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Program Returns Foreclosed Borrowers to Homeownership

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the aftermath of more than 2.5 million foreclosures, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is now offering a homeownership program that will put previously troubled borrowers on a fast-tracked return to the home ownership market. The new program, known as “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstance,” cuts the standard three-year waiting period to only 12 months. Accordi ...

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Jobs and Freedom Still Needed

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist On Saturday August 24 and Wednesday, August 28, tens of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 1963 March on Washington and the Movement that brought America into the modern age. Speaker after speaker — including three American presidents who declared they owed their presidencies to the societal changes the Movement made possible – urged America ...

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How to Get a Job Out of College

Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Given today’s unemployment rate for new graduates, finding your dream job often requires understanding what employers are looking for and a bit of patience, plus some of your own proactive steps. Following these tips can help you get started to find that first job. Prepare your resume To write a good resume, gather information on your graduation status, ski ...

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Getting Ready for the Third Reconstruction

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On August 27, 1963, the day before the historic March on Washington, one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century passed away in his exile home of Ghana.  Having been driven out of the U.S.A. through the endless harassment and hounding by the Us.S. government, DuBois,  the noted scholar, activist and leading Pan Africanist, was provided a home in Ghana by its Preside ...

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City’s Reward Program Goes Live to Help End Illegal and Hazardous Dumping

CHICAGO – (September 4) Residents and authorities have a new tool in helping to end illegal dumping in Chicago, and that tool is ready for use.  In May of this year, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance creating a two-year pilot program that rewards residents with a $100 for providing information leading to an illegal dumping conviction.  On August 5th, the City of Chicago’s 311 Center went live wit ...

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50th Anniversary March on Washington: Freedom Party

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The Hip-Hop Caucus hosted their 1st event, The 50th Anniversary March on Washington: Freedom Party at The Salon Heaven, 1505 S. Michigan Ave. Wednesday August 28.  Live music, old school and new was offered by DJ Mike and, although special guest Malik Yusef was unable to attend, Chicago MC, Tijatta “Anyialation” Williams was there to keep guests live and active.  Free bev ...

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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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