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Paul Marinaro and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra to Rrecreate Sinatra at The Sands, One Night Only, Saturday, May 12 at the Studebaker

Posted by Admin On April - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, IL – A CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands” featuring
Paul Marinaro is the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s highly anticipated 2017-18 season finaleat Chicago’s historic Studebaker Theater, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sit back and enjoy this live recreation of the famous 1966 “Sinatra at the Sands” performance, long considered to be the definitive live album of Sinatra’s career, performed in order by acclaimed Chicago jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of artistic director Jeff Lindberg.
The Studebaker Theater is located at 410 S. Michigan Avenue on the first floor of Chicago’s Fine Arts Building. Single tickets are $35 (balcony) and $45 (floor). For tickets and information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
“Sinatra at the Sands” is the unforgettable live album by Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. It was conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones, and recorded live in the Copa Room of the former Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1966. It was Sinatra’s first live album to be commercially released, and contains many definitive renditions of the classic songs most commonly associated with Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” era. Signature tracks include “Come Fly with Me,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “One for My Baby,” “Luck be a Lady” and “My Kind of Town.” The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Don’t miss this chance to travel back in time, one-night-only, to revisit a true classic. Channeling Sinatra on the Studebaker stage is CJO guest vocalist Paul Marinaro, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today.”
Backing Marinaro for this one night only, live recreation of “Sinatra at the Sands” is the CJO ensemble boasting the top jazz musicians in all of Chicago: Scott Burns, Jerry DiMuzio, Bill Overton, Eric Schneider and John Wojciechowski on saxophone; Art Davis, Victor Garcia and Doug Scharf on trumpet; Steve Duncan, Tom Garling, Luke Malewicz and Michael Young on trombone; Dan Trudell on piano; Dennis Carroll on bass; George Fludas on drums; and Michael Pettersen on guitar.
Founded in 1978, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra is the city’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. As recently as 2015, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich cited the CJO as “one of the best big bands in the country.”
Paul Marinaro has become one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists, taking “his place among the top five male jazz singers active today” (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene). Earlier this month the Tribune’s Howard Reich also singled out a 2013 Jazz Showcase performance by Marinaro as one of the 40 most unforgettable shows he has covered in 40 years.
He frequently plays sold-out engagements in Chicago’s world-famous venues, including the Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and at his highly acclaimed debut appearance at The Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. His have been named as the “Best Performances of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune in both 2013 and 2014, and his performances sold out on both his west and east coast debuts.
In 2013, Marinaro celebrated his widely acclaimed debut album Without a Song, a carefully crafted concept album stemming from and inspired by his father’s unfulfilled dream to have been a professional singer. Without a Song has gone on to receive widespread acclaim and national airplay, and was named among the “Best of 2013” in the Chicago Tribune. His first live album, One Night in Chicago, was released in 2015.
Swing to the opening number of “Sinatra at the Sands” – “Come Fly with Me”
ABOUT THE CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Click here or the image above for this photo of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (chicagojazzorchestra.org) strives to develop and promote an appreciation for and understanding of music for the American jazz orchestra as it was originally conceived, performed and recorded by jazz master composers and soloists.
When Jeff Lindberg and the late Steve Jensen first came up with their big band concept in 1978 (founded as the Jazz Members Big Band), they could not have predicted the remarkable metamorphosis that has turned a group of first-call musicians into what is now known as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece premiere jazz ensemble that has garnered both national and international recognition.
Click here or the image above for this photo of CJO Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg.
Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is one of the foremost transcribers in jazz. As a result, the orchestra’s repertoire draws upon his vast library including the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles. Because the CJO has its own transcriptions of the original recordings, much of the music in its concerts cannot be heard anywhere else. The CJO also performs compositions and arrangements by CJO members, including Associate Artistic Director Charles Harrison.
The CJO served as the resident orchestra for the Kennedy Center Honors Supper Dance for more than 25 years. In 2006, the Orchestra performed before a sold-out audience at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The CJO has toured Europe twice, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden. The Orchestra has performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Jack McDuff, Kenny Burrell, Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill, Walter White, Joshua Redman and many more.
The orchestra performs at a wide variety of top venues across the Chicago area, from The Green Mill, to City Winery, to the Spertus Institute. Merit School of Music is the orchestra’s educational partner, including day-long clinics that culminate with students performing alongside members of the CJO, master classes led by renowned guest artists and open rehearsals. The CJO also provides complimentary concert tickets to underserved public school students and their families.
The CJO’s recordings include Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music, 2004), nominated “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalist’s Association, and a rare “Five Star” rating by DownBeat magazine, which also named it one of the top recordings of the previous decade. It also made the annual “top CD’s” lists of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Times and Jazz Education Journal. To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2013, the CJO released Burstin’ Out with vocalist Cyrille Aimée performing classic and original jazz arrangements. The CJO’s newest release is the 2017 compilation Live from Space, with live recordings from the summer of 2016.
CJO’s 2017-18 season finale, also at the Studebaker, is A CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands” featuring Paul Marinaro, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Sit back and enjoy this live recreation of the famous 1966 “Sinatra at the Sands” performance, long considered to be the definitive live album of his career. The Chicago Tribune hailed CJO guest vocalist Paul Marinaro as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today.” Don’t miss this chance to travel back in time, one-night-only, to revisit a true classic.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s 2017-18 season is supported by The Stare Fund, The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and The Saints of Chicago, with media sponsorship from WDCB 90.9 FM, DownBeat Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine.
For more information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.

