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Part 1: Minneapolis Urban League to storm Victims: We can’t help – call someone else…WTF?

Is it just me, or does it happen to you when things just don’t seem to connect in the Black community. Isn’t it smart planning to have a plan in place for a natural disaster in Minnesota – or is it  not important? We have four seasons here…what are people thinking? Also where is Pilsbury United Communities, General Mills, NorthPoint Health and Wellness? Yeah, I thought so…

By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Today at 10:30 a.m., I received several calls from friends, family and co-workers who live in north Minneapolis that were affected by Sunday’s tornado. After leaving the house to head over north, I arrived at the Minneapolis Urban League to see what the flagship Black non-profit agency is doing to assist victims of Sunday’s stormy weather which after an act of God had displaced so many residents of north Minneapolis.

To my surprise – or not to my surprise the Minneapolis Urban League was not doing a damn thing and the front desk was instructed to tell victims to call 311, the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross. MUL president Scott Gray was not in the building at the time of this story. (Actually, not to many people were in the building.)

Again, this shows the dysfunctional state of Black organizations especially in north Minneapolis that have received millions of dollars in funding, but never had the business acumen to plan ahead for a natural disaster, like a snow storm, flooding or in this case a tornado.

Attention must be called to the board of directors for the Minneapolis Urban League and president Scott Gray for not having any type of vision.

Tornado hits north Minneapolis, but will non-profit agencies step up to the plate to assist residents?

“North Minneapolis Tornados hit hard and fast.”

While publishing this article, IBNN NEWS has learned that Summit Academy OIC will have boots on the ground to assist residents in whatever capacity is needed. Our thanks goes out to Louis King and the men and women at Summit Academy OIC. So far, this is the only north side based non-profit that has come forward – we’re still missing another 200, including parks and churches. A curfew has been issued in north Minneapolis 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday morning.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Weather/May 22, 2011)…Today after the Tornado hit north Minneapolis, I tuned into KMOJ-FM. The announcers were telling people that they could send donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help the victims of Sunday afternoons weather. North Minneapolis has over 200 non-profits doing business and in 2010,  millions of dollars went through the north side. I will sit back for the next three days and watch how the non-profits react to this crisis…oh, I mean opportunity.

The agencies that boast about solving poverty…this is your opportunity to help.

A little about north Minneapolis.

Poverty: Between 1990 and 2000, poverty among families with children under five more than doubled, from 707 families to 1,445 families. Significant increases occurred in all neighborhoods. McKinley, Willard-Hay, Single Creek, Lind-Bohanon, Hawthorn and Harrison each doubled, while Jordan, Webber-Camden and Folwell more than tripled their incidence of families in poverty with young children. The case is dissimilar for families with older children ages 6-18. Overall, Northside families in poverty with children under 18 years of age fell 9%. Significant increases were limited to Shingle Creek (+270% to 85 families), McKinley (+40% to 175 families), Jordan (+16% to 410 families), and Folwell (+104% to 185 families).  [1]

Earnings: Seventy percent of North Minneapolis workers earn less than $50,000, down from 88% in 1990. By 2000, the mean household income on the Northside was $42,270 compared to the metro median household income of $54,300. The occurrence of high-earning households increased from 1990 to 2000. Previously, only 2.4% of Northside households earned in excess of $75,000, improving to 12% in 2000. [1]

[1] Read Asset Report here.

The damage from the storm will have a huge impact on residents in north Minneapolis.

A curfew has been issued in north Minneapolis 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday morning.

IBNN NEWS will watch for the next three days to see what non-profit agencies respond to the crisis and how it will effect the community.

2012: Tim Pawlenty for President? In the meantime, who’s going to fix the Republican Party of America?

"Is there time to RESET the GOP so T-Paw can have the seal?'

The Republican Party of America has an outdated, non-functioning platform that will spell doom for GOP congressional candidates across America. Not only will it doom the Republicans chance of regaining the White House, it will hurt any chance of Mr. Tim Pawlenty having a successful run for president against the current President Barack Obama. The Republican Party of America must reset the party and the people in the party. Anything less will spell disaster for Mr. Pawlenty.

By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Editorial Opinion/May 22, 2011)…I’ve been an active participant in a Facebook group called, “America for Pawlenty 2012.”

