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In the meantime, Pop Up Parks miss the mark on North Minneapolis youth violence (Video)

Show me a pop up park and I'll show you 1000 youth who need summer jobs. (photo: TKF – Tariq Khamisa Foundation - Fair Use).

Show me a pop up park and I’ll show you 1000 youth who need summer jobs. (photo: TKF – Tariq Khamisa Foundation – Fair Use).

by IBNN Video Blog

The city of Minneapolis and the Park Board can figure out how to pay folks for a lame idea, but still cannot get these youth summer jobs. Unemployed youth living in bad economic times is a breeding ground for violence, mayhem and assaults. Now, since the Minneapolis NAACP has been declared de-funked, there is no one to turn to, unless you consider MAD DADS…”crickets.”

The following video was recorded on June 19, 2014 in north Minneapolis (Bryant and West Broadway Avenues North):

Who speaks for the African American community?

I am forced to ask the question because there seems to be no cognitive collaborations within the black community. The current “old guard” does not work in any realms of common sense. I really do not see one black leader, locally or nationally who I would want my children to be like; what about you?

I can have a productive conversation with anyone. The problem begins when that conversation turns into me being silent about important issues facing the black community. (photo: Don't follow puppets)

I can have a productive conversation with anyone. The problem begins when that conversation turns into me being silent about important issues facing the black community. (photo: Don’t follow puppets)

By Don Allen, Founder –

Minneapolis, Minn. – There has been numerous shootings in the Twin Cities. Some of these incidents go unreported by the mainstream media who is in collusion with city officials that do not want to be embarrassed because of their new initiatives to attack youth violence by using beefed up law enforcement. This is nothing more than license to stop-and-frisk African American youth on the street who might look suspicious. The Twin Cities is getting more violent everyday as we move further into the summer of 2014. Public safety is at an all-time low. If you don’t believe me, walk down West Broadway Avenue between Lyndale and Bryant Avenue north between 2:30 and 7 p.m.

July 2014 is fast approaching. Sources tell IBNN News the large number of events happening in downtown Minneapolis to include the 2014 All Star Game, PRIDE Celebration, and other summer events will put a strain on local law enforcement in neighborhoods that see large numbers of public safety crimes. The city of Minneapolis has implemented the “Pop Up Parks,” which is a fruitless effort that will not and does not address the immediate need of jobs and economic benefits for youth. Secondly, the predicted offenders, or the demographics that Minneapolis wants to send a message to have not been reached by the city’s frivolous attempt to communicate via social media networks. In short, the white folks have no clue about what it means to “communicate” with the masses, nor do they understand the unique system of checks and balances on how to reach non-white youth using Web 2.0 tools.

At the end of the day, someone should realize the folks who have been spokespersons for the African American communities of the Twin Cities are part of a failed system of the “Get-a-Check” gang; no better than the youth who wander on the streets of north Minneapolis ready to gun someone down.

Since some African Americans have forgotten their history and still attempt to marginalize, dismiss and insult those with the knowledge of true process, it took two white DFL elected officials and $40,000.00 for the bougie caste of the Twin Cities to plan a retreat. The only problem: 90 percent of the people who are planning and will attend the event do not speak for the black community of Minnesota.

Maya Angelou wrote, “My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the trail of a man running through slimy swamps.” In a modern day society, some of these black spokespersons have been subcontracted to maim, hang, rape and whip the black community. This happens in many forms. I would like you to take a moment and search deeply in your memory…when was the last time you received a public notice about a board meeting at the Minneapolis Urban League? How about the Minneapolis NAACP? One of our biggest disparities is the lack of information distributed from within our own infrastructures. We come from a people who banged on drums to send messages from one hillside to another; today the drums are silent, replaced by spokespersons who say they speak for the whole, but never provide any depth.

Lets put it like this; if a African American woman who is five-months pregnant can be tased by Minneapolis Police and representatives from the Minneapolis Urban League and NAACP say nothing, this means someone else controls the information. If a black business owner can be systematically denied his rightful assignments by a big government organization and nobody rushes to his assistance, this means someone else controls the information. If we (African Americans) can pay $100 for a dinner to hear a president of a flagship organization pitch us Common Core when are children are failing in disastrous numbers, unemployed, hungry and homeless, this means someone else controls the information.

