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A week after the murder of George Floyd, a young man, 29, by the name of, Jaleel Stallings, was shot at by the police out of a non-police vehicle. Assuming it was another civilian, he shot back with a gun he had a legal right to carry. It was later conveyed in mainstream media, Stallings’ accusations of attempted murder and resisting. Though amidst release of the surveillance cam footage, it is clear in the video...

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When did it become a crime to stand for what you believe in? To be fortunate enough to feel empathy, and be driven by the desire to address an issue that affects more than just ourselves? To be antagonized, ignored, and led to responses of anger.. When did the extent of freedom of expression fall into the hands of law enforcement? Indicting what is right versus wrong for a whole collective of people? We are...

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A week of civil disobedience by water protectors from around the country culminated in numerous arrests in front of the U.S. Capitol this morning. The arrests add to the tally from previous days, in which the water protectors occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs, scaled flag poles in front of the US Army Corp of Engineers headquarters, and conducted daily demonstrations in front of the White House. The protesters condemned the building of pipelines across the country,...

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#RepresentMe has become a popular hashtag centered around the conversation of Blackness portrayed through mainstream media in America. Many people have come forward expressing their frustrations of feeling poorly represented, and how that negatively impacts their day to day lives economically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When will Black America’s story truly be told? In a survey, 91% of 1400 Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 regularly engaged with pop culture mentioned they believe...

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 The Department of Justice announced their investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, so I spoke with Michelle Gross, head of Communities United Against Police Brutality.  Communities United Against Police Brutality, a Minneapolis local social justice movement fighting for police accountability–has collected 1100 complaints against the Minneapolis police and counting. Since the uprising of George Floyd, CUAPB’s canvassers has had many successes in connecting with residents around their experiences with the Minneapolis police, leading to the...

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Community members and supporters came together to celebrate the passage of the Hardel Sherrell Act this weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Hardell Sherell was denied medical attention and support from the jail’s staff. Hardel Sherell passed away on the floor of his jail cell after a newly hired nurse practitioner was ordered to oversee Sherell; warned that he faked seizures and paralyzation. Here’s in-depth video footage of the last days Hardel Sherell spent inside his...

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“Nonstandard Negro English”, is what ebonics used to be called before 1973, when a group of Black scholars attempted to remove the negative connotation that came with the way Black people verbally expressed themselves. Ebonics is the term that reclaimed the expression and set the tone for those that were often scrutinized and degraded for this use of language. Ebonics, being a cultural thing, is like any other indigenous language. A connector tool used in...

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Robert Kelly, former R&B legend known as R. Kelly, was found guilty Monday afternoon on charges that will likely send him away for a long time. On Monday in Brooklyn, New York, the federal jury found him guilty of racketeering in regards to the allegations of him partaking in sex trafficking. Many fans of Robert Kelly have denied these allegations, as have many stood by the allegations beside the women who’ve come forward and shared...

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Each summer Tent encampments fill unoccupied areas in the Twin Cities. Each winter we see the people in those encampments endure displacement yet again. Year after year, we, us, our community, we are stuck in this cycle together until we find a solution. Minneapolis’ cost of living is well above the national average, requiring at least $55,476 annually to live comfortably. Yet, the average annual income for a Black family in Minnesota is 38,178, as...

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Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd has filed to appeal his murder conviction as of September 20 which was recognized by the courts on Sept 23. He requested and received approval by Judge Cahill for the State to pay $5,000 for his legal fees for his appeal. After we published our article, that decision was reversed. Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison earlier this year, convicted...

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