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8th Global Mixx Music & Film Forum: A Gathering of the Minds in Chicago

  BY MARY L. DATCHER STAFF WRITER   The 8th Annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was held over the weekend targeting people in film, music, marketing and production within the urban entertainment community in Chicago. Kicking off on Saturday, aspiring filmmakers got to experience a day of panel discussions by key industry leaders from around the country and Chicago based filmmakers. Cinespace ...

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Brownstone, 112, Teresa Griffin heats up the stage at Westside Music Fest

R&B group Brownstone performing                 Teresa Griffin                 Carolyn Lee-Interscope Records / And V103'S Consuella hosts Chicago Westside Music Festival R&B group 112     BY MARY DATCHER STAFF WRITER The Westside had a special treat this past weekend as it celebrated Congressman Danny K. Davis ...

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Ebola Virus: A Threat to Humanity

BY HERB BOYD Special to the NNPA FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS     The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality. Tuesday, a Spanish missionary who contracted the disease while working in West Africa died in a hospital in Madrid. With that lead out of the way, as when two Americans were returned from West Africa last ...

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Practice What You Preach

    BY PRISCILA POWELL STAFF COLUMNIST   As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you sim ...

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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge. Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate ...

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Ending the Payday Lending Debt Trap

              By Charlene Crowell   NNPA Columnist In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention. From prosecutors filing criminal charges, to grassroots activists gathering support for strong federal rules, and cable te ...

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                        Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes? Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of the ...

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Don’t Shoot “Hands Up!”

Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Hundreds of protesters march down South Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, Mo. protesting police brutality by their department Monday morning. Michael Brown an 18 year-old unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer two weeks ago. Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap Half of Ferguson Homes Underwater On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was ...

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Mental Illness is Our Dirty Litle Secret

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I’m tired, my sisterfriend says.  I don’t know how much longer I can hold on.  As I hear her I have a couple of choices.  One is to tell her to get with her pastor and pray; the other is to tell her to get real with her illness.  Running her to her pastor takes her to a familiar place. Pushing her to help takes her out of her comfort zone.  When my beloved brothers and si ...

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Schools More Segregated Now than Three Decades Ago

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago. And there are no indications that things are likely to change for the better in the foreseeable future. A report by the Ec ...

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