The African American voices in the state of Minnesota are broad. The current spokespersons are just placeholder because this means someone else is in control.

You dirty bastards.

New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems to hold overdue Press Conference at Hennepin County – Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m.

New Perspectives Behavioral Systems is the first in a group of community members coming forward to speak for themselves. The old guard has been tainted by politics, money and sex. In a progressive society dealing with serious issues of health and wellness, we need soldiers who do not bend nor break in addressing a process that has run afoul for too long.

Press Release: PRLog

Is Hennepin County out to kill black business? Is this the new "American Dream?"

Is Hennepin County out to marginalize the black body by killing black business? Is this the new “American Dream?”


Minneapolis, Minn. – In Minnesota there are no black television anchors, news directors or general managers at any of our local television news stations. In 2014, the revolution will definitely not be broadcast. So, if you are a member of a minority group, how to you get information to the mainstream?

New Perspectives has reached out to the broader community to garner some collaboration for their mission, but it seems some black leadership has been brought and paid for by their overseers. African American flagship organizations like the Minneapolis Urban League, NAACP and the African American Leadership Forum have rejected their own missions to assist Minnesota’s African American infrastructure and have become comfortable looking the other way. It’s simple; there is no payoff in advocating for a black business owner in Minnesota. We have seen this cycle repeated year-after-year.

New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems and its founder, John Woods is calling a press conference to take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20 in the Hennepin County Government Center (skyway level) located at 300 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487.

John Woods and New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems are at the forefront demanding that Hennepin County be fair with its referrals and approvals for CD treatment to black owned and operated CD businesses, especially for African Americans who sometimes do not see positive outcomes in non-culturally specific treatment facilities in Hennepin County.

Woods and supporters invite stakeholders and community members to stand in solidarity with New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems. New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems is a multi-culture CD treatment center, but also provides several treatment models that have been successful for African Americans and many mainstream clients who thank founder John Woods for a one-of-kind experience that in most cases will lead to the path of a great life.

“Those folk downtown [Hennepin County] are trying to put me out of business. I see the growing crack and heroin epidemic in the county and I’ve sent letters to every one of the Hennepin County Commissioners. To this date, I never got one phone call to inquire about my concerns. Now we the people have to take our concerns to the front door of Hennepin County” said Woods.

Woods, who started a petition over a month ago, is set to deliver the petition signed and supported by over 1,000 people. Woods says, “We are demanding that Hennepin County develop a fair system of distribution to local minority owned chemical dependency treatment facilities.” In Hennepin County over 4000 people need, or were court ordered for CD treatment. Of that number, 1,361 African American individuals sought CD services. New Perspectives received only 48 approvals (6.5 percent) in 2012.

Woods alleges the challenge occurs when forms of institutionalized racism and collusion are plainly evident by the numbers of approvals to the majority-White owned and operated organizations: Park Avenue received 237 African American approvals (32 percent); and Recovery Resource Center (RRC) received 158 African American approvals (21.5 percent). This exemplifies the many reports about Minnesota and its racial divide in equity.

If you would like to view the progress of New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems stacks up to other Minnesota multi-cultural facilities, check out the Chemical Dependency Provider Performance Measures 2012 (PDF), page 461 (Link:

The violent marginalization of black businesses that specialize in keeping the black community healthy, drug free and back on track has been pushed to the point of going out of business because of the unfair and bias practices of Hennepin County and their assessment teams at 1800 Chicago.

There are plenty of people who need treatment, but the models of the Alcohol Anonymous’ 12 Step recovery program have not kept up with a non-normative society that demands more than a name, medallion and a hug. We do fully accept AA and NA, but believe our model; the New Perspectives model will eliminate the current uptick in drug and alcohol abuse in Minnesota. While one doctrine says, one-day-at-a-time, our new and proven systems say, “Stop now, or die, but whatever you do, don’t look back.”


