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Tuesday May 5th 2015
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Update: Ron Edwards breaks his silence about the Mpls NAACP – Wednesday on The Ron and Don Show (5.6.15 at 8:30 p.m.)

Update: Ron Edwards breaks his silence about the Mpls NAACP – Wednesday on The Ron and Don Show (5.6.15 at 8:30 p.m.)

Can a 76-year old journalist really be a threat to the Minneapolis NAACP?  Update: Tune in Wednesday to The Ron and Don Show at 8:30 p.m. - Click here to listen.  For real. (photo: IBNN Meme, Fair Use). By Don Allen, Founder - The Independent Business News Network Minneapolis, Minn. (May 3, 2015)…In 2003, Mr. Ronald A. Edwards [...]

Some of the most dangerous killing weapons in the Twin Cites sit behind desks in the Black community

Some of the most dangerous killing weapons in the Twin Cites sit behind desks in the Black community

Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen. Today (4.8) North Minneapolis under siege with double-homicide. Now remind me, who does the city, county and state give that money to prevent this kind of community horror? How did Minnesota’s black community let the Four Horsemen bamboozle everyone? Black on Black crime happens without a gun.  By The Ron [...]

Is Barway Collins dead?

Is Barway Collins dead?

4th grader Barway Collins still missing. Fox 9 has turned all heads to his father...none to the missing boy. (photo: Fair Use - family) The Ron and Don Show alleges Fox 9 News in collaboration with an agent provocateur have been raising so much havoc the search for Barway Collins has turned into a crucifixion of the boys father, and not a [...]

Fantastic Four says: Star Tribune stadium story was off the mark…Please explain “the mark” in black bodies working on the People’s Stadium

Fantastic Four says: Star Tribune stadium story was off the mark…Please explain “the mark” in black bodies working on the People’s Stadium

If it smells like a fart, maybe is it a fart. Some of the people in this group-write will make you think you have to pay your bar tab if you were a passenger on the Titanic. (photo - The Wrong Stuff on Facebook - Fair Use). “Sources within organized labor confirm the Vikings stadium employment fraud being perpetrated on communities of color. [...]

Approximately 62 billion of the taxpayers’ dollars is being spent annually on Title IV funding. This same amount could provide for no-costs education for all students of 4-year, technical, and community colleges

Approximately 62 billion of the taxpayers’ dollars is being spent annually on Title IV  funding. This same amount could provide for no-costs education for all students of 4-year, technical, and community colleges

Hope and Change needed for the black community. (Photo: Fair Use) I hope that you and yours are all doing well.  Please feel free to share this e-mail as you liberally see fit.  About a month ago, I helped a friend of mine who runs her own business simply to support her.  I did not get paid for it.  I did it out of my heart.  I told a [...]

State Representatives Rena Moran (DFL) and Carolyn Laine (DFL) and COBM board chairman Patwin Lawrence answer questions about Minnesota’s ethnic councils and why a bill is on the table and how it got there – The Ron and Don Show – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

State Representatives Rena Moran (DFL) and Carolyn Laine (DFL) and COBM board chairman Patwin Lawrence answer questions about Minnesota’s ethnic councils and why a bill is on the table and how it got there – The Ron and Don Show – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus) and Don Allen (IBNN) for the award-winning BlogTalkRadio Internet program, “The Ron and Don Show.” (To listen to the program, click here) An informational hearing on HF 1353 has been scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2015 at 8:15 am. HF 1353 (attached) HF Representative Laine represents Columbia [...]

Minneapolis’ Black Police officers waiting to exhale – Black community leadership remains silent

Minneapolis’ Black Police officers waiting to exhale – Black community leadership remains silent

If you do not respect the history of our black police officers, then your hands are up and you cannot breath. (Atlanta's First Eight Black Police Officers On April 30 1948 Georgia State University Library) There will be no revolutions, press conferences or town hall meetings. The Twin Cities black leadership, mostly in the nonprofit sector is [...]

Open Letter to: Minnesota Board of Teaching…shame on you!

Open Letter to: Minnesota Board of Teaching…shame on you!

Related story: The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids Sometimes the force of ignorance is cumulative. ~Don Allen By Don Allen, Founder - IBNN NEWS WTF...are you serious? How is there a 0.4 Native American teacher?  (MinnCan-http://mnstateofed2014.minncan.org - Fair use) Roseville, Minn. - I get it. In some [...]

The N*****s next door

The N*****s next door

Are you going to get a job? When you going to by a car? What...a club promoter selling the white man liquor? (photo: He remembers things wrong and confuses information.) Editors note: IBNN in its efforts to support citizen journalism have selected several very interesting letters to the editor to publish (unedited) during Black History Month. [...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. is dead…let him Rest in Peace. The road to Freedom is still under construction

Martin Luther King, Jr. is dead…let him Rest in Peace. The road to Freedom is still under construction

No, we should not be marching in the streets; we should be reading and making plans. Movies are great – but still only entertainment. Black faces on the news provide far too much “entertainment” for those who control the stereotypes of identity. By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network  Related Story:  My [...]

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