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President Obama to keynote Annual CBCF Awards Dinner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner. The Awards Dinner is the signature event of a four-day conference focusing on public policy impacting black communities in America and abroad. It is scheduled from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC).

“It is an honor and privilege to have alumni CBC member President Barack Obama address this year’s Phoenix Awards Dinner. His remarks will be a fitting culmination of the 2013 Annual Legislative Conference,” said Rep. Chaka Fattah, of Pennsylvania and CBCF’s board chair. “President Obama’s presence, together with our recognition of President Clinton for his global advocacy work will make this a historic evening for CBCF.”

“President Obama’s decision to keynote the dinner underscores the importance of our mission to expand opportunities in health, education, and economic recovery for black people around the world,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of CBCF. “This year is especially important given that we are celebrating the historic advances our country has made since the 1963 March on Washington.”

Coming on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Awards Dinner will pay tribute to the “Spirit of 1963” and the advances that the march led to in American life, from voting rights and school desegregation to Mr. Obama’s historic election to the presidency in 2008.

The dinner will honor the achievements of former President William Jefferson Clinton, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Elaine Jones, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The honorees will receive the Phoenix Award for their contribution to African-American political awareness and empowerment, as well as to the advancement of minorities in the electoral process.

MSNBC Television Host Tamron Hall and actor Wendell Pierce, who is best known for his work in HBO dramas, will serve as the emcees. The awards gala will feature jazz chanteuse Stephanie Jordan, who captivates audiences with what The Washington Post describes as her “intimate and thoroughly enjoyable interludes.”

“In keeping with the spirit of the march, this year’s theme, ‘It Starts With You,’ reflects the Foundation’s goal of inspiring individuals to become agents of change in their communities,” concluded Washington.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., established in 1976, is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy, research and educational institute intended to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas.

Let Us Recommit to the HBCU Mission of St. Paul’s College

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By Benjamin Todd Jealous

President and CEO of the national NAACP

This fall, as college campuses open their doors to the bustle of students, one historically Black institution will remain silent. In the old colonial town of Lawrenceville, Va., Saint Paul’s College has shut its doors after more than a century of operation. The college had fallen on hard times in recent years, and it serves as a canary in the coal mine for other historically Black colleges and universities that face an uncertain economic future.

Saint Paul’s College was founded in 1888 by my grandfather’s uncle, James Solomon Russell. A former slave who died an archdeacon and university principal-emeritus, Russell understood the transformative power of education. He opened Saint Paul’s Normal and Industrial School with fewer than a dozen students and a mandate to train teachers. Over the next 125 years, the school became a hub for education training in the region, producing many teachers in Virginia and neighboring states.

Many of the students who attended Saint Paul’s over the years were the first in their family to attend college. The vast majority came from poor families. The school even offered a child-care program for single parents enrolled in classes. Like so many other HBCUs in underserved communities, Saint Paul’s was a lifeline.

The recent recession hit Saint Paul’s especially hard. Like many HBCUs, the college lacked a wealthy donor base or strong endowment that could help it weather the financial storm. Faced with mounting bills, college officials closed the child-care program, laid off top teachers, and watched enrollment numbers fall back to near-1888 levels. Last fall, St. Paul’s opened its final academic year with just over 100 students before shutting its doors for good.

Saint Paul’s demise should serve as a wake-up call to those who care about the future of HBCUs. For more than 175 years, the institutions have played a crucial role in African-American advancement. HBCUs make up just 3 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities, but produce 50 percent of Black public school teachers, 80 percent of Black judges and 40 percent of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Black students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the STEM fields. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Morehouse man; Thurgood Marshall studied at Lincoln University and Howard University School of Law; Oprah Winfrey attended Tennessee State University.

However, even the wealthier HBCUs are struggling financially. Morehouse College was recently forced to furlough some of its staff, and Clark Atlanta and Hampton Universities have both announced budget shortages. This June, a Howard University trustee, Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, wrote an alarming letter about Howard’s “genuine” financial trouble.

