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Mary J. Blige:

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer I remember when I heard the first Mary J. Blige song – “You Remind Me” off of the ‘Strictly Business’ movie soundtrack. We were treated to a taste of the young singer’s voice before her debut CD, ‘What’s the 411’ was released on Andre Harrell’s Uptown Record label. Everyone wanted to know who had that raw, soulful voice on that track. A different type of voice over smooth me ...

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Big Budget Films   Big Hero 6                      (PG for action, peril, crude humor and mature themes) Animated family comedy inspired by the Marvel Comics series about a 14 year-old inventor (Ryan Potter) who teams with his inflatable robot (Scott Adsit) and his close friends to solve a string of crimes. Voice cast includes Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, ...

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New Galilee M.B.C. Church Celebrates 66th Anniversary

                                  Our church was organized in the home of our founding Pastor, the Reverend Nathan Shorter on October 28, 1948.  The first church was located in the storefront at the corner of Halsted and Orchard Streets in Chicago, Illinois.  The church was called “Southern Baptist.” When we moved to 1726 N ...

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Jesus Who? Jesus Why?

By: James Washington Special To The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly For someone who grew up when and how I did, the question of Jesus continues to mystify many of my so called and some real friends, when it comes to my recognized newest super hero. If you allow yourself to view Christianity as some kind of sanitized version of European colonialism, then it is no wonder that many regard this version of religion ...

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Ask Dr. Cheryl – Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

By: DR. Cheryl Whitaker Columnist Question: Dr. Cheryl, one of my family members is having a hard time. He used to have a lot of energy and did well at his job. But he began to have mood swings. He would be really happy and then be so sad he couldn’t get out of bed. It’s been so bad that he lost his job, and is now homeless. I saw him recently, and he was talking about seeing things, and hearing voices. I’m ...

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Chicago’s Hip Hop Community Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many survivors, friends and family members of those that have lost the battle with the terrible disease have built a global alliance to educate and to decrease deaths. Few in the Hip Hop community would’ve thought that a young, male artist from their circle would be going through the same ordeal as so many others have suffered. Antwone Muhammad brought ...

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The Wine Riot – the Andersonville Dessert Crawl

This week, I found cool events for drinkers and non drinkers!  Here were the hits and misses for both: The Wine Riot:  The first of my excursions was to the Great Hall in Union Station for the Wine Riot.   At the Riot, you have your chance to try 250 (yes, that’s two HUNDRED and fifty!) wines of just about every variety! While a lot of wine tastings tend to lean sharply in one direction of the taste spectru ...

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Prissi’s Corner – Bag Lady

‘Hi my name is Priscilla and I’m an over packer.’   It is nearly impossible for me to get dressed away from home, therefore I’m forced to pack everything but the kitchen sink. I thrive on options, and as my wardrobe generally reflect my mood, it makes for toting around bags and satchels full of clothing, accessories and shoes. I recently spent the night with a friend and I had a book bag, a tote bag, as wel ...

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Prep Your Devices for Travel

The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary- but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and he ...

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Gina the Dreamer – Gina Prince-Bythewood Interview: The “Beyond the Lights”

By: Kam Williams Columnist                                                   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with th ...

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