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BLACK-ISH

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

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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

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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.

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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

Josephine Baker- First African American to star in an international motion picture

Ziggy: February 5, 2016

Super Bowl 50. . . The Super Bowl halftime show is, at this point, nearly as big as the Super Bowl itself. This year, the NFL is rolling out the biggest names it can find for the big game’s 50th halftime show. Coldplay is making its first appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show. Joining

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Restaurant Week in Chicago

by Chelsea Harvey Restaurant week ends on Thursday, February 4th.    I wanted to give you all a brief recap of my restaurant week outings, in the event that you wanted to check out a spot or two…Why wouldn’t you!?!?!?  I’m just hoping that you have already taken advantage of some of the assume deals on meals!

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PLUM: February 1st, 2016 – Jazz on South Side

Jazz on the South Side. Zemrah appears LIVE in a Pre-Valentine performance. Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm The 50 Yard Line 69 East 75th Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 312 399 6526 for reservations. Zemrah’s voice has been compared to Adele’s. She is soul with a twist. It

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Black Injury

By Paul King, Jr. – January 31, 2016 In spite of the nagging pain, Black America can find some comfort in that the current run of unjustified police killings of African Americans is occurring at a time when deep thinking journalists and scholars are placing these travesties in their wider context. Two that stand out

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Cooking with Cops

By Patricia Andrews-Keenan Students from The Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club (BCKCC), a CPS after school program focused on the benefits of healthy eating, will join with Chicago Police Officers to host their very own pop-up restaurant at Wrightwood the Chicago International Charter School.  The event will be held Saturday, January 23 from noon –

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Satchmo at The Waldorf @ Court Theatre thru Feb 7

By Hermene D. Hartman I thought Satchmo At The Waldorf would be a play about Louis Armstrong and his music. It is not. It is a drama about his life. This is a brilliant play about the man behind the scenes telling the real life sentiment of a musical genius, Louis Armstrong. The play is

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Hermene shows off the new paper version of N'DIGO ...

FOX 32 Sunday invited Hermene Hartman to the studio to discuss politics and to introduce the new format of N’DIGO Magapaper.

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The Donald

by Hermene Hartman – August 20, 2105 Keep your eye on Donald Trump. He is not to be underestimated as he enters the business of electoral politics. He may not win the 2016 election, but he will definitely shake things up and may even determine who becomes the next President of the United States. Trump

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A Modern Political Fable: CHI

Once upon a time. . . there was a town called CHI, a beautiful city surrounded by a lake and parks. CHI had the most brilliant skyline in the kingdom. There were a lot of animals living in CHI and sometimes there were turf fights. There were elephants, lions, cubs, lambs, cats, gorillas, and a

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The Honorable Gus Savage

Congressman Gus Savage served six terms in The House of Representatives, from 1981 to 1983. The Honorable Augustus “Gus” Savage was quite a guy. He served in the United States Congress for six terms from January 1981 to January 1993 and ran twice for the seat before finally winning it.Gus was of the people, by

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The Saga of Bill Cosby

by Hermene Hartman The mugshot of Dr. Bill Cosby pains. I wasn’t gong to write about this any more until some kind of official court verdict was rendered, but I saw an interview with Eddie Griffin and couldn’t resist. He is the only celebrity that has come forth in Cosby’s defense. The interview headline was:

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Ziggy – January 15, 2015

One “King Breakfast” What about one King Breakfast. There has been a lot of hoopla about the Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as we celebrate his 87th year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued the King Breakfast that Mayor Harold Washington started and it has been an annual event ever since. The Mayor’s

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What I Learned in Paris @ Athenaeum Theater thru 2/7

Congo Square’s ‘What I learned in Paris’ offers wit, humor and a lesson on dining well By Patricia Andrews-Keenan What I Learned in Paris, the play by Pearl Cleage, interpreted by Congo Square Theatre Company takes place in 1973, the night of Maynard Jackson’s election as the first African American Mayor of Atlanta, GA. At

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Ziggy – January 8, 2016

Mentorship on MLK Day . . . On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s 2016 Birthday Weekend, The Black Star Project, is organizing the largest commemoration of the great civil rights and human rights leader ever. In 500 cities across America, men and women will mentor boys and girls, and young men and young women, on

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The Mayor Caves…

By Hermene D. Hartman The people were heard. A besieged Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Chief Garry McCarthy. He was under pressure from all quarters – protestors, the business community, ministers, fellow politicians, the media, but most of all the people. There are many lessons to be learned here. The mayor supported McCarthy until he

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Ziggy – December 11, 2015

DuVernay Barbie Sells Out . . . The Ava DuVernay Barbie doll sold out on Mattel’s website minutes after it first went on sale. Mattel created a one-of-a-kind DuVernay doll as one of six dolls based on inspirational women in the entertainment industry. The Selma director’s doll was met with particular excitement, with her twitter

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The Fetal Alcohol Problem in the Black Community

By David Smallwood Throughout his long career, which has involved travel to various American locales, Dr. Carl Bell, a local and internationally renowned psychiatrist, was always struck by the finding that many poor Blacks were diagnosed as mildly mentally retarded, as well as the prevalence of premature births of Black babies, two conditions for which

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