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Archive for November 18th, 2011

Distraught mother of 10 pleas for return of 13-year-old daughter

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 By Chinta Strausberg


 LUCILLE_BEASLEY-BROWn_13A mother of 10, Cherry Beasley, whose 13-year-old daughter, Lucille Beasley-Brown, has been missing since November 4, 2011, Wednesday made a plea for her return.

A distraught Mrs. Beasley said she last saw her daughter on Friday, November 4, 2011, at her home in the 3900 block of South Wells. “One of my daughters came to get her, but she broke and ran,” she said. “This is the fourth time my daughter has run away. I need help finding her.”

Mrs. Beasley said she has not found anyone to help her locate her daughter or to address problems she had with a principal near her home. Beasley said the school is located in a gang-infested area and that her daughter has befriended some of the gangbangers and drug dealers.

When she ran away last July and was found in an abandoned building with adults, Beasley said the police refused to arrest them. “She’s 13, a child,” said the mother. “Yet, the police listened to what my daughter told them that they didn’t harm her. She was gone for four-days,” Beasley said.

“When I would go to the principal, every time she talked to me she would push me and yell at me,” said Beasley who said she was forced to enroll her daughter in an Elgin school to get her away from the criminal and alleged abusive her daughter allegedly suffered. The principal did not return my calls.

LUCILLE_BEASLEY_BROWN_PHOTOWhile she enrolled her daughter in another school outside of Chicago, that didn’t work. Lucille, whose nickname is “Lu Lu,” ran away again and the mother fears she will either be killed, be raped or get pregnant.

She has reached out to Rev. Dr. Lewis Flowers, chairman of the Westside Ministers Coalition, who said, “We want to help find this young lady because we know the mother is worried and concerned. Her peers have misguided her. She is listening to them rather than her mother,” he said referring to the missing teen.

According to her mother, Lucille Beasley-Brown is 5’2, weighs 104 pounds, eyes brown and wears her hair in braids. She was born May 31, 1998.

Mrs. Beasley is asking anyone who has information about the whereabouts of her daughter to call her at: 773-790-7358.

Also, from the last police alert, please call 911 or the Chicago Police Department Area 1 SVU at:  312-747-8385.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Waukegan Native joins ISBE as Assistant Superintendent for the Center for Language and Early Childhood Development

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Reyna Hernandez to help ISBE increase family and community engagement efforts


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has named Reyna Hernandez to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of English Language Learning and Early Childhood. Hernandez is a former Waukegan Public Schools parent facilitator and a Latino Policy Forum research and policy associate focused on immigrant and early childhood issues. Hernandez holds a law degree from New York Law School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She will oversee a number of new initiatives, including strengthening the state’s early childhood services and intra-agency collaboration.

 “Reyna will help this agency move forward as it builds a Preschool through 12th grade education reform strategy that ensures our earliest learners and growing population of English language learners get the best possible education to succeed in the classroom,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch.

Hernandez joined the Illinois State Board of Education after working at the Latino Policy Forum in Chicago where she researched relevant early childhood and immigration public policy.  Hernandez helped inform the development of the state’s policy to serve English language learners in preschool as a staffer for the Illinois Early Learning Council’s Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Committee. Last spring, she served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University’s College of Education where she designed and taught a course on bilingual education law and policy in the Bilingual Bicultural Education Master’s Degree Program.

“Reyna’s school district experience and her work in law and policy impacting Latinos will help us keep a keen focus on developing programs and regulations that prepare all Illinois students for success in college and careers,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico.

Hernandez held a number of research jobs while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University. After graduating with honors from Harvard, she returned to her hometown to work at her alma mater as a Community Education Parent Facilitator in Waukegan School District 60’s Parent Information and Support Center. Hernandez later decided she wanted to make a difference for children and families at a broader level and went on to earn her J.D., from New York Law School where she again graduated with honors.

As the Assistant Superintendent for the Center of Language and Early Childhood Development, Hernandez will work closely with the divisions of Early Childhood and English Language Learning toward ensuring that every student is prepared for success.  In addition, Hernandez will help lead ISBE’s efforts to strengthen family and community engagement – a cornerstone of effective schools.

Hernandez is among those who helped craft the state’s recent application for $70 million in federal funds to develop better coordinated early childhood services in Illinois through the federal Race to the Top grant competition. Among the state’s proposals is to develop and implement a Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) that will provide comprehensive information about children’s developmental competencies over time and inform whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in school.

Hernandez speaks English, Spanish and French fluently. She is based in the agency’s Chicago office.

Travel and Internship opportunity for Black college students

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Unilever Diversity Leadership Conference extends deadline to Monday, November 21st


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Unilever is offering an excellent opportunity for college sophomores and juniors graduating between May 2013 and June 2014! Students interested in a career in human resources, marketing finance, IT, supply chain, sales, or research and development should apply!

The UDLC is an intensive and highly interactive one and a half day conference held in our North America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on February 23rd and 24th, 2012. The conference is designed for undergraduate students who have held leadership positions in diverse student organizations on campus or within the community.

During the conference, students will interview for summer internships and meet with Unilever’s senior leaders through panel discussions, general forums, and networking sessions.

Accommodations and related travel expenses will be fully covered for students selected to attend the conference.

Link to Application –

Link to Unilever Program Website –
Application Deadline: THIS MONDAY NOVEMBER 21st, 2011

African-American Middle-School Age Brothers and Young Authors among talented guests at 2011 Savannah’s Children’s Book Festival Savannah, GA

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Bookcover and authors, Miles and William Rabun


(BlackNews.com) — The 2011 Savannah Children’s Book Festival is set for this Saturday, November 19th, in Savannah, Georgia. Among the invited children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country will be Raleigh’s own Miles and William Rabun, the young authors of My Grandma’s Backyard. Many other talented guests in the 2011 lineup include Alyssa Capucilli, author of more than 50 books including Katy Duck and Biscuit, and Kadir Nelson, author/illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans, and artist of the album cover for “Michael” by the late pop icon Michael Jackson.