I’ve followed the treads and comments from Conservatives, the hard-core Right and those Christian Fundamentalist who think that “God” will put Mr. Pawlenty in office rather than understanding work must be done within and around the current Republican Party of America.There will be no “immaculate appointment” to president for Tim Pawlenty, nor can the Republican Party of America continue its downhill process of singing to the choir and presenting a racial barrier for those people of color around the United States that would vote for Mr. Pawlenty but don’t want to have anything to do with the local Republicans and their antiquated platforms.

In 2012, if Pawlenty is the GOP endorsed candidate for president, he will face a popular foe by the name of Barack Obama.  While Mr. Pawlenty is presented as a “nice guy,” we all know that nice guys finish last.

My focus and mission on this particular articles and the others to come is to support Tim Pawlenty – but also take a real look at the machine behind him, the Republican Party of American and show on the parties current path, it will spell doom for Mr.  Pawlenty in the same way a comedian was able to upset Norm Coleman in 2008.

The RINO’s (Republicans in name only), at the table hesitate to make informed decisions on outreach, collaborations and inclusion. All 50 states GOP’s must be re-organized immediately. This means stepping on toes and pointing to the doors for some.

If Pawlenty will even have a chance, the “reset” button must be pushed now, rather than later. Yeah, it might be easy for Pawlenty to take Minnesota, but there are 49 other states with large populations of minority-ethnics, and White Republicans who voted for Obama in 2008. (Don’t be surprised, the GOP shot itself in the foot in 2008).

Is the Republican Party of America willing to implement a new public relations campaign?

More importantly – can they?

Do current Republican Party staffers have the intellectual properties to idea, create and implement a new direction – or will they go out and hire a marketing firm that is already GOP friendly with no diversity on its staff and implement a lame-duck campaign that continues to deny, obstruct and exclude a diverse community of people around the United States.

The revolution of 2012 in the presidential race is called, “The Year of Preparation,” meaning that all political parties must re-evaluate their positions, policies and people to insure a top-of-mind campaign outreach that includes people who don’t look like the Minnesota GOP office in St. Paul and other cities around America.

Part of the outreach is having capable people of color playing an important role within the organization while maintaining a public presence in his/her community. This includes Town Hall meetings, social events, Fundraisers and volunteering around the state of Minnesota.

To put it even more simply, if community activist and 2009 mayoral candidate Al Flowers can be named as the NAACP Political Action Chairman, why is it so hard for the GOP here in Minneapolis to give me (Don Allen) a call back? The DFL political plantation has found a way to insert Mr. Flowers and make him creditable. The Republican Party of Minnesota has only learned to send out mass emails with mostly non-sense and attacks without putting anything on the table.

In 2008 during the congressional campaign, Michelle Bachmann told me, “The Minnesota GOP needs a bulldog, and you are that Bulldog” (In 2008 I was campaign manager for Barb Davis White who ran against Keith “Cry for Somalia” Ellison.)

I’ve also been told, “We have African-Americans who we consult with.” When they tell me this (The MN GOP and other GOP’s across the US), I laugh so hard – especially in Minnesota.

The token Negros they have in the “circle of complete numbness” does not have the capacity to bust a grape – and for the most part, they are “Yes-Negros.” But the Minnesota GOP and the HNIC’s (Head Negros in Charge), they’ve picked also lack the logic, business acumen, and process to successfully change the directions of the office in St. Paul.

I see these brothers hosting forums in remote locations “outside of the hood” and totally bowing down to a system that has excluded them for a chance of some ill-willed reality that the GOP has placed them at the top of the heap…not so! The reason it happens like that is because they will not ask the hard questions of the GOP and remained hoodwinked by a system that will ask them to volunteer for some outreach and when Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich come to town for a dinner, the Negros who work so hard (sarcasm) aren’t invited and tucked away far from sight. (It just happened less than a month ago).

If Mr. Tim Pawlenty or any other Republican is serious about winning the presidency in 2012, they must push the RESET button on the Republican Party of America. Until then, millions of dollars will be wasted and the Republicans will have a repeat of 2008.

I don’t know about you – but I’m sick of coming in second.

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Stop the Killing! K.G. Wilson – Gathering for 100 Bishops, Pastors, Deacons and Laymen

K.G. Wilson has been a force to recon within a community of activists who are fragmented by a DFL political plantation that has picked or chosen community members, churches and non-profit agencies to work within the Black community that don’t have the ability to go into the neighborhoods to address issues surrounding gang violence, crime and in in this case, a grieving community. It’s time for a change and Mr. Wilson has stepped up to the plate. My question is, “Will funded agency MAD DADS support his effort or dismiss it, again?

