Archive for October 2013

Mixed Emotions On The Upcoming Visit of Rev Al Sharpton

Mixed Emotions On The Upcoming Visit of Rev Al Sharpton
I’ve heard for weeks about the upcoming visit of Rev. Al Sharpton & Martin Luther King III and their temporary stay on the west side of Chicago to highlight the violence here. In fact neither brotha plans to live here full time but is opting to commute here and only be here a few days... Read more »

A Little Advice For Keenan Thompson

A Little Advice For Keenan Thompson
Yesterday Saturday Night Live (SNL), cast member Keenan Thompson said (when asked about the lack of black female cast members at SNL), “Its just a tough part of the business”, “Like in auditions, they never find ones that are ready”. Seriously Keenan? You’re one of only three men of color on the show, don’t let... Read more »

Why Hip Hop Needs Its Own Hall of Fame

Why Hip Hop Needs Its Own Hall of Fame
The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is good, for those who play, follow and love rock music but let’s be honest, that’s largely pop culture and from day one hip hop has been its own culture (just like Rock N Roll was intially), hence why it was created. So many quality, smart... Read more »
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Why Grocery Shopping in the Chicago Area Sucks

Why Grocery Shopping in the Chicago Area Sucks
I am a home chef, serious BBQ man and a foodie and I’m not pleased with the grocery options in the Chicago area. I admit I’ve yet to try Mariano’s Fresh Market, there’s a new one near me in south suburban Frankfort. I live in northeastern Will County, where there is no one stop shopping... Read more »

I Am Black & I Love Hockey

I Am Black & I Love Hockey
My hockey story starts around 1986 or so on the south side, I was 10 years old and my dad was a CTA mechanic and he worked with a interesting group of guys from all backgrounds and all parts of the city. Its how I came to appreciate gyros, the blues and so many other... Read more »

Why I Dislike Modern Commercial Hip Hop

Why I Dislike Modern Commercial Hip Hop
I’m a hip hop fan from way back (back when we called it “rap”), and before I rant, I’m guilty of lovin’ some less than ideal music that might have been derogatory and just not that great but it was my generation so I was feelin’ it. Have you listened to the hip hop that... Read more »
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Herb Kent The Cool Gent Turns 85

Herb Kent The Cool Gent Turns 85
Herb “The Cool Gent” Kent, the legendary disc jockey is more than just the longest serving DJ (according to the Guinness book of records), he is a walking encyclopedia of soul and R&B music. This Saturday is Herb’s 85th birthday and that also coincides with 25th anniversary of his employer WVAZ 102.7 (V103), but Herb... Read more »
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