Posts in category "Chicago"

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What do we Tell Our Champs???

The Champions. What do we Tell Our Champs??? It’s a damn shame that the Jackie Robinson Little League Baseball Team was stripped of their championship title. Shameful. Hurtful. Heartbreaking news. One of the mother’s appropriately asks, “Is this about boundaries or race?” Is this racism? Is it? We are afraid to look racism in the... Read more »

The Mayoral Election

The Mayoral election is February 24. Rahm Emanuel will return as the boss of City Hall. The other four candidates make sense, but none have the resources for a serious challenge. Like it or not 75% of running a political campaign in now time is marketing, which means money and TV commercials. To date, the... Read more »

Remembering The Reverend Johnnie Colemon

The Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon made her transition December 23, 2014 right at Christmas, the night before Christmas Eve.    It was poetic for her life to end at her favorite time of the year.  She loved the Christmas holiday  and often had three Christmas trees in her home and sometimes kept the Christmas trees up... Read more »

12 Reasons Rauner Won

The State of Illinois has a new Governor. Republican Bruce Rauner won with 51 percent of the vote. Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn lost with 46 percent of the vote. Rauner accepted victory on election night before Quinn conceded the next day. Here are 12 reasons why Rauner won and is the new Governor, and for... Read more »

Bruce Rauner for Governor. . .

  I have already cast an early vote for Bruce Rauner to become the next Governor of the State of Illinois. I voted for Bruce Rauner because the State of Illinois is in trouble. The State of Illinois is in economic decline and in need of economic stimulus, which businessman Bruce Rauner can provide, and... Read more »