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Archive for February 6th, 2012

Gov. John Kasich, did you feel it? Did you hear it? The POWER of the people

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

By Juanita Bratcher

 

It was a “hallelujah day” and a great night after polls closed, November 8, 2011 for unions and working middle class people in Ohio, when on Election Day they succeeded in turning back a union-busting law that would have denied them a future voice at the negotiating table.

The power of the people should never be underestimated! When people work together for a worthy cause and for the good of all, they can change things. But they must have that motivation, fighting spirit, hard work and dedication to fight for what they believe in to make it a successful endeavor…to make it happen! And they did just that! Working class men and women, union representatives and supporters, and thousands of volunteers worked laboriously to defeat legislation by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his Republican allies that helped push it through.

The legislation hinged on stripping away the rights of thousands of workers and power from public-sector unions. 

I have always championed the cause for collective bargaining rights and voting rights.

As a News Reporter/Journalist, I have penned many articles in that regard, and on politics and government. I’ve been a card carrying union member at every job where I’ve worked if there were union representation in place. And I am a strong supporter of collective bargaining rights.

From my perspective, union bargaining rights for their membership is a part of the American process – that there definitely is a place at the table for unions to negotiate with company officials in the best interest of their membership. 

My late husband, Neal A. Bratcher, Sr., was a labor executive. He served as the Executive Director of Council 19 (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME, AFL-CIO) in Chicago, an umbrella union consisting of several local unions, including Local 1657. He was also a Vice-President on the International Board of AFL-CIO.

Certainly,  I do not see management as the enemy, it’s just that I prefer management and union meet at the table as equals, and share a collective role in solving disputes.

Under the defeated Ohio Bill, public workers were banned from striking (something that was already prohibited) and established penalties for workers who participate in walkouts. However, unionized workers in Ohio would be in a position to negotiate wages, hours and certain other work conditions void of sick time, health care and pension benefits. The legislation also put an end to automatic pay raises, and future wage increases would be on the basis of merit.

 Ohio’s Bill was passed and signed into law March 30, 2011. Those in opposition of the law had 90 days to collect 230,000 signatures for recall. They collected well over a million signatures to recall the law. Reportedly, more voters voted against the law than Kasich had garnered in winning the governorship.

Another victory in the November 8th election was a vote to maintain same day voting registration.

Collective bargaining is as much American as apple pie. But it seems the urge to kill-off collective bargaining rights tends to be part of a growing trend. And most working Americans, regardless of ethnicity, age or Party affiliation, Democrat or Republican, want fairness in the workplace.

As pointed out in an April 2011 article in CopyLine Magazine, workers should always have the right to union representation. For American workers or working men and women anywhere collective bargaining is a part of the American process and elsewhere. This should be a shared effort, a negotiable effort between management and unions whether at state or corporate level…and no open and shut one-sided decision. They must sit at the table together with a collective voice in solving disputes and coming up with workable solutions.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

Congressman Bobby L. Rush introduces Bill granting Congressional Gold Medal to Publishing Icon John H. Johnson

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) introduced a bill to grant the Congressional Gold medal to African-American publishing icon John H. Johnson.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress. 

Johnson, who died in 2005, was the founder and publisher of Ebony and Jet Magazines and was the first African American listed among the Forbes 400 Richest Americans.‪ Johnson’s first Magazine, Negro Digest, was published in 1942 in Chicago.  It was the predecessor to Ebony and featured African-American history, literature, arts and culture. 

By showing and telling the accomplishments of African-Americans, Johnson sent a message to the world that the descendants of slaves had accomplished great things in America, even in the face of legalized discrimination and de-facto segregation. 

Speaking of Johnson, Congressman Rush said,‪ “John H. Johnson understood the power of positive imagery on the minds of oppressed people.  He knew that real progress and real freedom would begin with the notion of what could actually be

achieved.  His genius was in realizing that the individual stories of success and prosperity told in Ebony and Jet would uplift, inspire and affirm the masses of his people in ways that the larger society refused to do.  John H. Johnson gave voice to our aspirations and showed in living color what we could and would become.”‪

The first Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to then-General George Washington during the Revolutionary War in 1776.  Other recipients include Civil Rights leaders Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins and Rosa Parks.  The list includes inventors, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, poet Robert Frost and entertainer Bob Hope.

