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Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National M ...

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé Top Celebrity Couples Earning List with $95M

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Beyonce and Jay-Z Forbes has released its list of this year’s highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap. Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes’ celebrity couples list ...

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On Fatherhood: Floyd Mayweather Sr. Speaks

by Ja’han Jones Special to the NNPA from The Arizona Informant Fatherhood is an interesting gift, because it is just as much a gift to the giver as it is to the recipient. The father showers love unto his son, and in return, he is rewarded with a pupil, the most loyal of friends, and a seed to be imparted upon and carry on the father’s legacy. The son casts love up to his father, and in return,he is rewarde ...

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Lessons of ‘The Butler’ Still Relevant Today

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Everything you are and everything you have is because of that butler.” Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil Gaines as played by Oprah Winfrey in “The Butler.” We tend to think of politicians, pundits and school books as the great troubadours of history and shapers of public opinion. But when a movie such as Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” comes along, we are reminded that nothing moves t ...

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Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws. Speaking at the CBC Foundation Dinner Saturday night, Obama said, “We ca ...

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The 16th Annual Chicago Football Classic

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Shooting of Unarmed Black in N.C. called ‘Murder’

By Cash Michaels Special from to the NNPA from The Carolinian CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP says the tragic death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a White Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer nearly two weeks ago was not voluntary manslaughter as formally charged, but “murder.” Rev. Kojo Nantambu, chapter president, said, “This [police officer], to me, executed th ...

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The Grand Re-Opening of the McDonald’s on Madison and Lavergne

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The McDonald’s restaurant at 5015 W. Madison Street has been restored, refurbished and revamped.  State and local officials, lawmakers, and residents attended the unveiling of the remodeled business Friday, Sept 6 followed by the grand re-opening on Sept 7. The over $2 million establishment is the first McDonald’s on the west side to get this change.  The original McDonal ...

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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Congress is Eating Away at Food Stamps

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Steven and Laurie, a White married couple that lives near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store.  She is a cashier; he works in the storeroom.  Each earns about $9 an hour but neither works 40 hours a week.  Indeed, they are lucky to pull 40 hours a week combined.  Sometimes weeks they are fortunate enough to pull 45 hours a week between them.  Some weeks their combined ...

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