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Memory: The Re-Birth of A Racist Nation

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By Keith Magee
In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson hosted a special White House screening of D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a film based on The Clansman, by Wilson’s friend Thomas Dixon. The film was a racial marker of the time – it portrayed Black politicians as drunken buffoons and set the stage for the Ku Klux Klan’s savage attempts to remove them from office. While showing such a film would spark outrage today, it really shouldn’t surprise us given President Wilson’s track record at the time: he segregated federal workers in Washington, D.C. and following World War I, he blocked efforts to include racial equality as a founding principle of the League of Nations. Pretty unsavory behavior for a sitting US president.

Movies have the ability to bring us out of our everyday reality and to take us into places of fiction and nonfiction, to entertain us and even awaken unconsciousness. My all-time favorite movie is director Kasi Lemmons’ “Eve’s Bayou” set in our nation’s Deep South. Louisiana bayous are strange and wonderful places – a world unto their own, overflowing with a wealth of stories and thematic possibilities. At the start of the film, Lemmons introduces us to the area’s enigmatic nature, beginning with a declaration: “Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain.”

One century after Birth of a Nation premiered America is – again – grappling with indelible racism. A nation that, seemingly, made progress in the election of its first President of both, African and White American heritage, still sits amid painful memories. Rather than America being fully conscious of her progress, she now appears to be travailing in re-birth. Arguably the “birther” inquisition of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump gave credence to this resurgence. His questioning of President Obama’s legitimacy and identity wasn’t actually based in concern about his being born in America. Instead it speaks to an inherent privilege to determine if, where, how and to whom he belonged. America must acknowledge it’s own gritty memory and at times, sobering present.

Film director and actor Nate Parker recently reclaimed the “Birth of a Nation” title and repurposed his new film as a vehicle to challenge racism and white supremacy in America. He depicts the same issues as the original film, but from a different vantage point: he points to slave rebellion leader Nat Turner (played by Parker) as his central character.

When Turner’s master positions him as a preacher to fellow slaves – and makes money from the preaching engagements – Turner begins to see the scope of slavery. The system’s consequences are pervasive and reach further than he’d fully imagined. He decides rather than being used for profit he’d rather become a prophet. Parker hopes his film will give birth to “the kind of honest confrontation that will galvanize our society toward healing and sustained systemic change.” In a riveting scene, Turner evokes his fellow enslaved faith community with a call towards justice: they are the individuals creating America’s prominence and wealth, and thereby deserve rights.

A friend told me that giving birth to a child (beyond the agony of labor) brings something “new” into the world that you commit to nurture and protect. It is also a time of bringing two families together as one. Our nation is less than 30 days from a moment that will redefine the rebirthing of our nation, from its economics to social policies to leadership of the Supreme Court.

This birthing isn’t something new but entangled in a selection of memories, and needs leadership that has capacity to adopt and nurture America through cultural, heritage and socio-economic growth. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in Strength to Love “that there is a deep understanding for the need of agape; a love that is concerned with going the extra mile to ensure the well-being of others.” My mother often tells me, “though I didn’t birth you in my womb, I did birth you in my heart.” A rebirth can only prevail through this kind of love.

Keith Magee is a public intellectual, theologian and social justice scholar. He divides his time, equally, between Boston, MA and London, England. He leads the Social Justice Institute and is Scholar in Residence at the Elie Wiesel Center Boston University; Senior Researcher of Culture and Justice, University College London; and Senior Pastor, The Berachah Church, Dorchester Centre, MA. For more information visit www.4justicesake.org or follow him at @keithlmagee.

