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Archive for October 15th, 2013

23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards announces Honorees

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Loretta Devine, Vanessa Williams, Peter Wise, Dr. Maxine M. Anderson and Dr. Michael Obeng will receive top honors at the prestigious show

Beverly Hills, CA (BlackNews.com) – The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch announced their Honoree list for the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The show will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013, at the historical Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. This year’s Award honorees include Loretta Devine (Lifetime Achievement), Vanessa Williams (Trailblazer) and Peter Wise (Spirit) featuring performances by the cast of Smokey Joe’s Café directed and choreographed by Jeffery Polk, plus the “General of R&B” TANK. Each honoree has made significant impacts throughout the entertainment industry.

Lifetime Achievement honoree Ms. Loretta Devine has graced the entertainment industry with her vast talent and unforgettable roles for over 30 years. She is a multi-NAACP Image and EMMY award-winner, best known for her portrayal of Lorrell Robinson in the original award-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Devine’s diverse theatre credits include HAIR, Purlie, Comin’ Uptown and Big Deal where she played the fiery portrayal of Lillian. Additional stage performances such as Colored Museum and Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill cemented Devine’s status as one of the most talented and versatile stage actresses. Among her dynamic television and silver screen credits are Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Public, Everybody Hates Chris, Doc McStuffins, Jumping the Broom, For Colored Girls Only, Crash, This Christmas, and Waiting to Exhale.

Vanessa Williams – Trailblazer honoree is a singer, actress, producer, recent best-selling Author and former Miss America who debuted on Broadway with Kiss of the Spider-Woman and appeared in Tony-nominated Into the Woods plus Sondheim on Sondheim. She is well-known for her three-time Emmy nominated performance as Wilhemina Slater in Ugly Betty, as well as her roles as Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives. Her many film credits include Soul Food, Shaft, and Hannah Montana: The Movie, along with numerous television movies and miniseries. As a recording artist, she has been nominated for 11 Grammy awards. Her many hits include “Save the Best For Last”, “The Right Stuff”, “Dreamin’,” “The Comfort Zone”, and Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz’s Academy Award winning song “Colors of the Wind.” In April 2012, Vanessa and her mother Helen landed on the New York Times Best Seller list with their memoir, You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other).

Spirit Award honoree Peter Wise is known to many as “Mr. Casting”. Wise was responsible for comprising the Broadway cast of Smokey Joe’s Café, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards plus a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and the revue still holds the title of the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Wise has cast a variety of Broadway productions, film and TV shows including, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with notable award nominated actors such as James Earl Jones and the critically acclaimed production of “TWIST” with Debbie Allen. His television credits include Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, directed by Debbie Allen, for Lifetime Television and Unpredictable, a television variety special starring Jamie Foxx, for ABC in addition to several independent films.

The President’s Award honoree is Dr. Maxine M. Anderson-Chief of Surgery, St. Francis Medical Center. Jamaican-born Anderson comes from humble beginnings. Moving to the U.S. as a young child, she struggled with career decisions to become a doctor or an actress, so she became a surgical nurse and took acting classes in her spare time. Recognizing she was smarter than her acting talents, she pursed medical school through the UCLA/Charles Drew program and became a resident at Martin Luther King Jr. Trauma Center in Los Angeles, CA. She has won prestigious awards in the medical field, has traveled extensively throughout the world consistently working with charities teaching and introducing 3rd world countries the latest in medical technology. Anderson is currently the Chief of Surgery-St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CA.

Dr. Michael Obeng will receive the Humanitarian Award. Born into poverty in Ghana, Africa, Dr. Obeng persevered over unimaginable obstacles and thrived against all odds to succeed professionally and personally. Obeng is a Harvard-trained, and Beverly Hills certified plastic surgeon with an intensive clientele of celebrities and prominent dignitaries. He is the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at the distinguished St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and among the rare, few surgeons in the world who have successfully reattached a limb. Dr. Obeng is an expert in complex restorative surgery and travels the world donating his surgical skills through his charity RESTORE which provides free reconstructive surgery to abused and battered women and children, and people with congenital and accidental deformities.

