Nelson Mandela: Definition of Humanity, Courage and Freedom

  A Calm. An Uproar. A Sadness. An Understanding. Nelson Mandela.  We Thank You. The measures of a man are seen with actions. The impact his words, ideologies, and philosophies, leave upon others, inspire. The way a listening ear reacts. The way eyes take in and absorb his aura, his walk, his being. It’s that Read More …

N’DULGE: Eat.Drink.Mingle.: Pop-Up Brunch with Chef Julius Russell on New Year’s Day!

You hear Bubbly Bar and exquisite eats, but what do you have when there are sparkling cocktails done four ways and a six-course mid-morning meal? It’s a Holiday Brunch Experience with Chef Julius! So, don’t even think about rambling through your kitchen to prepare a luscious breakfast that follows your New Year’s Eve Soiree. There’s Read More …

South Side High Schools Take on Urban Data to Improve City Living

Over the last couple of years curriculum and careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields have become a national priority. According to the Office of Science and Technology and Policy, STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008-2018. A big part in the growth of Read More …

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ – Beyond The Ring

“This life is a trial and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for judgment day.” – Muhammad Ali, 2001 Interview with O Magazine. He is one of the “prettiest” and prolific figures in the world. In the ring, Muhammad Ali out-witted and jabbed his way to champion on multiple Read More …

N’Spire: Comedian Kevin Hart Begins Philanthropic Journey

With so much negativity roaming the universe, it’s always great when we can drop gems of inspiration and positivity. And who can resist highlighting the selfless act of giving back? It was about more than just jokes when comedian/actor Kevin Hart donated $250,000 to the Philadelphia Public School System, his hometown, last week. Sadly, Philadelphia Read More …

N’Style with Handbag Designer DeOndra Jereé

She’s 21 and absolutely fearless when it comes to dictating her dream. Louisiana-bred and now New York based designer, Deondra Morris, debuted her handbag line, the DeOndra Jereé Collection, earlier this month –October 4th – and is currently living her dream. The Deondra Jereé fall/winter 2013 Collection is a luxury handbag line ranging from $128.00 Read More …

Art Synergy: The Emerging of A New Visual Art Renaissance on Chicago’s Southside

                                  [dropcap]N[/dropcap]EVER had I seen art like this. Backdrops of lime green with “coolade” colored art did more than adorn the walls and present a new exhibit. This was something refreshing. The visuals were vibrant. The artwork shouted freedom, Read More …

Red Clay Dance presents “Transcending”

[dropcap]TRANSCEND [/dropcap]   We’ve all witnessed pictures, seen sculptures and heard stories detailing, to the best of knowledge, the Middle Passage and the inhumane conditions Africans were forced to endure. Each time, there’s a startling feeling that shutters to the pit of my stomach. And the more we learn and have to pass down this Read More …

Recap: Soul Train Impact with Verdine White of Earth, Wind, and Fire!

The legacy of Soul Train and the opportunities it provided for the world to witness some of the greatest talents and entertainers will forever be imprinted on the hearts of us all. The global impact of Don Cornelius and the Soul Train brand continues to escalate and nurture artists within the realm of entertainment promoting Read More …

Pullman Porter Blues: History, Storytelling and The Blues

[dropcap]Music[/dropcap] has a way of defining a feeling and unifying cultures and communities.  People connect to synergies that reflect their triumphs and struggles – that’s part of the beauty in lyricism and melody. Throughout history music has played a role in signifying a certain era and sociopolitical moments.  The Blues genre became the voice during Read More …