Keith Magee is a public intellectual who focuses on economics, social justice and theology. He is currently Senior Researcher of Culture and Justice, University College London, Culture; Director, The Social Justice Institute at the Elie Wiesel Center on the campus of Boston University, where he is a Scholar in Residence; and Senior Pastor, The Berachah Church at the Epiphany School, Dorchester Centre, MA. For more information visit www.4justicesake.org or follow him on social media @keithlmagee.
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National Center Policy Analysis Reaction to Second Presidential Debate Finance

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Record 6.1 Million Americans Barred From Voting in November Due to Felony Convictions

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From: Marc Mauer
The Sentencing Project

I’m pleased to share a new study on felony disenfranchisement by The Sentencing Project. In 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016, researchers Christopher Uggen, Ryan Larson, and Sarah Shannon estimate that a record 6.1 million people — 1 of every 40 adults — are disenfranchised because of state laws that bar voting by Americans with a felony conviction, and in some states even if they have completed all requirements of their sentence. That figure has escalated dramatically in recent decades as the population under criminal justice supervision has increased. Over three-quarters of this population (4.7 million people) are not incarcerated, but are living in their local communities – some on probation or parole, while others have completed their legal obligations.

Rates of disenfranchisement vary dramatically by state due to broad variations in voting prohibitions.  In six southern states – Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia – more than 7% of the adult population is disenfranchised. The state of Florida, with nearly 1.7 million disenfranchised, accounts for more than a quarter of the disenfranchised population nationally, and nearly half (1.5 million) of the disenfranchised population that has fully completed their felony sentence. Only two states, Maine and Vermont, allow citizens to vote while in jail or prison.

The report also underscores the disproportionate impact of felony disenfranchisement laws on African American communities. Nationwide, 1 in every 13 black adults cannot vote as a result of a felony conviction, and in four states—Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia—this figure is more than one in five. According to the report, African Americans are disenfranchised at a rate more than four times that of non-African Americans nationally.

We hope this resource will encourage policymakers to reconsider their state’s use of felony disenfranchisement laws.


Marc Mauer

President Obama Helps Black-Owned Media Company

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President Barack Obama signs JOBS Act, making Punch TV Studios the only black-owned media company qualified to sell stock to the urban community at $1 per share

 By signing the JOBS Act into law, President Obama made Punch TV studios an heir to his legacy because they are the only Black-owned company that were qualified by the SEC. 

President Obama discussing the Jobs Act

Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) – In Vanity Fair’s November issue Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin provides a surprisingly frank exit interview with President Barack Obama in which he discusses his plans for post presidency and life after the White House. There are things, he told Goodwin, that in some ways I suspect Im able to do better out of this office. He elaborated that because of the institutional constraints of the presidency, There are things I cannot say.

He went on to say, “There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a President of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about, he said.

Media company Punch TV Studios, known for providing a unique selection of original and creative television programming, recently announced its qualification of its stock offering from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Regulation A, the Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act which was signed into law by President Obama. Based on this law Punch TV Studios is now authorized to sell stock in the company.

By signing the JOBS Act into law President Obama made it easier for startup companies such as Punch TV Studios to go public and to raise capital privately. That was no minor feat. It was a major stand for a sitting President to take and a historical change in the way America does business. Although there is always more to be done, let us not forget that Punch TV Studios is the media legacy that President Obama leaves behind, said Punch TV Studios CEO Joseph Collins.

We look forward to the day that President Obama is able to do more. In fact, we welcome President Obama to begin his post White House initiatives with Punch TV Studios. We know that whether he’s in the streets of Chicago, Ferguson, Charlotte, Flint, Baltimore, Milwaukee or any town USA; whether he’s exploring the issues of police brutality, economic disparity or gang violence Punch TV Studios is the only publicly traded media company that can provide the true, real, unaltered, unedited, unfiltered voice of the people!

As one of the few African American CEOs of a publicly traded company, Collins has an unmatched understanding of what the urban community is looking for and a keen eye on the pulse of the people. Punch TV Studios is currently developing new, original TV content for the urban community and is the first to develop a digital broadcast & Internet streaming network specifically designed to meet their unique entertainment needs.

