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4th Annual Black on Black Crime Solutions Panel Lands in Miami

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Black on Black Crime Solutions Panel

Consists of Urban League T. Willard Fair, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, and Others-
Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) –  “Empowermentorship – The Power of Mentorship” is the theme for the 4th Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel. The Broward County based organization has moved its momentum to Miami-Dade College/North on June 10, 2017 from 11am to 2pm. Courage To Believe International is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization lead by a team of mentors best known for their C2B Chess Club & Mentoring Program. As an at-risk youth mentoring group they were able to spread their wings south with an interesting group of panelist from both counties. They’ll be highlighting a few of South Florida’s most influential mentoring programs, including those that focus mainly on Caribbean youth, specifically Haitian teenagers.

Every year, there are 6,000 to 9,000 violent black on black cases since 1980. This isn’t to make light of the fact that there are hundreds per year of police brutality cases against the African American community. Records show that gun violence in Miami-Dade had killed six children and 88 teenagers in the last three years. In 2016, Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office reported 80 out of the 94 gun homicide victims, who were ages 18 and under, were black males.

Hence, the first Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel was given birth three years ago by King Kevin Dorival, mentor and author of the inspirational autobiography and stage play, Courage To Believe. Why? Something tangible needed to be done on the grassroots level. “I have over fifteen family and friends incarcerated. They’re all young black men with children they can’t raise while serving 15 years to life sentences in prison, and all of their cases have one common dominator – GUNS! Black males are playing checkers while the criminal justice system is playing chess. I wish that we could get a sponsor and more financial support from our people to keep our event going for as long as it takes to change the political culture and the ongoing economic deprivation that’s destroying our community,” says Mr. Dorival.

Television host James Pierre, will be hosting the event – the panelist: President of Concerned of African Women Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt, Public Defender, Carlos Martinez, Urban League of Greater Miami President and CEO T. Willard Fair, Mayor of Opa-Locka Taylor and a surprise guest!

This free event takes place at Miami-Dade College/North Campus building 2000, room 2158, located at 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167. Featured performances by the world-renowned Bush family’s B.G. Harmonies, a young African-American symphony group! There will be live entertainment, food, and a chance for the community to ask some of the most influential people of South Florida questions.

For more information on how you can support or volunteer, call 954-263-8223, or follow them on Instagram (@Courage2Believe) and Twitter (@Courage2Believe). Also, visit www.kevindorival.com.

Photo Caption: Panelists and performers at the 3rd annual #BlackOnBlackCrime Solutions Panel in July 2016

 

Nicholas David Steps in for Devon Allman at 21st Blues on the Fox Festival, Saturday, June 17 at Aurora’s Riveredge Park

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Nicholas David will play the 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.
AURORA, IL RiverEdge Park announced today a change to its line-up for next weekend’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival.

Devon Allman, slated to perform at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 17, is stepping away from all touring through the fall in the wake of the passing last week of his father Gregg Allman.

Stepping in for Allman at Blues on the Fox is the soulful, bluesy singer/songwriter Nicholas David, best known for his unforgettable 2012 run on NBC’s The Voice.

David, who plays to sold out shows around the country, will open the day two of the festival, Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.Chicago’s own Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin moves to 5 p.m. Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop takes the stage at 7 p.m. The legendary Jonny Lang closes the festival Saturday night at 9 p.m.shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.

The all-ladies schedule on Friday night, June 16, kicks off as planned with three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland at
7 p.m., followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.

RiverEdge Park, located at 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is the idyllic venue for Blues on the Fox, serving up two days of sizzlin’ blues music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Gates open Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
                                                                                           
For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.The 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival premier sponsor is Old Second Bank. The festival is also sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, Fox Valley Park District, R.C. Wegman Construction Company, EarthMover Credit Union, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Holiday Inn Aurora-North-Naperville, Paramount Fence and Kane County Chronicle. The official radio station is 93.1 WXRT-FM. Season sponsors for RiverEdge Park are the Dunham Fund, the City of Aurora and Superior Beverage. 
 