The recession only partly explains this crisis. Part of the reason is political. In 2011 the Department of Education tightened the standards for its Parent PLUS federal loan program. The program has historically been an important service for parents of HBCU students, who are more likely to need financial support.

The new standards have had a devastating effect. In the 2012-13 school year alone, the volume of Parent PLUS loans to HBCU families dropped by 36 percent, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. Parents of 28,000 HBCU students were initially denied loans under the stricter standards, causing HBCUs as a whole to lose $150-million in expected revenue.

This slow bleed will continue as long as the tighter standards are in place. As the president of the UNCF, Michael Lomax, has recommended, the Department of Education should find a way to preserve financial aid instead of undercutting the students it is supposed to serve. Meanwhile, it is encouraging to see that the department is allowing families with small-scale debt-Black, White, or otherwise-to become eligible for PLUS loans through an appeals process.

The loan program is only one part of the solution, however. Congress should also increase funds for Pell Grants, financial subsidies for low-income students that do not have to be repaid. According to a UNCF study, 42 percent of all HBCU students come from families with incomes lower than $25,000. More than half qualify for Pell Grants. HBCUs are only as strong as their students, and their students often need significant financial support. An expansion of the Pell Grant program will help support historically Black colleges and, for many first-generation college students, help disrupt generations of family poverty.

Historically Black colleges and universities like Saint Paul’s College are an integral part of African-American history, and they need to remain an integral part of our country’s future. As we write Saint Paul’s obituary, we must not allow other colleges to suffer a similar fate. Let us recommit to James Solomon Russell’s vision, which mirrors the larger vision of the HBCU community: a school for every student, a lifeline for every dream.

Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the national NAACP.

This column was first published in USA TODAY. Contact: Ben Wrobel 917-846-0658 bwrobel@naacpnet.org @NAACPPress

Tenant battling cancer begs developer to save his apartment

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Astor House tenant James Burnett, who is recovering from cancer, is now also on the brink of homelessness.

Burnett’s eviction may occur as soon as this week. He has been pleading with BJB Principal Jamie Purcell to allow him to stay in the building as a rent-paying tenant.

But so far, Purcell has not budged.

James Burnett and his supporters, who have personally urged Purcell to reconsider his actions, have yet to receive an indication that Purcell will suspend James Burnett’s eviction.

Tenants at the Astor House building at 1246 W. Pratt have been struggling with poor building conditions and discriminatory evictions for the last year, since BJB Properties purchased the building.

Like many tenants in the building, Burnett says he was taken to eviction court in the first place because BJB falsely accused him of not paying rent to the building’s previous owner — then refused to accept additional rent payments.

Burnett settled his case in an effort to avoid a costly legal battle, but has been unable to find an apartment over the past several months. Unless Purcell calls off the eviction, Burnett says, he may become homeless before the week is out.

James Burnett’s Story:

“My name is James Burnett and I am a tenant at the Astor House, 1246 W. Pratt. I’ve been here for 6 years. My lease ended Aug. 31, 2012. I continued paying rent in September, October and November. But I was unaware the building had been sold until the building’s new manager came around giving me, and all the tenants in the building, five-day notices saying that I owed them $1,400 – rent I had already paid the old manager over the last several months.

The new manager, Leon Martinez, told me, “The bookkeeping was bad. The old manager fleeced a lot of tenants out of money. We don’t know who owes what, so we are just giving everyone $1,400 five-day notices.”

He told me that he could not accept my rent. “We are shutting the building down. We are not accepting any rent,” he said. At eviction court, the judge reduced my rent to $200 a month. Even so, management would not honor the judge’s order, and refused to take the money. When I asked Leon for the owner’s name and contact information, he refused to share it with me.

