Ziggy: Week of March 14, 2016

FLOTUS is in the Music Industry First Lady Michelle Obama presented the opening keynote at SXSW Music. She talked about her “Let Girls Learn Initiative”, aimed at boosting education rates amongst adolescent girls around the world. Her speech featured Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, and Sophia Bush, and the panel was moderated by Queen Latifah. She


PLUM: March 14, 2016 – Maria Pinto

MARIA PINTO’s new boutique in the West Loop, 833 West Washington, is her dream come true. The new 2,000-square-foot “studio” features every style in every size for customers to try on and place orders. The items will be sent directly to their homes with no delivery charge. She uses a unique fabric that is washable.


African American Women Fashion

Throughout history, fashion has been a symbol of identity within the African American community. Fashion had a role as a pacifier, helping to bring people in the community together and soon enough, even without the aid of speech, it could act as a statement. Within the African American society circles, from general cloth to religious


Chicago Muzzles Trump

by Marilyn Katz Congratulations to the people—young and old, Black, Latino, Asian and White, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. They did what neither his competitors nor the Republican Party have been able to do—still the voice and the vitriol of Donald Trump. They didn’t do it through violence, or shouting.  No dirty tricks—just the old fashioned

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Say It Sunday: New Faith?

New Faith? by Bishop Carlton Pearson Faith is basically; belief in a finite description or impression, often illusory, of an infinite reality, presumably “God”.  My faith has evolved to the point where I can ask myself a profound and intimidating question that I never would have considered asking a few years ago: Does the God


Ziggy- March 7, 2016

WYCC is Being Sold The City Colleges board of trustees, with the blessing of City Hall, quietly authorized participation in the Federal Communications Commission incentive auction for WYCC broadcast. The news was buried in a small note on the board’s website. The decision to put the license on the block marks a reversal of the


PLUM: March 7, 2016 – Mike Wiley

Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till written & performed by Mike Wiley After making its Chicagoland premiere at the North Shore Center last January to incredible response, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till returns. Dar He chronicles the lynching, beating and death of Emmett Till as well as the trial, acquittal, and then


Melissa Harris-Perry Gives Black Girl Magic Lesson in M...

by Tinita Tennant Melissa Harris-Perry is no stranger to headlines but it unfolded that the television host and political commentator would no longer be hosting her MSNBC show. After four years of putting in the hard work to develop the show and its following, Perry emailed her colleagues with her dismay for the way the



by Chelsea Harvey Isn’t it awesome that we Chicagoans have had such a mild and beautiful winter?!?!?  The need or desire to hop on a plane may not be that big of a deal BUT the desire to get away and do something fun might be!  May I suggest you consider a STAYCATION and what

Jane Addams co-founded one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois, and was named first American winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize.

Ziggy: February 29, 2016

SUPER TUESDAY. . . Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the big winners the morning after Super Tuesday, each of them taking seven of the 13 states in play and adding to their leads. On a day with the largest delegate total of this election season, Trump now has 285 delegates to 161 for Ted


PLUM: February 29, 2016 – Alvin Ailey

  “Artistic Director Robert Battle has already put his stamp on the company, having essentially taken it into the 21st century,” says the Chicago Tribune. This season again brings new works to Chicago by renowned choreographers – Paul Taylor, Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, as well as Battle himself. This year also brings to our


Signifying Politics

By Hermene Hartman I watch national news programs on Sunday mornings. This past Sunday morning, I thought they had changed the name and timeframe of Saturday Night Live. Donald Trump has changed the political game. No more polite diplomacy politics. It is on, it is hard, it is real and there are no rules any

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event.

Ziggy: February 22, 2016

The View… ‘The View’ will be returning for its 20th season and the show has named Candi Carter as its new executive producer, making her the first Black woman to do the job. Carter has served as the interim showrunner on “The View” since September to help reboot the talk show, that has struggled since


PLUM: February 22, 2016 – Early Voting

NO EXCUSE VOTING! Early voting opens Citywide on FEBRUARY 29th!!!! GO make a difference!!! RULES Any Chicago voter may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voter lives. Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo


Equity Economics

By Hermene D. Hartman The 2016 presidential election will prove to be one of the most interesting in American history. Indeed, the voting public has radical choices in the candidates and the parties. Bernie Sanders is running a crusade and is amazingly attracting young voters, particularly young women, and interestingly enough, young Black women. He


Ziggy: February 15, 2016

New President at ABC. . . Formerly ABC executive VP, drama development, movies & miniseries, Channing Dungey is a UCLA grad who began her career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, and followed that up by joining Warner Bros. as


PLUM: February 15, 2016 – Mavis Staples

MAVIS STAPLES of the Staple Singers drops a new CD February 19. Livin’ on a High Note. Music reviewer Tom Moon, author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, says the latest from gospel-soul icon Mavis Staples is the most stirring of her recent releases.

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Bouncy Beyoncé and Panther Thoughts

by Lorenzo Clemons   I was asked by a good friend, who I respect greatly, to give my opinion about a Black man talking about the Super Bowl half time show by Beyoncé that seemed to honor the Black Panther Party.  My response: How way off is this man and his commentary?  He misses the


The Auto Show

by Chelsea Harvey  First Look for Charity is considered one of Chicagoland’s largest single day charitable events. Over the last 24 years, the event has raised over $42 million dollars for local charities. This year, First Look for Charity will benefit 18 local organizations. The 25th Annual First Look for Charity gala was held on Friday, February 12th from 7-11 PM



by Hermene Hartman We were at the office having a discussion on the new sit com. I realized we were of different generations and had different views. So, we all wrote our view of the program. I combined our views into a single article. A new word has been added to the Americano vocabulary –

Acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland is the first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre.

Ziggy- February 12, 2016

Rice Family Invoice for Ambulance????? First, a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he played with a toy pellet gun in a public park, the city declared the boy’s death at the hands of cops was his own fault. Now, to add insult to injury, the city of Cleveland has billed


PLUM: February 8, 2016 – Van Gogh

The bedroom of a one-bedroom apartment in River North has been transformed (down to the brushstroke) to look just like the bedroom in the Yellow House in Arles, France, that Van Gogh so adored in the late 19th century. Following a recommendation by its advertising team at Leo Burnett, the Art Institute leased the unit


Black History V. Black Future

by Hermene Hartman – February 10, 2016 This February is strange to me. It is Black History Month and I am trying to figure out where are we. I beg for someone to give a State of the Union Black America speech. I don’t like what I see, we are moving in retrograde, historically backwards.


Mardi Gras

By: Chelsea Harvey  New Orleans is the official capital of Mardi Gras, and anyone that knows me knows I LOVE Nawlins! But there is  NO reason to travel nine hundred miles, when you can celebrate in Chicago! Explore all of what Chicago has to offer during Mardi Gras Bash 2016! There are soooo many options

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