Archive for August 2013

Dr. King's Vision; Past a Raisin in the Sun But Not a Dream Fulfilled

Dr. King's Vision; Past a Raisin in the Sun But Not a Dream Fulfilled
This week marks 50 years since Dr. King’s landmark I Have a Dream Speech. Many people see that speech as the watermark in the Civil Rights movement. It was after the Emmett Till tragedy, the Birmingham Bus boycott but prior to the historic Civil Rights legislation of 1964 & 1965. As we reflect on the... Read more »

Weber Grill A Chicago Original

Weber Grill A Chicago Original
When it comes to outdoor cooking, whether grilling or smoking no name is more synonymous with a BBQ pit than Weber. The company started right here in Chicago in 1950 with George Stephens at Weber Brothers Metal Works. And has grown into a global company with a wide variety of charcoal and gas grills and... Read more »

I Miss Bernie Mac

I Miss Bernie Mac
It’s been five years last week since we lost Bernie Mac. I remember sitting in my parents basement watching Def Comedy Jam one Friday night (I was in high school), and the most confident comedian comes on (pure south side swagger even though the show was taped in New York City), and has a strong... Read more »
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Snapshot of a Genius The Life & Legacy of George Duke

Snapshot of a Genius The Life & Legacy of George Duke
There are songs and music artists that not only move you but their work defines certain times in your life. George Duke who just passed on Monday was one of those cats for me. I first heard and was mesmerized by George on one of his later radio friendly songs “Rhyme or Reason” in the... Read more »

The End Of the N Word

The End Of the N Word
Last week I found out who Riley Cooper was (even as a hardcore NFL fan I didn’t know him), and what he said and all the pundits and sports media debated about what his punishment should be and how his future might look like. But there is one thing that is completely clear out of... Read more »
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