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Motown the Musical Star Delights in Performing for Family in Jax

by L. Jones For one week, Motown The Musical held center stage at the Times Union Moran Center, where Motown music lovers enthusiastically sang in unison hits of the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and the entire Motown roster. Motown fans were able to take a peek inside the life of Berry Gordy’s empire, his family and his heartbreaking relationship with singer, songwriter, actre ...

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Men of St. Paul AME Preparing Young Black Males for Success

St. Paul AME hosted the Sons of Allen dedication of 80 shirts and ties to the 5,000 Role Model of Excellence program. Former senator and community trustee Tony Hill led the call for donations to the program. “The goal for this project was 500 shirts, we are 100 short. We’re asking the community to help us reach our goal; you can drop them off at WCGL. We are in need of white long sleeves shirts Large, XL 17 ...

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Mother/Daughter Duos Graduate from EWC

Mother’s Day weekend will be extra special for four Edward Waters College students. After decades of putting higher education off, two separate mother-daughter pairs will be graduating together in the Class of 2016 with their Bachelors of Business Administration degrees. Terrilyn Smith, Tarayla Slaughter, Joyce Truett and Tiffany Nealy are all enrolled in the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management ...

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Tubman, King, Anderson to Grace U.S. Currency

U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. For the first time in history, famous Black pioneers will grace the U.S. currency. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, will be on the back of the bill. Jacks ...

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The Battle is Over; Kathleen Battle Returns to the Metropolitan Opera

By Frederick H. Lowe World-renown soprano Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera later this year after the  company fired her in 1994 for being too difficult to work with. Battle will perform the recital “Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad—A Spiritual Journey” at 4:00 p.m. November 13. She will sing a recital of spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, ...

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The Clinton Crime Bill in Context

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Former President William Jefferson Clinton mixed it up with Black Lives Matter activists as he defended his Presidency, and his 1994 crime bill, when he was campaigning for candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia last week. Hillary fans will say it isn’t fair that the Black Lives Matter folks keep raising issues from the Bill Clinton presidency, but since the Clintons c ...

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Pop Superstar Prince Dies at his Minnesota Home

  In this Feb. 27, 2005 file photo, singer Prince arrives with his wife Manuela Testolini for the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publ ...

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Bernie Sanders Wants Free College for Everyone, But is it a Realistic Concept?

by Reggie Fullwood “Education is a precondition to survival in America today,” said Marian Wright Edelman. Certainly, that belief was rooted at the foundation of President Obama’s announcement last year that he believes that community college should be free to all Americans. The president's plan was called “America's College Promise.” The initiative would cover students' tuition for qualifying community col ...

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U.S. Banks Shortchange Justice

By George E. Curry While our attention was focused last week on Bill Clinton becoming unhinged while defending his indefensible crime bill and insulting the Black Lives Matter Movement in the process, Wells Fargo and billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson were demonstrating how the wealthy escape personal responsibility when they misbehave badly. In the case of Wells Fargo, bank executives agreed to pay ...

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Traditional Values Remain Important in the Black Community

By Raynard Jackson What do these four people all have in common: Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry, II, better known as Steph Curry, Ayesha Alexander Curry, Carvin Haggins and BriaMarie? Yes, they are all involved in entertainment at the highest levels. Yes, they all have achieved some measure of success within the industry. Yes, they are all Black. Yes, they are all Christians and yes they are all Americans. B ...

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