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Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats defeated repeated efforts over the past two weeks by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health car ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch” Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch”Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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A Place for Chicago’s Underground Hip-Hop

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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Warring With The War on Drugs

By Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is fine to end the failed public policy. “The War on Drugs is a racially biased policy and strategy. It is the new Jim Crow,” Daniels said. “We come today to claim that we’ve suffered enough…it’s time to bring an end to a ...

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Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National M ...

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Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws. Speaking at the CBC Foundation Dinner Saturday night, Obama said, “We ca ...

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Shooting of Unarmed Black in N.C. called ‘Murder’

By Cash Michaels Special from to the NNPA from The Carolinian CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP says the tragic death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a White Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer nearly two weeks ago was not voluntary manslaughter as formally charged, but “murder.” Rev. Kojo Nantambu, chapter president, said, “This [police officer], to me, executed th ...

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