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by Minnesota Average White-Guy, Guest Contributor – IBNN NEWS
Minneapolis, Minn. – Good times have finally arrived in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has went above and beyond the call of duty to sanction the Minnesota State Legislature to stand-down and encumber the Minnesota Department of Human Rights minority hiring goal of 32%.
Lines of African American men and women surrounded the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis in a line that went on for more than four blocks to turn in applications that were delivered personally to African American households by members of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority executive staff.
Tyrone Littermate, one of the thousands who stood in line on Monday said, “This is a dream come true. I thought I would have to train for two-years at a local OIC that uses your whole pell grant. By the stadium dudes hiring this way, I can prove that I am able to work.”
This major hiring of black men and women has caused major confusion in the European community of Minneapolis. John Snelling, owner of the Beef Eater told us today in an exclusive interview, “That’s great, them Negroes can work and become productive member of society.” Snelling inquired on the first payday for the new hires so he could lower the price of chicken wings and Hennessy. “I’ll get them whole checks spent right here. They’ll still go home with nothing,” said Snelling.
In a strange turn of events, we stumbled upon Summit Academy OIC president Louis King waiting on the number five bus, mumbling, “The best social service program is a job,” repeatedly. King was rushed to the veteran’s hospital observation ward and his status is known as “protected.” Minneapolis Urban League President resigned today citing that he was headed back to Madison to open a chain of Louisiana Fried Chicken outlets that would not compete with his lone Subway sandwich shop.
In a statement from outgoing Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, he told local black community leaders at this mornings press conference, “I told you I could help black people get jobs in Minneapolis. It had to wait until my last month in office so my overseers would not be upset.”
Rybak’s phone rings, he fumbles to answer it, “Hello, hello? Barry, do you have a job for me?”
Needless to say, this is the moment the African American community has been waiting for – like slaves building the white house in Washington, DC, we can repeat history right here for the People’s Stadium.
Media contact: Ange Hwang, 612-376-7715
A showcase filled with youth talent from all over the Twin Cities, Asian Media Access will be holding a Winter Wonders showcase housed at Concordia University’s Pearson Theater (275 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104-5494). This showcase will feature many things from short films created by the Youth Media Force (YMF), to the rock band Scratch, to Asian styled dances from Iny Asian Dance Theater, and a fashion show that will put the spotlight on traditional Hmong clothing. Talk about a plate full of variety! Save the date for December 18th and 19th, 2013, both shows start at 7pm.
“The Moment” is a short film that will be featured at the Winter Wonders – Multimedia Showcase at Dec. 19th, 7pm. This short film depicts the love of a husband as he tries to help his wife remember her past. With inspiration from a watch, the husband develops a watch theory and encourages his wife to remember the moments from her past by creating it.
Using the gloomy night to set the mood, “The Moment” opens up with a heart-breaking scene. Asking his wife if she remembers the night he proposed to her, the husband shows her a cheap plastic ring. As hilarious as the memory of the proposal could have been, the wife shakes her head from side to side as the husband drops it back into a small box with a sigh.
As heartbreaking as this short film is, it also works up a sweat when you go behind the scenes. Produced by Asian Media Access, the YMF (Youth Media Force) brought “The Moment” to life with hours of working on pre-production (such as props, storyboards, scripts, casting, etc.) and actual production/post-production. The team shot the short film over a full weekend, which began on Thursday for the team, to film it all. Added on top of that is the two months it took to edit, cut, fix the audio, add music, and do color correction to make the short film what it is today.
When asked what the inspiration was for the short film one of the mentors Mong Vang said, “We wanted to make a short film about love and drama. I guess the moment came out from that. Our memories are the only things that will survive time and be immortal if we capture it and keep it here forever for someone else to see and go back to.”
It’s no wonder that the film has gained notable recognitions from places such as the Twin Cities Film Festival in 2013, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival in 2013, the Fresno Short Film Showcase in 2013, the .EDU Film Festival in 2013, the 4th Annual Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival in 2013, and the 2ndAnnual Perpich Youth Cinema Festival in 2013.
Come to the Winter Wonders showcase in December 19th 7pm to view “The Moment” at Concordia University’s Pearson Theater (275 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104-5494). Join us with an evening filled with fun entertainment that will surely move you. For more information, please check onwww.amamedia.org or www.inyasiandancetheater.org.
Background Introduction: Asian Media Access (AMA)’s mission is to connect the disconnected. Since its inception in 1992, AMA has accomplished and continues to accomplish its mission in the areas of media arts education/production and film exhibition/ distribution by educating, creating as well as presenting programs in media arts that educate, enlighten and entertain the community. AMA serves as an incubator for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists by providing training, technical expertise and access to sophisticated digital production/editing equipment to help develop artists’ skills. For the past 20 years, AMA has successfully supported the immigrant and refugee community in learning media arts/information technology for social betterment. AMA’s media arts education activities have now evolved into year-round digital multimedia arts training including radio/video production, digital photography, and web design. These regular programs have given students of color essential art experience, which ultimately benefits the community as a while as they work to redefine the image of people of color in the mainstream media.
Editors Note: As we come to the end of 2013, as predicted here, there is no African American museum in south Minneapolis. It shocks me when I see the rhetoric published by a local African American paper about the Minnesota African American Museum which sits dark, dusty and closed in south Minneapolis. Please shake off the slave dust and realize a new group must take over before anything will ever get done.
Minneapolis, Minn…Twin Cities Daily Planet and veteran reporter Shelia Regan penned the story, “Minnesota African American Museum opening delayed indefinitely, but programming goes on.” If you recall in 2012 IBNN NEWS and Mr. Ronald A. Edwards’ television program Black Focus followed the progress of Minnesota African American Museum including a detailed listing of money that some critics say was enough to send the organization in a successful path.
In a story on IBNN, “Despite WCCO-TV report, the rhetoric on Black Museum’s money problems makes it clear Franklin National Bank is not the villain here,” which has been read 469 times on IBNN NEWS, Mr. Edwards laid out the museums seemingly successful allocation of funds:
- “The museum took a $1.2 million loan from Franklin National Bank, $1 million from the state of Minnesota, $1.5 million in bonds from the City of Minneapolis, $500,000 from five Minnesota corporations, and $300,000 from other sources. The dilemma was the museum failed to meet the condition of the State of Minnesota for granting its monies: that FNB would have first position in a default, or otherwise tax payers of Hennepin County and Minnesota would have to pay. To continue, the museum has to put up new collateral, which it claims it doesn’t have.”
The programming talked about in the TCDP is a mobile tour where the museum visits schools and talks about Minnesota’s black history.
Is this what $5 million dollars gets us?
Members of Minnesota’s black community have criticized the news team of Ronald Edwards and Don Allen citing that we only want to tear the Minnesota’s black community down – but that’s far from the case. We speak to the issues, not for the community. This is a common talking point by local poverty pimps who incite distain for Allen and Edwards while dirty deeds they do are being kept a secret.
It’s unfortunate Minnesota will not see the opening of the museum during Black History month – but it’s just another item missing in the cultural heritage operated by people who don’t have the business acumen to run a shoe-shine stand.
Mr. Edwards said, “There needs to be a toning down of the rhetoric and attacks, especially by those leaders financially supported with loans from Franklin National Bank. Then all can come together and begin a process of healing and stop playing the race card and confusing all communities, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.”
We can add the Minnesota African American Museum to the list of things black Minnesotans will not get in 2013 including jobs on the Vikings Stadium, a functioning civil rights department and our place owning the lunch counter.
Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) attempt Jedi mind trick in honoring Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson for “Closing the achievement gap…WTF?”
- If we only cared when MPS students get bad grades and test scores
- Poor MPS test scores show leadership’s lack of commitment to student’s
- Minneapolis Public Schools – Still Lazy after all these years
By Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief – The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn. – Maybe the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers thought Superintendent Johnson was the overseer for the Wayzata, Edina and Eden Prairie school districts. Maybe they collectively have been living in an alternate universe where African American children and Native American children are at proficiencies over 90 percent and graduation rates are 100 percent with everyone going to college. Our how about this: There is no pipeline to prison and in that alternate universe, prisons are not disproportionally filled with people of color. Whatever the reason this group of law school graduates had for not checking the empirical qualitative, quantitative and Minnesota Department of Education data that shows beyond a reasonable doubt – the achievement gap in the Minneapolis Public Schools is only getting wider with no reset in sight.
In an official press release, the MABL presented as fact, on Saturday, Nov. 9, Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Bernadeia Johnson was honored for her courageous leadership in eliminating the achievement gap for minority students in Minneapolis. (Really?)
Johnson received the 2013 Profiles in Courage Award, an annual recognition award bestowed on individuals who demonstrate courage and excellence in their leadership. (Really?)