Spring Fun With Events For All Ages!

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
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It’s (slowly) getting warmer out, and there are more cultural events and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From book talks and signings, to film screenings, to exhibits, music, and more, there’s something for everyone on our website!  Below are just a few of the highlights:

This Thursday, April 19 from 7 – 9:30 pm, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center hosts La Máquina Insular, highlighting the Puerto Rican street corner musical tradition of Plena. This musical event features an all-ages discussion followed by a performance by the artist. This event is part of Borinken Me Llama a series of collaborative events that explores the Puerto Rican experience. Click here for a full list of events! Free; donation suggested.
On Saturday, April 28 from 5 – 7 pm, the Swedish American Museum invites families to Endangered Animals! What’s a Kid to do?, a theatrical presentation on threatened animal habitats and positive ways children can help save them. This educational program features audience participation and is sure to be fun for all ages. Free.
 
Read on for more events, and be sure to visit the full listing!
Book Talks
Vin Lakay: Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr.
Saturday, April 21 from 12 – 1:30 pmHaitian American Museum of Chicago
4654 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640The Haitian American Museum of Chicago invites you to a children’s book reading featuring Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr., author of books like Haiti: The First Black Republic.» Learn more
Book Talk: Appointment with Yesterday
Sunday, April 22 from 2 – 4 pmNational Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661Join the National Hellenic Museum for a discussion of the book Appointment With Yesterday, a story set on an island in the eastern Aegean.$15; $10 for NHM members» Learn more
Carnegie’s Maid: Book Signing
Wednesday, April 25 from 7 – 8 pmIrish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630The Irish American Heritage Center hosts author Marie Benedict for a reading and signing of her book Carnegie’s Maid.Free» Learn more


Music & Dance
Stammtisch – Karaoke
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pmDANK Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625Join the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center for a fun night of karaoke and more.Free admission» Learn more

Stomping Grounds
Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 – 9 pmIrish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630The Irish American Heritage Center hosts STOMPING GROUNDS, a dance performance featuring the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater.Tickets $5» Learn more

 
Audio Overdose
Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 pmAmerican Indian Center of Chicago
3401 W. Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60625Join the American Indian Center of Chicago for Audio Overdose, an evening of music, discussion, and more. Bring three songs to share and a story of why you selected those particular songs.» Learn more
 

Film & More
Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Life Story
Saturday, April 21 from 2 – 4 pmChinese American Museum of Chicago
238 W. 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616The Chinese American Museum of Chicago hosts filmmaker Rick Quan for a screening of his documentary “Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story”, highlighting Dorothy Toy Fong, legendary Asian American dancer.» Learn more
Comic Exhibit Lecture ft. Artist Mike Centeno
Thursday, April 26 at 7 pmSwedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640Join the Swedish American Museum for a talk with cartoonist Mike Centeno – and check out current exhibit “Outside the Lines: From Sweden to Chicago”.Admission $4» Learn more

 
The Empowerment Project: Screening and Panel
Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 – 8:30 pmWeWork Kinzie
20 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654The Muslim American Leadership Alliance invites you to a screening of documentary The Empowerment Project and a panel discussion on women’s leadership in Chicago.Tickets $10» Learn more

 

The Ed Paschke Art Center Presents Tim Anderson

Posted by Admin On April - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Chicago (April 21, 2018 to September 09, 2018) The Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC)

“This is not a replica of my studio, it is a window into it. These are the pieces that fill the space and keep it in balance.”   -Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson lives and works in Chicago. Anderson has exhibited continuously since 1978 in Chicago and internationally. Anderson is one of the founders of “The Coldhouse Group”, that in 1987 initiated a new and successful exhibition concept by using abandoned cold storage warehouses and rail terminals slated for demolition as temporary exhibition halls. These shows led to an international exchange of art and artists.

 

In 1989, he started exhibiting his paintings in Europe and continues to do so today. From these travels, he has meticulously researched and referenced his subject matter. Anderson’s fascination with the portrait as subject matter elevates his themes to a direct confrontation with humanity. Tim Anderson is a portrait painter because faces move him. He captures the essence of his subject’s character and likeness in works that range from realistic to abstract.

