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Rainbow PUSH Coalition recently hosted its annual International Convention in Chicago. This year’s theme was 400 Years Later: Repairing the Damage Done and honored the 400 year anniversary of the first documented arrival of African slaves in North America in 1619. The convention hosted a multitude of notable figures from across the globe, including several U.S. presidential candidates who were given a chance to speak to attendees.


Former Vice President Joe Biden (pictured) is running for president in 2020 and recently attended the annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition International Convention to share his campaign platform with attendees. Photo Credit: Deborah Olivia Farmer







Corporate Catwalk Identifies Gap in Market for Women’s Workwear

Small Business Job Growth Slows in June, While Wage Growth Increases


The Roots’ ‘The Tipping Point’ To Be Reissued For 15th Anniversary


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UNITEDHEALTH GROUP ANNOUNCES ATLANTA HBCU PARTNERSHIP, $8.25 MILLION INVESTMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF FUTURE DATA SCIENTISTS UnitedHealth Group and the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC), the oldest and largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), are partnering on a new initiative. The five-year, $8.25 million investment by UnitedHealth Group is part of an ambitious collaboration with AUCC and its membership: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. The investment will fund the launch of the AUCC Data Science Initiative, which will offer technical classes for students who want to specialize in data science or learn data analysis to give them a competitive edge when they look for jobs in their field of study.


PEAK SUMMER: MORE THAN ONE IN SIX PEOPLE LIKELY TO GET FOOD POISONING An estimated 48 million Americans, or one in six, get sick from food poisoning each year, many suffering from violent vomiting, diarrhea or even death in rare cases according to the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention. “Fresh produce is catching up with poultry as a leading cause of infections, but undercooked chicken is still the most common cause of death from food poisoning,” says Colin Zhu, DO, a board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician who has additional training as a chef and health coach. “While produce will show no signs of infection, meats that appear undercooked should be avoided,” he said. According to an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) press release, consulting a food thermometer will ensure foods reach appropriate internal temperatures high enough to kill bacteria. The AOA also advises refrigerating leftovers within 2 hours of cooking or within 1 hour if the food was served in temperatures reaching 90°F.


FEDEX SHAREHOLDER INVESTIGATION: CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED Thornton Law Firm LLP recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against FedEx Corporation on behalf of FedEx shareholders (NYSE ticker: FDX). FedEx investors who have purchased at least 500 shares of FedEx stock between September 19, 2017 and December 18, 2018, and are interested to learn more about the case are encouraged to contact the Thornton Law Firm at, or call 617-531-3917. Interested FedEx shareholders have until August 26, 2019 to apply to be lead plaintiff. The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal securities laws, and the class has not yet been certified. Until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

Rainbow PUSH Convention Hosts Several Presidential Candidates Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Rainbow PUSH Coalition recently hosted its annual International Convention in Chicago. This year’s theme was 400 Years Later: Repairing the Damage Done and honored the 400 year anniversary of the first documented arrival of African slaves in North America in 1619. The convention hosted a multitude of notable figures from across the globe, including several U.S. presidential candidates who were given a chance to speak to attendees. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a “multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization” that was founded by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. in 1996. The organization is headquartered in Chicago and operates offices in many more major U.S. cities, according to information provided by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The goal of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is to create opportunities for all Americans to improve their lives and advocate for peace and justice around the world, according to information provided by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. During the five-day convention, Rev. Jackson brought a variety of people to Chicago from politicians to musicians to civil rights activists and gave them the opportunity to share their stories and visions on the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s platform. Among the many notable speakers were three Democratic presidential candidates including former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Mayor of South Bend Indiana Pete Buttigieg. All the candidates who were present at the conference were invited to speak on their political platforms. During his Convention speech, former Vice President Joe Biden shared key points about his background that he believes show his

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. (right), founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, recently invited presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (left) to speak at the annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition International Convention. Photo Credit: Micha Thurston

history of civil rights activism. He shared an encouraging message about unity and said that he has never been more optimistic about the future than he is right now. “We are going to win together in 2020 when we defeat Donald Trump. I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future and I mean that,” said Biden. “This is the United States of America. There is nothing that e can’t do if we are united. We have to remember who we are, pick our heads up, and work together.” Later in the Convention, Rev. Jackson introduced Elizabeth Warren and shared his own reflections on her work and the work that they have done together over the last decade. “Senator Elizabeth Warren is a sister who I’ve worked with for more than 10 years now, she’s a freedom fighter. She formed the Consumer Protection Agency to stop people from

robbing you with your eyes wide open and then they wouldn’t let her have the job so she ran for Senate and now she’s running for the White House. She’s a woman of integrity and strength and without fear,” said Jackson. Finally, Pete Buttigieg was invited to speak alongside Rev. Jackson at a press conference that took place during the Convention. Buttigieg answered questions about his policy plans and how he plans to garner the African American vote. “When you’re new on the scene and you’re not from a community of color, you have to work much harder to gain that trust because trust is largely a function of quantity time and I’m committed to doing that work,” said Buttigieg. “If I can show that our policy will benefit black Americans, I think the politics will start to take care of themselves.”

Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas — Unemployment rate down in twelve metros The number of nonfarm jobs increased in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in two, according to preliminary data released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and increased in two. “Job growth was widespread across most metro areas in May as job opportunities and confidence in the economy continue to improve,”

said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Gov. Pritzker and his administration are building on this success with bold bipartisan investments that will help create and support more good jobs, whether it’s helping to rebuild our roads and bridges, teach students at our schools and universities or expanding broadband throughout the state.” Illinois businesses added jobs in twelve metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.8%, +1,600), Lake-Kenosha (+2.3%, +9,700), Peoria (+1.9%, +3,300),

and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+1.3%, +47,900). The metro areas showing over-theyear decreases in total nonfarm jobs were Danville (-1.1%, -300) and the Illinois section of the St. Louis metro area (-0.5%, -1,100). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Professional & Business Services (10 of 14), Leisure & Hospitality (10 of 14), Government (9 of 14), Mining & Construction (8 of 14), Manufacturing (8 of 14), and Education & Health Services (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2019 with May 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.6 percent in May 2019 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in May 2019 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

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NEWS Attorney General Announces Nearly $6 Million Settlement With LexisNexis

The Gorgeous Things Giving Store in Hyde Park is hosting a community-wide grand opening celebration on July 13.

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Newly Opened South Side Boutique Invites Those In Need To Shop For Free BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

After quietly opening just a few months ago, the Gorgeous Things Giving Store, a boutique that offers all of their items at no cost and with no questions asked, is preparing to host a community-wide grand opening celebration on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the store, 1751 E. 55th St., in Hyde Park. The Gorgeous Things Giving Store was born out of a passion for fashion and the vision of creating a truly free community resource. The store selectively takes donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories and offers them for free to anyone that is in need. “The original vision of this was certainly focused on those who are less fortunate and those who actually don’t have what they need in the way of clothing and resources. We do sometimes have people who come in and buying clothing is not an issue for them but the experience of being gifted something in this space does something for their spirit and for their morale,” said T. Alexis Owens, founder of the Gorgeous Things Giving Space. Since she was a young girl, Owens remembers always having a heart for giving and about 12 years ago, she felt the need to start giving in a more meaningful way. “I feel like I got a calling in my life to part

with some of my things because I had so much and so I started to give away the things that I didn’t want and what I knew I could part with,” said Owens. “That got me started on building a collection of garments and shoes and bags and about 12 years ago I actually set up shop in my carport and started to give it all away. I gave away clothes and shoes, I gave away a car, I gave away furniture, I really just let go of a lot of the beautiful things that I had.” When the time came, Owens decided to open the Gorgeous Things Giving Store in Hyde Park because she wanted to be able to operate as a vital resource in a diverse community. Owens said that Hyde Park is a good location for her because there are people with needs and also people with the means to give all residing in the same neighborhood. “Part of the goal here is to shift the paradigm of what needy people look like because typically, when we think about people in need we have this vision in our head of someone who’s extremely downtrodden and who looks that way but that is not always the case,” said Owens. “Being in the Hyde Park location, which is a multi-ethnic and multi socio-economic community, we can service a multitude of people and really show what it means to give and receive at all levels.” For more information or to get involved, email

Having always had a heart for giving, T. Alexis Owens (pictured) opened the Gorgeous Things Giving Store in Hyde Park where everything is free. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Gorgeous Things Giving Store