New Perspectives Behavior Health Systems invites community members, businesses and supporters to join them on Friday for this very important press conference.

Part 2: In the case of MnDOT and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, local Black leadership has gone Incog-Negro: The silence is killing us. Tune in Wednesday to The Ron and Don Show

Tune in Wednesday night to find out why Minnesota brought and paid for black leadership has to run and hide. (photo: IBNN NEWS)

Tune in Wednesday night to find out why Minnesota brought and paid for black leadership has to run and hide. (photo: IBNN NEWS)

Tune in on Wednesday, June 18 starting at 8:30 p.m. (CST) for the award-winning black talk radio on BlogTalkRadio, The Ron and Don Show. Click here to listen to the show.


Minneapolis, Minn. – With the latest news on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Minnesota’s Department of Transportations total rejection of Minnesota’s black contractors, you would think someone in the black leadership cast would stand up and say something. Unfortunately, some of them don’t read and would never have the ability to understand reports that still say black Minnesotans are still be written checks that are marked Insufficient Fund.

Join Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on The Ron and Don Show as we welcome special guest Lennie Chism and others to talk about the killing fields of process that have rejected the black community and how no black leaders have said a word.

Tune in here:

Part 1: Minnesota Department of Transportation: Over a quarter-billion in funding, One Black contractor receives $981.00 – Can Governor Dayton and black elected officials lie a little better?

by Don Allen - IBNN NEWS

There is no progress being made inside of MnDOT. For this posting, I will let the numbers speak for themselves. Here are the latest MnDOT results for the first half of the physical year (Oct 1 2013-Mar 31 2014). Is new leadership maintaining the past results?

MnDOT officials tell us the goal was 10.3%; and said they achieved 12.8%. But when you look at the numbers and the facts below, something is very wrong at MnDOT. Special thanks to Mr. Lennie Chism and Springboard Economic Development.

Do you see something wrong with this picture? (photo: IBNN NEWS - All Rights Reserved)

Do you see something wrong with this picture? (photo: IBNN NEWS – All Rights Reserved)


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Minneapolis’ Department of Civil Rights fails to launch Contract Compliance (updated 6.16 @ 10:08 a.m.)

With the re-appointment of Velma Korbel comes disappointment over the contract compliance procedures in the city of Minneapolis. If Korbel is “qualified,” than why has there be no change in employment in the city of Minneapolis? While Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges talks “equity,” the MDCR must operate at a high level of efficiency to see any type of equity make it to the front of the line.

Listen to the report from Minnesota Public Radio about Velma Korbel and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights

The Dark Side wants to know when the "equity" hits the table. (photo: The Wrong Stuff, edited by IBNN - Fair Use).

The Dark Side wants to know when “equity” hits the table Mayor Hodges. (photo: The Wrong Stuff, edited by IBNN – Fair Use).

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

Minneapolis, Minn. – After several weeks of stopping in on construction projects happening in Minneapolis and talking to project construction managers whose jobs are to get the work done on time, it seem most of them have no idea about the function of Minneapolis’ civil rights department and the need, maybe, to hire, whenever possible a diverse cross-section of workers. As far back as I can remember (2008) the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has looked the other way in enforcement and compliance.

According to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 – Civil Rights, the Contract Compliance Unit (CCU) monitors construction employment and training goals, prevailing wage payments, and affirmative action plans for City contractors. Additionally, the CCU investigates complaints alleging a violation of the ordinances it oversees. The CCU also aids prime contractors in successfully executing their “good faith” efforts relating to employment goals. Good faith efforts assistance includes: (a) linking prime contractors to labor sources of minority and women; and, (b) supporting the development and growth of minority and women owned businesses so they may participate as sub-contractors. The Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) is a program within the CCU,” (Read the full document here in PDF format).

