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Chicago Divas Make History in TLC Movie

By: Carl West Drew Sidora Jordan is an actress and singer known for her recurring role as Chantel in the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven, and as Lucy Avila in the 2006 movie Step Up. She is also noted for portraying a fictionalized version of herself on the BET comedy-drama television series The Game. Drew has also recorded one studio album for download. Coming from Chicago, she knows how tough it is ...

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé Top Celebrity Couples Earning List with $95M

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Beyonce and Jay-Z Forbes has released its list of this year’s highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap. Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes’ celebrity couples list ...

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On Fatherhood: Floyd Mayweather Sr. Speaks

by Ja’han Jones Special to the NNPA from The Arizona Informant Fatherhood is an interesting gift, because it is just as much a gift to the giver as it is to the recipient. The father showers love unto his son, and in return, he is rewarded with a pupil, the most loyal of friends, and a seed to be imparted upon and carry on the father’s legacy. The son casts love up to his father, and in return,he is rewarde ...

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Lessons of ‘The Butler’ Still Relevant Today

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Everything you are and everything you have is because of that butler.” Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil Gaines as played by Oprah Winfrey in “The Butler.” We tend to think of politicians, pundits and school books as the great troubadours of history and shapers of public opinion. But when a movie such as Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” comes along, we are reminded that nothing moves t ...

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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall on the premiere of “Arsenio.” By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. I couldn’t believe how excited I was to see Arsenio “back in the saddle” so ...

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming but the Wait is Over

By Marc N. Johnson ©2013 Kevin “Big Rap” Brinson has the blueprint.  No, not the Jay-Z album, but the actual blueprint.  To what, you ask?  Well, he has the blueprint to success in the rap music industry.  Period. After more than twenty years of executive management for hit makers like Twista and Do or Die for Creator’s Way Associated Labels (CWAL), Big Rap is on the scene with his debut album, Long Time Co ...

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A Tribute to Independent Artists in Chicago

After releasing numerous projects featuring some of the city’s acclaimed about artists, Closed Sessions recording label presented On Our Radar: A Tribute to Independence, a weekend long showcase held at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. on July 6 and 7. Kevin Coval, Founder of Louder Than A Bomb (youth poetry festival), and Chicago author, hosted the show along with the musical accompaniment of DJ Suc ...

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Emerging Actor Talks of His Breakout Role As Oscar Grant

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Fruitvale Station” (Courtesy Photo) Michael B. Jordan is one of Hollywood’s brightest young actors. In 2012, he starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit Chronicle, a supernatural thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers after exposure to a mysterious substance. He also had a supporting role in George ...

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Bobby “Blue” Bland

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front o ...

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