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Congressional Democrats Introduce Bills to Restore Felon Voting Rights

  Congressional Democrats Introduce Bills to Restore Felon Voting Rights   In the Senate, the Democracy Restoration Act was introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), among others. The act would guarantee the right to vote in a federal election to every citizen unless they are incarcerated f ...

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Howard University Inaugurates 17th President

Changes at Historically Black University   When Wayne A.I. Frederick entered Howard University as a 16-year-old, small-framed freshman, he wasn’t viewed as a current student to some of his peers. He weighed 88 pounds, stood at 5 feet, 6 inches, and sometimes when he was introduced to his fellow students, he would be asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” After focusing in studies that eventu ...

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Aldermanic Challengers Accuse Incumbents of Ineffectiveness In Westside Aldermanic Forum

A spirited crowd cheered their favorite candidates and provoked an occasional reprimand by the moderator during a west side Aldermanic Candidates Forum held Saturday, March 21, 2015, sponsored by the West Side Women’s League of Voters. The forum, held at the Third Unitarian Church at 301 N. Mayfield, gave voters a chance to ask questions of the Aldermen and their challengers prior to the April 7th runoff el ...

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THE FEMALE SOLUTION: Fighting Over A Man: Will It Gain You Respect?

            By: Naimah Latif Columnist THE FEMALE SOLUTION: Fighting Over A Man:  Will It Gain You Respect? “That’s MY man!” Well, you can’t actually own another human being. People aren’t property that you can attach a monetary value to in order to buy and sell. They’re not pets you can keep locked in the house or chained to the fence outside. Every person has a right to choos ...

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In Selma, Ala., Obama Proved that he is ‘Black Enough’

                  BY: GEORGE CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST   In Selma, Ala., Obama Proved that he is ‘Black Enough’   Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he Black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the 2008 annual convention of the National Association of ...

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President Obama’s Visit Draws 150 Thousand To Selma March

  By: Naimah Latif STAFF WRITER President Obama’s Visit Draws 150 Thousand To Selma March President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s presence in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches is said to be the catalyst for an estimated 150,000 participants in the highly publicized event, known as the reenactment of “Bloody Sunday.” Sunday, March 8, mar ...

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Harpo Studio Closes After 26 Years

  Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Studios will close its doors after 26 years. The 26-year-old company that spurred the revitalization of the West loop surrounding areas is transitioning to the OWN headquarters in Los Angeles. The Chicago lease continues through April 2016, however Winfrey and her key executives intend to stop the back-and-forth routine and commit to California. The Harpo studio mo ...

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Report: Incarceration Shows Little to No Effect on Crime

Report: Incarceration Shows Little to No Effect on Crime In the last two decades mass incarceration, a system that has a disproportionate negative impact on the Black community, has had little to no effect on crime, according to a new report. The United States accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population and one-quarter of the world’s incarcerated population, “nine to ten times that of many Europe ...

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Racial Disparities in Early Childhood Hurts U.S.

  Increased investment in early childhood education and care can eradicate many of the racial success gaps that persist throughout society, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), Early childhood encompasses birth through 3 years old, and children of color are already the majority in this as-yet-unnamed generation. The report, titled, “Investing in Infants and Toddlers to ...

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19 Aldermanic Runoffs

19 Aldermanic Runoffs               Mayoral race I headed or runoff on April 7, and so are 19 aldermanic ward races. A runoff occurs when no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the votes. The two candidates with the most votes in each race will be on the ballot in April 7, 2015.   Here are the wards with confirmed or apparent runoffs: 2nd Ward Alyx Pattison – 24% ...

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