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Fast Food Proximity Harmful to Minority Kids, says Study

Special to the NNPA from the Winston-Salem Chronicle When their schools are near fast-food restaurants, black and Hispanic adolescents are more likely to be overweight and receive less benefit from exercise than Asian or white students, according to a study published in the current issue of Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Researchers suggest that the study underscores the importance of understandi ...

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Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies: A Failing Idea

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Many school children in America are on summer break right now, but here’s a pop quiz about discipline policies in our nation’s schools that’s just for grownups: -Would you suspend a student from school for four months for sharpening his pencil without permission and giving the teacher a “threatening” look when asked to sit down? -Would you expel a student from school ...

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We Need Our Fathers

BY: DR. JAWANZA KUNJUFU I believe one of the greatest problems facing the Black community is fatherlessness.  If you at look at problems such as: incarceration, drug addiction, gangs, teen pregnancy, dropping out, crime, suspension, retention, and special education, the common cause was fatherlessness. Every child needs a father and no one needs him more than Black boys.  Only 28% of Black youth have their ...

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Peace Corner Youth Center in the Austin Community an Open House for the Community

A youth facility that has been on the Westside of Chicago for years is growing and continuing to progress their services offered to the community.  The Peace Corner Youth Center, 5022 W. Madison, held an open house, Saturday June 15 to show the community their facility and to inform them on their current and future program available to youth. The open house started at 3:00 p.m. and while snacks were offered ...

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The Austin Area Juneteenth Celebration

The Westside Historical Society and Austin Weekly News co-sponsored the 2013 Juneteenth Festival at The Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., from June 14 to the 16.  The three-day event included a parade, gospel celebration, as well as stage performances and local merchant vendors. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States ...

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Oscar Johnson A Father to Many

By: Tony Collins As it is true for most professions, the passing of time comes with the introduction of new methods and techniques. It is just as nice to find a doctor who will perform house calls, as it is to find a barber who still uses a straight razor to give a shave. Master barber, Oscar Johnson has been cutting hair, professionally, for 50 years. He considers the use of the straight razor not as an ol ...

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Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May Be Facing New Challenges

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics. The latest to feel public pressure is former prison guard-turned rapper Rick Ross, who also uses a former drug trafficker’s name. He recently apologized for controversial rape ly ...

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‘The Couple’ Reveals Honest Portait of Black Love

by Nicole Williams Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel If there ever was a show that positively represented the elements of what Black relationships should be, then YouTube sensation ‘The Couple’ is that show. ‘The Couple’ is apart of Black and Sexy TV, a network that was created by Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch. According to its website, it is “a network established to provide viewing audien ...

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Moving ‘Up’ Isn’t as Easy as You Might Think

By Krissy Clark Special to the NNPA from Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk Squirrels. If you have lived in a middle-class neighborhood for most of your life, you might take them for granted. But when Valerie Love and her 12-year-old daughter Jada recently moved to Albany Park on the north side of Chicago, squirrels were the first things they noticed. Jada remembers how her mom began throwing jelly beans t ...

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Gov. Quinn to Eliminate Criminal Background Question On State Employment Applications

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has tried for years to remove criminal background pre-screening questions on state employment applications, and on April 17, a letter from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office indicated that is happening. Gary Hannig, Quinn’s director of legislative affairs, informs the Austin lawmaker in the letter that Quinn will issue an executive order removing these type of questions. “People who have ...

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