Every year the N’DIGO Foundation Gala gives one of the foundation’s most prestigious accolades in acknowledgement of an individual’s professional achievements and positive contributions to society.
The Honorees of the 2016 N’DIGO Gala are:
- Karen Lewis: President of Chicago Teachers Union receives the N’Education Award. She is being honored for the leadership she is provided to Chicago Public School Teachers and as an educator in her own right.
- Pastor John Hannah: of New Life Convenant Church receives the N’Religion Award. He is being honored for his religious thrust, as he reaches over 20,000 congregants. He is expanding by building a new church building and a day care center, a teen ministry and serves the Grand Crossing communities.
- Alex Pissios: is the proprietor of Cinespace Chicago Film Studio. Mr. Pissios receives the N’Busniess Award. TV programs like Empire, Chicago Fire, Chicago Police are filmed here. Mr. Pissois has opened the film industry to Chicago.
- Brandon Smith: receives the N’Media Award. Mr. Smith is a freelance blogger. He was responsible for the video release of Laquan McDonald tape. The young blogger opened the case with his persistence for the FOYA.
- Theaster Gates: receives the N’Culture Award In Chicago, Gates’ leadership of artist-led spaces has catalysed an evolution in perceptions of some of the most underserved parts of the city. Beginning with interventions in small-scale residences, now known as Dorchester Projects, Gates’ houses in Greater Grand Crossing became a nexus for globally engaged experiments in structures of individual and collective living, working and art-making.
Own a piece of Harpo
Bidding is set to begin 2 p.m. Thursday and close 5 p.m. May 12 via oprah.screenbid.com. A commemorative plaque is included on the seat.
Proceeds from the auction are going to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports Winfrey’s private school in South Africa and the development of female leaders.
Kerry Washington is expecting her second baby with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.
She debuted her baby bump at the 2016 Met Gala,she wore a sexy and tight-fitting gown.
The Scandal star rubbed her belly on the red carpet as photographers went on to snap photos of her.
Janet Jackson postponed her Unbreakable tour to ‘start planning her family, but didn’t give any indication as to what that means and kept the world guessing as rumors swirled.
While fans have speculated the singer might be with child, the executive producer from Entertainment Tonight took to Twitter to congratulate Janet on her pregnancy.
Zopp Deputy Mayor???
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked former Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp to be the city’s deputy mayor, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.
Zopp, recently lost the March Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate to Rep. Tammy Duckworth, would be in charge of overseeing major city projects if she takes the job.
According to the Sun-Times, Zopp accepted Emanuel’s proposal, although an official announcement was postponed. City Hall officials have yet to confirm the appointment.
Headed to Harvard
The White House announced that eldest daughter Malia Obama will attend Harvard University
Malia, 17, will not be heading to Cambridge, Mass. this coming fall.
“Malia will take a gap year before beginning school,” read the statement from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. This means Malia will not attend Harvard until the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021.
The First Annual Mayor Harold Washington Summit
The Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee, is having The First Annual Mayor Harold Washington Summit, sponsored by the Chicago Public Library that will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the City of Chicago’s Harold Washington Library at 400 S. State Street. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
There is NO CHARGE to attend, but you must PRE-REGISTER.
Lunch is followed by the evening program that begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring a keynote address by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who overcame drug addiction and inspired the work of her rap icon son Tupac Shakur before guiding his estate after his murder, has died. She was 69.
She fell ill and suffered a suspected heart attack, police said.
A family member and a close friend were present when she became unresponsive, cops said.
“At this point, there is nothing to indicate to us that there was any foul play, nothing suspicious about this other than this being sadly a natural event,” Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said.