For more information regarding the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, visit: www.naacptheatreawards.com or contact Premier Concepts at 310-605-5472, email media@premierconceptspr.com.

About The NAACP Theatre Awards:
The NACCP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the 8th District office of Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and co-chaired by Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo-West Region Community Relations. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrated a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period starts October 15; Department on Aging offers free counseling

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SHIP provides seniors & people with disabilities help with insurance options; Call (800) 548-9034 or visit the website at http://www.state.il.us/aging/

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced free counseling assistance is available to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers regarding their Medicare insurance options. Medicare Open Enrollment starts today, October 15, and runs through December 7. The department’s Senior Health Insurance Program, (SHIP), provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

“Annual open enrollment is time to review your Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage plan or check current coverage to make sure your benefits are working for you. I encourage people to use this time to re-read any letters you’ve received from the U-S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, review your current plan, and note of any changes in costs and benefits that will take effect next year. Medicare coverage and determining which of the different options to select can be overwhelming, but a SHIP counselor can help,” said Director Holton.

SHIP counselors can explain the drug, health, and supplemental plans that are available to help seniors and people with disabilities to help them make the best choices. The SHIP hotline, 800-548-9034, is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekdays. For SHIP sites, go to http://www.state.il.us/aging/SHIP/SiteSponsorListByCountyAll.pdf.

SHIP is a year round program, not affiliated with any insurance company, and counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance. Counselors educate and answer questions about Medicare A, B, D and Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement policies, Extra Help for Part D, long term care insurance, and employer/retiree health plans. Counselors are adept at filing Medicare appeals and will help make sense of the paperwork associated with Medicare such as explanation of benefits notices and bills from medical providers. SHIP counseling services allow for peace-of- mind, knowing that you are getting the most from your health insurance benefits.

It is important to clarify Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 to December 7) is not the same as the open enrollment that started October 1st for uninsured people to sign up for coverage on health insurance exchanges or marketplace. Enrollment to purchase health coverage on the new marketplace, which in Illinois is called Get Covered Illinois, runs until March 2014. If you have health coverage through Medicare, the Marketplace will not have any effect on your Medicare coverage. To compare 2014 drug and health plans and find out more about Medicare, including preventive services now covered, log on the federal website at www.medicare.gov.

About the Illinois Department on Aging

The Department’s mission is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life. For more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966 (or TTY for the hearing impaired at 888-206-1327), or log on to the website at www.state.il.us/aging.

Enough is Enough

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By William Spriggs

Back on Sept. 12, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. That’s 42 more times than they have voted on raising the minimum wage, increasing federal investments in our roads or highways or helping local school districts get the hundreds of thousands of teachers whose jobs were lost when the Great Recession cut local tax revenue back into our children’s classrooms. That makes the count zero votes on the things America’s families want to see Congress address. Instead, having lost 42 times at this strategy if this were a best of competition, like the World Series best of seven games, House Republicans are now playing for best of out of 85 to see if they can finally derail people from getting access to affordable health insurance.

The catch is that the best of 85 tries they are shooting for is now coming at the expense of all America’s workers having access to their government. So, families of veterans cannot get timely payments to help bury their dead, small business owners cannot get loans, people cannot get their home loan papers approved on time, children are losing out on Head Start, mothers are losing out on food assistance for their children through the Women, Infants and Child (WIC) nutrition program, all so the Republicans can try stopping peoples’ access to health insurance from private health insurance companies.

Having failed through normal channels of getting legislation passed, Republicans sided with conservative strategists who earlier this year conceived a plan to shut down the federal government to force President Barack Obama to concede. Thank goodness the president has stood firm to this reckless behavior and refused to negotiate with these tactics.