I wanted a jury to hear my case, but the judge informed me that if I lost the case I would have to pay court costs for my landlord’s attorneys, the back rent I already paid to the previous building manager, and the rent they had refused to accept for months – potentially $7,000 or $8,000. Ultimately, the only option was to settle the case move out. I would have preferred to have paid my rent to BJB.

Now, I know that Leon lied when he said they were shutting down the building. BJB is renting the building to new tenants every day. I believe that this is discrimination; they are trying to get rid of all the old tenants in the building and rent it to a new group of people. My goal is to come to an agreement with the new owners so I don’t have to be evicted.”

For more information, contact James Burnett at 312-758-1817 or Arbie Bowman, 773-302-5171

Better Business Bureau Reports a Sharp Increase In Debt Collection Scams

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CHICAGO, IL – According to the BBB records, fake debt collection scams are on the rise. From September 2011-2012, there were 782 complaints. From September 2012-2013, there were 926, an 84% increase from the previous year.

These types of scams can vary. In some instances consumers are receiving calls stating that they need to pay money for a loan that they may have never had or to pay a higher amount for a loan that they do have.

It can be difficult to distinguish a legitimate debt collector versus a scammer. However, there are a few red flags consumers should look for.

  • Calls seeking payment on a debt for a loan you don’t recognize.
  • Refusal by the caller to give you their own contact information.
  • Persistent request for personal financial or sensitive information.
  • High pressure tactics designed to scare you, by saying that you could get into legal trouble by not paying immediately.

“If people call pretending to be debt collectors, consumers can be at high risk of identity theft,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers have to be cautious with these callers and must never give out personal information with people they do not know.”

The BBB offers the following tips when dealing with a fake debt collector:

  • Ask the caller for contact information. Ask for their name, name of company, street address and telephone number. Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss debt until you receive a written “validation notice,” which is a written notice of the amount of debt and your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Stop speaking with the caller. If you have the caller’s address, send a letter demanding him or her to stop contacting you. According to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, if debt collectors receive this letter in writing, they must stop calling you.
  • Don’t give personal information. If you don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with, never confirm sensitive information such as your bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers. Scammers use this information to commit identity theft.
  • Contact your creditor. If you actually are in debt but you think the debt collector calling isn’t legitimate, contact your creditor, using contact information from your personal online account. Your creditor is able to find out who the suspicious caller is and if they are authorized to collect a debt from you.
  • Report the call. Don’t hesitate to call the Better Business Bureau, FTC, or your state Attorney General’s office. Illinois has its own debt collection laws, and these offices are able to help you determine your rights under your state’s laws.

For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org

L’Oreal Internship Program now accepting applications for 2014

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More than 150 interns are hired each year by L’Oreal

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company, is looking for talented young people who can express their wide-ranging personal attributes as they take part in challenging, dynamic projects and missions. They are looking for students with a diverse range of profiles, nationalities and experiences.

Internship opportunities are available, both in the U.S. and internationally, in the areas of Research, Operations, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Sales, Communications, and Human Resources. More than 150 interns are hired each year by L’Oreal, and approximately 28 percent of graduates hired full-time were interns.

In addition to traditional campus job fairs and online applications, students are also invited to experience L’Oreal through business games and recruitment weekends. Students who play the games or attend the weekends will be eligible to interview for an internship.

To apply for the L’Oreal Internship program, visit:
To search hundreds of other 2013-2014 internship programs, visit:

IDES chosen for Veteran Employment Initiative

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Army UCX to use social media to drive Vet job search

CHICAGO, IL – Federal officials looking to engage younger Veterans and quickly return them to civilian employment chose to pay for an innovative social media program by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The pilot program could become a best-practices model to be used nationwide.

Dubbed Army UCX, the program emphasizes social media channels to connect Veterans with IDES employment services and the state’s help-wanted job board, Illinoisjoblink.com. Recently discharged Veterans qualify for unemployment insurance and the federally designated UCX acronym indicates Unemployment Compensation Ex-Military.

