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Archive for September 16th, 2011

National Urban League and Urban League of Greater Atlanta to provide free Housing and Career Counseling

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Urban League Empowerment Summit, part of For Sisters Only Expo, September 17-18

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — As U.S. lawmakers debate President Obama’s plan to put desperate Americans back to work, the state of the economy reinforces the National Urban League’s longstanding position that citizens must empower themselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive in any economy. The National Urban League will return to Atlanta with a stellar team of experts providing comprehensive job and home rescue resources as part of the 20th annual “For Sisters Only Expo,” September 17-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Presented by The National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, the Urban League Empowerment Summit is a FREE one-stop home rescue and career fair to help those hardest hit by economic crisis in Atlanta. The summit will take place in Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center from 11am – 7pm Saturday, September 17, AND 11am – 6pm Sunday, September 18.

“Countless Americans, especially those in the African American community, were hit hard by the economic crisis and need help now,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “The National Urban League focused on this national crisis early on. We have provided empowerment assistance to over 2.6 million Americans and will continue to provide much-needed resources and counseling services to those in the greatest need,” Morial added.

In recent weeks, President Obama, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other activists have joined the National Urban League in refocusing the nation’s attention on reducing high unemployment that has reached a depression-era rate of 16.7 percent in Black America.

“We all agree that Washington must do more to create jobs; but we believe citizens have to empower themselves with the information and employment connections needed to bring jobs and hope back to their communities,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta. “Over 73,500 Atlanta-area residents are facing the threat of foreclosure and 2.8 million are dealing with unemployment. We want to arm those families with the powerful information we’ve assembled.”

The Urban League Empowerment Summit is a FREE, comprehensive, one-stop housing and employment event that will provide concerned homeowners direct access to one-on-one sessions with certified Housing Counselors and lending institutions to negotiate resolutions, plus free legal advice, and workshops on sustaining and maintaining homeownership. Job seekers will also have access to immediate job opportunities, career coaching and resume critiques by human resource experts, as well as information on local job training programs.

The organizers are asking all jobs seekers to bring an updated resume. Home Rescue Fair attendees should bring the following:

* Two most recent paystubs showing earnings for last 30 days. Copy of any benefits statements reflecting amount, frequency, and duration of benefits.
* Household Expense Budget.
* If self-employed, most recent quarterly or year to date Profit and Loss Statement.
* Last two months of bank statements.
* Copy of signed 2009 and 2010 income tax returns.
* Copy of a utility bill showing name and property address.
* Homeowner’s Association bill if applicable.
* Most recent mortgage and property insurance statements.
* Copy of closing documents and most recent correspondence from your mortgage company
* Visit the following link to pre-register for the Home Rescue Fair:
The Urban League Empowerment Summit will also feature free activities for the entire family such as celebrity empowerment workshops, health screenings, and more. For more information or contact the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at 404-659-1150 (www.ulgatl.org).

Press Conference to Kick off Urban League Empowerment Summit

9:30 AM in Hall C4 at the Georgia World Congress Center

Photo and interview opportunities with Marc Morial National Urban League President and CEO and Nancy Flake Johnson Urban League of Greater Atlanta President and CEO and metro Atlanta citizens who have been assisted by the Urban League Home Rescue program and Employment and Career program who will share their stories.

For interviews with Marc H. Morial, contact Teresa Candori, 646-319-0891. Members of the media wishing to attend the press conference contact Diane Larche’, 404-273-3227, diane@larchecommunications.com
While statistics may show increased rates of incarceration, joblessness and low academic achievement for Black males, there have been tremendous strides toward empowerment. In this conversation, men who have achieved and are living their dreams will reflect upon common struggles and hopes every man encounters in the journey to empowerment. This panel is also for women who want to empower the men in their lives.

Dr. Alduan Tartt
Dr. Steve Perry
Dr. Brian McGregor
Roger Bobb
The capacity to thrive is within us all. No matter where you are in your journey, whether you are starting over or living your dream, this panel of success stories will inspire you and will give you the tools needed to help transform your life.

