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Senator Kirk to move home with family; will continue recovery at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Statement from the Family of Senator Mark Kirk

CHICAGO, IL – The office of Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement at the request of Senator Kirk’s family:

“We are happy to say that after suffering a stroke in January, Mark has progressed to the point where he can move home with his family.He will continue to work on his recovery as an out-patient at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has begun a rigorous walking study program to further his mobility and independence while maintaining his schedule with staff.”

“We are grateful for the wonderful doctors and personnel at the RIC for their care of Mark, and to the residents of Illinois who have given him privacy and time to heal. We also thank everyone who has shared their prayers and wishes for his return to the U.S. Senate as soon as possible.”

Harry Belafonte calls on America to heal its racial wounds and regain its status as a moral compass for the world

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NEW ORLEANSDeclaring that America has lost its “moral purpose,” entertainer and civil rights pioneer, Harry Belafonte, yesterday called on the nation to embrace healing as a way to end racial strife and unify behind a movement to bring racial equity to communities.

He said that racial healing “is the crux and the heart of what this country needs, and if we can’t heal ourselves…then all else will fail.”

“We are on the threshold of imploding,” Belafonte told an audience of several hundred scholars, community leaders and social justice advocates attending the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 2012America Healinggranteeconference in New Orleans this week.”If we cannot bring our citizens together, if we cannot heal, if we cannot show how to be the moral compass for what a democratic and a healthy society should do, I doubt if there’s going to be a replication or a new moment that will have had the opportunity that this one had, and we failed.”

Belafonte took the stage with long-time friend, Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, after the screening of Sing Your Song, an extraordinary documentary on Belafonte’s remarkable life by filmmaker Susanne Rostock. Ogletree asked Belafonte about what kept him motivated in life, the importance of paying attention to what young people are doing, the obstacles he faced as a black entertainer in a racially divided nation and his work in the civil rights movement. But much of Belafonte’s focus was on the need for healing in America.

“We have to perpetuate healing,” he said. “…real healing is more than blacks and browns coming together; there is a huge part of this equation that says white America has really got to get its act together, too.”

Belafonte also cited the Kellogg Foundation, which two years ago launched its America Healing initiative to fund organizations across the country that are engaged in healing in their communities and are addressing structural bias.

“I applaud Kellogg (Foundation)…. Let’s call upon the global resources…you are on the right track…as you heal, you find new truths, new joys, new revelations.”

Belafonte also highlighted the importance of this non-violent approach to America Healing. “And let us embrace the fact that it comes to us this way, and let’s service it and take it to a better platform, to a better moment.”

And he warned that greed and the loss of a moral platform will be detrimental to the future of our society.

Belafonte also reflected on his life from growing up poor, standing with Martin Luther King Jr., to providing resources to the Civil Rights movement with violence erupting in the South. He recalled that friends had thanked him for his sacrifices over the years so that others could have a better life. But Belafonte insisted that he viewed his work as “a gift” and was humbled to be part of the mission.

“I have been so rewarded by the journey,” he said.

For more information about America Healing, visit www.AmericaHealing.org.

25 Chicago nonprofits receive grants from Illinois Bar Foundation

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CHICAGO, IL – Twenty-five Chicago nonprofit agencies are among 36 law-related nonprofit organizations statewide that received grants from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  Among the Chicago organizations receiving grants are:

Chicago Loop:

CARPLS Legal Aid, $10,000

Center for Disability and Elder Law, $7,500

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $15,000

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, $10,000

DePaul University College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, $7,500

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, $15,000

Equip for Equality, $13,000

Family Defense Center, $5,000

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago, $10,000

Illinois Legal Aid Online, $15,000

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, $10,000

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, $10,000

Life Span, $10,000

Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, $3,000

Lawndale: Lawndale Christian Legal Center, $15,000

Little Village: Chicago Law and Education Foundation, $10,000

Medical District: The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, $8,000

New Eastside: Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000

River North: Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, $10,000; Public Interest Law Initiative, $15,000

River West: Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $10,000

South Chicago: Family Rescue, $7,500

Uptown: Apna Ghar, $7,500

Wrigleyville: Center on Halsted, $7,500; Equality Illinois Education Project, $5,000

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the Foundation will distribute more than $425,000 in grants to legal aid organizations across the state of Illinois, and in Lawyers Care Fund support to attorneys and their families in need.

The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.  Information also is available at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.