“Illinois has a good story to tell regarding Veterans and work. The Veteran unemployment rate in Illinois is below the civilian rate and lower than the national rate,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “However, the unemployment rate among young Gulf War II Veterans is unacceptably high across our nation. That is why we must find new ways to convey to Veterans that it is OK to ask for help. Army UCX guides Veterans to our door so we can personalize a service plan that meets the needs of that specific Veteran and their family.”

IDES is charged with delivering re-employment services to Veterans and helped 17,000 Veterans find meaningful employment last year. The Veteran unemployment rate in Illinois is lower than the national rate. In 2012, the state rate was 6.8 percent and the national rate was 7.0 percent. Nationwide, however, the unemployment rate for Gulf War II Veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 is significantly higher at 20.4 percent. A comparable state rate is not available.

“Illinois’ selection for this pilot program is encouraging – as well as indicative of the innovative support that Governor Quinn’s administration has consistently provided to our Veterans,” said Erica Borggren, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “IDES’ work to target its outreach and employment toward newly returning Veterans is tremendously important and can make a real difference to Veterans struggling to transition to civilian employment.”

There are anecdotal reasons why young Gulf II Veterans have greater difficulty obtaining civilian employment. Chief among them is the lack of civilian work and work-search support structure before enlisting. Not having a successful experience looking for work prior to their military service creates barriers not found in other job candidates. The inability to translate military experience to a civilian position widens the employment gap. Finally, once a Veteran returns to the United States, the more time taken before launching a civilian work search, the lesser the likelihood that employment will be obtained.

Illinois’ $700,000, two-year program will test the emerging theory that using social media to more quickly and frequently engage Veterans will lead to shorter readjustment times and fewer weeks collecting unemployment insurance. Central to this theory is that these young Veterans do not readily embrace the fraternal organizations of prior military generations, such as the posts affiliated with the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. The inherent support system natural to such organizations also provided a proven employment network. While young Veterans are not inclined to use fraternal services, they are likely to engage in social media platforms because they did so prior to deployment.

Veterans can access personalized UCX service through Illinoisjoblink.com. The state’s hiring board features more than 120,000 help-wanted ads. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Business owners can use keyword matching technology to search resumes and find the best candidate. Illinoisjoblink.com is free at the website and at (877) 342-7533.

Illinois was chosen because it was among the first states to propose a comprehensive outreach strategy built around social media. Although social media channels have been key components of private-sector campaigns, the tool remains relatively new to the military’s hierarchal structure that benefits greatly from tradition and personal communication and whose leaders were not exposed to the technology when they entered the service. Army UCX is in line with other Illinois and IDES efforts, including:

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in 2012 named IDES the first workforce agency in the country to sign a statement of support reaffirming the critical role that Guard and Reserve soldiers serve in securing our nation’s freedom. The ESGR is part of our nation’s Department of Defense.

The American Legion named Illinois’ Bloomington office as the best provider of employment services to Veterans in 2012. The award was presented in August 2013 at the American Legion’s 95th national convention in Houston, Texas. IDES was the only agency nationwide to receive this honor.

The Hiring Veterans Tax Credit provides a business up to a $5,000 tax credit for each unemployed Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. It also honors Gold Star families by making them eligible for the same property tax relief available in some communities to the families of fallen firefighters and police officers.

Veteran Hiring Events use illinoisjoblink.com to pre-screen attendees. The process enabled employers to hire 150 Veterans during an event earlier this year.

New groundbreaking Black Inventors Ebook

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Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) — Global Black Inventor Research Projects, Inc., is proud to announce that Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success by Keith C. Holmes is now available as an e-book on a number of different eReaders. Book distributors, bookstores, educational institutions and libraries are welcome to negotiate terms directly. This e-book cites inventors of color from over seventy countries and five continents.

