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2013 Chicago Elite Classic: 3 Chicago Public League Stars rank amongst ESPN top 100 in the nation!

The amount of high-level basketball talent coming out of Chicago is getting a little out of control. Derrick Rose went from winning back-to-back state championships at Simeon to becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history by his third season. Anthony Davis was a guard at Perspectives with only a scholarship offer from Cleveland State before a late high school growth spurt turned him into the nation’s top recru ...

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‘Tis the Season for Smart Shopping

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African-Americans’ consumer power.  And, I know those of us who are certified black-belts in the time-honored martial art of shopping, are fired up for the Black Friday super sales with our artillery of cash and/or credit cards in hand. But first, let’s breathe deeply and think about ...

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CPS Encourages Parents and Community Members to Seek Nominations to Local School Councils

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is encouraging all parents and community members to make a positive impact on student achievement by submitting their nomination for their Local School Councils (LSC) this year. Candidates have until February 26, 2014 to submit nominating forms. Elections will take place on April 7, 2014, during report card pick-up for both elementary and high schools, from 6:00 A.M. – ...

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Is America Becoming a Nation of Bullies?

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.  Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.”  American Psychological Association When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on September 9 because of bullying f ...

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DJ Sean Mac Named Global Spin Award’s “Midwest Club DJ of the Year”

(Chicago, IL) - Chicago’s own DJ Sean Mac was presented with a Global Spin Award for “Midwest Club DJ of the Year” on November 19, 2012. Trendsetter, Entrepreneur, and Pioneer are just a few words often used to describe DJ Sean Mac who’s clout is un-matched in the Midwest. He has branded himself as one of the most sought out DJs in Chicago and beyond. Whether he’s spinning alongside greats like Jazzy Jeff, ...

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Wiggins or Parker: Picking the Top Pick in the Next NBA Draft

by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk The world got a chance to see the top two NBA prospects early last week when freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker headlined a Duke-Kansas matchup, a game that Kansas ended up winning. With the top two likely choices in next spring’s NBA draft squaring off in a head-to-head tilt, scouts and college basketball fans got a first look at ...

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Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday,” attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-them ...

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Should Celebrities be Held Accountable?

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the Final Call WASHINGTON – Star power, social responsibility and controversy surfaced again over a partnership between hip hop entrepreneur Jay Z a/k/a Shawn Carter and a high-end store accused of racially profiling customers and rapper-businessman Kanye West’s appropriation of the Confederate Stars and Bars flag for a clothing line. Jay Z issued a statement No ...

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About That Car: ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith By Frank S. Washington PHOENIX – No cars, no dealers, no factory, no nothing; it is a convoluted story but that’s what BMW started with when it acquired the full rights to Rolls-Royce in 1998. The first car on BMW’s watch didn’t roll off the newly built assembly line at Goodwood, England, until 2003. But since the introduction of the Roll-Royce Phantom, the company added five more mo ...

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Millions of Americans Will Soon be Able to Access Their FICO Credit Scores For Free

Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier FICO scores are used by nearly every major lender to assess the creditworthiness of credit card and loan applicants. But these scores are mostly invisible to consumers, unless you go to FICO’s website and sign up for a subscription of $14.95 per month—a service you need to cancel within 10 days if you don’t want to be charged anything. That’s going to chan ...

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