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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, All Bets Are Off

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr today asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the United States to file for bankruptcy. This decision has wide-ranging economic and political ramifications on many levels in a city that has been ...

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CPS Announces Launch of “Reinvestment Schools” To Help Transform District’s Highest Need Schools

CHICAGO— Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that twenty-two “reinvestment schools will receive direct support from the newly created Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) to provide guidance and tools to increase these schools’ overall performance. CPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett created OS4 as an integral piece of her five-year action plan, “The Next Generation: ...

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Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

By Chinta Strausberg Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice. Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray ...

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Southern Justice Prevails Again

By Walter Smith The rights of young Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed. It’s not only a crime to drive while black; it has now become a crime to be black. If there was any hope of ridding the Black community of guns and other weapons, kiss that premise goodbye. Young black men must be prepared to meet and defeat th ...

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming but the Wait is Over

By Marc N. Johnson ©2013 Kevin “Big Rap” Brinson has the blueprint.  No, not the Jay-Z album, but the actual blueprint.  To what, you ask?  Well, he has the blueprint to success in the rap music industry.  Period. After more than twenty years of executive management for hit makers like Twista and Do or Die for Creator’s Way Associated Labels (CWAL), Big Rap is on the scene with his debut album, Long Time Co ...

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The Unbelievable Walmart

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on.  It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are.  I went running to the rest room. In April of this year, a building (Rana Plaza) collapsed in Bangladesh.  It was a building containing garment factories.  There had been evidence th ...

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Early Failures Create a Promising Future

by R. Preston Clark Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Victor J. Glover sat in one of his engineering classes at Cal State-San Luis Obispo in the late 1990s. It wasn’t going well. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, along with athletic responsibilities in football and wrestling, this class wasn’t getting the time and energy it deserved. Glover failed that class. But sometimes, fai ...

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Jesse White Brings Office Services to Taste of Chicago

Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that they can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, or conduct other transactions with his office at the Secretary of State’s Taste of Chicago booth from July 10-14, 2013. White’s office will provide services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday, July 14th when hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

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The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We have to realize that we are moving backwards and the country has to realize that the greatest national security and economic security threat is not from some outside enemy, it is from our failure to invest in these chil ...

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Bobby “Blue” Bland

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front o ...

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