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Jay-Z’s Bass Player Chicago’s Finest: Bass Player Tony Russell – from the Westside to the World

As a kid on the Westside of Chicago learning bass guitar in church, Tony Russell wasn’t focused on growing up to work with some of the biggest artists in popular music. ‘When I was coming up, I just wanted to play. I wasn’t thinking about having a career, I just wanted to be good enough to play in church’, he explained. Tony grew up in neighborhoods at Cicero and Polk, Avers and Lake, and Augusta and Lake. ...

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Super Bowl, Super Dollars

Being that I’m not a football fan, it stands to reason that the Super Bowl isn’t normally high on my priority list. But I felt I had a vested interest in tracking the results of Super Bowl XLVI this year for a few reasons. First of all, I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana (don’t hate) and since the big game was being held in Indianapolis this year I wanted to be sure my state delivered a quality product of which I ...

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Ask Gwen – February 9th

My boyfriend wants me to help him buy our house! Dear Gwendolyn: I have been going with a man for eight years. He has not yet proposed, but wants me to help him buy ‘our’ house. He says that because he is not divorced, it would not be wise for him to put my name on the deed. Gwendolyn, since I have put eight years into this relationship, do you think I should stay in it – or dissolve the relationship 100%? ...

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Prayer Around the Schools Pastors Step Up To Save Our Children

Rev. Andre Fluker is a man who’s moving with purpose. As pastor of All Nations Church of God in Christ at 16th and Pulaski, Rev. Fluker’s exposure to the community’s problems with drugs, violence, and troubled youth has been first hand. With over 20 years of ministry under his belt, he has decided to do something different to address these problems. During the warmer months, on every 2nd Sunday afternoon, R ...

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Maryland HBCU Desegregation Trial Nearing an End

After six weeks of testimony, a major trial to determine whether Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been routinely denied funding and other needed resources that would have made them “comparable and competitive” with White universities in the state is expected to end this week, with a ruling expected by this summer. The overwhelming majority of HBCUs, originally establ ...

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The Women in Black History

I am grateful and appreciative of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the man who claimed Negro History Week, which later changed to Black History Month. From a week to a month, but we need to rock the year, every year, because there are so many opportunities to celebrate Black History. The organization that Dr. Woodson founded, the Association for the Study of African American Life and Heritage (ASAALH) organizes a the ...

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Horoscopes Week of February 9 – 15 2012

Week of February 9 - 15, 2012 ARIES Check the fine print carefully this week. You may find yourself in a number of positions this week to advance your financial state. Be sure you have scrutinized the details before signing on any dotted lines. A partner or relative could seem to be urging you toward one of these opportunities; examine that one with love and common sense. Lucky Numbers: 6, 15, 40 TAURUS Kee ...

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ThyssenKrupp Formally Apologizes to Montrelle Reese

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Purchases Stock in the Company for Future Access CHICAGO (February 8, 2012)--After multiple positive meetings facilitated by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founderand president of the Rainbow PUSHCoalition, ThyssenKrupp Elevatorissued a public, face-to-face apologyto Montrelle Reese, a former salesrepresentative with the company who previously made accusations of racial discrimination ...

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