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Tuesday April 28th 2015
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‘Editorial Opinion’ Archives

Exclusive: Surreptitious movement underway to replace Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau

Exclusive: Surreptitious movement underway to replace Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau

Chief Janeé Harteau stood her ground when local African America leaders bullied the chief demanding seats on committee they were not qualified to be on. I have become a fan of the chief over the last several months and to hear the underlying rumblings orchestrated by local philanthropic agencies is most troubling. Chief Janeé Harteau, [...]

Philosophy: What did the Star Tribune get wrong when questioning the integrity and credibility of long-established African American leaders?

Philosophy: What did the Star Tribune get wrong when questioning the integrity and credibility of long-established African American leaders?

Attack? LOL! How about BUSTED!!! Insight News publishing a story citing the Star Tribune newspaper has attacked local leadership. The real question is who do these people represent and how do self-appointed leaders with access to media decide they are being attacked while there is no accountability for actions taken in the last decade? By [...]

Minneapolis Public Schools continues to collapse for the African American learner

Minneapolis Public Schools continues to collapse for the African American learner

Michael Goar, former Generation Next’s executive director, now interim MPS superintendent is just as lost as Gagnon and former Sup. Johnson. Growing concern from community groups, parents and local corporations see the immediate need to restructure the MPS into several mini-districts sans a few board of directors. The Minneapolis city [...]

Designer Poverty: Nonprofits that serve black people

Designer Poverty: Nonprofits that serve black people

The ideology of "some" non-profit social service agencies have been replaced with a “bank-like” operation that in most cases only helps itself. It does not matter how much money you make, just make sure someone in the community benefits. (photo: IBNN) By Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief – OurBlackNews.com There is something to be said [...]

Why the Minneapolis Urban League will not call a press conference

Why the Minneapolis Urban League will not call a press conference

"Taking a look at the MUL from the inside." Some of the smallest nonprofits in north Minneapolis have the ability to reach thousands of Twin Cities residents. The Minneapolis Urban League lost their ability to be heard and reach all black Minnesotans more than 20-years ago. The black community in Minnesota is monumental; we do not read one [...]

IBNN knew the Minneapolis Urban Leagues 13th Grade was a bad idea…but nobody listened to facts

IBNN knew the Minneapolis Urban Leagues 13th Grade was a bad idea…but nobody listened to facts

Again... Yes, I told you so. I've been writing about the Minneapolis Urban League's #fails since I heard about the bill dreamed up by Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden. This collaboration was bound to fail based on the internal process of the MUL, it's board, partners and political affiliations. Please...read my stories, then read the [...]

What are the responsibilities of nonprofit Board of Directors?

What are the responsibilities of nonprofit Board of Directors?

Come clean, resign and recreate. (photo: The Smug Bastard's Blog - Fair Use) In light of the resent Senate Ethics Committee filings on senator Jeff Hayden, it is important for community members to be clear on what a nonprofit board is suppose to do, rather than play the race card and cry racism. Again, members of the black community are being [...]

Mercy, Compassion, And Containment In Fenced-Off Rural GhostTowns For Level Three Sex Offenders (JNS Blog 2015 Editorial Legacy)

Mercy, Compassion, And Containment In Fenced-Off Rural GhostTowns For Level Three Sex Offenders (JNS Blog 2015 Editorial Legacy)

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff By Johnny Northside, Guest Contributor  A Legacy Of Ideas Before this blog retires in June of 2015, I hope to leave behind a legacy of editorials. Normally, I prefer to write facts and maybe squeeze in an editorial comment here and there. I feel that's a more effective way of writing. But [...]

Minneapolis NAACP to hold special election…again

Minneapolis NAACP to hold special election…again

#aplanmatters (Photo: Gumby and Pokey - Google search - Fair Use) On Saturday, May 2, the Minneapolis NAACP will hold a special election from 5-7p.m. at NorthPoint Wellness Clinics in north Minneapolis located at 1313 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Anyone who signs up THAT DAY AT NorthPoint and becomes a member of the Minneapolis NAACP [...]

The Star Tribune attacked me with a one-sided polemic masquerading as journalism

The Star Tribune attacked me with a one-sided polemic masquerading as journalism

Don Allen asking the Minneapolis Public Schools board of directors to "fix" one school or resign. (photo: IBNN NEWS) In 2011, I was very disappointed by the article published about my work with the public schools in the Star Tribune last week (“Critic of Schools Now Paid to Promote Them”). While it has become clear that the article contains [...]

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