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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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“Dream Big” We are all God’s Children

By: Pastor Ron Winston Zion Rock Missionary Baptist Church Greetings my brothers and sisters.   I Thank God in advance for you taking the time out of your schedule to receive this message on Thinking Big. Several months ago, the Lord laid it on my heart to teach the people on Thinking Big, Talking Big and Dreaming Big.  One writer said, if you’re going to think, why not think big! Every human creature God m ...

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Republican Antics Discourage Talented Workers

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I keep hoping that I can stop writing about the federal government shutdown/lockout.  Hopefully, when you read this, it will all be over. But even when it’s over, it won’t be over. Case in point: I have a friend who works for the federal government.  What she and many of her colleagues are wondering, in addition to when the shutdown/lockout will end, is whether there wil ...

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An Open Letter to House Speaker Boehner

By Stephanie J. Jones NNPA Columnist Dear Speaker Boehner: It’s hard to know whether to feel pity or disgust for you as we watch you whine, bellow, threaten and renege your way through a government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that you easily could end by behaving like the Speaker of the House, not the spokesman for the Tea Party Caucus.  Your inability and/or unwillingness to put the well-being of the ...

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Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats defeated repeated efforts over the past two weeks by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health car ...

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Word oF Mouth

CTA Ventra Information •Do you have questions about the new Ventra card? •Do you have a balance on an old CTA card? •Have you not received your new Ventra card in the mail? •Do you know a senior citizen who has questions about the new Ventra card? •Do you have questions about the new Ventra Card? CTA will be holding a meeting to transfer balances from old CTA cards and answer any questions about the new Ven ...

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The Light Café is not Your Average Café

By: Jazmyne Walker Restaurant WCW Staff Writer In a familiar west side area of Chicago, The Light Café peacefully sits at 4015 W. Harrison Ave.  The Light Café opened in 2011 and, since then, has been known to serve more than just pastries and coffee.  They serve breakfast and lunch with a side of inspiration for the community, by the community. “We are more than a restaurant [but] a ray of hope in the comm ...

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