Punch TV Studios launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on June 19, 2016. According to its business model Punch TV Studios is projected to generate more than half a billion dollars in annual revenue by year three post IPO. With an opening price of only $1 per share, Punch TV Studios’ primary focus was to make their stock available and affordable to the average American. Early investors, Punch TV Studios supporters and television aficionados are able to get in on the ground floor and purchase stock directly from the company today.

Join the conversation on Investors Hangout. Learn more about Punch TV Studios, become a stockholder and learn how they are continuing to redefine the media industry at PunchTVStudios.com.
About Punch TV Studios
Punch TV Studios was founded by CEO Joseph Collins as a production company that develops new media content for license and distribution around the world. Punch TV Studios is the first and only company that is doing an IPO targeted directly towards the urban market to bring wealth and jobs to the urban community. For more details, visit www.punchtvstudios.com



Tom Joyner Foundation Now Accepting Applications Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating High School Seniors

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One student will win a scholarship to cover all expenses to an HBCU of their choice, joining an impressive group of previous Full Ride Scholars
Tom Joyner Foundation

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the Full Ride scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017. The cost of a college education isnt getting any cheaper, said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last years winner, Morgan Taylor Brown, of Fayetteville, Ga., who is attending Spelman College, pursuin her interests to become a psychiatrist. In 2015, JoAnna Jones of Ashville, North Carolinas Buncombe County Early College High School is attending Winston-Salem State University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Another winner is Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlantas Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.

Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. graduated from Howard University and he is pursuing his dream of teaching high school back home in Louisiana. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., also graduated from Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Wilson, who passed the New York Bar exam, participated in the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship where she worked with the American Civil Liberties Unions Racial Justice Program litigation team. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from Spelman College, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese. She spent a year working as a Fulbright Fellowship English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Malaysia.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org.

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2017)
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2017.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2017. Interviews will occur in March 2017.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 214-448-3765.

National Gay Media Association Member Papers Endorse Clinton for President

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In an unprecedented move, all 12 of the country’s longest-serving and most award-winning LGBT newspapers are each separately endorsing Democratic Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

The 12 are members of the National Gay Media Association, a trade association of the nation’s major-market legacy LGBT newspapers. NGMA members have a combined circulation in print and online of more than one million readers per week.

The members of NGMA who are each endorsing Clinton in their own pages are: Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco), Washington Blade, Philadelphia Gay News, Dallas Voice, Windy City Times (Chicago), Between the Lines (Detroit), Bay Windows (Boston), Georgia Voice, SFGN (Ft. Lauderdale), Watermark (Orlando and Tampa Bay), Gay City News (New York), and The Pride LA.

This is an unprecedented joint announcement from the newspapers, because several do not engage in political endorsements: 31-year-old Windy City Times has endorsed just once in 16 years, and the Dallas Voice has never endorsed for any race in 32 years.

“This race for president is showing this country a clear choice of moving backward or moving forward on LGBTQ and other human rights,” said NGMA spokesperson Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. “We know that the LGBTQ community is made up of diverse political voices. But the homophobia, transphobia, racism, anti-immigrant and sexist nature of Republican candidate Donald Trump means that we can’t sit on the sidelines this election season.”

“Hillary Clinton has spent her career fighting for social justice,” Baim said. “While she came late to some LGBTQ issues, so did most mainstream politicians. In this presidential race, there is a clear choice to keep this country moving forward in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, the most pro-LGBTQ president in U.S. history. That choice is Hillary Clinton.”

In an op-ed for NGMA member paper the Philadelphia Gay News, Hillary Clinton talked about how, as president, she would advance the historic pro-LGBTQ equality agenda she and her runningmate Tim Kaine have embraced. She is the first major-party candidate for president to write an op-ed for an LGBTQ publication. “If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, I’ll protect the progress we’ve fought so hard to achieve—and I’ll keep fighting until every American can live free from discrimination and prejudice,” she wrote.

