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World Premiere of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story Kicks Off Hyde Park School of Dance’s 25th Anniversary Season

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) celebrates its home base—Hyde Park—and its hometown—Chicago—with a world premiere to kick off its 25th anniversary season: Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story. Performances are June 15–17, 2018 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amira is the story of a young girl forced to leave her native country without her mother, arriving in Chicago and struggling to make a home in Hyde Park. The story follows the events of the traditional Cinderella story, leading to a Masked Ball in Hyde Park and a young man who becomes smitten with Amira. When she runs away at midnight, he and his friends search various Chicago neighborhoods trying to find her—Little India, downtown, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park—until they meet at a place that is special to both of them.

“Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story celebrates Chicago’s South Side and its diverse neighborhoods, as well as the perseverance of immigrants to make a home in a new place,” commented Tye. “We also hope to provide positive images of young girls as strong, smart, and capable.”

The cast includes more than 130 dancers age seven to adult. Tye is directing the production and collaborating with seven HPSD faculty members to create the choreography. Tye is also working closely with Costume Designer Jacquelyn Sanders on this modern Cinderella story and professional photographer Damien Thompson to create projection scenery featuring the neighborhoods of Chicago.

University of Chicago Lab School senior Olivia Issa, who is performing the title role in two of the four performances, is also involved in a special feature of the costumes. “Olivia is thrilled to combine her love of dance and her curiosity and drive for computer coding to help create Amira’s magical gown, which will light up, and the glowing fireflies for her transition into her ball costume,” said Tye.

Hyde Park School of Dance – History
Tye founded Hyde Park School of Dance in 1993, after the School of Chicago Ballet, where she had been teaching, closed its doors. Starting with two teachers, an accompanist, and 30 students in one studio, HPSD has grown to a staff of 38 part-time faculty, accompanists, and administrators; more than 500 students; and 100+ hours of weekly instruction in four studios at three neighborhood locations. During the past 25 years, Hyde Park School of Dance has grown and prospered, while remaining true to its commitment to Training, Performance, and Community.August Tye
Before coming to Chicago in 1991 to teach at the School of Chicago Ballet, under the direction of prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, Tye performed with the Kalamazoo Ballet Company. She is a two-time recipient of the Monticello Choreographers Award and has choreographed for companies throughout the country. She has performed with Joel Hall Dancers, Salt Creek Ballet, and Second City Ballet. Tye started at Lyric Opera as a dancer in Un ballo in maschera during the 1992–93 season. Since then, she has worked on more than 38 productions as dancer, choreographer, or ballet mistress. Her credits include remounting the choreography of Lyric’s Iphigénie en Tauride at San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and remounting Lyric’s Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. She is thrilled to make her Dallas Opera debut in April 2018 as the original choreographer for Bob Falls’ Lyric production of Don Giovanni. Tye met her husband, opera singer Wilbur Pauley, when they appeared together in Lyric’s 1994 production of Candide. They were married in 1998 and have three children—all of whom will dance in Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story.

Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story takes place Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, June 16 at 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago.
Tickets, which go on sale May 8, are $25 for adult general admission seating,
$20 for seniors (ages 65+), $15 for children ages six through 18 and
students of all ages with ID, and free (ticket required) for children five and younger.
Tickets and information are available at773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org/tickets.

Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as The Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. Through high quality training and performance, HPSD’s goal is to cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind and character that will benefit students throughout their lives. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, the faculty is committed to helping children experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work and collaboration in a supportive and nurturing environment that values healthy bodies.

2018’s Best & Worst States for Nurses: WalletHub

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From: Diana Popa


With National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.

In order to help new nursing graduates find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.

The Nursing Market in Illinois (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 16th – Monthly Avg. Starting Salary for Nurses (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 49th – Health-Care Facilities per Capita
  • 20th – Nurses per Capita
  • 42nd – Projected Share of Elderly Population by 2030
  • 44th – Nursing-Job Openings per Capita
  • 19th – Average Annual Salary for Nurses (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 41st – Share of Best Nursing Homes
  • 15th – Projected Competition by 2024
  • 8th – Avg. Number of Work Hours

For the full report, please visit:

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a phone, Skype or in-studio interview with one of our experts. Full data sets for specific states and the District are also available upon request.

Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

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Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey to Relinquish the Reigns of Probation Challenge

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After Guiding thousands of youth through the doors of his positive and educational  Probation Challenge program to excell in life and follow their educational dreams, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey is calling it quits. Bailey will relinquish the reigns of his  program, an organization founded by him and has been at the forefront of helping and servicing young people for more than 40 years in the Chicago and Cook County areas.


The prominent minister,  CEO of the Probation Challenge organization, will relinquish reigns but continue to serve as Probation Challenge’s president. PCChas referred thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarships, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to that, clients mandated to the program have always had the protective eyes of  Bailey and his organization and no one who wanted an education was ever turned away from his program.


Rev. Dr. Bailey who is now 80 years old, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Adolphus and Lillian Bailey, who were then considered to be prominent precinct captains. His educational process began by listening for children were to be seen and not heard! But Bailey’s journey would be different – far different!  He was mentally challenged by black leaders who sat feet under his parents’ table as they discussed matters concerning the community; though he could not speak, he rejected much of what he overheard for he perceived there had to be a far viable way to challenge those who sat in seats of authority—especially those individuals who were the powers-that-be downtown on the fifth floor.

Sincere leaders confessed over dinner that the then political administration would not help youth educationally and serious efforts to assist would cause internal racial strife! In disbelief, Bailey learned that young men and women were not adequately educated and that it was intentional. This revelation brought about days and nights of agonizing! He deduced that much was about political prostitution and that leaders then had to go along to get along. They instilled in private that there would be a brighter tomorrow.
For more than 40-years of servicing youth in the Chicago and County of Cook, the Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey CEO of the Probation Challenge organization will relinquish his reigns. After referring thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarship, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to those clients mandated to the program, Bailey never turned down anyone seeking an education.
Rev. Bailey, employed as a Cook County adult probation officer was assigned to work exclusively with the then Justice R. Eugene Pincham, criminal courts. It was from Pincham’s court that Bailey had the vision to turn the lives of youth around through the vehicle of education. The judge sanctioned that vision with the rest becoming history.
The Probation Challenge program was recorded by the state of Illinois, with Rev. Bailey as the registered agent. The late Mayor Harold Washington, Sen. Howard Brookins, Carol Mosley Braun, and the Illinois Black Caucus introduced the program into law…it would be known as The Probation Challenge Act, by the  Illinois State Statue! It was duly noted that it was the first mandated program of its kind in the country! The program has been the subject of positive media attention from around the world and sought after to duplicate.
Citing health issues and noting that time has now brought about a change in the psychology of youth.  Bailey said, “At the helm should be those younger adults who can share with others their psychology. Young adults, however, should be mindful that the youth has to consult with the elders for wisdom. He said, “Often youth after being on the planet only for a minute yet believe they know it all! Young men and women have to come to the realism that elders are also continuously learning and coming into the knowledge of truth and don’t know it all.”
Rev. Bailey said as he relinquishes the reigns to Clarence McMillian, who will serve as chairman of the board, Brandy N. Bailey, Bailey’s daughter will serve as the board secretary. Bailey will remain as the organizations’ president.
McMillian walking hand-in-glove with Bailey for over 29-years has given radio and television Internet broadcast services. Bailey will retain proprietorship over the Probation Challenge procedures. 
Bailey with delight says that on-air personalities will continue to offer to the International community the best in journalism.  In early years as Bailey sojourned through the halls of what he calls ‘The Criminal Just Us System’, there were investigative reporters on assignment to follow his steps – they have now become staff to the Network. The Challenge News Magazine will continue to send quarterly filings across the world.
Program Hosts and Journalist are Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, Geri Patterson, Pastor Mitty Collier, Karissa N. Hardin, Brandy N. Bailey, Pastor Lottie Woods Hall, Howard Saffold, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey and Clarence McMillan.
Probation Challenge has been the subject of positive media attention for over 40-years as Bailey achievements include: The History Makers. Other awards have included: Judge Eugene Pincham Award, Nelson Mandela Award, African American Trail Blazer Award, Golden Rule International Award, Global Leadership Award, Ora Higgins Award, Mother Christine Moore Award, Northern Illinois University Community Service Award, Intercessory Health and Healing Center Award, and other numerous to mention.  Bailey had a pull-out session with The Chicago Sun-Times with reporter Lillian Williams called: A New Twist In Going Straight and has appeared on 60 Minutes, 48-Hours, and other television shows.
Bailey has the honors of being called: Dr. Harold E. Bailey, after being cited for his work in criminal justice and the creation of the first program of its kind in the country for youth through the channels of education. Many remember Rev. Bailey with The Harold Bailey Singers, who recorded for RUSH and Savoy Records. He was noted for appearances on the Sid Ordower Jubilee Showcase.
For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Bailey at 773-978-3706