 

“This unique reimagining of Anderson’s studio features original artwork, objects from his personal collection, and source material that inspires him”, said Vesna K. Stelcer, Director, Ed Paschke Art Center. In a 1998 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ed Paschke described Anderson as an “observer, having a sharp eye for detail; everything is in depth with Tim, nothing is superficial.” A mentee and friend of Ed Paschke, it echoes that of Paschke’s Howard Street Studio, displayed within EPAC’s permanent collection galleries.

 

Anderson’s transformation of the gallery into an open studio gives viewers the chance to trace his creativity from headspace to workspace.

 

Image Credit:

Steve by Tim Anderson: 15 x 15 inches Oil on Canvas.

CBS “Code Black” Star to Host Black Film Festival

Posted by Admin On April - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
CBS “Code Black” star, William Allen Young to host Film Festivals opening night gala celebrating diversity in Hollywood


The 24th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase — one of the best short film festivals in the country — opens April 27-29, 2018 celebrating the work of diverse filmmakers.


Award-winning actor, William Allen Young of the CBS hit, Code Black

Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) — On Friday, April 27, 2018, award-winning actor, William Allen Young of the CBS hit show Code Black, will host the opening gala celebration, “A Great Day in Black Hollywood” at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center to kick off the 24th Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase held April 28 – 29, 2018 by The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC).

The popular gala honors diverse leading and legendary professionals, as well as the filmmakers selected for the 2018 S.E. Manly Film Showcase (“SEMSFS”), one of the top short film festivals in the industry. In fact, some of the filmmakers who have had their shorts exhibited at the SEMSFS, as they were launching their now extraordinary careers include: Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler; Oscar-nominated writer-director of Mudbound, Dee Rees and writing-directing icon Gina Prince-Bythewood.

While the SEMSFS puts the spotlight on up and coming talent, the opening gala that Young is hosting recognizes those already established in the business. The 2018 Class of Honorees are: revered ABC executive Tim McNeal, recipient of the Community Service Award; sound editing legend, Bobbi Banks, recipient of The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement; famed location manager Kokayi Ampah, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and renowned humanitarians, Charisse Bremond Weaver and George Weaver, who are jointly receiving the President’s Award.

Though Young is presiding over an awards gala bestowing accolades on luminaries in the business, he, too, has been an illustrious standout in entertainment. A graduate of USC’s acclaimed School of Dramatic Arts he’s starred in over 100 television, stage and feature projects, including the Oscar-nominated films, District 9 and A Soldier’s Story. Among his television projects are Emmy-winning and Emmy-nominated TV series and TV-movies, such as: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Good Luck Charlie; Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (starring Glenn Close); and The Women of Brewster Place (starring Oprah Winfrey). Notwithstanding, his current series Code Black – where he stars as “Dr. Rollie Guthrie” – is a People’s Choice Award drama series nominee. And of course, he’s also lauded for his groundbreaking portrayal of “Frank Mitchell”, the tough-but-loving father on the hit TV series, Moesha. In addition, Young is a director and member of the DGA (where he’s served as a Co-Chair of the DGA’s African American Steering Committee), as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the American Film Institute.

“We are proud to have William Allen Young join again as our Host for our Opening Celebration,” said BHERC Founder and President, Sandra Evers-Manly. “William is not only a gifted actor he is a treasured Humanitarian who gives so much to the community.” Indeed, the Washington D.C. born/South Central Los Angeles-raised Young – also a Ford Foundation Freedom Unsung Award recipient – has maintained his connection to the community through his non-profit, the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment. It has created opportunities for thousands of underserved youths to obtain a college degree and become successful business and community leaders. Students from over 250 schools have participated in the organization’s award-winning programs and its alumni have been accepted at over 80 U.S. colleges and universities to date.

Similar to the mission of Young’s nonprofit to help youth, the SEMSFS seeks to help aspiring filmmakers achieve their dreams of a careers in the industry. As one of the first film festivals to screen diverse short films more than two decades ago, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase continues to provide an opportunity for the artistry of emerging African American and diverse Filmmakers by hosting this annual festival. Over 60 Films are screened in blocks with a moderated Q & A with directors, cast and crew at the end of each block and provides the audience insight and a chance to engage in the dialogue.

Though the gala takes place at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, the SEMSFS takes place at the Raleigh Studios on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2018. Films are screened on both days from 10 am until 10 pm. The BHERC Youth Diversity Short Film Festival, featuring young aspiring filmmakers of tomorrow from local arts organizations and High, as well as communities across the country takes place Saturday morning, 9 am to Noon beginning with breakfast. This portion of the Festival is Free to the Public. Sunday Morning, Films With A Purpose hosts the LA Premier of “21 and Done”. The untold story of youth aging out of the foster care system. This special event features a post-screening Q and A session with the filmmakers followed by Brunch. Closing the Festivities on Sunday night includes the classic Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m. The costs include: Opening Night Festivities $55 (at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016); a pass for a block of films is only $15 for students with ID and $20 for the general public; All Day Pass is $50; “21 and Done” Premier is $25; Closing Night Reception is $25 (Soul Food & Film); and the Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) is $150.