See www.nationalgaymediaassociation.com

Chicago Dreamer Challenges Nationwide Immigration Injunction

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New lawsuit advances efforts started in New York, alleges Texas order not binding in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL  — A new federal lawsuit today advanced efforts to reinstate the Obama administration’s immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA), in some parts of the country.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by José Lopez, a DACA recipient, is the second to challenge the reach of an unlawfully broad injunction in United States v. Texas. It follows a similar lawsuit filed in August by Martín Batalla Vidal in the Eastern District of New York.

Both lawsuits seek to fix a wrongdoing suffered by thousands of DACA recipients who are not party to the Texas case, and could open up a new pathway for the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA outside of Texas, providing relief for millions of families.

“I applied for DACA because I knew it would open up better opportunities, and I had understood I wouldn’t have to reapply to renew my work permit for three years—a big relief,” Lopez said. “This relief was taken away from me and from thousands of others because of one judge in Texas. That’s not fair. We contribute to our communities, and we should be allowed to plan our lives more than two years at a time.”

Lopez, 24, is a longtime resident of Chicago who came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was four years old. He is represented by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and the Rockford, Illinois, law firm Dady & Hoffmann.

In February 2015, Lopez received a three-year work permit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under newly issued rules for DACA. That same month, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of the federal district court in South Texas, issued an injunction in United States v. Texas that blocked DAPA and the expansion of DACA nationwide, based solely on claims of alleged costs to Texas. The federal government relied on that injunction to wrongfully revoke three-year work permits that had been issued to thousands of DACA recipients across the country, including to Lopez and Batalla Vidal.

Like Batalla Vidal, Lopez seeks reinstatement of his three-year work permit because its revocation on the basis of the overbroad injunction was unlawful. Furthermore, by challenging the scope of the Texas injunction, the lawsuit could lead to the reinstatement of DAPA and expanded DACA for millions of families in states that are not part of the Texas lawsuit.

“We are proud to stand with José, as we are with Martín, because Illinois is not Texas,” said Justin Cox, a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. “And New York is not Texas. We are fighting back against an erroneous injunction that has hurt people like José and Martín as well as millions of other immigrants across the country—and, indeed, all of us.”

“It’s deeply troubling that a district court judge’s decision in Texas is reaching to cause harm to longtime Illinois residents, when our city and state officials have repeatedly expressed support for President Obama’s expansion of deferred action,” said Mark Fleming, national litigation coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center. “Increasing access to DACA and implementing DAPA would bring tremendous economic and social benefits to Illinois.”

Announced in 2012, DACA allows some young undocumented immigrants such as Lopez, who came to the U.S. as children, to live and work in the country temporarily if they meet certain eligibility requirements.

In November 2014, the Obama administration sought to build on the success of that initiative by expanding eligibility requirements to include more immigrant youth and by creating the DAPA program, which would similarly allow some undocumented parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children to live and work in the U.S. temporarily. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security announced that new and renewing DACA applicants would be approved for three- rather than two-year periods. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing three-year work permits that same month.

In December 2014, Texas and 25 other states sued to stop the implementation of DAPA and expansion of DACA. In February 2015, Judge Hanen issued a nationwide injunction blocking both programs. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which this month refused to rehear the case after deadlocking and issuing no decision in June.

The complaint filed today is available here: http://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Lopez-v-Richardson-et-al-complaint-2016-10-12.pdf

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. For more information visit www.immigrantjustice.org.

Cook County Issues Cautionary Rabies Alert

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Cook County Animal and Rabies Control is warning Cook County residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies after two outdoor cats tested positive for rabies in Illinois and Missouri.


In the last two weeks, one adult cat in Ogle County, IL and one kitten in Cass County, MO have tested positive for rabies. Cook County is among the counties that is increasing surveillance for the disease.


“Finding rabies in cats is unusual and Cook County Animal and Rabies Control wants to make sure all domestic animals are protected against the disease, which can be fatal,” Animal and Rabies Control Administrator Dr. Donna Alexander said. “Pet owners should not panic, but should take precaution to protect their pets.”