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Explosive account of the month that changed the war in the Pacific and transformed America

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James Campbell’s new book The Color of War is the story of the critical battle for Saipan, where for the first time in WWII black troops were sent to the frontlines to fight side-by-side with white Marines. It also details the massive and little known explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot in July 1944, and the resulting mutiny trial of 50 African-American sailors who were on duty that day– a trial which would transform race relations in the military and in America.

Imagine that you’re an African-American in 1943. You live in the fiercely racist South and have heard that the military is looking for strong, patriotic black men. The local recruiter fills your head with visions of glory: You’ll serve as a sailor aboard a destroyer or a submarine, or carry a rifle on the frontlines among your white Marine comrades. When you return from the war, you’ll be treated like a hero.

Fast forward six months. If you opted for the Marines, you’re working with a malarial control unit in the swamps of North Carolina among the mosquitoes and snakes. Or you’re sent to Saipan where you and your fellow black Marines manage to unload 6,000 tons of essential equipment each day.

The Japanese are trying to kill you, and you are unarmed. You pray. Later, as casualties mount, a colonel hands you a rifle and sends you into battle alongside seasoned white Marines.

If you opted for the Navy, you’re sent to the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot near San Francisco, a base that reminds you of a prison work camp or a plantation – white officer overseers and black workers. You’re ordered to load bombs that you’ve never been trained to handle onto ships that will pave the way for Marine assaults of the Pacific islands. “One day this place is going to explode to Kingdom Come,” is what your fellow sailors say.

One day it does – July 17, 1944 – with nearly the force of an atomic bomb. Three hundred and twenty men die. Another 390 are injured. Most are black sailors.

Almost six thousand miles away, Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz celebrate the end of the brutal battle for Saipan, an island that would become the launching pad for U.S. bombers headed for Japan.  According to historian Donald Miller, seizing Saipan was “as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany.”

Weeks later, the Navy blames the Port Chicago sailors for the explosion. And when you and the other survivors refuse to handle ammunition again, it launches the largest mutiny trial in U.S. history. Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the NAACP and future Supreme Court Justice, attends. When the Navy court convicts and sentences you and 49 more men for mutiny, Marshall handles your appeal and mobilizes the black community for a struggle that will  foreshadow the country’s bitter Civil Rights battle.

Using extensive research and first-hand interviews with veteran white Marines and black Marines and African-American sailors who survived Port Chicago, Campbell  crafted The Color of War topainta gripping picture of July 1944, the explosive month that changed the course of history. The Color of War juxtaposes the spirit of the Greatest Generation with the scars of segregation.

This June, in a timely and fitting tribute, the black Marines who fought in Saipan will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their WWII service.


How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America

James Campbell

List $30.00 Trade Hardcover  $14.99 Kindle edition

512 pages  Published by Crown Publishing

Official Publication date May 15, 2012

ISBN-10: 0307461211 ISBN-13: 978-0307461216

Historical non-fiction

About the Author James Campbell

James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Colorado. He has written adventure travel, environmental, and military history pieces for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Backpacker, Audubon, Coastal Living, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Military History and many other magazines and newspapers.

His first book, The Final Frontiersman, won one of two nonfiction prizes at 2006 Midwest Booksellers Choice and was named by Amazon editors as the #1 Outdoor Book of 2004 and one of the Top 50 titles of the year.  In 2006, in conjunction for the research and writing of his second book, The Ghost Mountain Boys, he followed the footsteps of the Ghost Mountain Boys across New Guinea — a journey that historians describe as “one of the cruelest in military history” — and shot a documentary film in the process. No one from outside New Guinea had ever attempted to retrace the soldiers’ route. He discovered a wilderness and mountain villages largely unchanged in sixty years.

He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and three daughters.

What People Are Saying

“A fine account of a little-known milestone in the battle for civil rights.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Excellent battle narrative and black history rolled into one.” – Booklist

“James Campbell’s powerful account of what happened instead is a[n]…important chapter of American history, too little known until now.”

-Harry Belafonte

“Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way”: A new play presented by Teatro Luna

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 For the first time, Teatro Luna goes beyond its trademark devised projects to produce a play by a Latina playwright outside their ensemble.


Written and directed by Diane Rodriguez, the first preview show is Sunday, May 6th.


The play features Amanda DeLaGuardia, Miranda Gonzalez, Sandra Marquez, Madrid St. Angelo, and Isabel Quintero.

Previews: May 6 at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm | May 7 & 9 at 7:30 pm

Opening May 10 at 7:30 pm | Reception to follow featuring music by Las Bompleneras

Runs through June 17, 2012

Playing at THE VIADUCT 3111 N. Western Ave.

Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way, a new work by top Latina artist of the American Theatre Diane Rodriguez, launches a new adventure for Teatro Luna–a firm commitment to producing single-author plays in addition to their trademark devised projects, writtenby Latina writers outside of their artistic collective. With this World Premiere the Ladies of Luna are not afraid to ask: What would you do if you didn’t have a social security number? How far would you go for 9 precious digits that could change your life?

Chicago’s all-Latina Theatre continues its 11th season dedicated to issues of Immigration, Race, and Borders with a story of two sets of Mexican-American sisters; one assimilated into US mainstream culture, the other still struggling with their immigration status. Mingling a sassy comedy with a thought-provoking atypical immigration drama, Obie award winning Rodriguez illuminates pressing, universal issues about identity and privilege. Based on a real-life story, Luna brings it’s unique blend of humor and honesty to this hilarious and sharp exploration of the American Dream.

Schooled in activist art, Diane Rodriguez is an acclaimed American theatre artist based in Los Angeles. She has directed and developed the new work of some of the most prominent new playwrights in the last fifteen years including Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage, and Migdalia Cruz, among many others.

With Luis Alfaro, Rodriguez co-wrote Los Vecinos: A Play for Neighbors and The Ballad of Ginger Esparza. For ten years, she was a resident artist and Director of the Latino Theatre Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Currently, she is Associate Producer and Director of New Play Production for the Center Theatre Group. In 2007, she won an Off-Broadway OBIE Award in performance (Best Ensemble). She was awarded a NEA/TCG Early Career Director Development Award in 1998, and in 2003 as well as 2007 she was awarded a TCG/NEA New Generations Mentorship grant. She received a Directors/Choreographers Foundation Award in 1997 to support the direction of her play Los Vecinos.

Can’t wait for opening night? Check out the links below!

Purchase your tickets today: bit.ly/tixforlivinglarge

Living Large Blog: http://livinglargeatteatroluna.tumblr.com/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/405747146122120/

First Video Teaser Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPoDWRm-XW0

Habakkuk Music and Blackgospelpromo.com partner for New Gospel CD Series

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The Best Indie Tracks, Yesterday, Today & Forever; Got Gospel?


Fourteen Track Compilation Features Tunes By Vickie Winans, Lisa Page Brooks, Youthful Praise, Marvin Winans, Canton Jones, Rance Allen And Others


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — For a decade now, Veda Brown’s BlackGospelPromo.com marketing e-blasts have served as one of the most effective and popular online marketing methods to reach the black gospel consumer. They reach nearly 200,000 people daily and advertise everything from Tyler Perry movies to Marvin Sapp’s CDs. For a few years now, Brown has had the desire to create a compilation CD of gospel songs to market via her firm and now the time has finally come.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” says Brown, who is based in Philadelphia, PA. “So many of my friends in the industry have stepped up and allowed us to use their songs for this project and I’m grateful,” she continues. “Indie labels and artists have become a major force in music so we’ve selected some of the best indie tracks to create a must-have CD compilation.”

Habakkuk Music has signed on to release, not just one installment, but a series of compilation CDs with BlackGospelPromo.com. The first CD is entitled, Got Gospel? The Best Indie Tracks, Yesterday, Today & Forever. The project hits stores June 5, 2012 and features this exciting mix of both evergreen and future classics:

1. God is Great – Ricky Dillard and New G
2. Lord, You’re Mighty – Youthful Praise featuring J.J. Hairston
3. I Want To Say Thank You – Lisa Page Brooks
4. Window – Canton Jones
5. No Looking Back – Damita
6. I Give Myself Away – William McDowell
7. You That I Trust – The Rance Allen Group
8. The More I Seek You – Gail Holmes
9. Big – Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshippers
10. Send Your Rain – Clint Brown featuring Marvin Winans
11. Alright – Gerald Scott
12. Mario Winans’ “Overcomer” Remix – Vickie Winans
13. Be Like You – Cheneta Jones
14. The Best Time of My Life – Bryan Wilson

The set is the second release in Habakkuk Music’s Got Gospel? Six Sounds of Summer marketing campaign that launches with Cheneta Jones’ debut CD, Transformed, on May 22nd. Other CDs in the summer series include new albums by Clint Brown, Gerald Scott & Company, Lisa Page Brooks and Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshippers. To learn more about Habakkuk, visit www.habakkukmusic.com for more information.