To purchase tickets and for the complete schedule, please visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170. To attend the Film Festival consider riding LA Metro – GO METRO: Take the Metro Local Line 10/48 to Melrose Ave. & Van Ness. Raleigh Studios is right across the bus stop on Melrose Avenue. Plan your trip on metro.net or call 323.GO. METRO (323-466-3876).

Photo Caption: Award-winning actor, William Allen Young of the CBS hit, Code Black

8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Why the 8th Ward Needs Linda Hudson as Alderman

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Project_MontclareBy Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Smart people always know how to take the high road, not the low road. This is why it is important to not fight about things we don’t want, but focus on what we need. Many complain and voice their complaints with anger when the energy should be focused on strategy and solutions. Many lose their patience at forums that are not focused on strategy and resolution. It’s too much wasted energy being angry. Like the saying goes, “Don’t get mad. Get smart.”

I’m not going to dwell on the past when the current 8th Ward alderman tried to get a Marijuana Medical Clinic in the community stealth mode, until a woman with much more interest in the community and its preservation and revitalization was monitoring City Hall and the Zoning Department updates for the community.

I won’t talk about how the same 8th Ward alderman is now up to the same old tricks by trying to sneak another project into the community – a one and two bedroom low income housing project aligned with Pill Hill homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of those homes were built by families that still occupy them.

There were conversations detailing what could be built in the area and zoning changes put in place to maintain its environment of single family homes and businesses. However,  now the 8th Ward wants to rezone property meant for single family homes and businesses to accommodate a behemoth of a building

While I support looking out for the welfare of our seniors, taking away valuable property meant for businesses to populate Stony Island Avenue and keep it vital is deplorable. Certainly, there are other areas, especially along east 95th that are long overdue for improvement, and there are strip malls, a pharmacy and restaurants in walking distance on the business side of the street. Further, if that office is supposed to be proud of this project as stated by the 8th Ward Alderman during last week’s community meeting, I find it interesting that this is not featured on the home page of the Alderman’s website, but others are. They want to turn a quiet family friendly area into a transient community.

Project_MontclarePerhaps, it was a convenient oversight. Hmm, your most proud accomplishment you worked really hard on after 12 years of sitting in a seat unopposed, and feel people should have “a little more faith” in you with a history of lacking transparency, being deceptive and obviously some personal agendas.

While the community sleeps, deals are being made on their behalf. Hey Pill Hill, did you know there is a 200 person waiting list already for a project in your area in phase 2 for a 134 unit with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a 7 story building for ages 62 (site currently states 55 and up) and up “but they are allowed to have guests”? This building will be located at 94th and Stony Island, prime business real estate. Some apartments (PRA) will be paying as low as 30% of their income. “A portion of this project is subsidized by CHA to assist independent seniors through the Property Rental Assistance.”

“All residents must pass a criminal background check,” but not their visitors and potential sublets don’t. The features and amenities in the building are for the residents, not the community. Phase one must have slipped under the radar. Phase 2 would have also slipped under the radar, too, if not for a very active community activist named Linda Hudson.

Wake up people! We can’t continue to let things go business as usual. If you don’t believe the community is rotting, take a look at the businesses along a once vibrant and booming avenue. Stony Island Avenue leads into Bishop Ford Highway on the South end and Lake Shore Drive on the North. What other streets in the city can claim that!? The Alderman moves under the radar unopposed making light of peoples’ fears with jokes and sarcasm, is not the answer Alderman, especially when you have a history of this. It’s like trolling the community, and it further shows the lack of recognizing valid concerns, fears and input from the community.

Is a candidate that runs unopposed necessarily best for the community, especially if they feel grandmothered into a position? Is business as usual the best for a once booming community that flourished and now appears run down with uncared for structures, many terrible pothole streets and a neglected business area. Why would a Dunkin’ Donut be allowed to build at the edge of a parking lot with traffic obstructed and backed up daily off Stony Island when it could have taken advantage of some of the vacant property on the avenue with room for expansion? The right businesses increase property value.

Project_MontclarePerhaps, businesses should have been pursued to take on the so called “swamp lands.” There were businesses there before that included restaurants and a motel.  Another concern is the public verbal spanking of black contractors the Alderman gave and why they aren’t included on jobs, and how training courses had to be given to them to teach them things they did not know. Really, Alderman?  You are going to single out Black contractors as a whole, and talk about them not being suitable? I find it hard to believe there are no qualified Black people available to take on those projects professionally.

Does that mean I should avoid giving work to any Black contractor I come in contact with in Chicago?

At your so-called informational meeting, all of this was done in front of the non-black developers and police officers in the room. Lazy, uneducated black stereotypes were being perpetuated in front of guests, the very people involved with the development of the 7 story monstrosity with a price tag of $38.6 million dollars that will be looking over Pill Hill backyards and homes.

