“The Best Birthday Present Ever!” Chicagoan wins $4 million Illinois Lottery Prize on her Birthday

“Winning the lottery was the best birthday present ever; I still can’t believe it!” Diane Jenkins told Illinois Lottery staff when she presented her winningFabulous Fortune instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago. The lucky Chicago resident won a top prize of $4 million on her birthday, March 4th. To celebrate her birthday, Jenkins Read More …

DANCE CENTER’S 40TH SEASON CONCLUDES WITH CO-COMMISSIONED MOSES(ES) BY REGGIE WILSON/FIST & HEEL PERFORMANCE GROUP APRIL 3–5

Representing 40 years of commitment to presenting important contemporary dance artists and developing new work, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Reggie Wilson and his company Fist & Heel Performance Group in a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center. Performances are April 3–5, 2014 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Read More …

5 Healthy Resolutions for Women

Every year, thousands, if not millions of women resolve to live a healthier life. In the last 25 years, health-related goals concerning weight, exercise, better relationships, and smoking cessation have been at the top of turn-of-the-calendar objectives for both sexes, says John C. Norcross, PhD, co-author of Changing for Good. For many women, the path Read More …

Letter From Death Row: The Ray Jasper Controversy | Part 1

A Letter Before Dying Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who is scheduled to be put to this week, has written a letter before his execution that is causing quite a firestorm on the web. In it, he likens the penal system to nationally sanctioned slavery and offers his thoughts about young Black men being Read More …

Redefining Black History Month

What is her message? As we end February, this Black History Month, what would happen if you didn’t tell your black child about the trials and tribulations of the Black experience? What if you didn’t tell your child about the bad experience of slavery, about the inequality Black Americans have endured. What if you didn’t Read More …

Dunn Case: Shoot First, Think Later

In a tragedy close in similarity to the Trayvon Martin incident (George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter), another white man has been spared the first-degree murder charge for shooting a black teen – (17 year-old Jordan Russell Davis) to death in November 2012 after an argument ensued at a Jacksonville, Read More …

Cigna-HealthSpring Appoints Kwame Foucher, M.D., M.B.A. Senior Medical Director of Illinois Market

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI) and leading Medicare and Medicaid plan provider, announced the appointment of Kwame Foucher, M.D., M.B.A. as senior medical director at Cigna-HealthSpring of Illinois. In his role, Foucher will direct medical policy, establish and refine clinical standards, support physician relationships and oversee medical research to ensure Cigna-HealthSpring continues to deliver high Read More …

Sounds & Grace: Lee England Jr.

Sometimes you come across talent so great that it puts you in a trance. A state of  “maaannnn, I wish I could do that!” But more so the present fact that this person, this artist, is capable of producing such creativity is mind –blowing and often I find myself being a proud observer – proud Read More …

Will Packer: Hollywood Super Producer Climbs Film, TV Mountains

You don’t know him, but you know him.  You know his movies – Think Like A Man, Stomp The Yard, Takers, Obsessed, This Christmas, The Gospel, and Trois, among others. Will Packer has become a Hollywood blockbuster hit maker with four of his films opening at number one at the box office and all of Read More …