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Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and efforts paid off financially. Great artists with great lyrics were able to break through and perform on the world stage.  From the gritty streets of New York they ar ...

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Stevie Wonder Initiates Celebrity Boycott of Florida

by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder (Courtesy Photo) It started with Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder, but celebrities of different genres have begun to boycott performances in Florida in protest of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law. The announcements come just days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the February ...

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Trayvon Inspired Obama to Act Like the First Black President

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In 2004, at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois.  He electrified the convention and created a global buzz among those who watched on TV. In 2006, I was proud to see him elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. In 2008, I was even more proud to see a Black man elected to be ...

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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, All Bets Are Off

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr today asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the United States to file for bankruptcy. This decision has wide-ranging economic and political ramifications on many levels in a city that has been ...

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CPS Announces Launch of “Reinvestment Schools” To Help Transform District’s Highest Need Schools

CHICAGO— Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that twenty-two “reinvestment schools will receive direct support from the newly created Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) to provide guidance and tools to increase these schools’ overall performance. CPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett created OS4 as an integral piece of her five-year action plan, “The Next Generation: ...

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Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

By Chinta Strausberg Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice. Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray ...

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Southern Justice Prevails Again

By Walter Smith The rights of young Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed. It’s not only a crime to drive while black; it has now become a crime to be black. If there was any hope of ridding the Black community of guns and other weapons, kiss that premise goodbye. Young black men must be prepared to meet and defeat th ...

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming but the Wait is Over

By Marc N. Johnson ©2013 Kevin “Big Rap” Brinson has the blueprint.  No, not the Jay-Z album, but the actual blueprint.  To what, you ask?  Well, he has the blueprint to success in the rap music industry.  Period. After more than twenty years of executive management for hit makers like Twista and Do or Die for Creator’s Way Associated Labels (CWAL), Big Rap is on the scene with his debut album, Long Time Co ...

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A Tribute to Independent Artists in Chicago

After releasing numerous projects featuring some of the city’s acclaimed about artists, Closed Sessions recording label presented On Our Radar: A Tribute to Independence, a weekend long showcase held at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. on July 6 and 7. Kevin Coval, Founder of Louder Than A Bomb (youth poetry festival), and Chicago author, hosted the show along with the musical accompaniment of DJ Suc ...

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A Real way to save our Mortgages

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued.  While many sectors have recovered – for example, the stock market has eclipsed pre-crisis levels and we are once again creating new jobs, albeit at too slow a rate – one ...

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