When a concerned resident said she lived on the property line where the building was being built and that she was concerned about her privacy.  I heard someone shout. “They won’t see much.” Guess they never heard of a telescopes and binoculars. I would be very concerned if I had children living on property where people can watch them from their windows. At that height lives can be easily monitored.

Press the play button below for a sound bite from the last 8th Ward alderman meeting to hear what the current alderman had to say about “black people.”

It was also mentioned that a certain ward didn’t want the Kroc (McDonald’s!) center, and they found an alternative space in another ward. I could not help but wonder why efforts weren’t focused on pursuing that center by the 8th Ward alderman for education and business empowerment of the community to serve many, instead of a few. Why didn’t the 8th Ward fight to get the Kroc community center? The area has needed a community center for decades. Why aren’t the young people, especially teens being provided safe places to go hangout after school and during the weekends to learn things like economic empowerment, crafts, physical fitness, sports, business, etc.? They are the future of the community.

If you are a citizen concerned about an area once zoned for single family homes and businesses being changed to include this building, show up at the next zoning meeting scheduled for April.

Linda Hudson, Concerned Citizen and Community Activist

Linda Hudson, Concerned Citizen and Community Activist was in the audience asking questions.

“Energy flows where attention goes.” So I will not focus all of my energy on what people in the community do or do not want. I’d rather focus on what the community needs, and that is an 8th Ward alderman that understands the importance of transparency, honesty and really assessing what the community wants and needs without focusing on gossip and rumors, jokingly wasting time instead of easing trouble minds that have good reason to be troubled. That’s what secrecy and lack of communications brings about. We need a person that won’t make fun of their community, but inform them.

Our youth, especially the overlooked teenagers, are very important to this community. Many of them vote too. Give our young people a place to socialize and learn things about business startups, incubators, activities that include recreation, fitness, education outside of school like other neighborhoods and stores and restaurants like the ones they frequent outside of the community so they can buy and put money back into the community. They shouldn’t have to go downtown, south suburbs, north or Hyde Park to find mentors, coaches, prospective project team members, business partners, etc. and to have a good time. What can the 8th Ward provide for these young people to learn how to hold on to the homes in their community, maintain the ones handed down by their parents and provide for their future?

We need someone that knows joking sarcastically about gossip and making fun of people as a platform to stay in office is not good strategy. It makes them look petty and unprofessional to entertain rumors and have an easily bent ear. We need someone that knows that behavior and the aforementioned are unacceptable, and that is why we need Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman. “It’s Time for Change that benefits the community as a whole, and not a few!

Elect Linda Hudson for Chicago 8th Ward Alderman

Elect Linda Hudson for Chicago 8th Ward Alderman

 

 

Black Women’s Roundtable Release its Fifth Annual Report on Status of Black Women, “Time For Power Shift”

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Report Sites Progress, Accomplishments,  Potential and Challenges for Black Women in 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, March 28th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will close out Women’s History Month and Black Women’s Week, by hosting a tele-briefing to release its Fifth Annual Black Women in the U.S. Report, which assesses the challenges, triumphs and overall contemporary condition of Black women in the United States in 2018. This year’s report is entitled “Time for a Power Shift” and takes an in-depth look at the issue of power and exactly where Black women fall socially, politically, economically, spiritually and health-wise.
Key findings from this year’s report include:
  • Black Women Shifting Their Power
  • When It Comes to Politics, the Power of Black Women is on the Rise
  • Electoral Successes Prove Black Women Can Win Anywhere
  • In 2018, Black Women Can Make Political History
  • Despite Gains, Black Women are Not Without Political Challenges
  • The Power of Black Women’s Leadership is Significantly Curtailed in the Corporate World
  • Black Women Especially Vulnerable Within the Criminal Justice System
  • Black Women Immigrants and Their Families Have Been Uniquely Targeted in the Trump Era
  • The Power of Black Women’s Push for Social Justice Remains
  • Black Women Are Still the Foundation of Black Family Financial Power
  • Entrepreneurship Seen as the Conduit to Greater Economic Power for Black Women
  • Black Women Venture Capitalists Flex Their Economic Power to Help Close the Venture Capital Funding Gap
  • Black Women Still Lack the Power to Live Free from Violence, Health Challenges and in Full Autonomy of Their Own Bodies
  • Black Women Lean on Spiritual Power to Make Magic Happen
Melanie L. Campbell, President/CEO of the NCBCP and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, states, “The annual BWR Report provides the NCBCP and Black Women’s Roundtable with a vehicle to actualize our commitment to ensuring Black women and girls’ voices and stories are elevated in the public sphere. This year, the report is laser focused on showcasing Black women’s intergenerational and diverse leadership, expertise and unique perspectives on the issue of building and sustaining power to achieve a higher quality of life for Black women, our families and communities.”
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, the BWR Report’s editor-in-chief, shares, “We find ourselves at a very precarious moment in our nation’s history, and Black women understand what’s at stake. They’ve stepped up in bold and tangible ways to not only be the drivers of change but to wield the levers of power themselves like never before.”
For media outlets interested in hearing a live presentation of the key findings of the 2018 BWR Report and its significance, please join the Black Women’s Roundtable Tele-Press Conference, at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 28th, by calling the press briefing teleconference phone number at (701) 801-1211 and enter 757553026#.The BWR Report will be presented to the press by Ms. Campbell, Dr. Jones-DeWeever and several contributors to the 2018 BWR Report.
 
