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Open Letter to College Age African-American and Hispani...

by Lorenzo Clemons The decision to come to Harvard Graduate School of Education — thus leaving behind a classroom of eager and excited eighth-graders in the Bronzeville community of Chicago — wasn’t an easy one for Eve Ewing, Ed.M.’13, Ed.D.’16. “They were sad and disappointed,” says Ewing, recalling when she told her students that she

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Ziggy: Angela Bassett’s Skin Care, Jokes and Note...

Prince is NOT the father Carlin Q. Williams of Missouri, 39 years old, filed legal docs claiming his mom met Prince in the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri back in July 1976. Marsha Henson, his mother, said in an affidavit, she drank wine with the singer and checked into a room

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The 20th Anniversary N’DIGO Foundation Gala

The NDIGO GALA 2016 was a blast. A good time was had by all. We were in a new venue – The Logan Center on the campus of The University of Chicago at 60th & Drexel. It was a beautiful day, slightly windy, that made under the tent a bit chilly. The beautiful people came

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Soldier Field on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyoncé ‘Slays’ Even in the Rain

By Jasmine Cannon The rain poured, the show was delayed, but then Beyoncé proved once again why she’s one of the greatest entertainers of all time. The singer wowed the audience during her Formation World Tour Friday night at Soldier Field. Queen Bey started the show with a thunderbolt as she hit the stage with

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Ziggy: N’DIGO Gala, No Budget No School, Roots Re...

The N’DIGO Gala The N’DIGO Gala is June 12, 2016. New ticket price $250. First 100 people to purchase tickets receive NEW Just released CD by Kurt Elling with Brandon Marsalis Get your tickets at ndigo.bpt.me Prince A law-enforcement official revealed to The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose. Investigators

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Ziggy: Tamar gets the Boot, Obama’s New House, C...

Farewell Ron Magers Ron Magers  leaves the anchor known as the gold standard in this industry. ABC7 had these words to say about their now retired colleague: “He tells a story like a human being might tell it to another – in a conversational tone. Without undue personalization or emotion, but plainly and calmly with

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The Gift of the Lucas Museum

 By Hermene  Hartman   Usually when people are offered a gift, they accept with a thank you. Not so in the case of Chicago and the George Lucas family. Mellody Hobson – Mrs. George Lucas – is a Chicago jewel. She knows and loves the city and is genuinely concerned about its people and its future.

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Ziggy: Prayer on the 9, Hyde Park Whole Foods, FOX̵...

Hyde Park Whole Foods Whole Foods will open in Hyde Park on June 22, the grocer announced. Whole Foods will open its 30,300-square-foot store at 9 a.m. in the City Hyde Park development at 5118 S. Lake Park Ave. The store is the anchor tenant in the $114 million development designed by architect Jeanne Gang

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PLUM- Week of May 16, 2016

Comedy is better with friends. Get your friends together and join us this Thursday for Funny 3rd Thursday’s at Jokes and Notes, hosted by comedian T Murph, headlining Keith Bigkeef Jackson and featuring Comedian Famo. Tickets are ONLY $10 in advance and $15 at the door. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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The Wild Trump and the “B” of Hillary

by Hermene Hartman Donald Trump is wild. You don’t know what he is going to do or say. Who will he attack next? As the traditional Republican politicians played it safe, diplomatic, maybe even politically correct as they staked out their “conservative” positions, Trump has played the wild reality card and won. He may go

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Ziggy: Scholarships, What was George Thinking? Powerful...

N’DIGO Scholarship The purpose of the N’DIGO Gala is to send graduating high school seniors to college. The N’DIGO Scholarships were established in 1995 by the N’DIGO Foundation in partnership with numerous colleges, universities, foundations, community groups and generous individuals. By providing these scholarships, which range from $500 to full tuition, the N’DIGO Foundation honors the

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Go Play, At Myrtle Beach!

