forward to, downtown Minneapolis will become the mecca of hanging out, which leads to nothing but bad things. Come on, we have seen this too many years in a row. By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Yes, downtown Minneapolis has a lot to see and offer. But city officials [...]

Medical cannabis law changes clarify use in health care facilities

Medical cannabis law changes clarify use in health care facilities

Medical marijuana news in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Health Certification and registration starts June 1 Media inquiries: Scott Smith - MDH Communications, Phone: 651-201-5806 During the final days of the 2015 regular legislative session, state lawmakers amended Minnesota’s medical cannabis statute to address patients’ use of [...]

Military Families’ Reliance On Food Stamps Hit A Record High

Military Families’ Reliance On Food Stamps Hit A Record High

I wish someone could explain to me why our military personnel need food stamps. Editors note: DOD-run stores, known as commissaries, sell food to active-duty and retired military personnel and their families at prices that are lower than what private grocers charge. Nearly $104 million of the $6.2 billion in total revenue the commissaries [...]

The Suicide Rate for African American Boys has doubled since 1993

The Suicide Rate for African American Boys has doubled since 1993

By Your Black World A study published in the JAMA Pediatrics on Tuesday found that black-boys suicide rate among has doubled since 1993. The suicide rate among white children during the same period has declined. Why do black youth commit suicide? The study tracked the suicide rate of children aged 5 to 11 from 1993 to 2012. During the [...]

What can the Minneapolis Urban League do to survive it’s own reputation?

What can the Minneapolis Urban League do to survive it’s own reputation?

Today I, Don Allen offer an olive branch to the Minneapolis Urban League. If I have to work to help keep the doors open, then let it be. It is much more important the agency survives its own storm with the assistance of broad thinkers like myself who hold the key to survival and re-invention. By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News [...]

Open Letter to Minnesota’s Homeless Black Veterans: The historical legacy of exclusion still follows us in this challenge too

Open Letter to Minnesota’s Homeless Black Veterans: The historical legacy of exclusion still follows us in this challenge too

If you judge me by my color, and deny me a seat at the table because of my words, you are no better than the racist who uses structural violence concealed in a series of meeting with no people of color at the table. The date of my enlistment will never expire. The oath I took I swore to leave no soldier behind; to make sure all soldiers are [...]

Postmodern Deconstruction of Queer Studies

Postmodern Deconstruction of Queer Studies

Before we more forward, we must be clear. By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News The postmodern effects of thinking are seen in our Western culture, with homosexual, bisexual, and polyamorous behavior becoming more acceptable to Americans, but it also creates a divide in academics and the academic political right. The most worrying trend [...]

They don’t need signs

They don’t need signs

No, they don't need signs to tell us our blackness makes them feel uncomfortable and that we should not been alive. It does not matter; black or white, you are not born a racist. Being a racist is a skill-sets taught to those with a lower-level of thinking. By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News They don’t need signs to tell us how [...]

Analyzing Hortense Spillers “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” and the New Black

Analyzing Hortense Spillers “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” and the New Black

For those outside of reality, coonery exists as a tight fitting hat or a reversible reality.   By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe,” becomes more timely and relevant in 2015 than ever before with the talk about the New Black. Hip Hop music artist Pharrell, interviewed by Oprah [...]

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