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The organization Black Lives Matter has quickly become a rallying force for people who want to address the social cost of racial disparities in Minnesota and nationwide.

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The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council has approved a regional housing policy plan - the first such plan to be adopted in 30 years.  

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On Minneculture, we’ll visit the Minnesota History Center as some of the featured authors from a new anthology of African American writing celebrate the publication of their work. The book is called Blues Vision, and one of the featured writers is J. Otis Powell.

Here’s an excerpt from the Minneculture broadcast – J. Otis Powell reading from page 78 of the book – a piece called “Tongue Swallow.”

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The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.

This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

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Daniel Wordsworth the President of the American Refugee Committee joins us in the studio.

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In early July, thousands people of Somali heritage who live here in Minnesota will stage their largest community event of the year – it called Somali Week.

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Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears isolated as a number of his cabinet ministers have resigned and people have taken to the streets in Cairo.

The country’s army has issued an ultimatum demanding that political movements settle their differences by the end of the day tomorrow and Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, seems to have no intention of budging.

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The Metropolitan Airport Commission voted recently to raise wages for about 3,000 of MSP – Airport's lowest paid workers. Workers saw the $1 raise as a step in the right direction, but the Fight for $15 continues.

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