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Minnesota African American Museum remains in mothballs

Six years after it was founded, a museum celebrating the history of blacks in Minnesota remains closed and at risk of losing nearly $1.4 million in state funding.

Backers of the Minnesota African American Museum said they’ve done everything required to qualify for the state grants, which are critical to the museum’s future.

“We are not giving up. I don’t care what they do,” said Shirlynn LaChapelle, the museum’s vice chair. “This means a lot. This is our history.”

The museum has taken in nearly $1.8 million from various local donors, including a $435,000 loan from founder Roxanne Givens, since 2008 and spent nearly $700,000 to renovate its planned home, a stately brick Queen Anne Victorian mansion just south of downtown Minneapolis.

Records show the museum spent nearly $25,000 for a “grand opening” in 2012. But the museum has been ensnared in a dispute with its contractor since then.

The home, yard and carriage house are in disarray, with peeling paint, exposed wires and construction materials scattered in the yard. A distressed “Summer 2011” sign sits on its front steps, and the phone is not in service.

Givens; the museum’s new president, Nekima Levy-Pounds, and new executive director Lissa Jones, declined to be interviewed for this story.

Civil rights activist Ron Edwards said he is troubled by the void the museum has left in the community.

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/259318611.html

When it comes to African-American wealth, it’s nickels on the dollar!

The preoccupation with Donald Sterling, the wealthy Los Angeles Clippers owner who was slapped with an NBA ban after a recorded conversation revealed that he didn’t want his female companion associated with black people, confirms that professional sports has replaced religion as the opiate of the masses.

In the same week the NBA handed down its verdict, a new study released by the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Network on Race and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University reported that African American households are beyond broke, owning only six cents for every dollar of wealth owned by the typical white household and possessing an average liquid wealth of only $200, a figure that includes the value of African American retirement savings.

If people actually cared, these findings would have gotten at least the same level of outrage and attention that Donald Sterling’s racist rant received. Yet the nation remains passive in the face of facts that show that African Americans continue to experience a stunning level of economic segregation and isolation a full 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The sports analogy helps bring the depth of the racial wealth gap into focus. For just as the collective net worth of the predominantly black and highly paid NBA players is a drop in the bucket compared to that of their predominantly white male team owners, the combined assets of every African American household in the U.S. — including wealthy athletes, entertainers, and businesspeople — is not enough to lift the average net worth of African Americans beyond a little more than a nickel for every dollar held by whites.

The post-racial narrative that blacks have arrived with the advent of the first African-American president and prominent examples of celebrity wealth is not only a myth, it serves to placate and obscure data showing that African-Americans are a long way from achieving financial freedom and inclusion and, in fact, continue to face discriminatory laws and practices that institutionalize their disadvantage.

Aided by permissive laws championed by banking industry lobbyists and their friends in government, African-American home ownership rates have declined in part because they were twice as likely as whites to be targeted for the faulty loans.

http://thegrio.com/2014/05/12/wealth-for-african-americans-is-nickels-on-the-dollar/

African American cemeteries winning new recognition in Va.

The minister’s voice reverberated through the oaks and hollies just southwest of George Washington’s tomb, calling on visitors to remember those “unnumbered trail blazers who rest beneath this hallowed space.”

He was referring to scores, and perhaps hundreds, of slaves and their families whose remains lie somewhere beneath the butterscotch-colored soil on a ridge above the Potomac River .

William “Billy” Lee, Washington’s manservant throughout the Revolutionary War, was buried here about 1828, researchers say. West Ford, a longtime servant of the Washington family, is thought to be the last person buried here, in 1863.

The rest of the names are unknown. But the details of their final resting places may soon be identified through a multi-year archaeological survey to be launched May 30. Before beginning the project, the plantation organized Thursday’s blessing ceremony.

The survey at Mount Vernon is one of several local efforts to learn more about the burial sites of African Americans, both enslaved and freed, during the early years of the United States.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/african-american-cemeteries-winning-new-recognition-in-va/2014/05/15/5f0a2fce-dc68-11e3-bda1-9b46b2066796_story.html

Discussions continue to resolve August Wilson Center's fate

New York-based developer 980 Liberty Partners and Pittsburgh-area foundations are exploring a possible resolution to the sale of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, according to an interim report by court-appointed conservator Judith Fitzgerald, an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Tuesday.

A status conference is scheduled for Wednesday.

980 Liberty Partners bid $9.5 million for the center and wants to put a 200-room hotel atop the center but allow the center to continue underneath.


http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/morning-edition/2014/05/discussions-continue-on-august-wilson-center.html

They’re Moms to Black America

These women offer the type of large-scale love and guidance that calls for celebration this Mother’s Day. Consider this their card from the black community.

Every May we take a Sunday to honor our individual moms. But what about the women who, whether or not they have children of their own, offer the spirit of motherhood to all of us? They use their platforms to deliver a steady stream of love (sometimes tough), guidance and care. They're nurturers, providers and sources of plenty of inspiration. Whether or not they know it, these individuals are moms to black America in a spiritual and emotional sense, and it's about time we wished them a happy Mother's Day.