By David Smallwood 60 miles of warm, soft, sandy beachfront Knowing that you’ve heard of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina somewhere in the recesses of your mind, the question you want to ask yourself is, “Do I want to go visit?” The answer is, yes. Heck yes, you do! Why? To play,foremost,in one of the world’s

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Ziggy: N’DIGO Honors, Baby News, Zopp Deputy Mayo...

Our Honorees Every year the N’DIGO Foundation Gala gives one of the foundation’s most prestigious accolades in acknowledgement of an individual’s professional achievements and positive contributions to society. The Honorees of the 2016 N’DIGO Gala are:  Karen Lewis: President of Chicago Teachers Union receives the N’Education Award. She is being honored for the leadership she is provided to Chicago

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Why Use The “N Word” When We Mean “Nigger”?

By Hermene Hartman The “N word” is one of the most powerful in America’s vocabulary. The word has a history of being degrading and derogatory. The word connotes pain and a lesser social status. The tone of the word ranges from endearment to damnation. The word can be loving and/or hateful. It projects an attitude

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Ziggy: N’DIGO Gala, Eating with a Cause, Obama Lo...

The N’DIGO Gala N’DIGO GALA 2016 presents a JAZZY EVENING at the Logan Center, on the campus of The University of Chicago, 60th & Drexel. KURT ELLING,  jazz vocalist,  encompasses and embraces  the jazz art form completely.  He is an anomaly simply by profession. Given the depth and broad vision of his recordings and performance

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Prince (1958-2016): Why Did He Die Alone?

by Hermene Hartman What is there to say about Sir Prince that hasn’t already been said? I have focused my listening ear to his music since his death. No doubt he was a genius. Music was in his DNA and creativity in his blood. He was an original. His music electrified with energy galore, his

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Ziggy: Good night Sweet Prince, Tubman on the $20, Jack...

PRINCE PASSES “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” Yvette Noel-Schure, a publicist for the musician, said April 21, 2016. Prince was a star beyond peer. Talented, original, creative, innovative are all

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Thoughts On Today’s World

by Hermene Hartman The world is forever evolving, but I am beginning to struggle with some of the changes and what I consider to be standard behavior. What happened to courtesies like thank you, excuse me, hello and please? Where is politeness? Where did the outrageous and unnecessary rude behavior come from? Social media is

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Ziggy: RIP Doug Banks, McCormick Square, Naomi Campbell...

Bernie Wins Time 100 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won the TIME 100 reader poll, topping not only his rival Hillary Clinton but also a host of world leaders and cultural figures for who TIME readers think should appear on our annual list of the most influential people in the world. Sanders finished with

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PLUM: April 11, 2016 – Game of Silence

Hometown hero Larenz Tate was recently in town to promote his return to television in a new series for NBC. The 40-year-old native of Chicago’s west side will star alongside David Lyons (ER. Eat Pray Love) and Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon A Time, True Blood) in a new suspense drama called Game of Silence. The

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Yes, We’ve Got Crime! BUT PORTRAYALS OF URBAN NEIGHBO...

by Rashanah Baldwin This might be shocking to some, but I’m proud to say that I live in Englewood. Yep, uber proud. Englewood is a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, a place that’s often described in the mainstream media (paraphrasing here) as a piss poor community full of uneducated black thugs who kill

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Say It Sunday: Divine Energy and Consciousness?

“Some people believe in a Divine energy and consciousness that pervades reality but does not take the form of an actual godlike being—God not as Person but as Presence, Principle or Universal Mind. Still others believe that God resides within us as part of our own Divine nature. And of course, there are many who

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Ziggy: Janet Jackson Pregnant??? The Black Women’...

Is Janet Jackson Pregnant A message from Janet…https://t.co/KrzYZ4eyvD — Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) April 6, 2016 Janet Jackson just hinted at a possible pregnancy! She announced on Twitter that she was halting her “Unbreakable” world tour because of a “sudden change” in her plans for a family. “We’re in the second leg of the tour, and

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PLUM: Week of April 4, 2016

Don Cheadle’s movie “Miles Ahead” debuts in Chicago, in select theaters,  April 8, 2016 and nationwide April 22, 2016. Check out the clip of the movie below and the movie theaters where it is playing.  

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