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

 

Common, Danny Glover, Andrew Young, Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights, Labor and Faith Leaders to Launch “I AM 2018” Movement in Memphis

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Tens of Thousands Expected to Descend Upon City April 2-4 to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Sanitation Strike and Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memphis, TN – As the nation grapples with deep racial and economic injustices and inequality in communities from coast to coast, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Church of God in Christ (COGIC) are launching a national effort to ensure that the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers lives on with a new generation of activists. With the goal of advancing labor and civil rights and tackling issues plaguing low-income communities nationwide, from April 2 to April 4, the I AM 2018 campaign will transform Memphis into the birthplace of a new political movement and aggressive voter education and civic engagement program to mobilize turnout for the 2018 elections and beyond.

On April 2-4, 2018 – 50 years to the day Dr. King was assassinated – the country’s most prominent civil rights, faith, labor, entertainment and other leaders will hold first-of-its-kind trainings, mobilization and commemoration activities across the city, including at Mason Temple COGIC, the site of Dr. King’s final, prophetic “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech.

During this first week of April, faith, civil rights and labor leaders from AFSCME, COGIC and other civic organizations will help train hundreds of “I AM 2018” Dream Corps activists to kick off a new nationwide voter education and civic engagement program. At a Youth Town Hall, attending activists and leaders at the forefront of fights for economic and racial justice will discuss issues concerning urban youth and make plans for November and elections in the future.

Alongside these trainings, prominent journalists, academics, community leaders and subject experts will join a three-day Mountaintop Conference featuring panels on criminal justice reform, minority youth education, the future of American workers and the intersection of labor, faith and civil rights.

“I AM 2018 isn’t just a reflection on the past; it’s a call to action for the future. Dr. King and the Memphis strikers knew that you can’t achieve economic justice without racial justice,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. “And yet, 50 years after Dr. King’s Mountaintop speech, working people are still fighting those same fights. We’re embarking on a historic partnership with COGIC to build and grow a network of trained, energized activists, connecting our generation’s struggles with the unfinished work of the heroes of Memphis: Dr. King, the Memphis strikers and the faith leaders who stepped up together to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.”

“On the evening of April 3, 1968, Dr. King stood in the pulpit of Mason Temple and declared ‘We, as a people, will get to the promised land.’ Less than 24 hours later, he was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that watershed moment,” said COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. “In April, together with AFSCME, we are telling the world that it must come together to fight poverty and prejudice and advance the freedom of all people as we never have before.”

“I AM 2018” events in Memphis will include:

* April 2 & 3 (All Day) – Dream Corp Activist Training, @Mason Temple, 930 Mason St.
* April 2 (11:00 am to 6:30 pm, CST) – Mountaintop Conference Day 1 @Mason Temple: Opening remarks by COGIC Bishop Charles Blake, Sr. and AFSCME President Lee Saunders. Also, panel discussions featuring Ambassador Andrew Young and American Federation of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten, among others.
* April 3 (8:00 am to 12:30 pm, CST) – Mountaintop Conference Day 2 @Mason Temple: Panelists include actor Danny Glover, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike organizer, William Lucy, several original 1968 Strikers and TV ONE news personality Roland Martin.
* April 3 (10:30 am to 2:00 pm, CST) – Youth Town Hall @Greater White Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 912 S. Wellington, St.: Among the panelists are actor Hill Harper and journalist Angela Rye.
* April 3 (6:00 pm to 8:50 pm, CST) – Mountaintop Speech Commemoration @Mason Temple: Among the featured speakers are Martin Luther King III, Dr. Bernice King, Bishop Blake and AFSCME President Saunders.
* April 4 (8:00 am to 11:00 am) – 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers Kick-Off Rally @AFSCME Local 1733, 485 Beale St.: Performers and speakers include, Common, Sheila E., MC Lyte, NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson, Bishop Blake and AFSCME President Saunders.
* April 4 (11:00 am to 12:00 pm) – 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers Commemorative March to Mason Temple.
* April 4 (12:00 pm to 1:30 pm) – 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers Culminating Moment @Mason Temple: Featured speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

* April 4 (2:00 pm to 5:30 pm) – Urban Initiatives Training @Mason Temple.

