Get Covered Illinois’ Valentine’s Day Survey Reveals Health Care is Important Factor for New Couples

From online dating to matchmaking services, in today’s world people have many ways to find “the one.” But when it comes to pursuing a relationship, a new survey from Get Covered Illinois shows that for many Illinoisans, health insurance is an important factor. More than two thirds (67 percent) of those surveyed listed having health Read More …

“Aint Misbehavin'” ain’t for the frigid

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | JAPWoodruff@gmail.com In an exciting, risky and down right demand for attention, Porchlight Music Theatre’s, “Aint Misbehavin’” brings to us the Harlem Renaissance with an edge. With inspiration drawing from and in honor of the book written by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr., combined with the  powerful music and vibe Read More …

A Look at the Northern Civil Rights Movement – Part 2

The Civil Rights Movement took root in Chicago thanks to the fearless leadership of men, women and youth who refused to accept the status quo and stood united for change. Through negotiation, litigation and demonstration, these brave individuals helped change Chicago and the nation. Among those great leaders were Chicago Urban League executive director Edwin Read More …

Moses Hall: CEO of MoHall Loft

It is truly amazing when one can make a living off of their creative art. It is a sure sign that you’ve shaken hands, successfully, with art and business. The learning process and the challenges don’t end, however, as an artist you are overjoyed with the notion that you are profiting from something you love. Read More …

Beanie Baby Justice – The Light and The Heavy of the Jail Sentence

I am not a lawyer.  I am confused, John Q. Public. It seems to me that America has a double standard of justice. There is an adage stating that when you go to court you don’t know how you are coming out.  Does it depend on the lawyer?  Does it depend on the crime?  Does it depend Read More …

America’s Favorite Oscar Worthy Black Films

By all accounts, 2013 was a striking year for black film directors. There were eleven films with black filmmakers this year: “12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen); “Black Nativity” (Kasi Lemmons); “Baggage Claim” (David E. Talbert); “The Best Man Holiday” (Malcolm D. Lee); “Big Words” (Neil Drumming); “Fruitvale Station” (Ryan Coogler); “The Butler” (Lee Daniels); Read More …

One-on-One with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

London-born actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, 36, is the recipient of numerous acting awards and nominations including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star award in 2006, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for Othello, in 2008.  He also starred in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Serenity (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Children of Read More …

A Look At the Northern Civil Rights Movement and Reflection on its Leaders

In celebration of Black History Month, the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation has launched a video series, beginning with the Northern Civil Rights Movement, that reflects the fight for the desegregation of the public school system, the creation of fair housing laws, and to put an end to biased hiring practices. This video collection aims to Read More …

A New U: When Determination meets Discipline

By UniQue Webster How did I allow myself to get to a whopping 300 plus pounds after losing 150 pounds five years prior? I’ll tell you how, through depression, anger, and bitterness. I was emotionally attached to food. I sought out refuge in fast food and chocolate. It provided a sense of comfort when all Read More …

B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements

Expanding and elaborating on its presentation of hip-hop artists in February 2014, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, partnering with the college’s School of Fine and Performing Arts and Radio Department, continues its 40th season with “B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements,” a convergence of local, national and international hip hop and house dance Read More …