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Archive for December 6th, 2010

Swearing-In Ceremonies for Preckwinkle and Berrios

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 6 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Preckwinkle and Berrios make history: First African-American woman and Hispanic-American elected to posts


By Juanita Bratcher


Chicago, IL – Swearing-In Ceremonies will be held today for Cook County Board President-Elect Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Assessor-Elect Joseph Berrios.

 The Inauguration Day schedule for Preckwinkle, the first African-American woman and the only woman to be elected President of the Cook County Board, is as follows:

10 a.m.: Special Meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners (Swearing In), County Board Room, Cook County Building, 118 North Clark St, Chicago, Il 60602. 

1:00 p.m.: Inauguration Ceremony, Sidney R. Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St, Chicago IL, 60602.  The program will begin at 1:30 PM. Doors open for set up at Noon.

Joseph Berrios, the first Hispanic-American elected Cook County Assessor, will be sworn-in as the ninth assessor since the office was established in 1932.

The Swearing-In schedule for Berrios is as follows:

1:00 p.m.: Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St., Room 569 (Cook County Boardroom).

Before their general election wins, Preckwinkle was a Chicago Alderman and Berrios was a Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Appeals.

Congratulations! To both Cook County officials.



Civil liberties advocates to protest new FBI subpoenas against Palestine solidarity activists

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More subpoenas delivered to Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago last Friday
Chicago, IL –  Civil liberties advocates will join legal advisors and targets of a growing FBI campaign against progressive anti-war, labor and solidarity activists at an emergency press conference and protest today (Monday, December 6) at 4:30 p.m. outside the Dirksen Federal Building, located at 230 S. Dearborn in Chicago. Speakers will include an activist newly targeted by the federal investigation. 

On Friday, the FBI subpoenaed two additional Palestine solidarity activists and declared its intention to subpoena a third, ordering at least one to appear before a federal grand jury in January, according to a media contact for the group.
Monday’s action at the Dirksen Federal Building — where the federal grand jury convenes — comes in the wake of a continuing assault on the anti-war movement that began on September 24th, when scores of FBI agents raided the homes and offices of 14 anti-war, labor and solidarity activists in Minnesota, Michigan and Chicago, ordering them to appear before a secret grand jury in Chicago. 

Three of the original 14 are awaiting new grand jury court dates as well, and may face imminent imprisonment if they continue to refuse to cooperate with the government’s fishing expedition into the activities of other activists. Dozens of labor, peace and faith-based groups have condemned the September 24 raids and the larger federal investigation.

Monday’s action is being convened by the Committee Against Political Repression, which is urging supporters to contact U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and condemn the use of the grand jury to repress anti-war and solidarity projects in the United States. More information on the case is available at www.stopfbi.net.

Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Smokie Norful, Faith Evans, Kelly Price and VaShawn Mitchell to perform On BET’S Celebration of Gospel Premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.

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Steve HarveyHosted by Comedian, Radio and Television Personality Steve Harvey, BET’s CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL will Feature Performances and Appearances by Kim Burrell, the Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, Beverly Crawford, James Fortune and FIYA and Many More.

Steve Harvey

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary as the number one gospel show on television, CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL moves into the new decade with inspiring and uplifting music. This highly acclaimed two-hour special, premiering on Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, pays tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combines today’s leading gospel and secular artists! Keeping the Faith” is this year’s show theme, setting the stage for a world premiere of new music from award winning gospel superstars, Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary.

The stellar line up also includes soul stirring performances from secular artists El DeBarge, Chaka Khan and Howard Hewitt. Live performances and appearances from Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, BeBe Winans and Smokie Norful will pay an in memoriam tribute to two of gospel music’s major generals: “Queen of Gospel” Albertina Walker and prolific songwriter/performer Bishop Walter Hawkins. In addition, singer-songwriter Faith Evans featuring Kelly Price and SUNDAY BEST runner-up Jessica Reedy will raise the roof and shine alongside Israel Houghton, James Fortune and FIYA, Kim Burrell, Earnest Pugh, VaShawn Mitchell, the Rance Allen Group, and Jonathan Nelson and Purpose. Other special appearances include Bishop TD Jakes and actors Hill Harper and Keith David as they perform in CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL’s signature spoken word segments. Hosted by popular actor, author and comedian Steve Harvey, this highly anticipated special will be taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via betrsvp@bet.net.

CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a BET Networks Production. Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET’s vice president of specials, and Geovanni Brewer will executive produce the telecast.
To request media credentials, please email zabrina.horton@bet.net or kobe.swanson@bet.net by Friday, December 3rd. For more information, please visit www.bet.com. *All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Make your neighborhood a walkable winter wonderland

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(A Message from the Active Transportation Alliance)

Fliers ask Chicagoland residents to keep snow shovels ready

Chicago, IL – Good shovelers make good neighbors. That’s the idea behind the campaign launched by the Active Transportation Alliance.

