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Black people in Scott County live an average of 89.7 years–longer than almost anywhere else in the nation. Researchers want to know why.

In order to compile a new “Black Progress Index,” researchers at the Brookings Institution scoured data on homeownership, education, air pollution, and more. Sahan Journal asked some Black residents to talk about their experiences living, working, and raising families in Scott County. (Spoiler alert: They love it.)


Lavendar Nelson has a plan to win more U.S. championships than any woman in boxing history. First, she has to finish 5th grade.

Lavendar, a student-council member at Lucy Laney Community School in North Minneapolis, has already won six national titles. Her seventh could come in December at USA Boxing Nationals in Lubbock, Texas. The only thing missing: a funding source for the nonprofit Lucy Laney Boxing Academy, led by Morgan McDonald, a support specialist at the school.

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How does long COVID affect Black and Latino people? A new University of Minnesota brain project will look for answers–a process that starts by changing who participates in COVID studies.

People of color are overrepresented among COVID cases, but drastically underrepresented in COVID medical research. (A major long COVID study this year, for example, looked at 100,000 people–96 percent of them white.) In new research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gulin Oz plans to use MRI technology to learn more about brain health and long COVID symptoms like headaches and brain fog. She’ll also be assembling a diverse cohort of Black and brown participants. “We don’t want to learn about long COVID only in the white population,” Dr. Oz says.