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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 [...]

Minnesota: When can Black Minnesotans be recognized for bravery and be trans-formed?

Minnesota: When can Black Minnesotans be recognized for bravery and be trans-formed?

Many people are saying Bruce Jenner is brave and courageous but you don't see too many people sharing LT.Colonel. No schoolteacher in Minnesota should have to explain the transition of Bruce Jenner to his or her students until black history, race and caste politics becomes a core standard in Minnesota’s public school system. Can we get back [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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