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 »

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 »

Between The World and Me

To order, click here. by Hermene Hartman __“I tell you now that the question of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream, is the question of my life, and the pursuit of this question, I have found, ultimately answers itself. “_ Ta-Nehisi Coats. has written a classic book... Read more »

Abena Joan Brown. . .

Abena Joan Brown passed Sunday, July 12, 2015 by Hermene Hartman Abena Joan Brown was an unapologetic culturist, an Afro-centric culturist, that is. She was a one woman powerhouse, a dynamic force unto herself. She knew exactly what she wanted. She put the F in focus. She built a major institution for Black people to participate... Read more »

The Donald

 by Hermene Hartman Keep your eye on Donald Trump. He is not to be underestimated as he enters the business of electoral politics. He may not win the 2016 election, but he will definitely shake things up and may even determine who becomes the next President of the United States. Trump could be the Jesse Jackson of Republican... Read more »

South Carolina, I Am Not So Forgiving. . .

  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church click here to read church history. I was as shocked and stunned as all Americans to turn on the news about the nine people killed on June 17 by a young maniac during Bible Study at church. Since then, I have diligently watched the news, listened to the pundits,... Read more »

Gregory Porter Rocks Jazz and Turns It Upside Down

  GREGORY PORTER APPEARS AT THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY JUNE 21. Click image for ticket info. Gregory Porter Rocks Jazz and Turns It Upside Down by Hermene Hartman Though he won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album with his third release Liquid Spirit, and his 2010 debut album Water was also nominated for a... Read more »

Dianne Reeves: A Virtuso Jazz Vocalist

  DIANNE REEVES APPEARS AT THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY JUNE 21. Click image for ticket info. Dianne Reeves: A Virtuso Jazz Vocalist by Hermene Hartman Dianne Reeves belongs in that pantheon of great female vocalists that includes Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae and Nina Simone – even Lady Ella and Sassy Sarah Vaughan... Read more »


Interviewed by Hermene Hartman Write his name down. TYLER SHIELDS. Hold on to this blog. If this was a newspaper or magazine article in print, I would tell you to preserve it. Tyler Shields is a young professional photographer living in Los Angles and his goal is to sell the most expensive photo ever. He is on... Read more »