Black author plans to reshape urban America, financially

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Flint, MI (BlackNews.com) — With the number of different financial books on shelves these days, it would seem unnecessary to add another version to the pot. What could a new financial manual teach readers that the other 100+ books in the same genre have not? It would seem as if spending money on financial literature would eventually become a reason for all the financial turmoil we face in the world.

To answer that question, Nicholas L. Maze, the author of EXIT: How to Leave Debt, Forever, mentions dieting. Dieting? How does a meal choice compare to poor spending habits?

“I view financial literature like I view diet literature. You have thousands of books, magazines, and other forms of literature for dieting and living healthy, but the percentage of obesity is rapidly increasing. In 2010, no state in America was below 20% obesity. You can view the same with finances and our current debt situation,” says Maze.

So, what is the problem? Maze says lack of understanding. He continues, “You tell people to save and invest, but you are talking to people with no knowledge of finances, period.”

This brought forth the creation of EXIT, a book that goes beyond “save and invest” and focuses on the source of our problem and the many simple mistakes we make on a daily basis. Included in the book is an interesting and unusual view on credit and retirement savings. Nicholas not only goes outside the norm, but also touches on the simplicity of finance, such as saving. Making a simple change in how you save can instantly double your savings, annually!

“Just telling someone to do something with their money is useless. It’s like telling a person not to eat cake. Three days later, they’ll have a stronger craving just because you told them not to do it. I designed EXIT to go beyond that manmade pitfall,” he says.
About The Book:
EXIT: How to Leave Debt, Forever
By Nicholas L. Maze
Published by Pearle Pages Publishing
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Available on iTunes, LuLu, Nook, and www.nicholasmaze.com.
About The Author:
Nicholas L. Maze is an author, born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He holds an Associate’s degree in marketing, Bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing. He is currently working on a literature project, dealing with religion. Along with writing, Maze proudly holds the title of Treasurer and Deacon at his church, Kingdom First. For more information on the author and his work, please visit www.nicholasmaze.com.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Nicholas L. Maze

It’s not too late to apply for one of the best jobs in Illinois

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

If you like law enforcement and working in the natural element, it’s not too late to apply for one of the 15 new Illinois Conservation Police positions that are available.

If interested, especially people of color, you have until Thursday, February 9, 2012, to bring your application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL, on the second floor.  You may click on the this link, http://dnr.state.il.us/law3/career.htm, to download an application and to read about the qualifications for this position.

The test is 90-minutes long and consists of 85 questions. At least 1,000 have applied for the position.

Interviewed at a job fair held at Saint Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place sponsored by Reps. Mary E. Flowers (D-31st) and La Shawn K. Ford (D-8th and the IDNR, Jason Brewer, Assistant Director of the Office of Compliance Equal Opportunity and Ethics (OCEE) for IDNR and Rafael Gutierrez, Director of Law Enforcement for the Illinois Conservation Police, said they are looking for diversity and applicants who love law enforcement and working in the state’s natural habitat.

The Conservation police officers would be responsible for enforcing all criminal and drugs laws as well as vehicle violations. They patrol all borders of the water including the rivers. These offices also enforce fishing, boating and hunting laws, check boat safety. They also protect the natural resources of Illinois including coalmines and tender.

 “They enforce all of the same laws as that of the state police,” said Brewer. “ “They are federally deputized with the U.S. Fish and Wile Life Service. “They can make arrests.” He said their non-enforcement duties including going out to speak on topics like safety boating procedures.”

“We want women and minority applications for this job,” said Brewer who also said there is no age limit for this position. The officers will be trained to use a wide variety of equipment like snowmobiles, boats, ATV’s. They will be trained to handle domestic disputes, look for narcotic violations and marijuana fields and according to Gutierrez, these officers will do body recoveries when there is a drowning.

Eric Bumgarner was part of the Conservation Police contingent that went to New Orleans during the Katrina flooding. He rescued 1300 people that included 1200 frozen embryos. Later, he interviewed the father, also a police officer, of one of those embryos when that child was born.

