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Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing College Costs

by Cary Yates Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times According to the College Board, the average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey showed that a school’s cost was the student’s fifth most im ...

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Jesse White Brings Office Services to Taste of Chicago

Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, or conduct other transactions with his office at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth from July 10-14, 2013. White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday, July 14th when hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

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The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We have to realize that we are moving backwards and the country has to realize that the greatest national security and economic security threat is not from some outside enemy, it is from our failure to invest in these chil ...

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NIKE Summer CHI-LEAGUE Tips off at Whitney Young Highschool

By: Krissy Harper Chicago summers bring more than just sunny skies and the smell of bar-b-que in the air. In recent years, an increase in violence has unfortunately plagued the youth. According to local media reports, Father’s Day weekend was the but with the return of the Nike Chi League, there are hopes that this positive event will remove the youth from the city’s hard-ridden streets—allowing them to tak ...

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A Home for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Heads

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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Using Art to Encourage and Communicate in the Community

Hip-hop legend, Curtis Blow, gave a memorable performance to residents of the North Lawndale community.  Saturday, June 22 the community came together to enjoy the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Revival, 2111 S. Hamlin. The revival introduced the new Firehouse Community Art Center, an old Chicago fire house on Hamlin Street that is gradually being rebuilt into a center for youth.  Young people will be able to express t ...

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Using his Business to Blend Chicago’s Wide Range of Culture

 Businessman and sole owner of The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee, Eric Williams chose to step outside of his residence and stir up Chicago’s melting pot.  The Silver Room is not only retail space for clothes and accessories but is utilized for visual and performing art, entertainment showcases, and now with a new in-store music bar, purchasing possibilities are endless. The store hosted an opening to intro ...

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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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