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Update: 8.29 10:30 am – Shots ring out by the U of M; one shot in front of the Red Sea restaurant – misses the local news

Update: 8.29 10:30 am – Shots ring out by the U of M; one shot in front of the Red Sea restaurant – misses the local news

Sources tell OBN that alleged witnesses are uncooperative and or unwilling to give information to the Minneapolis Police. If you witnessed this crime, it is your duty as a citizen of Minnesota to cooperate and  contact law enforcement. Thank you.  By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Last night (Thursday - 8/27),  local hip-hop [...]

Federal Judge Susan J. Dlott Subpoenas National NAACP President

Federal Judge Susan J. Dlott Subpoenas National NAACP President

NAACP leadership will have to talk now. Our Black News - Breaking News Federal Judge Susan J. Dlott has subpoenaed the National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and the National NAACP Legal Counsel.  The hearing is tomorrow at 10:00 AM in Federal Court.  "The local NAACP election has been hijacked.  It is sad that the National [...]

A Child’s success is a Contract with Mom: Killing the Achievement Gap

A Child’s success is a Contract with Mom: Killing the Achievement Gap

Recorded results have shown that Collective Impact Groups have stalled in helping children of color achieve and maintain success in the public school system. A new delivery tool is here and today I introduce the foundation and rationale on why "Mom" is so important in making sure we pay attention to doing first-things-first and bringing the [...]

Black Lives Matter the movement does not matter

Black Lives Matter the movement does not matter

"I have watch too many black men grow old fighting for civil rights and equity in Minneapolis to let a group of self-serving nobodies just make noise and get on the television news." ~Don Allen Enough is enough. The organizers of the Twin Cities Black Lives Matter movement are planning a protest, march and rally focused on the Minnesota State [...]

Why Collective Impact Organizations continue to fail minority children in education

Why Collective Impact Organizations continue to fail minority children in education

At this point in the Twin Cities, the only stakeholder that really matters is the slayer holding the hammer and wooden stake above the hearts of poor and black learners while intellectuals continue to meet, socialize and one-up each other. By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Collective Impact should be a commitment of a group of [...]

Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead?

Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead?

Lynnell Mickelsen is a long-time progressive activist who lives in Minneapolis and blogs about education at putkidsfirstmn.org. By Lynnell Mickelsen | Originally published in MinnPost on 02/23/15 Here’s a modest education proposal for my fellow white people, especially my fellow lefties in Minneapolis: What if we stopped talking about [...]

Why the United States’ Inequality Problem Is About a Lot More Than Money

Why the United States’ Inequality Problem Is About a Lot More Than Money

 By David Cay Johnston, AlterNet | Op-Ed Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It's also about education, environmental hazards, health and health care, incarceration, law enforcement, wage theft and policies that interfere with family life over [...]

Legendary Star Trek Actress to Fly in NASA Mission at 82 Years Old

Legendary Star Trek Actress to Fly in NASA Mission at 82 Years Old

Boy's from all walks of life dreamed about Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). Fair use Although she won’t be heading into the “Final Frontier,” Nichelle Nichols will be going on a NASA Observatory Mission this September. Nichols first starred as Lt. Uhura, Head of Communications for the USS Enterprise in Star Trek, almost 50 years ago.  The [...]

Donald J. Trump with style and grace crushes the GOP presidential candidates in the first televised debate

Donald J. Trump with style and grace crushes the GOP presidential candidates in the first televised debate

Trump's White House...I bet you won't run a plane into that! (Photo: the new White House expansion. Spoiler Alert: I just thought you should know. Don’t let pluralistic ignorance get in the way of supporting a winner. By Donald Allen, Black Man, and Conservative – who does not drink the Republican establishment or Democrat Kool Aid It [...]

Why all preschool children must be ready-to-read by Kindergarten

Why all preschool children must be ready-to-read by Kindergarten

To succeed you must read. (photo: Henry's Freedom Box - Black History Month books for kids) Okay, I will play the central negative (devil’s advocate) and say if the Minneapolis /St. Paul Public Schools are spending over $20,000 per student in a classroom of 25, should parents and caregivers have their preschooler’s ready-to-read? If our [...]