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Celebrity Choreographer Spreads Her Message: Let It Go

                          Who doesn’t love to dance? Dancing is a release of the mind, body and soul in all parts of the world and has influenced generations through their embodiment of transformation and growth. There are no boundaries or limitations; dance doesn’t discriminate nor choose a particular group- it goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with our lo ...

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Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

               Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF addresses the audience at the recent 26th Annual TMCF Awards In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, pres ...

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Doping Shadow Falls on Popular Kenyan Running Star

                    (GIN) — A defiant Rita Jeptoo is rejecting claims by her estranged husband that she enhanced her spectacular winning running times in the Boston and Chicago marathons with a blood booster. “I feel very bad for what has happened to Rita, but I saw it coming,” said ex-husband Noah Busienei, who stated that he believes Jeptoo began doping in ...

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Sen. Lightford Addresses Harsh Disciplinary Methods

Sen. Lightford Addresses Harsh Disciplinary Methods                         This is not just a Chicago problem: Illinois leads the nation as the state with the widest racial disparities between black and white students in relation to exclusionary discipline. Based on the most recent available data, there were over 272,000 out-of-school suspensions ...

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Please and Thank You Power

Please and Thank You Power By: James Washington Special To The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly   Have you ever thought about just thanking God for being God? I mean I know at times, I must get on His last nerve and it’s just nice to know that He forgives. One of the truths that I’ve referenced before is that Jesus’ frustration with the apostles sometimes took on a whiff of righteous indignation. After all, ...

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Discrimination in Car Dealer Financing

By: Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A diverse group of civil rights leaders representing Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders have joined forces to call for major changes in auto dealer compensation. Together, the organizations are calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its rule-making authority to stop dealer markups on auto interest rates that in 2009 cost consumers $25. ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago and influence how music is sold today. Ester Fletcher, known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fletcher’ or ‘Fletch’, the owner of the longest running Black owned One Stop music business in the country has died. Bas ...

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Cosby: His Life and Times – by Mark Whitaker

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist           “[Bill] Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother… After dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first break as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniv ...

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Special to the NNPA from  Los Angeles Wave                 Pluria Marshall, Jr. Federal regulators have approved the sale of a FOX TV affiliate in Quad Cities, Iowa to longtime media executive Pluria Marshall, Jr., president and CEO of Houston-based Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), officials have announced. Marshall, also publisher of Wave Publications Group in Los ...

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Employment Outlook for Black Males Improving

By: Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent Last month’s Black unemployment rate (10.9 percent) was more than twice the White unemployment rate (4.8 percent), but when it comes to key measures in the labor market, Blacks and Latinos have experienced greater gains than Whites over the past year, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Valerie Wilson, the director of th ...

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