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Chicago Gourmet Brings its “Culinary Heaven” to Millennium Park!

By: Caryn Lee Columnist   The National Restaurant Association two day food event at Millenium Park. Some people like to call Chicago Gourmet “a grown up Taste of Chicago”. The National Restaurant Association called its annual event celebrating some of the best food and spirits in the Windy City a “Culinary Heaven”.  I preferred to look at it as Christmas for my stomach!  The two-day event featured seve ...

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An Obama’s Journey My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures

By Kam Williams Columnist “’My family will hate me for this book, baby,’ I explained [to my wife]. She hugged me and assured me they would not, while no doubt sensing I was right.”   Later that day in Beijing, my brother replied to an interviewer’s question about our meeting: ‘I don’t know him very well. I met him for the first time only two years ago.’ Hearing myself referred to in the third person li ...

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Prissi’s Corner – For The Love of Thrifting

Prissi’s Corner - For the love of Thrifting by Priscilla Powell Columnist             For The Love of Thrifting First things first, I love to thrift, its more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle for me that I shout proudly to the heavens. A savvy golden haired lady at a green line station once told me to stop telling people I shop at thrift stores, and suggested I call my rare score ...

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Practice What You Preach

    BY PRISCILA POWELL STAFF COLUMNIST   As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you sim ...

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Women Get Unequal Pay for Equal Work

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When John and Ann started working on January 1, 2013, John had an immediate advantage.  Because women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn, it took Ann until last Friday [April 11, 2014] to earn the same amount of money that John earned in the calendar year of 2013. The issue of unequal pay is so important that President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act 50 year ...

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Angelou’s Tribute to Mandela to be Soon Published as Book

by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Maya Angelou, one of America’s leading poets, wrote a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela that has recently been published. (Photo Credit/Dwight Carter) Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” will be preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month. “I’m delighted, ...

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Babyface Talks Creative Process with Oprah

by Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Oprah Winfrey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” — Photo/courtsey OWN With over half a billion records sold, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, among the premier songwriter/producers in the recording industry, is responsible for a multitude of hits, including classics by Toni Braxton, After 7, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Are ...

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‘Tis the Season for Smart Shopping

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African-Americans’ consumer power.  And, I know those of us who are certified black-belts in the time-honored martial art of shopping, are fired up for the Black Friday super sales with our artillery of cash and/or credit cards in hand. But first, let’s breathe deeply and think about ...

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DJ Sean Mac Named Global Spin Award’s “Midwest Club DJ of the Year”

(Chicago, IL) - Chicago’s own DJ Sean Mac was presented with a Global Spin Award for “Midwest Club DJ of the Year” on November 19, 2012. Trendsetter, Entrepreneur, and Pioneer are just a few words often used to describe DJ Sean Mac who’s clout is un-matched in the Midwest. He has branded himself as one of the most sought out DJs in Chicago and beyond. Whether he’s spinning alongside greats like Jazzy Jeff, ...

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Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday,” attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-them ...

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