The County is working with the collar counties and the Illinois Department of Public Health to test feral cats that would not normally meet IDPH protocols for testing.  Those protocols would normally require human contact with an animal suspected of carrying the disease, but arrangements have been made to test deceased feral cats that have not come into contact with a human.


In 2007, Cook County passed the Managed Feral Cat Ordinance, which allows for the vaccination and sterilization of feral cats. More than 100,000 feral cats have been vaccinated and sterilized since the ordnance was adopted.  Humane societies that sponsor managed feral cat colonies have been notified to re-vaccinate all cats. Cook County is working with the sponsors to analyze feral cats for rabies.


In addition, Cook County has confirmed 20 bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year. Last year, 23 bats tested positive for rabies in the County.


The small brown bat is the major carrier of rabies in Illinois and is small enough enter a home through a crack or small opening.   Cat owners should be sure their indoor cats are vaccinated in the event a rabid brown bat enters the home.


In addition, Cook County residents should:


  • Make sure all dogs and ferrets, in addition to cats, are vaccinated against rabies.
  • Be aware that outdoor cats may also come into contact with infected animals, which can include skunks and raccoons. Keep pets from roaming outside.
  • Not approach stray or unknown cats outside.


  • Instruct all members of their family to use extreme caution in approaching an unattended animal, whether wildlife or domestic. Do not approach unknown cats.


“Thrones! The Musical Parody” Announces Second Extension and Change in Schedule at Apollo Theater Chicago, Now Playing Through January 15, 2017

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The “Game of Thrones” Send-Up from the Producers of “Baby Wants Candy” Premieres in Los Angeles This Winter

CHICAGO, IL – “Thrones! The Musical Parody” and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce the second extension for the Chicago premiere of the hit musical, now playing through January 15, 2017. Written and produced by the creative team behind “Baby Wants Candy” and “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” the sell-out show from Scotland begins as a group of friends gather for the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” when they soon realize that one friend has never seen television show. Recounting plot highlights throughout all six seasons—including over 40 characters and 21 original songs—the production is a “hilarious ride that never slows down” (BuzzNews Chicago), detailing the highs and lows of the hit HBO series. Tickets ($36 – $59) for the extension go on sale Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or visiting Ticketmaster.com.

“Thrones! The Musical Parody” also begins its West Coast run this winter at Hudson Theater Mainstage (6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles), playing November 17, 2016 – January 18, 2017.

“As we enter the second extension of ‘Thrones!’ at the Apollo, I can’t say enough how proud I am of this amazing Chicago team bringing this hilarious story to life,” said Executive Producer Emily Dorezas. “The show continues to surprise audiences—both ‘Game of Thrones’ fans and non-fans alike—and after the success of the run here in Chicago, we are ready and excited to bring it to Los Angeles for the next phase of this production.”

As Spencer, Brad, Hayden, Ross, Kelly and Tom gather for the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” they soon find out the ultimate travesty: that Brad does not watch the show. Over the course of 90 minutes, the group bands together to act out all six seasons (read: spoilers) for Brad, including dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame. “Thrones! The Musical Parody” debuted to completely sold-out performances at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was hailed as “darkly humorous and beautifully vulgar” (Edinburgh Festival Magazine) and “a resounding success!” (Sunday Times), followed by a sold-out, limited run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. In its run in here in Chicago, the production “had the audience falling off their chairs” (Chicago Reader) and was hailed as “unfailingly witty and deliciously irreverent” (Performink). The cast of “Thrones! The Musical Parody” includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff.

“Thrones! The Musical Parody” is written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. The production is directed by Hannah Todd, choreographed by Tyler Sawyer Smith and produced by Emily Dorezas, Rob Kolson and Al Samuels. The creative team includes Thomas O. Mackey III (Set Designer), Eric Backus (Sound Designer), Amanda Gladu (Costume Designer), Patrick Ham (Prop Designer), Clare Sangster (Light Designer) and R&D Choreography (Violence Design). Dakota Hughes and Tanner Munson are the production understudies.

