N’The Loop June 28 |Corey Barksdale Performing at 29th Chicago Gospel Music Fest

Corey Barksdale is an anointed and gifted singer, songwriter, artist and philanthropist, whose faith in God and transparency keeps him grounded. His tremendous vocal talent and versatile songwriting abilities have granted him opportunities to share his music on several platforms. A native of Chicago, IL, singing and songwriting quickly became a constant early on in Read More …

Ruby Dee: Legends Live Forever … “The Somebodiness of Me”

  Her work, her spirit and her authentic love for the arts and humanity, sparked an interest in Ruby Dee that became infectious. The flash of her smile and the depths of the characters she transformed into acknowledged a woman set forth with purpose and a mission. Her spoken word poetry elicits a sense of Read More …

Young Womens Leadership Charter School: Annual Luncheon

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff         JAPWoodruff@gmail.com   In its 6th year the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School has had another successful luncheon. Taking place on April 9th at Downtown Chicago’s Hilton, it was headlined by Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC and successfully raised over $500,000 in donations. The room was Read More …

New Music: Chicago Artist Melissa Clark

From Chicago Public Schools Educator to now embracing her dreams of becoming a recording artist, Melissa Clark is ready to share her story and journey with the world. Breaking out with the self-written “Gold”, produced by “Oceans” singer/songwriter K’Jon, Clark offers an introspective groove with pure R&B intonation. “It’s everything that defines me as an Read More …

Top Chicago Young Professionals Auxiliary Celebrates its 31st Anniversary

                                                                Young professionals auxiliary, the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League (MetroBoard) will celebrate its 31st anniversary with a weekend full of events Read More …

The Blackmocrats

During the past primary election in March, I provided professional outreach services to Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner to meet and have dialogue with various sections of the Black community. My advocacy was controversial. Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael Sneed called and asked if it were true. Sun-Times “columnist” (a term I use loosely) Neil Steinberg Read More …

Arsenio Hall Late Night is Cancelled

It was just recently announced that “The Arsenio Hall Show” has been canceled. After just one season of the return of the ground-breaking late night show, CBS said in a statement: “Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did Read More …

Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s showplace for cutting-edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more. Today, the 24.5-acre park is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City will mark its 10th anniversary throughout the summer. The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration Read More …