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African Americans: American Society and Cultural Diversity

African Americans: American Society and Cultural Diversity

Our Black News Academic Press 2015 When is the last time you saw a black boy scout? #somethingisverywrong African Americans have lived here since they were transported by slave ships hundreds of years ago (McKnown-Johnsons & Rhodes, 2010, p. 109). Back in the 1910 – 1920s, many of the African Americans lived in the South but migrated [...]

Minneapolis law enforcement might be baking a cake for community activist Alfred Flowers

Minneapolis law enforcement might be baking a cake for community activist Alfred Flowers

Sometimes I like Al Flowers; sometimes not so much. Regardless of my personal state-of-mind, Flowers, the public figure, became a victim of something that many black men and women in Minneapolis call police misconduct. Of course Flowers cannot get any assistance from the Minneapolis NAACP, because not all #blacklivesmatter, and social justice is [...]

New Study Shows States Have Wasted Over $1M Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

New Study Shows States Have Wasted Over $1M Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

Reported by Victor O of Financial Juneteenth  There are people who believe that a good number of welfare recipients are junkies, with these individuals asking for states to step up efforts to isolate such recipients so as to cut down on benefit payments. However, the states that are already spending money to identify and exclude drug users from [...]

New older Father’s produce wise children: A message for new Dad’s 50 and over

New older Father’s produce wise children: A message for new Dad’s 50 and over

Just for a reference, 50 is the new 39. Secondly don’t sweat the small stuff (you got this). By Don Allen, Publisher (Father) - Our Black News Daddy quality time at the barbershop with #2. (photo: D. Allen) My wife birthed our first child when I was 48. I never thought I would have children and never in my wildest dreams did I ever [...]

Critiquing Curriculum: Why Unattended Messages connect to dehumanizing bias, power, privilege, tokenizing specific social identities – and the omission of specific Identities

Critiquing Curriculum: Why Unattended Messages connect to dehumanizing bias, power, privilege, tokenizing specific social identities – and the omission of specific Identities

After carefully reviewing some curriculum for an 11th grade class, it became obvious the historical context was one-sided and favored the authors point of view; white, male and totally bias in its delivery of important historical circumstances from slavery to the civil rights era. The disproportionate grasp of realities should concern educators, [...]

#MichaelBrown is probably sitting in your classroom

#MichaelBrown is probably sitting in your classroom

By Lisa Mims, Guest Columnist - Our Black News So will #trayvonmartin, #renishamcbride, and so many other unarmed  African Americans who have been murdered. Most of our students have probably been exposed to what has taken place in Ferguson. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black male by a police officer. Some may be experiencing [...]

Making Racism Work: There will always be House Ni**as

Making Racism Work: There will always be House Ni**as

Racial prejudice: “My Culture Made Me Do It” By Don Allen, Our Black News Before I begin, I would like to make three very important points in simple clarity. The first one being, I have no intention of moving back to Africa for some sense of moral or structural utopia where blacks work together side-by-side for the good of [...]

Summer is here, school is out; how can we help K-12 learners retain knowledge during summer break?

Summer is here, school is out; how can we help K-12 learners retain knowledge during summer break?

Not every child in poor communities will take summer school classes. Community members must support summer programs that engage parents and families. Check out "To Succeed You Must Read" summer programming. For more information, call (469) 387-1929. By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News In this modern world filled with thousands of [...]

Designer Poverty: Come to the Twin Cities – we do it right!

Designer Poverty: Come to the Twin Cities – we do it right!

You know who you are...yes you; the people who run nonprofit agencies in the poorest part of town and wouldn't be caught dead walking in the streets after 7 pm. You have designed and maintained a system of check and balance that only assist the people who work in your office... By Donald Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Minneapolis, Minn. [...]

The Urgent Need to have African American male teachers in Elementary Schools in the United States

The Urgent Need to have African American male teachers in Elementary Schools in the United States

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan set a 2015 goal to bring more black male teachers to U.S. schools. “We want to have world-class teachers in every classroom, there is nothing more important, but for me, it’s also important that those teachers reflect the diversity of our nation,” Secretary Duncan told NBC News. So Secretary Duncan, [...]

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