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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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Jackie Robinson: “Too Bad He’s The Wrong Color”

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th Century American life – the suffocating reach of ...

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Basketball Used as a Tool to Curb Chicago Violence and a Path Out of Negative Lifestyles

CHICAGO – David Bradley doesn’t get anxious anymore when he steps outside the front door of his home on the city’s South Side. Before, the 24 year old Auburn Gresham resident minded what streets he walked and corners where he stood. Those were invisible borders that marked gang territory and where crossing onto a rival’s street could mean life or death. “I can walk wherever I want to walk without having som ...

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Former Miss USA Stirs Pot on ‘Real Housewives

By Cherry Bañez Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Kenya Moore’s dramatic, yet hilarious, antics on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” have made her a household name. The former Miss USA has criticized for practically begging her then boyfriend, Walter Jackson, to marry her. It was later reported that she had recruited him to pretend to be her boyfriend on the show. She also verbally assaulted ...

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Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are Both No.1 in the World

by Howie Evans Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are back in a place familiar to them. Both Williams and Woods have reclaimed their status in their respective worlds of tennis and golf. Both athletes have reclaimed their No. 1 global rankings in their sports. For Woods, it’s been an uphill battle for the past few years, as he’s had to carry the weight of do ...

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Diddy Tops Forbes Richest in Hip-Hop List, Jay-Z in Second Place

Sean “Diddy” Combs ranks No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five, the magazine’s list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The bulk of the Bad Boy Records founder’s wealth comes from non-musical ventures, namely his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc. The agreement entitles him to eight-figure annual payouts and a nine-figure windfall if the brand is ever sold—and Ciroc’s value has n ...

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