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Karyn Washington, creator of ‘For Brown Girls’ website, reportedly commits suicide at age 22

Karyn Washington, creator of ‘For Brown Girls’ website, reportedly commits suicide at age 22

Karyn Washington, 22. (Photo courtesy of ('For Brown Girls') According to Madame Noire, Washington faced a few tough struggles and reportedly dealt with depression after facing the loss of her mother. The inspiring young lady helped to empower young women through her work in celebrating the beauty of African-American women, particularly [...]

You can’t be what you don’t see: Minneapolis Public Schools dismisses the future

You can’t be what you don’t see: Minneapolis Public Schools dismisses the future

Who represents education for children of color in the Minneapolis Public Schools? Is it Alfred Flowers and his Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) program? If this is the case, our children will continue to head down the rabbit hole making the pipeline to nothingness the only obtainable goal.  "The future can be lost for children of color [...]

Clarence Hightower and MnSCU: Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?

Clarence Hightower and MnSCU: Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?

This article has nothing to do with race baiting or me once again playing the race card. There are many black academics in Minnesota who are more than qualified to be presidents of colleges and universities in Minnesota. Their qualifications are not based on telling lies like the one we heard recently where a Minneapolis city official’s husband [...]

Where Are the Black Male Teachers?

Where Are the Black Male Teachers?

The fear of excellence by a race of men have led to a mass denial of opportunities. (Photo: IBNN) "When black men first enter the classroom, there is a high likelihood that they may be only one of maybe two or three black males on the staff." By Donald G. Nicolas -  a 5th grade teacher at a public school in Broward County, Fla. (posted to [...]

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap

K-12 educational failures have been named, established, polished and branded as a gap. Unfortunately, the gap has nothing to do with the word “achievement.” Calling racial inequity in education an achievement gap is a lie. The challenge begins inside of the administrations headquarters building. Donald Allen, Founder - IBNN [...]

IBNN NEWS picks for KFAI’s Black History Month Special Day of Programming Tuesday, Feb. 18!

IBNN NEWS picks for KFAI’s Black History Month Special Day of Programming Tuesday, Feb. 18!

KFAI (90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in Saint Paul), will celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with a special day of programming on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. KFAI will celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with a special day of programming on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, featuring the 3rd Annual Black History Month Live Remote Broadcast [...]

Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion: Another Stadium Lie

Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion: Another Stadium Lie

Senator, there were 157 white men working on the stadium two Monday's ago. Work on the stadium has begun. (Businessman Out to Lunch --- Image by © William Whitehurst/CORBIS) On Sunday, December 22, on KMOJ-FM (89.9), our beloved black elected official, Senator Bobby Joe Champion told listeners, "The work on the new stadium has not [...]

McAfee, Clemons, Allen and Johnson lead the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP

McAfee, Clemons, Allen and Johnson lead the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP

Rev. Jerry McAfee, president elect Minneapolis branch of the NAACP. Michael Coffle, Contributing editor – OurBlackNews.com December 17, 2013 06:34 Minneapolis, Minn. - The Minneapolis branch of the NAACP is celebrating a new beginning with the election of several new officers who will set forth to build capacity and make a difference for [...]

Minnesota historian, activist Ronald A. Edwards reinstated back into the NAACP

Minnesota historian, activist Ronald A. Edwards reinstated back into the NAACP

The Minneapolis branch of the NAACP with and estimates $30,000 in their bank account must make some important decisions on December 13 at the special branch election to be held at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. The video below is a recording from the Ron and Don Show on BlogTalkRadio with NAACP representative William Jordan. There are [...]

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

"MPD Riddle me this lady!" (photo: IBNN) By Ed Felien, Southside Pride Newspaper May 10, 2013.  At about 1:30 pm Terrance Franklin and his friend, Anquanette Hollman, were sitting in a 2002 blue Chrysler PT Cruiser at the back of the apartment building at 2743 Lyndale Avenue South.  He was fixing a blunt (a hollowed out cigar filled with [...]

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