Also, the department has the ability to enforce compliance under Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 – Civil Rights, which states, “The department will monitor participation on projects to ensure MBEs/WBEs are utilized on the bid or proposals as submitted by the bidder or proposer. Any bid or proposal, where there is or has been a material lack of compliance with the requirements of this chapter, shall be deemed to be an unresponsive bid or proposal by the department and such lack of compliance shall be a sufficient basis for the rejection of that bid or proposal by the city” (423.40. Applicability and enforcement, construction and development projects).

Unfortunately, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and it’s director Velma Korbel have failed to enforce the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 – Civil Rights as it pertains to Contract Compliance and have denied MBE’s and WBE’s possibly thousands of hours in lost wages on Minneapolis projects ranging from construction to professional services. The argument presented in most cases becomes flawed when the word “qualified” is invoked. Qualified is a metaphysical term and does not have meaning unless the user prepares a set definition. The MDCR under the leadership of Korbel has not done their due diligence as it pertains to enforcement. This does not mean “making” prime contractors hire “qualified” minorities to work on projects in Minneapolis; this simply means enforcing the ordinances already on the books.

When it comes to contract compliance within the City of Minneapolis my argument is sound; the current infrastructure of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights does not have the talent, staff or procedures to fill the gap in compliance. This, after the release of the Minneapolis Disparity Report (2010) that laid out the city’s internal problems in simple clarity:

The results of NERA’s Study (hereinafter the 2010 Study), provide the evidentiary record necessary for the City’s consideration of whether to implement renewed race- and gender-conscious policies that comply with the requirements of the courts and to assess the extent to which previous efforts have assisted M/WBEs to participate on a fair basis in the City’s contracting and procurement activity. The 2010 Study finds both statistical and anecdotal evidence of business discrimination against M/WBEs in the City’s relevant market area.”

The weight of business discrimination against M/WBEs falls clearly in the hands of director Velma Korbel’s leadership ability.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges still has time to correct the mistake in civil rights…M.E.D.A. will need a functioning civil rights department to be successful.


The Myth of the Missing Black Father

There are many black father's who are a family, in the home with their wife's. Don't believe the demonization of the black man by the mainstream media and a few of our own sellouts. (photo: black father public domain, fair use).

There are many black father’s in the home with their wife’s. Don’t believe the demonization of the black man by the mainstream media and a few of our own sellouts. (photo: black father public domain, fair use).

“The black male. A demographic. A sociological construct. A media car­icature. A crime statistic…. Rarely a father. Indeed, if one judged by popular and academic coverage, one might think the term ‘black fatherhood’ an oxymoron.”

Posted by Columbia University PressJune 11th, 2014

With Father’s Day coming up, we’ll be featuring some of our books focusing on, not surprisingly, fatherhood. First up is an excerpt from the introduction to The Myth of the Missing Black Father, edited by Roberta L. Coles and Charles Green. In the introduction Coles and Green take a closer look at the cultural and scholarly misunderstandings that gave rise to the myth of the missing Black father:

The black male. A demographic. A sociological construct. A media car­icature. A crime statistic. Aside from rage or lust, he is seldom seen as an emotionally embodied person. Rarely a father. Indeed, if one judged by popular and academic coverage, one might think the term “black fatherhood” an oxymoron. In their parenting role, African American men are viewed as verbs but not nouns; that is, it is frequently as­sumed that Black men father children but seldom are fathers. Instead, as the law professor Dorothy Roberts (1998) suggests in her article “The Absent Black Father,” black men have become the symbol of fa­therlessness. Consequently, they are rarely depicted as deeply embed­ded within and essential to their families of procreation. This stereo­type is so pervasive that when black men are seen parenting, as Mark Anthony Neal (2005) has personally observed in his memoir, they are virtually offered a Nobel Prize .

But this stereotype did not arise from thin air. In 2000, only 16 percent of African American households were mar­ried couples with children, the lowest of all racial groups in America. On the other hand, 19 percent of Black households were female-headed with children, the highest of all racial groups. From the perspective of children’s living arrangements, over 50 percent of African American children lived in mother-only households in 2004, again the highest of all racial groups. Although African American teens experienced the largest decline in births of all racial groups in the 1990s, still in 2000, 68 percent of all births to African American women were nonmarital, suggesting the pattern of single-mother parenting may be sustained for some time into the future. This statis­tic could easily lead observers to assume that the fathers are absent.

