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A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have seen those men and women who decide to forego pain medication in favor of some ...

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Time to Reform Horse and Buggy Debt Collector Laws

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist An adage advises that one man’s pain is another man’s gain. As consumers nationwide struggle to recover financially from the Great Recession, this adage is also a truism. Across the country, creditors and debt collectors are taking advantage of archaic laws to extract payments that satisfy court judgments for consumer debts. Depending upon a given state’s exemption laws, g ...

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Obama’s Showdown with ‘Teapublicans’ is Just Beginning

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Believe it or not, President Obama’s decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans – a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots – in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part. Next comes the real fireworks over the budget. And, judging from the past, the Democrats are  likely to wave the white flag of surrender, ...

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A Misguided Big Mac Attack

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Two weeks ago, I was sent a video of a Hispanic woman interrupting a speech by Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA. He was giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Nancy Salgado, the Hispanic woman in question, became Exhibit A for what’s gone wrong in today’s workforce: rudeness and what the Bible calls slothfulness. Salgado is a 26-year-old cashier at ...

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‘12 Years a Slave’ Movie Hits Home

By Alveda King Recently I joined members of my family to view the new movie “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyongo’o, and an overall stunningly talented cast. Warning: film contains visually graphic images, violence, and some nudity. While I actually wasn’t emotionally prepared to see the movie, I am convinced that it should be considered an esse ...

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Ruben Studdard Could Be The Biggest Loser

by Michael McGee Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner Singer Ruben Studdard joins cast of The Biggest Loser. NBC In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums – with a sixth on the way, toured the world, and has seen his recordings go gold and platinum. During this time, the 35-year-old Studdard has also packed on ex ...

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Chicago Divas Make History in TLC Movie

By: Carl West Drew Sidora Jordan is an actress and singer known for her recurring role as Chantel in the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven, and as Lucy Avila in the 2006 movie Step Up. She is also noted for portraying a fictionalized version of herself on the BET comedy-drama television series The Game. Drew has also recorded one studio album for download. Coming from Chicago, she knows how tough it is ...

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Is the Safe Passage Truly Safe?

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer Two months into the school year and the palate for CPS’ Safe Passage is organized and seemingly consistent.  CPS has gone through numerous changes in closing old schools and opening new schools with a prepared Five Year District Action Plan called, “The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children”. Chicagoans get to witness and be a part of the new CPS structures.  Last year Chic ...

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What’s in our Shopping Carts?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African-American consumers. The latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down:  Our annual retail spending makes up 87 ...

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Annual Woman Against Domestic Violence Rally

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The pews at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa were filled with ladies in purple.  Balloons and purple banners decorated the sanctuary as residents and city officials came together for Ald. Deborah Graham’s annual Women Against Domestic Violence. October represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month and domestic violence prevention advocates provided Chicagoans with usefu ...

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