Remembering Tata Madiba Mandela

Remembering Tata Madiba Mandela
In the late 80s I began to pay close attention to what was going on in South Africa thanks to the television program, “South Africa Now.”  A half hour news show, it came right into my bedroom and took me to the streets of Soweto where the violence was up close and personal and horrendous. ... Read more »

An Encounter With Change

Hyde Park is in the throes of change.  The air is crisp with a slight bite to the cheeks and a temporary runny nose.  Trees are turning shades of gold, ochre and crimson.  Gloves and boots and caps have reappeared like the leaves that cover the sidewalks and gather in bunches at the curbs.  It’s... Read more »

It's Bud Billiken Time in Chicago!

It’s that time again for one of Chicago’s most iconic events – the Bud Billiken® Parade & Picnic.  Held on the 2nd Saturday in August – rain or shine — since 1929, this year’s parade takes place on Saturday, August 11 along historic Martin Luther King Drive. Presented by Chicago Defender Charities, the non-profit organization... Read more »
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Remembering Don & Soul Train

The day after Don Cornelius died, when I arrived at the South Side YMCA that morning for Zumba, the girls called me to hurry and join them for an impromptu Soul Train Line before class.  What fun!   All Saturday evening the television was tuned to a 7-hour Soul Train marathon.  Periodically, throughout the evening friend... Read more »

Washington Park: Sacred Ground

Washington Park: Sacred Ground
As fall arrives in a blaze of glory, shedding her coat of many colors, I’m reminded of how blessed and fortunate we are on the South side of Chicago to be surrounded by parks, especially in summer.  There’s Jackson Park on the east, its easternmost border abutting Lake Michigan and the harbor where tethered motor... Read more »