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Ruben Studdard Could Be The Biggest Loser

by Michael McGee Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner Singer Ruben Studdard joins cast of The Biggest Loser. NBC In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums – with a sixth on the way, toured the world, and has seen his recordings go gold and platinum. During this time, the 35-year-old Studdard has also packed on ex ...

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Selecting the Right Type of Insurance

By: Linda Moore We understand why we need to buy life insurance — to help protect our families, businesses, and assets from the risk of dying. Often, the larger question is what type of life insurance is appropriate for our needs.  Regardless of the type you choose, life insurance death proceeds are paid to the beneficiary(ies) generally income-tax free. The two main categories of life insurance are Term an ...

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“Dream Big” We are all God’s Children

By: Pastor Ron Winston Zion Rock Missionary Baptist Church Greetings my brothers and sisters.   I Thank God in advance for you taking the time out of your schedule to receive this message on Thinking Big. Several months ago, the Lord laid it on my heart to teach the people on Thinking Big, Talking Big and Dreaming Big.  One writer said, if you’re going to think, why not think big! Every human creature God m ...

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A Place for Chicago’s Underground Hip-Hop

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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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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Maleness to Manhood: The Reclamation of the Young Black Man

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer    Chicago has been finding ways to respond to the ruthless violence occurring in the city.  This month a group of talented men have chosen a different approach to these concerns.  Maleness to Manhood: Reclamation of the Young Black Man is a month-long art exhibit happening at the Southside Community Arts Center (SSCAC), 3831 S. Michigan Ave.  45 noted male artists, all m ...

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Karen Clark Sheard Set to Record Live CD on September 9 in Chicago

Karew Records is set for the live recording of multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Karen Clark Sheard. The September 9 live recording will be produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Donald Lawrence and held at the House of Hope, 752 East 114th Street, Chicago, IL. The recording begins at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are available now at ticketmaster.com. The recording will m ...

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Queen Latifah Set to Host New Talk Show

Special to the NNPA from the Insight News She’s conquered hip-hop, Hollywood and Broadway; but now Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show.”The Queen Latifah Show” debuts nationally on Sept. 16. Locally, the show will air on WCCO, channel 4. For Latifah, the latest venture is just another feather in her already impressive cap. “My show is going to be an entertaining and eclec ...

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A Real way to save our Mortgages

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued.  While many sectors have recovered – for example, the stock market has eclipsed pre-crisis levels and we are once again creating new jobs, albeit at too slow a rate – one ...

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Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing College Costs

by Cary Yates Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times According to the College Board, the average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey showed that a school’s cost was the student’s fifth most im ...

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