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By James Washington Special to The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly   E for Effort Have you ever been too embarrassed to pray, too afraid or really just too ashamed? Maybe you were afraid, or perhaps just feeling a little guilty. Because we claim to know Jesus, it is during very difficult times, that to kneel down before the Lord, (especially after you’ve done exactly that thing which represents the absolut ...

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A Criminal Justice System that Suffocates Us

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk.  The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him.  And because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the life ...

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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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              Rev. Acree and congregation stand in front of Greater St. John Bible Church to protest against the injustice of blacks. Photo by John Alexander Anti-violence activist Rev. Ira Acree and the Greater St. John Bible Church are gearing up to express their support and solidarity for the grieving families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by holding a special prayer ...

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‘Friends’ Desert Bill Cosby when he Needs them Most

  “Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional. I have worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and business. So, let’s deconstruct this media frenzy engulfing the man who was once America’s ...

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10th annual tree lighting celebration

Austin Chamber of Commerce and the 15th District Chicago Police Department held the 10th Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting celebration Thursday, December 4, 2014. The parade kicked off at Madison and Cicero and ended at 5700 W. Madison the 15th District Police Station. The theme this year was “The Ball is in Your Court to Make Your Community Great!               ...

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Yes, Marching Still Makes a Difference

By: Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities across the nation in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict White police officers for killing unarmed African Americans. As always, there are detractors who argue that civil rights ...

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Westside College Student Opens V103 r&B and Old school music fest

WEST SIDE COLLEGE STUDENT OPENS V103  R&B OLD SCHOOL MUSIC FEST                 This past Saturday Bernard Lilly Jr, a 2014 graduate of Providence St. Mel  School opened up for the V103 R&B and old school Jam. The concert included performances from Mint Condition, Kieth Sweat, and the legendary Isley Brothers. The Windy City Word caught up with Bernard after t ...

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Rev. Jackson: Grand Jury’s Decision Follows Historic Pattern of Injustice

By:Naimah Latif Contributing Columnist Jesse Jackson speaks at a recent press conference about the Grand Jury's decision in the  case. Standing with Rev. Jackson (L to R) Rev. Acree, Rev. Wilson and Rev. Hatch Photo By: John Alexander “Tonight is a sad commentary on the historical pattern of an unarmed black teen shot and killed and it is seen as justifiable homicide,” stated Rev. Jesse Jackson Tuesday even ...

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Chicago Set to Raise Minimum Wage to 13$

Chicago is one of the cities around the country that is attempting to bypass the state legislature and get a grip on this hot button political issue on its own. Earlier this year other cities such as Seattle voted to phase in a $15-per-hour wage. Portland, Maine, and Louisville are also reviewing the minimum wage issue. Some business owners and Republicans feel that raising the minimum wage will lead to job ...

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