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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Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed.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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Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing College Costs

by Cary Yates Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times According to the College Board, the average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey showed that a school’s cost was the student’s fifth most im ...

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The Unbelievable Walmart

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on.  It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are.  I went running to the rest room. In April of this year, a building (Rana Plaza) collapsed in Bangladesh.  It was a building containing garment factories.  There had been evidence th ...

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Early Failures Create a Promising Future

by R. Preston Clark Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Victor J. Glover sat in one of his engineering classes at Cal State-San Luis Obispo in the late 1990s. It wasn’t going well. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, along with athletic responsibilities in football and wrestling, this class wasn’t getting the time and energy it deserved. Glover failed that class. But sometimes, fai ...

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Jesse White Brings Office Services to Taste of Chicago

Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, or conduct other transactions with his office at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth from July 10-14, 2013. White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday, July 14th when hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

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