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Locally Produced “Chicago at the Crossroad,” Scores Big Honor at Top Film Fest

Locally Produced  “Chicago at the Crossroad,”  Scores Big Honor at Top Film Fest
The 23rd Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has announced their distinctive 2019 lineup of narrative features, documentaries and short films in competition.  “Chicago at the Crossroad,” a film by Schodorf Media Creative, is one of only 5 documentaries set to screen at this prestigious festival, which is ranked 4th in the nation by USA... Read more »

People to Watch in 2019 - 15 Individuals Doing Great Things

People to Watch in 2019 - 15 Individuals Doing Great Things
“Watch – To look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time…..” Each year I feature people making their mark  in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally.  This year I’m excited about the list as its overflowing with creative thinkers in business, fashion film and TV and just plain fun.  So check... Read more »

Survivor Stories: "I SOLD MY SOUL TO FEED MY EGO"

Survivor Stories: "I SOLD MY SOUL TO FEED MY EGO"
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My blog will feature several guest contributors sharing (some for the first time) their domestic violence experiences) .  Today, author, speaker and life coach Marci Batiste shares her story . I heard a minister the other day on TV speaking about how we learn. He said that God gives each... Read more »

People, Places, and Organizations to Watch in 2018

<b>Angie McMonigal <b> moved to Chicago more than 15 years ago and has been exploring the city with her camera ever since. Raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she approaches the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. From landmark buildings she distills the essential lines and textures that frame the city. McMonigal sees these structures as actively shaping, and shaped by, human activity; they are never mere backdrop. Steel and brick towers are presented as quilts rich with history, solid structures soar with soul, and concrete edifices echo the lofty ambition of planners and dreamers.  <br>
An award-winning fine art photographer, Angie’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. Her photos have been showcased by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and other destinations. Her Urban Quilt series is now part of the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project. Publication credits include National Geographic, Departures, and SHOTS Magazine. She has received awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA) and Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), among others. <br>
Angie frequently works with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors to provide compelling photographs for their collections. She has collaborated with national and global brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stir, and Icebreaker, creating distinctive images to complement their brands. She is available for commissioned, one-of-a-kind projects for both individual and corporate collectors. Creating images that draw out the organic interplay between design, structure, environment, and society, Angie offers a fresh viewpoint that fulfills clients’ commercial and creative needs. <br><br>
<a href="http://www.angiemcmonigal.com">  Website</a>
Watch =To look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time….. The 2018 edition of my annual people places and organizations to watch blog looks at some rising stars in the creative, philanthropic, business, fashion and health and beauty fields.  People you need to get to know, work with, follow and support. Also,... Read more »

Live Viewing Party for “Help I Need Love” New ABC docu-series tonight

Live Viewing Party for “Help I Need Love”  New ABC docu-series tonight
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9 PM CST on ABC marks the premier of Help! I Need Love”. Hosted by  Master Matchmaker Paul C. Brunson helps single moms and single women all over, overcome the obstacles to get the love they deserve. Paul followed 3 women for almost a year to see them through to... Read more »

People , Places and Organizations To Watch in 2017

<b>Mabél Guzmán - Superstar Realtor
Mabél Guzmán is a REALTOR ® for more than 20 years, Mabel is a broker at @properties, Chicago’s top real estate brokerage. She is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and has completed her At Home with Diversity (AHWD) certification. She was appointed as President's Liaison to Brazil for National Association of REALTORS, and one of NAR's oldest bilateral agreements in Global Real Estate; there are 87 bilateral agreements in 66 countries.  

Housing advocacy and public policy are Mabel’s passions. At the national level, Mabel served as the 2014 Chair for NAR’s Conventional Finance & Policy Committee, where she testified on behalf of NAR’s more than one million members before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Urban Affairs and Banking on "Inequality and Opportunity in the Housing Market". She was selected by 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron to be on the Enlarged Leadership Team as the Liaison for Global Committees. Most recently, Mabel chaired the Student Loan Debt Working Group, from 2014 to 2016, studying the impact of student loan debt on housing. Her passion for public Policy was also evident at the local level where she was one of the driving forces behind City of Chicago efforts to implement the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), by crafting the Request for Proposal (RFP) through which 40 REALTORS® were hired to acquire foreclosed properties in 25 targeted areas. Also an advocate of fair tax policies, Mabél worked with the City of Chicago to ensure that more than 30,000 city homeowners had the opportunity to file tax appeals. She also participated in Illinois Association of REALTORS® Condo working group in creation of HB 2664 to set a bright line on foreclosed condo fees, tax education initiative for consumers and update housing policy.

