“I HAVE A DREAM” : How far have we come?

The March on Washington where  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his keynote address  was August 28, 1963.  This historic march is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his signature speech,  “I Have a Dream.”   He spoke directly to  250,000 people that day, with President John F. Kennedy listening attentively in the White House Read More …

“Captain Bill” Could Mean Safe Harbor for Bronzeville

  (Photo Credit: Dawn Kish) By Carole A. Parks The 50-knot winds and waves 30-feet high besieged Captain William “Bill” Pinkney’s 47-foot cutter for 48 hours, knocking it over twice and disabling most of his instruments.  If he survived, thousands of miles and countless months (two in total isolation) still lay ahead.  Surely this qualified Read More …

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy Offers Second Chance Education

Chicago has had its share of educational drama. From the closing of 50 schools this year, educational budget cuts, an extended school day followed by the Teacher’s Union Strike, there’s no question as to why there’s a lot of frustration when it comes to education systems. The focal point should be proper education, adequate teachers Read More …

Tour Guide Opens Eyes To Chicago

By Mary Alex Japczyk [dropcap]Eric [/dropcap]Kittrell has a way of putting people at ease. His warm smile compliments the friendly cadences of his voice as he recounts his experiences as a lifetime Chicagoan and now a Chicago Trolley tour guide. It would be difficult to find a more ideal ambassador for this city than Kittrell. Read More …

Fashion Social w/ The Monroe Sisters

Five years ago as a materialistic, label wh-re who frequented the beauty salon weekly, I would have scoffed at the thought of me rocking a puffy head of kinks and thrifted hand-me-downs proudly. I cannot solely base this evolution on one decisive “ah-ha” moment that allowed me to live my life looking the way I Read More …

Fred Nelson: Saluting A Magical Musical Vessel

Fred Nelson III believes without a doubt that he is merely a blessed channel for God to express Himself and uplift man through music.  If that’s the case, the good lord found Himself quite an instrument in Fred, who’s as versatile a musician as you’ll ever meet. The Chicago native’s expansive career has ranged from Read More …

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON

The case of Trayvon Martin is pointing to the important role that the black community has played – both through news outlets and social media – in keeping his death in the public eye. Celebrities, politicians, rappers, activists and several prominent black journalists have been crucial in raising awareness of the killing of the unarmed Read More …

Year UP: From Poverty To A Career In A Year

For many young people, the hardest part of life comes after they’ve graduated from high school or earned their GED and the question becomes, “Now what?” For any number of reasons, there may be no direct path leading them into either college or the workforce. Year Up is a relatively new national and local support Read More …

Don’t Kill My Chance

Dreams, Visions and Nightmares seem to run rapidly through the minds of young children today. They are taught reaction instead of action. We must now instill in our peers and younger audiences that you can solve situations without using violence. I pose a question, should they even believe that this is a world filled with Read More …

Trayvon Martin is the Emmett Till of 2013

    The court decision on the trial of George Zimmerman on the murder of Trayvon Martin is insulting and disappointing. The verdict is in. Zimmerman walked out of court as a free man.   But justice has not been done. The adage of when you go to court, you don’t know how you are coming Read More …