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New Miss Black USA ‘Ready’ for the Future

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Thirty young, Black women shimmering platinum and white evening gowns, silver, sapphires and dandelion yellows, rubies lit the Theater of Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. They prayed through perfect pageant smiles thinking: “Please don’t call my name.” It was an exciting moment that each one of them had dreamed o ...

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HOROSCOPES WEEK OF AUGUST 23-29, 2012

ARIES Use better judgment with regard to financial matters. Stop rationalizing. Money is important. Do something about the fact that you might find yourself broke more often than you wish. Continuing to deny it will delay doing something about it. Lucky Numbers: 6, 18, 24 TAURUS Move slowly concerning relationships this week. People are a little edgy and they don’t know exactly where you are coming from. Ma ...

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World Vision Chicago and Greater Austin Childcare Providers Hosts Diaper Giveaway

World Vision Chicago teams up with the women of the Greater Austin Child Care Provider’s Association to do some good in the neighborhood…specifically, the babies. On Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church located on West Chicago Avenue, the two organizations hosted a diaper giveaway to anyone who came to receive.  Between 3:00pm and 5:00pm, members of the Greater Austin Child ...

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Comcast, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Civic And Community Leaders Kick Off Year Two Of the internet Essentials Program

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President, David L. Cohen, and civic and community leaders announced Wednesday, August 15, 2012 year two of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program designed to help close the digital divide among low-income Americans. In its first full year of availability, nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 Americans, gained access t ...

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Hello, Summertime Chi! Keeping Cool On A Budget

By: Ashley Powell With temperatures surpassing one hundred degrees, and the effects of a slowly-healing economy shrinking budgets all over the country, strategies for keeping cool need to get a lot more frugal than cranking up the air conditioner. Take a look at some of the resourceful ways you can stretch your dollars while staying ahead of this record-breaking Chicago heat. 1. Cotton, linen, silk: Cool fa ...

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36 Years Later, New ‘Sparkle’ Shines

With funky music splashed with soulful harmonies, glamorous fashion that revealed independence and the distinctive, yet ambitious dreams of three sisters trying to break away from their Detroit life in 1968, this new version of “Sparkle” is a refreshing take on the 1976 original. Although there are numerous and obvious differences from the Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman project, the cast successfully d ...

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Buddy Guy Traces His Career in New Book! “When I Left Home”

by Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy” (with David Ritz; Da Capo, $26) tells the epic life story of one of the greatest players at the absolute nexus of modern blues. Guy recounts his journey from the “middle of nowhere” Louisiana to blues central Chicago and stages all over the world, playing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaug ...

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John Burris Sues Chevron for Refinery Fire that Sickened Over 9,000

Bay Area attorneys John Burris, Matthew Kumin and Patrick Goggin joined forces to file a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of victims of the Chevron refinery explosion on Aug. 6. The resulting toxic plume released after a pipe failed in the troubled Crude Unit No. 4 covered areas in which thousands of residents live, work and play. More than 9,000 sought treatment after the fire. The toxic smoke rising from the d ...

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Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Cut by Dolphins and Divorced by Reality Star Wife

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Veteran National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Chad Johnson was released from the Miami Dolphins following his recent arrest for allegedly head-butting his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, during the evening of Aug. 11. The Associated Press reported Johnson was arrested in Broward County, Fla., charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor charge, and ...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Black Vote Again Being Taken For Granted

By Cloves Campbell NNPA Chairman There are less 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, state legislatures and city councils. The campaign war chests for President Obama and Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar has been ...

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