More about Nicholas David

The official video for
The official video for “Look at Me” by Nicholas David

Nicholas David is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, MN. For more than a decade, David has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level. Prior to his memorable 2012 run with Team CeeLo on NBC’s The Voice, Davis had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects. Fans of The Voice were introduced to his soulful and storied career during this time when he struck a chord with America and finished a fan favorite in the top three.

 

David’s music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics and liquid piano playing set him apart and are the reasons Skope Magazine called him “an authentic artist of this millennium,” while the Chicago Tribune hailed his “mix of the growl of Dr. John with the silk of Marvin Gaye.” When it comes to his iconic live shows, David is a one-of-a-kind and must-see act. Fans have gone as far to speak of his performances as a spiritual service that they actually want to attend. His emotional approach to songwriting and performing is the very reason the thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately nicknamed him ‘the feelin.’

Tips for seeing a concert at RiverEdge Park

 

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.
Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse food menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must fit in front of or under chairs and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.
For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666

All-Star Political & Cultural Panel Debates State of Black America on TV One May 31

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
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From Marc Morial, President, National Urban League

The nation’s leading commentators challenge one another on topics such as job creation, voting rights, and criminal justice reform during the National Urban League’s first-ever national television special: “National Urban League Presents: State of Black America,” premiering May 31, 8pm ET, on TV One.

  • Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University professor and author;
  • Attorney Angela Rye is a frequent political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst;
  • Touré is an American writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality;
  • GOP consultant Paris Dennard is an NPR Political Analyst and CNN Political commentator;
  • Democratic political strategist Symone Sanders served as national press secretary for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders;
  • Journalist Jeff Johnson appears on BET and serves as a national communications consultant;
  • GOP strategist Angela Sailor served as director of the Republican National Committee’s Coalitions Department

Moderating the dynamic discussion is Roland Martin, managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now. Urban League Young Professionals and Guild chapters are hosting both live and virtual watch parties – check with your local Urban League affiliate for more information. Join the conversation on social media by following @NatUrbanLeague and @TVOneTV and sharing your thoughts using the hashtag #StateofBlackAmerica.

Maryland Author Stephen A. Tillett Warns Don’t Believe the Lies About “Race” That Continues to Undermine Our Country in New Book, “Stop Falling For The Okeydoke”

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Annapolis, MD – Stephen A. Tillett, Anne Arundel County NAACP Branch  President, political activist, and interfaith clergy leader, released his first book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of “Race” Continues to Undermine Our Country [iUniverse; May 25, 2017; 978-1-5320-1-9; $15.99; paperback] for sale at www.iUniverse.com.

 

As a new featured author, he will be at the BookExpo America 2017 from June 1-4, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Tillett believes we are living in a critical time in our nation’s history, a time where people of like interests must come together for their common good, lest we all be overrun by the “Corporate States of America.” The lie-the okeydoke of “race”-has kept people of common concern separated for far too long. Genetically, we are all 99.9% the same. We must begin to act like it.

As Dr. King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or (we will) perish together as fools.”

Advance Praises…

“You hit the nail right on the head!”- Bishop Felton Edwin May (Retired) of the United Methodist Church

“This book is a very personal and powerful examination of the “lie of race” that has served those in power well throughout our history and right up to the present day. [His book’s] approach dispels pervasive myths and untruths and illuminates the history, science and politics of this destructive ‘lie’.”- Myla Kabat-Zinn (daughter of Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States)

“I have known Stephen Tillett for many years, and he has been making big moves all his life. And now he is leading the way again with this incredible book! This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world!”- Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence

Stephen A. Tillett is a native Washingtonian, who received a B.A. from the School of

Government and Public Administration at The American University; and earned a Masters of Divinity degree at the Howard University School of Divinity. Pastor Tillett was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Air National Guard in December 1996. He concluded his military career in a Special Duty Assignment at Arlington National Cemetery, where he served until his retirement on January 1, 2017. He is the Pastor of Asbury Broadneck UMC in Annapolis, MD, and the President of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP. He is the father of three children. He, and his wife, Dr. Sherita Gaskins-Tillett, and daughter reside in Maryland.

