Chicago’s New Politic

By Hermene D. Hartman There is a new politic brewing. Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump has changed American politics with his antics. He sounds like the guy in the bar. He has proven people want and like the non-traditional politician. The American public welcome fresh faces more than proven records. Trump and

2016 Black Creativity Gala

Welcome To Black (And Youthful) Creativity 2016

By Derrick K. Baker It’s a public secret that the annual list of black tie, no tie, and tie one on fundraisers in Chicago is long and diverse. Virtually every day in the Windy City, there’s a special event, an affair, a gala or a dinner hosted somewhere by some organization in support of some


Say It Sunday – Mahatma Gandhi

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,including his Enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Ziggy: March 21, 2016

Summertime in the City Two of Chicago’s main music attractions have been announced this week. Grab your tickets early! Ravinia  2016 Ravinia hosts its 2016 year with the debut of Paul Simon and Diana Ross.   The lineup is incredible.    Ravinia is a night to remember with your picnic basket in the grass, seats


PLUM: March 21, 2016 – Maggie Daley

Inaugural Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley Park Downtown’s most well-known park is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt. Go for the eggs, plus crafts, face painting, and, if it’s nice outside, inflatables. The park itself is a wonder. Climb aboard a life-sized play ship, scurry to the top of a wooden lookout tower, zip down


My Trip to Cuba

by Eleanor Chatman Yes, I know what you have been hearing about Cuba, thanks to the thaw in U.S. relationships with the country that has been cold for more than 50 years. You have probably also often wondered exactly what was going on in that small Caribbean island that is not far from the United


Say It Sunday – Jacintha Gardner

by Jacintha Gardner The same energy you give towards fear of failure is the same energy keeping you from your desired success. But we simply can not experience one without the other! With knowing this, relax & welcome all of your experiences; the highs and the lows. Not only will this lead you to your


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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