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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall on the premiere of “Arsenio.” By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. I couldn’t believe how excited I was to see Arsenio “back in the saddle” so ...

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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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Iverson Preparing to Officially Retire

by Donald Hunt Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Allen Iverson is preparing to officially announce his retirement from the NBA soon according to a SLAM Web report. Iverson hasn’t played an NBA game since 2010 when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2011, he played professional basketball in Turkey. Iverson, 38, played 13 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 26.7 points a game for his career ...

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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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Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

By Chinta Strausberg Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice. Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray ...

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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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