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Clear Out the Clutter Before the New Year

THE RELIGION CORNER: It’s that time of the year again – the holidays! Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the shopping season, and now we all prepare for Christmas and New Year’s. We attend party after party, and we spend as much money as we possibly can buying gifts for our loved ones and friends. This column is here to suggest that before you go out and spend all of your hard-earned cash for the Christma ...

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Time to Reform the ‘Thug’ Image of Hip Hop

One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice.  First, because, I Can’t Breathe.  I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I have been saying all along is the Hip Hop’s Dilemma – the common distasteful physical, emotional and/or mental trauma people are ...

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Low Gas Prices, early Chrismtas Gift for drivers

The price of gas has been falling steadily over the last couple of months. According to gasbuddy.com, the BP station and the GoLO station at Roosevelt and Independence are battling with gas prices set at $2.47 per gallon for 87 octane. The Shell on North Avenue and Harlem has gas for $2.55 per gallon. Many just figured we would never see gas prices this low again. The drop in oil prices has been triggered b ...

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THE RELIGION CORNER: The District of Columbia Without Marion Barry

By Lyndia Grant Special to the NNPA  from The Washington Informer   My sister, Ernestine Grant, texted me from Kinston, North Carolina, the other day. “How do you define D.C. without Marion Barry?” she wanted to know. I have been wondering the same thing. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 will go down in history as the day the District of Columbia lost its most beloved leader, Marion Barry, the city’s “Mayor for L ...

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My Family Tree Does Not Determine My Fruit

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA  from The houston forward-times   Forward Thinkers, this past weekend I was honored to speak at the Annual Black Male Summit at Lone Star College. Forward Thinkers, I opened up my presentation with a very vivid illustration that I want to share with my Forward Thinking community on today. Forward Thinkers, I had several African American teenager boys come up a ...

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Buju Banton Seeks Early Release from US Prison

Grammy winning reggae artist Buju Banton, who was convicted on cocaine trafficking charges in 2011, has filed a motion in court in an attempt to secure an earlier release date.                 The Tampa Bay Tribune reports that Buju,whose given name is Mark Myrie, filed his own motion from prison asking to be released early based on a recent change in federal drug sen ...

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Rev Ira Acree to speak at Black Lives Matter Solidarity Walk in Oak Park

Oak Park Faith Institutions to Hit the Streets in Protest Austin pastor and anti-violence activist, Rev. Ira Acree will exit his Sunday morning church service early to join leaders and members of the faith communities of Oak Park, River Forest and  Forest Park in that community’s Solidarity walk and rally for those who suffer and experience injustice. The people of faith will gather in their houses of worsh ...

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BJ Market Hosts Holiday Dinner Giveaway to Community

By Naimah Latif Contributing Writer   Father Michael Pfleger of The Faith Community of St. Sabina;Terry Peterson, CTA Chairman of the Board; State Rep. Jacqueline Collins (D-36) and Andrea Zopp, President of the Chicago Urban League join with volunteers and BJ’s Market and Bakery employees to distribute free meals to community residents on Tuesday December 16, 2014, as part of Operation Hope.     Photo ...

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‘Choked Out’

By Ron Busby, Sr. Contributing Writer     This one is different. We didn’t see George Zimmerman kill Trayvon Martin or Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown. Having only the perpetrators’ accounts to go by, we were left mercilessly at the Hands of Lady Justice. But the WHOLE WORLD saw a gang of New York’s police force literally choke the life from Eric Garner. And again, Lady Justice turned a blind e ...

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Happy Birthday George Daniels

Last Thursday Lil Kim hosted Music retail legend George Daniels’ birthday celebration and annual toy drive. The celebration was also attended by members of Crucial Conflict, grammy award winner Maurice Joshua, Steve Silk Hurley, Lee Farmer, Ramonski Luv and more. Happy Birthday George Daniels and Happy Holidays George Daniels pictured above with wife, Regina Daniels and daughter, Maxine Daniels. George Dani ...

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