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Thousands Turn Out Hoping For A Part In Spike Lee’s Film Chiraq

Thousands Turn Out Hoping For A Part In Spike Lee’s Film Chiraq Many aspiring actors and actresses came out for the open casting call for extras in the upcoming Spike Lee film "Chiraq", wrapping a line around the St. Sabina Church, as thousands came to register with 4 Star Casting. Although the publicly announced starting time was10:00am Saturday morning, many gathered outside St. Sabina church on 78th and ...

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WE DAY 2015

WE DAY 2015 WE Day is always a good time, but this was definitely something special. It was the first EVER We Day in Illinois with more than 15,000 students from across the state who filled the Allstate Arena! Joining these game-changers were local youth who are making a difference in the Chicago area, incredible speakers with strong motivational messages, and stand-out performers that had us dancing in our ...

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City agrees to pay $5.5 mil to Burge victims

Jon Burge City Agrees To Pay $5.5 mil To Burge Victims The city of Chicago created a reparations fund for victims of police torture, after the City Council unanimously approved the $5.5 million package. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the abuse and torture of scores of mostly black, male suspects in the 1970s, ‘80s and early ‘90s by former police Commander Jon Burge and his detectives is a “stain that canno ...

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Dorval Carter Becomes First African American CTA President

Dorval Carter Becomes First African American CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. (at podium), has been named president of the Chicago Transit Authority by Mayor Emanuel, replacing former CTA president Forrest Claypool who was recently named the Mayor’s chief of staff. CTA Chairman Terry Peterson (far left) and First Congressional District Congressman Bobby Rush (second from right) congratulate Carter on his new ...

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CTU Not Happy With Lack Of Contract Extension

By: Charles Roughy Staff Writer CTU Not Happy With Lack  Of Contract Extension Karen Lewis Mayor Rahm Emanuel The Chicago Teachers Union isn’t very happy,  they are being asked to take a 7% pay cut in their next contract. In  a statement issued Tuesday by CTU President Karen Lewis, it was indicated that this situation could lead to a tough negotiation and possibly a strike. CTU President Karen Lewis, who le ...

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Students Inspire Adults With Historic Speeches

By:Naimah Latif Staff Writer Students Inspire Adults With Historic Speeches   Judge Stanley Hill (front, center) sits with all the Chicago participants in the PUSH for Excellence Inspirational Speech Awards held Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Rainbow PUSH National Headquarters. Students from grades 1 through 12 were awarded prizes for memorizing and presenting profound speeches from historic and curren ...

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Vice President Biden Urges U of I Students To Speak Out Against Campus Sexual Assault

By: Naimah Latif Staff Writer Vice President Biden Urges U of I Students To Speak Out Against Campus Sexual Assault Vice President Joe Biden is presented an “Its On Us” T Shirt by students after his address on the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana campus. It’s On Us is a national campaign initiated by President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden which aims to end sexual assault on college campuses ...

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Woman institutionalized after proclaiming President Obama follows her on Twitter

By Charles Roughy Staff Writer     Pictured is Kam Brock, the young woman whom was arrested and institutionalized in New York after a traffic stop  Woman institutionalized after proclaiming President Obama follows her on Twitter A New York Woman was institutionalized in a mental hospital for more than a week last September.  Amazingly, one of the biggest issues around the case is whether or not Pr ...

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City Struggles to Balance Transparency vs. Investigation Integrity in Gray’s Death Probe

By: Roberto Alejandro Special to the NNPA: Afro-American Newspaper     City Struggles to Balance Transparency vs. Investigation Integrity in Gray’s Death Probe   Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts updates the media on his department’s investigation into the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)  Baltimore City officials are walking a tightrope as they ...

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Changing Lives Through Basketball

By Antoinette Logan Staff Writer The world we live in today, our children are not as safe as they once were with all the violence in our neighborhoods. It is important to reside in the young minds of boys and girls of every color, ethnicity, in hopes that our voices will guide them in the right direction. We have to be creative and find ways to teach them the do’s and don’ts of life. Marquise “Kezo” Brown, ...

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