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Merit School of Music

  MISSION: Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.   MERIT’S HISTORY: Alice Pfaelzer and Emma Endres-Kountz founded Merit School of Music in 1979 in response to the elimination of music education from Chic ...

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Sagging Pants of Today Could Hurry Hip Replacements of Tomorrow

By: Sandra Jordan Special to the NNPA: The St. Louis American     Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every one pound of weight that you gain, you put three pounds of pressure on your knees; so the opposite of that is, for every pound that you lose, you take three pounds of pressure off ...

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Eight High School Students Awarded Up To $2,000 for Contributing to Teen Health Advocacy Initiative

    Front row (l to r) Walgreens team members Francina Freeman, Reggie Johnson, FOX Chicago News Anchor Darlene Hill, Walgreens Director of Community Affairs John Gremer, Walgreens Store Managers Phebe Rogers and Vincent Sawyer. Second row (l to r) 2014 Walgreens Expressions Challenge Winners Antwon Funches, Mariam Keita, Courtney Pugh, Lashaunta Moore, Cystal Woods, Manuel Espinoza, Terrance Blac ...

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25th Annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast Pushes Empowerment Through Education

BY: NIMAH LATIF STAFF WRITER Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fourth grader Nazeeh Shahid a winner in the recent PUSH Excel Oratorical Competition. Photo by: John L. Alexander The release of the movie Selma and the protest of racial violence in Ferguson and other cities across the country provided the backdrop for the discussion at this year’s 25th Anniversary of the PUSH Excel Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship ...

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With ‘No More Campaigns to Run,’ Obama Refuses to Back Down

By: George Curry NNPA COLUMNIST                     The strongest line in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night was adlibbed. When he said toward the end of his one-hour speech, “I have no more campaigns to run,” Republicans laughed. He quickly shot back, “I know because I won both of them.” That brief exchange tells us what we can expec ...

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2015 Toyota Sienna

            Minivans are a tough sell. They might be the lone vehicle in the market that consumers buy because they have to, not because they want one. And usually, it takes a second child to force the purchase. With the advent of crossover vehicles, minivan sales have been on the decline for years. They’ve dropped by almost two-thirds since 2000. A number of manufacturers, inc ...

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Find Meaning in Everything

By: Lyndia Grant Special to The NNPA From the Washington Informer Find Meaning in Everything Look at life as your textbook and begin to learn from everything that happens. Your quality of life will be tremendously improved as a result of this new way of thinking. Rather than thinking you didn’t do very well on an exam for your college course, here is your chance to prove to yourself that you can do better. ...

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Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch Passes at 72

              Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, according to reports. Credited as “the father of modern gospel music,” his career spanned over 50 years. He was 72. Crouch died Thursday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California almost a week after he was hospitalized for a heart attack. In December he was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure ...

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Straight from the – “Hart”

                Kevin Hart might be the hardest working man in Hollywood. Just last year, he starred in a trio of feature films: Ride Along, About Last Night and Think like a Man Too, and enjoyed supporting roles in Top Five and School Dance, too. Meanwhile, he has his hit TV show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, for which he won the NAACP Image Award in the Best Actor in ...

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Walacam Tv Spotlight – Big Sexy

                  As I sit back in my chair preparing to write this article, I had to ask myself if DJ Maine a.k.a “Big Sexy” really understands what he means to young men and woman dealing with weight issues in America? When I first came across his video online I was instantly memorized by his ability to use his obvious weight issues to gain your immediate atten ...

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