For a complete list of events and activities, go to: https://iam2018.org/event/.

Over the past few weeks, activists, elected officials, students, workers and other leaders in the “I AM 2018” campaign have been organizing and building support for their work this year and beyond. On February 1, more than 70 cities observed a coordinated Moment of Silence to honor Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker who were crushed to death in 1968 and sparked the strike of 1,300 fellow workers that brought Dr. King to Memphis.

On February 24, two days before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a case that could threaten workers’ rights, thousands of working people, civil rights, labor leaders and families flooded the streets of every major city to demand freedom from want and hate and call for the U.S. to unrig its broken political and economic systems. Since then, college students and other young filmmakers have been submitting videos that connect Dr. King’s fight for justice to today’s movements for social change. The winning submissions, judged by Hans Charles, Dorian Parks, co-founder of Geeks of Color, and award-winning filmmakers Madeleine Hunt Erlich and Shahin Izadi will be screened at Mason Temple on April 3rd.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is one of the oldest and largest Pentecostal denominations in the world with churches in 87 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is a union of 1.6 million public service workers.

Kool & the Gang and The Commodores Live at Grand Victoria Casino on July 4th

Posted by Admin On March - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Grand Victoria Casino Presents Kool & the Gan The Commodores at Festival Park (adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino), 250 S Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL, July 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Doors open at 5:00 pm, Fireworks following the show

 

Advance ticket prices start at $35

Food & beverages available for purchase at the concert.

Tickets on sale at gvctickets.com

Tickets go on sale 10 AM on Monday, April 2nd at gvctickets.com

Free valet and self-parking available

Short walk from Metra’s MD-W National Street Stop

 

Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 45 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

 

In 1964 Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, they went through various names – The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, Kool & The Flames – before settling on their moniker. Over the next several years, they solidified their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene, supporting acts like Bill Cosby, Ritchie Havens and Richard Pryor. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements, and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single, Kool and the Gang.

 

In 1969 Kool & The Gang released their self-titled debut album. It was the introduction to a theme, music is the message, that Kool & The Gang stands by today. The instrumental album was an expression of their deep love of music. It was also an introduction to their signature sound and the fierce horn arrangements created by Khalis, Dee Tee, and Spike. Their debut album spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single Kool and the Gang and later Let The Music Take Your Mind.

 

In 1970, their audacious sophomore set Live At The Sex Machine peaked at #6 on Billboard’s R&B chart and yielded three hit singles: Funky Man, Who’s Gonna Take The Weight and I Want To Take You Higher. Next came The Best Of Kool & The Gang Featuring The Penguin, Kool & The Gang Live at PJ’s, Music Is The Message, and Good Times, all of which helped solidify a sound that wowed not only fans but such contemporaries as James Brown and Nina Simone.

 

The band’s stellar reputation grew with each album, but 1973’s gold disc Wild & Peaceful took Kool & The Gang to another level (#6 R&B, #33 Pop), spurred by the immortal party anthems Funky Stuff, Hollywood Swinging and the platinum smash Jungle Boogie. Hits like Higher Plane (#1 R&B), the classic Summer Madness (featured on the Grammy-winning movie soundtrack Rocky) and LPs Spirit of the Boogie, Love & Understanding and Open Sesame followed. The latter’s title track was featured on the top-selling movie soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever, earning the group their second Grammy.

 

In 1979, Kool & The Gang unveiled a smooth new sound with Ladies Night. Produced by the legendary Pop/Jazz musician Eumir Deodato, it became their first platinum album. The #1 R&B title track also reached #8 at Pop. It was followed by Too Hot (#3 R&B, #5 Pop). The ’80s would see them dominate the mainstream, starting with the double platinum-selling album Celebrate (driven by the international monster hit Celebration, which spent six weeks atop the R&B chart and became a #1 Pop single). Celebration, which played as the American hostages returned from Iran, remains de rigueur at joyous occasions worldwide. The smashes Get Down On It, Take My Heart, Let’s Go Dancing, Joanna, Tonight, Misled, the #1 R&B, #2 Pop giant Cherish and the #1 R&B anthem Fresh (these last three from the multi-platinum LP Emergency) solidified the group’s international superstardom. Kool & the Gang landed global commercial endorsements, supported countless charitable causes and were the only American group to participate in Band Aid’s 1984 Do They Know It’s Christmas project for famine victims in Africa.

 

With the explosion of hip-hop in the ’90s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves made them DJ favorites, and they were second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap-music samples.

 

The band re-entered the Billboard R&B chart with 2006’s Steppin’ Into Love. In 2006, Kool & The Gang received the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman Award for lifetime achievement in record sales. Kool & The Gang remains one of the most active touring bands, performing hundreds of shows every year to packed audiences of new and old fans around the world.

