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Famed native son, Beauford T. Williams aka renowned entertainer ‘Eddie Blue’ crosses over at 82

| April 27, 2016
Famed native son, Beauford T. Williams aka renowned entertainer ‘Eddie Blue’ crosses over at 82

SHILOH, Ohio—Fort Wayne lost one of it’s most famous native son’s recently. Beauford T. Williams, 82, known professionally as “Eddie Blue” made his transition April 22 in Mansfield Ohio. Born June 3, 1933 to Beauford and Josephine Williams in Fort Wayne, Ind., Beauford T. Williams was a member of the Central High School class of […]

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President Obama, public leaders mourn Prince

| April 27, 2016
President Obama, public leaders mourn Prince

  By Harry Colbert Jr. (Insight News, NNPA Member) The reaction to the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, more commonly simply known as Prince, has come from all reaches of society. Prince was found unresponsive at Paisley Park—his home and entertainment compound—in the early morning hours of April 21. He was 57. The death came […]

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Stop the presses: Few endorsements making headlines in in black papers

| April 27, 2016
Stop the presses: Few endorsements making headlines in in black papers

By Erick Johnson (From the Chicago Crusader, NNPA Member) Forget it, Hillary. Sorry, Bernie. When the time came for the Florida Courier to endorse either candidate, the edgy black newspaper dropped a bombshell with a large headline just five days before the crucial primary elections in the sunshine state. “NONE OF THE ABOVE,” the headline […]

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Spotlight on Pastor Luther Whitfield of New Covenant Worship Center

| April 27, 2016
Spotlight on Pastor Luther Whitfield of New Covenant Worship Center

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? As we travel on our journey of love, to get to know one another better, I’d like for you to remember when you were a youth. When I was a youth, all of these wonderful programs and ministries for children didn’t exist except for the CETA program that provided […]

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Jack Morris holds the chair to the Allen County Democrat Party

| April 27, 2016
Jack Morris holds the chair to the Allen County Democrat Party

By Jeanie Summerville 1.)  What does being the Democratic chair mean? That I hold the head, top position of the local Democratic Party.  So, I oversee the overall operation of the party, set the direction of the party, oversee raising funds and doing voter outreach, recruit candidates, give help to people to get out and […]

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Zetas to host Nursing Diversity Career Symposium

| April 27, 2016
Zetas to host Nursing Diversity Career Symposium

FORT WAYNE—The Zeta Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. is scheduled to host a Nursing Diversity Career Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 7 at the Grand Wayne convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., in the  Harrison Room. This first Nursing Diversity Career Symposium is designed to bring awareness to potential […]

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Listen to the elders

| April 27, 2016
Listen to the elders

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Oliver Manning, my patient, was short in stature but had a giant heart and mind. I took care of this wonderful man and his wife for many years. Before age took over his memory, he wrote many instructive poems that I often heard him recite. As you read his poetry […]

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Obituaries: April 27-May 3, 2016

| April 27, 2016
Obituaries: April 27-May 3, 2016

Brenda Lee Beasley, 54, of Fort Wayne, passed peacefully Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at home. A memorial gathering was held April 21, 2016, at 2224 Oliver St. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons. Yatmon “Yates” Cole Sr., 85, of Fort Wayne, our be loved father, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at home. Leila […]

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Somali-British poet penned verses in ‘Lemonade’

| April 26, 2016
Somali-British poet penned verses in ‘Lemonade’

(GIN)—Beyonce’s pick for lyrics setting off her latest production, LEMONADE, was Warsan Shire, a poet of Somali-British parentage. A 27-year-old born in Kenya to Somali parents, who published her first pamphlet, “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth,” in 2011, Shire went on to win the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2013. “I […]

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Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

| April 26, 2016
Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

(GIN)—To some, he was the King of Congolese rumba—a sound that layered luscious Cuban rumba with African instruments and beats. Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative. “The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged […]

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