Distinguished African American Lawyer Recognized as one of Rue Ratings “Best Attorney of America”

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America has invited The Law Office of Zulu Ali’s Principal and Founder, Zulu Ali, to become a lifetime charter member of “Best Attorneys of America” representing California as one of the state’s top 100 lawyers.

Less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys in the US have been invited to become members of this distinguished group. Rue Ratings defines a “best attorney” as an individual with an “extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards.” Membership is extremely selective, carefully screened, and limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States. Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.

Attorney Ali, a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who served with the Marine Security Forces. After graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Attorney Ali served as a sworn police officer with the City of Shelbyville, City of Lewisburg, and Vanderbilt Police Departments, respectively. Attorney Ali currently hosts the radio talk show “Justice Watch with Attorney Zulu Ali” on NBC news affiliate station KCAA in Redlands, California.

Director of the American Committee for United Nations Oversight, an advocacy group lobbying the United Nations for police reform, Attorney Ali opened the Law Offices of Zulu Ali with a focus on representing persons accused of crimes and seeking criminal justice, immigrants, victims of discrimination, and persons seeking civil justice. He has been admitted to the California State Bar; United States District Courts for the districts of Central California, Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Ali was also named to the Top 100 Lawyers by the prestigious National Black Lawyers-Top 100; The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers; Premier Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, also known as the National Academy of Jurisprudence; and Top 10 Attorneys for client satisfaction in criminal law, immigration law, and personal injury by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

Attorney Ali was honored by the National Action Network with the Vanguard Award as one of Los Angeles’ 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Attorney Ali earned a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in African Studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from Trinity International University Law School.

Attorney Ali is a devoted husband and father; he lives in Southern California with Charito, his wife of over 32 years. Their four adult children and three grandchildren also live in Southern California.

For more details about his law firm, visit www.zulualilaw.com


Rappers Ludacris, Flo Rida Added To 2018 Grandstand Concert Series at Illinois State Fair

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster


SPRINGFIELD, IL – One of the music industry’s premier entertainers is headed to the Illinois State Fair this summer. Grammy award winning recording artist, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Ludacris will perform on the Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 18.

Countless hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” and “Money Maker,” have solidified Ludacris as one of music’s best entertainers with more than 20 million albums sold domestically.  In fact, in 2010, Ludacris was named one of the most effective influencers on American culture.

In addition to his dynamic stage performances, Ludacris is a well-known actor.  Ludacris has a recurring role in The Fast & The Furious film franchise, and has also appear in the movies Crash, Hustle & Flow, and No Strings Attached.  Ludacris is also no stranger to the small screen with appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, hosting duties on the Billboard Music Awards, and former judge on the reality television show, Rising Star.

Joining Ludacris at the Illinois State Fair will be Flo Rida.  The Florida native rose to fame at the age of 18 as the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew.  Flo Rida comes from a long line of family musicians, including his father and sisters, with a variety of gospel and R&B influences.  His 2008 breakout single, “Low,” was number one on the U.S. charts for ten weeks and broke digital download sales at the time of its release.  Other Flo Rida hits include, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Right Round,” and “Wild Ones.”

