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  "Moving America Toward Justice"   WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law ...
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With turmoil in Iraq, the United States contemplates military action. But the American people ...
"Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave ...
Directed by Hallie Gordon October 21 - November 15 in The Upstairs Theatre MULTI-MEDIA adaptation of dystopian ...
  Reprint from The Sentencing Project   Race & Justice News     For nearly a decade, there has been a ...
Madigan Hosts a Series of Teleconferences as Part of Coordinated Synthetic Drug Response   Chicago, IL – As ...
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 Jackson and Duckworth trample opponents   By Juanita Bratcher   Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won an “extraordinary” victory ...

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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

Beatles Festival to Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Jeffersonville, IN  – The timing could not be better for the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River to pay homage to the iconic and acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was released by The Beatles exactly 50 years ago in 1967, and is set for the much anticipated re-release on May 26, which coincides with the five-day festival, coming up May 25-29, 2017.

 

Sgt. Pepper, regarded as one of the first ever concept albums, is known for being one of the most influential and innovative albums of all time. It won four Grammy’s, and included hits like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “A Day in the Life.” The new, remixed special anniversary edition of the Sgt. Pepper album includes previously unreleased takes from their recording sessions.

 

More than 15 events will celebrate the groundbreaking album throughout the weekend, including 9 concerts, a presentation by internationally recognized Beatles expert Scott Freiman, and a “Pepper at 50” panel discussion with author Bruce Spizer, Beatle best friend and long-time aide Tony Bramwell, and “Beatle Brunch” Radio Host Joe Johnson. On Saturday, May 27th at 11:45pm, a listening party will be held for the release of the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition.

 

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will be held in Jeffersonville, IN at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29. The 2017 lineup includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grammy-winner Peter Asher, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers The Family Stone, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Ambrosia, and former Wings band members Laurence Juber (guitarist) and Steve Holley (drummer). More than 50 bands from around the world will perform on eight indoor and outdoor stages over the course of the five-day event.

 

The festival has partnered with 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville to host a free kick off concert starring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s sax man Jake Clemons on Thursday, May 25th. Live music begins at 2:00pm, and Jake Clemons will take the stage at 8:45pm. Admission is free all day.

 

Tickets are available at arotr.com, and discounted general admission tickets are available for $20 each at all 45 area Thorntons stores. Tickets purchased at Thorntons also include free admission for one guest 21 and under.

 

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by WAVE 3 News, StarVista Live, Southern Indiana Tourism, City of Jeffersonville, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Bud Light, Four Roses Bourbon, AML Inc., 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Gretsch Guitars, Crosley Radio and Thorntons.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.arotr.com.

 

 

Minority-Owned Firm Building Resilient Homes for New York Poospatuck Reservation Families Left Homeless by Superstorm Sandy

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Oden Development Homes Rebuilding Team

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The New York Governors Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) helped fund housing through the “New York Housing Recovery Program”. The Governors Office of Storm Recovery assists property owners who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy, including those on the Poospatuck Reservation.

The Poospatuck Reservation is home to a Native American community and the smallest Indian Nation in New York State. The tight knit community led by Chief Harry Wallace is located in Suffolk County in Mastic, New York on the north side of Poospatuck Creek. As a result of the development expertise of Oden Development LLC, a firm owned by Walter Oden, eight families will move into their manufactured homes this spring.

 

Chief Wallace stated, “Those eight families selected Oden Development to rebuild their homes ultimately because Walter has a great heart, his team cares and it shows in their craftmanship!”

 

Watch the Video: https://vimeo.com/215593520

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds became one of Oden’s priorities once he saw the desperate conditions New York families were facing as a result of the storm. For Oden, the impact of Hurricane Sandy was personal – he had his own experience of suffering devastation during Miami’s Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – so he dedicated himself to helping these displaced families recover from similar hardships. Oden left his prior role as the Head of the Small Business Administration’s New York office and put his insights around storm strategies and disaster relief to work. With no effort wasted, Oden Development was awarded the GOSR contract to assist families in need of home replacement.