Attorney General Kwame Raoul recently announced a $5.8 million settlement with LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. (“LexisNexis”) and several affiliates. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in the name of Illinois and several other states alleging that LexisNexis wrongfully withheld fees from law enforcement agencies when reselling their automobile crash reports. Raoul’s office joined with four states and the city of Baltimore to settle allegations that LexisNexis knowingly failed to pay contractually agreed upon fees to approximately 400 Illinois law enforcement agencies when reselling their crash reports. LexisNexis obtains automobile crash reports from law enforcement agencies in Illinois and other states, which it sells to individuals, insurance companies, and law firms for use in claims adjustments. Many law enforcement agencies have entered into contracts with LexisNexis in which the agencies provide crash reports, and in exchange, LexisNexis pays the agencies for every report sold. However, an investigation by Raoul’s office found that LexisNexis paid law enforcement agencies only the first time it sold a report. The company failed to pay the agencies an additional fee for each subsequent sale, as required under the contracts. “Businesses operating in Illinois are expected to comply with our laws,” Raoul said. “LexisNexis’ actions violated agreements with local law enforcement agencies, and ultimately harmed communities throughout the state. This practice is unacceptable, and my office will continue to hold businesses accountable for putting profits ahead of the law.” The settlement stems from a whistleblower action originally filed in 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida under the Illinois False Claims Act and the participating states’ respective false claims statutes. The whistleblower was a former employee of LexisNexis, and Raoul’s office conducted an investigation in cooperation with several other states. Under the settlement, LexisNexis will pay the withheld fees and discontinue its resale practice. The company will also pay the states $5.8 million, with around $1.3 million going to Illinois. Joining Raoul in the investigation were the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee, as well as the Baltimore city solicitor. Assistant Attorneys General Christopher J. Kim and Darren Kinkead handled the case for Raoul’s Special Litigation Bureau.

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The national index declined 0.45 from the previous month and is down 1.09 percent from June 2018.

Hourly earnings growth rose for the third consecutive month, now 2.65 percent above a year ago

Small Business Job Growth Slows in June, While Wage Growth Increases

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for June shows slowing small business job growth accompanied by continued steady wage growth, together indications of an increasingly tight labor market.

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for June shows slowing small business job growth accompanied by continued steady wage growth, together indications of an increasingly tight labor market. The national jobs index fell 0.45 percent from the previous month to 98.32 in June. Conversely, with a three-month annualized growth rate near three percent, hourly

earnings growth during the past quarter is the strongest since 2017. Hourly earnings growth rose to 2.65 percent ($0.70) in June, while weekly earnings growth fell to 2.02 percent due to a continued decrease in hours worked from a year ago. “The two-year long, gradual slowing of small business job growth took on a more rapid pace in June with the index declining to 98.32,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit. “The jobs index is still reflective of employment growth, though at a slower pace than recent years,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “With hourly earnings growth increasing, it appears the challenging hiring environment is finally starting to push wage growth higher for small business workers.” Broken down further by geography and industry, the June report showed:

l The South continues to lead regions in employment growth; the West remains the top region for hourly earnings growth. l Texas holds the top spot among states for small business job growth; Illinois held its lead among states for wage growth. l Dallas is again the top metro for job growth; San Diego continues to lead metros for wage growth. l Falling to 97.75, job growth in Leisure and Hospitality slowed the most in June at 0.85 percent. The complete results for June, including interactive charts detailing all data at a national, regional, state, metro, and industry level, are available at www.paychex. com/employment-watch. For more information about the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, visit and sign up to receive monthly Employment Watch alerts.

Average New-Car Prices Up 3% Year-Over-Year for June 2019 The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book recently reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,285 in June 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $1,131 (up 3.1%) from June 2018, while decreasing $67 (down 0.2%) from last month. “Transaction price growth accelerated in June, climbing 3% as demand for trucks and SUVs pushed sales and prices up in those segments. Light trucks and SUVs are expected to account for about 71% of sales in June, up from 68% a year ago,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Overall, SUV prices were up 4% and trucks rose 3%, while car prices were flat (and still lost market share). Luxury and mainstream mid-size SUVs are showing the most strength right now, with brand new models such as the BMW X7 and Kia Telluride driving incremental sales and price growth for their brands.”

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More Women and Minorities Needed for Financial Planning Jobs StatePoint - Americans’ need for competent and ethical financial advice continues to grow, but the population of professionals who can provide such advice is shrinking. At the same time, the demographics of wealth in the U.S. are shifting. The average net worth of African American families increased by 30 percent from 2013 to 2016, according to the Federal Reserve. Women now control more than one-third of wealth in the country, according to The Boston Consulting Group. And an “InvestmentNews” report found the top-fifth of Latinos, or more than 2.1 million households, have an average wealth of more than $400,000. Not reflecting these changes, however, are the demographics of today’s financial planning workforce. Less than onefourth of the more than 84,000 Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals are women, and only 3.6 percent are Black or Latino. The gap between the current state of the financial planning profession and what is needed in this shifting landscape presents big career opportunities for aspiring CFP professionals, particularly female and minority candidates. “We need more financial planners,” says Brittney Castro, a Los Angeles-based Latina CFP professional. “It’s such a great career. You’re helping people with their money, you make good money, and

you have ultimate freedom over your time. That’s a win-win-win.” Financial planners earn a median pay of $89,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects that job opportunities within the financial advisory industry are expected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026. This means CFP professionals can enjoy lucrative careers with longterm opportunity and room for growth, all while helping others. The ways in which diverse financial professionals benefit their communities is multifaceted, according to Justin Sullivan, CFP, an African American investment advisor for a wealth management company in Atlanta. Giving back is a central part of the work, he says, whether through formal financial planning services or simple conversations with people in the community. “I think we take for granted what people know, especially when you talk about groups that have not historically been exposed to wealth.” Becoming a CFP professional also provides opportunities to serve as a mentor for future generations of financial planners and encourage even greater diversity in the profession. “There are not many of us -- women of color -- who are financial planners, so I have a responsibility,” says Rianka Dorsainvil, a CFP professional in Washington, D.C. “I have to volunteer and raise my hand for

leadership positions so other women of color can say, ‘I see her in me, so I can do that too.’” To learn more about financial

Financial planners earn a median pay of $89,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects that job opportunities within the financial advisory industry are expected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026.

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for financial advice, helping people in their community achieve their financial goals, and making a positive difference in their clients’ lives.

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Corporate Catwalk Identifies Gap in Market for Women’s Workwear Corporate Catwalk recently announced Corporate Catwalk box. Unlike its predecessors, the Corporate Catwalk box specializes in women’s workwear, bringing the founder Olivia Trewatha’s popular modern corporate style to an untapped sector of the subscription box market. After engaging with her nearly two-hundred thousand followers on Instagram, she realized that women wanted more out of their work wardrobes. “Working in corporate America, you have to learn how to dress accordingly. When attending customer meetings, I had to figure out a way to look professional, yet not lose my identity in a black suit,” said Olivia Trewatha, founder and CEO of Corporate Catwalk. “I know many women share this struggle, so my aim with Corporate Catwalk is to take the stress out of dressing well at work, so they can focus on everything else they have going on.” How it Works l Women fill out a short survey to share their sizing, office environment, and aesthetic preferences. l A stylist selects apparel, footwear, and accessories that best fit a client’s unique taste, budget, and office guidelines. l She will receive 5-7 items each month with a style guide detailing different ways the pieces can be worn. l She then buys what she loves and sends back what she doesn’t, with free shipping both ways. “We received amazing feedback in our beta program and women made it clear that one of the most important things they look for is personalization,” said Parker Hunstiger, lead stylist at Corporate Catwalk. “Many clients have shared that they’ve tried other subscription boxes in the past but were disappointed. We don’t rely on algorithms to pull clothes, so every box is curated by one of our stylists who chooses items based on your profile. It almost feels like we get to know these women and we’re thrilled when they love the outfits.” Sizes will aim to be inclusive, with petite, tall and plus options available. To continue to build out their platform, Corporate Catwalk has created a crowdfunding campaign on iFundWomen.

Ceo of Corporate Catwalk Olivia Trewatha

Interested clients can sign up as early adopters now and start receiving their boxes when Corporate Catwalk launches in the fall. About Olivia Trewatha Olivia Trewatha entered the fashion world in 2012 when she began her blog, Corporate

Catwalk. At the time, Trewatha was working in Corporate America for nearly ten years at two of the largest technology companies in the world. Her blog started out as a way for her to share her weekly outfits and advice for dressing in the workplace, but it quickly evolved into a full-time career. In 2019, Trewatha used her blogging

platform to establish the Corporate Catwalk subscription box with her husband, Matt Logush. Originally from the Midwest, Trewatha now resides in New York with her husband and their 2-year old son Sebastian. For more information please visit https://

Dermablend Professional Announces Participation in 2019 Amazon Prime Day


Dermablend Professional recently announced the brand’s participation in the 2019 Amazon Prime Day. The #1 dermatologist recommended coverage brand will feature two of its bestselling products: Loose Setting Powder in Original and Illuminating Banana Setting Powder. Ranked in the top three face powders on, the brand’s iconic settings powders will be available to Amazon Prime members for 31% off on Prime Day, which is slated for July 15th and 16th. Originally retailing for $29, the setting powders will each be available for $20.01. Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder locks in makeup for up to 16 hours of consistent color

wear that is smudge and transfer-resistant. The Original shade is translucent with a matte finish, while the Illuminating Banana Setting Powder features a universally flattering brightening banana shade and a luminous finish, according to a press release. For more information, visit https://www.

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Airline Satisfaction Climbs to Record Highs Is this the golden age of air travel? According to the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airline Satisfaction Study,SM released recently, a combination of newer planes, better ticket value and improved customer touchpoints have driven overall satisfaction with airlines to its highest point in history, up 11 points (on a 1,000-point scale) from last year’s record-setting performance. The surge is driven by significant improvements among traditional carriers, while satisfaction slowed with low-cost carriers. “Airlines continue to deliver on the operational side of air travel,” said Michael Taylor, travel intelligence lead at J.D. Power. “New technology investments have dramatically improved the reservation and check-in process. Fleets are newer and travelers generally feel that they are getting great value for their money. These improvements have been most profound in the traditional carrier segment, where

“AIRLINES CONTINUE TO DELIVER ON THE OPERATIONAL SIDE OF AIR TRAVEL. NEW TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS HAVE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED THE RESERVATION AND CHECK-IN PROCESS. FLEETS ARE NEWER AND TRAVELERS GENERALLY FEEL THAT THEY ARE GETTING GREAT VALUE FOR THEIR MONEY.” MICHAEL TAYLOR Travel intelligence lead at J.D. Power. customer satisfaction has climbed considerably. “While low-cost carriers have historically had the highest levels of customer satisfaction in our study, due to a strong sense of value for money among customers, that line is starting to blur as traditional carriers improve their services and operations,” Taylor added. “The one area where both traditional and low-cost carriers can still improve, however, is in in-flight services. It continues to be the lowest-ranked factor in the study, as many airlines still struggle with in-flight enter-

tainment, connectivity, in-seat power and food service.” Following are some of the key findings of the 2019 study: l Record-high customer satisfaction: Overall satisfaction with airlines increases 11 points to 773, continuing an eight-year trend of satisfaction improvement. l Improvement driven by traditional carriers: This year’s significant gains in customer satisfaction are driven by the traditional carriers, whose segment satisfaction score improves 22 points from 2018. The low-cost segment—while still having higher overall satisfaction than the traditional carrier segment—declines 6 points from 2018, thus driving a segment convergence in satisfaction.

l Tech investments in reservation and check-in systems pay off: The reservation and check-in experiences are the most satisfying portions of the airline experience, driven by investments in digital check-in technologies, self-service kiosks and a concerted effort among airlines to improve the efficiency of the preflight process. l In-flight service remains a stumbling block: In-flight services, such as seatback entertainment, food service and Wi-Fi continue to be the lowest-ranked part of the air traveler experience. Specific in-flight amenities that have the greatest positive effect on customer satisfaction are fresh food, seatback games and seatback live television.

Study Rankings Among traditional carriers, Alaska Airlines ranks highest for the 12th consecutive year, with a score of 801. Delta Air Lines (788) ranks second and American Airlines (764) ranks third. Among low-cost carriers, JetBlue Airways (817) and Southwest Airlines (817) rank highest in a tie. For Southwest, this is the third consecu-

tive year at the top of the J.D. Power ranking. Among Canada-based airlines, Air Canada (729) saw its customer satisfaction score decline 5 points from 2018. WestJet (758) saw its score increase 11 points but remains below the low-cost carrier average. The North America Airline Satisfaction Study, now in its 15th year, measures passenger satisfaction with airline carriers in North America based on performance in seven factors (in order of importance): cost and fees; in-flight services; aircraft; boarding/deplaning/baggage; flight crew; check-in; and reservation. The study measures passenger satisfaction among both business and leisure travelers and is based on responses from 5,966 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2018 and March 2019. The study was fielded from April 2018 through March 2019. For more information about the North America Airline Satisfaction Study, visit https://www.jdpower. com/business/resource/jd-power-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study.


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The Roots’ ‘The Tipping Point’ To Be Reissued For 15th Anniversary In honor of its 15th anniversary, The Roots’ legendary sixth album The Tipping Point is available once again via Geffen/Urban Legends. The amalgam of hiphop, soul and funk, originally released on Geffen Records in 2004, has been reissued as standard black double vinyl as well as on translucent gold limited-edition colored double vinyl, to be released July 12. Order The Tipping Point now at TheTippingPoint The Tipping Point, named after Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 pop-sociology classic in which he explored how minor movements and behaviors can proliferate, was where the Roots really honed their sound and messaging. The Philadelphia rap crew, led by MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, was at a crossroads, with acclaimed albums like 1996’s Illadelph Halflife and 1999’s Things Fall Apart under their belt, while still five years away from their national TV turn on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On highlights like “Star,” “Don’t Say Nuthin’” and “Guns Are Drawn,” the Roots did what they do best: blending multifarious influences from soul, funk and jazz music, funneled through a canny social conscience and kinetic musicians: bassists Adam Blackstone and Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, guitarists Anthony Tidd, “Captain” Kirk Douglas and Martin Luther, keyboardists Kamal and Omar Edwards and more, helmed by producers Questlove and Scott Starch. The album samples Sly & the Family Stone (“Everybody is a Star” on “Star”), Al Hirt (“Harlem Hendoo” on “Stay Cool” and the Rimshots (“Dance Girl” on “Web”). At the time, the Roots were restless about their message, wanting to make music about

Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, Zeta 25th International President (right) and Zakkiyyah Nazeeh, Zeta Pacific Regional Director (left), welcome Hollywood actress and community advocate Nicki Micheaux (center) into the Zeta sisterhood at a reception held on June 28, 2019 in her honor in Los Angeles.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, The Roots’ legendary sixth album The Tipping Point is available once again via Geffen/Urban Legends. The amalgam of hip-hop, soul and funk, originally released on Geffen Records in 2004, has been reissued as standard black double vinyl as well as on translucent gold limited-edition colored double vinyl, to be released July 12. Order The Tipping Point now at

crucial issues rather than hedonism. “People could have easily thought, ‘OK, these guys are about to be all on this yacht, pouring champagne on people,” Questlove said in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone. “I’m kind of noticing that nobody in urban music really has the balls to just stop partying for one second.” The Tipping Point is full of declarations and calls to action, a cultural splash that would make Malcolm Gladwell proud. Black Thought puts it best on “Guns Are Drawn”: “We go to war and transcend space and time / When every record ain’t a record just to shake behinds.” The Tipping Point is just that: a battle cry. The results debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 and gleaned positive reviews: at the time, Slant Magazine described The Tipping Point as “their most jovial effort yet,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “an eclectic and often

breezy reimagining of hip-hop’s energetic essence.” Now’s your chance to revisit this legendary chapter in the Roots’ history on exclusive translucent gold limitededition double vinyl. To honor this reissue of The Tipping Point, Urban Legends is partnering with key institutions in Philadelphia, including the Roots’ media company, OkayPlayer. The Tipping Point Track Listing Side A 1. Star 2. I Don’t Care 3. Don’t Say Nuthin’ 4. Guns Are Drawn 5. Stay Cool 6. Web 7. Boom! Side B 1. Somebody’s Gotta Do It 2. Duck Down! 3. Why (What’s Goin On?) 4. The Mic 5. Melting Pot 6. Din Da Da SOURCE Geffen/Urban Legends

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Inducts Hollywood Actress And Community Advocate Nicki Micheaux As An Honorary Member Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 99-year old international women’s service organization, has awarded honorary membership to Nicki Micheaux, actress, producer and director. The induction ceremony took place on June 28, 2019 during the sorority’s 48th Pacific Regional Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her role as Jennifer “Jenn” Sutton in the ABC Family drama series Lincoln Heights, Micheaux received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for the portrayal. “While most know Ms. Micheaux as a Hollywood actress, it is her advocacy work uplifting women and children that makes her a perfect match for Zeta,” said Zeta International President Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker. “Her effort fighting against global poverty and shaping the perceptions and treatment of Black boys and men among law enforcement align with both our Z-HOPE™ (Zeta Helping Others Excel) and GET ENGAGED™ social action initiatives. We are proud to welcome her into our sisterhood.” Micheaux currently has a recurring role on the NBC drama series Chicago P.D., where she plays Alicia Price, the wife of Ray Price with guest star Wendell Pierce. She has appeared in

numerous others roles in both film and television, including Animal Kingdom, Six Feet Under and Soul Food, and expanded her repertoire by writing and directing a short film, Veil, a sci-fi action thriller. Additionally, she serves as an ambassador for Oxfam, a non-profit confederation of independent charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, and Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United, Inc., a national coalition of concerned moms of Black boys dedicated to positively influencing how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University, will celebrate 100 years of service in 2020, commemorating the work of its five fearless founders who envisioned a sorority that would promote the highest standard of scholastic achievement and Finer Womanhood. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zeta has initiated a diverse membership of more than 120,000 college-educated women with over 800 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit www. SOURCE Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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CAPITOL RECAP: $45 billion Infrastructure bill becomes law with new taxes to pay for it Other bills signed, new state laws take effect BY CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker made several stops this week on a statewide promotional tour for a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan he signed into law in Springfield on Friday, June 28. During stops in Walker’s Bluff, Champaign, Rockford, Waukegan and other impacted cities, Pritzker said the six-year capital plan could create 540,000 jobs while investing in roads, bridges, railways, universities, early childhood centers, a state crime lab and veterans homes, among others. House Bill 62, the infrastructure plan dubbed “Rebuild Illinois,” allocates $33.2 billion for transportation, including $11 billion for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan and $14 billion for other road and bridge projects. It also includes $4.7 billion for mass transit, $1 billion for passenger rail and millions for ports, aeronautics and other projects. Higher education will see $2.9 billion in infrastructure spending while K-12 and early childhood education will see a combined $526 million. Pritzker said all of Illinois will benefit from the plan as he defended a portion that dedicates about $6 million to each Democratic state senator for projects in their districts, compared to $3 million for each Republican senator. Democrats and Republicans in the House would each see about half those amounts respectively. “The fact is that a majority of the funding in the infrastructure bill goes

to downstate Illinois,” Pritzker said. Pritzker also touted a statewide expansion of broadband internet infrastructure which will receive $420 million in funding. The plan additionally allocates $4.4 billion to deferred maintenance at state facilities and $1 billion on environment and conservation projects for hazardous waste, sewer and park projects among others. Health care and human services will see $465 million in funding for affordable housing, hospitals, health centers and other grant programs. Another $1.8 billion is allocated to various “community and economic development” projects such as education and scientific facilities and projects in economically depressed areas. Another $50 million provided by the funding bill will be set aside for bicycle path projects. Mark Denzler, president of the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, touted career and technical education measures such as a pre-apprenticeship program that will receive $25 million in funding to “help address the skills gap and workforce challenges facing manufacturers across Illinois.” Revenues for the capital plan come from a pair of bills — Senate Bills 690 and 1939 — one raising the motor fuel tax and transportation-related vehicle fees, the other enacting a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The gaming bill — which allows for six new casinos, expansion of gambling at racetracks, added video gaming machines, higher taxes and maximum bets on video gaming machines and the legalization of sports gambling — is expected to generate at least $350 million annually at full implementation and will support vertical capital debt service.

* * * NEW TAXES: The first wave of tax increases that will pay for the state’s $45 billion capital infrastruc-

ture plan took effect Monday, July 1. Motor fuel, cigarettes and e-cigarettes became more expensive after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bills 1939 and 690. The most direct tax for consumers is the 19-cent increase to the motor fuel tax which will help fund $33 billion in spending on transportation projects such as road and bridge repairs and public transit. The motor fuel tax on regular gasoline and diesel fuel both increased to 38 cents, up from the current 19 cents. In addition, though, people who buy diesel fuel pay an additional tax, “for the privilege of operating motor vehicles which use diesel fuel.” That additional fee rose to 7.5 cents, up from the current 2.5 cents, bringing the total tax on diesel fuel to 45.5 cents per gallon. Going forward, the motor fuel tax will increase annually by the consumer price index, which is usually close to 2 percent, but would be capped at a 1 cent peryear increase. The gas tax increase and $45 billion infrastructure plan drew bipartisan support in both houses, including from Republican state Rep. Margo McDermed of Mokena. “The capital plan does contain additional sources of revenue, but it is necessary long-term sustainable funding that will help us avoid the peaks and valleys of intermittent funding, which leads to starts and stops on projects our communities are counting on,” McDermed said in a news release. “Further, people who drive on our roads every day are paying for it, they just don’t realize it.” The motor fuel tax increase is ex-

pected to bring in about $1.3 billion in added infrastructure funding, while other fee increases for licenses and registrations will not take effect until Jan. 1. Also starting July 1, the tax on a pack of cigarettes increased to $2.98, up from $1.98, while a separate state law would prevent anybody under the age of 21 from purchasing cigarettes. The tax increase is expected to generate about $159 million in revenue for the next fiscal year, all of which would go to the capital infrastructure plan. Senate Bill 690, which laid out a massive statewide gambling expansion, included the cigarette tax language and also defined electronic cigarettes such as e-cigars, vapes and hookahs as “tobacco products.” This allowed the state to charge a 15 percent wholesale tax on these products beginning July 1. ONLINE LOTTO: House Bill 3661 gave the Illinois Lottery expanded authority to sell various game tickets on its online platform. The bill allows for the online sale of Lotto, Lucky Day Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 3, Pick 4 and other draw games offered at retail locations.

* * * MARIJUANA AND PETS: With legalization of adult-use marijuana set to begin Jan. 1 in Illinois, the American Veterinary Medical Association is warning residents of the dangers marijuana ingestion can cause their pets. “We’ve seen a marked increase in any state that has legalized marijuana, where there’s been a huge spike in the amount of cases of animals coming into veterinary hospitals, clearly under the effects of marijuana,” said Dr. John de Jong, president of the AVMA. De Jong said THC, the psychoac-

tive substance in marijuana, is toxic to dogs. The AVMA said an animal’s ingestion of THC can cause vomiting, incoordination, depression, sleepiness or excitation, low blood pressure, low body temperature and seizures. Edible products, which will become legal in Illinois Jan. 1 as well, serve a particular risk. That’s because they are often mixed with other products such as chocolate or other complex sugars which are also poisonous to dogs. De Jong said he was not aware of any immediate deaths of animals caused by marijuana ingestion, but the toxicity of THC to dogs could cause serious damage. De Jong said the process of treating a pet for marijuana consumption is “supportive care,” although more intensive medical intervention can sometimes be necessary. If a pet does show signs of marijuana toxicity – such as rigidness, nervousness, poor balance, seizures, drooling or dribbling urine – de Jong said a veterinarian should be contacted as quickly as possible. De Jong said smoking in the same room as a pet could be dangerous as well, although the evidence of ambient smoke affecting pets is more anecdotal. The AVMA said marijuana smokers should do so away from pets, and any edibles should be kept secure and inaccessible to pets.

* * * Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit news service operated by the Illinois Press Foundation that provides coverage of state government to newspapers throughout Illinois. The mission of Capitol News Illinois is to provide credible and unbiased coverage of state government to the more than 400 daily and weekly newspapers that are members of the Illinois Press Association.

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Millennium Park Theatre Series Includes Nine Local Theatre Companies Performing From July Until October All the world’s a stage – especially at Millennium Park this summer. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced nine new Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residencies as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre. The free series will feature nine local theatre companies performing throughout Millennium Park on select dates from July to October. The participating companies include: Aguijón Theater Company, Barrel of Monkeys, CircEsteem, Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Full Moon Jam Productions, Collaboraction Theatre Company, Emerald City Theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation and Free Street Theater. The companies have been commissioned for one-week residencies and will present sitespecific theatre performances that engage the Park’s unique architecture, design and public art – with Wrigley Square, the Great Lawn and Cloud Gate Plaza serving as the stage. For details, visit “We are very proud to present nine of our city’s most dynamic and diverse theatre companies at Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our more than 200 theatres – and, this summer, in Millennium Park. The Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residencies were made possible by the generosity of the Bayless Family Foundation. Additional support from the Millennium Park Foundation and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Endowment at Millennium Park Foundation, in conjunction with the summer-long Family Fun Festival, will help to support theatre programs for families including daily, interactive drama workshops presented by Lookingglass Theatre July 22-26 at Chase Promenade North. Throughout the summer, Rick Bayless, acclaimed Chicago chef and theatre enthusiast, will host video interviews with the Millennium Park Theatre companies to further showcase what makes each of these companies worth celebrating. “This performance series is all about spotlighting the wildly vibrant and diverse talent here in Chicago,” said Rick Bayless. “To have it hosted in Millennium Park, in all its summertime glory, is just spectacular.” Visitors to Millennium Park are

also invited to interact with a special Year of Chicago Theatre public art activation by scenic designer Eleanor Kahn. The work is comprised of a skeletal series of mirrors and doorways with a playful interior, to be installed at Cloud Gate Plaza in July. Guests are invited to open doors and travel through a maze that constantly shifts their interior perspective, reframes their view of the outside world with shape and color – and go on their own adventure. A Hot Tix booth will be onsite on key dates, offering half-price tickets to a wide variety of Chicago theatre productions. Just halfway through the year, DCASE and the League of Chicago Theatres have already accomplished many things on behalf of Chicago’s 200+ theatres – having secured $1 million in new foundation support; offering more financial grants to theatre projects; the launch of a new theatre asset mapping project aimed at bolstering theatre on the South, Southwest and West Sides; a major advertising campaign and global media events; strategic partnerships; theatre-themed cultural programming at Millennium Park (film series, theatre series), the Chicago Cultural Center (exhibitions, special events), the Chicago Riverwalk (Art on theMART, lantern processions), and in all 77 community areas as part of the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks’ series; and more. Over 100 arts industry volunteers are serving on committees to advance this important initiative. Promotional and programming support for the Year of Chicago Theatre is provided by Art on theMART, Chicago Loop Alliance, Choose Chicago, HMS Media, Illinois Restaurant Association, LUMA8, The Magnificent Mile Association, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and others—plus many City departments and sister agencies including the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority and Department of Aviation. The Year of Chicago Theatre follows the success of 2017 and 2018 initiatives celebrating Chicago’s public art and its creative youth. The mission of the Year of Chicago Theatre is to make 2019 a year in which the city emphasizes the prominence of its expansive and innovative theatre industry. For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre, visit and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays (#2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre).


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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced nine new Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residencies as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre. Pictured is the cast of Stand Up! eta Creative Arts.

The Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residencies were made possible by the generosity of the Bayless Family Foundation. Additional support from the Millennium Park Foundation and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Endowment at Millennium Park Foundation, in conjunction with the summer-long Family Fun Festival, will help to support theatre programs for families including daily, interactive drama workshops presented by Lookingglass Theatre July 22-26 at Chase Promenade North.

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