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Chicago Acting Coach, Jossie Harris-Thacker, Produces First-Ever Zoom Play

As we all struggle to stay busy and break the monotony, Chicago actress and acting coach, Jossie Harris-Thacker has been holding rehearsals for her first-ever play on Zoom . . . with kids! Her KidsWAY Acting Academy was set to perform their production of The Enchanted Bookshop by Todd Wallinger when Governor Pritzker issued the Stay... Read more »

My Favorite Instagram Accounts During Quarantine!

My Favorite Instagram Accounts During Quarantine!
These days I have spent more time on social media than I am comfortable admitting. I have binge-watched, Zoomed through happy hours, worked out virtually, danced at Club Quarantine, and seen my fill Tik Tok challenges. In the middle of all that, I have found a new love for some of my Instagram “friends” that are definitely... Read more »

If There is One Good Thing about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), This Is It!

If There is One Good Thing about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), This Is It!
Let’s face it. People are nasty! But, with the Coronavirus pandemic upon us, people are now more diligent about deep cleaning, limiting unnecessary contact, staying home when sick, and washing their hands, and that’s a good thing. It’s a great thing actually, even though these are merely commonsense practices that people should be employing anyway,... Read more »
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26.2 Reasons to NEVER Run a Another Marathon (Guest Blogger Donna Roberts)

26.2 Reasons to NEVER Run a Another Marathon (Guest Blogger Donna Roberts)
Today I woke up a Marathoner! The training was intense, the rain was disrespectful, my aches and pains slowed me down, but I did it! I contemplated what I would write on the blog this morning to salute my city and chronicle my accomplishment when I ran across the words of my friend Donna Roberts.... Read more »

Love You Mo'Nique, But No

Dear Mo’Nique, A little over a month ago you asked us all to stand with you and boycott Netflix for gender and racial bias. You laid it all out and showed us the low-ball offer they extended to you to do a comedy special on their streaming platform and told us what others were offered by comparison. Since... Read more »

Why I'll Never Make Another Halloween Costume!

Why I'll Never Make Another Halloween Costume!
When it comes to Halloween, I’m usually a Party City/Target/Walmart kind of girl, but when my daughter saw two little girls dressed as Salt N Pepa last year she was determined to rock an Idol Maker jacket of her own. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Beyonce and the whole fam got in Formation as SNP... Read more »
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HBO's The Defiant Ones Sheds New Light on Important Moments in Hip Hop History

There are some things that fans of Hip Hop accept as truth with or without any tangible evidence – OJ did it, the East Coast – West Coast feud killed Tupac and Biggie, and that Dr. Dre’s a genius. The HBO’s 4-part documentary is about the relationship between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. In it,... Read more »

Is There Really Such A Thing As Runner's Block?

If Runner’s Block is really a thing, then I have it. Big Time. I started my running journey over 3 years ago and at that time I ran everything!!! I ran the Hot Chocolate, the Biggest Loser, Chicago 10K, Big Ten.  You name it, I ran it or considered it — as long as it... Read more »

Reality TV is Killing the Fantasy

Don’t judge me. I’m trying to overcome my addiction, but Reality TV is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t like to even admit that I watch it, but admitting is the first step.  After each season, each show, each episode I swear I’ll never watch it again but somehow I get pulled back in. I... Read more »
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Who's Invited? Author Tony Bowers from 79th Street

Tony Bowers and I met through social media, a common interest in writing, and mutual friends, but our greatest link is that we both grew up on Chicago’s infamous 79th street. The Nine was the stomping ground of my hot-comb-candy-store-Reebok years, so when Tony Bowers’ collection of short stories, On The Nine, first debuted I not only had... Read more »