Thursday, December 15, 2011

Requests for unemployment aid drop to 3-1/2 year low

Requests for unemployment aid drop to 3-1/2 year low

I just want to stick with the facts: What’s missing from the story is Unemployment for Blacks is in the high teens and rising. Unemployment is down over last two years because the labor force shrank, not because of greater employment. Reading between the lines is very important on the "spin."

Monday, December 5, 2011

KFAI-FM Radio without Boundaries The WAVE Project Presents “Black Men in America: The Untold Stories ”


December 5, 2011

IBNN’s editor-in-chief Don Allen to host hour-long program as part of
KFAI-FM’s WAVE Project - with special guests.
Contact: Don Allen, IBNN NEWS
Phone: (612) 986-0010

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS)…On Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. a long awaited conversation titled, “Black Men In America” will take place on the Twin Cities #1 FM radio station for community news and cultural awareness programming.

KFAI - Radio without Boundaries (90.3 FM Minneapolis - 106.7 FM St. Paul) and (online), presents another installment of its critically acclaimed and prestigious WAVE Project.

Controversial and outspoken editor-in-chief of the Independent Business News Network (, Don Allen, will host this hour-long program.

Allen, a political activist, publisher, investigative reporter, father and civil rights activist says, “It’s time we take a real look at what is happening to Black Men in the United States – more importantly right here in my home state of Minnesota. How many more leadership groups do we need to create when none of them have addressed issues of poverty, unemployment, police brutality, education and fleecing their own back yards? I’ve assembled a cast of legends in their own time to start a conversation about real issues and the opportunities to present solid solutions.” Allen says, “This program will be a fast paced, accountability focus in simple clarity using common sense.”

IBNN’s editor-in-chief has invited local scholars and community development organizations that actively deal with the day-to-day challenges of the Black male.

Joining Allen for this in-depth discussion will be:

Dr. Jesse Mason, Jr.: In 2010 the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP) named Jesse L. Mason, Jr., PhD an MMEP Policy Fellow. (Currently, Dr. Mason is the chair of the MMEP's African American Male Education Advisory). Dr. Mason is a member of the psychology faculty at MCTC and an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine University. Dr. Mason has assisted in the data collection, policy analysis, research and writing of the “State of African American Males in Education in Minnesota” policy brief. Dr. Mason is also the lead advisor for the Student African American Brotherhood in at MCTC – an organization dedicated to making sure Black men and women achieve excellence in college.

Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Esq: Nekima Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas and the director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award-winning civil rights legal clinic. Levy-Pounds serves as a consultant to local civil rights organizations, government entities, schools, and community groups on issues such as racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the school to prison pipeline, gang databases, and police misconduct. Additionally, Levy-Pounds is the Interim Board Chair of Brotherhood, Inc., a local non-profit designed to uplift and employ African American males, ages 16-24, who have had contact with the criminal justice system or gangs.

Dr. Enid Logan: Dr. Logan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.  She studies Contemporary U.S. Race Relations; Sociology of Afro-Latin Populations; Family, Marriage and Gender; Race and Media; Race and Law; and Historical and Comparative Methods.  Logan is also the author of the recently released book, “At This Defining Moment”: Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race (NYU Press, 2011). She joins us to discuss the politics of race and gender in the Black community.

Sarah Catherine Walker - Sarah is the Chief Operating Officer at 180 Degrees, Inc. Sarah holds a BA in Political Science and African American Studies from Carleton College. Walker is also a doctoral student in the department of political science at the University of Minnesota.  Walker brings extensive research experience to issues of politics, inequality, criminal justice reform and the role of philanthropic organizations in setting interest group agendas. Her current research hypothesizes that contrary to dominant views expressing the centrality of successful media campaigns to political agenda setting, unpopular or disenfranchised groups may benefit from an absence of media attention. This hypothesis has both practical and theoretical implications and challenges the basic tenants of pluralism in American politics.

To listen to this power-packed hour of programing on in the Twin Cities area and surrounding suburbs, tune in at 10:00 a.m. (CST) to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis or 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

To listen anywhere in the world via the Internet, go to and click on the “Listen Now” or “WAVE Project” link.

The broadcast of Black Men In America on KFAI-FM, Radio without Boundaries is brought to you by the WAVE Project. Views and opinions are not necessary the views of KFAI, its staff, management or board of directors.

IBNN NEWS would like to say thanks in advance to you everyone who listened today’s Black Men in America: The Untold Stories. If you miss it, please visit (Click "listen now").

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