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The Light Café is not Your Average Café

By: Jazmyne Walker Restaurant WCW Staff Writer In a familiar west side area of Chicago, The Light Café peacefully sits at 4015 W. Harrison Ave.  The Light Café opened in 2011 and, since then, has been known to serve more than just pastries and coffee.  They serve breakfast and lunch with a side of inspiration for the community, by the community. “We are more than a restaurant [but] a ray of hope in the comm ...

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Pastor Ronald’s 14Th Year Anniversary

Pastor Ronald Watkins recently celebrated his 14 year anniversary as pastor of Abundant Life Faith Ministries. Pastor Ronald Watkins grew up in Chicago, Illinois in a Christian home.  He attended church faithfully under the leadership of his father the late Reverend Dr. Grady Watkins of Greater New Macedonia MB Church on the Westside of Chicago.  Under that influence, Pastor Ronald Watkins accepted Jesus Ch ...

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Ayanna Gregory Pays Homage to Father, Trailblazing Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory

by Ariel Medley Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper  “Daughter of the Struggle”, a one woman play about her life as one of 10 children growing up with Dick Gregory as her father, told through a series of recollections and songs. (Courtesy Photo) Ayanna Gregory, daughter of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, embraced her father on stage at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts C ...

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Credit CARD Act Saves Consumers Billions

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist With 71 percent of consumers having at least one credit card, new research findings from two different sources show that the Credit CARD Act, enacted in 2009, is working. The only difference between the reports is just how much consumers are benefitting. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the total cost of credit declined by two percentage points ...

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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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