Toni Morrison
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Oprah Winfrey
bell hooks
Maya Angelou
Jada Pinkett Smith
Iyanla Vanzant
Estella Pyfrom
Jaspen Boothe
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Angeles Echols-Brown
Michelle Obama
Shirlee Smith
Sherrilyn Ifill
Wanda Butts

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/mother_s_day_african_american_mother_figures.html

Record Number of African Americans, Latinos Matriculate (Harvard)

Roughly 82 percent of the 2,023 students admitted to the Class of 2018 have decided to matriculate—a figure that represents the College’s highest yield in 45 years. Due to the high rate of matriculation, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid expects to only admit around 15 to 20 students from the waitlist.

The Class of 2017’s yield rate was also close to 82 percent, even as the College had to cancel Visitas, its admitted students visiting weekend, in light of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

Among those who committed to the Class of 2018, the Office of Admissions saw a record number of African American and Latino students—177 and 185—respectively. Three-hundred fifty-one Asian American students, the second highest number of students in College history, accepted offers of admissions. Twenty-seven students of Native American or Native Hawaiian descent decided to matriculate, as well. The totals mean that roughly 21 percent of the class will be Asian American, 10.5 percent African American, 11 percent Latino, and 1.5 percent Native American or Native Hawaiian.

The yield rate for African-American students went up by nearly 6 percent this year, to 73 percent, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67. The yields for Latino and Native American or Pacific Islander applicants were about 70 and 71 percent, respectively. The Asian American yield was nearly 88 percent.

“We are very grateful to the many involved in the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program who worked toward these results throughout the year, and especially during the crucial month of April,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment, in a statement.

According to Fitzsimmons, the gender breakdown of the matriculating class reflects that of the admitted pool, which was 55 percent male and 45 percent female.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/5/9/record-number-matriculate-2018/

Columbia man, among first African American U.S. Marines, receives congressional honor

COLUMBIA, SC — Two years ago, Congress honored the first African Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1940s for their role in desegregating that military branch.

But Columbia's William Ramseur, among the 330 honored, could not make the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Ramseur at the congressman's office on Lady Street.

Ramseur was a Montford Point Marine. More than 20,000 blacks enlisted in the Marines from 1942-49 at Montford Point Camp in Jacksonville, NC. Ramseur moved in Columbia in 1957. Clyburn presented Ramseur with the award after meeting with media.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/14/3446236/columbia-man-among-first-african.html#storylink=cpy

Gabby Giffords sighting in Egypt...

https://twitter.com/GabbyGiffords/status/464472919586766848/photo/1

Greenwald Says Supporting the Effort to Find 270 Kidnapped Nigerian Girls is “Horrifying”

In response to an op/ed in The Guardian that calls for feminists in the west to support the effort to find 270 teenage Nigerian girls kidnapped by Islamic jahadists known as Boko Haram, Glenn Greenwald tweeted the following:



So according to Greenwald supporting the effort to find these girls whom the terrorist abductors plan to sell into slavery is ignorant, “horrifying” and “The Next Western Intervention.”

Okay. Awful.

The kidnappings weren’t horrifying — but standing “in solidarity with these girls, their mothers, and their fathers,” the point of the op/ed, is “horrifying” to Greenwald. Perhaps if it was 270 Edward Snowdens who were abducted, Greenwald wouldn’t be so heartless. Meal ticket, etc.

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/05/quote-of-the-day-greenwald-says-supporting-the-effort-to-find-270-kidnapped-nigerian-girls-is-horrifying/

I should have been keeping a "greatest hits" archive of Glenn's tweets...I think many of his fans would be shocked at how much screechy bullshit their white knight spews on an hourly basis...


U.S. Navy SEAL Smuggled 10 Kilos Of Cocaine Into Miami

A Navy SEAL who served in the military for 14 years and worked on covert anti-drug operations has admitted to smuggling 10 kilos of cocaine into the United States, according to records from the federal district court in Miami and a source familiar with his service.

The SEAL, Angel Martinez-Ramos, left active duty in 2010 but continued to deploy on missions as a reservist, court papers say. He had drug paraphernalia, including a money-counting machine and drug-testing equipment, at home, the documents say. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine and is currently in custody in Miami awaiting sentencing.

His case comes in the wake of another embarrassment for the elite SEALs, the commandos famous for killing Osama bin Laden. Earlier this year, two former members of the group died after consuming heroin and alcohol on a commercial ship they had been hired to protect from pirates.

Martinez-Ramos, 36, was arrested in December as he returned to the U.S. from a short trip to Aruba. Before his arrest, the Drug Enforcement Administration had received a tip that a U.S. service member would be arriving with a load of narcotics, documents show. Ironically, Martinez-Ramos had occasionally worked closely with the DEA on sensitive counter-narcotics missions in Latin America, a source familiar with his service record told BuzzFeed.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/exclusive-us-navy-seal-smuggled-10-kilos-of-cocaine-into-mia

It will be interesting to see if there is something bigger waiting to be revealed...
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