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To understand if these tactics are really what Republicans claim to be the new rule of the day, ask how Fox News would react if the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) decided that it would vote against a funding resolution for the government if the House Republican leadership did not pass the comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed early this year by the Senate. With America’s families taking to the streets asking Congress to take action, the CHC would be responding to the will and desires of millions of Americans. I am sure that Fox News’ anchors would go ballistic over national parks being closed and held hostage to demands on immigration reform. Despite analysis from the Congressional Budget Office that passing the immigration act will lower the federal deficit and raise projections of future growth rates for America’s economy, Fox News would insist the government cannot be highjacked by demands from a few members of Congress.

Yet, here we are. The House has held 42 votes to kill access to subsidies for private health insurance to America’s middle-class families, refuses to fix our broken immigration system in a way that would cut the deficit and boost growth and is sticking to its strategy of closing the government to the people.

Their next move is to double down on threatening the fragile state of the economy by repudiating the word and honor of the United States of America. Around the globe, governments, companies and people hold U.S. Treasury notes, because at its founding, America pledged and made good on its word as a fledgling nation to honor its debts. China does not buy U.S. Treasury notes out of some nefarious motive as much as they understand that U.S. Treasury notes are better than gold in the current world economy. Our ability as a nation to have a government with the option of expanding our economy when needed and make investments in our children’s future rests on the bond of the full faith people have that America keeps its word. At the moment, it is what makes us the global leader. Even the thought of reversing the hard-earned legacy of our nation’s 237-year history is to surrender our unique standing in the world. It would be equivalent to sending our nuclear arsenal to China and handing them the global mantle. The world economy would be thrown into disarray as central banks and governments rushed to devise another standard of security. Loan activity would halt because U.S. Treasury notes serve as rock solid collateral for so many transactions.

Clearly, this is not the way to run government. Creating crises that affects the functioning of the government and threatening to create a global economic crisis over the honor of America is not acceptable. If President Obama concedes to this type of strategy, then America will limp from one manufactured crisis to the next. Congress has a responsibility to pass a budget, and to pass legislation to ensure that America pay its debt. President Obama need not bargain anything to get Congress to do its job.

The current potential resolution is a Senate proposal to fund the government at a level below the amount originally proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan for 2014 back when he took power of the House Budget Committee in 2011. Since 2010, the president has negotiated to give Republicans more than they initially requested in budget cuts. The federal deficit is now half the size it was relative to the size of the economy in 2009. And the deficit is projected to continue to fall as a slice of the economy below the targets set by the Super committee that initiated the sequestration cuts.

All this has been the wrong set of policies. The economy is still not recovering from the Great Recession of five years ago: employment is still below its 2007 level, median family incomes are still thousands below their peak and more of America’s children struggle in poverty. Fixating on the deficit is ruining our economy. It is now reckless to engage in further cuts to our children’s education and risk America’s future with inadequate investments in our roads and bridges, and research in science and health, because it is precisely now we need to concentrate on getting people back to work and improving the prospects for continued American growth and prosperity.

It also would be wrong for President Obama to trade our earned benefits from Social Security and Medicare to satisfy the demands of Republicans for low taxes for the richest Americans, many of whom benefited from the bailout of the corrupted banking system. The lesson of this downturn is that America’s families are underinsured for the ups and downs of the economy. Scaring older people and stealing benefits from our children, who will bear the brunt of the cuts, is not going to make America’s economy stronger. Continuing a path of growth too slow to generate jobs and cutting off our children’s future is a poor legacy to leave.

Enough is enough.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs.

Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

Event celebrates 2,000 supporters signing on to support Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago

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Join the event on Tuesday, Oct. 15. at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave.

CHICAGO, IL – October 14, 2013 – Active Transportation Alliance announced today that the number of  Chicago residents and businesses that have signed on as supporters of bringing bus rapid transit (BRT) to Chicago recently surpassed 2,000.

To mark this milestone  Active Trans is partnering with Streetsblog Chicago to host a celebration Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave. The event will provide an opportunity to thank local businesses and volunteers who have dedicated their time to support the campaign and will highlight the thousands of people who support improving public transportation through BRT.

