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Hello, Summertime Chi! Keeping Cool On A Budget

By: Ashley Powell With temperatures surpassing one hundred degrees, and the effects of a slowly-healing economy shrinking budgets all over the country, strategies for keeping cool need to get a lot more frugal than cranking up the air conditioner. Take a look at some of the resourceful ways you can stretch your dollars while staying ahead of this record-breaking Chicago heat. 1. Cotton, linen, silk: Cool fa ...

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36 Years Later, New ‘Sparkle’ Shines

With funky music splashed with soulful harmonies, glamorous fashion that revealed independence and the distinctive, yet ambitious dreams of three sisters trying to break away from their Detroit life in 1968, this new version of “Sparkle” is a refreshing take on the 1976 original. Although there are numerous and obvious differences from the Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman project, the cast successfully d ...

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Buddy Guy Traces His Career in New Book! “When I Left Home”

by Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy” (with David Ritz; Da Capo, $26) tells the epic life story of one of the greatest players at the absolute nexus of modern blues. Guy recounts his journey from the “middle of nowhere” Louisiana to blues central Chicago and stages all over the world, playing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaug ...

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Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Cut by Dolphins and Divorced by Reality Star Wife

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Veteran National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Chad Johnson was released from the Miami Dolphins following his recent arrest for allegedly head-butting his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, during the evening of Aug. 11. The Associated Press reported Johnson was arrested in Broward County, Fla., charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor charge, and ...

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37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts Sponsors “13th Annual Back To School Gospel Fest”

The summer of 2012 in Chicago has been seen its unfortunate share of violence against school-age students and adults in neighborhoods across the city. That’s why Alderman Emma Mitts, the 37th Ward Pastor’s Alliance, community and religious leaders, other local civic organizations and the Mid-Austin Steering Committee believe it’s vitally important to offer more positive, fun-filled activities in the communi ...

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Alderman Ervin and 28th Ward Holds Annual Parade And Picnic

Two-Time NBA Champion Isiah Thomas was Grand Marshall Parade Alderman Jason C. Ervin will hosted the 28th Ward Annual Back-to- School Parade and Picnic on Saturday, August 4th.  Two-Time NBA Champion and 12-time NBA All Star Isiah Thomas was this year’s Grand Marshall.  There was free school supplies given to 2,000 students at the picnic along with a Senior Appreciation Luncheon, both events were held in Ga ...

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Why White People Are Hating On Chris

by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Jokes about niggras, pimps, hoes, Bebe’s kids, baby mammas and baby daddies are fine but any jokes that hint at Black suffering are strictly off limits. Chris Rock is the latest Black comedian to discover that denigrating your own people brings riches, critical acclaim and praise for cutting edge and no holds barred work. Jokes about race and Am ...

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Rest in Peace Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, “Weezy” loving, “honky” calling, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, worked at a printing press while his mother worked at various factories during the war. As a ch ...

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High Risk Sexual Activity Among Teens Drops Dramatically

By Imani Evans Special to the NNPA News Service from The Dallas Examiner WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that show a “dramatic decline” in risky sexual behavior among Black youth since 1991. The data, which cover 1991 to 2011, was presented by Laura Kann, Ph.D., and Kevin Fenton, M.D. at the recently concluded 2012 International AIDS Conference ...

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Say No To Drugs Parade A Success!!

The Healing Temple Church of God and Christ held their 24th annual “Say No to Drugs Parade” on July 28th. The parade started at the church on Chicago Avenue headed west to Central then turned north up Central to Augusta, east on Augusta toward Cicero and back to Chicago Avenue. The young people and adults were chanting things like “Stop the Violence; Save Our Children and We Want to Live.” The parade was le ...

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