Archive for 2012

B96 Jingle Bash 2012 at Allstate Arena on December 15, 2012

B96 held its annual Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena, featuring Justin Bieber, Afrojack, Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, Cody Simpson, Calvin Harris, Ryan Beatty, and Austin Mahone. The soldout show also showcased the remix talents of B96 deejays Flipside, Metro and Spin. Despite high fan anticipation for Bieber, whose impending appearance intermittently flashed on... 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 »

What Can You Do in Two Minutes?

Two minutes morphs into an eternity when you’re trying to hold your breath under water, or teacher instructs suspending your body in an isometric plank during yoga class. Two minutes lasts an equally long (but more enjoyable) time when engaged in a passionate kiss. In the same vein that sweet kiss is always still much too short, two minutes... Read more »
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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 »

Flashback: My 'Last Dance' with Donna Summer—The Venue in Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 8/23/09

All Photos By Cindy Barrymore
I was such a sweet, innocent kid growing up in Lincoln Park (still am!) that it never dawned on me or my parents to worry about the music I was listening to. Looking back on the times, there were very few songs that I think would set Tipper Gore off enough to slap them with... Read more »

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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Flashback: My Weekend Riding Aboard the Soul Train, Remembering Don Cornelius

Last September Don Cornelius was honored in Chicago's Millennium Park with a street named after him. The event also celebrated Soul Train's 40th anniversary.

Photo by Cindy Barrymore
Last month when Don Cornelius died, a flood of memories rushed my head. After much thought I realized that, in hindsight, his influence helped bring me into focus on what I wanted to do in life. My desire to work in entertainment began to click in the early 1980s, foremost with the influence of Michael... Read more »

Scooping the Celebrity Scandal: To Wait For the Facts ... or Not

I don’t know anyone who watches Piers Morgan on CNN because he’s a great interviewer, although sometimes he does conduct some good ones. I watch his show when the network announces that an interesting guest will be on, like William Shatner. I actually enjoyed the interview Morgan did that night with Shatner. He was sufficiently... 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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