Tickets to see Ludacris and Flo Rida at the Illinois State Fair will go on sale on Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster.com, and sales for that concert will begin at the Emmerson Building on Monday, May 7th.   Tickets for six other concerts are on sale now.  Ticket prices are as follows:

Friday, August 10:  Boy George and Culture Club with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Tier 3 – $22 / Tier 2 – $27 / Tier 1 – $32 / Track – $32 / VIP – $42

Saturday, August 11:  Halestorm & Mastodon
Tier 3 – $28 / Tier 2 – $33 / Tier 1 – $38 / Track $38 / VIP – $48

Sunday, August 12:  Foreigner with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Track $35 / VIP – $45

Monday, August 13: Dueling Pianos International
Free Concert

Wednesday, August 15:  311 & The Offspring with Gym Class Heroes
Tier 3 – $34 / Tier 2 – $39 / Tier 1 – $44 / Track $44 / VIP – $54

Friday, August 17:  Brett Eldredge
Tier 3 – $29 / Tier 2 – $34 / Tier 1 – $39 / Track $39 / VIP – $49

Saturday, August 18:  Flo Rida & Ludacris with Childish Major
Tier 3 – $27 / Tier 2 – $32 / Tier 1 – $37 / Track $37 / VIP – $47

Sunday, August 19:  Brantley Gilbert
Tier 3 – $35 / Tier 2 – $40 / Tier 1 – $45 / Track $45 / VIP – $55

The Illinois State Fair will once again offer Stage Side Parties for each of the Grandstand concerts. An additional $30 ticket will provide fairgoers access to an exclusive pre-show party that includes a food provided by the Illinois Pork Producers Association, entertainment, giveaways and early entry into the concert.  New this year, the fair will provide each stage side ticket holder with a parking pass for that night’s concert if the tickets are purchased prior to July 31st.  The Stage Side Party is only available to those who have purchased a concert ticket to attend that night’s concert – BOTH concert & party ticket will be required to enter the party tent.   These tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster once tickets go on-sale.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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Virginia Author Honors Colin Kaepernick and Helps Teens Talk About Race and Policing With Latest Book

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded by Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW is an excellent, award winning children’s book that summarizes the multi-faceted issues surrounding the alarming trend of American police officers and private citizens shooting unarmed Black men. Sidney added responses gathered from a Q and A session at a Youth Conference that took place at the JMU Male Academy for Academic Achievement on July 18, 2018. The data gathered from this meeting is scattered throughout the book to provide readers a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Black or Brown boy today. At the end of the book, Sidney gives solid tips on how to survive encounters with law enforcement in terms most children can understand.

Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded is the story of a young Black boy named Jeremy. Jeremy, like many children in the United States, grew tired of being bullied. What transpired after another run-in with the neighborhood gang is best described as Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events on steroids. Unlike the movie, one of the “unfortunate events” resulted in the unnecessary murder of his older brother Rashawn, who was a college football player home from school.


Sidney uses elements from several high-profile police shootings to illustrate the many sides of life in America for Black and Brown boys. Secondly, Sidney gives an authentic account of how the aftermath of these killings play out all over the nation ad nauseum. Moreover, Sidney shows the emotional toll these killings take on the parents, relatives and the community of the victims of police killings and points out the need for increased mental health services when dealing with loss. Sidney delivers a major twist in the story that’s masterful and worth purchasing the book to find out.


The cover photo displays Professional football player Colin Kaepernick, among others, kneeling. Mr. Kaepernick has dedicated the last few years of his life to ending police violence against people of color and effecting positive change for all people in America and abroad. During the 2016 NFL Season, Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. His protest was met with widespread criticism from team owners, players, politicians and many others. Many NFL players joined Kaepernick and athletes all over the country began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the persistent racism experienced by people of color in America.


After opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick was not signed by any team in the NFL in 2017. There were dozens of quarterbacks signed that year who were not remotely as talented as Kaepernick. The skill disparity was so blatant that Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in November 2017. Players across the league kept the protest going all season, with the most notable being The Cleveland Browns protest. The protest featured Seth DeValve, one of the first white football players to kneel in protest. Players donning the numbers of Seth DeValve, Eric Reid and Michael Bennett are featured alongside RaShawn on the cover of Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded.


Despite the criticism, Kaepernick has raised millions for numerous charities and has received many awards and accolades for his philanthropy. Recently, Kaepernick was awarded The GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year Award in 2017 and The Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2018. At the time of this publication, Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent.


Speaking of accolades, Rest in Peace ReShawn Reloaded was selected for the Recommended Book List for the 2018 In the Margins Book Award. A committee of librarians who work with marginalized youth decided Ronnie’s book was an outstanding fit to recommend to other groups who work with marginalized youth. Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded is also one of fourteen books written for middle and high school readers nominated for the 2018 Young Adult Virginia Authors (YAVA) award. Please cast your vote for Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded by visiting www.rvalibrary.org/yava/votes/. The YAVA popular voting period will be running through May 15, 2018. The winning author will be recognized and receive a $1,000 cash prize at the YAVA Book and Author Party at the Richmond Public Library on Saturday, October 6, 2018.


All children and adults will benefit from reading Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded because it brings awareness to key issues of our times. Secondly, it touches on bullying and what trauma and grief can lead to. In the book, Jeremy thinks a replica gun will solve his problem, but in too many schools across America, children are using real guns to harm others in response to being bullied. Millions of youth across America encounter police daily and Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded does an excellent job illustrating what can be done to improve relationships between police officers and communities of color.


Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW books are available on Amazon.com. For inquiries, please send an email to nelsonbeatstheodds@gmail.com. Visit www.nelsonbeatstheodds.com for more information about Sidney’s books, services, products and more.


Photo Caption: Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW holds a Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded poster at the 2018 Ujamaa Book Festival in Alexandria, Virginia


Photo Credit: Kris Murray

MTV Reinvents “Yo! MTV Raps” Across Linear and Digital Platforms Kicking Off With 30th Anniversary Live Event at Barclays Center on June 1st

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Network Will Live Stream Event Featuring Eric B & Rakim, KRS ONE, Flavor Flav, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money, Fab Five Freddy, Fat Joe and more

Yo MTV Raps 30th Anniversary

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Thirty years after its premiere on MTV, “YO! MTV Raps” legacy continues to have a lasting influence on hip-hop and pop culture. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MTV will reinvent the franchise for a new generation as a both a linear and digital series across its platforms. To kick things off, show alumni, artists and fans will gather for the “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Friday, June 1st at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which will be live streamed by MTV.

After its debut on August 6th, 1988, “YO! MTV Raps” became the premiere source for all things hip-hop. The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of hip-hop, and created a worldwide appreciation of the genre, which has since become one of the most influential in mainstream music.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” will bring together an all-star line-up of the series’ alumni and hip-hop legends including Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money and others for a night to remember.

The event will also feature special tribute videos from Eminem, Method Man, Redman and more.

For more information about the event, tickets and additional artist announcements, follow “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more details about the event, visit www.yomtvrapsexperience.com

Facebook – facebook.com/yomtvrapsexperience
Instagram – instagram.com/yomtvrapsexperience.com
Twitter – twitter.com/yoexperience.com

Tickets to the show go on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10AM ET and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office beginning at 12PM ET on Saturday, April 21.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” is the brainchild of Charlie Stettler, who, with his partner Lynda West, managed and developed the careers of the Fat Boys, Ed Lover & Doctor Dré, Leslie “Big Lez” Segar and DJ Skribble, among others. Stettler, along with “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” co-producers Blue Williams, Matthew Kemp, Sal Abbatiello and DJ Skribble, helped usher in the hip-hop mainstream revolution. The live stream is Executive Produced by Eric Conte, of Content.23 Media.

About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment:
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre; and Webster Hall. BSE manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets and its NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and Parm Italian Restaurant & 40/40 CLUB by Tanduay Rum. NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.

About MTV:
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA)


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”
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

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.

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