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Why African American and African studies should be a requirement in Twin Cities Public Schools

Why African American and African studies should be a requirement in Twin Cities Public Schools

It’s been over a month since I sent my CV to a local nonprofit agency that was searching to hire Fellows to work on a brief in support of African American studies in the public school systems. I never got a response, but that will never keep me from championing causes I believe in. Of course this nonprofit might be like others who talk a big [...]

Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

Video posted by Our Black News - Louis CK, "Being White." by Steve Gunn, Editor-in-chief of EAGnews - OBN Guest Contributor ST. PAUL, Minn. – Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students? Apparently so. In 2010, the St. Paul school [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Message to the Ancestors from the Angry Black Boy

A Message to the Ancestors from the Angry Black Boy

By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News Someone carries a key; a key to the past - searching for a door; a door with a lock.  A door with a keyhole; a keyhole that unlocks the past and shows someone the future. Lifting the ancestors, my ancestors, I see a vague a tattered past; a past reminiscent of an egg, an egg that has dropped out of a [...]

The Black image in the white mind : media and race in America

The Black image in the white mind : media and race in America

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001. By Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki This highly recommended study traces the reciprocal relationship between white racial attitudes and the presentation of blacks in the mass media. The authors have worked hard to make their carefully nuanced presentation, based on a significant body of [...]

Identity

Identity

“We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, [...]

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