Bishop Paul Morton
MODERATOR: DeVon Franklin
Bevy Smith
Tirrell D. Whittley
Marsha Haygood
Kim Fields
Our success depends on more than community involvement. Whether you have unique skills or your talent is helping to make others better, you have the power to change lives. Learn how you can use gifts to empower yourself, your family, and your community.

MODERATOR: Warren Ballentine, Esq.
VaShawn Mitchell
Bernard Bronner
David & Tamala Mann
Nancy Flake Johnson
As the role of women in our society changes, so do their challenges. Women face universal obstacles, as well as unique difficulties all their own. In this inspirational session, a panel of empowered, successful sisters will share their insights and knowledge on health, education, family, career and success in balancing it all. Create a better you!

MODERATOR: Susan Taylor
Demetria McKinney
Terry J. Vaughn
Susan G. Komen Rep
Valorie Burton
Trina, Traci & Towanda Braxton
About the Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Founded in 1920, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta was organized to encourage, assist and engage in activities which lead to the improvement of opportunities and economic empowerment of underserved persons and families in Metropolitan Atlanta. The League helps people achieve their highest human potential through pathways to empowerment programs that support enhancing educational attainment, accessing employment and next level careers, homeownership and foreclosure prevention, small business development, health and welfare. AUL serves as an advocate for the community in these pathways and promotes the improvement of interracial understanding and cooperation.
About the National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. For more information, go to www.nul.org or www.iamempowered.com.

Dr. Leroy Graham, nationally recognized Asthma Expert, partners with Asthma Coalitions so “Not One More Life” is lost

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A Unique Way to Treat One of Hartford, Connecticut’s Biggest Public Health Problems


Hartford, CT – (BlackNews.com) Dr. Leroy Graham is bringing the “Not One More Life” (NOML) program to Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford has a long history of providing innovative solutions for the problems African-Americans with asthma encounter. Through the NOML program, Dr. Graham is partnering with communities of faith to provide free screening, education, referral and outcome monitoring programs to address the disparities in morbidity and mortality attributable to asthma and other lung diseases among urban minority populations.

The “Not One More Life” program will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the South Congregational Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford, CT., at 11 a.m.

Dr. Leroy Graham, a nationally recognized expert on asthma in the African-American community, has spent most of his life trying to improve outcomes for African-American children with asthma. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and today is a partner at Georgia Pediatric Pulmonologist Associates, PC, a private practice in Atlanta. Partners: Region II Asthma Coalition, Putting On Airs In-Home Asthma Intervention Program, Asthma Advisory Council, and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Graham believes that too often African-Americans get use to living with chronic disease like asthma and treatment only for acute problems. In addition, the health care system does not offer the same resources to deal with the unique problem that asthma poses for African-Americans and Puerto Ricans.

Asthma is a major problem in Hartford. Attacks from asthma are a leading cause of school absenteeism and one of the leading causes of hospitalization and emergency room (ER) visits for children and youth. In Hartford, more than 11% of public school students reported having asthma. Hartford has the highest rate of ER visits and the second highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in the state. The asthma ER visit rates among children were 1.5 times higher than for adults.

BACKGROUND: 33,000,000 Americans have asthma, and African-Americans and Puerto Rican Americans are affected the most. In the United States, urban African-Americans are more likely to visit emergency rooms and more likely to be hospitalized because of asthma than whites. African-American children are four times more likely to seek care in an emergency room than white children and are hospitalized three times more often for asthma than white children. In the US, while the death rates from asthma have increased for all groups, the death rates for African-Americans are higher than for whites and other groups.

Insurance Industry: We’re looking to increase our profits, reduce our responsibilities in New Health Care Marketplace

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(From the Campaign for Better Health Care)


Executives propose great deal for the Insurance Industry at the expense of Illinois taxpayers and consumers

Springfield, IL – Today, insurance industry executives testified before the General Assembly’s Legislative Study Committee and offered their ideas for Illinois’ new Health Care Marketplace, or Exchange.  The Health Care Marketplace is a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring states to establish a Competitive Health Care Marketplace that will allow eligible health care consumers to research and select private health care plans that fit their families’ needs and budgets.

