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Clear Out the Clutter Before the New Year

THE RELIGION CORNER: It’s that time of the year again – the holidays! Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the shopping season, and now we all prepare for Christmas and New Year’s. We attend party after party, and we spend as much money as we possibly can buying gifts for our loved ones and friends. This column is here to suggest that before you go out and spend all of your hard-earned cash for the Christma ...

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Time to Reform the ‘Thug’ Image of Hip Hop

One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice.  First, because, I Can’t Breathe.  I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I have been saying all along is the Hip Hop’s Dilemma – the common distasteful physical, emotional and/or mental trauma people are ...

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Low Gas Prices, early Chrismtas Gift for drivers

The price of gas has been falling steadily over the last couple of months. According to gasbuddy.com, the BP station and the GoLO station at Roosevelt and Independence are battling with gas prices set at $2.47 per gallon for 87 octane. The Shell on North Avenue and Harlem has gas for $2.55 per gallon. Many just figured we would never see gas prices this low again. The drop in oil prices has been triggered b ...

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THE RELIGION CORNER: The District of Columbia Without Marion Barry

By Lyndia Grant Special to the NNPA  from The Washington Informer   My sister, Ernestine Grant, texted me from Kinston, North Carolina, the other day. “How do you define D.C. without Marion Barry?” she wanted to know. I have been wondering the same thing. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 will go down in history as the day the District of Columbia lost its most beloved leader, Marion Barry, the city’s “Mayor for L ...

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My Family Tree Does Not Determine My Fruit

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA  from The houston forward-times   Forward Thinkers, this past weekend I was honored to speak at the Annual Black Male Summit at Lone Star College. Forward Thinkers, I opened up my presentation with a very vivid illustration that I want to share with my Forward Thinking community on today. Forward Thinkers, I had several African American teenager boys come up a ...

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Buju Banton Seeks Early Release from US Prison

Grammy winning reggae artist Buju Banton, who was convicted on cocaine trafficking charges in 2011, has filed a motion in court in an attempt to secure an earlier release date.                 The Tampa Bay Tribune reports that Buju,whose given name is Mark Myrie, filed his own motion from prison asking to be released early based on a recent change in federal drug sen ...

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Happy Birthday George Daniels

Last Thursday Lil Kim hosted Music retail legend George Daniels’ birthday celebration and annual toy drive. The celebration was also attended by members of Crucial Conflict, grammy award winner Maurice Joshua, Steve Silk Hurley, Lee Farmer, Ramonski Luv and more. Happy Birthday George Daniels and Happy Holidays George Daniels pictured above with wife, Regina Daniels and daughter, Maxine Daniels. George Dani ...

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Ramsey Lewis Celebrates with Parent Power Chicago

OakDale Christian Academy Choir Oh, Happy Day!” sang out the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir from the University of Illinois stage Tuesday evening December 16th.  And an enthusiastic audience echoed back, “Oh, Happy Day!” It was indeed a happy day for the families involved in Parent Power Chicago to watch their children expressing creative excellence, despite major school closings and large cuts in school p ...

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Chicago Holiday winter fun on a Budget

By Antoinette Logan Contributing Writer December days, don’t have to put a bigger dent in your pocket to be filled with memorable moments to keep your family busy during the winter months. Not only is Christmas making us spend money, but time is also very necessary. Most kids get pretty bored, while home from school on break, and will bug you to death to find fun in the winter sun. Make them happy and save ...

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This Week’s Top Ten DVD List

1.Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray Debut] 2.Robin Williams Remembered 3.The Hundred-Foot Journey 4.Bing Crosby Rediscovered 5.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 6.One Direction: Where We Are [Live from San Siro Stadium] 7.Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years 8.As Above, So Below 9.Into the Woods: Original Broadway Production 10.Fagbug Nation  HONORABLE MENTION 11.Design Is One: ...

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