BRT brings the speed and reliability of the “L” to buses on the street, ensuring regular, on-time arrivals with fewer delays. With BRT, buses travel in dedicated lanes while making stops at train-like boarding stations along the way.

Support for BRT in Chicago has been strong. In addition to the 2,000-plus supporters who signed on to Active Trans’ petition, a recent survey commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation shows that a majority (59 percent) of Chicagoans support bringing BRT to the city, and 73 percent said they would take BRT instead of driving or taking other forms of public transit if it made their commute faster.

The City of Chicago and CTA are currently considering options for BRT in the Central Loop and on Ashland Avenue to make it easier to get to destinations and attractions throughout the city, while connecting more people to more jobs and neighborhoods. Proposed plans for Ashland would improve the reliability of buses by 50 percent and save the average commuter nearly 65 hours each year compared to the local bus. The BRT route would connect to more than 130,000 jobs from Irving Park Road to 95th Street.

“This is the kind of transit improvement that Chicagoans have wanted for years,” says Ron Burke, Executive Director of Active Trans. “We’ve received such an enthusiastic response to BRT that just in the past few weeks, a dozen people have volunteered to walk door-to-door and visit bus stops with us, talking to business owners and transit riders on Ashland about why BRT is important to them. The Oct. 15 event is to celebrate them and the movement they have helped to build.”

Following the event, supporters can join Streetsblog Chicago for a stroll down to Park Tavern, 1645 West Jackson, and join in a BeeRT pub crawl.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Why Do Most Black Men Avoid Marriage?

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CHICAGO, IL – Virtually everyone has had bad, intimate relationships. Despite our interest in bonding, we’ve all been burned at least once. But have we learned anything in the process? Lyn Lewis, PhD noted sociologist, professor and consultant wants us to decrease our anger and increase our discernment. In Don’t Hate the Player Learn the Game: How to Spot Ineligible Eligible Bachelors, Lewis provides descriptions of men who-in addition to having numerous identifying traits and strategies-we collectively call “players”.

Who are these sometimes appealing but not-great choices? Armed with wit and wisdom, Lewis has
organized abundant examples. Within two main categories of Truth Tellers (they show us who they are; we choose not to see them honestly) and Betrayers (they deceive us; optical accuracy is a challenge in getting to know them), Lewis provides subgroups. Based on several years as a therapist and workshop facilitator, and in response to surveys given to men and women, it’s clear the author has listened well and wants us to listen up, too. There are the Gravy Train Players, recipients of many a gift from the many who adore them. There are Basement Brats, in their ’40s and ’50s who don’t want to grow up-why should they when their mamas are all too willing to let them remain, rent-free, exactly where they’ve been since childhood. In addition, there are the Gas and Go Players (quick with sex, extremely slow with maturity); the King Smorgasbord Players (the more fooling around, the merrier, they think); the As-Is Players (take them just the way you found them; they won’t change); the Philophobic Players (as the suffix indicates, they are afraid, very afraid of love and commitment); and the Down Low Players (a term somewhat recently evolved, basically related to going more than one way but not being honest about it). The field is varied and wide. Lewis takes the time needed to shine an informative, entertaining, and multifaceted spotlight.
While many readers will enjoy the no-holds-barred approach, Lewis’s colorful language comes complete with citations from notable psychologists, sexologists and other scholars. Also, each chapter ends with surveys for men and women to take to reinforce their knowledge and perhaps do something productive with the lessons learned. The reward for reading this highly recommended book exists in educating ourselves.

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Title: Don’t Hate the Player Learn the Game: How to Spot Ineligible Eligible Bachelors
Length: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-193-4155-837
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It’s National School Lunch Week Next Week

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By Monifa Bandele, Senior Campaign Director MomsRising.org

Remember leg warmers and when ketchup was a vegetable? Is it just me or have the 80’s been making a comeback? I can’t get the sound of my kids singing Another one Bites the Dust in the car on the way to school out of my head. When I was a kid, I sang the song too! I remember imagining someone actually eating dust, or worse, my school lunch.