Consumer advocates have been pushing for a competitive health care marketplace that includes the following consumer protections and provisions:

  • This new Marketplace should be located at a new quasi-governmental entity and maintain its independence from all state agencies.
  • This Marketplace should be operated for the benefit of patients, small businesses and their employees, not insurance companies.
  • Rules should include a strong conflict of interest provision that generally bars anyone who will profit from this Marketplace, such as insurers, agents or brokers, health care facilities and health care providers from having a seat on the Marketplace Governing Board.
  • The Marketplace decision-makers (governance board) should comprise of multiple consumers, small businesses, or employee representatives who encompass a variety of demographic variables.  Representation should also include: health economists, actuary, lower-income and minority communities (particularly those with limited English competency), rural, and individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities who have a special stake in this Marketplace should be represented.
  • Transparency: This Marketplace should require all board meetings to comply with open meeting laws and to allow groups to gather information and hear about the decisions made by the decision-making board.
  • This Marketplace should be staffed with or have immediate access to experienced experts who could resolve marketplace issues quickly and make recommendations to the Marketplace board.
Today, insurance industry and the insurance industry backed legislators were praising the ICHIP board as the model governing board which will make decisions for this new Health Care Marketplace. If the ideas offered during today’s testimony are adopted, the governing board would be dominated by insurance companies and other entities that stand to profit from the new Marketplace.  To avoid these blatant improper conflicts of interests, many of the members of the governance board will regularly need to recuse themselves from decision making, rendering the governance board a paper tiger with no real authority.
“The insurance industry’s proposal is like the fox guarding the chicken coop. It is a design ensured to fail, and the people of Illinois deserve much better,” remarked Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care.  “Of course insurers are supportive of ICHIP as a model – for the past 17 years, the insurance industry has been getting a free pass on their financial responsibilities by passing the buck to the taxpayers for health care bills for tens of thousands of Illinoisans that the insurance industry should have been paying in the first place.“
Duffett continued, “The insurance industry has saved hundreds of millions of dollars by dumping their financial responsibilities onto the backs of taxpayers, during a period when they racked up a historic record of reserve funds of over 30 billion dollars as they increased health insurance premiums by 181% on Illinoisans since 2005. And now they want more. No wonder the insurance industry loves ICHIP so much and now they want to control this new Marketplace.  It is time the Illinois General Assembly stands up for small businesses and consumers and not the insurance industry.”

About the Campaign for Better Health Care                                                                                         

We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.  The Campaign for Better Health Care the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all.  For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org.

Illinois Comptroller Topinka helps to collect 'cell phones for soldiers'

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Comptroller joins forces with national organization


Chicago, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has joined a national campaign to connect soldiers abroad with their loved ones back home through old and used cell phone donations.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program turns old phones into minutes on prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops overseas. Specifically, donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone, usually enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. To assist in the effort, Topinka has placed cell phone drop-off boxes on the main and 15th floors of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

The Comptroller encourages community members to contribute their old and used phones before the boxes are collected on November 18, 2011.

“I am proud to be a part of this wonderful outreach program,” Topinka said. “As a mother of a Major in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, I understand how costly overseas telephone calls can get. The last thing families of our troops should have to worry about is the expense of calling home.”

Founded in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. In the seven years since, the organization has collected more than 7.5 million cellphones, providing troops with more than 90 million minutes of free talk time.

The Illinois Office of the Comptroller joins a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country. For more information on the program, log onto www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

The State of Illinois commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, October 1951

