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Peace Corner Youth Center in the Austin Community an Open House for the Community

A youth facility that has been on the Westside of Chicago for years is growing and continuing to progress their services offered to the community.  The Peace Corner Youth Center, 5022 W. Madison, held an open house, Saturday June 15 to show the community their facility and to inform them on their current and future program available to youth. The open house started at 3:00 p.m. and while snacks were offered ...

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The Austin Area Juneteenth Celebration

The Westside Historical Society and Austin Weekly News co-sponsored the 2013 Juneteenth Festival at The Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., from June 14 to the 16.  The three-day event included a parade, gospel celebration, as well as stage performances and local merchant vendors. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States ...

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Oscar Johnson A Father to Many

By: Tony Collins As it is true for most professions, the passing of time comes with the introduction of new methods and techniques. It is just as nice to find a doctor who will perform house calls, as it is to find a barber who still uses a straight razor to give a shave. Master barber, Oscar Johnson has been cutting hair, professionally, for 50 years. He considers the use of the straight razor not as an ol ...

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CRIME PAYS – LITERALLY

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist A recent report by Jason Jenkins, Investment U Research, shows that private prisons are earning even more money via warehousing prisoners and by establishing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) with the land upon which their prisons are built.  Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group, the two largest private prison firms, own 75 percent of the for-profit prison ...

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Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May Be Facing New Challenges

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics. The latest to feel public pressure is former prison guard-turned rapper Rick Ross, who also uses a former drug trafficker’s name. He recently apologized for controversial rape ly ...

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‘The Couple’ Reveals Honest Portait of Black Love

by Nicole Williams Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel If there ever was a show that positively represented the elements of what Black relationships should be, then YouTube sensation ‘The Couple’ is that show. ‘The Couple’ is apart of Black and Sexy TV, a network that was created by Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch. According to its website, it is “a network established to provide viewing audien ...

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Moving ‘Up’ Isn’t as Easy as You Might Think

By Krissy Clark Special to the NNPA from Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk Squirrels. If you have lived in a middle-class neighborhood for most of your life, you might take them for granted. But when Valerie Love and her 12-year-old daughter Jada recently moved to Albany Park on the north side of Chicago, squirrels were the first things they noticed. Jada remembers how her mom began throwing jelly beans t ...

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One Summer Chicago Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that more than 18,000 Chicago young adults ages 16 to 24 will gain valuable job training and work experience this summer as part of 2013’s One Summer Chicago program. Additionally, over 190,000 opportunities to participate in educational and recreational opportunities will be made available for young Chicagoans, ages 6 to 24 ...

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Gov. Quinn to Eliminate Criminal Background Question On State Employment Applications

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has tried for years to remove criminal background pre-screening questions on state employment applications, and on April 17, a letter from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office indicated that is happening. Gary Hannig, Quinn’s director of legislative affairs, informs the Austin lawmaker in the letter that Quinn will issue an executive order removing these type of questions. “People who have ...

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Who Speaks For Who?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from time to time: “Who speaks for me?” A poll, commissioned by BET Founder Robert L. Johnson asked: “Who speaks for you?” The response: 40 percent of African Americans surveyed ...

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