All three men urged interested persons to apply for this position. They said this test is not given that often and again stressed they are looking for diversity.

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.

Jazz Singer and Chicago favorite, Kurt Elling, returns to Symphony Center with Passion World, February 14

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Special Valentine’s Day Concert Also Features Special Guests Violinist Regina Carter and Clarinetist Anat Cohen

 

CHICAGO, IL — Kurt Elling, one of the most recognizable voices in contemporary jazz, returns to Symphony Center for an enchanting performance on Tuesday, February 14 at 8 p.m. with Passion World, a journey through love songs from around the world. This special Valentine’s Day concert also features famed jazz violinist Regina Carter and innovative clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen.

Elling, who recently received his 11th Grammy Award nomination for best jazz vocal album with his 2010 release, The Gate, has made a prolific career with touring and recording as well as collaborating with today’s best jazz artists. Carter—a 2006 MacArthur Fellow—adds her unique fusion of world music and jazz violin to this performance, coming off of hugely successful projects such as Reverse Thread. Cohen, who has recently gained momentum as a bandleader in addition to her prowess as a clarinetist and saxophonist, joins Elling and Carter for this exciting performance.

KURT ELLING is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He is a Grammy winner, and all of his recordings have been nominated for a Grammy. Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore Music and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has written multidisciplinary works for The Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago. In 2010, he completed an extensive tour with the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and staged Passion World, a commissioned event for Jazz at Lincoln Center with French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano. Elling recently released The Gate, a new studio recording for Concord Records—produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt).

Regina Carter is a master of improvisational jazz violin. Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences—including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop, folk and world music—she has crafted a signature voice and style. Carter’s repertoire retains a firm connection with the familiar while venturing in new, unexpected directions. Her most recent album, Reverse Thread (2010), is primarily made up of African folk songs that have been infused with Carter’s unique contemporary feel. On recordings such as Motor City Moments (2000), where she overlays swing with a soulful sound, and Freefall (2001), a collaboration with jazz legend Kenny Barron, Carter taps into a broad musical vocabulary to weave new sound tapestries. Through artistry with an instrument that has been defined predominantly by the classical tradition, Carter is pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz. Her additional solo recordings include Regina Carter (1995), Something for Grace (1997), Rhythms of the Heart (1999), Paganini: After a Dream (2002), and I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006). Carter has performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy. She was named a MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation in 2006.

ANAT COHEN, an established bandleader and prolific composer, has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999. Cohen has performed for audiences in New York’s Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Iridium, The Jazz Gallery and the JVC Jazz Festival. She has also appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s Yoshi’s, Boston’s Regattabar, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Cohen’s July 2007 engagement at the Village Vanguard in New York was a historic one as she was the first female reed player and the first Israeli to headline at the club. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen grew up with musical siblings and began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in the Jaffa Conservatory’s Dixieland band. In 1996, Cohen matriculated at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she met faculty member Phil Wilson, who encouraged her to play clarinet, and other inspiring teachers such as Greg Hopkins, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, George Garzone and Bill Pierce, and an elite international peer group of students.

Complete program details follow:

Symphony Center Presents                  Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 8 p.m.

Special Concert                                    Kurt Elling Passion World

Kurt Elling, vocals

Regina Carter, violin

Anat Cohen, clarinet and saxophone

Laurence Hobgood, piano

Clark Sommers, bass

John McLean, guitar

Ulysses Owens, drums

                                                            Tickets: $20–$70

Tickets for all 2011/12 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Center Presents, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerts can be purchased by calling CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, online at cso.org, or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040. Artists, programs and ticket prices are subject to change.

LM.C Comes to Chicago for the First Time

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Anime Central announced that LM.C will be Guests of Honor and performing at Anime Central’s 15th Anniversary Celebration!  The Japanese visual kei “electrock” band will kick off their 2012 world tour with a guest appearance at Anime Central in Rosemont, IL April 27-29, 2012.  Aside from LM.C’s concert performance, members maya and Aiji will be available for Q&A and autograph sessions over the course of the celebration weekend.

