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Archive for February 7th, 2012

National Clergy gather for three days to end ‘War on Drugs,’ campaign for criminal justice reform

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 7 - 2012 Comments Off on National Clergy gather for three days to end ‘War on Drugs,’ campaign for criminal justice reform


Influential advocates, writers join faith-based community to rally
against incarceration, harsh sentencing


CHICAGO, IL – Tomorrow, a group of 800 clergy, laypeople and social justice advocates will gather to campaign for criminal justice reform and confront the racial inequities endemic in the American justice system. The event will be held February 9, 2012, at the Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place in Chicago, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Influential justice advocates, Ethan Nadelmann, Michelle Alexander and Susan L. Taylor, will lend their voices to the call for change.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) is an annual convening of national faith leaders and their congregations. This year, the conference will focus on the theme, “Reckoning with Power: Destroying Caste and Restoring Community.” The conference will feature a number of noted speakers and events including Wednesday’s luncheon and discussion keynote address led by Drug Policy Alliance Director Ethan Nadelmann, one of the prominent supporters of the federal crack cocaine disparity campaign that resulted reduced sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine – an issue disproportionately affecting African Americans.

Author of “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander, will join Nadelmann in a conversation on the inner- workings of a criminal justice system, which now makes the U.S. the number one nation in the world for incarceration.   Alexander, who will also sign books, has worked closely with the SDPC throughout the last year in an effort to combat the growing issue and helped the group produce an ecumenical study guide that serves as a companion piece to her book for faith-based organizations and churches. Also joining the program is former Essence Magazine editor Susan L. Taylor, who now leads National Cares Mentoring, a program, designed to aid in ending the prison pipeline of African-American youth.

“The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference is calling for a values transformation and transfusion in America.  It is time to ‘Occupy the Heart’ on the road To Be Free At Last,” said SDPC director, Dr. Iva Carruthers. “This movement has a human rights agenda to not only end mass incarceration in the U.S. but to chart America on a path of true racial and class justice.”   

The conference will also feature numerous workshops on issues on interfaith mobilization, voting, and public policy as hundreds of national theologians, preachers and scholar activists will gather for the ninth annual event.

Founded in 2003, SDPC represents a cross section of progressive African-American faith leaders and their congregations in the United States. Its mission is to nurture, sustain, and mobilize the African American faith community in collaboration with civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to address critical needs of human and social justice within local, national, and global communities.

GMC TV presents national telecast of the 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 7 - 2012 Comments Off on GMC TV presents national telecast of the 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Hosted by Gospel Legends Dorinda Clark-Cole and Marvin Sapp with performances from Gospel Superstars Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, VaShawn Mitchell, James Fortune, Kim Burrell, and More


With Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Special, “The Stellar Awards Backstage” at 6 p.m. ET

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, will present the 27TH ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS, the premiere gospel event that recognizes and honors the greatest gospel artists. Hosted by gospel icons, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Marvin Sapp and taped before a live audience at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater, the two hour show will air on GMC, Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET with encore broadcasts at 9 and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, at 6 p.m. ET, GMC will present an exclusive one hour behind the scenes Red Carpet preview of the 27th Annual Stellar Awards, “The Stellar Awards Backstage” hosted by comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

“GMC is proud to be the Number 1 destination for gospel music entertainment,” said Brad Siegel, Vice Chairman, GMC TV. “Since 2009, GMC has been the exclusive cable network of The Stellar Awards. We are thrilled to present this year’s show, which is packed with a phenomenal lineup of gospel artists, riveting performances and many memorable moments.”

Honoring gospel music’s best and brightest stars, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards feature live performances by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Earnest Pugh, Richard Smallwood & Vision, James Fortune & Fiya, Ricky Dillard & New G, Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Martha Munizzi, Le’Andria Johnson and William McDowell among others. Special appearances are made by Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Tina Campbell (Mary Mary), Carmen Ejogo, VaShawn Mitchell, Shirley Murdock, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dorothy Norwood, Kurt Carr, Dottie Peoples, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Wess Morgan and LeCrae who will appear in the upcoming original GMC World Premiere Movie, A Cross to Bear on Saturday, February 18th.