Courtesy Photos: Author Stephen A. Tillett and book cover

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Johnny Lang, Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King Headline 21st Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17 at Aurora’s Riveredge Park

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 
 
Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival opens Friday, June 16 with (middle, from left)
Mavis Staples and Shemekia Copeland. The Saturday, June 17 line-up boasts (bottom, from left) Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King.

AURORA, IL, May 19, 2017 – For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have descended on west suburban Aurora, Illinois to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands.

Once again, this year’s sizzling line-up for Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival – Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang – is sure to attract music fanatics from around the globe to celebrate the soul, grit and power of American blues.

Dates are Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, and RiverEdge Park,
360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is the idyllic venue, serving up two days of sizzlin’ blues music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River.

Gates open Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m. for day one of Blues on the Fox, featuring an all-ladies lineup – three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.

Come back Saturday, June 17, for day two. Gates open at 2 p.m. Chicago’s own Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin starts at
3 p.m. Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own, plays at 5 p.m. 

Blues on the Fox rocks into the night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m., climaxing at 9 p.m. with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.Don’t wait to get your tickets, blues fans. Early bird tickets are only $10 per day if purchased through May 31. Regular tickets are $20 per day starting June 1 and on-site. Children 12 and under are admitted free to Blues on the Fox but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.For tickets and information, visit

RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse food menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must fit in front of or under chairs and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter @RiverEdgeAurora for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

The 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival premier sponsor is Old Second Bank. The festival is also sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, Fox Valley Park District, EarthMover Credit Union, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Paramount Fence and Kane County Chronicle. The official radio station is 93.1 WXRT-FM.

More about the bands

Friday, June 16

Gates open: 6 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland: 7 p.m.
Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.
“She roars with a sizzling hot intensity,” raves the Boston Globe. She has “gale force singing and power” writes the  Chicago Tribune. NPR says she’s “fiercely expressive.” Growing up with her bluesman father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia always knew she wanted to sing, but it wasn’t until she was 16 when she began opening for her father that her explosive voice began blowing audiences away. Since then, she’s been nominated for three Grammys and has been a mainstay on the blues circuit. She’s sung with legends like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and opened for The Rolling Stones. Her newest album is the 2015 Alligator Records release, the Grammy-nominated Outskirts of Love. Recent honors include the 2016 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2016 Living Blues awards, and the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award at the 2016 Blues Music Awards. For more, visit shemekiacopeland.com.
Shemekia Copeland -
Shemekia Copeland – “Married To The Blues”

Mavis Staples: 9 p.m.

Talk about a living legend. Mavis Staples has seen and done it all, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to hang up the microphone. Not even close. Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples – yes, the one who turned down a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan – was born right here in Chicago and began singing with her family at local churches in 1950 when she was just a little girl. Now, 67 years later, Staples is still belting out those eye-watering, jaw-dropping gospel and blues notes that made her a star enormously respected by her peers: Ice Cube and Ludacris have sampled her vocals, and she recently sang with Arcade Fire. When you think about the best freedom songs of the 20th century, Mavis is right there near the top of the list with “Down in Mississippi” and “I’ll Take You There.” And with a recent Presidential Medal of Freedom and Kennedy Center Honors, she is hotter than ever. Learn more at livinonahighnote.com.
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Mavis Staples+Jeff Tweedy – “You Are Not Alone” Acoustic


Saturday, June 17

Gates open: 2 p.m.