National School Lunch Weekalso has me thinking way, way back to chocolate milk, square pizza slices (that needed a buzz saw to cut), rock hard tater tots, and a heaping side order of ketchup. Nostalgia?

I know I am dating myself, but I also vaguely remember my parents and others getting fired up about the controversial proposal about what constituted a vegetable for school lunches. It all started like this: The Ominibus Reconciliation Acts of 1980 and 1981 reduced the budget of the Federal School Lunch Program by 25 percent! So, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposal to allow school food services directors to expand (or better yet, cheapen) which food items fit the guidelines for “vegetables”. The proposal went as far as listing pickle relish, as an example of a substitute for veggies.

Needless to say, this proposal sparked considerable outrage among parents, educators and public health officials. The most well know condiment, ketchup, became the movement’s poster child for “veggies gone bad.” Finally, the proposal to upgrade condiments into the elite realm of the vegetable food group was withdrawn before the end of 1981 and never implemented.

It’s a new day! But, it’s a long time coming.

That incident, more than 30 years ago, gave rise to a movement that has helped to lay the groundwork for today’s huge steps forward in school nutrition. Parents have been speaking out and, all over the country state, local, and school-based polices have given rise to salad bars, school gardens, and healthier options in the lunch line. Even better, this year, new national guidelines are taking effect from coast to coast.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2011 has made way for lunchroom standards that require more whole grains and double the amount of fruits and vegetables! Many people thought the new guidelines would be a heavy or impossible lift for schools; but parents remained vigilant in speaking out, taking action, and letting all decision-makers know that better nutrition in schools is critical and doable. And, we were right! Last week, the USDA announced that so far 80 percent of schools are serving healthier meals that meet the upgraded nutrition standards.

Like all parents, I hope that the images of poor quality school lunches that are low on nutrition and high on fat, salt, and sugar become extinct. I’d also like to limit leg warmers to re-enactments of Flash Dance.

National School Lunch Week: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_NSLW2013.aspx?id=18468&utm_source=Copy+of+momsrising+monifa+pitch&utm_campaign=monifa+momsrising+&utm_medium

Parents have been speaking out:


Speaking out taking action: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.momsrising.org/images/School_Food_Book.pdf?utm_source=Copy+of+momsrising+monifa+pitch&utm_campaign=monifa+momsrising+&utm_medium=email

80 percent of schools are serving:http://www.healthyschoolfoodsnow.org/most-schools-expected-to-meet-healthier-lunch-standards/?utm_source=Copy+of+momsrising+monifa+pitch&utm_campaign=monifa+momsrising+&utm_medium=email

Photo Caption: Monifa Bandele

Lt. Governor Simon joins Verizon to present $10,000 to domestic violence shelters

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Third annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month cell phone drive benefits two shelters in need

CARBONDALE, IL – To end her third annual cell phone drive, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Friday joined a representative from Verizon Wireless to present $5,000 each to the Cairo Women’s Shelter and HOPE located in Rochelle. In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Simon’s office again partnered with Verizon, which contributed $10,000, $10 for each phone collected.

“This year we chose two shelters that are doing great work to serve survivors of domestic violence using limited resources,” said Simon, a former Jackson county prosecutor. “I would like to thank our partner Verizon and the hundreds of individuals who donated used phones, for helping us support these shelters.”

The phones collected at Simon’s offices, the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair, as well as those donated by the Department of Central Management Services are being donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program. Phones will be refurbished and sold, with the proceeds going to support local domestic violence shelters and programs. The program also provides domestic violence agencies with wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims. If a phone can’t be refurbished, it will be recycled.

“Verizon is dedicated to supporting organizations like HOPE and the Cairo Women’s Shelter,” said Brian Pascoe, region president, Verizon Wireless. “We applaud their important contributions to our community to help victims and raise awareness of this pervasive problem and to end domestic violence.”