The Commodores

 

For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. The Commodores aren’t just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song “Brick House,” the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge. After churning out hit after hit in the Motown days, the Commodores still hadn’t achieved Grammy recognition. This wasn’t to be until 1986, without Lionel Richie, when the Commodores released “Nightshift”.

 

In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskeegee University. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, The Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On,” the Commodores became proven artists. They proved it then. They proved it in 1986 with “Nightshift,” and now they are ready to prove it again.

 

Unlike many other groups, the Commodores haven’t rested on their early hits. Quite the contrary, the Commodores have continued to put out quality work. With the creation of their new label, the Commodores released Commodores Hits Vol. I, Commodores Hits Vol. II, Commodores Christmas, and Commodores XX – No Tricks. The newest CD “Commodores Live” was recorded during the groups 1997 U.S. tour and released in December 1998 along with a TV special. The Commodores believe in their work, but they are not the only ones:

 

The successful Commodores of the present have not only produced six new albums and embarked upon a world-wide tour, but have created their own record label, Commodores Records & Entertainment. Today, The Commodores stand not only as talented and successful musicians, but as artists determined to continue their success into the future.

 

Located on the scenic Fox River, Grand Victoria Casino features over 1,100 slot machines and a wide variety of table games that include blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker, and Baccarat; as well as a poker room dealing live Texas Hold’em.   Grand Victoria features award-winning dining at four restaurants: Prime BurgerHouse, Buckinghams Steakhouse & Lounge, Crave Deli (open 24/7), and Indulge Show Kitchen Buffet, a unique buffet experience that integrates live action cooking with freshly made gourmet cuisine.  Indulge features six micro-restaurants in one: American Comfort, Latin, Mediterranean, Asian, Salad and Pastry.  For more information, visit grandvictoriacasino.com.

 

 

Backlash Erupts Over Diddy and Jay-Zs New “Buy Black” App

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Diddy and Jay-Z

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — A huge social media backlash has erupted over comments by P Diddy that he and Jay-Z are looking into developing a ‘Buy Black’ app.

In a GQ article titled, Diddy Opens up About Biggie’s Death and the Secret Project, the hip-hop icon reveals he’s working with Jay-Z on an app that will allow users to look at a given city or neighborhood and see where the black-owned and black-friendly businesses are.

Although Diddy also spoke about Biggie’s death in the article, it was his comments about the app that stirred up a lot of emotions and generated a flood of responses. Many social media users highlighted that there were already several ‘Buy Black’ app solutions. And the latter is true.

iPhone and Android users are not short on options in the Google and iTunes stores when it comes to “Buy Black” apps, which means that Diddy and Jay-Z’s idea is nothing new. In fact, one app that’s already bridging the spending gap for not only black owned businesses but other minority groups is Spendwith (available for free in the iTunes and Google Play app stores).

Touted as culture-based social shopping app, Spendwith empowers users to crowdsource the commerce-related social media posts of businesses and brands, and identify these post by cultural identity. The app provides a place where users can save these posts to shopping lists, create new posts, share shopping lists and connect with other users.

Responding to the revelation of the app development by the Hip-Hop icons, CEO and Co-Founder of Spendwith, Jibril Sulaiman, said: “I agree with the backlash, Diddy and Jay-Z should take look at what Naz has done with Queensbridge Ventures, and use an extension of their celebrity status to galvanize investments in solutions like Spendwith to help support black businesses and brands.”

Diddy’s motivation for wanting to develop the app is to actively move the black race forward. But Sulaiman has a better idea how the celebrity could use his resources to help blacks gain economic power through an app. He said, “Don’t build it yourself. Create a seed/pre-seed stage investment firm that invests in that black tech company that will in turn scale their innovative solution.”

Aside from social media users underscoring the fact there were already many buy black apps. There were also questions. Questions like, ‘Why not an app for women or Latinos?’

“I think many people on social media have valid point,” said Sulaiman. “I realized during my time working for a local African American chamber of commerce that many groups, not just black people have initiatives to support businesses and brands based on cultural or demographic identity. Spendwith addresses this concern by providing an app empowers its users to highlight businesses and brands of many cultures and demographics.”

Pointing out the irrelevance of another “Buy Black” app as well as opportunities to partner with a brand that achieves far much more, Sulaiman said, “Diddy, what if people in Africa wanted to use your app in a largely black continent? They couldn’t, but they’d be able to use Spendwith because we allow users to identify business and brands by TRIBE and other region specific identifiers.”

For further information about Spendwith, or for investment inquiries visit: www.spendwith.in


About Spendwith:
Spendwith is an early stage, pre-revenue startup that’s focused on the success of the thousands of e-commerce shops & physical businesses started by Asian-American, Black, Latino, LGBT, Muslim, Jewish, Veteran & Women business owners. Posts relating to the products and services offered by these businesses and brands occur daily on every social media platform. They curate, organize and categorize these posts into a shoppable format with the help of the crowd.

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