Mabel is a member of the Illinois REALTORS ® . In 2016, she chaired the REALTOR ® Political Involvement Committee and in 2014 she oversaw the Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group where she lead an initiative that produced home owner education on how to understand property taxes. Mabel has served as a member of Illinois’ Board of Directors from 2009-2011. In 2014 and 2015, she received the Illinois REALTORS ® President’s Medallion for Outstanding Service.

Mabel is a proud member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® and served as its Treasurer in 2009 and President in 2011. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® named Mabel their REALTOR ® of the Year.

Mabel cares deeply about the city of Chicago. She is a trustee of the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple, the city’s oldest church, founded in 1831 and a volunteer with the Homeless Ministry where she cooks for over 125+ of homeless citizens. She is on the Chicago Ambassador Board for One Hope United, a 120 year old organization that provides early childhood development for at risk children and community-based family services.

She is equally committed to her profession. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) of Chicago named her their 2009 Member of the Year.
Watch = look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time. The list of peple places and organizations fit that definition…selected for their activities , their passions and their successes. Here are the People you should keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond…..

A Message From a "Millionaire Mom" Conchetta Jones

 A Message From a "Millionaire Mom" Conchetta Jones
Guest Blogger  “She’s All That” CEO Conchetta Jones talks about five valuable life lessons.   Mother at 16. Wife at 17. Divorced at 22.  I could have become a statistic. Live on welfare, handouts, more children, no hopes or dreams. Living a life of lack. You know what they said, “That’s a wasted life”, “She... Read more »

TrentoDoc Italian Sparkling Wines Come To America

TrentoDoc Italian Sparkling Wines Come To America
  Recently,  I had the pleasure of attending a special workshop featuring the first private tasting of TrentoDoc sparkling wines.Hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce  to introduce “Trentodoc Sparkling Wines from the Dolomite Mountains”. The tasting will take place in the International School of Comics in west town. Bloggers, sommeliers, chefs, and journalists will... Read more »

People , Places and Organizations to Watch: The 2016 Edition

<b>Adiat Baker <p><br>
Adiat is a market research professional with Mintel Group, a leading global market research firm based in London. In addition to her professional duties, she leads her company's charity committee, MintelGives, in implementing partnerships with local non-profits, and supporting employees' philanthropic efforts.

As an aspiring humanitarian, Adiat commits a great deal of her spare time to serving the community, and splits her efforts by contributing to both social service and educational non-profit organizations. She the chairperson of One Hope United’s Ambassador Board and she serves on the auxiliary board for Midtown Educational Foundation, where she has been a tutor and mentor for five years. Adiat also advocates for A Silver Lining Foundation and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation. Both organizations focus on health education and accessibility to quality health care for uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Fashion and philanthropy go hand in hand for Adiat, who is a self-proclaimed style enthusiast. She has a passion for fashion, and she is an avid supporter of local and independent designers. She believes fashion is art, and she hopes to work with the fashion community to strengthen the artist-to-consumer relationship in the Chicagoland area. When she's not attending a charity event, you can find her either shopping or sitting on the front row at the fashion shows of her favorite Chicago designers.
This year I’ve decided to expand the annual people to watch blog to include some places of business and  organizations of note.  The 2016 list is a collection of creatives, survivors, business people and visionaries  doing great things each and every day.  Making their mark one day and sometimes one person at at time.  Some... Read more »

Local Author Helps You Live a Full and Connected Life with "Open Boxes"

Blogger, freelance writer, and author Christine Organ releases a debut story collection that reveals the sacred through everyday living. Like a skilled weaver, Organ laces personal insights, anecdotes, and observations into a skilled tapestry of the human spirit. Book Description Through stories about everything from spirituality and parenting, self-acceptance and friendship, shopping at Old Navy... Read more »