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The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For profit businesses that support service will also be recognized. Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 ...

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Who We Be The Colorization of America

“Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in its history, what can be called the colorization of America… How do Americans see race now? After eras framed by words like ‘multicultural’ and ‘post-racial,’ do we see each other any more clearly? From the drea ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago and influence how music is sold today. Ester Fletcher, known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fletcher’ or ‘Fletch’, the owner of the longest running Black owned One Stop music business in the country has died. Bas ...

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Cosby: His Life and Times – by Mark Whitaker

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist           “[Bill] Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother… After dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first break as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniv ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer                 Mr. Fletcher: Cake to Fletchers One Stop for 10 years of support to Rap a Lot Records. (courtesy of Kelly Robinson) The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago an ...

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Lawyers for the Creative Arts: Honors House Music

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer             House Producer pioneer, Vince Lawrence and Music Journalist, Jim DeRogantis.   The music scene in Chicago has always spawned some of the world’s greatest talent from various genres- Blues, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Polka, Hip Hop and House music. The talent often outweighs the knowledge of business for many of these wonderful creative p ...

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Mary J. Blige:

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer I remember when I heard the first Mary J. Blige song – “You Remind Me” off of the ‘Strictly Business’ movie soundtrack. We were treated to a taste of the young singer’s voice before her debut CD, ‘What’s the 411’ was released on Andre Harrell’s Uptown Record label. Everyone wanted to know who had that raw, soulful voice on that track. A different type of voice over smooth me ...

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Big Budget Films   Big Hero 6                      (PG for action, peril, crude humor and mature themes) Animated family comedy inspired by the Marvel Comics series about a 14 year-old inventor (Ryan Potter) who teams with his inflatable robot (Scott Adsit) and his close friends to solve a string of crimes. Voice cast includes Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, ...

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Gina the Dreamer – Gina Prince-Bythewood Interview: The “Beyond the Lights”

By: Kam Williams Columnist                                                   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with th ...

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President Obama Visits Chicago: Encourages Early Voting

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The arrival of the United States President has become a regular routine for many South Side residents as expressway entrance and exits are blocked with the flashing lights of the CPD vehicles.  His official caravan is familiar as it rides throu ...

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