Guy King Band: 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for that classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin that’s all his own, look no further than Guy King. He first came to the U.S. from Israel on tour at the age of 16 before later heading to Chicago and joining the band of legendary Willie Kent. In 2006, King began his own incredible solo career performing at House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends and more. His own mind-blowing brand of blues, jazz, soul and R&B makes his amazing performances stand miles above the rest. King’s passion for music is so great that when growing up in a small village in Israel, he had to travel for hours to get to a record store in Tel Aviv. When they didn’t have the Albert King record he wanted, he placed an order for it and had to do the whole trip again a month later. While those days are over, King’s love for music and jazz has only grown, cementing him as a world-class musician that needs to be seen to be believed. His newest album, Truth, released by Delmark Records in 2016, is nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album. For more visit guyking.net.

The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
Devon Allman Band: 5 p.m.

He might share the same last name as his famous dad and uncle, but Devon Allman is his own musician – and an amazing one at that. Devon first picked up the guitar when he was a teenager and hasn’t put it down since. Instead of his name, Devon used his voice and incredible songwriting skills to break into the business, and what started as playing in local bands and working in a Guitar Center has skyrocketed into a critically-acclaimed career-hailed as “powerful” and “soulful.” With his own band behind him, Devon uses his custom blend of blues and rock to deliver a show that will leave you electrified and excited for what this son of musical royalty will do next. While you might hear echoes of his dad, Allman delivers a thoroughly unique sound that is all his own. For more visit devonallmanband.com.

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Devon Allman Band – “I’ll Be Around”
Elvin Bishop: 7 p.m.
Having been inducted into not only the Blues Hall of Fame, but the Rock and Roll of Fame, Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop knows a little something about music, and he’s going to give a lesson impossible to forget. It’s all right here: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Let It Flow” and so much more. This is the man who sat in with the Grateful Dead, co-billed a series of concerts with The Allman Brothers Band and had one of his songs featured on the smash soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, proving that his music has a timeless quality that attracts new and old listeners alike. Bishop’s musical career began in 1963 when he met Paul Butterfield and joined his blues band. For five years, they played together until he left to form The Elvin Bishop Group. Over the years, he’s released more than 20 incredible albums. His last studio album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, dropped in 2014. More at elvinbishopmusic.com.
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Elvin Bishop with Mickey Thomas – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”
Jonny Lang:  9 p.m.
Lang was only 12-years-old when he first picked up a guitar. He must have felt a spark when he touched it, because what he’s produced since is nothing short of stunning. All you need to do is look at his five albums that have charted on the Billboard 200 and his two Grammy nominations, including a win for his 2007 album Turn Around. His sixth studio album, Signs, will be released in North America on September 8 via Concord Records. On all of his songs, Lang shreds with his own brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B and rock, then he uses his smooth, soulful voice to tug at your heart, soul and mind. See and hear how at jonnylang.com.
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)
 

RiverEdge Park’s 2017 summer season – chronological list of concerts and events:

Sunday, May 28
ColorVibe 5K Race

Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3
Two Brothers Summer Festival featuring X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton, Savoir Adore and The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday, June 11
Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association

Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival

Sunday, June 18
Sacred Heart Festival

Saturday, June 24
Dark Star Orchestra: Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
Sunday, July 2
Good Vibes Music Fest featuring Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Jon B and moreTuesday, July 4
Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Friday, July 7

Downtown Alive! The Chicago Experience

Thursday, July 20

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton

Friday, July 21

Kesha and the Creepies

Friday, July 28

Alabama

Friday, August 4

Downtown Alive! American English

Friday, August 11

Jason Derulo

Thursday, August 17

Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws

Friday, August 25

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

Saturday, September 16
Fiestas Patrias
About RiverEdge Park


RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion. 

