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CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Jim Belushi at the Habitat for Humanity’s “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland”

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Jim Belushi at the Habitat for Humanity’s “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland”
From May 29 through June 1, Habitat for Humanity hosted its “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland” building blitz in the heart of downtown Chicago, at Pioneer Court Plaza. Volunteers came together with partner families to complete the initial construction of 13 homes. Immediately following the event, these new homes were taken into communities across the region,... Read more »

Thank You, Holly Robinson Peete!

Thank You, Holly Robinson Peete!
I’ve worked the red carpet as a journalist since the 1990s and being the fashion maven (I think I am) when the opportunity presents itself I ask the celebrities what they are wearing, particularly the ladies. That is so that I can either steal the look or simply share with readers who may themselves be... Read more »

Stargazing in Chicago

Stargazing in Chicago
I have contributed to over six-dozen national and international publications as a writer and photographer, covering world leaders, famous actors, athletes and rock stars, alike. Enclosed you’ll find one-of photos of my weekly entertainment escapades. Gosh, I love my work! Check back often as I add more images to my gallery.
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'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'

'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'
Just as “Lt. Dan,” his character in the movie Forrest Gump, regained walking ability through what Tom Hanks’ “Gump” called “magic legs,” actor Gary Sinise is attempting to give a real-life veteran Taylor Morris similar independence.  Morris, an explosive ordinance disposal tech, lost all four limbs when he accidentally stepped onto an improvised explosive device... Read more »

A Hudson Holiday: Jennifer Hudson Fetes Michigan Avenue Magazine at HOB

All photos shot by Cindy Barrymore
Chicago native Jennifer Hudson celebrated the holidays by feting Michigan Avenue Magazine at the House of Blues on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, marking the second time former American Idol contestant has appeared as the publication’s cover girl. The invitation-only event, dubbed “A Hudson Holiday,” required that all attendees bring a new unwrapped book or toy for... Read more »

Chi-town Girl Jenny McCarthy Hosts Annual Autism Fundraiser

All photos by Cindy Barrymore
I hit this year’s Rescue Our Angels fundraiser again, where Chi-town girl, former MTV personality Jenny McCarthy hosted the fifth-annual event, which featured a cocktail party and silent auction, at Billy Dec’s Rockit Bar & Grill in River North. Proceeds from the event go toward helping children with autism get  treatment they may not otherwise be... Read more »
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Bill and Giuliana's Next Big Adventure

Rancic, shown here with Avner, shared a sentimental moment with attendees, in which she spoke of being “blind-sided” by her diagnosis. Before then, everything was going well. “I had a great husband … a great career.”
Last month, when I hit the Bright Pink Fab Fest, hosted by E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, I was shocked when she reminded me that her breast-cancer diagnosis occurred only nine months ago. It seems like eons because she’s packed in a lot activism in that time. Anyone who’s watched her and husband Bill’s reality-TV... Read more »
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    I am internationally published, award-winning journalist who has worked in just about every facet of media from TV and film to magazines, promotional materials, newspapers, and books. I currently work as a media consultant, which (in addition to coaching executives in Corporate America) also includes writing and shooting photography for PR and journalistic publication. I have covered entertainment, specifically, since the 1990s, as well as performed as an actor and singer in TV commercials and industrial film, and studied arts, fashion and pop-culture history. My writing has published in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Us Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Vibe and Circus magazines. My photography has appeared in People, the Daily Beast, OK!, Self, Life and Style, Glamour, and on E!, Wendy Williams Show, and Oxygen, to name a few. I've interviewed celebrities as diverse as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Kiss, STP, Dio, Kanye West, and Presidents Clinton and Obama. In between blogging for Chicago Now, I also founded my own successful entertainment blog ChicaHollywood.com and have also blogged for VH1. As a kid I once danced on the shows Soul Train and Hangin' with MTV. I have three graduate degrees in communications and continue to further my academic education. (Hopefully, I will finish my PhD this decade!) With this blog, I look forward to making you think and to ask questions. But most importantly I aspire to make you smile. Because hopefully as I do with myself, I do not take those wacky celebrities that seriously.... Kim Kardashian for President! Lindsay Lohan for V.P.

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