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Maleness to Manhood: The Reclamation of the Young Black Man

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer    Chicago has been finding ways to respond to the ruthless violence occurring in the city.  This month a group of talented men have chosen a different approach to these concerns.  Maleness to Manhood: Reclamation of the Young Black Man is a month-long art exhibit happening at the Southside Community Arts Center (SSCAC), 3831 S. Michigan Ave.  45 noted male artists, all m ...

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Crimes Against Black Humanity

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist We talk a lot about criminal justice and crime in the streets, especially among Black people.  Mass incarceration of Black men, disparate sentencing, private prisons, legal slavery inside prisons based on the 13th Amendment, and all the other plagues that beset us vis-à-vis our criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, dominate our conversations.  But, there is ...

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From a Successful Law Firm to a Booming Tea Business

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer A southern sweetness that cannot be forgotten but just enough zing added to let you know that it’s real; Magnolia Spice Teas is a healthy, all natural beverage alternative, uniquely flavored, and ready to drink. Unlike most other ready to drink teas which are made from liquid concentrate and water, Magnolia Spice Teas are kettle-brewed from black or green tea leaves and o ...

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City’s Reward Program Goes Live to Help End Illegal and Hazardous Dumping

CHICAGO – (September 4) Residents and authorities have a new tool in helping to end illegal dumping in Chicago, and that tool is ready for use.  In May of this year, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance creating a two-year pilot program that rewards residents with a $100 for providing information leading to an illegal dumping conviction.  On August 5th, the City of Chicago’s 311 Center went live wit ...

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50th Anniversary March on Washington: Freedom Party

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The Hip-Hop Caucus hosted their 1st event, The 50th Anniversary March on Washington: Freedom Party at The Salon Heaven, 1505 S. Michigan Ave. Wednesday August 28.  Live music, old school and new was offered by DJ Mike and, although special guest Malik Yusef was unable to attend, Chicago MC, Tijatta “Anyialation” Williams was there to keep guests live and active.  Free bev ...

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Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and efforts paid off financially. Great artists with great lyrics were able to break through and perform on the world stage.  From the gritty streets of New York they ar ...

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Trayvon Inspired Obama to Act Like the First Black President

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In 2004, at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois.  He electrified the convention and created a global buzz among those who watched on TV. In 2006, I was proud to see him elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. In 2008, I was even more proud to see a Black man elected to be ...

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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, All Bets Are Off

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr today asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the United States to file for bankruptcy. This decision has wide-ranging economic and political ramifications on many levels in a city that has been ...

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CPS Announces Launch of “Reinvestment Schools” To Help Transform District’s Highest Need Schools

CHICAGO— Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that twenty-two “reinvestment schools will receive direct support from the newly created Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) to provide guidance and tools to increase these schools’ overall performance. CPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett created OS4 as an integral piece of her five-year action plan, “The Next Generation: ...

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Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

By Chinta Strausberg Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice. Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray ...

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