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Tuesday April 21st 2015
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‘Feature’ Archives

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 [...]

Minnesota Republicans (cleverly disguised Democrats) must elect new GOP leadership…get the Do-Do out

Minnesota Republicans (cleverly disguised Democrats) must elect new GOP leadership…get the Do-Do out

Many people are waiting for the Minnesota GOP to clean up their act. (photo: Toilet paper that cleans do-do). On this upcoming Saturday, delegates of the Minnesota GOP have the opportunity to upend the current system of loss and move closer to a win. What will they do?  By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS Bloomington, Minn. (April 9, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Where is the equity plan for the renovation of the city owned facility the Target Center?

Where is the equity plan for the renovation of the city owned facility the Target Center?

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges. Show residents of Minneapolis the equity plan for the remodeling of the Target Center. (photo: Star Tribune, Google search - Fair Use) When Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges took office, her team developed a high-pitched tone of rhetoric behind the word “equity.” Equity as I understand it means: the relations [...]

Study investigates high discipline rates among Black girls

Study investigates high discipline rates among Black girls

Is there a historic reason why black girls are punished. (Photo: Fair use) By Camden Copeland, Guest Columnist - IBNN Black girls are disciplined at higher rates and with harsher consequences than their White counterparts, according to a new report from Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. The [...]

MSFA and Vikings launch legacy Brick Program at new stadium

MSFA and Vikings launch legacy Brick Program at new stadium

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). (Photo: MSFA - Fair Use) Fans can etch names in Minnesota history with personalized brick paver on new stadium plaza Minneapolis, MN (March 26, 2015)- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings have launched a Legacy Bricks program as part of the New Minnesota Stadium [...]

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