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Cleveland Hustles

Executive producer LeBron James’ CNBC series, “Cleveland Hustles,” certainly lived up to its title. The new cable show is about business in Cleveland. It sizzles with the hustle of the entrepreneurs fighting to make their dreams come true. Each episode follows a local investor trying to decide which of two business concepts receives financial backing.

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The Make Up Question

To wear or not to wear make up is the question. I guess every woman at one time asks herself this question. In the world of show business it is not even a thought, let alone a reality. However, Ms. Keys has declared that she will go naked, bare face that is. Even when she

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African Festival of the Arts

Rose Royce and Howard Hewett headline the African Festival of the Arts September 5. The Fest is in Washington Park, Labor Day Weekend, from September 2-5. This year’s theme is Ruwadzano (togetherness) and recognizes Robert Jordan and Diana Dinkins-Carr in Grand style. Friday is Chicago Dance Night, so the steppers can step away, Saturday is

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Meet Deonte Baker

Clarence Waldron, former entertainer editor for Jet Magazine and publicist for Aretha Franklin has discovered a new talent. Deonte Baker , 24, sings and recently made his solo debut performance. From the moment he strolled on stage singing “Pure Imagination,” Deonte Baker had us. There was nothing he needed to do besides sing, sing, sing.

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Is Aretha Sick?????

The Diva of them all, Ms. Aretha Franklin, has canceled her Washington, D.C., Wolf Trap National Park, concert and her New York, Radio City Music Hall concerts on doctors’ orders. “Regretfully, due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” Franklin said in a press release.

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Help Baton Rouge…

Rev. Jesse Jackson visited the flood victims in Baton Rouge and immediately and has started a humanitarian drive to assist. This is the worse flood in Baton Rouge history. It rained for 15 straight hours and 31 inches of rain flowed. Nearly one million people in Louisiana are affected, many are homeless and the churches

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A Stunning Surprise At Jury Duty

I did my civic duty recently by serving on jury duty. After waiting half a day in a holding room, all of us John Q. Citizens were called to the courtroom for jury selection. There was a case and our numbers were called. We had forms to fill out with very basic vital information like

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Taraji Henson Memoirs . .

Taraji P. Henson’s memoir, Around the Way Girl, is coming out this fall. “I’m just a girl who went to Hollywood with my son, $700, and a dream,” Henson said in a statement on Simon & Schuster’s website. “There were some detours along the way, some heartache, and a whole lot of hustle. My family,

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President Carter Resolves King Dispute

Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs have agreed to end their legal fight over who owns the slain civil rights leader’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal, according to a court document filed that did not disclose if the item will be sold. A trial to settle the years-long dispute had been set to start in Atlanta

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The Capone Story. . .

Award Winning author Deirde Bair has written the first definitive bio on one of Chicago’s most famous citizens, Al Capone. She had the cooperation of Capone’s descendants, and access to never-before-seen photos and testimony painting a full picture of the most famous gangster in American history. She shows a loving and doting father and the

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Spice Girls Paid. . .

Well the rumors are over! The Spice Girls who’ll be reuniting for a show in London’s Hyde Park next summer stand to take home a staggering $14 million-plus each for the one-off gig! For a two-hour show, that adds up to well over $100,000 a minute for the trio, who’ve dubbed themselves GEM. After months

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New Shoes. . .

Hyde Parks gets a new shoe store. JoJAYDEN HANDMADE opens with hand made shoes exclusively from South Africa. Fine leathers, unique items and accessories. The Grand Opening is Wednesday, August 21. Stop by, 1437 East 53rd Street. Nice Shoes, nicely priced.

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There Is No Free Gala Ticket. . .

By Hermene Hartman The Black community is in the process of being re-constructed, or de-constructed, if you will. I don¹t know if it is by choice or by chance, but what I do know for sure is that it is happening. How so, you might ask. Black business on a whole is in decline. Many

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National Museum of African American History Opens. . .

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens September 24 in Washington, D.C. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

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Linda Clifford Live in Concert . . .

1980’s Disco Legend LINDA CLIFFORD – LIVE IN CONCERT! Friday, August 26, 2016 at Unity in Chicago Unity in Chicago to presents 1980’s disco legend LINDA CLIFFORD – LIVE IN CONCERT! This one night only event is Friday, August 26, 2016 at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave. in Chicago. The five-time Grammy nominee

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Tony at 90, Johnny at 80. . .

How did this happen? Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis are performing in Chicagoland on the same evening. Mr. Bennett celebrates his 90th birthday at Ravinia in his annual standard performance. And Johnny celebrates his 60th year in the music business at 80 years young at the AllState Arena in Rosemont. Both are beautiful voices that

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Open an Account at Seaway. . .

The Black community is hard hit in the business community. Where are our businesses? Seaway is threatened and is in a money raise mode. We have a trillion dollar economy and SEAWAY must remain open. Some ministers have gathered in a money raise for Seaway. Open an account of $1,000 and put it in the

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The Jackie Wilson Story. . .

Jackie Taylor’s masterpiece The Jackie Wilson Story returns to the Black Ensemble Theater stage. This is a story of one of the all-time great entertainers known as “Mr. Excitement.” He was a master showman with a four octave ranged voice. He died far too young at 50, he collapsed on stage while performing from a

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Constitutional Presidential Qualifications Need To Chan...

By Hermene Hartman I had an Irish friend ask me recently if African Americans will vote for Donald Trump for president. My answer was, “Hell no, but Muslims, Mexicans, veterans and some Republicans won’t be voting for him, either.” Everyone around us began to laugh out loud, saying that was a real gem of an

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Jason Mitchell in Trouble. . .

Straight Outta Compton’ star Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E, is being investigated for allegedly attacking a woman in a Boston hotel. via TMZ: Law enforcement sources tell us they got called to The Ritz early Monday when an 18-year-old woman claimed Mitchell got rough. According to the report, obtained by TMZ, she told police the

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Hands of Stone. . .

The Weinstein Company released a new film clip from their film “Hands Of Stone,” starring Robert De Niro as boxing coach Ray Arcel and Usher Raymond IV and Edgar Ramirez as the legendary boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, exclusively through global music and entertainment platform TIDAL. The film is slated to be in

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Black Girl Comic Lead. . .

Fans of comics and action- adventure fiction are in for an exciting treat following the launch of the new graphic novel series, Rayven Choi. The book features comics’ first standalone black superheroine and is tipped to be made into a film Written by filmmaker, Shequeta L. Smith, Rayven Choi tells the gripping story of an

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The Real. . .

The new season of ‘The Real’ is right around the corner and we might know who may be filling Tamar Braxton’s seat when the show returns. Mel B., Ashanti, Eve, and Monica are all on the producers’ shortlist as potential replacements. ‘The Real’ has already been renewed for it’s third AND fourth seasons.

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Diana Ross Performs. . .

The Chicago Urban League announced that one of the most iconic entertainers of all time, Diana Ross, will be the headlining performer at the Golden Fellowship Dinner-Centennial Edition benefit gala on November 19, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago. The Golden Fellowship Dinner is the League’s largest annual fundraiser and one of Chicago’s premier fundraising events.

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