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The African American community is riddled with health issues. According to The Department of Health and Human Services Office, “African American adults are 80 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.” This type of staggering statistic needs to be attacked head on. Rolling out caught up…

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The Musical Art Institute is the brainchild of Michael and Lana Manson. This organization was created with the children of Chicago in mind. “Our devotion and giving to our students is an intricate part of our lifestyle inclusive of our Christian philosophy and training,” says Michael Manson. The Musical Arts Institute held its third annual…

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Jaleel Hampton is the second place winner of BMOA’s My City is Fly competition. We had an opportunity to discuss his piece and the meaning behind it. Jaleel, congratulations on winning second place in this competition. Your piece contains the word evolve, why did you you use that word? In order to promote nonviolence we have…

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I get a daily email from Marcus Ahmed detailing any and every activity going on at my high school alma mater, Hales Franciscan. Most times they serve as reminders of an alumni meeting, a school activity or the death of one of our alumni or a family member. Today I got a message that felt…

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For the past decade Chicago has been an epicenter of filmmaking and in many instances the majestic skyline of the city has served as the main character in a long list of movies. We have entered into film festival season. Festivals like Canne, Tribeca and SXSW are a few of the most well-known, however CIMM…

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