Photo Caption: CD Cover

Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company announce Now Is The Time

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Three Chicago institutions unite artists and youth in a season-long, citywide call to action against youth violence and intolerance


CHICAGO, IL – Heads of the Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves and Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced a season-long initiative to inspire a citywide conversation about making positive change in our communities to stop the trend of youth violence and intolerance. These three Chicago institutions have joined forces for Now Is The Time (NITT), a themed initiative throughout 2012/13 linking major projects at each institution, including the Fall 2012 One Book, One Chicago selection, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, a staged adaptation of Zusak’s book at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and a major Facing History and Ourselves exhibit titled “Choosing to Participate.”

Each institution, through these major projects and under the Now Is The Time umbrella, will focus outreach and programming on questions of social activism and civic responsibility, particularly among Chicago’s youth. Also engaging in related programming will be DePaul University students and more than 15 Chicago-area theater companies, along with additional organizations to be announced later. The citywide project was announced during a press conference this morning at the Chicago Public Library.

“Violence involving young people has become all too common in our society,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  “It’s time for all of us, in every community, to come together to talk about ways to resolve our differences without violence and how to treat each other with respect.  I applaud these three institutions and the funders of this initiative for creating the space for us to do just that, especially with our young adults.”

“In recent years, violence towards youth has become overwhelming. As theater artists working in schools, the teens we work closely with in the classroom are scared to be outside in their neighborhoods or face torment at school from bullying,” commented Hallie Gordon, Artistic and Educational Director, Steppenwolf for Young Adults.  “As artists, we have a unique opportunity to help teens give voice to this epidemic. We encourage our civic partners and other cultural organizations to join us—now is the time.”

The initial roster of Now Is The Time projects includes:


August 27 – November 11, 2012: Facing History and Ourselves brings the powerful multimedia exhibit Choosing to Participate to the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. This free exhibit encourages young people to recognize the importance of a democratic society through installations about people whose stories illustrate courage, initiative and compassion—including a display about local unsung heroes making a difference in Chicago.


Summer 2012 – Winter 2013: YOUmedia, a teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library, will use the themes of NITT for workshops on digital media creation, developing teens’ skills in critical thinking, creativity and tangible digital media skills, all the while engaging them in this conversation on civic responsibility.


October 2012: Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is the Fall 2012 selection for One Book, One Chicago. The award-winning 2006 novel explores young people’s choices and their potential as civic participants. The author will visit the Chicago Public Library and participate in events with the public, with teachers and librarians, and with high school students.


October 16 – November 11, 2012: In Fall 2012, Steppenwolf Theatre Company will produce a stage adaptation of The Book Thief, adapted by Heidi Stillman, directed by Hallie Gordon, as part of the theater’s Steppenwolf for Young Adults program, combining play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families.


February – March 2013: Oral histories about youth violence, collected from across the city by DePaul University students, will be used to create a play at Steppenwolf, curated by Professor Miles Harvey. Traveling to libraries in different communities across the city, each reading will be followed by a teen-led workshop.


September 2012 – May 2013: More than 15 of Chicago’s finest theater companies are also involved in NITT through their unique commitment to the campaign, Now Is The Time to A.C.T: Affect Change through Theater. Confirmed participating companies include: About Face Theatre, American Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Congo Square Theatre, Free Street Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, Storycatchers Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Raven Theatre and more. These companies have all pledged to focus their 2012/13 programming on issues of youth violence and will present productions, panel discussions and teen-centered community events in conjunction with NITT. A youth council will be drawn from teen members at each participating theater company.


“One Book, One Chicago has a 10 year history of bringing together Chicagoans of diverse backgrounds to discuss issues around a specific piece of literature.  While The Book Thief is set 70 years ago, sadly the topics it addresses are very much alive today:  intolerance and violence.  Now Is The Time offers all of Chicago a wonderful opportunity to create, as the Dalai Lama recently called for, ‘a century of dialogue.’  The Library is proud to partner with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Facing History and Ourselves to start that conversation,” said Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon.


“Facing History and Ourselves is thrilled to bring an exhibit to Chicago that examines the impact of racism and injustice and the consequences of choices we make every day to help build inclusive or exclusive communities,”  said Bonnie Oberman, Chicago director of Facing History and Ourselves. “We know that the privilege of partnering with the Chicago Public Library and the Steppenwolf Theatre means that thousands of Chicagoans will have access to a citywide conversation around issues critically important to all of us.”


The goal of Now Is The Time is to spur youth activism and creative self-expression around the themes of social responsibility and civic engagement. Youth involved in NITT will participate in skill-building around their interests such as design, spoken word, music, film, writing, performance and digital media creation which they can share with fellow citizens via the Now Is The Time website. Participating youth will be better prepared for the demands of citizenship by being supported to think critically, to empathize, to recognize moral choices, and to make their voices heard.


