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Marijuna Dispenseries to Open on City’s South West Side

Alderman Ed Burke has been the City Council’s toughest regulator of medical marijuana however his southwest ward could see two of the city’s 13 dispensaries in his. The very powerful alderman of the 14th Ward has been a vocal supporter of very strict restrictions on the clinic but has backed two applications from new companies looking to open dispensaries on busy Archer Avenue. Maribis of Chicago and Altern ...

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Rev. Jackson: Grand Jury’s Decision Follows Historic Pattern of Injustice

By:Naimah Latif Contributing Columnist Jesse Jackson speaks at a recent press conference about the Grand Jury's decision in the  case. Standing with Rev. Jackson (L to R) Rev. Acree, Rev. Wilson and Rev. Hatch Photo By: John Alexander “Tonight is a sad commentary on the historical pattern of an unarmed black teen shot and killed and it is seen as justifiable homicide,” stated Rev. Jesse Jackson Tuesday even ...

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Chicago Set to Raise Minimum Wage to 13$

Chicago is one of the cities around the country that is attempting to bypass the state legislature and get a grip on this hot button political issue on its own. Earlier this year other cities such as Seattle voted to phase in a $15-per-hour wage. Portland, Maine, and Louisville are also reviewing the minimum wage issue. Some business owners and Republicans feel that raising the minimum wage will lead to job ...

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2014 Soul Train Awards

The 2014 Soul Train Music Awards was quite the spectacule this year. The show aired Sunday and consisted of old school reunions and moments that gave social media users quite the inspiration for chatter. Talk show host Wendy Williams served as the MC for the event, which also included an exciting performance from singer Chris Brown. The Soul train Awards were entertaining but it appears that there is a shor ...

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A Perverted View of Black on Black Crime

By: George Curry             In the aftermath of a Black teen being killed in Ferguson, Mo., former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked a simple question on the NBC television’s “Meet the Press.” Do you think that Blacks have a legitimate complaint about racial discrimination by police in their communities? After responding yes, he added: “But I think just as much if no ...

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Horrible Bosses 2: Principal Cast Reconvenes for Raunchy, Irreverent Sequel

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist                 Timing is everything, when it comes to comedy, and this sequel suffers from an acute case of terrible timing. First of all, with the Bill Cosby rape allegations figuring so prominently in the news nowadays, the last thing anybody wants to laugh at is a premise predicated upon secretly slipping a knockout pill in ...

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Are You Wasting Time?

By:Lyndia Grant Special to NNPA The lyrics from an Otis Redding song titled “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” resonated within my spirit this week. When that happens, I can assure you it’s the Lord leading, guiding and inspiring me for my upcoming column. Let’s talk about how so many of us are complacent, just watching the tide roll in and out, wasting time. We have no plans, nothing ever changes, we’re just ...

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Age Well, Please

By: James Washington Special to NNPA   As someone who has come to Christ as a mature adult, I’m challenged from time to time as ministers and bible study leaders and others of faith talk about the process of becoming a mature Christian. The challenge is in knowing what it means to mature as a person and applying some of those same principles to the maturation process as they relate to faith and knowled ...

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25 to Life – Out-of-the-Closet Documentary Chronicles Clandestine Life of Brother Hiding His HIV Status

By: Kam Williams When William Brawner was 18 months-old, his single-mom Linda left him in the care of a suspicious male babysitter against her better judgment while she went off to class at Howard University. Upon returning home, she found her baby so scalded by hot water that he needed numerous skin grafts and blood transfusions. Doctor’s didn’t buy the babysitter’s story that it was all the result of an a ...

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Beyond the Walls of Morehouse: The Redland

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer When the parents of hip hop group, The Redland sent their kids off to Morehouse College; little did they know that the institution’s rich history would invoke the passion to pursue a musical career as hip hop artists. Both Earvin Rodney (Earv) and Robert Nkosi Evans aka Kose  –members of The Redland became steadfast friends in college because of their love for music. Being b ...

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