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

“It looks good on paper but City of Minneapolis political hacks continue to make plans through the Health Department to address violence. This has nothing to do with health disparities, this is a public safety issue..Jackwagons!”.”

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN Video./May 21, 2011)…On Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12-noon, KG Wilson of Hope Ministries and the president of the Charez Jones Foundation is asking that 100 Bishops, Pastors, Deacons and Laymen join him on the corners of Lake Street and Blaisdell Avenue south (the parking lot of Super Value) to hold a peaceful prayer vigil to “Stop the Killing.

Minneapolis has seen an uptick in violence, especially Black on Black crime. Street activist K.G. Wilson has been working for a “Better Minneapolis.”  While the DFL political plantation hacks finds it correct to hold a news conference for keeping a billion dollar stadium in Minneapolis. less than one-half mile away – people are dying in connection with violent crimes and most local clergy and non-profits have not busted a grape or held a press conference – maybe the media has lost faith in them too. (Example: No mainstream media news coverage of African American Day on the Hill.)

Wilson says, “It’s not about getting in front of a news camera, or seeing your name in the newspaper – it’s about addressing the issues head on. Everyone has an destiny and mine is to create awareness and help bring people in the community back together.”

The event on Saturday is free and open to the public.


Minnesota Lynx Women’s Basketball Media Day! (IBNN NEWS Photo Blog)

Photos and story by IBNN NEWS Donald W.R. Allen, II

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Photo Blog/May 20, 2011).The Minnesota Lynx Women’s Basketball team held their 2011 Media Day event with all the pomp and circumstance of viewing royalty.

One thing I do have to say that for the first time in while, the Minnesota Lynx have done an excellent job at reaching out to not only the minority-ethnic community but working with the right people to build awareness for the organization. Congratulation, I know it was a tough road, but Carley Knox, (the MN Lynx Business Development Manager),  is doing a great job – exceeding the communities expectations.

In addition to the two local stars, the Lynx have signed Connecticut star MAYA MOORE and Xavier University forward AMBER HARRIS with the first and fourth picks.

Today’s invitation from the Minnesota Lynx to IBNN NEWS to cover this great event means the Lynx front office realize it takes other than traditional media to reach segmented parts of the community. The Minnesota Lynx Women’s basketball is a business, which means “butts in the seats equal success for the season.”

IBNN NEWS and it’s affiliate, the Minneapolis Mirror was on hand to meet the players and take some really great photos of educated, athletic Black women who set the bar when it comes to education and success.

IBNN NEWS would like to take this opportunity to wish the 2011 Minnesota Lynx the best and a winning season. In closing, single game tickets and season tickets are still available, don’t forget to support the sisters on the basketball court.



The team of Edwards and Allen celebrate 1-Year Anniversary on BlogTalkRadio and launch Television Network

"Edwards at the Fong Lee rally (l) and Allen speaking at the Tea Party Rally in St. Paul."."

We have a lot to talk about on Saturday and invite you to tune in and listen as we celebrate our 1-year anniversary and launch our real-time news and information television network. No one said it would be easy creating an empire, but the team of Edwards and Allen now control over 75% of the news which the Black community relies on weekly. Ain’t no stopping us now!

by IBNN NEWS Promotion PSA

Minneapolis, MN. (BlogTalkRadio/ON POINT!/May 19, 2011)…It’s been one-year since the team of Bishop Ronald A. Edwards (Bishop of Information), and Reverend Donald W.R. Allen, II (Reverend of News and SEO), launched their BlogTalkRadio program ON POINT! in May of 2010.

Now the news team of Ron and Don bring you the latest in technology, closing the digital divide with the launch of the BlackNewsNetwork-USA and the channel BlackNewsNetwork-MN on UStream TV. Our first LIVE television simulcast will happen during our BlogTalkRadio program ON POINT! To tune in at 4 p.m. to BlackNewsNetwork-USA click here.

This is an exciting opportunity to launch a global television channel that will give me and my co-host, Rev. Allen, the opportunity to reach millions of viewers all across the globe,” says Edwards.

