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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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Exclusive: Win A Recording Session With Timbaland Courtesy Of Lenovo & Microsoft’s

Exclusive: Win A Recording Session With Timbaland Courtesy Of Lenovo & Microsoft’s #TeamUp With Timbaland Song Contest Enter the Team Up With Timbaland Song Contest – a once in a lifetime opportunity to unleash the hidden superstar in all of us. The contest kicks off on August 18th and offers participants the chance to hit the studio to record and curate music with the super-producer Timbaland – all cou ...

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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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ABLE Act Could Help Disabled To Save

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As of 2006, more than 2.4 million African Americans receiving Social Security benefits are disabled, or are the spouses or children of disabled, retired, or deceased workers. A new piece of legislation is poised to help address the rising cost of disability, without jeopardizing existing social service benefits. If enacted, the Achievi ...

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Rap Duo Mobb Deep Makes a Stunning Return

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Almost 20 years after the New York City-based, dark, underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep released their sophomore full-length album, “The Infamous,” the group is taking a full circle approach to their 2014 album, “The Infamous Mobb Deep.” Although Mobb Deep did not receive as much mainstream attention as Nas, the gritty, poetic nature of “The Infamous” is c ...

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Grace and Mercy

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous Presence.” - Christopher Columbus Forward Thinkers the bible warns us that our life span would be short but full of tr ...

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