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Merit School of Music

  MISSION: Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.   MERIT’S HISTORY: Alice Pfaelzer and Emma Endres-Kountz founded Merit School of Music in 1979 in response to the elimination of music education from Chic ...

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WalaWord Entertainment

As the Co-Publisher of the Windy City Word and an active member of the Chicago arts community and the national arts community, I am proud to announce a new and very special partnership between www.WalaCamTv.com / Windy City Word.  Starting January 2015 we will be launching The Wala Word Entertainment News Section. WalaCam and the Windy City Word collectively reach more than 23 million consumers annually thr ...

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Chi-Towns’s Finest DJ. Maine aka “Big Sexy”

As I sit back in my chair preparing to write this article, I had to ask myself if DJ Maine a.k.a “Big Sexy” really understands what he means to young men and woman dealing with weight issues in America? When I first came across his video online I was instantly memorized by his ability to use his obvious weight issues to gain your immediate attention so he can showcase his various talents. His hit single “Bi ...

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The Resurrection Project

In 1990, neighbors in Chicago’s Pilsen ors, which had been another need identified by the community. The Resurrection Project’s Community Development initiative—three interdependent strategies that include Property Management, Real Estate Development, and Financial Services—had begun. Our mission had never just been about bricks and mortars projects and investments in tangible assets. It had been about crea ...

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Zona Man • Track Name: Zona Man • Producer: 808 Mafia Southside

With the release his new mix tape “No Advance” Zona Man, born Terrance George, is elevating from the City of Chicago, where he was born and raised.  Taking his first steps of existence in the Robert Taylor public housing projects, Zona Man later relocating to The East side of Chicago- where he currently resides. Zona Man is from humble beginnings and was forced to manipulate many paths & driving several ...

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CAR REVIEW – 2015 Toyota Camry

BY FRANK S. WASHINGTON CONTRIBUTING WRITER The Toyota Camry has been the bestselling car in the United States for 12 years. Yes, 10.2 million have been sold and more than half – 6.6 million – are still on the road. So why change it? We never got a definitive answer. Only explanations such as we made it more premium, more fun to drive or more emotional were tossed around but that doesn’t really answer the qu ...

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King Detro – Crowned “KING OF FOOTWORK” in Chicago

Wala Word King Detro Wala Word caught up with the footwork king, “King Detro”, as he prepared to host the weekly WarZone. For those still getting familiar with the art of foot working, King Detro, or the current number of internationally acclaimed dancers that come from Chicago, visit www.WalaCamTV.com Q: So how did you get started footworking? King Detro: I fell in love with dance as a teen. I use to watch ...

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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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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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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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