The Mayor Buckles. . .

The Mayor Buckles. . .
The people were heard. A besieged Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Chief Garry McCarthy. He was under pressure from all quarters – protestors, the business community, ministers, fellow politicians, the media, but most of all the people. There are many lessons to be learned here. The mayor supported McCarthy until he couldn’t. Public pressure was... Read more »

The New Black Friday... CHIGATE???

By Hermene D. Hartman Black Friday took on a different meaning this year. It was “Black” all right. Chicago is a tale of two cities, one south and west sides and one downtown and north; one Black and one white; the haves and the have nots; the business district and the community; the politically connected... Read more »

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq Bamboozles

By Hermene D. Hartman I wish I knew one word to describe Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq, but I don’t. It is a little documentary, as it opens with statistics of the killings in Chicago outnumbering those of the real wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a lot of reality show. It is social/political satire. It... Read more »
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The Political Game Show. . .

The Political Game Show. . .
The media has changed. The world has changed without a doubt. The digital revolution has created a new evolution in media. I have concerns about the substance of media content – the technology makes everyone a “journalist,” anybody a spokesman, and reality TV churns out some unreal version of real life. Online, Facebook, twitter is... Read more »

Terisa Griffin

Terisa Griffin MS TERISA GRIFFIN hails from New Orleans and comes from a singing family. She is a preacher’s kid and it was customary for she and her sisters to attend Sunday services and sing. She came to Chicago and lived meagerly until her mentor Jerry Butler heard her. She became a background singer in the... Read more »

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes. . .

*** When former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger raised county taxes a penny on the dollar to help balance his budget, he was portrayed as a political monster in the press. He received front-page stories and made headline news. His election opponent and now Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ran on the promise... Read more »
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The Reality Of Our Violence. . .

By Hermene D. Hartman Our politicians are failing us and America is living in the political basement. Mass killings are occurring in this country every other week on average – in schools, at the movies, on the streets, in church, at the shopping center, on the job. The profile of the mass shooter is White,... Read more »

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?
Mr. Michael Jordan What’s In A Name? By Hermene D. Hartman “If you want the Hope Diamond, you have to buy the Hope Diamond.” This is a direct quote from Michael Jordan’s attorney, Frederick Sperling. And he is only serious. Michael is the Hope Diamond in the field of endorsements, so says his attorney. Mr.... Read more »

The Fallen Hero

Our Fallen Hero. . . By Hermene D. Hartman What do you do with a fallen hero? Do you toss him out as trash? Do you give him the benefit of the doubt? Do you forget about him? Do you beat him up while he’s down? Do you remember his good deeds and forget his... Read more »
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Why Sandra Bland?

By Hermene D. Hartman Black people are not safe on the streets of America, as policemen stop us. People are afraid, nervous and anxious. I don’t care your age, your gender, the car you’re driving, your occupation or your income. Just that you’re Black. If the President and/or his wife and/or his daughters left the... Read more »