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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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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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Early Failures Create a Promising Future

by R. Preston Clark Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Victor J. Glover sat in one of his engineering classes at Cal State-San Luis Obispo in the late 1990s. It wasn’t going well. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, along with athletic responsibilities in football and wrestling, this class wasn’t getting the time and energy it deserved. Glover failed that class. But sometimes, fai ...

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Standing on the other Side of an Equal Sign

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist For decades now, July 4th has always compelled in me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852. Of course, that’s the one, given before an audience heavily but not completely comprised of White abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y. that contains one of the most famous passages of American oratory: Having declared earlier in the speech t ...

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Black Sports Agents Strike Out with Black Athletes

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Let me make a “pitch” (pun intended) for Black sports agents.  Watching the NBA playoffs and finals was more than an exercise in pulling for my favorite teams; it was also a very frustrating experience for me because I tend to look at most things from an economic perspective. While Black athletes dominate football and basketball, and have a major presence in baseball, relati ...

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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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More than 40 million Households Pay More than 30 Percent for Housing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Each year the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook.  The just-released The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2013 acknowledges that a housing recovery is underway; yet shares an array of findings that show only some Americans are a part of that recovery. The new and updated data reflect continued burdens on many househ ...

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