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Maleness to Manhood: The Reclamation of the Young Black Man

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer    Chicago has been finding ways to respond to the ruthless violence occurring in the city.  This month a group of talented men have chosen a different approach to these concerns.  Maleness to Manhood: Reclamation of the Young Black Man is a month-long art exhibit happening at the Southside Community Arts Center (SSCAC), 3831 S. Michigan Ave.  45 noted male artists, all m ...

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Crimes Against Black Humanity

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist We talk a lot about criminal justice and crime in the streets, especially among Black people.  Mass incarceration of Black men, disparate sentencing, private prisons, legal slavery inside prisons based on the 13th Amendment, and all the other plagues that beset us vis-à-vis our criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, dominate our conversations.  But, there is ...

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Iverson Preparing to Officially Retire

by Donald Hunt Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Allen Iverson is preparing to officially announce his retirement from the NBA soon according to a SLAM Web report. Iverson hasn’t played an NBA game since 2010 when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2011, he played professional basketball in Turkey. Iverson, 38, played 13 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 26.7 points a game for his career ...

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Karen Clark Sheard Set to Record Live CD on September 9 in Chicago

Karew Records is set for the live recording of multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Karen Clark Sheard. The September 9 live recording will be produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Donald Lawrence and held at the House of Hope, 752 East 114th Street, Chicago, IL. The recording begins at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are available now at ticketmaster.com. The recording will m ...

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Queen Latifah Set to Host New Talk Show

Special to the NNPA from the Insight News She’s conquered hip-hop, Hollywood and Broadway; but now Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show.”The Queen Latifah Show” debuts nationally on Sept. 16. Locally, the show will air on WCCO, channel 4. For Latifah, the latest venture is just another feather in her already impressive cap. “My show is going to be an entertaining and eclec ...

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‘Golden Time of Day’ Frankie Beverly Still ‘a’Maze’s 40 Years Later

by Kenneth Miller Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel It was just another “Golden Time of Day” at the Gibson Amphitheater last Sunday when Maze featuring Frankie Beverly played for the 28th consecutive year, and the final time a place that Beverly calls “home.” The Gibson will be renovated into a Harry Potter Theme Park next month closing its doors on concerts, but none will be remembered like ...

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Advancing the Dream with a Stroke of the Pen

By Joe Madison NNPA Guest Columnist There was a lot of talk around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington last week that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream remains unrealized. The march, of course, was for jobs and freedom, and commentators and activists alike rightly noted that much work remains on both counts. The Supreme Court this summer struck the core of the Voting Rights Act, and the recent Tray ...

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Southern Justice Prevails Again

By Walter Smith The rights of young Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed. It’s not only a crime to drive while black; it has now become a crime to be black. If there was any hope of ridding the Black community of guns and other weapons, kiss that premise goodbye. Young black men must be prepared to meet and defeat th ...

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming but the Wait is Over

By Marc N. Johnson ©2013 Kevin “Big Rap” Brinson has the blueprint.  No, not the Jay-Z album, but the actual blueprint.  To what, you ask?  Well, he has the blueprint to success in the rap music industry.  Period. After more than twenty years of executive management for hit makers like Twista and Do or Die for Creator’s Way Associated Labels (CWAL), Big Rap is on the scene with his debut album, Long Time Co ...

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A Tribute to Independent Artists in Chicago

After releasing numerous projects featuring some of the city’s acclaimed about artists, Closed Sessions recording label presented On Our Radar: A Tribute to Independence, a weekend long showcase held at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. on July 6 and 7. Kevin Coval, Founder of Louder Than A Bomb (youth poetry festival), and Chicago author, hosted the show along with the musical accompaniment of DJ Suc ...

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