About LM.C:

LM.C debuted on October, 2006 as a rock unit made up of maya (Vocals) and Aiji (Guitar). Mixture, digi-rock, HIPHOP-like… their variety of pop and catchy sounds cannot be categorized easily and they do not confine themselves to the conventions of “visual-kei.”

Their areas of activity are not only within Japan, but also other Asian nations like Taiwan, Korea. LM.C went on to conduct a nationwide tour as the buzz surrounding their growing popularity and entertaining live shows travelled to other parts of Asia, leading to them to perform at Taiwan’s largest rock festival “FORMOZ FESTIVAL” in 2007. They continued on their road to success in Asia with tours in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Hong Kong in following years.

Two years after their debut, their 8th single, “88,” was released and climbed to Number 3 on the weekly ORICON charts. The unit has been acclaimed as the “most attention-grabbing J-ROCK band” among J-Rock fans in Europe, a territory where they had yet to release any of their music. In the year of 2009 and the following year of 2010, the unit embarked on their world tour two times throughout South America, Europe, and Asia, crossing 13 countries (Chile, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Hungry, Russia, Taiwan, Korea). LM.C’s catchy melodies and colorful music have traveled across oceans and borders and have been met with people all over the world chanting their choruses in full Japanese, demonstrating how LM.C has surpassed language barriers and stolen the hearts of tens of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. LM.C has grown as artists, performers, and international pop-icons. In July, 2009, the first album “GIMMICAL☆ IMPACT!!” won the “BEST ALBUM AWARD” at JAPAN EXPO AWARDS 2009, the world largest Japan cultural event annually held in Paris, France.

In April, 2011, LM.C performed their one-man concert at the Hibiya Open-air Concert Hall for the second time. Following October, the best album “☆  ★  Best the LM.C ★  ☆  2006-2011 SINGLES” was released in commemoration of the band’s 5th year anniversary; then on January 8th, 2012, over 8,000 fans gathered to the tour final at the Japan’s legendary venue, “Nippon Budokan” and the band’s very first Budokan concert was successfully finished.

The year of 2012, LM.C has already announced their new releases and the long-awaited world tour “LM.C LIVE TOUR 2012 –STRONG POP- world tour” starting in this coming spring. Surely, the band’s first original album release and first world tour in 2 years make their worldwide royal fans go crazy for LM.C again!!

For more information:

Official HP: http://www.lovely-mocochang.com/ Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LMCofficial
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LM.Cofficial MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lmcofficial/
PONY CANYON (Label): http://music.ponycanyon.co.jp/ PONYCANYON MUSIC (Management): http://pcmusic.jp/en-index.php

About Anime Central:

Anime Central is the Midwest’s largest anime, manga, and Japanese popular culture convention.  Started in 1998, the show attracts over 23,000 people to Rosemont, IL (just outside Chicago), and will be celebrating its 15th year in 2012. The convention is located less than five minutes from O’Hare International Airport, and only 35 minutes from Midway International Airport.  Anime Central will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the Donald E Stephens Convention Center April 27th-29th, 2012. As part of its mission, ACen brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and US sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture personalities. The event includes a huge exhibit hall, a massive artist’s alley, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming, video gaming and much more! For additional information on Anime Central or to register visit www.acen.org.

Illinois State Board of Education announces meeting schedule changes

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced several changes to its upcoming meeting schedule.

This month’s meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 21. The one-day meeting will be conducted via video-conference in the Springfield and Chicago offices.

Next month’s meeting will take place March 21 in Springfield.

This fall, the October meeting will take place Oct. 29-30 in the Chicago area.

Additional meeting dates and details are listed below:

 

Please check back to the ISBE website (www.isbe.net/calendar) for final meeting postings.

Date

Description

January 25-26

Springfield

February 21

one-day meeting via video-conference (9:00 a.m. – note date change.)
(Springfield & Chicago ISBE v-tel)

March 21

Springfield (one-day meeting.)