Starting November 17, the extension performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Additional performances are scheduled throughout the holidays, including the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For a detailed holiday performance schedule, visit Ticketmaster.com. For ticket inquiries for groups of 10 or more, call Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612.

To learn more about “Thrones!” visit the website, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

About Baby Wants Candy
“Baby Wants Candy” has performed more than 2,000 completely improvised musicals to thousands of fans from Chicago to New York to Singapore to Scotland. Currently, “Baby Wants Candy” runs in Chicago at the Apollo Theater, in Los Angeles at UCB Sunset and tours internationally.  A cutting edge theatrical experience, the performance features a revolving cast of A-list comedic performers and a full band.

“Baby Wants Candy” begins with the cast asking the audience for a suggestion of a musical that has never been performed before. Accompanied by a full band, the first title that the group hears becomes the title and theme for that evening’s 60-minute show, featuring a roller coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy.  Each performance is its own opening and closing night, and by design every show is completely unique and a once–in a lifetime premiere.

“Baby Wants Candy” has received rave reviews in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Onion, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut New York and more, and has received numerous awards including the winner of FringeNYC’s Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Improv Ensemble by Chicago Magazine, the Best Visiting Comedy Ensemble by TimeOut New York, the recipient of the Ensemble of the Year Award at the Chicago Improv Festival, and a rare Sixth Star Award Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“Baby Wants Candy” has included several notable performers including Peter Gwinn of “Colbert Report;” Rachel Dratch and Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live;” Stephnie Weir of “MadTV;” Nicole Parker of “MadTV” and Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway; Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock;” Al Samuels and Kevin Fleming of “Sports Action Team;” Thomas Middleditch of “Silicon Valley;” Garry W. Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Mark Pender of The Max Weinberg 7 and Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band; and Johnny Pisano of the Jesse Malin Band and The Marky Ramone Band. Members of “Baby Wants Candy” have recently written the hit off-Broadway show “50 Shades! The Musical Parody”

About Apollo Theater
The Apollo Theater, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park since 1978, has been home to many of the city’s biggest hits including the recent “Million Dollar Quartet,” which holds the record for the longest-running Broadway musical in Chicago history. Resident companies of the Apollo Theater include Emerald City Theatre Company and “Baby Wants Candy,” and many up-and-coming companies can be seen nightly in the theater’s 50-seat downstairs studio. Recently renovated and fully accessible, the Apollo Theater’s intimate 435-seat mainstage continues to deliver world-class theater as one of the city’s premiere off-Loop houses.

Clifford Law Offices Files Case on Behalf of Woman Whose Foot is Crushed by Truck in Hit-and-Run in Chicago

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Clifford Law Offices filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against a major trucking company whose currently unknown driver allegedly fled the scene after crushing the foot of a woman standing at a corner where the truck was making a right-hand turn on Chicago’s Southwest side.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge John H.  Ehrlich also entered an order on an Emergency Motion allowing Clifford Law Offices to subpoena the 911 communications from the day of the incident, Sept. 12, before they are erased and lost through routine procedures.  Those tapes are believed to provide critical information on witnesses to the tragedy as well as the identification of the exact truck that struck the woman and then left without offering her aid.

“We filed this suit after conducting a thorough, expedient investigation and learning the identity of the trucking company,” said Michael S. Krzak, partner at Clifford Law Offices handling the matter.   “We will find the driver of this vehicle and hold him accountable for his actions. It is simply unacceptable for the driver of a commercial motor vehicle to run over a pedestrian standing on the corner and flee the scene.”

Lorel Mazur, 61, of Chicago’s Southwest side was near the intersection of Kedzie Avenue and 51st Street at about 2:30 p.m. when a J.B. Hunt truck allegedly drove up on to the sidewalk and rolled over Mazur’s right foot, severely crushing it and breaking numerous bones.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909.


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