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The Black Workforce by the Numbers

Do you know the average weekly pay of black men versus black women? What about the percentage of black people in white-collar positions? This Labor Day, take a look at the stats. (They don’t in the Twin Cities.)

The Return of the old Al Flowers: “There will be no more secret meetings under my watch.”

I thought for a minute the people of Minneapolis had lost a friend, colleague and community activist. But down from the mountaintop, deep from under the sea, and from way up in the sky, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no wait…it’s the old Al Flowers!”

By Donald Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Minneapolis, Minn. – Full disclosure. That’s wait Al Flowers is talking about. After a group of “freelancers” met with governor Mark Dayton’s staff with ideas about how to “get the black community moving forward,” Flowers was not invited even though the group is using elements of Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) and another advocate for K-12 education Mr. Wesley Smith’s Drop Outs to Drop Ins. Both men have not been invited to the table, but in the case of Mr. Smith, he assist public, charter and private schools in registering over 300 students; the irony: he did not have one local state or federal grant; it came out of his humble pockets.

My question is why are these “freelancers” reinventing the wheel? Why don’t they call Mr. Flowers or Mr. Smith? Are their efforts going to help the whole community?

The video above was filmed at the 2008 groundbreaking ceremony for the building on Penn Avenue and West Broadway. Flowers publicly confronts former mayor R.T. Rybak about civil rights and Rybak’s obvious lack of commitment to community. Watch closely at the people around Flowers who want him to stop; this alone is telling in itself.

As the black community’s “freelancers” prepare for the fall offense promising community members “10,000 jobs” like in the winter of 2014 (which never happened), it seems like a good time to continue being critical of a flawed process in hopes for more “Old Al Flowers” to step out and be heard.


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).

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 African American “freelancers,” including clergy, failed charter school headmaster, failed business entrepreneur and members of the DFL African American Caucus are currently meeting with Gov. Dayton with a budget in-hand to cure the ills of victims in the black community. At this point, it would be wise for Gov. Dayton to ask for the reports on Dairy Queen, Tires Plus, Burger King, The City, Inc. and just about every program this group has come in contact with has failed catastrophically –of course the money is gone.

The problem begins when the governor’s office does not realize the voice of the black community in Minnesota is broad – more so, broader than the group brought forward. This group of community freelancers is looking for the next paycheck and of course the work never gets done and never talked about after the fact.

The freelancers never held a town hall meeting; never once asked people outside their inept circle of money-grubbing bastards to critique or identify a better strategy. If this called  “thinking without thinking,” Minnesota’s black community is in big trouble.

Before a dime of money is granted to any of these folks, a Request for Proposal must be issues along with  “community presentation” for each respondent to present their proposal to the community. Only than will we have a transparent process of engagement.

Here’s how it will look:

Qualifications: This RFP is open to local businesses, nonprofit organizations and individual seeking to participate.  In the calendar years 2012, 2013 your businesses, nonprofit organizations and individual net income cannot be over $100,000.00 per year stated. (This will assist in making the smaller and functioning nonprofits submit a proposal.)

1. Request for Proposals to address issues of youth violence, unemployment, education and teen pregnancy in north Minneapolis.

A) Respondents will have 60-days to complete a detailed work scope showing active partnerships within the African American community and those partnerships outside of the black community.

2. Request for Proposals will be submitted and each submission will be scheduled for a presentation (15-minutes) before the governor and members of  the philanthropic community of the Twin Cities. (Only seven responses will be picked)

B) Each respondent will present why his/her program will be the best to engage the local community.

3. Request for Proposals will then be presented (10-minutes each) to community members in a Town Hall meeting format. A survey will be taken after all the presentations have been made

C) Each respondent would be able to lobby for his/her response.

4. Based on the community response, an organization can be picked.

D) Respondent must have a website that tracks every dollar and how the money is being spent. Also, every two weeks a press release must be issued for the duration of the grant taking about successes, challenges and works in progress.

Don’t get mad at us for telling the truth.  You know that what we’re saying is right. This is the only way it can work. 