This is the 2nd year the Rabun brothers, now 13 and 11, have been invited to this national festival after last year’s success of My Grandma’s Backyard and its accompanying Fun Song CD with the 35,000 people the festival drew. My Grandma’s Backyard, a tale that reflects two African-American brothers’ adventures with their grandmother was written by Miles and William Rabun at 7 and 5 years old. Professional Illustrator Tony Moore of Atlanta, Georgia provided vivid color to My Grandma’s Backyard which also includes a fun activity section for kids to explore and talk about their own backyard adventures along with vocabulary words, reading comprehension exercises, and games with an answer key.

Miles and William Rabun and My Grandma’s Backyard have been featured on WRAL TV’s Living the Legacy Series, Carolina Parent, Kidsville News, The News & Observer, The Independent Weekly, Total Connection, and Durham’s Partnership for Children Newsletter; The Rabun brothers are also a part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program for academically gifted students.

The children’s book, My Grandma’s Backyard is available in bookstores nationwide as well as Amazon.com and www.mygrandmasbackyard.com. The My Grandma’s Backyard Fun Song CD is available on cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon. Miles and William Rabun are available for interviews as well as school, bookstore and library events.

Regina Taylor announces casting for the 10th Anniversary Production of Crowns

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E. Faye Butler, Felicia Fields and newcomer Jasondra Johnson join the cast of the most produced musical in the country, running June 30 – August 5, 2012 at the Goodman


Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor announced casting for her 10th Anniversary production of Crowns this week at the theater’s 5th annual breakfast celebrating diversity. Taylor re-imagines Crowns, one of the most produced

musical productions in the country, at the Goodman June 30 – August 5, 2012 with a company featuring some of Chicago’s foremost “leading ladies”—E. Faye Butler as Mabel, Felicia Fields as Mother Shaw and newcomer Jasondra Johnson as Velma. JP Morgan Chase & Co, Corporate Sponsor Partner for Crowns, hosted the annual breakfast where corporate, foundation, government and community leaders gathered to celebrate the Goodman’s ongoing commitment to quality, diversity and community. Group tickets and season subscriptions (including Crowns) are on sale now; individual tickets ($25 – $88) go on sale March 16. Call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org; to book a group, contact Kim Furganson at 312.443.3820 or KimFurganson@GoodmanTheatre.org. Target is the Major Corporate Sponsor and PwC is the other Corporate Sponsor Partner for Crowns. American Airlines is the official airline of Goodman Theatre. Actors, dates and ticket prices all subject to change.

“Crowns is a celebration of the individuality of the human spirit—and what we pass down from generation to generation,” said Playwright and Director Regina Taylor. “I am honored that the Goodman chose to revisit Crowns on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. This show give us the opportunity to bring various Chicago communities together and track our traditions— hat wearing, music, dance, spoken word, gospel and much more. I am eager to re-imagine this piece with new music and movement.”

When Brooklyn-born Yolanda relocates to the South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her—and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. Fusing the music of the South with rich storytelling and abundant “hattitude,” Crowns is a jubilant celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear that the New York Times calls a “heart-stopping processional [that] pulses with rhythm.” More than one million people have experienced Taylor’s gospel-infused musical sensation in more than 40 major markets in North America.

Crowns earned enormous popular acclaim and critics hailed it as “delightfully celebratory” (The New York Times) and “church-chic” (Miami Herald). Among its numerous distinctions, Crowns earned five 2003 Audelco Awards and four 2004

Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production and Director.

Throughout the course of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer’s 25-year leadership at Goodman Theatre, diversity has been a passion and a priority. One-third of Goodman productions have featured individuals of color—including 25 world premieres—as the theater a broad range of artists, productions and education and community engagement programs. In 2006, the Goodman became the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in the late August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, chronicling the 20th Century African American experience.

The Goodman’s numerous festivals—including the Latino Theatre Festival, which has premiered Cuba’s Teatro Buendía, Spain’s Marta Carrasco and other prominent local, national and international Latino theater companies—have transformed the Goodman into a hub of international artistic exchange. With A Christmas Carol, Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition for more than three decades, the Goodman pioneered color-blind casting in Chicago theater. A critical element of the artistic direction is the Goodman’s artistic collective, a group of resident artists under Falls’ leadership that is diverse in its aesthetics and points of view, including Actor Brian Dennehy, Playwright Rebecca Gilman, Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, Resident Director

Chuck Smith, Associate Producer Steve Scott, Artistic Associate Regina Taylor and Resident Director Mary Zimmerman.

The Goodman’s 2012 Diversity events are an outgrowth of the theater’s ongoing commitment to reflecting the diversity of Chicago in all areas of the theater’s operations. Upcoming events in the 2011/2012 season include Diversity Night centered around David Mamet’s Race (January 15); Diversity Night featuring Cándido Tirado’s Fish Men (April 24) and Women’s Night celebrating Crowns (July 11). For more information, contact Victoria Rodriguez at 312.443.3811 ext. 539. Diversity Initiative Sponsor Leader is Charter One and Diversity Initiative Sponsor Partners are Allstate Insurance Company, Fifth Third Bank, Loop Capital Markets, LLC, Macy’s, Mesirow Financial and McDonald’s Corporation.

The 2011/2012 Season includes: New Stages Amplified including Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, directed by Joanie Schultz (now through November 20); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 3 – April 8, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 10, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 30 – August 5, 2012).

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has welcomed nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—and served legions of students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs). The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is the Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

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