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Florida International University Fires Isiah Thomas

Basketball Hall of Fame player Isiah Thomas was fired on Friday by Florida International University, after his teams went 26-65 in his three seasons as head coach. Thomas told ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz he was stunned by the firing. “This is the most surprising thing that has happened to me in basketball,” Thomas said. “I never been fired before for basketball reasons. This is the first time. “When I ...

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Latest Jobs Report Offers Little hope For Blacks

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Norman Jones, woke up last Friday, got dressed and went to the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) for a job pre-screening session in hopes of landing employment that has eluded him since last year. Jones was not alone – more than 100 people also stood in line, all seeking employment. On the same Friday that the Dis ...

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Burger King Pulls Mary J. Blige Ad

Special to the NNPA Burger King pulled a commercial starring R&B singer Mary J. Blige following controversy over her appearance and the context of the food advertised. The fast-food chain said it discontinued the commercial April 3 due to music licensing concerns, not because of the widespread criticism it received from African-Americans, according to the Associated Press. The ad was released the week o ...

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Let It Go, Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

T. D. Jakes explores what he calls “the art of forgiveness,” in which he goes beyond the typical meaning of the word. Rather,he takes if apart, examines every facet of what it means to forgive and to be forgiven, offers examples as to what may have caused the crisis, and provides solutions on how to work through betrayal and  accept true forgiveness. So why an entire book on the topic of forgiveness? Becaus ...

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PUSH EXCEL HBCU TOUR

This year marks the PUSH for Excellence 14h Annual HBCU Tour.  March 31st through April 7th eighty promising high school students spent their spring break traveling the East Coast and parts of the South visiting several historically black colleges and universities.  Participating students got a sense of what college life is like and interacted with students and faculty members on campus. “Our mission has al ...

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Judge Appoints Special prosecutor in former “Mayor Daley Nephew” Case

A Cook County judge has appointed a special prosecutor to take an in depth look at how Chicago police investigated the death of David Koschman after a drunken altercation with a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley back in 2004. Attorneys for Koschman’s family worked to obtain the special prosecutor, the family insists that Chicago police department purposely altered files and  reports look as if   Mr. Kosc ...

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ASK GWEN “I’m quitting my job because I was passed over for Promotion”

By Gwendolyn L. Baines - NNPA Columnist Dear Gwendolyn: I have been working for a company for 22 years.  For the past 15 years, I have been promised a promotion.  Two months ago they promoted a lady who has only been working there for one year.  The position is executive vice president and should have been given to me.  I am most hurt about it.  The lady came with a Ph.D degree.  But since I have been doing ...

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Making A Visit To The Doctor Without Leaving Home

By Akeya Dickson Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sometimes you can’t make it to the doctor. You don’t have a way to get there, you’re bedridden, or you may have simply forgotten. Cueing up a Skype session with your physician might be the most efficacious solution to getting immediate care, avoiding a missed appointment (and $40 co-pay), and to skipping the marathon waiting room sessions and  fl ...

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Horoscopes for Week Of April 19 – 25, 2012

ARIES This week make your spiritual interest pay off in cash. Enough of goodness for goodness sake. You’ve got bills to pay. People expect generosity from a big hearted person like you. Ask them for something in return or they’ll drain you. Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 8 TAURUS Compromise to get what you want this week. You’ll want to meet others half-way, and in the long run, you’ll get what you want anyway. You c ...

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Think Like A Man ****

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic He said. She said. We’re the same species, but two different genders. It’s fun to be reminded occasionally that our distinct approaches to life and love make for great agitation, misunderstandings and reconciliations. A group of guys who play basketball together are having female trouble: Dominic (Michael Ealy) a wannabe chef pursues a snooty, aloof lawyer (Taraji P. Henson) ...

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