While it would be remiss to argue that there are not many absent black fathers, absence is only one slice of the fatherhood pie and a smaller slice than is normally thought. The problem with “absence,” as is fairly well established now, is that it’s an ill-defined pejorative concept usually denoting nonresidence with the child, and it is some­times assumed in cases where there is no legal marriage to the mother. More importantly, absence connotes invisibility and noninvolvement, which further investigation has proven to be exaggerated. Furthermore, statistics on children’s living arrange­ments also indicate that nearly 41 percent of black children live with their fathers, either in a married or cohabiting couple house­hold or with a single dad.
These African American family-structure trends are reflections of large-scale societal trends—historical, economic, and demographic— that have affected all American families over the past centuries. Trans­formations of the American society from an agricultural to an indus­trial economy and, more recently, from an industrial to a service econ­omy entailed adjustments in the timing of marriage, family structure, and the dynamics of family life. The transition from an industrial to a service economy has been accompanied by a movement of jobs out of cities; a decline in real wages for men; increased labor-force par­ticipation for women; a decline in fertility; postponement of marriage; and increases in divorce, nonmarital births, and single-parent and non-family households.

These historical transformations of American society also led to changes in the expected and idealized roles of family members. Ac­cording to Lamb (1986), during the agricultural era, fathers were ex­pected to be the “moral teachers”; during industrialization, breadwin­ners and sex-role models; and during the service economy, nurturers. It is doubtful that these idealized roles were as discrete as implied. In fact, LaRossa’s (1997) history of the first half of the 1900s reveals that public calls for nurturing, involved fathers existed before the modern era. It is likely that many men had trouble fulfilling these idealized roles despite the legal buttress of patriarchy, but it was surely difficult for African American men to fulfill these roles in the context of slav­ery, segregation, and, even today, more modern forms of discrimina­tion. A comparison of the socioeconomic status of black and white fathers illustrates some of the disadvantages black fathers must sur­mount to fulfill fathering expectations. According to Hernandez and Brandon (2002), in 1999 only 33.4 percent of black fathers had attained at least a college education, compared to 68.5 percent of white fathers. In 1998, 25.5 percent of black fathers were un- or underemployed, while 17.4 percent of white fathers fell into that category. Nearly 23 percent of black fathers’ income was half of the poverty threshold, while 15 percent of white fathers had incomes that low….

Given the increased focus on fatherhood in scholarly and popu­lar venues, what do we really know about black men and parenting? We know more than we used to but less than we should. Scanning recent anthologies on fatherhood still reveals that despite the inter­est in broadening the scope of fatherhood, African American fathers, when discussed at all, continue to be addressed predominantly under categories frequently associated with parenting from afar, as nonresi­dent, nonmarital fathers; see Lamb (1997, 2004), Daniels (1998), Dowd (2000), Tamis-LeMonda and Cabrera (2002). Even books specifically on black fathers concentrate almost exclusively on nonresident fathers (Barras 2000; Hamer 2001; Clayton, Blankenhorn, and Mincy 2003).

So let’s start there, with what we know about nonresident or so-called absent fathers. Studies on this ilk of fathers indicate that generally a large portion of nonresident fathers are literally absent from their chil­dren’s lives or, if in contact, their involvement decreases substantially over time. A number of memoirs by black men and women, sons and daughters of literally absent fathers, attest to the painful experience that this can be for the offspring—both sons and daughter—of these physi­cally or emotionally missing fathers. For instance, writing in his 1999 book Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, award-winning journalist Leonard Pitts wrote of his own father and others:

He was one thing many other fathers were not: He was there. Present and accounted for every day. Emotionally absent, mind you. But there, at least, in body. I know so many men, so many black men, who can­not say the same. So many men for whom the absence of father is a wound that never scabbed over.