“I’m thrilled the Stellar Awards is airing on GMC,” said Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. “Their commitment to quality, original faith-based programming is also evident in the network’s fresh new lineup of shows. I’m honored to be involved with GMC and I look forward to being featured in the upcoming reality series ‘The Song That Changed My Life,’ coming in June, 2012.”

Rising Gospel music superstar VaShawn Mitchell received the most awards with six, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year for his 2011 album, “Triumphant.” Stellar Music Award stalwart Kirk Franklin took home Song of the Year honors during the show and received three additional honors, including CD of the Year, Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.

This year’s show also recognizes the great accomplishments of some of Gospel’s trailblazers. John P. Kee received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments over a career that spans three decades and is serenaded by Isaac Carree, Sheila Lakin, Lowell Pye and Zacardi Cortez. Dorothy Norwood, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Gospel Story Teller,” receives the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award, presented by the veteran show host. Vy Higgensen, the first woman to host a morning show on New York radio as well as produce a faith-based musical on Broadway, receives the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for her work with the “Gospel for Teens” program.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is executive produced by Don Jackson, CEO and produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks.

Jackson stated, “Our 27th special was by far our most diverse program to date, with performances that spanned the entire spectrum of Gospel music including Hip Hop, Rap, Contemporary, Praise & Worship, and Traditional… our best ever from start to finish.”
GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council(TM) awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval(TM) to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” In 2011, GMC was the second fastest growing ad supported cable network in total day households and A18-49. GMC can be seen in more than 51 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.

Also check out the official Stellar Awards website: www.thestellarawards.com; on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stellarawards, and Twitter: @theStellars.

Photo Caption: Hosts: Dorinda Clark-Cole and Marvin Sapp
Photo by Earl Gibson (Courtesy of Central City Productions and The FrontPage Firm)

Teatro Luna brings to a NEW stage an aggressively re-imagined CROSSED: Immigrant = Mexican?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 7 - 2012 Comments Off on Teatro Luna brings to a NEW stage an aggressively re-imagined CROSSED: Immigrant = Mexican?

The World Premiere as the official inaugural production in their new venue:


