The importance of being “nice”

I’ve been listening to sad songs like Jonni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and Al Jarreau’s “My Song”, songs that make me think and sometimes cry.  You see my Uncle passed away last week and he was hands down, no question, the best Uncle ever.  He was the cool Uncle, the one who rode a motorcycle,... Read more »

20th Anniversary of The Black Women’s Expo’s Phenomenal Woman Awards Features Rev. Al Sharpton

In 1993, Joycelyn Elders became the first African American and the first woman United States Surgeon General and Toni Morrison was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. That same year the Black Women’s Expo opened in Chicago to meet the informational, educational, and entertainment needs of African American women. And... Read more »

Samsung S5 offers sharper displays, more battery life and ‘wearable’ fitness technology

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow (Friday, April 11) and has already been made available for pre-orders.  Being a tech lover myself my friends at AT&T gave me a sneak preview and I’ve sharing some of the features here. Immediately noticeable is the S5’s 5.1-inch1080p display, offering one of the best screens available anywhere.  The... Read more »
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Chicago State University Foundation’s 4th Annual “Essence of An Angel” this Sunday

The 2014 recipients of the Chicago State University (CSU) Foundation’s “Essence of An Angel” Awards will share their stories of challenge and triumph at the 4th Annual Luncheon, Sunday, April 13 at the CSU Academic Library beginning at 12:00 p.m.  This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the achievements of some of Chicago’s most successful single mothers –... Read more »

Out-of-this-world dining at the Pump Room Restaurant at Public Chicago

Out-of-this-world dining at the Pump Room Restaurant at Public Chicago
There is nothing I love more than a night out on the town, a great restaurant experience and then to cozy up under some cool luxurious hotel sheets. I did that just a bit ago when we attended the Alvin Ailey performance at the Auditorium Theater, an experience I shared with ChicagoNow readers in quite... Read more »

Helping people of color understand heart disease: Q&A with Dr. Sandeep Khosla, Cardiologist

 Helping people of color understand heart disease:  Q&A with Dr. Sandeep Khosla, Cardiologist
The facts are indisputable: African Americans and Latino Americans who are at high risk for heart disease are less likely to receive life-saving treatments. Age and gender are also significant risk factors. More women than men die of heart disease, although more men have heart attacks; and as people age, the risk of heart disease... Read more »
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Face and Places: Jared Wike, Union League Club of Chicago

Face and Places:  Jared Wike, Union League Club of Chicago
Someone once said most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work. That can never be said of Jared Wike, director of communications for the Union League Club of Chicago. Wike grasped his opportunity by starting with the Union League... Read more »

Dancing away cabin fever with Alvin Ailey

Dancing away cabin fever with Alvin Ailey
Cabin fever was closing in on us mightily as February slipped into March this year. Yet, we could not miss one of the staples on Chicago’s dance card – the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater performance at the Auditorium Theater. Ailey comes to town the last week of February and first week of March each year... Read more »

It’s Mardi Gras so Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the good times roll)

It’s Mardi Gras so Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the good times roll)
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and have a deep and abiding love for this city that literally translates into “new France”.  The romance, the decadence, the history, the food are all part of my DNA.  Today is Mardi Gras and I think every citizen, no matter where you live, should embrace some of... Read more »
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Oscar Night Delivers Style, Substance and Diversity

Oscar Night Delivers Style, Substance and Diversity
I’m a movie fan, always have been.  From Gone with the Wind to Imitation of Life to Star Trek to Leaving Las Vegas to Glory I love movies and all the places they take you.  I love all kinds of movies and all kinds of actors.  I cried as that tear trickled down Denzel’s face... Read more »