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Q & A with a ChicagoNow Blogger: Nicole Knepper, Much More Than A Potty Mouth

“I think if there’s one gift I could give to moms it would be to help them calm the f*** down and be okay. Do your best. That’s good enough. I’m not saying lower our standards, but we should increase our tolerance for ourselves.” – Nicole Knepper     Writer.  Clinical Professional Counselor.  Self-proclaimed, “Queen... Read more »

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy: Be brave, young girls.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy:  Be brave, young girls.
Fry cook. Prostitute. Night-Club Dancer and Performer. Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Journalist. Professor. On the heels of my birthday, I sat in my kitchen contemplating a blend of life lessons as I tried to decide what project I would work on for the day.  When I read the news of Maya Angelou’s... Read more »

Why Jay Z and Beyonce's Tour Trailer "RUN" is a Fail.

Why Jay Z and Beyonce's Tour Trailer "RUN" is a Fail.
I apologize in advance to all the Beyoncé and Jay Z fans out there.  If you manage to read this in its entirety, you will likely be annoyed by what I have to say.  At a minimum, you will at least call me uptight a few times.  I fully accept, and embrace, that criticism. I... Read more »
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Don Sterling, Rahm Emanuel and Post Traumatic Master Disorder

Don Sterling, Rahm Emanuel and Post Traumatic Master Disorder
I was in Atlanta when I first heard Don Sterling’s comments about his disdain for Blacks.  Maybe it was the fresh spring air, maybe it was the southern charm of the city, but nothing about it caught my attention. Another day, another racist.  I casually thought before considering more important things like how much food... Read more »

Is Facebook Making Us a Society of Personas?

Is Facebook Making Us a Society of Personas?
The craziest scenario keeps running through my mind. It’s the year 2050 and Mark Zuckerberg is currently the President of the United Nations of the World.  In my vision, Zuckerberg is sitting in a very sterile and futuristic-looking condo that sits high over some city – let’s say Hong Kong – where he observes a... Read more »

Intelligentsia Coffee is the Devil

Intelligentsia Coffee is the Devil
(Once a month ChicagoNow challenges its bloggers to write about a subject for an hour.  This month’s challenge is on: “Defending our guilty pleasures”.) I cheated on Lent.  There I said it.  I cheated on Lent. My addiction to caffeine started in my mid-twenties when I was first introduced to the Soy Chai Latte from... Read more »
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Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?

Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?
Lupita Nyong’o. Over the past two months it has been difficult to ignore the Mexican-born Kenyan actress as she has graced the covers of numerous magazines.  A talented and gifted thespian, she swept the Hollywood awards circuit which culminated last night when she accepted the Academy Award for her role as a supporting actress in... Read more »

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy: There Is No Monopoly on Greatness

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy:  There Is No Monopoly on Greatness
I didn’t expect to return to my blog in this manner.  In fact, sometime after I finished editing the final chapter of my manuscript I planned on writing a blog about my year in review.  It was going to be entitled:  “A Garden, A Book, A Baby, and The Bible:  It’s Not a Blog, It’s... Read more »

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2: Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2:  Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race
Part One:  Blacks, Evolve or Become Obsolete?    We were at dinner when the verdict was announced. Eight of us sat at a round table joking about marriage, cooking, and sex when someone received a news alert on their phone, announcing that George Zimmerman had been found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.... Read more »
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Should the “Beyhive” Encourage Beyonce to Boycott All “Stand Your Ground” States, Too?

  Soon after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Stevie Wonder announced at his most recent concert in Quebec City that he would not perform in the State of Florida until its controversial “Stand Your Ground” law was abolished.  Reminiscent of when Ray Charles boycotted Georgia for its’ segregation laws in the 1960s and the Artists... Read more »
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