10 ways you know Black America has lost it’s mind under President Obama


The Your Black World team had a meeting and decided upon a few ways that we could tell that black America has lost it’s mind under President Obama. We don’t know which way is up or down, and it seems that good politics has been thrown out the window. So, here’s a list of ways that we know that black people have lost their minds over the last five years. No, the list is not meant to be funny:

1) If gay people, immigrants and women have an agenda, it’s considered good politics. When black people form an agenda, it’s considered to be an attack on the president.

2) When every black commentator on MSNBC and TheGrio always supports every policy put out by the Obama Administration. We expect that, pretty soon, they’ll all grow perms like Al Sharpton.

3) When anyone who questions the Obama Administration policies is called a hater, even if they voted for him.

4) When people just think that 14% black unemployment is business as usual, but 7% white unemployment is a crisis.

5) When Bush does something, it’s horrible, racist and criminal. But when Obama does the same thing, it’s considered good leadership

6) When people decided that “shut up and don’t bother the president” became a good political strategy

7) When a Republican says something racist, we go on the attack. When a Democrat says something racist, it’s all good.

8) When we give a politician 95% of the black vote and still think that we don’t have a right to ask for anything.

9) When black leaders and civil rights groups are more excited about fighting for gay marriage than they are for racial equality.

10) When a president can tell a group of black men at Morehouse that “nobody cares if you were discriminated against,” but then says that he does care when a woman says she was sexually assaulted or a gay man says that he was bullied.

Don’t get mad at us for telling the truth. You know that what we’re saying is right.

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 Korbel, just trying to reinvent the wheel. (Photo: online, Fair Use).

Mayor Hodges, Councilperson Glidden and civil rights director Korbel, just trying to reinvent the wheel. (Photo: online, Fair Use).

By Don Allen, Founder – Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minn. – I find it hard to believe Minneapolis city councilperson Elizabeth Glidden along side Minneapolis’ civil rights director Velma Korbel could hash a plan that could even look like city hall cared about equity. City council president Barb Johnson should be upset; the city of Minneapolis as far back as 2007 hasn’t a clue about defining equity, nor have they actively enforced ordnances already on the books to make sure all resident of the city are treated fair and equitable.

The city’s ongoing “Equitable Solutions for One Minneapolis,” which is a two-year effort to address long-standing concerns about racial equity in the city, is a cover up of a smokescreen that amounts to nothing more than a “paper news release” public relations campaign supported by news outlets like the Star Tribune and nonprofit news outlet MinnPost.

The desired outcome for the “Equitable Solutions for One Minneapolis,” is to provide staff that support a City board or commission a tool to enhance the composition of those bodies to be more reflective of the community they serve, and incorporate the principles of the Racial Equity Assessment in board and commission decision-making. Still, to this day the two-page document still does not make any sense.

The telling sign that Minneapolis’ civil rights director Velma Korbel has dropped the ball again; just like on the Minnesota Vikings project and the city of Minneapolis equity plan her department was to develop last June 2013. The city of Minneapolis has “many” construction projects happening, if the civil rights department actually wanted “equity,” they could start by enforcing contract compliance.

“The Waffler,” a nickname given to city councilperson Elizabeth Glidden by local political, civil rights and community activist comes from a 2009 encounter where then civil rights director Michael Jordan rejected several community people from a public meeting at city hall who had permission from Councilperson Glidden to attend. Glidden would not confront Jordan by walking these six people back to the meeting. She cowered in her office, apologizing. Some of us know, if she (Glidden) is involved, do not expect more than a public relations campaign on paper.

Dealing with the Social Implications of Nicki Minaj’s Ass; Venus in 2014

We live in a world driven by a construct of erotic sexual voyeuristic desires. The people who control identity know this, if this wasn’t the case, Ms. Minaj would only have to use her voice and dancing style – not her ass and boobs. But there is another underlying question, “Was it okay 20 years ago for recording artist Sir Mix a Lot to record and make a video titled “Baby Got Back?”

