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Pastor Ronald’s 14Th Year Anniversary

Pastor Ronald Watkins recently celebrated his 14 year anniversary as pastor of Abundant Life Faith Ministries. Pastor Ronald Watkins grew up in Chicago, Illinois in a Christian home.  He attended church faithfully under the leadership of his father the late Reverend Dr. Grady Watkins of Greater New Macedonia MB Church on the Westside of Chicago.  Under that influence, Pastor Ronald Watkins accepted Jesus Ch ...

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Do You Understand the Words That Are Coming Out of My Mouth???

The few instances I recall being reprimanded in school occurred because I didn’t know how to control and/or filter what came out of my mouth, or a combination of how my ‘feelings’ made me feel and what came out of my mouth. I remember early on in school I had a sit down with the principal who forbade me from informing my classmates of their illegitimate birth. For some reason my six year old self loved the ...

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Ayanna Gregory Pays Homage to Father, Trailblazing Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory

by Ariel Medley Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper  “Daughter of the Struggle”, a one woman play about her life as one of 10 children growing up with Dick Gregory as her father, told through a series of recollections and songs. (Courtesy Photo) Ayanna Gregory, daughter of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, embraced her father on stage at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts C ...

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Credit CARD Act Saves Consumers Billions

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist With 71 percent of consumers having at least one credit card, new research findings from two different sources show that the Credit CARD Act, enacted in 2009, is working. The only difference between the reports is just how much consumers are benefitting. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the total cost of credit declined by two percentage points ...

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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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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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“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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