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Eye on the Struggle – Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

BY: KAM WILLIAMS ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST   “This groundbreaking biography… illuminates the life and accomplishments of pioneering journalist Ethel Lois Payne, while also bringing to the fore the critical role of the black press in the civil rights era… In the 1950s and 1960s, she raised challenging questions at presidential press conferences about matters of importance to African-Americans… At some con ...

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BIG BUDGET FILMS – Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BY: KAM WILLIAMS ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST Hot Tub Time Machine 2  (R for pervasive profanity, incessant sexuality, crude humor, graphic nudity, violence and drug use) Sci-fi sequel, set a decade in the future, finds buddies Jacob (Clark Duke) and Nick (Craig Robinson) getting back into the hot tub to travel back in time to undo pal Nick’s (Rob Corddry) murder at the hands of an unknown assassin. With Chevy C ...

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Ella Fitzgerald – First black person to receive a grammy award

  Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, fro ...

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WALA WORD – Marky McFly?

WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY LEBRON     Fresh off of his live rehearsal for the February 14th WalaCamTV 2015 Valentine’s day bash and his Empire debut on Fox TV, WalaCamTv  sat down with the Chicago rapper Marky McFly to discuss why he believes he is the next MC to take over the city. If you  have ever listened to tracks by Marky McFly, it’s obvious he’s not your ordinary Westside MC. Marky McFly’s unique ...

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THE FEMALE SOLUTION – A Woman’s Right To Choose?

BY: NAIMAH LATIF What About The Other Two People Involved? The ideas we label as progressive are sometimes in reality quite backwards. That’s because they are presented by people who lack higher consciousness. Take for instance the Abortion Rights arguments.  During election times, no matter what a candidate’s personal or religious views may be, if he’s a male, and he wants the women’s vote, he’d better say ...

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EARTH, WIND AND FIRE’S MUSIC MARKS MARKS AN ERA OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION

By: Naimah Latif Staff Writer Celebrating Chicago’s Black History   If ever one needed an argument for keeping the music program in High Schools, one need only to look at the phenomenal success of Earth, Wind and Fire, whose founding members got their start in High School.   “Hearts of fire creates love desire, Take you higher and higher to the world you belong. Hearts of fire creates love desire, ...

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Still our Champs – JRW stripped of title: Mean Spirited, Racially Motivated

BY: NAIMAH LTIF STAFF WRITER   St. Sabina Pastor Father Michael Pfleger, sporting his yellow Jackie Robinson West National Championship T- Shirt, denounced Little League International’s decision to strip the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball Team of its National Championship title as “mean spirited.” He joined Rev. Jesse Jackson and other supporters at a press conference at the Rainbow ...

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Car Review – 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV

By Frank S. Washington Contributing Writer  Car Review - 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV   The seats in our 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV were a little firm. But there was plenty of head room and the leg room was sufficient. We felt confident that two adults would be comfortable but three would be squeezed. That was our observation about the third row seats of the Cadillac Escalade ESV. It only got better as w ...

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Again, Let it Go. Please

By James Washington Special To The NNPA From the Dallas Weekly   Again, Let it Go. Please I am trying again to internalize that today is the day the Lord has made. Don’t complicate it. The more complicated the world seems, the simpler it is to understand God’s Word. I’m reminded every day and sometimes get caught up in the power of ego, pride and the desire to control, or better yet, be in control. Let ...

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Non-Medical HIV Worker Flunk Test on Knowledge of Virus

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute attend a National HIV/AIDS Awareness event.     Most non-medical HIV health care workers earned a “D” when surveyed on the science and treatment of the virus, according to a new report released this week by the Black AIDS Institute. While 70 percent of the HIV workers scored below 70 percent or the equiv ...

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