CHICAGO, IL  – Chicago’s All Latina Theatre Company makes an ambitious move that lays down some serious pavement towards the goal of becoming a leading Latino Cultural Institution in the United States by launching a Lakeview venue for live performance, music, galleries, screenings, events/fundraisers, and late-night presentations including varied comedy/improv/cabaret offerings year round in addition to their own dynamic programming. The inaugural production that will baptize the old LIVE BAIT THEATER as the ladies’ new space– LUNA CENTRAL: An Arts Center for New & Diverse Work— will be the World-Premiere version of their recently work-shopped CROSSED. The workshop version which played for three weeks at the Viaduct Theatre launched an ambitious season entirely dedicated to discussing the various immigration, race, and U.S. border-related wars currently unfolding in the United States. CROSSED:Immigrant = Mexican? boldly states to Chicago audiences that: issues of Race cannot be removed from conversations of Immigration! CROSSED: Immigrant = Mexican? plays February 2 – March 18 at Luna Central, 3914 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613. Directed by Founding Ensemble Member and Luna’s Director of Artistic Development Miranda Gonzalez, featuring both company members and CROSSED workshop cast members. Tickets are on sale at www.teatroluna.org for $20. Preview, Student, Senior, and Group Rates range between $12-$15.CROSSED, Teatro Luna’s eighth original play devised in an ensemble setting, seeks to explode (yes, explode!) stereotype and poetically navigate what it means to be an immigrant in the United States in an era some have ironically dubbed “post-racial.” Jumping in an out of monologues, scenes and sketches set unknown terminals into “real talk” conversations with the voices of real people from the street, the Lunáticas use the devise of a “gameshow” to compare immigration in the United States to a game of chance. Join five diverse performers as they share both their own autobiographical stories, as well as accounts collected from interviews, news reports, and the Lunáticas own experiences while traveling South in spring 2011–ranging from topics like: one woman’s story of immigrating to America with her 4 kids to escape an abusive husband, to the painful mystery of a cousin who went missing on the same day as 400 others in Mexico, to a sexy burlesque in an Airport security checkpoint that highlights the invasive process of “security”. CROSSED calls upon Teatro Luna’s most notable hallmark: using wit, humor and quirky poignancy to tackle the taboo, the uncomfortable, and some beautiful and ugly truths about living in America as an immigrant today.CROSSED is presented in English with a sprinkle of Spanish.“I feel so lucky to be able to present the World Premiere version of CROSSED in our new home, Luna Central”, says Director and Developer Miranda Gonzalez. “ It is a blessing as an artist to be able to create work in a company and through a process that allows both the play and artist to grow and improve through various iterations of any one piece– not all Theatre companies allow room for that kind of growth and artistic play, we’re very lucky here”.“This is certainly an exciting time for us here at Teatro Luna– new space, new show, new talent…being able to bring the World Premiere production to life of CROSSED is something we didn’t know if we could accomplish a few weeks ago, in all honesty. This play has had quite a journey from the time it was first launched as an entirely different concept as a co-production with Bailiwick Chicago, to the workshop at the DCA, to our 3 week workshop at The Viaduct which we opened for press and the general public”, says Executive Director Alexandra Meda.Meda goes on to say, “sometimes its hard for people to understand that we have a very open and public development process of our work and so the idea of us having such a public workshop process seems questionable, but the life of a devised Luna play needs the public– it needs that time to develop and be shared with audiences. It’s the only way we know to get it to the final “draft”. It’s certainly more expensive for the company to produce this way– but it is essential to our artists who range from very inexperienced to life-long practitioners to have that safe space for development. It isn’t always going to be a critically successful workshop but that is exactly why we produce these workshops– to get that difficult feedback. It helps the play, it helps the actors, but most of all, it helps the developers/writers and director”! “This has been a great experience personally and professionally for me”, adds Gonzalez. “For the first time I got to edit and write without being scared because I had so much more clarity on what voices were missing and what we really wanted to say with this play after the workshop production. It made sense to me all over again why Teatro Luna has the history with big workshop productions that it does, even if that tradition tapered off near the last few shows directed by our ex-co-artistic directors”.According to Meda, “I think that habit of publicly work-shopping devised work is integral at this stage of our history at Teatro Luna primarily because we are rebuilding our ensemble and artistic associate body. We’re definitely on a learning curve, and we see that as a positive thing. We have a lot of emerging artists in the company right now, and the more and more we produce the better and better our work will get. It is our mission to provide endless opportunities for artists to experiment. We remain forever committed to that. The hits will come. This one just might mark the return of some of our famed hilarity.The Bottom Line? We feel lucky that we have such great supporters and fans that they stick with us throughout our development process. Now, this was a quick turn-around, quicker than we would have probably liked, but we believe the topics covered in this production need prolonged attention from our audiences, and as long as we are answering our mission: which is to enact social change through our work, then I think we are on the right path.WHAT: CROSSED: Immigrant=Mexican? World Premiere, Developed and Presented by Teatro Luna, Chicago’s All-Latina Theatre CompanyWHERE: LUNA CENTRAL, 3914 N. Clark St. Chicago IL, 60613

WHEN: Previews: February 2, 3, 4, and 8 2012 at 7:30 pm
Opening: Thursday February 9, 2012
Runs: Feb 9 – Mar 18, Thurs – Sat at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm with some 3:00 pm matinees.

WHO: Directed by: Miranda Gonzalez, Director of Artistic Development for Teatro Luna and Founding Ensemble Member; Created by: El Teatro Luna

Featuring: Sydney Charles (CROSSED Workshop Production Cast Member), TL Artistic Associate Kristiana Colón (Crossed Workshop Production Cast Member), Jazmin Corona, Paula Ramirez (Crossed Workshop Production Cast Member), & Abigail Vega (Crossed Workshop Production Cast Member).

Writing Team: Developer: Miranda Gonzalez. Writers: Liza Ann Acosta (Ensemble Member) Kristiana Colón (AA), Christina Igaraividez (AA), TL Artistic Associate Gaby Ortiz, and Yolanda Nieves. Additional writing contributions by the cast and the Workshop Cast.

Production Team: Producer: Alex Meda for Teatro Luna; Set Design: Dan Matthews; Costume Design: TL Artistic Associate Christine Pascual; Lighting Design: TL Artistic Associate Mac Vaughey, Composition & Sound Design: Steven Yaussi, with some original workshop music by William Kurk; Stage Management: Patricia Radford.

