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THE YEAR OF YOU

 BY JOCELYN MORRIS ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST Jocelyn Morris is a professional makeup artist and style writer. Her blog can be found at www.jmorrismua.com   Happy 2015 to you! That sounds weird to say doesn’t it? I remember when I was a child, I always imagined 2015 and 2020 being like an episode of The Jetsons! Can I tell you something? As you read my words, you are fulfilling a dream for me. Thank you for th ...

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ASK ALMA – To Marry to not to Marry

BY ALMA GILL COLUMNIST   Dear Alma, A friend of mine is engaged to her fiancé of 4 years, she recently found out that her fiancé has a child that he never told her about or talked about. This happened before they got together. He said he didn’t want to say anything because he didn’t want to hurt her or didn’t want it to ruin what they have, he has had no contact with the child or mother since it happen ...

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CHICAGO DEEP FREEZE – Snow Removal

Snow removal fines have snowball effect on residents, property owners   Here we go Chicagoland. As you know wintertime fun time is upon us and one of the ongoing joys of the season is all the snow that has to be shoveled. Shoveling snow for some is considered fun and for others its considered a drag and a second a job. Whether you like the snow or hate it, there is one thing for sure. In the city remov ...

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Celebrity Deaths 2014

                    Frankie Knuckles March 3, 2014                   Maya Angelou, age 86 May 28, 2014                       Ruby Dee, age 91 June 11, 2014                     Meshach Taylor, age 67 June 28, 20 ...

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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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