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J. Anthony Brown Shines on ‘Rickey Smiley Show’

by Kimberly C. Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Comedian J. Anthony Brown co-stars on “The Rickey Smiley Show,” which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TV One.— “The Rickey Smiley Show,” which premiered on Sept. 18, had an auspicious beginning, giving TV One its “biggest debut in its history.” Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m., the sitcom, “loosely based on his own life,” stars radio host Rickey S ...

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Mike Epps Tapped to Play Richard Pryer in Upcoming Nina Simone Biopic

by Gregory Dale Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Actor Mike Epps is set to portray legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming film about jazz singer Nina Simone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia Mort wrote the script for the biopic, and the title character will be played by actress Zoe Saldana. In the film, Epps will play Pryor, who opened for Simone during their rise to ...

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Blacks and Hispanics Lost $1 Trillion in Home Equity

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Among the 10.9 million homes that went into foreclosure between 2007 and 2011, more than half of the “spillover” cost to nearby homes have led to a $1 trillion loss in home equity for African-American and Latino families., according to a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending titled, “Collateral Damage: The Spillover Costs of Foreclosures.” The report said, “Fami ...

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Movie Review: Flight

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta.  And that’s just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard. On the plane’s ascent from the Orlando, Fla. airport, he battles treacherous weather with blinding storm clouds and hurricane-like winds; h ...

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Turn Pain into Power

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist When Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, spoke at the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference, she shared some details about her son that reminded the audience both how special Trayvon was to his family and at the same time how much the happy, social high school student was like any mother’s child. “He was very affectionate. He loved to hug and kiss ...

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A Salute To General Colin Powell

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist There is abundant evidence that this will be a close contest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  Of course, the election is not really about race, religion or about a random celebrity or publicity quotient.  This election is actually about the future of the nation politically and economically as well as the global leadership of ...

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AlQaeda is Far from Dead

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist It was a great moment when our military brought Osama Bin Laden to justice.  President Obama had three opportunities before this to whack the leader of 9/11 but his advisers, including Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett convinced him not to do it for the fear of failure.  But leaders must dare to be great; caution should not be considered in daring, ...

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2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Chicago IL

Your reason for walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. More than likely, you’ve been affected by breast cancer in some way, and our Making Strides walk empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and raise funds and awaren ...

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Brother of Ravens Receiver Torrey Smith Dies in Motorcycle Crash

The brother of Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith died in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 following a motorcycle crash in Virginia, the team announced. Tevin Chris Jones, 19, died following a crash in West Moreland County, Virginia, the team said in a statement. Smith was informed of his brother’s death at approximately 1 a.m., and immediately left the team to be with his family, the Ravens said. Ra ...

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ASPIRATIONS: The Birds, the Bees… and Credit?

By Michelle Thornhill NNPA Columnist Turning 18 opens up a world of opportunity for your children. How well informed they are about new opportunities can make all the difference in their ability to make smart decisions. For many teens, opening their first credit card account is exciting. The freedom of not relying on Mom and Dad for money is alluring. However, children generally lack the foresight required ...

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