More of Nicki Minaj's assets. (Photo: - Fair Use)

More of Nicki Minaj’s assets. (Photo: – Fair Use)

By Don Allen, Founder –

United States of America – To try and understand the artist named Nicki Minaj, one might have to reference history by decoding Suzan-Lori Parks Venus for historical references to the black female body performing as a freak of nature and use Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning for more examples of non-normative society. My story here will effectively expand on how the rituals of socioeconomic rejection for the non-normative black body are historically and constructively designed to obstruct participation in economic value for performance. Using The Critique of Capitalism: Wage, Labor and Capital, with a Marxist lens will show an intersectionality between the price of a commodity – how that price is determined, but more importantly, who decides.

To further unlock the meanings of the fetishes of public consumption for the black female body in a construct of erotic sexual voyeuristic desires from a white male-patriarchal society that dismisses all legal capital gain for the black body, expanding the blind spots in Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s The Body Politic and Michel Foucault’s, The History of Sexuality will assist to compare and contrast examples of domination and discrimination against the black body by rejecting not only its culture, but predetermining its limitations within a global white-male, mainstream construct that controls the apparatus that shapes agency, wealth, capital and power by defining identities.

The social silos created within the non-normal social constructs of black body are a defense mechanism that provides escape for the black body from overt and covert class and race oppression. This story will show the black body and impoverishment are inextricably bound together due to a historically and repeated violent economic devaluing based on race, color and sexual orientation. What role does the objectification of the non-normative black body play in the socioeconomic marginalization building on historical assumptions of black worth?

Okay, I just got done watching Nicki Minaj’s sexually charged, booty-exposing “Anaconda” video. I have to admit she is a beautiful woman, but I did not have to see that much of her ass to come to that conclusion (Read Suzan-Lori Parks Venus). Here’s the personal dilemma I have; is it now acceptable for black women to be tried and judged by the size of their asses and not their intellectual content? What happens to the black boys and girls who see this video during the formative years of sexual development (Read Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s The Body Politic)?

Are black boys supposed to, as Nicki put it, bypass “skinny bitches” in favor for some woman who’s claim to fame in song is that she could swallow unimaginable thick long things and her butt can be used as a vagina? Hey, that’s what the song is implying (Watch Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning)? If we look at black-on-black crime (Minneapolis), we see a trend of killings that involves relationship related retaliations. Is the relationship between a black man and a black woman consistent on the black woman’s ass? I think not. The entertainment business has another view all together.

Since art imitates life and there will unfortunately be some women all across the world who might think having their asses hanging out, barely covered is pretty (you should know better in Minnesota because some of you are corn-fed), what message is the music industry sending to our black men and women? We already know the demographic that purchases CD’s is 12-18 – and the majority (more than 90% are white teenagers). So I ask you in what alternate universe did the sex and the Asses of black women become the capital for monetization? (Read The Critique of Capitalism: Wage, Labor and Capital)

Again, in 2014 those who command the definitions of human identity have once again reconstructed definitions of the lower caste of people by unloading trash bags full of rhetoric and propaganda in an effort to maintain stereotypes of the poor and minorities to keep in ritual with the American Dream of an urban utopia controlled by white masculinity that has historically been the headmaster in the circus of identity. If this group even thinks they will lose control, they can implement dangerous and desperate measures including mass genocide of economic bases for the poor – both black and white.

Nicki Minaj’s “ass” represents the only thing the white-male social construct wants to see from black women. Black men should be outraged, but hell, when we raise our voices, some of our own, sell us out. I understand completely that Ms. Minaj is an “entertainer” and is taking us “to the edge” but is that a good place to go? Maybe if America had equity for everyone, and there was never any slavery; everyone had a job and there were no poor or homeless people – but still, would we need Nicki Minaj’s ass to be happy?

Dr. Samori Swygert: How Ferguson, Missouri called the bluff on Thug Rappers

IBNN NEWS Editors Note: The also goes for wannabe celebrities that take advantage of tragic incidents.

I mean really, do we care who the dude in the photo is? Not me. (Photo: Little "somebody."

I mean really, do we care who the dude in the photo is? Not me. (Photo: Little “somebody.”)

by Dr. Samori Swygert, Guest Contributor – IBNN NEWS (Story originally posted in Black Blue Dog

Where are these rappers?

