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Governor Mark Dayton must create a transparent process when giving money to African Americans who have failed the black community

Governor Mark Dayton must create a transparent process when giving money to African Americans who have failed the black community

Community Standards Initiative’s (CSI) founder Alfred Flowers was not asked to attend Tuesday’s meeting with the governor and community freelancers. Sneaking around like Snidely Whiplash is bad business for the black community. (photo: snidely - fair use). by Don Allen, Founder - The Independent Business News Network A local group of [...]

City of Minneapolis: Equity on paper is not Equity

City of Minneapolis: Equity on paper is not Equity

If the city of Minneapolis wanted equity for real, it would not take more than 30-days to put a plan together. Wanting to promote a “two-year effort to address racial equity” is nothing more than a symptom that tells us, you do not know what the hell you’re doing.   Mayor Hodges, Councilperson Glidden and civil rights director [...]

Minnesota Senatorial write-in candidate Jack Shepard wants you to draft and write-in Bobby Joe Champion for Hennepin County Attorney – to save the Black Community

Minnesota Senatorial write-in candidate Jack Shepard wants you to draft and write-in Bobby Joe Champion for Hennepin County Attorney – to save the Black Community

Change comes in small doses. You have the power of the vote.  Check out the Jack Shepard fan page on Facebook.  Senatorial write-in candidate Jack Shepard want you to draft and write-in Bobby Joe Champion for Hennepin County Attorney. (The vote is yours.) Photos: Fair use   IBNN NEWS Brief Rome, Italy - According to a 2013 Pew [...]

Don Allen on KLTK AM1130 on the “Up and At ‘Em with Jack and Ben – Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Don Allen on KLTK AM1130 on the “Up and At ‘Em with Jack and Ben – Tuesday at 7 a.m.

  Don Allen lays out the truth you always wanted to hear. Tuesday (8/19) on Up and At 'Em with Jack and Ben (AM 1130) at 7am: North Minneapolis can be a violent place. What's being done? What isn't being done? Where is the money going? Guest: Donald Allen. Phone lines will be open! 651-989-5855. "Little Rebel Yell, they cried [...]

Samuels and The Mann: The Great White Hope and The Great Black Hope for Minneapolis Public Schools

Samuels and The Mann: The Great White Hope and The Great Black Hope for Minneapolis Public Schools

So what; you’ve been door knocking for Rebecca Gagnon. What has that done for your children in the Minneapolis Public Schools? You talk a good game as a Facebook activist, slinging insults about who and where people get their money. It’s time some of you (black folks) look in the mirror and know that people are sick of your boogieman [...]

Charter Schools: Why Not? It might be better than Minneapolis’ public school system – just keep the Minneapolis Public Schools out of the charter school business

Charter Schools: Why Not? It might be better than Minneapolis’ public school system – just keep the Minneapolis Public Schools out of the charter school business

Many say Charter Schools are “FOR PROFIT ONLY.” You will be lucky to get a hand full of good teachers that would accept Charter Schools low salaries and qualifications. But if we do not find a solution sooner, is it okay to let children K-12 be dumbed-down further in the Minneapolis Public School System? MPS needs to do the right [...]

Minneapolis Public Schools: Funding bullies and bullshit backfires

Minneapolis Public Schools: Funding bullies and bullshit backfires

The Minneapolis Public Schools still owes IMSMC $3800.00 for work they a completed a few years back. Community members and the Star Tribune criticized the little $15,000.00 contract. So here is my concern; IMSMC gets a contract for $15,000.00 – and the same folks who have been pimping education in the community and other members of the black [...]

Part I: The beating of Alfred Flowers is not about the Man

Part I: The beating of Alfred Flowers is not about the Man

Critical thinking opens up meaning that tells us Minneapolis Police are frustrated about the sociopolitical infrastructure created in Minneapolis. By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network. A cool-cat with a Top Hat knows more than you can imagine. (photo: the wrong stuff-fair use) Minneapolis, Minn. - I am a black [...]

Community Activist admits to being beaten by Minneapolis Police while in handcuffs (IBNN Exclusive)

Community Activist admits to being beaten by Minneapolis Police while in handcuffs (IBNN Exclusive)

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the beating of Alfred Flowers by Minneapolis Police: Why the City of Minneapolis chief and mayor cannot dismiss this incident as black fodder.  "They beat me while I was handcuffed. I did not think I was going to make it." Activist Al Flowers to Mr. Ronald A. Edwards.  By Don Allen, Founder - IBNN NEWS  Community [...]

Activist Alfred Flowers beaten unconscious by Minneapolis Police (Updated 6:00 p.m.)

Activist Alfred Flowers beaten unconscious by Minneapolis Police (Updated 6:00 p.m.)

Update: It has been confirmed that Al Flowers has staples in his head and stitches in his face and could possible be suffering from a serious concussion.  Also read:  "How does a 17-year old black youth get a handgun in North Minneapolis?" On more than one occasion, Minneapolis Police have been requested to show a warrant when knocking on the [...]

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