Posts in category "Chicago"

Sip, Chat & Chew with Art "Chat Daddy" Sims: A new South Side brunch experience

Where can you go for a really good brunch on the SOUTH SIDE? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. If you were hard pressed for an answer like me or want to try something different from the hidden gems you know of, here’s something you can get excited about. Throughout the month of February, Art “Chat Daddy”... Read more »

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings
Chicago is back in the news. For gun violence. Again. This morning, I woke up to an NBC Chicago news article in my Facebook timeline, “Boy, 3, Among 13  People Shot in Chicago Park“. The overnight shooting quickly grew legs outside of Chicago and popped up in CNN.com’s top headlines. Not a good look for “The... Read more »

Back to School Shopping Giveaway: Introducing the "Auntie Ella Scholarship" 2013

Back to School Shopping Giveaway: Introducing the "Auntie Ella Scholarship" 2013
I love back to school season. As a grown woman, I still love buying up fresh spiral notebooks, gel pens and crayons. For myself, not kids. I remember the excitement of the night before the first day of school and the anticipation of rocking a new ‘fit, which of course, was laid out perfectly all... Read more »
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But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports

But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports
“They are not going to save you.” It was only a week ago that I spoke these words to a group of soggy, yet smiling, black women and children. March 10, 2013, was the centennial anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman, a heroic and in my eyes, superhuman, woman who came to be known... Read more »

Headwraps turn heads in Chicago: More than a fashion trend

Organizer, Sandria M. Washington
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, nearly two dozen Chicago residents—including four small children—were shot in Millenium Park. The lone shooter, an African-American woman in her 30s, also shot herself.  Eyewitnesses in the park that afternoon were too overwhelmed with shock to provide immediate comment on the brazen shooting; a scene of this magnitude had never... Read more »

Can I Blame 2 Chainz for Men Thinking Kidnapping Is Cool?

Can I Blame 2 Chainz for Men Thinking Kidnapping Is Cool?
I’m not against rap. I’m not against rappers. But I am against those fools that aspire to live every lyric they hear, even the most misogynistic and illegal ones. For women like me who value simple things like safety and staying alive, life imitating art can be life-threatening. It’s one thing to hear about kidnappng in... Read more »
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Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting

Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting
Woke up not-so-bright, but early, this morning to trek in the dark to my designated polling place. I made it just after 6 a.m. and the line wasn’t obnoxiously long. Double-checked to make sure I had my ID. Check.  So far so good.  Everything was on a roll until I got to the back side... Read more »

Prince in Chicago! 5 Tips for Getting Great Presale Concert Tickets

Prince in Chicago! 5 Tips for Getting Great Presale Concert Tickets
“The Secret” is real, ya’ll. Put your requests into the Universe with lots of belief and watch them manifest! The last few weeks, I’ve been telling people how I am super overdue for a really good concert. The concert gods heard the meditations of my heart and lined up the most EPIC show imaginable:  PRINCE! I’ve... Read more »

Gwendolyn Brooks Stamp: Can one woman resurrect the art of letter writing?

Gwendolyn Brooks Stamp: Can one woman resurrect the art of letter writing?
This morning I spent nearly $20 on two books of stamps, just to get four (two on each book) of the individual stamps I really wanted: the new Gwendolyn Brooks stamp from the Twentieth-Century Poets collection. I knew I had to run out and get them after I saw a friend share  a picture of Ms.... Read more »
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Black Woman Walking: Dedicating this first day of International Anti-Street Harassment Week to the memory of Adilah Gaither

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Focused and determined. That’s how I would describe my stride and my gaze walking through Oak Park on an unseasonably warm March afternoon.  I heard the rattling from the bass of the car’s sound system approaching behind me, but I kept my attention forward. It’s crazy when you stop to think about it—hearing a noise,... Read more »
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