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Oprah Winfrey Network Strikes Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership with Tyler Perry

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Oct 1, an exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry, the award winning actor, director, screenwriter, playwright and producer, to become his singular destination for all new television series and projects, including two new scripted series for the network to premiere in mid 2013. These will be the first original scripted series for OWN, and Perry will executive prod ...

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Oppurtunity Is Knocking for Columbus Park Chargers

The Columbus Park Chicago Chargers Youth football and Cheer (CCYP) youth have all worked hard for 8 months; the kids are all having a great season. All 5 CCYP teams are winning, four are 5-2 and heading to the playoffs with intentions on making it to the national championship and one level is 7-0 and is already eligible to compete at the UYFL National Championship in Tampa bay, Florida from December 1st – 8 ...

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Mayor Meets With Ed Gardner and Promises To Hire Blacks

By Chinta Strausberg In a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday, business icon Ed Gardner averted a mass protest on City Hall and emerged from the mayor’s office “some what optimistic” that African Americans will be included on construction sites throughout Chicago. Accompanied by his long-time friend and confidante, Carl McFerren, Gardner, who said last Saturday if he had not heard from the mayor he woul ...

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Discover Card Must Refund 200$ Million for ‘Deceptive’ Marketing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist For the second time this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken strong enforcement steps against deceptive marketing practices. Through CFPB’s joint enforcement action with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), more than 3.5 million consumers with Discover Card accounts will receive approximately $200 million. Restitution will be awarde ...

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Rap Legend MC Lyte Unstoppable

by Starla Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Lana Michele “MC Lyte” Moorer burst on the rap scene in the late 1980s, and immediately established herself as one of the best female emcees in the game and one of the most popular. She was the first female rap artist to release a full length solo album, be nominated for a Grammy award and to be inducted into VH-1’s Hip Hop Honors. Never one to be o ...

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Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Under Obama

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After receiving poor marks for his performance in his nationally-televised debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama received a much-needed boost from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report showing that unemployment fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest it has been in nearly four years. The September rep ...

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Film Review: The Paperboy

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has enlisted and army of A-list actors in his screen adaptation of The Paperboy, Pete Dexter’s Deep South Florida bayou crime novel. Daniels should personally thank David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Their performances give this crude, misguided and deranged Cat on a Hot Tin Roof-wannabe a few redeeming qualities. ...

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Photo ID Laws Could Disenfranchise Black Youth

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly half a million young Blacks face a tough choice as the November 6 presidential election approaches: either get a new, government-issued photo identification or don’t vote. In “Turning Back the Clock on Voting Rights,” the Black Youth Project, a group that fosters political and civil engagement among young African Americans, outlined h ...

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Beware of Mortage Scams-Before It’s Too Late

By Marie Day Residential Mortgage Default Servicing and Community Outreach Executive Wells Fargo The economy has had a detrimental effect on homeownership. Unemployment andunderemployment have made it tough for many homeowners to maintain current mortgagepayments. In attempts to get assistance and avoid foreclosure, vulnerable homeowners becomeprime targets for scam artists who are taking advantage of peopl ...

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Companies Continue To Insult Black Consumers

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When I was in the process of reading and writing about Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s report on African-American buying power for this week’s Black newspapers, I was reminded of how many top companies continue to take advantage of Black consumers while providing little, if anything, in return. They are not the only ones at fault – so are we. Peo ...

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