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 »
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Q&A: TYLER SHEILDS

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 »

Spike Lee's "CHIRAQ"

  Posted Online Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:31 a.m. CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – One man was killed and at least 36 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday. The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes... Read more »

Hunting Black Men

Black men in America in many instances are being “hunted” in urban areas by a tribe of men in blue and black uniforms, also known as “the police.” Not all of the police are hunters, but too many of them are. The killing of Freddie Gray is akin to the killing of Emmett Till. The... Read more »
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Questions About the Chicago Public Schools $20 Million Scandal

By Hermene D. Hartman How did it happen? How did Chicago Public Schools let a no-bid $20.5 million contract go to the SUPES Training Program in the first place? What’s not being said here? What was SUPES teaching to the principals, who mostly already have postgraduate degrees? Why aren’t management courses in the graduate educational curriculum... Read more »

The NDIGO GALA 2015 Featuring Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter

  click here for tickets By Hermene D. Hartman Seven years after N’DIGO began in 1989, we constantly received calls from graduating high school students seeking financial assistance for their educational pursuits. Before I started N’DIGO, I was a college professor and administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago with responsibilities in recruitment, so the... Read more »

Remembering The Little Warrior

By Hermene D. Hartman Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow was a powerhouse. She stood only 4’11″, but she was a giant. She was a fighter, thus her title “The Little Warrior.” Barrow fought injustice and spoke for equality on all fronts – race, women, and gays. A church family raised her in Burton, Texas, where she... Read more »
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The Mayoral Run-Off: History in the Making

  The Mayoral Run-Off: History in the Making By Hermene D. Hartman   The historic mayoral election is over, the voting is complete, and the people have spoken. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was punished for closing the schools and ignoring the neighborhoods. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was heard and stands to become the first Hispanic mayor of... Read more »