Posts in category "Sustainable Communities"

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 »

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick
If you haven’t heard of worker cooperatives, you’re in the company of a lot of people. If you talk about this corporate structure at some cocktail parties, you might be labeled a socialist. Fear not what others might call you. At least you will not have to feel sorry for yourself for being called 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 »
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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 »

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 »

Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid

Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid
 “I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and–I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations... Read more »

Chasing Ice, Racing Leilani, Honk for Saudi Women and Woman Raq-Up

Chasing Ice, Racing Leilani, Honk for Saudi Women and Woman Raq-Up
The solar panels are packed away.  The exhibit floor is swept and spruced ready for the next big event.  The networking is done and the cocktail parties of solar companies, installers, gadget makers are a hangover of the past.  We’ve taken our solar powered trinkets and packed them in our eco-sensitive give away tote bags. ... Read more »
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F_ _ _ K/ A Really Bad Word

F_ _ _ K/ A Really Bad Word
I will admit that I use this word on occasion.  I’m not proud of it.  It has slipped into my lexicon in spite of years of training by my mother and grandmother that it is not appropriate.  This is amusing because in Louisiana, the America side from which my roots grew, bad words are endemic. ... Read more »