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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago and influence how music is sold today. Ester Fletcher, known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fletcher’ or ‘Fletch’, the owner of the longest running Black owned One Stop music business in the country has died. Bas ...

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Cosby: His Life and Times – by Mark Whitaker

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist           “[Bill] Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother… After dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first break as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniv ...

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Michael Jordan, King James and Sneaker Dough

By: Everett Glenn NNPA Guest Columnist                             There’s a runninng debate in basketball that Michael Jordan made winners out of the players around him in Chicago, while LeBron James had to go join other winners in Miami to become a winner. The debate rages on, and the question will not be answered definitively until LeB ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer                 Mr. Fletcher: Cake to Fletchers One Stop for 10 years of support to Rap a Lot Records. (courtesy of Kelly Robinson) The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago an ...

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Lawyers for the Creative Arts: Honors House Music

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer             House Producer pioneer, Vince Lawrence and Music Journalist, Jim DeRogantis.   The music scene in Chicago has always spawned some of the world’s greatest talent from various genres- Blues, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Polka, Hip Hop and House music. The talent often outweighs the knowledge of business for many of these wonderful creative p ...

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Exchanges Fail to Protect Colon Cancer Patients

By: Jasmine Greenamyer Contributing Writer Colon cancer will claim more than 50,000 American lives this year. One in 20 people will be diagnosed at some point in their lives. Thanks to better screening and new treatments, the death rate from colon cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years. But even the best screening and treatment can’t help those unable to afford health care. The Affordable Care Act ...

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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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