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

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Real Men Cook’s Father Day Celebration 2017 to Continue Commitment to Wellness at all Locations

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration will continue its long tradition of serving healthy foods and promoting nutrition when it holds its event at a variety of locations this year. The celebration takes place on Father’s Day:  Sunday, June 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman – Executive Director – Real Men Charities — noted that this year’s celebration will mark the 28th anniversary of this iconic Father’s Day Celebration. He added that each host site will bring their own unique flavor to the event but are committed to support Real Men Cook’s tradition to incorporate healthy foods into their food offerings.  So, in addition to barbecue ribs, and chicken, and other tasty tidbits, there will be salads, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables, fruits and baked fish and chicken.

In keeping with Healthy Chicago 2.0 Plan and its attention to trauma in our communities, Real Men Cook is including a focus on mental health awareness, an initiative the Charities has been involved in for 26 years in association with internationally respected psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Bell, who has done outstanding work in this area. Dr. Obari Cartman, psychologist and author, will be on site at various locations discussing issues that relate to trauma.  He will make a special effort to reach out to young male attendees.

Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo, co-founders, added that the University of Chicago Medicine, a sponsor since 2008, has always focused on providing healthy foods in keeping with the mission that Real Men Charities, the presenting nonprofit, promotes.

NextLevel Health, which joined Real Men Cook as a sponsor in 2016, continues its sponsorship this year.  Staff will serve dishes and be the anchor sponsor on the West Side of Chicago, partnering with BBF Family Services and leading men, including BBF’s Chief Executive Officer Rufus Williams, Executive Chef Erick Williams of mk The Restaurant, Alderman Michael Scott and Commissioner Robert Steele. This event takes place at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento.
Ms. Moyo noted that many health crises that disproportionately affect African Americans can be addressed through healthy eating, exercise and minor lifestyle adjustments.  With that as a mission, a select number of veteran event cooks will prepare healthy dishes that are good for maintaining heart health, preventing and managing diabetes, and addressing obesity.

Chaga Walton and his team, including four generations of family members, have donated their time and talents to Real Men Cook for all 28 years. They will serve his legendary kale salad, which is nutritious and delicious.

Many of the dishes that will be served can be found in the Moyos’ book, REAL MEN COOK Rites, Rituals and Recipes for Living, and in the soft cover book Real Men Cook: 100 Easy Recipes Celebrating Tradition and Family published by Simon & Shuster, which includes the foreword by former President Barack Obama.

Cartman declared that Real Men Cook is proud to be bringing the wellness message to the new format because, he said, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle helps save lives.”

For more information on Real Men Cook 2017, log on to www.Realmencook.com
    

 

 

National Urban League Presents “State of Black America”, Will Air May 31

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League

To Be Equal TBE#64

 

“Civil rights don’t take place in a vacuum. They are meaningful only in the real world – the world where people have to survive to work, to raise their families, to instill in their children hope for the future and the skills to function in a society where a broad back and the desire to work are no longer enough. That is why we are concerned with tax cuts, with energy, with a multitude of issues some white people think are not the concern of blacks. That is why we see our present efforts as being the logical outcome of those struggles for basic rights of the 1960s. And that is why we insist there is a vital, moral component to the current struggle.” – National Urban League President Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Each year, the release of the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America® report triggers a national conversation on racial and economic justice.  This year, for the first time, we’re putting that conversation on television.

In partnership with TV One, “National Urban League Presents: State of Black America” will air at 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, on Wednesday, May 31.

Urban League affiliates, Guild chapters and our Young Professionals will be hosting watch parties in cities all across the country, while participating in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #StateOfBlackAmerica.

The two-hour event, which was taped during the National Urban League’s State of Black America Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, features stimulating panel discussions and illuminating reports from our affiliates on education, mentorship, homeownership, employment and entrepreneurship.

Roland S. Martin, managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now, moderates the panels, which include culture critic Toure; Angela Sailor, former director of the Republican National Committee’s Coalitions department; CNN’s Symone Sanders;  activist/TV host Jeff Johnson; author/professor Michael Eric Dyson, and CNN commentators Parris Dennard and Angela Rye.