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The State of Illinois is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War by supplying information each month about the state’s involvement in the conflict. 
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Korean Memorial Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are sponsoring “Illinois Remembers the Forgotten War” along with media partners the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  For more information, visit www.Illinois-History.gov or www.veterans.illinois.gov.
 Illinoisans killed in action in Korea, October 1951
By county of residence
(Source:  U.S. Department of Defense records)
Champaign       Cpl. Adolph J. Kraus, Army, October 5.
Christian       Cpl. Bill G. Hilton, Army, October 27.
Coles           PFC Donald C. Sanders, Army, October 27.
Cook            Pvt. Robert A. Adelman, Army, October 13.
                PFC Maurice Angland, Army, October 4.
                PFC George A. Baker, Army, October 9.
                PFC Theodore W. Bakker, Army, October 18.
                PFC Richard R. Bellon, Army, October 7.
                Pvt. Frank J. Bopp, Army, October 11.
                Sgt. Leopold M. Carrillo, Army, October 12.
                Pvt. Edward Covington, Army, October 8.
                PFC Rolland G. Deacon, Army, October 27.
                Pvt. James M. Doyle, Army, October 3.
                PFC August R. Ferracane, Army, October 3.
                Cpl. Peter J. Gabrish, Army, October 7.
                PFC William R. Gaul, Army, October 19.
                Pvt. Edwin S. Goraj, Army, October 12.
                PFC James W. Gram, Army, October 7.
                Pvt. Horace A. Griffin, Army, October 19.
                PFC Bernard Grotkowski, Army, October 11.
                Cpl. James E. Hatcher, Army, October 7.
                Pvt. Billie Kurgan, Army, October 15.
                Cpl. John B. Luckett, Army, October 3.
                Pvt. Selman D. Mangrum, Army, October 10. 
                Pvt. John H. Meiners, Army, October 2.
                Pvt. Percy L. Montgomery, Army, October 4.
                ME3 Joseph F. Munier, Jr., Navy, October 7.
                Pvt. James P. Murphy, Army, October 17.
                PFC Daniel J. Niwa, Army, October 9.
                Pvt. Thomas J. Regan, Army, October 27.
                Pvt. Jose M. Rodriguez, Army, October 30.
                PFC Levi L. Sawyer, Army, October 19.
                Cpl. Frederick Scacchetti, Army, October 19.
                PFC John Schine, Jr., Army, October 16.
                Cpl. William Schweiger, Army, October 4.
                PFC Richard Standaert, Army, October 3.
                Pvt. Jesse H. Stockwell, Army, October 4.
                PFC Rocco Taccio, Jr., Army, October 18.
                Pvt. Hilario C. Vazquez, Army, October 28.
                Pvt. Donald G. Vick, Army, October 19.
                PFC Nicholas J. Wagner, Army, October 16.
                PFC Dewayne H. Warner, Army, October 4.
                Pvt. Sherwin B. Weiss, Army, October 5.
                PFC Edward E. Wilkosz, Army, October 5.
                PFC Charles Wilson, Jr., Army, October 9.
                PFC Charles Zeitler, Army, October 9.
                PFC Raymond J. Zimmer, Army, October 18.
Crawford        PFC Charles R. Battershell, Army, October 17.
Fulton          Cpl. Raymond A. Jump, Army, October 16.
                Pvt. William Pappapetru, Army, October 13.
Henry           PFC Charles L. Cave, Army, October 9.
Jackson SN Thomas R. Hamilton, Navy, October 7.
Jefferson       Cpl. John H. Ward, Army, October 25.
Kane            PFC Herbert L. Bradford, Army, October 4.
Knox            1st Lt. Judson P. Hurd, Army, October 3.
Lake            PFC Verne E. Hodson, Army, October 3.
Lawrence        PFC Anthony G. Sandwell, Army, October 19.
Macon           PFC Donald D. Davis, Marines, October 4.
                PFC Raymond W. Tieman, Army, October 8.
Madison Cpl. Eldon E. Doyle, Army, October 18.
Marion          Cpl. Darrell G. Gilley, Army, October 13.
                SFC Earl C. Sanders, Army, October 4.
McDonough       Pvt. Dewey M. Friday, Army, October 3.
                Pvt. Donald L. Olson, Army, October 6.
Monroe  PFC Norbert McDonald, Army, October 19.
Moultrie        PFC Harry W. Dennis, Army, October 8.
Ogle            Pvt. Wayne K. Floto, Army, October 12.
                PFC George F. Roos, Army, October 16.
                PFC Roland A. Wakenight, Army, October 26.
Peoria          PFC Ronald L. Johns, Army, October 11.
                PFC Jonathan Kirksey, Army, October 15.
                Pvt. Merril L. Sronce, Army, October 9.
Perry           PFC Herman Buschschult, Army, October 31.
Pike            PFC John R. Fenton, Army, October 10.
Pulaski         1st Lt. William Henderson, Army, October 6.
Randolph        PFC Kenneth A. Bodeker, Army, October 15.
Richland        PFC Ray D. Tucker, Army, October 4.    
Rock Island     PFC Patrick A. White, Army, October 6.
St. Clair       Pvt. William E. Gilbert, Army, October 10.
                2nd Lt. Walter C. Herr, Air Force, October 1.
                Cpl. Elbert D. Powers, Jr., Army, October 10.
Schuyler        PFC Norman D. Cox, Army, October 17.
Vermilion       PFC Robert L. Gilkison, Army, October 20.
