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The New Black Friday... CHIGATE???

By Hermene D. Hartman Black Friday took on a different meaning this year. It was “Black” all right. Chicago is a tale of two cities, one south and west sides and one downtown and north; one Black and one white; the haves and the have nots; the business district and the community; the politically connected... Read more »

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq Bamboozles

By Hermene D. Hartman I wish I knew one word to describe Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq, but I don’t. It is a little documentary, as it opens with statistics of the killings in Chicago outnumbering those of the real wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a lot of reality show. It is social/political satire. It... Read more »

The Political Game Show. . .

The Political Game Show. . .
The media has changed. The world has changed without a doubt. The digital revolution has created a new evolution in media. I have concerns about the substance of media content – the technology makes everyone a “journalist,” anybody a spokesman, and reality TV churns out some unreal version of real life. Online, Facebook, twitter is... Read more »

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes. . .

*** When former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger raised county taxes a penny on the dollar to help balance his budget, he was portrayed as a political monster in the press. He received front-page stories and made headline news. His election opponent and now Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ran on the promise... Read more »

The Reality Of Our Violence. . .

By Hermene D. Hartman Our politicians are failing us and America is living in the political basement. Mass killings are occurring in this country every other week on average – in schools, at the movies, on the streets, in church, at the shopping center, on the job. The profile of the mass shooter is White,... Read more »

The Fallen Hero

Our Fallen Hero. . . By Hermene D. Hartman What do you do with a fallen hero? Do you toss him out as trash? Do you give him the benefit of the doubt? Do you forget about him? Do you beat him up while he’s down? Do you remember his good deeds and forget his... Read more »

Why Sandra Bland?

By Hermene D. Hartman Black people are not safe on the streets of America, as policemen stop us. People are afraid, nervous and anxious. I don’t care your age, your gender, the car you’re driving, your occupation or your income. Just that you’re Black. If the President and/or his wife and/or his daughters left the... Read more »

Between The World and Me

To order, click here. by Hermene Hartman __“I tell you now that the question of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream, is the question of my life, and the pursuit of this question, I have found, ultimately answers itself. “_ Ta-Nehisi Coats. has written a classic book... Read more »

The Donald

 by Hermene Hartman Keep your eye on Donald Trump. He is not to be underestimated as he enters the business of electoral politics. He may not win the 2016 election, but he will definitely shake things up and may even determine who becomes the next President of the United States. Trump could be the Jesse Jackson of Republican... Read more »


Interviewed by Hermene Hartman Write his name down. TYLER SHIELDS. Hold on to this blog. If this was a newspaper or magazine article in print, I would tell you to preserve it. Tyler Shields is a young professional photographer living in Los Angles and his goal is to sell the most expensive photo ever. He is on... Read more »