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ASK ALMA – Confronting an Alcoholic Friend

      Confronting an Alcoholic Friend Dear Alma,   I have a dear friend who is the sweetest, kindest person you could ever hope to know. She remembers everything you’ve ever told her, and always follows up to find out how things went. But, she’s a drinker. The last time we met for brunch, there was unlimited champagne, and she had seven or eight glasses. When we go out for dinner, she al ...

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Will you spend your rent on weave?

Will you spend your rent on weave? By Tiffani Knowles Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times With the low-income levels of Black women living in Miami’s Upper East Side and the rise of the Black natural hair movement, some question the viability of the new, luxury hair extension boutique Indique that opened in the Miami Modern district last month. Indique’s grand opening is April 11 and will have consulta ...

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Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings   According to the AJS report, more than 40 percent of Black enrollees and more than half of White enrollees didn’t know which services were covered under their health plans and which services they would pay for out-of-pocket.   Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t ...

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Part II – ‘First You Cry’: Jim Clingman, His Family, Their Faith and Their Fight

Jim Clingman and his wife Sylvia Part II - ‘First You Cry’: Jim Clingman, His Family, Their Faith and Their Fight   It was the perfect plan. After living in his native Cincinnati, Ohio for all of their 22 years of marriage, Sylvia and Jim Clingman were preparing to move to another state and start a new life. Mrs. Clingman, a neonatal intensive care nurse manager, had accepted a new job at the Greenvill ...

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Olivia’s Prayer Teams with Rush University Medical Center to Raise Awareness for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Olivia’s Prayer Teams with Rush University Medical Center to Raise Awareness for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver   In America alone, more than five million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  In Illinois, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading major cause of death.  There are more than a half million caregivers in Illinois providing over 600 million hours of unpaid and challenging services at a value of more th ...

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Sexism and Racism Take Toll on Black Women’s Health

Sexism and Racism Take Toll on Black Women’s Health   By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent The effects of living in a patriarchal, racist society measurably erode Black women’s physical and mental wellbeing, an emerging body of research finds. Over time, this steady drip of double-discrimination can lead to higher maternal mortality and lower birth weight rates, hypertension and heart disease, ...

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Educators Sentenced To Prison For Test Cheating

    Educators Sentenced To Prison For Test Cheating By David Stokes In what lasted more than two hours this morning in Day Two of sentencing, the majority of Atlanta educators found guilty of RICO statutes, along with other charges, were sentenced to prison today upon a jury finding them guilty of racketeering, false statements and false swearings in what has become not only the longest case in Georgia’s hi ...

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Chicago city council approves $5 mil settlement in police shooting

Chicago city council approves $5 mil settlement in police shooting   Wednesday, the full Chicago City Council approved a $5 million settlement Wednesday with the family of a teenager who died after being shot 16 times last October by  a Chicago Police officer. Federal prosecutors and the FBI are investigating the death of the 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who police said was swinging a knife. Chicago Co ...

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The College Mentoring Experience

The College Mentoring Experience   CME offers youth an opportunity to work with a caring mentor to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude toward their future. The long term goal of CME is to empower students to break the habits that too often impede their academic excellence and their ability to make the right life choices -- avoiding the dangers and pitfalls that plague our urban communi ...

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Attacking Economic Racism

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to define, without apology, the deadly and debilitating manifestation of racial discrimination and injustice as “economic racism.” Why are so ...

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