Deep disagreements and wide-ranging proposals are to be expected with such a diverse and outspoken group, and the State of Black America panels did not disappoint. Charter schools vs. private schools vs. public schools? Gentrification? Urban infrastructure? Our panel had quite a lot to say.

Additionally, the program highlights Urban League signature programs in affiliates around the country:

  • Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, discusses Chicago’s Project Ready program.
  • Judson Robinson of the Houston Area Urban League, shares his affiliate’s Project Ready: Mentor program.
  • Erika McConduit-Diggs of the Urban League of Louisiana, discusses the Urban Re-Entry Jobs Program.
  • T. Willard Fair, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami, is featured regarding access to affordable housing.
  • Nancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, shares some of the success stories from her Entrepreneurship programs.

We encourage every American to join your local Urban League affiliate, Guild or Young Professionals for a watch party – or host your own! – and be a part of this historic event.

Indie Documentary Examines Race, Police Brutality and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Independent documentary “Black White & Blue” critically examines race, police brutality and America’s 2016 presidential election

Black White and Blue Documentary

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Set for release in early 2018, independent documentary BLACK WHITE & BLUE is a critical examination of the role race and police violence played in the 2016 presidential campaign. Some of the hot button social topics associated with the project are: abuse of power by law enforcement, the Black Lives Matter movement and Flint, MI’s Water Crisis.

Produced by Curtis Scoon (BET’s American Gangster) and directed by newcomer Asia Norris, BLACK WHITE & BLUE begins at the DNC in Philly back in July 2016 and consists of one-on-one interviews of notable figures (such as The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God, CAIR National Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, author/ social critic Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Michigan State Senator Coleman Young II (D)) and many more, juxtaposed with “man on the street” interviews, along with compelling visuals from all over the country.

 

There is no political agenda or backing for this project. It is an independently funded, unbiased critique of the issues inspired by political activism on social media- particularly that of so-called Social Justice Warriors.” Prior to the election, a number of shooting incidents involving law enforcement officers and Black males reached a crescendo of sorts with the dramatic killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and the subsequent civil unrest it sparked.

 

Seemingly, the Black community became increasingly politicized as racial conflagration and polarization politics divided Americans along ideological and racial lines in the wake of the first post-Obama presidential election. Or was there more to it than meets the eye? Was it all organic, or orchestrated to achieve some political aim? Was the activity on social media an accurate depiction of reality in the Black community or was it simply the work of a very small, vocal, niche group attempting to speak for all Black people? Who was behind it, and why? Are the concerns legitimate? If so, what should be done about them?

 

BLACK WHITE & BLUE attempts to address these questions, and others, through an objective, non-partisan lens. The documentary dispels any notion that Black people are a monolith by showcasing a spectrum of diverse perspectives for viewers to arrive at their own conclusions.

For more information on the film, go to www.blackwhiteandbluefilm.com

Photo: Film poster

  

 

“Dinner Party From Hell,” Set on Chicago’s North Shore, Runs June 17 – July 16 at Pride Arts Center

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 

Cor completes cast, updates schedule for LGBTQ drama late company

 
 
Tony Bozzuto and Tosha Fowler are cast as North Shore parents
in Cor Theatre’s Midwest premiere of Late Company.
CHICAGO, May 15, 2017 – Get set for a scorching start to Chicago’s summer theater season when Cor Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Late Company, a shockingly funny, scathingly painful drama set on Chicago’s North Shore about LGBTQ youth and the scourge of teen suicide.
Acclaimed director Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this vitally important new work by Canadian playwright, director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill – “the future of Canadian theatre” (NOW Magazine) and “the hottest name in Canadian theatre” (Montreal Gazette).
The raves continue for the just-opened European premiere of Late Company at London’s Finborough Theatre. Time Out London called Late Company a “powerful new drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyber bullying. Superb.” The Times hailed this “dinner party from hell serves up the full gamut of emotions. A terrific play. Go! This one deserves a West End transfer.”
Like the controversial Netflix hit series 13 Reasons WhyLate Company takes no prisoners with its vivid portrayal of the aftershocks of teen suicide.
New dates for Cor Theater’s Chicago debut of Late Company are June 17 to July 16, 2017 at The Buena (Pride Arts Center), 4147 N. Broadway St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets, $18-$30, are on sale now at cortheatre.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111.

