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Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch Passes at 72

              Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, according to reports. Credited as “the father of modern gospel music,” his career spanned over 50 years. He was 72. Crouch died Thursday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California almost a week after he was hospitalized for a heart attack. In December he was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure ...

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Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

  Valerie Wilson, the director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Economic Policy Institute.   After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Econo ...

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Jail Inmates Receive Messages of Love And Hope On Christmas Day

“We came to get you out of here,” Rev. Jackson told the assembly of nearly 500 tan and blue jailhouse uniform clad Cook County Jail Inmates. “Repeat after me: ‘I Don’t Belong Here!’” A chorus of male and female voices responded “I Don’t Belong Here!” The thunderous applause and hopeful smiles indicated  that already hearts had been uplifted by this Christmas Day visit from members the Rainbow PUSH Coalition ...

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CHICAGOLAND MCDONALD’S OWNERS HOST TOY GIVEAWAY FOR CITY YOUTH

Tuesday, December 16the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicago and Northwest Indiana (BMOA) brought  some cheer to the holiday season by hosting a holiday party and toy giveaway at the McDonald’s restaurant located 3200 W. Roosevelt on the city’s west side. McDonald’s owner operator Ron Lofton served as host of the event that donated toys and winter wear items (hats, gloves, scarves) to more than ...

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Family Plans Funeral Instead of Birthday Celebration

By Charles Roughy Staff Writer Demario Bailey  Instead of celebrating a birthday, the Bailey Family will be planning the funeral of yet another young black man murdered in the streets of Chicago. As of Tuesday, four suspects have been charged in the senseless murder of 15-year-old Demario Bailey. Demario was killed while protecting his twin brother  Demacio from attackers under a dark viaduct at 63rd and so ...

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Feds Seeking Expanded Education for Incarcerated Youth

By George Curry NNPA Columnist                 Atty. General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for impriosoned juveniles.   In an effort to provide sufficient educational opportunities for incarcerated youth,  the Department of Justice and the Department of Education have released a joint corrections guidance for state educational agencies, a move exp ...

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E for Effort

By James Washington Special to The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly   E for Effort Have you ever been too embarrassed to pray, too afraid or really just too ashamed? Maybe you were afraid, or perhaps just feeling a little guilty. Because we claim to know Jesus, it is during very difficult times, that to kneel down before the Lord, (especially after you’ve done exactly that thing which represents the absolut ...

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A Criminal Justice System that Suffocates Us

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk.  The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him.  And because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the life ...

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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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PASTOR IRA ACREE, CONGREGATION HOLD SPECIAL PRAYER SERVICE AND PEACEFUL PROTEST

              Rev. Acree and congregation stand in front of Greater St. John Bible Church to protest against the injustice of blacks. Photo by John Alexander Anti-violence activist Rev. Ira Acree and the Greater St. John Bible Church are gearing up to express their support and solidarity for the grieving families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by holding a special prayer ...

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