                Pvt. Harold M. Saylor, Army, October 7.
Wabash  PFC Franklin D. Porter, Army, October 10.
Whiteside       PFC Robert J. VanQuakebeke, Army, October 5.
Winnebago       PFC James H. Briggs, Army, October 28.
                PFC Lindor H. Lindblade, Army, October 26.             
Key events during the Korean War
October 1951
The costly Battle of Heartbreak Ridge that began in September 1951 continued in October as the U.S. Second Infantry Division resumed the attack for this key terrain feature.  The division finally seized the ridge on October 15 after suffering 3,700 casualties in some of the most vicious fighting of the war featuring intense artillery fire and hand-to-hand combat.
Meanwhile, South Korean, British and American units attacked Communist forces in an area known as Old Baldy as the United Nations sought to regain some lost ground.  The 4,000 U.N. casualties and the estimated 22,000 Communist casualties testified to the ferocity of the fighting from October 3 – 19.  The United States First Cavalry, Third Infantry and 25th Infantry Divisions participated in the fight for Old Baldy.           
While combat raged on, often for seemingly meaningless pieces of terrain, the armistice talks resumed.  Negotiators from both sides finally agreed to move the talks from Kaesong to Panmunjom on October 7.  The talks resumed on October 25, then limped forward at an agonizingly slow pace.
History of another sort was made on October 1, when the Eighth U.S. Army either disbanded all-black combat units or infused them with white personnel.  President Truman had officially ordered the end of segregation in the military in 1948, but the Army was slow to implement the decision for many of its historically black regiments, some of which saw action in Korea during the brutal campaigns of 1950 and 1951.  Finally, segregation was purged from the United States Army.   
Illinois Korean War Memorial
The Illinois Korean War Memorial is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, the same cemetery that contains the Lincoln Tomb.  Oak Ridge is the nation’s second most visited burial ground behind only Arlington National Cemetery.
        Dedicated on June 16, 1996, the memorial consists of a 12-foot-tall bronze bell mounted on a granite base.  At the circumference of the base are four niches, each with a larger-than-life figure representing a branch of the armed services.  Inscribed on the base are the 1,754 names of Illinoisans killed in Korea.
        The Illinois Korean War Memorial is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and may be visited daily free of charge. 
Korean War Veterans Oral History Project
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
        The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History Program offers “Veterans Remember,” a collection of interviews with Illinois residents about their wartime experiences, at the Library’s website,  www.alplm.org/oral_history/home.html.  The audio interviews concern the experiences of Illinois veterans who fought in several conflicts, including the Korean War, as well as the experiences of those on the home front.  Visitors to the website can listen to or watch the interviews in their entirety.  Several of the interviews have transcripts, and most have still images as well.
Website visitors will need a computer capable of playing MP3 audio files or MPG compressed video files in order to listen to the interviews.  The transcripts and still images are also accessible.  Volunteers conducted and edited many of the interviews and developed the transcripts that accompany them.   
Korean War National Museum
        The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War with a new Board of Directors, new professional staff, and a renewed focus on getting a world-class museum built now, in the lifetime of the Korean War veterans.  Recent news media reports outlined a proposal of the KWNM to obtain 7,000 square feet of prime space on Navy Pier in Chicago for a state-of-the-art, world-class museum where visitors could come to honor and learn about the service and sacrifices of the Americans, South Koreans and their UN Allies in the “forgotten victory.”  Those plans are continuing to be developed, and the KWNM hopes to be able to share some exciting news soon.  Meanwhile, the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, located at 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  The KWNM welcomes donations of photographs, documents, diaries, and artifacts of those who served in the Korean War. To learn more about the KWNM, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.kwnm.org or look for the Museum Facebook.
Korean War Booklet
        The Illinois Korean Memorial Association, an all-volunteer organization, has published a booklet, A Brief History of the Korean War, copies of which have been provided free of charge to public libraries, high schools and junior high schools in Illinois.  Individuals may obtain a copy by sending a $10 check or money order to:  Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, IL  62791. 
        Tax deductible donations are welcome.  One hundred percent of all donations go to the book project and to the upkeep of the Illinois Korean War Memorial. 

