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Texas Cop Reportedly Shoots Black Man In The Head As Questions Go Unanswered

Michael Dean

Texas Cop Reportedly Shoots Black Man In The Head As Questions Go Unanswered

Source: S. Lee Merritt / S. Lee Merritt

A Texas police officer has reportedly killed a Black person under suspicious circumstances, and all indications point toward a possible coverup. Sound familiar?

The mother of a young Black man killed by police claims a detective said that her son was shot in the head even though he didn’t have a gun or pose a threat to the officer involved. Michael Dean was killed on Monday, according to Temple Daily Telegraph. But days later, there are still a handful of unanswered questions. [Read more]

Low Unemployment Rate Contradicts The Truth: No ‘Good Jobs’ And Low Wages

The latest jobs report showed a robust 266,000 workers were hired last month, an impressive figure that kept the country’s unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, the lowest its been in decades. Likewise, Black unemployment was hovering around its lowest levels ever, with November’s 5.5 percent unemployment rate inflating by just one-tenth of a percentage point from the month prior.

However, camouflaged in the good news was some not-so-good news, economists said. Despite the latest gaudy unemployment numbers, an apparent lack of so-called “good jobs” has resulted in a surge of hiring to fill low-wage positions. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) responded to the November jobs report with a somber reality check for those celebrating the low levels of unemployment. [Read more]

Gophers’ magical season takes a big hit

The Gophers’ football team will be idle for awhile after missing out on next weekend’s Big Ten Conference championship with Saturday’s 38-17 loss at home Saturday to Wisconsin. (Photo by Jesse Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)

By Ray Richardson

After the University of Minnesota football team scored on a 51-yard touchdown pass on the Gophers’ second play from scrimmage, it didn’t take long for a harsh reality to set in at chilly TCF Stadium.

Wisconsin was simply the better, stronger and more talented team on the Gophers’ home field. Shaking off the initial shock of the Gophers’ early touchdown, the Badgers regrouped and rolled to a convincing 38-17 victory before a sellout crowd that braved windy and snowy conditions throughout the game. [Read more]

KMOJ: Final Hours of 2019 RadioThon!!

by Freddie Bell

With only two days left in the KMOJ Building Our Future Radiothon, I am happy to see how you are responding with your gifts and well wishes. They all help to build the foundation for growth and give voice to the concerns we face as a community. They also set the table to bring on interns and those interested in our business, who aspire to be the next generation of broadcasters. That’s the first part of our mission. Secondly, your help also allows us the space to give voice to the conditions impacting you, our community. [Read more]

CCD/KMOJ Board Additions

Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr.

The Center for Communication and Development Board of Directors announces the addition of Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr., and Mr. Eric Harris to the CCD/KMOJ  Board of Directors.   The Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr. is an Air Force Veteran. A fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery brought him to the University of Minnesota to train, where he eventually settled and transferred to the Minnesota Air National Guard. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has earned multiple commendations for his efforts. He was promoted as the first African-American Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard and held the position of Assistant Adjutant-General. He was promoted to Major General, and retired 1n 2017. His medical practice is out of several locations to include Regions Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology.  As faculty, he trains medical students, residents, and fellows, holds numerous leadership positions and has provided mentorship to those under-represented aspiring applicants and students. General Hamlar has been recognized as a “Top Doc” by Mpls/St Paul Magazine, and “Best Doc” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. General Hamlar holds a membership with the St Paul branch of the NAACP and remains active with the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities, where their missions include supporting our local neighborhoods, and communities through mentorship and partnership programs. [Read more]

‘The People’s Station’: KMOJ-FM broadcasts for the Minnesota African-American community and beyond

MinnPost photo by Jim WalshPart of the staff that makes KMOJ go (left-to-right): Back row: Ray Seville (underwriting manager), Malcolm Samuels (underwriter), Glen Golden (announcer), Freddie Bell (general manager), Walter “Q Bear” Banks, Jr. (operations manager/announcer). Front row: Nikki Love (announcer/underwriter), Tiffany Washington (announcer/receptionist), Bridgette Stewart (underwriter).

By Jim Walsh | 08/22/2019

Monday morning was a quiet hive of urgent activity at the studios of KMOJ-FM on Penn and Broadway in north Minneapolis. The station’s weekly board meeting had just ended, and employees and volunteers were gearing up for the business week of running one of the nation’s oldest and most successful community radio stations.

There was legendary KMOJ deejay Walter “Q Bear” Banks, Jr., heading over to his memorabilia-festooned cubicle while planning his next drive-time show. There was the one and only Nikki Love, arguably the most respected hip-hop deejay in the Twin Cities. There was Ray Seville, the station’s underwriting manager and founder of the dance party stalwart Ray Seville Productions, who was heading off to the State Fairgrounds to set up KMOJ’s booth — this year with a “dancing with the deejays” theme. [Read more]


Live On Location

KMOJ Is  LOL, Live on Location, Friday, July 19th, 6am to 10am Rondo Days Weekend at Heritage Tea House 360 University Avenue, St. Paul.  Meet some of your Favorite KMOJ Personalities, including Freddie Bell and Chantel Sings, and Underwriters. Plus,  Learn how to partner with KMOJ, Meet community leaders and be a part of intimate live performances all morning long. Admittance is free, and space is limited. Friday morning 6 to 10 am, July 19th, at the Heritage Team House St. Paul, as KMOJ goes LOL,  KMOJ will be Live On Location, kicking off Rondo Days. [Read more]