Allen states, “The Black community all across the United States is hungry for more Black news that covers politics, business, accountability and community while keeping important issues in front of the viewing and listening audience. I feel honored to work with Mr. Edwards and will continue to push platforms of creditable news and information out to the masses.

On Saturday, May 21, 2011  at 4 p.m. CST,  Ron Edwards and Don Allen will host a special 90-minute simulcast on BlogTalkRadio and the BlackNewsNetwork-MN channel. This program is a LIVE call-in show and we invite listeners to call in at our toll-free number (877) 572-4288.

To tune in from your computer, go to or click here.

Phone lines will be open 5 minutes after the show starts. We invite you to call us!

Pastor Derrick Griffin the Coward: Typical Clergy Coonery

"The Devil's best trick is to say he doesn't exist."

My question to local clergy in support of Derrick Griffin is, “At what point do you realize that Derrick will be in jail until his death.?” Also, how is the actions of his ex-wife somehow immoral? Didn’t the police arrest Derrick at his “girlfriends” home? Come on, the hypocrisy is clearly evident. In a drunken rage, you shoot someone on the back that walked your ex-wife to the car? The victim didn’t even get the satisfaction of being confronted on what he was doing? What kind of punk-bitch shit is that?

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis (Yeah, I wrote it – what you going to do?)

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/May 18, 2011)…It always amazes me how the Star Tribune attempts to put a late spin on a story and usually the author of the story (Abby Simons is an exception), has no real contact with insiders other than to do an in-depth editorial about another north Minneapolis murder.

In this mornings (5/18) Star Tribune, writer Jon Tevlin takes a missed-stab at the controversy surrounding the shooting of Kris Miller. Now, it’s IBNN’s turn to lay it out, minus the sanitation.

The killing of Kris Miller was a cowardly act by a coward who is a pastor. That’s the first hypocrisy. Secondly, any number of kind, respectful men could of been shot dead that night by Derrick. Any man that walked his ex-wife to her car could of been a victim of Derrick’s. The cowardly thing is, Kris Miller never saw it coming; there was never the traditional argument over a women; nor was there a fist-fight – which would have been a better outcome than Kris’ death. Derrick’s cowardly aim killed someone that didn’t even have the opportunity to say, “I was just walking her to the car. I do security at the Elks Lodge.

What happened to the days when if your girl was allegedly cheating on you, first you talked to her before you confronted another man. In most cases, your game was weak – that’s why she went somewhere else. Derrick obviously chose his drunken way to deal with it. (IBNN has no information about Mr. Griffins blood-alcohol rate at the time of the shooting – but we figure you have to be drunk or real stupid to have done this.)

The moral fiber of the Black church in the Twin Cities is now disrupted. While individuals attempted to stand on Derrick’s innocence, none of the clergy held a press conference in the affected area to alert us that a killer might still be on the loose? None of the clergy sanctioned Derrick for three previous gun violations and two warrants. No, they let him continue to preach in the name of God and further misrepresent and taint the black church.

Community Tort: The Gilligan’s Island Syndrome in the Black Community on addressing Poverty

"After using the Black communities disparities to build funding streams, visitors to the island leave without sending help."

I’m really trying to do better at not complaining about situations that are clearly misrepresentations of sound business practices, but lately the evil eye of solving poverty has jumped to the forefront and I feel it’s my duty as a well informed investigative reporter to bring this issue to the community. Solving poverty in the poor neighborhoods of Minneapolis has never been a real goal of some non-profit agencies, but yet they continue to put lipstick and make-up on a challenge that still remains ugly.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Editorial Opinion/May 18, 2011)…On April 6, 2011, Gary Cunningham, vice president of programs for the Northwest Area Foundation said in a press release, “African Americans have made significant gain in recent decades to overcome poverty. Many are leaders in government, business and the arts.  I am privileged to know men and women who want to pave the way for others to share in that prosperity. They come together to awaken hope, identify a vision for tomorrow, and then put this to action.

This statement was on behalf of Mr. Cunningham and the Northwest Area Foundation’s efforts to support African American leaders which earned the m the 2011 Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). (We should really question these people and their motives.)

This award recognizes the Foundation for its role in mobilizing the African American Leadership Forums, an initiative that convenes community leaders to address issues of poverty, access and opportunity. (Is that so?)

The vision for tomorrow  is always the same – a vision for tomorrow, there’s no plan – but whatever they have might look good on paper.

