Posts in category "Bronzeville"

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site
South siders have been exceedingly proud of Little Black Pearl and founder, Monica Haslip for 18 years. Monica started the school out of her own home on Drexel Avenue. Through hard work and an abiding love for the children of our community, to quote Monica, No gift is as precious as the potential of a... Read more »

Mariano’s Market and Chicago Politics

I attended a meeting yesterday at the CHA offices. The heads-up went out by email from several quarters of the community late in the afternoon prior to the meeting. The topic that drew so many of us to 60 East Van Buren was the proposed Mariano’s Market on the old Ida B. Wells housing site... Read more »

And They’re Off.. The Race to the Obama Library

In case you missed the announcement, The Barack Obama Foundation has released the request for qualifications to build the library memorializing our first black president. Competition is fierce. Hawaii is claiming their native son.  Sorry dunkoffs, Kenya is not under consideration.  Colombia University in New York would like to snag the bid to honor one... Read more »
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Christmas: 'Tis the Season for Tradition

Christmas: 'Tis the Season for Tradition
I love Christmas.  My earliest memories are Christmas celebrations at my older sister’s house.  Our grandmother cooked for an army. I learned to make rolls from scratch while sitting in the kitchen with her.  Gumbo was usually on the menu and as far as I can remember everything was scrumptious except the family traditional oyster... Read more »

Eataly/ Diaspora: Bernard Lloyd’s Bronzeville Cookin’

Eataly/ Diaspora: Bernard Lloyd’s Bronzeville Cookin’
This Saturday Eataly came up in conversation while we were attending the first annual convention of the Bronzeville Alliance, a group of community based organizations under one banner.  One of the attendees walked over gave me a warm smile and hug followed by I read your article about the diaspora restaurant.  I asked how she... Read more »

What do you call Eataly in African Diaspora?

What do you call Eataly in African Diaspora?
Mario Batali, chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur is opening Eataly, a mega grocery, restaurant extravaganza dubbed an Italian Food Theme Park in the Chicago River North area.  I have long been a fan of Batali and a few other celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and of course Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse who hail from N’Awlins... Read more »
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Obama Library a Hot Pot on the Stove in Chicago

There is so much brewing in Bronzeville that I don’t know where to start.  It’s no secret to most south siders that Bronzeville is prime property.  Bronzeville is in an untenable position between the south loop and Hyde Park, close to the lake, a scant few blocks from McCormick Place on the north.  Bronzeville is... Read more »

Teen Aged Zombies in Bronzeville

Teen Aged Zombies in Bronzeville
Hello Neighbors, Prologue is having another Halloween party.  Get ready to be bombarded with teenagers at your door.  It will be worse this year because the public school students don’t have school on Friday. This email was sent out to members of my community.  Wow, I thought Halloween was for giving treats out.  There must... Read more »