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The Curie Condors will Play in the 2014 IHSA state playoffs

Kansas recruit Cliff Alexander and his nationally-ranked Curie boys’ basketball team may have an 0-25 record and been stripped of its Chicago Public League title, but they will still enter Illinois’ 4A state tournament as one of its top seeds. In one of the more bizarre prep basketball rulings you’ll see, the Illinois High School Association cleared Curie to play in its first playoff game on Tuesday night. ...

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’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Oscar for Best Film; Lupita Nyong’o Nabs Best Supporting Actress Award

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress on March 2 for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” her first role in a feature film. The captivating 2013 drama “12 Years a Slave,” a harrowing tale of a freed Black man kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s, won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night in Los Angeles, capping an even ...

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Whitaker’s Wonderful Wit and Wisdom

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Forest Whitaker, in a scene from his new film Repentance, portrays the grief of his character, Angel Sanchez. Photo by Patti Perrett (Courtesy Photo/Rottentomatoes.com) Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and since ...

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New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members

This year’s nominees are diverse, but the people who vote for the Oscars are not. Cheryl Boone In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be an exclusive club that is 93 percent white, 76 percent male, with an average age of 63, “I think people assumed the Academy was pretty homogeneous, and it turned out it was even more so than the worst assumptions,” says journalist John Horn. ...

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The 1st annual Black History Museum Project

The 1st annual Black History Museum project was the brainchild of Shilanda Hall, a Parent Advocate employee who works for the “Center for College Access and Success” formerly known as the Chicago Teachers’ Center of Northeastern Illinois University. Michele Clark’s counselor, Ms. Joyce Jordan and the program Manger of GEAR UP, Rhonda Thomas spearheaded the idea of showcasing the Michele Clark students’ tale ...

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My Brothers Keeper: Obama Tries to Add Substance to Black Male Initiative

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – No one had seen President Obama more emotional than last week when announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” a new initiative aimed at helping young Black men. He spoke from the heart, recounting the pain of not having his father in the home and not always putting his best foot forward. Attention now shifts from an emotional announcement to follow-up ...

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Chicago’s “Neighborhood Heroes” Take A Bow During Black History Month

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2014) – Diane Latiker, a mother of eight and grandmother to 13, began her outreach by opening her home as a safe haven to kids on the block. Her compassion to help a few has created an award-winning non-profit organization, “Kids off the Block,” dedicated to providing more than 1,500 young people positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system. Tod ...

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The Grammys: Were We (Africans Americans) Really There or Covered Fairly?

by Brandon I. Brooks Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel As the 2014, 56th Annual Grammy Awards came to a close in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday the night, it left me with mixed reactions – some great moments, some snubs of legends and the public’s gasping reaction to the multiple same sex marriage ceremony that seemed to overshadow the ultimate purpose of the awards. Twitter feeds and soci ...

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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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Angelou’s Tribute to Mandela to be Soon Published as Book

by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Maya Angelou, one of America’s leading poets, wrote a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela that has recently been published. (Photo Credit/Dwight Carter) Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” will be preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month. “I’m delighted, ...

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