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State Rep. Art Turner Sponsors Creative Artists Town Hall

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The West Side of Chicago best known for its radical movement in politics, the inception of the Conservative Vice Lords and the street influenced style of Hip Hop music. Artists such as Da Brat, the first female Hip Hop artist to go platinum wit ...

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Congressman Danny K. Davis: Ex-Offenders Can Vote

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer             Just recently Congressman Danny K. Davis hosted a press conference on the West Side at the Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center to bring awareness of voting rights for ex-offenders and inmates that are currently incarcerated. Joining him was a group of key community organizations including TASC, Men and Women Prison Ministries a ...

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Parents Show Power in Numbers – 15,000 parents and students attend first-ever citywide school fair

          ParentPowerChicago helps parents find the right fit for their children Nearly 15,000 parents and students are now better equipped to choose a school that is the best fit for them, following ParentPowerChicago’s historic Chicago School Fair at McCormick Place this past weekend. The two-day fair, created by an organization that is dedicated to supporting parents, brought tog ...

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Abuse is an Ugly Word:

Abuse is an Ugly Word: Ray Rice’s Contract is Terminated By Mary L. Datcher               Janay and Ray Rice Since the release of TMZ’s video showing the angry punch that knocked out his fiancée at the time and now wife, Janay Rice shattered the glass that the NFL maintained protecting its players over the years. Played all over the world, the footage shows the Baltimore R ...

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Community and Religious Leaders: Pray for Peace

by Naimah Latif Contributing Writer             Photo by: Pamela Jones Last Friday during lunchtime, a cross section of community leaders and activists gathered under the Picasso on Daley Plaza to address issues of violence. Through collective prayer, music, and motivational speeches, they sought to stir up a spirit of action among the lunchtime crowd. Pastor John Hannah and Pa ...

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Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years:

                        Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years: Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell, Nona Hendryx, Leela James, Liz Wright Performs at Pearl Fest Chicago Little Black Pearl celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the organization’s annual outdoor Pearl Fest which was held this past weekend at 31st Street Beach.  Featuring ...

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Our Champions, Our Young Men:

Chicago Celebrates JRW Homecoming BY: CARLOS FREYTES, JR. The City of Chicago held a victory celebration for Jackie Robinson West, the Little League Team that defied the odds again and again, winning the American side of the Little League World Series playoffs.  Though they eventually fell to the impressive team from Seoul, South Korea, Jackie Robinson West will be remembered for its resilience against form ...

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8th Global Mixx Music & Film Forum: A Gathering of the Minds in Chicago

  BY MARY L. DATCHER STAFF WRITER   The 8th Annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was held over the weekend targeting people in film, music, marketing and production within the urban entertainment community in Chicago. Kicking off on Saturday, aspiring filmmakers got to experience a day of panel discussions by key industry leaders from around the country and Chicago based filmmakers. Cinespace ...

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Brownstone, 112, Teresa Griffin heats up the stage at Westside Music Fest

R&B group Brownstone performing                 Teresa Griffin                 Carolyn Lee-Interscope Records / And V103'S Consuella hosts Chicago Westside Music Festival R&B group 112     BY MARY DATCHER STAFF WRITER The Westside had a special treat this past weekend as it celebrated Congressman Danny K. Davis ...

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Ebola Virus: A Threat to Humanity

BY HERB BOYD Special to the NNPA FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS     The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality. Tuesday, a Spanish missionary who contracted the disease while working in West Africa died in a hospital in Madrid. With that lead out of the way, as when two Americans were returned from West Africa last ...

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