To date, seventeen Black inventors have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In the book, Holmes cites a large number of inventors of color from throughout Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He also documents a number of inventors of color who have received the prestigious World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Gold Medal Award. The book also includes many international innovators and inventors who are women of color.

The paperback edition of Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success is shelved in over 800 national, state, university and public libraries, and in museums, research centers, schools and bookstores in 30 countries. For the 2010 – 2013 National African American Read-in, the National Council of Teachers of English selected Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success as a reading list book.

The first publication circulates in:
* 6 of 10 of the world’s largest library systems and 13 national libraries
* 25 of 50 distinguished college and public libraries in Canada and the United States
* 16 of 20 top ranked libraries in Canada’s largest cities
* top ranked libraries in Australia, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom
* 8 of 10 top ranked libraries in South Africa
* 7 of 50 State libraries in the United States
* 40 of 50 top ranked public libraries in the United States

ISBN-13: 978-0-979957307, Description:179p; Retail price: $15.00 USD.(Pbk)
ISBN-13: 978-0979957314, Description: 260p; Retail price: $12.00 USD. (eBook)
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Most recently, the publication was selected to be a part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s, 2013 Annual Legislative Conference Author Pavilion held at the Washington, DC Convention Center from September 19th – 21st, 2013. Meet and Greet the Author on Thursday, September 19th, 2013, from 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m at Exhibit Hall E. – Booth 521. For more information, visit the Renaissance Group LLC Website: www.trgpronline.com or Facebook page: Author Pavilion presented by The Renaissance Group, LLC.

The eBook edition serves as a convenient and accessible resource for educators, students, parents, schools, community centers, learning resource centers, libraries, museums, research centers and universities. For more details about the book, visit www.globalblackinventor.com

MEDIA: Author Keith C. Holmes is available for author visits, book signings, lectures and workshops.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Keith C. Holmes

Gompers LSC to hold special meeting for renaming school back to Jesse Owens

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By Chinta Strausberg

Gompers LSC has posted and has planned two official special meetings for the purpose of potentially renaming Gompers school Jesse Owens.

The meeting will take place today, September 18, at 5 p.m. in the school library at 12302 S. State.

“We want everybody to come to this special meeting,” said a CPS source. “We want to hear their comments.

There will be a second meeting next Wednesday, September 24, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the school.

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.

Latino Fashion Week: The Journey arrives in Chicago

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Celebrity Designer Robert Rodriguez to present Holiday and 2014 Resort Collection October 1-5, 2013 – Block Thirty Seven Mall, Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Celebrity designer Robert Rodriguez will make his debut at Latino Fashion Week featuring his 2013 holiday collection and anticipated 2014 Resort wear collection. Since launching his contemporary label in 2003, Robert Rodriguez has honed his talent for sophisticated, feminine, and tailored pieces for a global audience. Each collection incorporates high-quality fabrics and luxurious details that embody Robert’s refined aesthetic.

Exposed to the world of fashion at an early age, Robert’s love for design began with Brigid Keenan’s book on Christian Dior, Dior in Vogue, which proved to be a huge influence on his technique. While studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Robert gained recognition among his peers, winning the prestigious Critics Award for Best Designer of the Year. Soon after, he accepted a design position at Christian Dior under the guidance of Marc Bohen and Geri Gerald. In 2010, Robert was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2012, he was chosen as one of the twenty-four CFDA designers to participate in the unprecedented Target + Neiman Marcus collaboration.

Celebrity clients include Eva Longoria, Angelina Jolie, and Heidi Klum. The Robert Rodriguez Collection is available at luxury department stores and specialty boutiques in the United States and internationally.

About Latino Fashion Week

Latino Fashion Week is the only fashion week and tour in the United States created to support the talent of local national and international designer and it is the premier resource institution for those in Latino Fashion Industry.

