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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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Racism Costs the U.S. Billions Every Year

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Closing the income gap between Whites and minorities, would boost earnings by 12 percent, an economic windfall of $1 trillion, for a nation burdened by debt and an anemic job market, according to a recent study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Altarum Institute. The study titled, “The Business Case for Racial Equity” looks at the legac ...

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Student Success Hinges on Parental Involvement

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Every parent wants their child to achieve, thrive and succeed. Too often though, negative perceptions of children of color and their parents can influence the ability of parents and children to get the supports they need.” - Chanelle P. Hardy, Executive Director, National Urban League Washington Bureau In recent years, the debate about ways to close the achievement gap and ...

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Who Stole My Identity? Identity Theft is More Common than You Think

by Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times Identity theft is a term used to describe all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. There is nothing like going to apply for a loan, attempting to buy a home or opening a checking account, and having a represent ...

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A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have seen those men and women who decide to forego pain medication in favor of some ...

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Ruben Studdard Could Be The Biggest Loser

by Michael McGee Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner Singer Ruben Studdard joins cast of The Biggest Loser. NBC In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums – with a sixth on the way, toured the world, and has seen his recordings go gold and platinum. During this time, the 35-year-old Studdard has also packed on ex ...

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