 

Oden committed to replacing homes on the Poospatuck reservation with manufactured homes as opposed to traditional stick-built homes to expedite the speed to market. The project included taking advantage of the efficiency of manufactured homes while leveraging storm mitigation strategies to ensure survival for future storms. Innovation is not new to Oden’s team; another project in Brooklyn being developed with intermodal shipping containers is indicative of Oden Development’s non-traditional strategies to deliver a product of equal or better quality over traditional methods in less than half the time.

 

“Manufactured housing makes so much sense, especially here in New York,” says Oden. “Manufactured homes are typically more affordable than site-built homes. Constructing the housing structure off-site provides the inherent and economic advantages of a shorter build time, limited inspections, and energy efficiency. There is hardly any other construction method as versatile, practical, and applicable for any situation and environment.” Oden’s homes are manufactured by Champion Homes of Pennsylvania which also builds commercial structures including multifamily homes, student housing, and hotels.

 

Oden is certainly not alone in his excitement for manufactured homes. With more Hurricane Sandy homes falling under the umbrella of GOSR’s coverage, families on Long Island and on the Poospatuck Reservation are sure to take comfort and excitement in manufactured homes as well.

About Oden Development LLC
Oden Development LLC is a certified manufactured home dealer and developer utilizing the highest construction standards in the industry. From manufactured, manufactured, or intermodal container homes to military barracks, student housing, hospitality structures, and other commercial structures, Oden Development tailors each project to meet a buyer’s needs with great attention to structural details and refined finishes. Oden Development has a uniquely qualified team that can help procure land, design the project, secure financing, and build anyone’s dream living or commercial space. For more details, visit www.odendevelopment.com

 

Photo Caption: Rebuilding Team: Thomasina Mack (Trustee, Unkechaug Nation), Walter Oden (CEO, Oden Development), Tafara “Harry” Tigire (Oden Development – Project Manager), and Chief Harry Wallace (Unkechaug Nation)

 

 

NYU Appoints Lisa M. Coleman as Chief Diversity Officer

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


As NYU’s Inaugural CDO, Coleman to Lead Efforts to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring, Admissions, and Culture 

 

Lisa M. Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at NYU

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – New York University President Andrew Hamilton today named Lisa Coleman to be Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation and NYU’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Coleman will start in her position in September 2017.Dr. Coleman comes to NYU from Harvard, where she has served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President since 2010.

Dr. Hamilton said, “Many people on our campus have long worked hard to improve NYU’s record on equity, diversity, and inclusion. But this issue is a priority for me, and appointing a senior person – who will report directly to me – in whom we can repose the responsibility, is an important and necessary step to advance our efforts.”

He continues, “Among the many candidates the Search Committee reviewed, Lisa Coleman stood out. She has a strong record at her previous posts. She already knew and understood NYU well, having received her doctorate here. And her scholarly background will benefit NYU’s efforts. But more even than these important qualities, what distinguished Dr. Coleman was her character: her forthright nature, her wisdom, her ability to connect with students, faculty, administrators, and staff; her energy; and her evident desire and ability to bring people together.”

 

“We are glad to welcome Lisa Coleman back to NYU and have great faith in her ability to help us be the diverse, welcoming, and inclusive university we want to be,” he conclude.

Dr. Coleman – who will report directly to the president and be part of the Senior Leadership Team – will, in close collaboration with Provost Katherine E. Fleming, lead the development and implementation of a strategic plan to systematically advance equity, diversity, and inclusion across all NYU schools and units.

 

Prior to Harvard, Dr. Coleman had worked in a similar capacity at Tufts University from 2007 to 2010. Prior to becoming Tufts’ first senior diversity officer, she directed the Africana Studies Program and taught in American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies. Before joining Tufts, Dr. Coleman also taught in the City University of New York system and held positions at Merrill Lynch, Inc. and the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington DC.

 

Dr. Coleman is an alumna of NYU, where she earned a Ph.D. in the American Studies program. She earned her B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University.

 

For more details about NYU, visit www.NYU.edu

Photo Caption: Lisa M. Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at NYU
Photo credit: Christopher Huang

Ensemble Espanol Heats Up the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie With “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow” Performances June 16-18

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Three World Premieres by Madrid’s Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez
Featured in Exciting Program Celebrating the Company’s Past, Present and Future


CHICAGO, IL
 – Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, with “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow,” June 16-18. These performances are part of the company’s 2017 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 7-24. The Festival, now in its 41st year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

The “Raices” performances, a successor to the popular annual “Flamenco Passion” performances, will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. A highlight of the this year’s program will be the work of  Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, artistic directors of Nuevo Ballet Madrid, whose premiere of “Iroko” last year was an audience favorite that also garnered critical acclaim. Between Rojas and Rodriguez, they bring three world premieres to this year’s program: Rojas’ “Defalla, Fuera de la Caja,” performed by the Company; and Rodriquez’s “Redobles” and “Euforia,” performed by the Company and Rodriguez respectively.