Although these anguished experiences are too common, they re­main only one part, though often the more visible part, of the larger fatherhood picture. An increasing number of quantitative and qualita­tive studies find that of men who become fathers through nonmari­tal births, black men are least likely (when compared to white and Hispanic fathers) to marry or cohabit with the mother (Mott 1994; Lerman and Sorensen 2000). But they were found to have the highest rates (estimates range from 20 percent to over 50 percent) of visitation or provision of some caretaking or in-kind support (more than formal child support). For instance, Carlson and McLanahan’s (2002) . gures indicated that only 37 percent of black nonmarital fathers were co­habiting with the child (compared to 66 percent of white fathers and 59 percent of Hispanic), but of those who weren’t cohabiting, 44 per­cent of unmarried black fathers were visiting the child, compared to only 17 percent of white and 26 percent of Hispanic fathers. These studies also suggested that black nonresident fathers tend to main­tain their level of involvement over time longer than do white and Hispanic nonresident fathers (Danziger and Radin 1990; Taylor et al. 1990; Seltzer 1991; Stier and Tienda 1993; Wattenberg 1993; Coley and Chase-Lansdale 1999).

Sometimes social, fictive, or “other” fathers step in for or supple­ment nonresident biological fathers. Little research has been conducted on social fathers, but it is known they come in a wide variety: rela­tives, such as grandfathers and uncles; friends, romantic partners and new husbands of the mother, cohabiting or not; and community . g­ures, such as teachers, coaches, or community-center staff. Although virtually impossible to capture clearly in census data, it is known that a high proportion of black men act as social fathers of one sort or an­other, yet few studies exist on this group of dads. Lora Bex Lempert’s 1999 study of black grandmothers as primary parents found that many families rely on grandfathers, other male extended family members, or community members to fill the father’s shoes, but unfortunately her study did not explore the experience of these men….

A smaller amount of research has been conducted on black fathers in two-parent families, which are more likely to also be middle-class families. Allen (1981), looking at wives’ reports, found black wives re­ported a higher level of father involvement in childrearing than did white wives. McAdoo (1988) and Bowman (1993) also concluded that black fathers are more involved than white fathers in childrearing. However, Roopnarine and Ahmeduzzaman (1993), and Hossain and Roopnarine (1994) find no or insignificant racial differences in the level and quality of married fathers’ involvement. Across races, fathers in married-couple families were about equally involved with their chil­dren, which in all cases was less than mothers.

In terms of parenting style, studies of black two-parent families have found that African American parenting styles tend to be more authoritarian, with an emphasis on obedience and control or monitor­ing, than those of white parents. This style difference is frequently explained by lower income and neighborhood rather than by race it­self (Garcia-Coll 1990; Hofferth 2003). Bright and Williams (1996) con­ducted a small qualitative study of seven low- to middle-income black fathers in two-parent families in an urban area. They found these fa­thers worked collaboratively with their wives to nurture their children and that chief among their concerns were rearing children with high self-esteem, protecting their family members in unsafe environments, securing quality education, and having a close relationship with their children. Marsiglio (1991) also found black fathers to talk more and have positive engagement with their older children.

Finally, and ironically, most absent in the literature on black fa­therhood have been those fathers who are most present: black, single full-time fathers. About 6 percent of black households are male-headed, with no spouse present; about half of those contain children under eighteen years old (see table 0.1). These men also may be biologi­cal or adoptive fathers, but little is known about them. Aside from the contributors to this volume (Coles 2001a, 2001b, 2001c, 2003, 2009; Green, this volume; Osgood and Schroeder, this volume), Hamer and Marchiorio (2002) are the only ones who have researched this group of fathers. Brett Brown’s (2000) study of single fathers included black men, but his .ndings and conclusions did not disarticulate the data by race.

In sum, research on black fathers has been limited in quantity and has narrowly focused on nonmarital, nonresident fathers and only sec­ondarily on dads in married-couple households. This oversight is not merely intentional, for black men are only about 6 percent of the U.S. population and obviously a smaller percent are fathers. They are not easy to access, particularly by an academy that remains predominantly white. We hope to use this volume to fill in some of the gaps and to broaden the scope of what people see when they look at black men as parents. We want to adjust the public’s visual lens from a zoom to a wide angle to view black fathers in a realistic landscape, to illustrate that they are quite varied in their living arrangements, marital status, and styles of parenting.