Updated schedule: Previews are Saturday June 17 at 3 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, June 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

Press opening (originally scheduled for June 19) is now Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances continue through July 16: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Exceptions: No shows Wednesday, June 21 or July 5. The show on Thursday,
June 22 is sold out.

Late Company is for mature audiences. 

More about Late Company

One year after a gay teen’s suicide, two North Shore families sit down to dinner. Pleasant mealtime chatter quickly turns into fierce interrogation as each person at the table confesses their real or imagined part in the tragedy. As blame shifts, layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy are revealed. Scathingly funny and heartbreakingly real, award winning Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company asks, “How well can a parent ever really know their child?”
According to Cor Artistic Director and cast member Tosha Fowler, “Late Company is about wrestling with forgiveness. Two sets of parents are fighting desperately for closure from a suicide brought on by missed opportunities and misunderstandings on both sides. Nobody in the room is blameless – everyone is sparring like hell to find peace within themselves and each other.”
“Jordan’s writing is funny and searing. It has the kind of visceral energy that makes live theater unique,” said director Jessica Fisch, adding, “In light of our current political climate, a play about people coming to the table to talk over their grievances feels both novel and inspirational. I want to believe it’s possible for people with drastically different points of view to find common ground and healing.
Late Company challenges that belief and offers hope that it is possible.”
  
Cast members include (fr left) Tony Bozzuto, Matthew Elam, Paul Fagen, Tosha Fowler and Asia Jackson.
The Late Company cast is Tony Bozzuto (so memorable in Cor’s Skin Tight and Christina, The Girl King), Matthew Elam (a Chicago newcomer and third year acting major at DePaul), Paul Fagen (recently seen in About Face’sThe Tempermentals) and Tosha Fowler (co-founder and artistic director of Cor, stage credits include What of The Night? and Love and Human Remains, director of last season’s A Map of Virtue, and one of New City’s 2016 Players: The 50 People who Really Perform for Chicago.) New to the cast is Asia Jackson, most recently seen in Among All of This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone at ETA Creative Arts Theatre.
The production team is Cole von Glahn (assistant director), Adam Gutkin (set and props), Alarie Hammock (costumes), Jeffrey Levin (sound), Eric Vigo (lights), Topher Kielbasa (dramaturg), Stefin Steberl (production manager) and Michael Starcher (stage manager).
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, director, filmmaker and a leading figure in Canada’s gay arts community. The Toronto Globe and Mail recently hailed him as “…the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom ‘interdisciplinary’ is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” His plays have been presented across Canada, his films have been widely exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute, and he received the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Tannahill runs the alternative art-space Videofag in Toronto. Currently he is partnering with the National Theatre of London and the National Film Board Canada to create Draw Me Close, an immersive technology memoir in which audiences experience a live, illustrated world as five-year-old Jordan during his mother’s battle with cancer. The first chapter of Draw Me Close premieres April 21-29, 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival. jordantannahill.com.
Jessica Fisch is a Chicago-based freelance director and professor. Chicago projects this season include directing the world premiere of Firebirds Take the Field for Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and associate directing Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Steppenwolf. Other credits include Trudy, Carolyn, Martha and Regina Travel to Outer Space (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), Fefu and Her Friends (Goodman Theatre/Rivendell Latina/o Celebration), Opulent Complex and That Thing That Time (Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Tens), Far Away (SITE Festival, Northwestern), 42 Stories (Raven Theatre, [Working Title] series) and Machinal and Spike Heels (Northwestern University). Selected New York credits are
The Realm (The Wild Project), strive/seek/find (Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories Benefit, Personal History (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Redheaded Man (Barrow Street Theatre/Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/ FringeEncores), and Dressed In Your Dreams (Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), an adaptation of the cult 1960’s gothic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Prior to moving to Chicago, Fisch lived in New York City where she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions (DPP). She was also a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She earned her MFA at Northwestern University. 
About Cor Theatre