April 18

one-day meeting via video-conference (10:30 a.m.)
(Springfield & Chicago v-tel rooms)

May 16-17

Springfield

June 20-21

Springfield

July

No Meeting

August 16

one-day meeting via video-conference (10:30 a.m.)
(Springfield & Chicago ISBE v-tel rooms)

September 19-20

Board Strategic Agenda Planning Session – Bloomington

October 29-30

Chicago area (location to be determined)

November 16

one-day video-conference meeting (10:30 a.m.)
(Springfield & Chicago ISBE v-tel rooms)

December 12-13

Springfield

 

NOTE: State Board of Education two-day committee/plenary sessions are held in the 4th Floor Board Room at 100 North First Street, Springfield, Illinois. 

When the State Board of Education plenary session is scheduled in conjunction with committee meetings, the plenary session will typically be held at 9:30 a.m. on the second day of each two-day meeting cycle

On dates when one-day meetings are held via video-conference, the meeting will typically begin at 10:30 a.m.

Please watch for the meeting posting for a possible change in the start time of these regular meetings.

 

First-ever national Pretty Brown Girl Day to be recognized on Feb. 25

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Empower a girl, empower a world. During Black History Month, a Detroit Metro based company is pushing for a national movement. Pretty Brown Girl is asking all girls and women across the United States and around the world to celebrate themselves, families and friends. This is a great way for brown girls of all ages, cultures and ethnicities to empower themselves and boost their self-confidence.

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) is encouraging families, youth mentoring groups, civic organizations and churches locally and nationally to embrace the differences among their youth. It is important for girls to understand that no matter what their skin tone they are beautiful inside and out.

The Pretty Brown Girl collection includes the book, My First Day of School and the PGB pledge; which encourages girls to Dream Big. There are also T-shirts, bags, other accessories and the anticipated Pretty Brown Girl Doll; available this Spring. Now girls and women are proudly describing themselves and others as pretty brown girls with this simple but powerful message.

In August 2011, Sheri and Corey Crawley launched Pretty Brown Girl, LLC in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. The couple was inspired to start the company by their daughters Lailia and Aliya. When the family relocated to a Detroit suburb, Sheri observed changes in her oldest daughter’s behavior. Laila lost her bubbly personality and became more withdrawn and timid during school hours. She began to make comments that she wanted her hair to look like that of her classmates as opposed to her own beautifully textured hair. When Sheri began sharing her observations with other moms, she realized that different families were having similar experiences. Those incidents combined with a news report, that showed children of all ages and backgrounds still have negative connotations of people with darker skin tones, made Sheri and Corey realized there is a need for positive messaging to girls around the world.

The Pretty Brown Girl collection can be purchased online at www.prettybrowngirl.com.

For more information, contact Damali Hill, Director of Publicity at (888) 594-5507.

Photo Caption: Laila and Aliya Crawley with their Pretty Brown Girl Dolls are ready for Pretty Brown Girl Day, Feb. 25th

Goodman Theatre adds two performances of Race by David Mamet, February 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Chicago, IL - By popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds two performances of Race by David Mamet, directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith. Starring Patrick Clear, Marc Grapey, Geoffrey Owens and Tamberla Perry, the Chicago premiere of Race is critically hailed as “the dramatic equivalent of a brilliantly-rigged mine field” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “intellectually salacious” (Chicago Tribune). Tickets start at $27 for the added performances (prices are subject to change) and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for Race and WBEZ 91.5 FM is the Media Partner.

 Additional performances of Race include:

            Sunday, February 12 at 7:30pm
            Sunday, February 19 at 7:30pm

Race begins as a crime mystery, as two high-profile lawyers—Henry (Geoffrey Owens) who is black, and Jack (Marc Grapey) who is white—are called to defend a wealthy white client Charles (Patrick Clear) who is charged with the rape of an African American woman. The client admits that he was intimate with his accuser but vehemently denies the charges of rape, insisting that the sex was consensual and that he and the woman were in love. As the two lawyers mull over the potential pitfalls in accepting the case, they enlist the help of their new associate, Susan (Tamberla Perry), a young Ivy-League educated black attorney. In the lawyers’ struggle to find the truth, their own prejudices are exposed, and they quickly discover that present-day racial and gender politics are as complex as the case in front of them.

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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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