A statement from MABL said, “The association recognized Johnson’s leadership and commitment to raise academic achievement for all students, noting increased high school graduation rates, greater participation among students of color in advanced courses, and decreased numbers of students suspended and days lost to instruction due to suspension.”
The above statements are as far from factual evidence and the claim the MABL makes is not supported by any data in Minnesota.
The MABL said Johnson was credited for “thinking outside the box and engaging in bold initiatives to eliminate the achievement gap in Minneapolis,” noting accomplishments in early childhood education, charter collaboration compact and her Shift initiative. (Wait, are they talking about “outside the box in reference to Popeye’s Chicken?”)
Let’s set the record straight. For the record, I think teachers should be paid like NFL, NBA, and NHL standouts. They are responsible for shaping the minds, thoughts, writing and decisions students make in the formative years of K-12. I am not blaming the teachers.
Minneapolis Public Schools-District 1 has failed to communicate with parents, especially parents they consider “throw-away” baby’s mothers and fathers. It is obvious by the Google Doc below; the children failing are Black and Native Americans. The public school system has failed to engage the community and the achievement gap is not closed and to say it is, IS A BOLDFACE LIE!
Do you trust a snake? A snake that moves inside a political party will feed on its young and if you turn your back, a vulgar bug of abandonment will bite you. Let the dismantling of the 2014 MN GOP candidates begin!
by Don Allen – Editor-in-Chief, The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Cam Winton could have been the go-to man for residents of Minneapolis. Winton, a wind energy businessman is sharp, good looking and could answer any question brought to the table. However, cleverly disguised like a supporting player was a state party and members who have not figured out once kissed by the Minnesota GOP, campaign death becomes your campaign manager.
It’s hard for me to watch the social media cheerleading for candidate’s by members of the Minnesota GOP. Some of the candidates – really nice men and women – but the fact remains the Minnesota GOP, its brand, leadership and half-assed community engagement will bring a “no contest” for any God fearing member of the Republican Party running for office to include anyone who is expecting support. In Minnesota to defeat candidates like Senators Franken and Klobachar, representatives Ellison and McCollum you need a “people game.” The Minnesota GOP does not have people – old people yes; bigots, yes; racists – of course.
Unfortunately in 2014 regardless of the GOP men and women (if any) running for the Minnesota governor seat, no MN GOP candidate can unseat the incumbent governor Mark Dayton. It will not happen in Minnesota – so please move to Florida to learn from the Democrats down there what Conservatism looks like? (Yes, I said Democrats.)
The reality: Senators Franken and Klobachar could “fart” less than 1 percent of their collective campaign contributions and wipe any MN GOP contender OFF the map.
The Minnesota GOP has problems inside. As a former candidate for party chairman, all that bamboozle-speak by chairman Keith Downey means nothing – he does not return telephone calls. I guess when you already have a plantation overseer on the executive committee – no comments are needed from the real “right.” The House Negro syndrome has run its course for Minnesota Republicans.
Some supporter say the Minnesota GOP’s beliefs and principles include promoting economic prosperity, preserving civil rights, educating our children, and strengthening our families and communities. This backbone of conservative culture should be appealing for all Minnesotans.
I challenge anyone of the MN GOP gubernatorial candidates to join me in the African American community, including Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson currently going through the motions in Campaigning 101 with a group of really nice guys ready to collect contributions and give out bonuses at the end of a “well we tried” campaign.
On the other hand, the Minnesota GOP has found it next to impossible run successful, winning campaigns in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Republican Party of Minnesota has been, by words, a beacon for fiscal responsibility and champions of economic sustainability - but the party has been dealt a losing hand – by its own doing.
Minneapolis mayor Cam Winton met his political demise in trusting a Minnesota political party that mistakes losing for winning and will never organize their party members to tip the scales in the Minneapolis or anywhere else. As you can see, the MN GOP has never tipped any scale for a win…just ask Secretary Chris Fields.
In a note I received via Facebook from the DFL outreach coordinator:
“You would recognize how it looks when the bottom drops out better than I, we’re on a streak and like all streaks at some point it will come to an end, but not right now, your party is in shambles and has been since Bush left you all high and dry with egg on your faces.”
Minnesota GOP is extinct as of December 31, 2013…R.I.P.
KNOCKOUT! This is why some Black Americans will never achieve the America Dream – because of a few Ni**ers
See the video here: