Is a Chicago landmark located in Grant Park Was dedicated in 1927 Was donated to the city in memory of Clarence Buckingham Was constructed at a cost of $750,000 Is in the opening title sequence of the TV show Married With Children
Was established in 1961 Was originally called the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art Is the first and oldest museum of its type Has been at its current location since 1973 Is located in the Washington Park Community
The mourning of DJ Frankie Knuckles passing is still ongoing, and even President Barack Obama was touched by his death. At the recent memorial service for the legendary DJ, a letter from the President and First Lady was read aloud for the crowd. This letter from President Obama follows the lead of Elton John, who recently established a charity fund in honor of Frankie Knuckles.
The daytime talk show space continues to get crowded, and this time, Keke Palmer and BET are hoping to strike gold with a new talk show targeting so-called millenials - essentially those in her age group - which Palmer will of course host.
Tentatively titled The Keke Palmer Project, the network has ordered an initial 4-week run, starting in July, airing daily, Mondays to Fridays.
Judge Greg Mathis, apparently looking to expand his empire, will executive produce, while Telepictures is producing.
The 20-year-old Palmer (I actually thought she was 3 or 4 years older than that) will become the youngest talk show host in TV history, with The Keke Palmer Project, besting the likes of Ricki Lake, who was 25 when she begun hosting her 1990s daytime talk show, also aimed at her generation at the time.
Per the press announcement, The Keke Palmer Project will cover a variety of topics important to her target audience, as you'd expect, and will also include celebrity guests, and more.
“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling,” Palmer said. “If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page, and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”
Palmer boasts 1.4 million Twitter followers, and I suspect a good number of them will follow her to BET when her talk-show premieres in July.
She will join The Wendy Williams Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and new series, The Real (hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai,) all in syndication on BET (Latifah and The Real head to the network this fall). Clearly BET is reinforcing its dominant female audience (it's rebranding Centric to become a network for black women as well).
You'll recall that ASPiRE, the new television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, greenlit its first talk show - Exhale - last year, with Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler all hosting, and gave it a summer test run as well.
As I noted, the day-time TV talk show space is already crowded enough; surely, every single one of the existing (and upcoming new) shows can't all survive - can they?
And I should mention that a good number of those shows are hosted (solely, or co-hosted) by black personalities. It's too bad this hasn't quite transferred to the late night talk show circuit.
1) Never make him accountable: If he goes to jail, mortgage your house to pay for the attorney. If he gets fired from his fourth job in a row, of course it’s because he’s black. Anything that goes wrong in his life, explain to him why none of it is ever his fault. Make a long list of excuses for everything he does. If he gets in trouble at school, it’s the teacher’s fault. If he has an angry outburst and attacks someone, it’s because he had too much sugar. Remember: Nothing that he ever does wrong, to anyone, at any time, is ever his fault. Jesus will make him better eventually.
2) Allow him to be lazy: Clean his room for him, wash his clothes, don’t make him do any chores. Don’t make him work for anything….EVER. When he’s 32-years old, let him live in your basement and spend the day in his drawz smoking weed and playing Xbox. He’ll get that record deal eventually.
3) Don’t ever force him to manage his money: Buy him a lot of really expensive material possessions, like $250 Air Jordans and don’t make him work for any of that money. If he wrecks the new car you bought him, just buy him another one. Don’t talk to him about saving, investing or being a good provider. If he wants that 14th tattoo on his neck, go ahead and give it to him.
4) Congratulate him for being a “playa”: Let him treat his girlfriends like garbage without your saying a word. When he tells you that he got a fourth girl pregnant, just congratulate him and agree to watch the kids while his baby mama is at the club. When the third baby’s mama asks you about the other girls coming to the house, lie for him so as not to blow his cover. The world is his oyster, and he has a right to sow his oats without any semblance of responsibility. Oh yea, don’t forget to save money to pay his child support for him so he can be free to make more kids without the burden of those gold digging newborn babies.
5) Don’t make him get an education: If he brings home straight Ds on his report card, just remember that he’s the best player on the basketball team. Go buy him something nice to make him feel better, since those bad grades are going to hurt his self-esteem.
6) Coddle the living sh*t out of him: He’s your baby after all, even if he is 6’3”, 250-pounds. Never throw him out to the wolves, he won’t make it. Never force him to stand on his own two feet, he might break a toe nail. He doesn’t have to be a man for anybody, he’ll always be your baby. If his wife comes around and complains that he’s cheating on her, beating her, or not taking care of his kids, explain to her that he was your man from the very beginning, and he always will be. They should just leave your baby alone.
A Brooklyn 15-year-old was shot in the foot after cutting a line of customers waiting to buy a pair of coveted $250 sneakers Saturday morning, police say.
The boy was shot outside a Foot Locker on Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick about 6 a.m. as he and other customers waited outside the store for the chance to buy a pair of Nike Foamposite Pro Premium "Yeezy" shoes, named for Kanye West, police say.
After the boy cut in line, one of the customers left and returned with a handgun, police say. The shooter fired the gun four times, with one of the bullets hitting the 15-year-old in the foot.
The boy was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, according to the NYPD. The shooter has not been arrested.
Earlier this month, there was nearly a riot after hundreds of people lined up outside a Soho sneaker store for the debut of a different model of Nike Foamposite sneakers, according to the New York Post. The store canceled the sale after customers got unruly.
Demand is going through the roof for gymnastics-strength shower rods -- all thanks to "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape acrobatics -- and Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart are struggling to keep up.
We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we're getting the same story -- ever since the trailer for Mimi's sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience.
And supplies are running out -- a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they were totally sold out of Mimi-strength shower rods.
This is a real thing -- a Twitter search for "Mimi shower rod" shows an endless list of people trying to get their hands on one. There's even a Twitter account dedicated to it (@MimiShowerRod). And don't even get us started on the Vine videos.
We reached out to officials at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and Target -- no word back so far.
Is a freeway Runs from the circle interchange thru the southside Is designated as both interstate 94 and interstate 90 Is used by over 300,000 vehicles per day Is named after a former president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
Puff Daddy is set to receive an honorary degree at Howard University next month.
The rapper will return to the Washington DC university, where he studied in the late 1980s, to deliver the 146th Commencement address on May 10 and collect his honorary degree in humanities. The rapper, real name Sean Combs, is among five people who will receive honorary degrees on the day.
Speaking about the decision behind inviting Combs to speak, Howard President Wayne Frederick said: "We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker. He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked 'The Yard,' and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard. We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence."
Combs was named hip-hop's biggest moneymaker in 2013. He came out on top of the Cash Kings list of the highest-paid stars in hip-hop after raking in an estimated $50 million over the course of the year, with his financial success attributed to the launch of his Ciroc vodka brand in addition to his record label Bad Boy and Sean John clothing line.
The rapper had already been named the richest star in the hip-hop world by Forbes in March of the same year, due to his overall fortune of $580 million.
Jay Z and Beyoncé are launching a stadium tour together after appearing as surprise guests at each other’s gigs recently.
Sources say that hip hop’s royal couple plans to announce a 20-stadium US tour that will start in late June — and that it’s possible the couple could perform in New York on July 4.
The two recently wrapped individual tours that supported their latest albums: Jay closed out 52 dates for his “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” in January, while Bey wrapped her “Mrs. Carter Show” tour in March.
The couple has performed their hit single, “Drunk in Love,” together at a string of high-profile shows, including this year’s Grammy Awards, a DirecTV Super Bowl party and Beyoncé’s O2 Arena gig in London on Feb. 28.
On Sunday, the hip-hop husband and wife each popped up onstage individually at the Coachella music festival. Beyoncé appeared with sister Solange Knowles to dance while Solange performed her hit “Losing You.” Jay took the stage with fellow New York rappers Nas and Diddy.
Centric, BET Networks’ 24-hour music and entertainment network, unveiled their new partnership with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment that includes bringing “Single Ladies” to the network, as well as rebranding Centric as the first network designed for the Black woman.
“At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer,” said Louis Carr, BET Networks President of Broadcast and Media Sales.
“No other network has embraced her with content designed specifically for her– until now. Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.”
In addition to “Single Ladies,” the network will also air ”BEING,” “According to Him + Her,” the annual Soul Train Awards, and Centric Comedy All-Stars.
“The Queen Latifah Show” will also begin airing in primetime on Centric.
“We are thrilled to be working once again with Flavor Unit Entertainment and Queen Latifah. She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead,” said Debra L. Lee, BET Networks Chairman and CEO.
This Place Is located on Chicago’s North side Is located on Clark, Addison, Waveland & Sheffield Streets Is nicknamed “The Friendly Confines” Is known for its Ivy covered walls Celebrates its 100th year in 2014
This “Place” Was founded in 1868 Sits on 49 Acres on Chicago’s lakefront Attracts a yearly attendance of 3.5 million people Is home to more than 200 animal species Is absolutely free, which is rare for this type of attraction
What led to the unlikely pairing of the Chicago Urban League and two hip-hop artists?
In the wake of a January report on the dismal jobs landscape for young black males in Chicago — 92 percent are jobless — the League on Wednesday teamed with actor/rapper Common and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith in an effort to create 1,000 year-round jobs.
The partnership, which will include a music festival fundraiser this summer, was spawned by feedback from teens at the end of annual summer job programs such as One Summer Chicago, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday would offer 22,000 youth jobs this summer.
“Every year, we hold a hearing where young people in the summer jobs programs come and talk about the impact the jobs had on their lives. But this year, it highlighted another issue we just haven’t focused on,” said Andrea Zopp, president and and CEO of the Urban League.
“And that was that their need for a job doesn’t end in September. They have needs to support their families, take care of themselves. They want to work year-round. So in our community, we have to focus on that topic,” Zopp said.
According to the study, in 2012, 17 percent of black males ages 16 to 19 nationwide held jobs. That ratio was 12 percent in Illinois; and just 8 percent in Chicago.
“Ninety-five percent of the brothers I deal with every day on the streets wants the same thing every kid on the North Side and on the North Shore wants,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who attended the announcement Wednesday of the partnership promoting the new Chicago Youth Job Collaborative at the Museum of Contemporary Art. “Until we offer them options, the violence is our fault, because we’ve failed them.”
The collaborative, which includes five other stalwart Chicago nonprofits, will work with the public and private sector to secure year-round jobs for those 16 to 24. Launching with 1,000 jobs this September, it hopes to add jobs yearly for the next four years, to impact 15,000 youths within five years.
An annual music festival will help raise money for the jobs effort and youth programs such as those supported by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, and by rapper Kanye West’s charity, Donda’s House, run by Rhymefest and his wife.
“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago,” said Common, a k a Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
“Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
The inaugural AAHH! Fest fundraiser will be held Sept. 20-21 at 6300 S. Hayes Dr., featuring big-name acts and Chicago youths performing and employed behind the scenes, said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), who has been involved in its planning for the last year.
With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it was "premature" to speculate about taking the 2016 Games away from Brazil.
IOC President Thomas Bach and other Olympic officials said the construction holdups and political paralysis have reached a critical point, requiring the IOC to take special measures to save the games.
"It is about time for action," Bach said following an unprecedented public outpouring of criticism and complaints from international sports leaders about the lack of progress in Rio.
Several sports federations asked about contingency plans for their venues and one -- handball -- asked if there was a backup for the games themselves if Rio won't be ready on time.
Asked whether there had been discussion of moving the games out of Brazil, IOC spokesman Mark Adams stopped short of ruling it out.
"At this stage, that would be far too premature," he said. "We're not talking about Plan B. We're still talking about delivery of the games."
"The IOC has outlined its concerns for some time now -- that time is running out," Adams said after Rio organizers spoke to the executive board by video conference. "We believe that Rio 2016 can still deliver good games if appropriate action is taken immediately. The clock is ticking. Every day is crucial, but they can still deliver."
With two years to go, relocating the games would be a last resort, and finding an alternate site on such short notice would be virtually impossible. However, raising alarms about Rio's state of readiness serves to ramp up the pressure on the Brazilians.
Rio organizers issued a statement from Brazil after talking with the executive board.
"We are fully aware of the issues that need to be resolved," the statement said. "We are grateful for the input from all stakeholders.
"Progress has been made in the past two weeks, since the last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016. We move ahead every single day. There is absolutely no question in our minds that Rio will deliver great Games."
Leaders of 18 different federations spoke out about Rio's troubled preparations in a meeting with Bach and the IOC executive board. All but one -- volleyball -- raised serious concerns.
The greatest worries centered on Deodoro, a complex in north Rio that is to host venues for eight sports. Work has not even begun on the site.
"The general feeling is that we are in the most critical situation in the preparation for the games that has happened in the last 20 years at least," said Francesco Ricci Bitti, head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.
IOC vice president Craig Reedie said the problems in Rio appeared greater than those for the 2004 Athens Olympics, where serious concerns lingered up to the last minute.
"There was pressure on Athens to finish construction and to deliver, but they did and there was a feeling that, although it was tight, it would always be done," Reedie said. "Some of the federations are now saying, `Look they (Rio) haven't started building, so can they actually finish this one on time?"
Ricci Bitti said the sports raising the issue of a "Plan B" were referring to venue plans, not moving the games.
"We are not at this stage," he said, adding that basketball, for example, could consider playing some games in Sao Paulo if the Deodoro venue won't be ready.
The Italian urged Bach to make another trip to Brazil soon to meet with government leaders and organizers. Bach traveled to Brazil in January for talks with President Dilma Rousseff.
The IOC said there were no immediate plans for Bach to make another trip.
Bach said he was waiting for more details of Tuesday's meeting in Brasilia between Rio organizers and Rousseff's chief of staff. Brazil's sports ministry said the deadlines would be met "and the games themselves would take place without disorder."
Bach gave no details on specific action the IOC might take, but noted that the IOC will be sending several task forces -- made up of groups of experts in construction and other fields -- to Rio to monitor the situation. Gilbert Felli will be assigned to work with Rio when he steps down as the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games later this year.
Ricci Bitti said the Olympic project is in danger of falling further behind because of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and presidential election in October.
"We require you to take action immediately," the Italian told Bach. " We cannot waste these next six months."
The Deodoro complex would be used by shooting, equestrian, modern pentathlon, canoe-slalom, rugby, basketball, cycling and field hockey.
"We believe it might be prudent to consider contingency plans if things do not progress," hockey federation director general Kelly Fairweather said.
The eight sports with planned events in Deodoro met Wednesday with Rio organizers, and the Brazilians reported "constructive dialogue on venue timelines." Rio confirmed the tender for Deodoro would be released this month.
Thirteen children were taken to a hospital Tuesday night after their guardians thought they accidentally ingested alcohol at a Little Village restaurant, but police say none had alcohol in their systems.
Six adults and 13 children were at Home Run Inn at 4524 W. 31st St. about 9:40 p.m. The group ordered fruit punch drinks for the children, and when the waitress brought out the drinks, the group complained they were one drink short.
The waitress went back to the bar and saw a lone drink, the same color as the fruit punch in a similiarly-sized cup, and brought it to the table, police said.
The little girl complained to her parent that the punch tasted funny, and the parent smelled alcohol in the drink, police said.
The waitress came back to the table and took all the cups away from the children, police said. When officers arrived, the 7-year-old told officers she drank from the cup. A moment later, all the kids told police they had drank from the cup.
All of the children were taken to a local hospital, but none had even a trace of alcohol in their systems, police said.
The restaurant complained that the group left without paying their bill, police said, but no citations were issued. Police said all the restaurant’s licenses were up to date.
This ‘Place” Is located on Chicago’s North side Is located on Clark Addison Waveland & Sheffield Streets Is nicknamed “The Friendly Confines” Is known for its Ivy covered walls Celebrates its 100th year in 2014
A Phoenix woman who was arrested for felony child abuse after leaving her children in the car during a job interview now has more than $88,000 in donations pouring in from around the country.
Shanesha Taylor, 35, was arrested on March 21 when she left her 6-month-old and 2-year-old alone in her Dodge Durango for 45 minutes during a job interview in Scottsdale.
She was charged with two felony counts of child abuse and faces a minimum of two years for each count. Taylor told police she is unemployed, occasionally homeless and was without childcare that day.
A tearful mugshot struck a chord throughout the country.
Amanda Bishop, a New Jersey single mother who has also experienced homelessness, sympathized with her situation and set up a YouCaring donation page hoping to raise $9,000 to pay for Taylor’s bond.
With more than 3,000 supporters she has raised more than $88,800 as of Saturday.
"More than anything, I have an outpouring of people who can relate. People who are saying you know what, I've been there and I am lucky my children weren't taken away from me," she said.
"Obviously, this woman cares for her children and she was really trying to do good for them, trying to better her situation," she added.
Taylor was released March 31 on $9,000 bond.
The crowdfunding page is gaining more than $6,000 per day.
Taylor’s children are currently in state’s custody.
She responded to the outpouring of support.
"Thank you to all who love and support me,” she wrote. “I am home and safe. I was released early this morning by the grace of God And the charity of a wonderful church community here in Chandler, AZ. I appreciate everyone who felt moveed enough to help a complete stranger. I LOVE you all."
This “Place” Is located on the near West Side of Chicago Was the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1990-2011 Is the home of O Magazine Sits on a street renamed “Oprah Winfrey Way” in 2011 Was recently sold to developers for $32 million
Mane Vending is the brainchild of Marcella Ellis, who’s goal was to not only provide women with convenience when it comes to their hair choices, but to also retain revenue in the Black community that’s usually absorbed by Korean hair supply businesses.
“Having been in the hair extension industry for over 20 years, my goal in creating The Mane Vendor® was to empower hair salon owners nationwide, bringing the supply of hair extensions back into the salon,” said Ellis. “In addition to keeping the revenues earned from hair extensions within our local communities, it will also improve the customers’ experience. No longer will they need to travel to a hair supply stores to purchase their extensions before coming to the salon.”
Mane Vending not only provides franchise opportunities for people who are interested in starting their own business, but the company also partners with beauty salons to provide them with additional revenue by having a machine on the premise.
We all know hair is a billion dollar business, whether you rock your own or someone else’s. But would you purchase your hair from a machine?
This “Thing” Was introduced in 1969 Was named after Ben Bentley, The Bulls 1st stadium announcer Is the mascot for the Chicago Bulls Was named The Most Popular Mascot in sports by Forbes in 2013 Wears a jersey with the number “1” on it
On the heels of the passing of Grammy-winning house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles, the Media Burn video archive shared a previously unseen mini-documentary of the Oct. 25, 1986 opening of the Power House club in Chicago on Wednesday. The documentary was produced by filmmaker Phil Ranstrom.
"How hot is house music now?" an interviewer asks Knuckles in the video.
Toni Braxton is going to break new ground on Oprah Winfrey’s cable network.
The R&B diva will be playing legendary singer Darlene Love in OWN’s first ever scripted television movie.
My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story will document the iconic 60s singer’s rise from background vocalist to solo soul icon.
Love, who is executive producing the film. has long been a force in the music industry, collaborating with Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra just to name a few.
According to OWN, “This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up.”
Love is enjoying something of a renaissance these days. She was featured prominently in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards was viewed by many as a highlight of the show.
Meanwhile, Braxton is making big moves as well. Her memoir, Unbreak My Heart, is due out on May 20.
My Name Is Love is scheduled to premiere this December.
We knew it was bad, but new numbers make it official: Chicago's seemingly endless winter was also its coldest since records began in 1872.
According to a statement released Tuesday by the National Weather Service -- Chicago experienced its coldest four-month period on record between December 2013 and March 2014.
Though meteorological winter ended weeks ago, cold weather has not loosened its grip on the Windy City. The month of March was Chicago's 19th coldest ever, contributing to an average temperature of just 22 degrees over the four months -- the chilliest average temperature for that period since tracking began 142 years ago.
The next coldest December-March in Chicago came during the winter of 1903-1904 (22.3 degrees) followed by the winters of 1977-1978 and 1892-1893 (tied at 22.5 degrees).
Frankie Knuckles, known to many as the “godfather of house music” because he pioneered the electronic dance music in Chicago club culture during the 1970s and ’80s, died Monday at the age of 59.
Knuckles’ longtime business partner Frederick Dunson confirmed the DJ’s death to the Chicago Tribune in an email, saying simply that Knuckles had “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home.”
Originally from the Bronx, Knuckles honed his musical skills under the guidance of DJ Larry Levan, before moving to Chicago in the ’70s. The disco scene was fading and as the premiere DJ at The Warehouse, Knuckles pioneered house music by mixing extended soul and R&B records into dance tracks and adding drum machine loops. He would later go on to open his own club, the Power Plant, and work as a producer on house anthems such as “Tears” with Robert Owens. He also mixed records for performing superstars such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.
Though house music exploded in Europe, where Knuckles had scores of fans, the DJ was always proudest of Chicago’s music scene. “The people I meet all around the world look at Chicago and the house scene with a new romanticism,” he once told the Tribune. “They recognize more than ever that Chicago is the core of where it all began.