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Don’t Be Scammed by Unscrupulous Car Dealer

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened a series of forums last year that explored abusive auto lending practices. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a participant in those roundtables, has issued a new research report on deceitful practices that take advantage of unsuspecting customers. The report, Deal or No Deal: How Yo-Yo Scams Rig the Game against Ca ...

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Scrap Companies Make Profits From Community Theft

  In a recent meeting at the South Austin Coalition Community Council, seniors reported being the latest victims of scavengers.  These seniors reported that they face thousands of dollars in costs to replace the chain link and iron fencing that secured their property.  They were outraged at both the scavengers and the metal scrapping companies that pay for obvious stolen property.  “Something has to be ...

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Ne-Yo Gets New Gig as Motown Exec

In this Jan. 10, 2012 photo, actor and recording artist Ne-Yo poses for a portrait in New York. Ne-Yo has been named senior vice president of A&R for Motown Records. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri) R&B star Ne-Yo has left Def Jam and signed a new deal with Motown , where he will not only continue to make his own music but serve as an executive for the label as well. “His track record of success at Def Jam ...

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Sunday School Review: Justified by Faith in Christ Seeking Something to Believe in

Key Verse: “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:19-20 KEY CONCEPTS… Justified – to declare or to be made just; righteous; to be freed. Sinner – not free from ...

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Horoscopes Week of February 2 – 8 2012

ARIES A happy week is in store for sociable you. Lots of friends and a party or two or three will keep your energy bright. Use caution while driving and watch for a pleasant surprise or two this week. Soul Affirmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. Lucky Numbers: 18, 21, 37 TAURUS Lots of creative energy available this week, and you can use this in many creative ways. Whatever your heart tel ...

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Ask Gwen – February 12th

Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 14 years. We have two children, age eight and six. I have always had my older child in a school in rich suburbia. My wife does not seem to have good reasoning. If I had known that, I never would have married her. This is the problem: She thinks that schools in wealthy neighborhoods are better schools. I have been attending the town hall meetings held by the school boa ...

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Jay-Z’s Bass Player Chicago’s Finest: Bass Player Tony Russell – from the Westside to the World

As a kid on the Westside of Chicago learning bass guitar in church, Tony Russell wasn’t focused on growing up to work with some of the biggest artists in popular music. ‘When I was coming up, I just wanted to play. I wasn’t thinking about having a career, I just wanted to be good enough to play in church’, he explained. Tony grew up in neighborhoods at Cicero and Polk, Avers and Lake, and Augusta and Lake. ...

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Ask Gwen – February 9th

My boyfriend wants me to help him buy our house! Dear Gwendolyn: I have been going with a man for eight years. He has not yet proposed, but wants me to help him buy ‘our’ house. He says that because he is not divorced, it would not be wise for him to put my name on the deed. Gwendolyn, since I have put eight years into this relationship, do you think I should stay in it – or dissolve the relationship 100%? ...

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Prayer Around the Schools Pastors Step Up To Save Our Children

Rev. Andre Fluker is a man who’s moving with purpose. As pastor of All Nations Church of God in Christ at 16th and Pulaski, Rev. Fluker’s exposure to the community’s problems with drugs, violence, and troubled youth has been first hand. With over 20 years of ministry under his belt, he has decided to do something different to address these problems. During the warmer months, on every 2nd Sunday afternoon, R ...

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