Latino Fashion Week, now in its 7th year, is celebrating The Journey, a timeless celebration of the milestones and accomplishments of our organization since its inception. LFW is a showcase of all that is fashion during the 2013 tour in the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Dallas. The Chicago five-day event includes runway shows, celebrity appearances, VIP receptions, a Fashion Lounge & Market and much, much more. Visit our website at www.LatinoFashionWk.com

Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Ensemble Member Tracy Letts honor Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson at Fifth Annual Women in the Arts Fundraiser, December 9, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company and ensemble member Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright of August: Osage County, will host Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson as the guests of honor at the fifth annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12 noon (location TBD). All three of these dynamic women are featured in Letts’s highly anticipated film adaptation of August: Osage County. This year’s event will featured a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film, in addition to an insightful conversation with Lewis, Martindale and Nicholson, moderated by Letts in a format similar to Inside the Actors Studio. Previous honorees at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts include ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies and Mary-Louise Parker.

The fifth annual luncheon will bring together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Ms. Lewis, Ms. Martindale and Ms. Nicholson for their work on the much anticipated, soon-to-be-released film, August: Osage County. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf’s professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults and the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.

Table sponsorships for Women in the Arts are currently available. Individual tickets, if available, start at $200 and go on sale November 1. To purchase tickets or learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org.

BMO Harris Bank is a lead sponsor of the fifth annual Women in the Arts luncheon. United Airlines is the Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Tracy Letts has been a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member since 2002 and is the author of Killer Joe (scheduled for Broadway in 2014), Bug (also a feature film), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play) and Superior Donuts. An accomplished actor as well, Letts garnered the 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his portrayal of George in Steppenwolf’s Broadway production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Television audiences will see him in season three of Homeland on Showtime.

About the Honorees

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.

At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie Too Young to Die?, catching the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller Cape Fear. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She next worked with Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives, quickly following suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects including Kalifornia, Romeo Is Bleeding, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Natural Born Killers. Lewis recently wrapped production on the indie drama Kelly and Cal and will next star opposite Aaron Paul in the film Hellion. She has also signed on to co-star opposite Matt Dillon in the upcoming Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan.

Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale is one of the world’s busiest and most acclaimed character actresses. In September, TV audiences will see her starring in the highly anticipated Greg Garcia CBS series The Millers opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges.

Margo received the 2011 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Mags Bennett on the FX drama, Justified. The role also earned her the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a 2011 Television Critics Association Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama. Her association with FX continued this past season on the brilliant cold war spy series The Americans, where Margo, as the deadly KGB handler Claudia, kept viewers and critics riveted.

Margo began her career on the New York stage when she originated the iconic role of Truvy in the original production of Steel Magnolias. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Big Mama in the 2004 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Moviegoers will recognize her work in Million Dollar Baby, Secretariat, Dead Man Walking, Nobody’s Fool, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Hours, Practical Magic, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Paris, Je T’aime and Win Win among others. In 2013, she appeared in Beautiful Creatures with Emily Rossum and Jeremy Irons.

Julianne Nicholson first worked with John Wells, director of August: Osage County on the medical drama Presidio Med, which he produced. She is also well known for her work on Conviction and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Independent film work has been a staple for Nicholson with leading roles in Hilary Birmingham’s Tully, opposite James Franco in Jay Anania’s Shadows & Lies, in Bill Condon’s Kinsey and alongside Ethan Hawke in Staten Island. Nicholson also draws fans internationally, working with such acclaimed directors as Peter Chan in The Love Letter, Alain Berliner’s Passion of Mind and Nick Hurran in Little Black Book.

Her stage work includes the premiere of Sam Shepard’s latest play Heartless, Melissa James Gibson’s new play This and Rattlestick’s production of Adam Rapp’s Hallway trilogy.

Nicholson is currently in production on The Red Road for the Sundance Channel. She will also guest star in a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s much buzzed about new series, Masters of Sex. Additionally she’ll reprise her role as Esther Randolph in Season 4 of HBO’s award winning series Boardwalk Empire.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually 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, 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 an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 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.

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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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