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WALA WORD – DJ NATE

WALACAM TV SPOTLIGHT   DJ Nate, born Nathan Clark, is a rap artist and music producer from  the westside of Chicago. He is well known within Chicago for his Footwork Tracks which are instrumental tracks in the genre known as “Juke”,which is made for Footworking, or Juke dancing. The Juke sound has its roots in Chicago House, Ghettotech, Booty House and is recognizably a manic sped up hybrid. Footwork t ...

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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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Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and efforts paid off financially. Great artists with great lyrics were able to break through and perform on the world stage.  From the gritty streets of New York they ar ...

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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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A Tribute to Independent Artists in Chicago

After releasing numerous projects featuring some of the city’s acclaimed about artists, Closed Sessions recording label presented On Our Radar: A Tribute to Independence, a weekend long showcase held at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. on July 6 and 7. Kevin Coval, Founder of Louder Than A Bomb (youth poetry festival), and Chicago author, hosted the show along with the musical accompaniment of DJ Suc ...

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The Austin Area Juneteenth Celebration

The Westside Historical Society and Austin Weekly News co-sponsored the 2013 Juneteenth Festival at The Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., from June 14 to the 16.  The three-day event included a parade, gospel celebration, as well as stage performances and local merchant vendors. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States ...

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Byron Cage: Ministering God’s Word through Music

by Teria Rogers Special to the NNPA from theAfro-American Newspaper On a recent Thursday, evening at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, music minister Byron Cage counted down the tasks he needed to complete in preparation for an evening service. On this particular night, he readied for a special men’s worship service featuring Bishop Walter Scott Thomas and his men’s choir from ...

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Global Mixx 2012 Music Forum

  GLOBAL MIXX HOSTED ITS 6TH ANNUAL MUSIC FORUM Global Mixx Music Forum 2012 – “The Business of Creation” featured panels, artist showcases, Master Classes and more with top industry professionals CHICAGO, IL (Aug 30) – After a 2-year hiatus, the 6th Annual Global Mixx Music Forum hosted the ‘Business of Creation’ on Sunday August 19th, 2012 at the Zhou B Art Center, the premier venue for international ...

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Celebrating Black Music

Spirit has many ways of expressing itself. One of those channels of expression occurs through music; the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic voice of our soul, reflecting years of feelings and experiences. From early times it has been known as a healing force. We used it to record family histories and communicate between communities. Work songs were used to lessen the harsh conditions of a prison chain gang. Chants ...

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Diddy’s Son Defends Acceptence of UCLA Football Scholarship

Justin Combs, son of hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, took to Twitter this week to defend his full scholarship to UCLA, which the school confirmed this week. Many in cyberspace are questioning whether the multimillionaire’s son should have accepted the $54,000 football scholarship, given the school’s economic troubles. But the 18-year-old said he earned the scholarship. “Regardless what the circumstances a ...

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