Gary Cunningham OUT at the Northwest Area Foundation

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Minneapolis, Minn. – In breaking news longtime Northwest Area Foundation employee Gary Cunningham, Vice President of Programs – Chief Program Officer who joined the Minnesota philanthropic giant in May 2007, who is also the husband of Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges is out.

Sources close to the foundation tell IBNN that Cunningham has taking a downgrade to become the executive director of Minneapolis Economic Development Association in downtown Minneapolis. M.E.D.A is suppose to offer one-on-one business consulting, training, leadership development, government contracting but, in our opinion has not shown any real actions other than acquiring MnDOT contracts for some kind of “minority engagement” has been silent.

Cunningham, also the strategic mastermind behind the ill faded African American Leadership Forum (AALF), who’s numbers have dwindled down to a few bourgeoisie Negroes who still attempt to be relevant in the Twin Cities under the disguise of Black Power agency, which is nothing more that an social clique. Of course for those progressive thinkers and conservative black people, we know AALF is nothing more than an organization to oar black people at the request of the DFL political plantation.

One thing the black community must be aware of…since before 2008 the black community in the Twin Cities has suffered at the hands of those who control wealth, employment, and the justice system. Under Cunningham’s leadership, AALF has not called a press conference to address ANY disparity to their white handler’s.

Cunningham will assume his duties August 18. MEDA Senior Director of Consulting Services and Financing, Jan Jordet, will act as interim President and CEO starting July 1.

Council on Black Minnesotans presents the Power of Unity 2014 Economic Summit, June 27-28

The COBM has been exceeding expectations of local stakeholders and community members. The COBM continues its commitment to ensure that all people of African Heritage fully and effectively participate and benefit equitably from the political, social and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota.

2014 Power of Unity Economic Summit - brought to you by the Council on Black Minnesotans. (photo: Art work by COBM, edited by IBNN NEWS)

2014 Power of Unity Economic Summit – brought to you by the Council on Black Minnesotans. (photo: Art work by COBM, edited by IBNN NEWS)

St. Paul, Minn. – The state Council on Black Minnesotans reaches another milestone with this years COBM Economic Summit under the leadership of executive director Edward McDonald and three-time elected board chairman Patwin Lawrence. “It was a great planning process. Community members volunteered to assist with the planning every step of the way. We expect a great turnout for our two-day event,” said board chairman Lawrence.

The COBM will hold the Power of Unity 2014 Economic Summit on June 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carlson School of Management located at 321 19th Ave South on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Special parking arrangements have been made so the first 75 guests will receive free parking in the adjacent ramp on 19th Street.

“This years focus is on black business. We will have panel discussions along with Internet marketing, technology, and business-building seminars presented by the most knowledgeable people in Minnesota. The networking events are meant to put black business owners in the same room with each other,” said executive director Edward McDonald.

This years’ Summit will celebrate African and African American cultural traditions, develop plans for the sustainability and growth of African and African American economic development institutions, build and enhance relationships between private business interests, and expand prosperity for Minnesotans of African Heritage. “There will also be a youth entrepreneur contest to check out up and coming youth in business,” said McDonald.

The Summit is an extension of the Council on Black Minnesotans commitment to ensuring that all people of African Heritage fully and effectively participate and benefit equitably from the political, social and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota since its creation in 1980.

For more information and to RSVP go to  or call the COBM at (651) 757-1751. Limited seating, RSVP today!

The Power of Unity 2014 Economic Summit is brought to you by the Council on Black Minnesotans, “Pushing Onward and Upward to create Success!

Freedom Rider: Police Target Black Children

When white teachers handcuff first graders, or white police throw Black tweens through glass windows, or shoot unarmed youths, it may be because of racially warped perceptions. “Black children are dehumanized to such an extent that they aren’t perceived as children at all,” says a recent study. “In some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old.”