Leadership in forums? At what point do they hit the streets? Oops, I said a bad word, “Streets.”

Give me a break.

I responded to the email sent out by the public relations arm of the Northwest Area Foundation and asked them to give me one (1) example of how poverty has been solved by the agency. It’s been more than three weeks and the silence confirmed my suspicions on promotion content meant to position what I allege as a fantasy.

In our opinion, the Minnesota African American Leadership Forum is a complete catastrophic failure. It alludes me how a group of self-serving, exclusionary Negros can have the gull to act like they represent the Black community. It’s apparent to this blog and individuals across the Twin Cities, this group is nothing more than a way to create and maintain funding for a project that has publicly remained deadly silent on the issues of crime,  education, the growing number of homicides in the Black community and more importantly economic development.

The African American Leadership Summit and forums remind me of a bad episode of Gilligan’s Island where Mr. Howell and his wife Lovie were somehow better than everyone else and that the rest of the crew, Ginger, the Professor, Maryanne and Gilligan  must bow down to the Howell’s every need.

The irony of Gilligan’s Island is played out today by a select group of “self-appointed representatives of Black people” who promise, “When you can get me off this island, I’ll give you a million dollars and you’ll be rich like me.” The reality is, each time a plan is rolled out, it becomes a disastrous failure.

Their escape plans constantly fail because Gilligan goofs up or visitors to the island leave without sending help.

This is reflected in today’s process, nobody is really concerned about sending help by a race of people for a race of people.

Poverty is solved when someone who is dire straights has a change in his or her situation.  Meaning that they are no longer dependent of programs or people administering these programs. Solving poverty for a race of people or even addressing poverty means successfully changing one’s outcome which will reflect a change in the future for someone that has been in poverty.

Yes, it’s true – I see right through the crap that is published and looks good on paper, but in most cases the self-appointed zelots positioned by a corrupt infrastructure  have never run a shoe shine stand, let alone solving poverty.

Little me and Big God can do anything: Let’s expose and shutdown false representatives doing deeds in the name of God and Poor People

"In 2011, a message and a warning can be delivered in many different ways. I know who's on my side.""

The community has learned from various news sources that associate pastor Derrick Griffin, with True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, was charged in the death of Kristopher Miller. Since IBNN NEWS has released details about the murder, we have been attacked by community wanna-be’s, poverty-pimps and clergy. In this mornings edition of the Star Tribune newspaper, the story “Cameras, cell records link Minneapolis pastor to killing” is a clear indication that IBNN NEWS was delivering the right information in real-time.  I remind you, this post is not an attack on the church – but an attack on those that use the church in the name of God and Poor People. I can’t judge you – but you will be judged.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Editorial/May 17, 2011)…I’ve always contemplated about becoming a minister.  The Rev. Donald W.R. Allen, II – it has a nice ring, but also to me, some overwhelming responsibilities.  With the economic downturn some say keep Black folk away from the building on Sunday mornings. Along with the lack of firm community leadership to address community issues, we have catastrophic fail in developmental processes to address poverty and economic development.  A “show” at the state capital is great, but a dog & pony show has never addressed the needs of the community, but it does get the usual suspects in front of participating attendees which most are growing weary of.

We must also look at how to replace and silence those in the community who act has representatives of Black folk in the Twin Cities but can’t read, don’t own a computer and have no idea what an email address is – but yet is welcomed with open arms into educational facilities; local non-profits like some kind of royalty.

From my understanding of the bible and religion in general, God wants us to do great works. Each of us have our own niche in life; Each of us contributes in our own way.

Can we do greater works than Jesus?


The bible says in John 14:1-12, “”Let not your heart be troubled; you  believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. “And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

The challenge stands before the Black community with those who say they represent us (Blacks), but are quick to judgement with contempt prior to investigation, very little or no intellectual capacity and rather than help the community, they use disparities to maintain a lifestyle funded on the backs of poor folks in the name of God.

The jealousy the spews out from some of the self-appointed Black leadership in the Twin Cities has grid-locked the community in a perpetual circle of broken promises and deceit.

I’m saying the time has come to identify, expose and uncover a process, especially in north Minneapolis where few are served but millions of dollars are given to address the systemic needs of all people from all walks of life but has seemed to fall in the hands of manipulators that have learned the game well and secure funding for themselves.

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