The exciting program will also include popular works from Ensemble Español’s repertoire including Paco Alonso’s “Madrileno” (1989); “Reina Gitana” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Claudia Pizarro; “La Liebre” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Jose Torres; “Rendicion,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and  “Zapateado” (1976) and “Danza del Fuego” (1979), choreographed by Company Founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

On Sunday, June 18 only, Carmela Greco, a traditional audience favorite and daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco, will perform her work “Cordoba” (2012). Other guest artists participating in the “Raices” performances include musicians David Chiriboga (guitar), Paco Fonta (guitar/vocals), Luis Galvez (tenor) Sasha Gerritson (soprano), Javier Rosario Montoya (piano), Patricia Ortega (vocalist) Javier Saume-Mazzei (percussion).

“In our 41st year Ensemble Español’ is in the advantageous position of having a wealth of established works in our repertoire to draw from, and a bounty of sources from within our company and the global dance community to draw on for new works.  We owe our thanks to our loyal patrons, dancers, staff, board, parents and advisory committees and our home, Northeastern Illinois University, for helping us get to this grand position. But most of all, we are thankful to our Founder, Dame Libby for creating the Company. We see the “Raices” performances as a reflection of her vision then, now and for the years to come,” says Artistic Director Suárez Ruiz.


For more information about Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

Two Political Icons Who Changed the Course of Politics and History in Chicago, Cook County & Illinois

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Mayor Harold Washington and Cook County Board President John S. Stroger, Jr.

 

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Harold Washington, Chicago’s greatest mayor, was the first African-American elected mayor of the City of Chicago.

“Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor”

In the book, Bratcher zeroes in on how this spirited campaign got off the ground, how the dream was accomplished, and the uphill struggle that brought it about. The book focuses on:

  • The early stages of the campaign
  • Voter registration drive
  • The infusion of racial politics into the campaign
  • Excerpts/statements/speeches on the campaign trail
  • Washington’s views on the Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Interviews following his inauguration
  • Black aldermen’s views on the city’s first black mayor
  • Council wars/polarization
  • Selected quotes from the campaign
  • The battle cry for change
  • Why Washington accused former Mayor Jane Byrne of trying to destroy the Democratic Party
  • Washington accused the Vrdolyak ’29, headed by then Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, of a nervous reaction to his administration’s reform process. Vrdolyak tried to sabotage every agenda Washington tried to put in place or change.
  • 16 pictorial pages

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President John S. Stroger, Jr.,  First Black President of the Cook County Board of Commissioner

“Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders”

 

A biography of John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, was a legendary icon in county, city and state politics

Stroger spent almost four decades in public office. He was elected as a Commissioner to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1970. He served as ward committeeman before becoming a commissioner. During his 24 years as a sitting commissioner and then heading up the powerful Finance Committee, Stroger made a run for President in 1994, and won. At the age of 77, Stroger was running for a four-peat term in 2005. He said he was running for re-election because he had a vision for County for the next four years.

In the book Stroger discussed race and politics, dealing with the white media

“I’ve been dealing with race in terms of different racial people and culture. There are some people who are saying subtly that some race is being played in it (2006 campaign). But when you got a guy of my pigmentation and a white guy running there may be some race (involved). But as you know, even before I got to be President, I (put together) a multi-racial group. I’d like to think that I’d be judged in the end on my performance as an elected official.”

  • Quotes from various elected officials
  • Stroger’s staying power
  • Stroger suffered a debilitating stroke. He won the primary election but asked Democratic Party to replace him on the ballot with son, Todd
  • Stroger goes out a winner, declaring: “This is probably one of the most difficult periods in my life (recuperating from stroke, and calling it quits). This is a battle I’m going to win.”

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Author: Award-Winning Journalist Dr. Juanita Bratcher

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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