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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Congress is Eating Away at Food Stamps

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Steven and Laurie, a White married couple that lives near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store.  She is a cashier; he works in the storeroom.  Each earns about $9 an hour but neither works 40 hours a week.  Indeed, they are lucky to pull 40 hours a week combined.  Sometimes weeks they are fortunate enough to pull 45 hours a week between them.  Some weeks their combined ...

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Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall on the premiere of “Arsenio.” By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. I couldn’t believe how excited I was to see Arsenio “back in the saddle” so ...

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From a Successful Law Firm to a Booming Tea Business

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer A southern sweetness that cannot be forgotten but just enough zing added to let you know that it’s real; Magnolia Spice Teas is a healthy, all natural beverage alternative, uniquely flavored, and ready to drink. Unlike most other ready to drink teas which are made from liquid concentrate and water, Magnolia Spice Teas are kettle-brewed from black or green tea leaves and o ...

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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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Program Returns Foreclosed Borrowers to Homeownership

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the aftermath of more than 2.5 million foreclosures, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is now offering a homeownership program that will put previously troubled borrowers on a fast-tracked return to the home ownership market. The new program, known as “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstance,” cuts the standard three-year waiting period to only 12 months. Accordi ...

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How to Get a Job Out of College

Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Given today’s unemployment rate for new graduates, finding your dream job often requires understanding what employers are looking for and a bit of patience, plus some of your own proactive steps. Following these tips can help you get started to find that first job. Prepare your resume To write a good resume, gather information on your graduation status, ski ...

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Stevie Wonder Initiates Celebrity Boycott of Florida

by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder (Courtesy Photo) It started with Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder, but celebrities of different genres have begun to boycott performances in Florida in protest of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law. The announcements come just days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the February ...

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Trayvon Inspired Obama to Act Like the First Black President

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In 2004, at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois.  He electrified the convention and created a global buzz among those who watched on TV. In 2006, I was proud to see him elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. In 2008, I was even more proud to see a Black man elected to be ...

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