“We’re asking that you do the neighborly thing and keep your sidewalk clear,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Snow- and ice-covered sidewalks force people into the street and discourage them from walking.”

The organization offers downloadable fliers that make a friendly request for better snow removal practices, as well as fliers saying “thanks” for a job well done. Learn more at www.activetrans.org/shovel. Both fliers are available in English and Spanish. 

The campaign encourages Chicagoland residents to

  • Print out fliers that ask their neighbors to keep sidewalks clear from snow.
  • Learn about their local snow removal ordinance.
  • Find out how to bring a snow removal law to their community.

Burke said snow- and ice-covered sidewalks can be a major impediment for anyone, but especially for seniors, people with disabilities and children who rely on clear sidewalks for essential trips in their communities.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is rewarding businesses that clear their sidewalks. Residents can nominate local businesses and organizations that do an exceptional job of removing snow.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Grammy-Nominated Songwriter/Producer to Write and Record with Inner City School Kids in Chicago

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The Legendary Traxster has enrolled in ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES

 America SCORES continues to inspire kids in underserved neighborhoods


Chicago, IL –  ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer The Legendary Traxster has enrolled in ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a national songwriting mentorship program that gives ASCAP songwriters and composers a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring inner city school kids through songwriting and recording.

As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented members, ranging from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists, to collaborate with SCORES kids over three two-hour sessions: co-writing a song during the first two sessions and recording it in a professional studio during the third session. ASCAP’s songwriters have been very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the SCORES kids and support their local communities, and the Songwriter Residency has been a very effective addition to America SCORES’ year-round, nationally acclaimed programming agenda of engaging and inspiring kids in underserved neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

The Legendary Traxster will lead songwriting classes with kids at Chalmers Elementary (2745 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL) on December 1 and 8, 2010. Traxster and the students will then go to CRC Studios (232 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611) on December 14, 2010 to record the song. The finished song will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers.

Commenting on the program, The Legendary Traxster said: “It is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to give back to my community. Having grown up in the inner city, I know that the environment, conditions and circumstances of inner city life don’t always give you positive outlets to express yourself as a kid. I like to believe my love for music saved my life having seen so many of my childhood friends fall victim to the streets. In light of all the youth violence that has been occurring in Chicago, I am glad ASCAP has provided another platform for me to share my love of music with the youth of Chicago. Through the SCORES program I hope to inspire someone to pursue their dreams and avoid becoming another tragedy of the inner city.”

The Legendary Traxster (a.k.a. Sam Lindley) is currently enjoying chart success with the smash hit “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris (feat. Nicki Minaj). The certified platinum song, which he produced, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts while his most recent single, “Make a Movie” by Twista (feat. Chris Brown) is also climbing its way to the top. He earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Mariah Carey, co-writing and producing the track “One and Only,” on her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi, which sold over 10 million albums worldwide. A Chicago native, Traxster is best known for his work with platinum-selling rapper Twista but has also worked with the likes of famed rap group Do or Die, T.I., Cam’ron, Lil Bossie, and Mystikal.

This year’s program also features critically-acclaimed band The Great Unknown (EP: The New Skin) in five cities; Latin Grammy Award-winning songwriter Claudia Brant (Luis Fonsi, Carlos Santana) and Da Internz (Justin Bieber, John Legend) in Los Angeles, CA; Grammy-nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon (George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) in St. Louis, MO; R&B singer/songwriter and So So Def/Island Music recording artist Dondria (debut album: Dondria vs Phatfffat) in Dallas, TX; and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Chris Henderson (R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx) in Atlanta, GA.







To listen to the songs created during last year’s program, view photos and more, please visit: www.ascap.com/playback/2010/07/ACTION/American_Scores.aspx







About America SCORES: America SCORES is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use soccer and poetry to inspire among urban youth a lasting dedication to health, literacy, and community service. America SCORES operates soccer teams in urban public schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Teamwork developed on the field is translated to the classroom and the community. The program operates five days per week after-school and has recently been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the most administratively efficient nonprofits in the country. For more information on America SCORES Chicago visit www.americascoreschicago.blogspot.org. 







BlackNews.com launches new Facebook fan page

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Columbus, OH – BlackNews.com has long been a popular online resource for African Americans news, commentary, and celebrity photos. Now Facebook users can access such content via the web site’s new Facebook fan page at www.Facebook.com/BlackNews

By “liking” the page, users can receive the latest updates from BlackNews.com on their profile’s news feed. Users can either read a short summary of the article or click through to read the entire article.

In addition, if users are already on BlackNews.com – they can now leave a comment on any article page by using their Facebook account.

Owned by Diversity City Media, BlackNews.com was launched in the year 2000 and since then has published thousands of articles and press releases that report on relevant African American issues.

In addition to Facebook, the web site also has a Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/BlackNews

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