HOW MUCH?: PREVIEWS: $12.00. GENERAL: $20. $15.00 Student and Senior Tickets. $15 Group Sales 12+ and $12 Student Group Tickets(See website for ticket specials.)

Tickets on sale at www.teatroluna.org
For Group Sales call (773) 819-LUNA (5862) (not a reservation line)

Women entrepreneurs prepare to make history in Atlanta: #Occupyownership with #StateofWoman Bizcamp increasing the 1% to 2%

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 7 - 2012 Comments Off on Women entrepreneurs prepare to make history in Atlanta: #Occupyownership with #StateofWoman Bizcamp increasing the 1% to 2%

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The State of Woman BizCamp: Planting Seeds of Success (#StateofWoman) will make history in Atlanta, Saturday March 17, 2012 from 9am to 4pm at the Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta. #StateofWoman is sponsored by DryerBuzz.com and the learning channel for entrepreneurs, Learn.DryerBuzz.com.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, female entrepreneurs will come together to in a forum conducive to their uniqueness to #OccupyOwnership with a goal of increasing the 1% to 2%. When the man behind the brand is a woman, the state of business and recovery of America is tied to her purse strings. Additionally, the trendsetter has to create a legacy.

#StateofWoman was created by Yalanda P. Lattimore, editor of DryerBuzz.com known for reaching women where they are — under the dryer. DryerBuzz.com will celebrate its 10th Anniversary, online since 2002, during the week of the #StateofWoman BizCamp.

An exciting day of interactive workshops will guide entrepreneurs in refining their business reach; protecting their business and legacies; becoming leaders in their industries; and creating buzz for their business.

Featured Camp Coaches:
* Clyde Anderson, Financial Lifestyle Coach and CNN Financial Contributor, www.FinancialLifeConnection.com
* Vanessa Parker, The Pink Boss Inc., www.thePinkBoss.com
* Travis Townsend, Business Attorney, Townsend and Lockett, www.TownsendLockett.com
* Nicole Garner, The Garner Circle, PR, Lifestyle Marketing, www.TheGarnerCircle.com
* Jaheed Givens, Digital Strategist, SEO Coach, www.Jaheed.com

To help Plant the Seeds of Success, each coach will facilitate an interactive hour at #StateofWoman as well as lunch with participants.

State of Woman BizCamp Workshops at a Glance:
* #OccupyOwnership: You Are What You Are Selling
* Plant the Seeds to Leverage Your Harvest
* Learn Your Lane ~ Launch Your Business
* Protect Your Business and Your Legacy
* Market Your Business To Create Buzz
* Become a Leader Online ~ Get Found More Often
#StateofWoman BizCamp registration is only $125 and includes full day of workshops, lunch with coaches, and copies of popular selling e-books by #StateofWoman facilitators. Information on discounts and sponsored scholarships are available by following @DryerBuzz on Twitter.

Follow the Buzz to register via http://StateofWoman.DryerBuzz.com. Use discount code “DryerBuzz” for initial 10% savings. Sponsorship is available.

Photo Caption: Featured Camp Coaches: Yalanda Lattimore, Clyde Anderson, Vanessa Parker, Travis Townsend, Nicole Garner, Jaheed Givens,

Better Business Bureau Consumer Survey shows home is where the money goes

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 7 - 2012 Comments Off on Better Business Bureau Consumer Survey shows home is where the money goes


CHICAGO, IL -  In a month long website survey conducted by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) consumers say, this year, they will spend money on home improvements and making major purchases for their homes.


More than 42-percent of the poll respondents visiting the website indicate spending money on their homes as a top priority this coming year.  A desire to “get away” polled high, with 23-percent stating they plan to take a major vacation in 2012. Purchasing a new car was on many respondents’ minds with 15-percent saying this was a top priority this year.


“These buying plans bode well for builders, contractors and home appliance retailers,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Consumers looking to spend their money wisely for home improvements can obtain a free quote on a variety of services from the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org


The survey also noted 19-percent of respondents are holding off major purchases or home improvements until the economy improves. 


Bernas continues, “Whether consumers are looking to spend money on their homes or a vacation, the BBB suggests they check out our free Business Reviews before putting money down.”


For more consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org 


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