I was doing as President Barack Obama told me to do, and I was “reflecting” on the situation in Missouri. I started thinking about the countless numbers of rappers that inundate the airwaves, and fill our playlists and entertainment shelves with their CDs.

I started getting angry because I think of all the “wolf-tickets” they sell our youth in their verses. Consistently there is a consistent segment of the rap community that chooses to demonstrate their bravado and machismo by brandishing a plethora of guns on Youtube, World Star Hip Hop, and Music Videos.

This segment of rappers will spend each line of a 48-bar rap song talking about how “gangsta” they are, how they will kill anybody, how they’re a thug, how they’ll leave slugs in you, how they’ll empty a whole banana clip in you. They feel the need to constantly remind us that they have a “gang, click, posse, crew, squad, goons, clan, set, mafia, unit, hood, and army”. Rappers will scream “Fu*k the Police!”, they’ll make all these songs about what they would do to the “PIGS”. They always “REP DA’HOOD!

Well dammit as T.I. said, “Bring em out”!

It’s convenient, trendy, and a sales strategy to intimidate and invoke fear into competition, but guess what, the Ferguson Police Department has just pulled your card. Where is the tough guy talk now? I’m not talking about posting a “TWEET”. Where are these tons of guns, and battalion of goons that will “body a n*gga”, ……..that looks just like you and going through the same socioeconomic struggle like you?

See it’s easy to talk “greasy” about guys on the block in an interview or in a studio, but what happens when you face a police precinct with military grade weaponry, state of the art body armor, tear gas, tanks, helicopters, night vision, gas masks, riot shields, tactical assault rifles, physically train for combat with paramilitary techniques, and have the permission from local chiefs.

No, you rappers don’t want it. These rappers “ain’t built like that”. Your young black loyal fans and their family are out protesting for their lives and yall won’t dare “STRAP UP AND RIDE ON” the police department. So to me your hood pass has been officially revoked! I’m thinking we would see clicks and gangs crossing state boarders on some N.W.A. influenced effort.

Don’t talk like gorilla killers to impressionable young youth and neighborhood citizens, and you won’t even step up to defend them, participate in their demonstration, and support them in their struggle. However, you’ll make a song about how you’ll kill young black youth. However, these same youth have paid $12.00 for your album download. Maybe your corporate DON has told you guys to not get involved, but for now keep your hypocritical vocals and bars off the airwaves.

To the young black youth that read this, ask yourself “where are these gangster thugs”? Don’t imitate these guys, because Ferguson, Missouri has just exposed how real these rappers are, or if they even care about the customers that look just like them (you). As Jay-Z would say, “we don’t believe you, you need more people”.

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There is a sprinkling of profanity but it’s strictly for the purpose of demonstrating what these rappers sound like. Please enjoy.

I also remember when rap sounded like this, and rappers addressed black on black crime:

White 20 Year Old Executed by Police, Allegedly for Wearing Headphones, Unable to Hear Orders Read

Dillon Taylor, 20 years old.

Dillon Taylor, 20 years old.

IBNN Editors Note: “Will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton show up  to protest this police shooting?”

By Cassandra Rules – from the Free Thought

Dillon Taylor, 20 years old, was executed by the Salt Lake City Police around 7pm, Monday night for failing to comply with officers orders.  The young man was reportedly wearing headphones and likely couldn’t hear the officers.

Taylor, his brother, and cousin were at 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake City when cops began searching the area for a suspect who was allegedly waving a gun in the general vicinity.

When the three young men exited the convenience store they were surrounded by officers and ordered to show their hands.  Two of the men stopped and complied, Dillon Taylor, listening to music, seemingly did not hear the officers and kept walking until he was savagely gunned down by at least one officer.

Three officers are reportedly on paid vacations, but it is still unclear how many officers fired at Taylor or how many times he was shot before his death.

“They were obviously upset their friend had been shot and kept screaming for him to wake up, and he never did. He died in the parking lot, they were saying he did not have a gun, and they were very upset because of that.” a witness told KSL.

