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The 1st annual Black History Museum Project

The 1st annual Black History Museum project was the brainchild of Shilanda Hall, a Parent Advocate employee who works for the “Center for College Access and Success” formerly known as the Chicago Teachers’ Center of Northeastern Illinois University. Michele Clark’s counselor, Ms. Joyce Jordan and the program Manger of GEAR UP, Rhonda Thomas spearheaded the idea of showcasing the Michele Clark students’ tale ...

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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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An ‘Open Secret’: Catholic Sexual Abuse in the Black Community

by Ashahed M. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Attorney Jeff Anderson, left, places his hand on the files of Catholic priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the Archdiocese of Chicago, prior to a news conference, Jan. 21, in Chicago. Joining Anderson is Attorney Marc Pearlman. Photo: AP/Wide World photos CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Files released by the Chicago Catholic Archdio ...

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Father Pfleger Appeals To Business Community To Hire Youth

By Chinta Strausberg Flanked by scores of unemployed youth each holding a copy of their resume, Father Michael L. Pfleger Monday held a press conference at the Saint Sabina Church calling on businesses to give young men and women a chance by hiring them and not use a record as an excuse to exclude them; rather let it be a stepping stone for their future. “We have seen a decrease in violence in the city of C ...

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Obama Praises Mandela as ‘Great Liberator’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief SOWETO, South Africa (NNPA) – President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black elected president, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and thanked the grieving nation for sharing their beloved former leader with the rest of the world. Speaking Tuesday at a rain-soaked memorial service here attended by nearly 100 current and form ...

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2013 Chicago Elite Classic: 3 Chicago Public League Stars rank amongst ESPN top 100 in the nation!

The amount of high-level basketball talent coming out of Chicago is getting a little out of control. Derrick Rose went from winning back-to-back state championships at Simeon to becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history by his third season. Anthony Davis was a guard at Perspectives with only a scholarship offer from Cleveland State before a late high school growth spurt turned him into the nation’s top recru ...

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CPS Encourages Parents and Community Members to Seek Nominations to Local School Councils

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is encouraging all parents and community members to make a positive impact on student achievement by submitting their nomination for their Local School Councils (LSC) this year. Candidates have until February 26, 2014 to submit nominating forms. Elections will take place on April 7, 2014, during report card pick-up for both elementary and high schools, from 6:00 A.M. – ...

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Wiggins or Parker: Picking the Top Pick in the Next NBA Draft

by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk The world got a chance to see the top two NBA prospects early last week when freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker headlined a Duke-Kansas matchup, a game that Kansas ended up winning. With the top two likely choices in next spring’s NBA draft squaring off in a head-to-head tilt, scouts and college basketball fans got a first look at ...

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A Free Fun Fall Festival Hosted By Harmony Health Plan

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer To kick off the weekend before Halloween, Harmony Health Plan held their free Fall Fun Festival Saturday, Oct. 26 at LaFollette Park Auditorium, 1333 N. Laramie.  The festival was open to the community and not only had fun activities for children but also provided information of programs and benefits offered by Harmony. The auditorium was heated to a comfortable temperatu ...

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CPS Awarded Competitive $2.25 Million Physical Education Grant from U.S. Department of Education

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded Chicago Public Schools (CPS) a competitive $2.25 million grant under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), which will provide $750,000 annually over three years to help support the District’s efforts to expand physical education (PE) and professional development for PE teachers and strengthen health and nutrition education program ...

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