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The Unbelievable Walmart

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on.  It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are.  I went running to the rest room. In April of this year, a building (Rana Plaza) collapsed in Bangladesh.  It was a building containing garment factories.  There had been evidence th ...

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Jesse White Brings Office Services to Taste of Chicago

Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, or conduct other transactions with his office at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth from July 10-14, 2013. White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday, July 14th when hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

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Standing on the other Side of an Equal Sign

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist For decades now, July 4th has always compelled in me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852. Of course, that’s the one, given before an audience heavily but not completely comprised of White abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y. that contains one of the most famous passages of American oratory: Having declared earlier in the speech t ...

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Emerging Actor Talks of His Breakout Role As Oscar Grant

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Fruitvale Station” (Courtesy Photo) Michael B. Jordan is one of Hollywood’s brightest young actors. In 2012, he starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit Chronicle, a supernatural thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers after exposure to a mysterious substance. He also had a supporting role in George ...

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Bobby “Blue” Bland

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front o ...

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Statement of Rep. Danny K. Davis on Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision in Shelby County v. Holder

The struggle for equality, for justice, for freedom, for democracy is an awesome force.  No force, no historical circumstance, has done more to shape our nation. But that struggle has confronted an endless series of attempts to block, minimize, sidetrack, undo, and weaken our democracy.  Through all these struggles, those most oppressed have repeatedly taken the lead to reinforce our democracy and solidify ...

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The Perils of Travel

  By: Priscilla Powell I love to travel, so much that I started a travel planning business.  Last week, I was in Vegas and I completely lost my mind. I have been to Vegas at least once a year for the past 3 years, but usually I do pretty well at suppressing my addictive personality; I tend to take in shows, pick around the massive food at the buffets, participate in some sort of interactive game or cla ...

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A Home for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Heads

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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Using Art to Encourage and Communicate in the Community

Hip-hop legend, Curtis Blow, gave a memorable performance to residents of the North Lawndale community.  Saturday, June 22 the community came together to enjoy the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Revival, 2111 S. Hamlin. The revival introduced the new Firehouse Community Art Center, an old Chicago fire house on Hamlin Street that is gradually being rebuilt into a center for youth.  Young people will be able to express t ...

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Using his Business to Blend Chicago’s Wide Range of Culture

 Businessman and sole owner of The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee, Eric Williams chose to step outside of his residence and stir up Chicago’s melting pot.  The Silver Room is not only retail space for clothes and accessories but is utilized for visual and performing art, entertainment showcases, and now with a new in-store music bar, purchasing possibilities are endless. The store hosted an opening to intro ...

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