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Mind games: The mental connection to physical fitness

by Vernon Warrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When the average person asks me a question about physical fitness, it's normally something like, "I'm ready to get in shape, so what should I do?"

My natural inclination is usually to find out what they have been doing up to that point, and the responses are always generally the same: "I've stopped eating everything that I know is bad." Or, "I've gone cold turkey except for rain water and cabbage, plus I do X amount of miles, sit-ups, etc. every day."

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When rap lyrics become evidence

When rap lyrics become evidence

by Erik Nielson
New America Media

Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge, La., rapper better known to fans as Lil Boosie, faced the trial of his life in May. Charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Terry Boyd, Boosie stood accused of paying his friend Mike "Marlo Mike" Loudon $2,800 to carry out the hit. A conviction would have put him behind bars for good.

But local prosecutors had very little with which to work. With no physical evidence tying Boosie to the crime, they built their case on a prior confession from Marlo Mike – a statement he later recanted at trial – and, more important, Boosie's rap lyrics.

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  • Written by New America Media
  • Category: News

Rep. Jackson’s medical leave stirs questions

Rep. Jackson’s medical leave stirs questions

Much of Chicago and a goodly portion of the nation's capital are grappling with questions of why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been out on medical leave for a month with no explanation of where he is and what he's suffering from.

Most of the colleagues with whom he serves in the House of Representatives who've been asked said they have no idea of what the problem might be.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

‘Netflix of Africa’ brings Nigerian films to the world

Walk into any African hair braiding shop or store in the United States and you'll probably see a Nigerian film blaring from a television screen.

Once only available as pirated DVDs sold by street-side peddlers, the wildly popular "Nollywood" films will now be as accessible at the click of a button – thanks to fledgling firm iRoko Partners, an Internet company that distributes Nigerian films all over the world.

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  • Written by New America Media
  • Category: News

AFSCME union elects first African-American president

(NNPA) Delegates to the 40th International Convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), elected Lee A. Saunders to be president and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer of the union representing 1.6 million public service workers.

Saunders becomes the first African-American elected AFSCME's president, while Reyes becomes the first woman secretary-treasurer.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Chicago murders key call for collective effort to curb crime

Chicago murders key call for collective effort to curb crime

There've been more than 275 murders in the city within the last seven months. The number exceeds the number of soldiers killed in combat during the same time period.

What's it going to take for it to end? A faith-based leader and veteran police officer said it's going to take everyone to step up, step out and get involved.

On Sunday, the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan used Twitter (@LouisFarrakhan) as one of his outlets to speak against the violence.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
  • Category: News

Obama highlights record, downplays GOP’s Romney

Obama highlights record, downplays GOP’s Romney

by Rebecca Nuttall
Real Times News Service

Amidst the sweltering heat, with temperatures that rose to the 90s, hundreds gathered on the lawn of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts (July 6) for a campaign speech by President Barack Obama.

Despite the dozen or so people who were taken away by ambulance after succumbing to the effects of the heat, the crowd remained entirely energetic as the president stepped to the podium.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
  • Category: News

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