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    • UNMC/Nebraska Medicine to host Martin Luther King Jr. Event Jan. 21
    • California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History
    • Homelessness in Nebraska Down Modestly In 2018
    • Risen Son Baptist Church Merges with Mount Moriah
    • Keeping Your Resolutions & Goals for 2019

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    Jan. 15 Event at Omaha Science Cafe »

    Jesse Bell, Ph.D., will discuss why climate change matters to our health at the next Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

    Jan. 16 The Jewell Event »

    The Jewell, a new state-of-the-art jazz club, in downtown Omaha’s Capitol District at 1030 Capitol Ave will host a soft-opening featuring Dominick Farinacci and Lucy Woodward. Shows begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. For more info, visit

    Jan. 18 Netflix Premiere »

    “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike” premieres globally, only on Netflix.

    Jan. 21 MLK Holiday »

    MLK Holiday. It’s a day on, not a day off! Do something for somebody. Articles on events are included throughout this issue.

    Jan. 21 Fliye Productions MLK Festival »

    Fliye Productions presents MLK Festival at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St. The festival begins with the Juneteenth Nebraska Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. and concludes with a poetic tribute to the work of MLK at 8 p.m. Other activities include a fashion show, hair show, youth talent show, an art gallery and more. For costs and more info, phone 402-502-5291.

    Jan. 22 ROE ON THE ROCKS »

    Get tickets now to ROE ON THE ROCKS, a one-of-a-kind show celebrating the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, featuring Omaha-area women musicians and benefiting Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Access Fund, Inc. Felicia Webster and Alisa Monique Moore are among the many female performers. The evening begins at 6:00 and concludes at 9:00. For more info, visit Roe on the Rocks’ Facebook page.

    Jan. 24 Build Up Omaha! »

    Build Up Omaha! Join Civic Nebraska along with co-host Natalie Simmonds for an evening to celebrate and recognize community leaders and young Nebraskans who work to build a strong civil and civic society. The keynote speaker will be Shawn Healy, Director of Democracy for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Chicago, Illinois. Heavy hors d’oeuvre and refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Livestock Exchange Ballroom, 4920 S. 30th St. from 5-7 p.m. For more info, visit Build Up Omaha’s Facebook page.

    Jan. 31 Omaha State of Mind Album Release Party »

    Ed Archibald will host Omaha State of Mind album release party at the Ozone Lounge, 7220 F St. from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There will be a live performance featuring songs from the album. For tickets, visit

    Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday Free Toastmasters Club Lunch and Learn at Noon »

    Where Leaders Are Made 2401 Lake St.

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    The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 70 years, has been Nebraska’s largest African American newspaper and the city’s most effective device to improve the lives of African Americans. Since 1938, the policy of the Omaha Star has been to print only positive news and to be a vigilant champion for African-American progress. Located in the heart of Omaha’s African American community, two blocks south of 24th & Lake Street, the Omaha Star building is a surviving symbol of culture, strength, positive journalism, information and education to individuals in Omaha and the surrounding areas.

    The Omaha Star, with its circulation of approximately 30,000, was found in a survey conducted in 2001 to be read six times before being discarded. In its history, The Omaha Star has never missed an edition. Its archives are a miniature history of Omaha’s black community, a population of well over 60,000 people.


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