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Mexican-American Milissa Silva-Diaz is a marketing extraordinaire and the current CEO of Minnesota‘s El Burrito Mercado, a multi-million dollar Mexican and Latino marketplace, and restaurant. Not only is she a leader of a company, she is also a passionate diversity advocate that strives to unite professional teams through food and music while incorporating invaluable team building skills.…

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Youthprise is a youth-centered philanthropic organization in Minnesota that prides itself on placing the next generation on a path to success and prosperity by advocating for policy and systems change. It’s their mission to reduce racial disparities which can significantly impact their opportunity. The organization, founded in 2010 by The McKnight Foundation, has built a winning…

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Leslie E. Badue is a 25-year-old community advocate and activist. She currently serves as president of the Minneapolis NAACP and the initiative director for Think Different-Do Different Educational Affiliate Network, an initiative of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD). She previously served as the vice president and education chair for the…

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The Black Girl Magic Showcase was created by Faith Jackson to recognize deserving young women for their accomplishments. The event celebrates the achievements of girls in the areas of academia, entrepreneurship, leadership, performing arts, community service, STEM and athletics. More importantly, the program acknowledges the need to build self-esteem in young women and to create…

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Youthprise boasts of being the only youth-centered philanthropic organization in Minnesota. A nonprofit established by the McKnight Foundation in 2011, Youthprise is committed to harnessing the collective ideas, resources and capacity of the Minnesota community — including youth — to promote more systematic approaches to delivering and supporting high quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom.…

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Angela Bullard Davis is a program attorney for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE), a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing high-quality legal education to lawyers and judges at a reasonable cost. The Atlanta native relocated to combine her love for education and her passion for law in hopes to push continued legal education for attorneys and…

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Anika Ward is the director for the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She leads the Center for Prevention’s work to invest, connect, and advocate to reduce health inequities across the state. Her responsibilities include program strategy and implementation, budget planning and oversight, operations, and strategic partnerships. Here’s Ward’s interview with…

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The power, pride and future of the Twin Cities was in full force at Delta Air Lines’ MLK Celebration last month. Delta’s Black Employee Network (BEN) hosted almost a dozen local performers and artists and over 70 guests. Local artists included Lyndora Turner, Maya Marchelle, Shaun Burns of Ministering with Hands and Feet, Daniel Felton,…

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Minneapolis is set to host Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s only the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was torn down in 2013. History makers understand how to create something distinctive and different. And Minneapolis is…

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Target announced that a dozen stores that are underperforming in sales are slated to close on Feb. 3, 2018. On the flip side, Target is opening 32 new stores in 2017, with plans to open 35 new stores in 2018. The bull’s-eye retailer’s newest small-format store in Midtown Manhattan’s Herald Square in New York recently…

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