Verizon’s $10 matching donation this year will benefit two shelters demonstrating significant financial need. Both the Cairo Women’s Shelter in southern Illinois and HOPE in northern Illinois will receive $5,000 to support their services.

“We’re happy to be receiving these funds,” said Jeannine Woods, executive director of the Cairo Women’s Shelter. “They’re going to help us do those things necessary for the women and children who come to our shelter and who need a safe and comfortable environment to heal.”

“All of us (in Ogle county and N.E. Lee county) are elated about this award,” said Ruth Carter, executive director of HOPE. “The money will go to benefit clients with necessary car repairs –– to help them reach resources in the community, and to help them reach employment and child care, and the services that we provide.”

Each year, the Cairo Women’s Shelter and its sister agency, Guardian Family Services located in Metropolis, serve approximately 600 domestic violence survivors from four counties. Many of those clients are unemployed or hold minimum wage jobs. HOPE, located in Rochelle, serves roughly 450 survivors of domestic violence in Ogle and northeast Lee Counties and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in November. Both shelters are piloting Simon’s Virtual Legal Clinic, which connects survivors with family law attorneys via webcams.

Today’s check presentation took place at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where Simon, a former law professor, helped found the Domestic Violence Clinic. The clinic services domestic violence survivors in Jackson, Williamson and Union Counties by providing free legal representation in seeking orders of protection. As part of the School of Law, law students in their second or third years work directly with an experienced lawyer to interview the victim, conduct research, prepare for court and obtain a court order of protection, in exchange for course credit. The clinic also collaborates with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in assisting survivors of domestic violence.

Since its recycling program was launched in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million wireless phones and has awarded more than $18.1 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations throughout the country. More than 151,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than 453 million minutes of airtime have been provided to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations since the program’s inception.

Donations are also accepted year-round at Verizon Wireless stores.

Black author inspires others to be leaders

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New book “My Declaration of Independence” is now available for Nook and Kindle E-Readers

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — During a time where status is best identified by who you are following and who is following you, critically acclaimed author, Gregory V. Arnold releases his second book, My Declaration of Independence (How I Took Back My Power & Free Will) in an effort to inspire others to follow the leaders in themselves.

In this self-published,13-chapter book, My Declaration of Independence as told through the experiences of the author his words provide inspiration, motivation and encouragement to help love oneself more and depend less on the outside world for acceptance. From one chapter to the next, Arnold challenges the reader to become more open and honest with who they are as individuals. It is his hope to help others break free from the restraint of societal pressures and find strength in that freedom.

With the multitude of people already moved by the initial release of My Declaration of Independence, this publication is now available for e-readers who own a Kindle or Nook and can be purchased from the Amazon Marketplace or Barnes & Noble respectively.

My Declaration of Independence is also available in paperback and can be purchased from www.meccaofmotivation.com

Are you ready to take back your power and free will?

About Gregory V. Arnold
Gregory V. Arnold is an author and expert on motivation and the behavior of people as well is a life concierge, not life coach. Gregory has over two decades of customer service experience and has spent the last decade as a superlative servant leader in corporate America.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Gregory V. Arnold

Race and the Design of American Life: African Americans in Twentieth-Century Commercial Art

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By The University of Chicago Library

Exhibition: Race and the Design of American Life: African Americans in Twentieth-Century Commercial Art

Dates: October 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Kenny Burrell cover illustration by Andy Warhol

Kenny Burrell. BLP-1543. New York: Blue Note, 1956. Chicago Jazz Archive. Special Collections Research Center. The University of Chicago Library. Cover design by Reid K. Miles; illustration by Andy Warhol.

Description: Images of African Americans have outfitted myriad mass-produced consumer goods in the twentieth century, from Aunt Jemima’s pancakes to the Air Jordan basketball shoe. How has graphic design shaped the relationship between the politics of race and mass consumption? How have African American entrepreneurs and artists used design to shape their own images of “the race”? Drawing from collections of food packaging, print advertisements, children’s books, album covers, and toys, this exhibit traces the vexed history of racial design, from stark racist caricature to the productions of black-owned advertising firms. It explores how graphic design capitalized on racist attitudes; it also illustrates how for many corporations, designers, and consumers, graphic design was used to envision and transform the place of African Americans in society. As a market force and aesthetic style, graphic design emerged as a material and often intimate activity that wove race into the fabric of everyday life.

