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“Put Down the Guns and Pick up the Cause”: Peace and Unity Rally

Leaders and young people came together to put down the guns and pick up the cause:  “Peace in the ‘Hood”.  Recently at the Allison Foundation Community Center, 4540 W. Washington ave., Rep. Derrick Smith hosted the rally that promoted peace and discussed the importance of unity, and community togetherness can benefit children and young adults.  Also in attendance was Congressman Danny K. Davis, alongside su ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch”Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” - President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American and finally it’s here. Last Tuesday,  a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowi ...

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Using Life Insurance to Solve Three Needs

By Linda Moore: Term life insurance may be used to accomplish certain business and personal objectives.  That is what some business owners have done. As an example, let’s say “John” is expanding his practice.  He has constructed a larger office and is bringing a new partner, “William,” on board who is also putting some equity into the business.  The expansion of the business activities, along with the ongoi ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began  Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, es ...

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Robert R. Taylor

Robert Robinson Taylor was an American architect; by some accounts the first accredited African American Architect in the United States. Taylor enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888, the first African American student at MIT, and was associated with Tuskegee University once called Tuskegee Institute, designing most of the buildings on campus completed prior to 1932, and even serving as s ...

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A Place for Chicago’s Underground Hip-Hop

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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