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Muslim Lives Matter, Too

By: Bill Fletcher NNPA COLUMNIST   Within days of the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., a crazed gunman shot several people in Copenhagen, allegedly targeting an illustrator who caricaturized the Prophet Muhammad. One could not have contrasted the media’s response more starkly. In the case of the Chapel Hill killings, it took a near Twitter uprising to gain the attention of the mainstream ...

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Poverty Doesn’t Have to be a State of Mind

By: Julianne Malveaux NNPA COLUMNIST   Photo by: Pamela Jones The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than one in 10 Whites are poor; more than one in four African Americans and Latinos are poor. Differences in ...

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New Mentoring Program in Austin – “COLLEGE MENTORING EXPERIENCE”

Founder and Executive Director, Bernard Lilly sharing a moment with a teen participant of the College Mentoring Experience event.   On Saturday January 3, 2015, The College Mentoring Experience, Inc. (CME) hosted their first Mentor match-up event at By the Hand Club located at 415 N. Laramie Chicago, IL. The College Mentoring Experience, Inc is a new mentoring program that was founded in the Austin area by ...

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PUSH Excel Youth Oratory Contest Winners Promote World Peace

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of all the starving children around the world whose voices too often go unheard. I am here to speak for all the animals dying across our planet, because there is nowhere left for them to go.” So declared the impassioned voice of 7th grader Zarifah Shahid as part of her presentation of the speech “The Girl Who Silenced the United N ...

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Bobby Shmurda Arrested on Drugs, Murder Charges

Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda pleaded not guilty on murder and drug charges last Thursday. The Brooklyn rapper gained fame after his “Shmoney” dance went viral on the internet and social media with more than 70 million views. Shmurda was held in lieu of a $2 million bail. Bobby Shmurda, who’s real name is Ackquille Pollard, was charged with his GS9 group members group GS9. The street gang is linked to a ser ...

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Time to Reform the ‘Thug’ Image of Hip Hop

One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice.  First, because, I Can’t Breathe.  I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I have been saying all along is the Hip Hop’s Dilemma – the common distasteful physical, emotional and/or mental trauma people are ...

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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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Saint Sabina’s 5th ‘Operation Hope’ free hot dinner giveaway set

By:Chinta Strausberg Contributing Writer             In just two-weeks, the fifth “Operation Hope” will come to the Auburn Gresham community and an expected 2,000 people will once again wrap around the popular BJ’s Market & Bakery at 79th and Racine where Father Michael L. Pfleger, executives from the Johnson Publishing Company and other V.I.P.’s will pass out free, home-co ...

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Time for Black Democrats to Switch

By: George Curry NNPA COLUMNIST       The midterm elections are over, the final numbers are in and they don’t look pretty if you’re a progressive. So, I am going to propose something our national African American leaders should have suggested a long time ago: It’s time for us to switch. No, not to the Republican Party. That  would be tantamount to drinking Jim Jones Kool-Aid (Young people, Go ...

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Crime: Former Teacher, Coach Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Female Student

              Bridgforth CHICAGO—A former south suburban school teacher and coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Idris Bridgeforth, 42, of Riverdale, was previously convicted after a bench trial of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 F ...

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