Cor Theatre (cortheatre.org) debuted in September 2012 with a vision to create theatrical experiences that are rarely presented in Chicago by artists who seek to defy expectation. Today, Cor is one of Chicago’s youngest and most ambitious professional theater companies with a growing board and strong experience behind it.

Cor’s inaugural production, Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, was met with enthusiastic audiences, critical acclaim and made just enough money to establish a not-for-profit corporation. The company named itself Cor Theatre, deriving its name from the Latin root of courage – meaning heart.

Cor returned in 2015 with Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue, named a top show to see in the Chicago Tribune and Most Promising Debut by Time Out Chicago. Cor triumphed again in 2015 with the first Chicago staging in 20 years of Brad Frasier’s Love and Human Remains, which played to numerous sold-out houses and was named one of the top plays to see by Windy City Times and New City.
In March 2016, Cor presented the U.S. premiere of Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau, telling the true story of the enigmatic, gender bending 17th century Queen of Sweden. Cor concluded its 2016 season in October with an epic production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, translated by Tony Kushner, directed by ensemble member Ernie Nolan.
Most recently, in January 2017, Cor gobsmacked Chicago audiences and critics alike with Carlos Murillo’s daring staging of What of the Night? by María Irene Fornés.
Company members are Tony Bozzuto, Chris Brickhouse, Elyse Cowles, Tosha Fowler, Adam Gutkin, Alarie Hammock, Topher Kielbasa, Jeffrey Levin, Claire Meyers, Ernie Nolan, Stefin Steberl and Eric Vigo.
For more information, visit cortheatre.org, like Cor Theatre on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter, @CorTheatre, or call (866) 811-4111.

Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This poem was written expressly for my mother, Tommie Sean Forte. On this Mother’s Day, I dedicate it to MOTHERS everywhere.

 

Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal
By Juanita Bratcher © 1994

 

The extent of a mother’s love
Can never be measured by pound
It is unconditional love
Like steel and so profound

She’s protective of her children
To the point of denying herself
She is a woman of distinction
In a class all by herself

She is a mystery woman to some
And a passing stranger to others
But to me and all my siblings
She is our own beloving mother

Her strengths are so unlimited
Her convictions as bold as the night
She is a principled person with fortitude
Armed with courage, grace and foresight

She is a God-fearing woman
Who makes mountains of sacrifices too
She’s there when no one else is
Nurturing her children to see them through

She’s inspiring and uplifting
And her morals always forthright
She keeps the family together
Even when things don’t seem so right

She fights many a battle for her family
Sometimes painful and overbearing
But she handles them with eloquence
Trusting, devotion and insurmountable caring

Her healing powers are oh, so gentle
She can soothe away your tears and fears
There’re no limitations for mothers
They hold the key to their children’s cheers

She places them in protective custody
Helps them push their future dreams
She knows how to make them feel “real special”
And motivates them, it always seems

She’s spiritual, uplifting, and diplomatic too
She’s endurable like iron, co-leader of the crew
She’s positive and honest, forgiving of you
She gives moral support from a mother’s view

She’s exhausted, steering her children from obstacles in life
Making sure that they don’t perish
In a world filled with strife
She’s ready to catch them, hold them up when they fall
She feels her powerful love can conquer all

She’s a teacher, psychiatrist, anything you want her to be
She can motivate, encourage, redirect you to see
She’s prepared to take on the rough road ahead
She’s a companion and caretaker, when all’s done and said

There’re fond memories of moms
And the many moments shared
Her children know who they are
Simply because “mommy” cared

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