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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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An ‘Open Secret’: Catholic Sexual Abuse in the Black Community

by Ashahed M. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Attorney Jeff Anderson, left, places his hand on the files of Catholic priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the Archdiocese of Chicago, prior to a news conference, Jan. 21, in Chicago. Joining Anderson is Attorney Marc Pearlman. Photo: AP/Wide World photos CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Files released by the Chicago Catholic Archdio ...

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Babyface Talks Creative Process with Oprah

by Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Oprah Winfrey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” — Photo/courtsey OWN With over half a billion records sold, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, among the premier songwriter/producers in the recording industry, is responsible for a multitude of hits, including classics by Toni Braxton, After 7, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Are ...

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“Women of Power” Networking Breakfast

Keynote Speaker Rashada Whitehead, President & CEO – Flowers Communications Group Chicago, IL (November 22, 2013): As Chicago ushers in the winter holidays, professionals from around the city and diverse industries will gather together on “#Giving Tuesday” for Dress for Success Worldwide – Central’s 3rd annual fundraising event: Women of Power networking breakfast being held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 ...

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Father Pfleger Appeals To Business Community To Hire Youth

By Chinta Strausberg Flanked by scores of unemployed youth each holding a copy of their resume, Father Michael L. Pfleger Monday held a press conference at the Saint Sabina Church calling on businesses to give young men and women a chance by hiring them and not use a record as an excuse to exclude them; rather let it be a stepping stone for their future. “We have seen a decrease in violence in the city of C ...

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Obama Praises Mandela as ‘Great Liberator’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief SOWETO, South Africa (NNPA) – President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black elected president, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and thanked the grieving nation for sharing their beloved former leader with the rest of the world. Speaking Tuesday at a rain-soaked memorial service here attended by nearly 100 current and form ...

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