Now Is The Time provides ample opportunities for additional program partners, large and small, from around the Chicago area. Throughout 2012/13, NITT’s call to action will inspire themed activities from organizations engaged in theater arts, youth work, digital media, education; participants connect via the NITT website, nowisthetimechicago.org.  

Now Is The Time is funded by the Hive Learning Network, an initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the Smart Chicago Collaborative fund of the Chicago Community Trust.




Since first opening its doors to the public in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has maintained its status of one of the City’s most democratic of institutions — providing all Chicagoans with a free and open place to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed. The more than 70 locations of the Chicago Public Library are at the forefront of providing innovative library services, technologies and tools Chicagoans need to achieve their personal goals and to establish the City’s role as a competitive force in the global marketplace. Through its rich and current book collections, state of the art technology and cultural and public partnerships, the Chicago Public Library is a thriving, engaged leader in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Throughout its 139-year history, the Chicago Public Library has always encouraged Chicagoans of all ages to make reading a priority. Since the fall of 2001, One Book, One Chicago has encouraged Chicagoans of all backgrounds and ages to read the same book at the same time, and come together to discuss a great piece of literature. The Fall 2012 One Book, One Chicago is presented by the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, Allstate and BMO Harris. For additional information, visit chicagopubliclibrary.org.


Facing History and Ourselves is a leader in history and civic education. For more than 35 years, the international education organization has been linking the past to the moral and ethical questions of our time through a rigorous examination of the root causes of antisemitism, racism, and other hatreds. The overarching goal is to help young people understand the importance of their choices in building a just, inclusive society and to empower them to be active, informed, compassionate citizens in their schools and communities. Facing History’s quality resources, professional development, and public forums provide opportunities for students and adults to explore the connections between history and their own lives. Facing History reaches 1.9 million students each year through a network of 50,000 educators. In 2009, the Facing History and Ourselves website received more than 700,000 visits from people in 215 countries, with 2.6 million page views. The Chicago office of Facing History and Ourselves celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2010. More information is available at facinghistory.org.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theaters, producing annually up to 16 productions and nearly 700 performances, readings and other events in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community that has been its home for 36 years, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including a Pulitzer Prize for ensemble member Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees.

For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Tracey Edmonds to produce movie based on “Basketball Wives”

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OUR STORIES FILMS to produce movie based on hit reality show “Basketball Wives”


The Untitled Film will be Produced by Tracey E. Edmonds of Our Stories Films, an RLJ Company


 Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Bob Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies and Tracey E. Edmonds, President and COO of Our Stories Films announced plans to produce their new film based on the hit reality show Basketball Wives.

The film will be loosely based on the lives of Basketball Wives star and fan favorites Shaunie O’Neal and her friends, and will follow the life of a young woman and her boyfriend as the couple deals first hand with relocation following his NBA draft and the tests and trials that come with being together in professional sports.

“We’re proud that we’ve been successful in demonstrating the talent and creativity among our African American actors, writers, and directors,” says producer Tracey E. Edmonds. “Going much further than the series, the film will have the ability to dig deeper into the personal challenges that couples face while living in the world of professional sports. It promises to be rich and unpredictable in story and will feature empowered characters that will be relatable to a broad audience,” she concludes.

“I am delighted about the new production from Our Stories Films,” says Bob Johnson. “Tracey continues to be a top producer in Hollywood and has a vision for bringing together top talent, writers and actors, as proven by the success of Jumping the Broom. I’m looking forward to the release and development of our new project and to bringing this hit show to an audience nationwide.”

About The RLJ Companies:
Founded by Robert L. Johnson, The RLJ Companies is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment trust, private equity, financial services, asset management, insurance services, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information, visit www.rljcompanies.com.

Our Stories Films, LLC:
Our Stories Films is the first African American owned film production studio that produces theatrical motion pictures that showcase the talents of African Americans on both sides of the camera and in the creative process. Founded in 2006, Our Stories Films is headquartered in Hollywood, CA, and targets underserved, urban audiences within the family and urban comedy genre with a production budget of $5M–$7M per film. In May 2011,Our Stories Films in collaboration with TriStar, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, produced and released Jumping the Broom, which debuted number three during the opening box office weekend. For additional information, visit www.ourstoriesfilms.com

Photo Caption: Tracey E. Edmonds, President & COO, Our Stories Films

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