Curator: Christopher Dingwall, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago

Price: Free and open to the public

Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery,
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. when classes are in session

Associated Event

Conference: Invisible Designs: New Perspectives on Race and American Consumer Capitalism
Dates: October 24-25, 2013
Location: Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL

Invisible Designs aims to gather faculty and graduate students from the humanities and social sciences whose work explores new directions in the study of race and American consumer capitalism. We are particularly interested in approaches to the material and visual “design” of race in consumer goods, from household goods to corporate brands to Hollywood films. Recently, such approaches have illuminated otherwise “invisible” cultural logics and historical processes that have woven racial difference into the fabric of American life. Ultimately, we believe that racial design comprises a common and rich field and has begun to have a significant impact on the way many scholars think about the American consumer economy.

For more information and to register, visit invisibledesigns2013.sites.uchicago.edu.

Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board Announces Three Special Events, New Membership in the 2013/2014 Season

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Young professionals are invited to “A Christmas Carol (technically speaking)” on November 14; “Buzzer and Beer” on March 6, 2014; and The Third Annual “Scene Soiree” on June 21, 2014

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board, the young professionals group that supports the theater through audience development and advocacy, hosts three fundraising events and welcomes four new members in 2013/2014—the group’s 11th season. An auxiliary board of 33 (membership roster follows) under the leadership of President Lauren Blair, the Scenemakers contributed $70,000 last year to support the Goodman’s new play development initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programming. The 2013/2014 Season’s three events include: “A Christmas Carol (Technically Speaking)” on November 14; “Buzzer and Beer” on March 6, 2014; and the Scenemakers’ signature fundraiser, the 3rd annual “Scene Soiree” on June 21, 2014. All events except the Scene Soiree take place at the Goodman.

“This season, the Scenemakers and our event-goers head even further behind-the-scenes of the Goodman,” said Scenemakers Board President Lauren Blair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ways in which we’ve contributed to works and programs on stage and off, and that we’re providing a unique way for young professionals in Chicago to support groundbreaking art.”

About the 2013/2014 Events

“A Christmas Carol (Technically Speaking)”
Thursday, November 14 | 6pm Reception / 7:30pm Tech rehearsal viewing / 8pm Conversation | $50
Tickets available at GoodmanTheatre.org/ACCTech or 312.443.3800
An exclusive viewing of technical rehearsal—when the scenic, costume, lighting and sound elements are integrated with the action on stage—for A Christmas Carol. Henry Wishcamper, who marks his first time directing “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald), discusses his vision for the 36th annual production over drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a peek behind-the-scenes.

“Buzzer and Beer”
Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 6pm Reception / 7:30pm Performance | $60
Tickets available starting Monday, November 4 at 312.443.3800
Mingle with cast members and Goodman artists in the theater’s private rehearsal space before and after a viewing of the Chicago-premiere production of Buzzer, Tracey Scott Wilson’s provocative new play. Over craft beer and hors d’oeuvres, Goodman artists share details about their work on the show.

“Scene Soiree”
Saturday, June 21, 2014 | $85
Location and other details TBA | GoodmanTheatre.org/Scene14
The Scenemakers’ signature fundraiser, the Scene Soiree, started in 2012, and in 2013 drew more than 300 of Chicago’s foremost young professionals and raised $45,000 towards the Goodman Theatre’s General Theatre Studies (GTS) Summer Program for Chicago youth. An evening of music from one of Chicago’s hottest DJs, artistically blended cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring exclusive items. All proceeds once again benefit GTS, which gives students aged 14 to 19 the opportunity to develop critical thinking, literacy and storytelling and skills from local theater professionals.

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