UCAN Breaks Ground on Modern $34.4 Million Campus in North Lawndale

  An energetic crowd of more than 200 North Lawndale residents, elected officials and others were on hand on Sept. 12 as youth service organization UCAN held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new state-of-the-art $34.4 million campus in North Lawndale at 3605 W. Fillmore St. Participants included (from left): John Nichols,  vice chairman, Marmon Group; Illinois. Read More …

Weekend Gang Summit – Operation Failed.

    The Gang summit held this weekend (Saturday September 28)  at Reverend James  Meeks House of Hope church was a failure.  The right people didn’t come.  The Summit was patterned after one held years ago hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Minister Louis Farrakhan.  The Tribune quoted, Mr. Robert White an ex-gang member as 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 …

Stony Island Renaming to Brazier Avenue is Appropriate

The main street, Stony Island, will  soon be renamed Bishop Arthur Brazier Avenue.  It is not without controversy.  Change is hard, even a street naming. This is not an honorary street naming it is a major street naming, where maps change, addresses of residences and businesses change  and the postal data changes. Many agree that Read More …

AfriCOBRA Chicago Closing Reception | Sept. 29th

In honor of the artists of AfriCOBRA, and to commemorate the closing of the joint exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago, The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and The DuSable Museum invite you to a special reception with passed hors d’ouevres, electrifying performances Read More …

FREE! Fiction Writing Class | Sept. 14

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University is hosting a Fiction Writing Master’s Class on Saturday, September 14, 2013. SEATING IS LIMITED. Please call 773-995-3286 by Thursday, September 12, 2013 to receive confirmation for your RSVP. This event is FREE and open to the public. Continental Breakfast will Read More …

Chef Julius Russell Pop-Up Restaurant | International Sunday Dinner

O-M-G! When I tell you that Chef Julius Russell and his staff serve you the finest in foods and wine, I mean just that. Saturday, August 31st, an intimate group was invited to another one of his pop-up restaurants. We gathered at the Centered Chef in the West Loop, where singles paid $85 and couples Read More …

NBA Champ Dwyane Wade Hosts “Live To Dream” Music Festival

                                                On Saturday, September 7th, Dwyane Wade will host the “Live to Dream” Festival at Douglas Park. The Wade’s World Foundation has collaborated with the City of Chicago to provide a day Read More …

45 African American Artists create ‘Maleness to Manhood'; Open at South Side Community Art Center

[dropcap]Powerful. [/dropcap] The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host the Maleness to Manhood:  Reclamation of the Young Black Man exhibit beginning September 6th.  The exhibit features 45 noted male artists of color who are using the exhibit as a visual response to the ongoing violence and multi-layered crisis facing young Black men in Read More …

Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé x SKYY Vodka House of Moscato = “Everyday People Brunch” Chicago Edition

Chef Roblé: “ I’m More Than Just A Chef, I’m An Entertainer” There’s no question as to what draws people to Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé Ali.  His allure engages a cultural presence from the food and events he curates to the company he keeps in his inner-circle – fashion designers, print and runway models, artists, Read More …