Category: Chicago

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »