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State Rep. Art Turner Sponsors Creative Artists Town Hall

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The West Side of Chicago best known for its radical movement in politics, the inception of the Conservative Vice Lords and the street influenced style of Hip Hop music. Artists such as Da Brat, the first female Hip Hop artist to go platinum wit ...

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Congressman Danny K. Davis: Ex-Offenders Can Vote

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer             Just recently Congressman Danny K. Davis hosted a press conference on the West Side at the Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center to bring awareness of voting rights for ex-offenders and inmates that are currently incarcerated. Joining him was a group of key community organizations including TASC, Men and Women Prison Ministries a ...

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Should Pastors Get Involved – in Politics?

By: Valerie F. Leonard               I believe that ministers should be engaged in the civic activities of communities, educating their congregations about issues and providing a forum through which ideas may be shared. Churches should be relevant to their congregations and local communities without compromising their roles in being the “salt of the earth”, so to speak. Pu ...

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Gina the Dreamer – Gina Prince-Bythewood Interview: The “Beyond the Lights”

By: Kam Williams Columnist                                                   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with th ...

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President Obama Visits Chicago: Encourages Early Voting

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The arrival of the United States President has become a regular routine for many South Side residents as expressway entrance and exits are blocked with the flashing lights of the CPD vehicles.  His official caravan is familiar as it rides throu ...

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Prostate and Breast Cancers: More Similar Than You’d Think

It’s rare to find the words “prostate cancer” and “breast cancer” in the same sentence. After all, one (prostate cancer) affects only men. The other affects mostly women. But despite their differences, the two diseases actually have a lot in common, particularly in the way those diagnosed with either one evaluate their options and make decisions about treatment. Jim Morning, of Dover, Delaware, got used to ...

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Staying Alive Longer: Medicaid Gets a Facelift

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer     Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, MD, Chairman and CEO of Next Level Health has been awarded the largest African American and Minority owned contract by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide care coordination to seniors, persons with disabilities, childless adults and newly insured African American and Hispanic men who now have Medicaid in Coo ...

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A Mother’s Mission: Combating Domestic Violence – Part 2

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer               Struggling on the financial side and seeking assistance; Nova soon realized she was pregnant with their second child-Ava. Although, Loni felt that the support of family would be enough to sustain and help Nova through the hurdles she faced as a single Mom; the decision to approach Curry for child support was necessary. At the ...

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Ald. Thompson and Obudsman opens third school on South Side

    Alderman JoAnn Thompson celebrates with Ombudsman Chicago students and staff during a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the grand opening of Ombudsman’s third Chicago Options School. Ombudsman Chicago offers teens a second chance at achieving academic success and building a bright future as they work toward earning a CPS diploma. Ombudsman offers open enrollment throughout the school year and i ...

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Gary Serial Killer Caught: Seven Women Found Dead

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                       Darren D. Vann        1. Anith Jones, Anith Jones, 35 of Merriville, IN 2. Afrikka Hardy, 19, body found in Motel 6 3. Teaira Batey, of St. Paul, MN. A man was charged with the murder of 19-year old Afrikka Hardy and suspected in the deaths of six other women was in court on Wednesday ...

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