Portoluz presents: Jazz On a Summer's Day

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Renee Baker’s Mantra Blue Free Orchestra 


Portoluz presents Jazz On a Summer’s Day with Renee Baker’s Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, Sunday, September 18th, at the Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside, Michigan, beginning at 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time = 1 hour later than Chicago). Tickets are $15. All ages are welcome 

Led by composer/violinist Renee’ Baker, the Mantra Blue Free Orchestra performs freely-improvised and/or through-composed pieces that cannot be pigeonholed into any preconceived musical category. The diverse and multicultural group features instrumentalists and vocalists and on this program will showcase:  

Renee’ Baker Director/violin


Karl EH Seigfried, bass

Bruce Nelson, vibes

Todd Matthews, violin

Savoir Faire, violin

William Porter, cello

Shaun Johnson, Ben Lamar Gay, trumpets

Steve Berry, trombone

Fred Jackson, sax

“An uncommonly versatile player who seems to thrive in unusual settings, violinist Renee Baker has made the Velvet Lounge her laboratory for delving into jazz-meets-classical ventures. The Mantra Blue Free Orchestra pushes further still, bringing together instrumentalists from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the Chicago Sinfonietta, as well as modern jazz and alternative rock idioms. With personnel such as flutist Nicole Mitchell, trombonist Steve Berry, saxophonist David Boykin and violinist James Sanders, it clearly has a great deal going for it.” – Chicago Tribune

Support for the Jazz on a Summers Day series is generously provided by the Pokagon Fund, The Lakeside Inn and The LillStreet Art Center.

Archaia Entertainment sets a November release date for Marjane Satrapi’s The Sigh

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 Internationally Praised Fable by the Creator of Persepolis Makes its Long-Awaited U.S. Debut


Hollywood, CA Award-winning graphic novel publisher, Archaia Entertainment, has set a November release date for the English-language version of The Sigh, a fable from Marjane Satrapi, acclaimed author behind the international bestseller, Persepolis, it was announced by Mark Smylie, Chief Creative Officer of Archaia Entertainment.

Following its debut in France and Spain, U.S. fans of Satrapi’s work have waited patiently for The Sigh to arrive in the U.S. The Sigh follows Rose, one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but her father fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.

The Sigh will be presented as a 6” x 8” hardcover, featuring 56 pages of text and beautifully hand-drawn color illustrations. The Sigh will release with a retail price of $10.95.

“The Sigh is a timeless fairytale that promises to capture the imaginations of readers both young and old,” said Smylie. “Marjane is one of those rare writers who has the ability to connect with readers on a global scale and we are proud to bring this story to the U.S.”

Following the publication of Persepolis, a dramatic illustrated account of her experiences in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Marjane Satrapi has captured the hearts of people throughout the world. Along with The Sigh, her other projects include her second feature film Chicken with Plums. Based on her graphic novel of the same name, Chicken with Plums is currently causing a stir with attendees at the Venice Film Festival.

Drawing upon its past success with publishing foreign graphic novels for English-speaking readers, such as The Killer, Okko and The Secret History, Archaia is positioning The Sigh as the vanguard of a new wave of foreign titles it will be publishing in the next several months.

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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