This is happening in the United States. To bad are black leadership is too busy hustling dollars for their next Cadillac." (photo: hqdefault.jpg - Internet Fair Use posted by IBNN)

This is happening in the United States. To bad are black leadership is too busy hustling dollars for their next Cadillac.” (photo: hqdefault.jpg – Internet Fair Use posted by IBNN)

By Margaret Kimberley, BAR Editor and Senior Columnist – Black Agenda Report (Originally posted Wed, 05/28/2014 – 03:36)

Americans should take a long look in the mirror before criticizing other nations for human rights abuses. The law enforcement system in the United States ranks among the worst in the world in the cruel treatment meted out to its citizens. Even children in this country are not safe if they are black and unlucky enough to interact with the police. Of all the various ethnic and national groups in the United States, only black people have to worry that their child may be pushed through a glass window by officers of the law.

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology demonstrated what black people have always known. Black children are dehumanized to such an extent that they aren’t perceived as children at all. They are assumed to be older, less innocent and inherently guilty of some wrong doing. Study co-author Matthew Jackson said, “With the average age overestimation for black boys exceeding four-and-a-half years, in some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old.” Two recent cases involving the New York City police department show the truth of these words and the perils black people face even in childhood.

Black girls are also at risk of police brutality, as a 15 year-old and a 16 year-old discovered in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 2014. An altercation between police and a group of teens resulted in one of the unidentified girls being thrown to the ground and another being pushed through a window. There is video evidence of one of the girls with a very deep cut on her face. According to witnesses, the police were not content to push her through the glass and arrest her. They also delayed in providing her with needed medical attention.

Javier Payne was already under arrest and handcuffed when a police officer shoved him through a store window.”

In the Bronx, New York on May 17, 2014, a 14 year-old boy was also pushed through a window by police and came close to death. As first reported by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Javier Payne was already under arrest and handcuffed when a police officer shoved him through a store window too. The police added insult to his injuries when they did not notify EMS of a pediatric emergency, instead calling in the case as if Payne were a drunken derelict. When paramedics finally arrived on the scene they pleaded for Payne to be uncuffed so that they might provide appropriate treatment.

Payne’s troubles didn’t end at the hospital where he was still under arrest. As previously reported in Black Agenda Report, the NYPD shackles prisoners to hospital beds and restricts family visits. Javier Payne’s status as a minor afforded him no consideration from this rule, and his mother was told that she could only see her 14 year-old son if she first received permission from the local precinct. These cases show in stark relief the indignities and the dangers every black American faces, regardless of age or gender.

It is easy to express outrage over individual cases but harder to sustain demands for change. Javier Payne’s case came to the attention of Rev. Al Sharpton, who invited the still recovering teenager to attend a press conference. The case certainly begs for media attention and legal action against the officer and the NYPD but Sharpton’s chicanery and role as “King Rat” should not be forgotten at such a critical juncture. Nor should he be allowed to use Payne’s case to get back into the good graces of a concerned community now that his services are no longer wanted at the lame duck White House.

The NYPD shackles prisoners to hospital beds and restricts family visits.”

Police in New York City are certainly not alone in their barbaric treatment of minors. All across the country black children as young as kindergarteners have been hand cuffed and arrested as if they are adults.Adults are killed for little or no reason and the police are rarely held to account. If there were true justice in the world a foreign power would declare a responsibility to protect black people from their government and demand that America’s leaders be tried before the international criminal court.

When politicians and pundits declare that country x is rife with human rights abuses we must first ask how that country compares to our own. No other is as big a jailer and no other allows the cruelty which is accepted here. Does Vladimir Putin preside over police departments that push teenagers through glass windows? Every year more than 1,000 Americans are shot by the police. Is the same statistic true in Russia? If that were so, the media would be sure to tell us all about it.

America leads the world in human rights abuses and that is because of racism. Two New York City teenagers faced this issue first hand, but they aren’t alone. There are so many like them, trying to live as children in a country which denies them that right.


Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)


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