Jerrail Taylor (brother) and Adam Thayne were both taken into custody and questioned through out the night. Both young men maintain he was unarmed and simply went to pull up his pants when shots were fired.  Both men were released and no arrests were made.

Read more HERE





Why Michael Brown as Liquor Store Robber just isn’t plausible

By – Guest Contributor – IBNN NEWS

So actually the cops are trying to claim Mike Brown covered 2/3rds of a mile in the 4 minutes from 11:55 to 11:59. That’s a solid 10 miles an hour the whole way, both him AND Johnson, and not noticeably running when Darren stopped them. So this is pretty much impossible.

So actually the cops are trying to claim Mike Brown covered 2/3rds of a mile in the 4 minutes from 11:55 to 11:59. That’s a solid 10 miles an hour the whole way, both him AND Johnson, and not noticeably running when Darren stopped them. So this is pretty much impossible.

This is info I collected from many sources, mostly PoC bloggers. I’m not trying to claim anything here as ‘mine’ and am grateful to any and all sources of thoughts and information contained here! Anyone can reuse anything from this, credited or not.

1. Here’s a map I made with the route from the Liquor Store to the site of Michael Brown’s murder (map), with notes on locations, timing, etc. It’s similar to what’s in this post, but has less details and no links.

2. Through their attorney the Ferguson Market has said that they never called the cops, a customer did. And they never said they thought this was Mike Brown, the police told them that it was later in the week. (News story with video)

3. Timestamps on their surveillance video show the robber didn’t leave till 11:54, which falsifies the police timeline (screenshot, timestamp of 11:53:50 in upper corner). Mike Brown was murdered 2/3rds of a mile away (see map from 1).

4. He was dead by 12:03 (The first @TheePharoah tweet about his death was at 12:03) , so if the police claim they made contact at 12:01 is right, it took less than 2 minutes for Darren Wilson to encounter him, to challenge him, and murder him. But lets say it’s right, even though that seems awfully, disgustingly, fast.

5. So, in 7 minutes or less, (and it’s probably less!) Mike Brown would have had to travel on foot 2/3rds of a mile. If he kept an even speed the whole time he was jogging about 6 miles an hour for 7 of the last 9 minutes of his life. Possible? Maybe. But the police said Darren confronted him walking, not running in the street. Technically possible, not at all plausible.

6. A more realistic timeline would say it took a minute to clear out of the parking lot and pick up full speed so call it 11:55 he left and got on a steady pace. And what was already tweeted by 12:03 probably happened 12:02. The encounter described was probably at least 3 minutes (making it more like 11:59 the encounter started.) So actually the cops are trying to claim Mike Brown covered 2/3rds of a mile in the 4 minutes from 11:55 to 11:59. That’s a solid 10 miles an hour the whole way, both him AND Johnson, and not noticeably running when Darren stopped them. So this is pretty much impossible.

(via theblackoaksyndicate)

Source: it-all-happened-inside-my-skull

Was it something Reverend Al Sharpton did not say? Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. (CST) to “The Ron and Don Show” – Black Talk Radio on #BlogTalkRadio

The narrative of Michael Brown being a “good kid,” or an altar boy who was allegedly on his way to college the following Monday before his killing may not be completely accurate. Of course it’s not accurate.  This was the first misleading news story told the American public by national media outlets, including Twin Cities television stations and newspapers that wanted to give Minnesotans and the world and a “front row seat” as the news coverage of the incident in Ferguson, Missouri unfolded. The only question was Michael Ferguson an armed threat to the life of the cop who shot him at the time he was gunned down? From what I have seen, heard, and read – no he was not. It does appear this “kid” was big enough to kick the cop’s ass and mop the sidewalk up with him. He was more likely a bigger threat to the cop’s ego, than his life. The challenge begins in the manipulating of a society within its subjugated-white patriarchal identity crisis and law enforcement fearing a black and brown society as a whole.

Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to hear Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on the award-winning program. To listen, click here.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Earl of Baiting.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Earl of Baiting.


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