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Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years:

                        Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years: Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell, Nona Hendryx, Leela James, Liz Wright Performs at Pearl Fest Chicago Little Black Pearl celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the organization’s annual outdoor Pearl Fest which was held this past weekend at 31st Street Beach.  Featuring ...

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Our Champions, Our Young Men:

Chicago Celebrates JRW Homecoming BY: CARLOS FREYTES, JR. The City of Chicago held a victory celebration for Jackie Robinson West, the Little League Team that defied the odds again and again, winning the American side of the Little League World Series playoffs.  Though they eventually fell to the impressive team from Seoul, South Korea, Jackie Robinson West will be remembered for its resilience against form ...

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ON THE DRIVE – 2015 HYUNDAI SONATA

BY FRANK S. WASHINGTON NNPA COLUMNIST The Sonata is Hyundai’s second best-selling model and that is by a silvery thin 2 percentage points. So whenever the Korean automaker changes the car it is done with great care and great planning. For the 2015 model year, Hyundai wants to broaden the Sonata’s customer base and bring it in line as the automaker moves to a more familial appearance for all of its vehicles. ...

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8th Global Mixx Music & Film Forum: A Gathering of the Minds in Chicago

  BY MARY L. DATCHER STAFF WRITER   The 8th Annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was held over the weekend targeting people in film, music, marketing and production within the urban entertainment community in Chicago. Kicking off on Saturday, aspiring filmmakers got to experience a day of panel discussions by key industry leaders from around the country and Chicago based filmmakers. Cinespace ...

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Brownstone, 112, Teresa Griffin heats up the stage at Westside Music Fest

R&B group Brownstone performing                 Teresa Griffin                 Carolyn Lee-Interscope Records / And V103'S Consuella hosts Chicago Westside Music Festival R&B group 112     BY MARY DATCHER STAFF WRITER The Westside had a special treat this past weekend as it celebrated Congressman Danny K. Davis ...

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Ebola Virus: A Threat to Humanity

BY HERB BOYD Special to the NNPA FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS     The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality. Tuesday, a Spanish missionary who contracted the disease while working in West Africa died in a hospital in Madrid. With that lead out of the way, as when two Americans were returned from West Africa last ...

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Practice What You Preach

    BY PRISCILA POWELL STAFF COLUMNIST   As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you sim ...

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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge. Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate ...

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Ending the Payday Lending Debt Trap

      By Charlene Crowell   NNPA Columnist In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention. From prosecutors filing criminal charges, to grassroots activists gathering support for strong federal rules, and cable television personalities pokin ...

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                        Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes? Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of the ...

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