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Chicago Public Schools is expanding the Engineering Futures Program to add ten additional high schools to the program. Schools are paired with a corporate engineering partner to help develop a curriculum for their pre-engineering programs.

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briefly EDUCATION Barkley and EVERFI to Redefine How Thousands of Students Learn About AfricanAmerican History and Achievement

WASHINGTON- Hall of Fame basketball player, Emmy Award winning studio analyst, and author Charles Barkley, along with leading education technology provider EVERFI, Inc., recently announced a partnership to power a new African-American history initiative for high school students throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi. The 306: African-American History digital course immerses students in a journey in which they learn about the incredible contributions that African-Americans have made in every fabric of American life including public service, the sciences, academia, and the world of the arts, music, and sports. The course is framed to teach the importance of civic engagement so that students develop into future community leaders.


Red Nose Day Returns to NBC

NEW YORK – – It was recently announced that Red Nose Day, the national fundraising campaign to end child poverty, will return to NBC with a night of special primetime programming on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The campaign’s iconic “Red Noses” will once again be available exclusively at Walgreens stores around the country. In addition to the support of the official retail and broadcast partners, the charity is proud to once again be working with national partners Mars Wrigley Confectionery with M&M’S® and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to change the lives of millions of children, one nose at a time. Red Nose Day is run by the nonprofit Comic Relief USA, which harnesses the power of entertainment to drive positive change. Money raised through the Red Nose Day campaign has supported programs in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 34 countries internationally. It has helped to fund numerous programs to ensure that children in need are safe, healthy and educated, which includes providing more than 32 million meals for hungry American children.


Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Awards 17 Counties $2.7 Million in Grants

CHICAGO—Seventeen counties in Illinois are getting a share of $2.7 million to serve children who are victims of violence. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki announced the grant awards recently. The money will help fund organizations whose advocates are trained in trauma-informed practices and offer emotional support to those who have been victimized. “We know that less than 10-percent of children who are victims of violent crimes, such as rape, robbery, or aggravated assault, get the emotional support they need,” Maki said.

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A recent press release from the Office of the Mayor announced the expansion Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Engineering Futures Program for the next school year. Ten additional high schools will be added to the program and paired with a corporate engineering partner to help develop a curriculum for their pre-engineering programs. “Engineering skills are not just critical in today’s economy, this education provides another outlet for students to expand their horizons and explore their creativity,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the press release. “These unique partnerships forged through Engineering Futures provide our students with an incredible opportunity to develop the skill sets needed to compete and win in the 21st century.” One of the schools that will be added to the program is Phoenix Military Academy located on 145 S. Campbell Ave. Phoenix Military Academy has already implemented engineering courses for select sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the school. Greg Boehm is the preengineering teacher at the school and teaches principals of engineering, engineering design, and civil engineering

and architecture. “There is a shortage of people who can handle STEM [Science Technology Engineering and Math] careers right now so there is a huge demand for it,” said Boehm. “My students are developing an interest in something that probably most of them don’t have much exposure to. The Engineering Futures Program pairs each school with a corporate partner who works closely with the school to develop curriculum based on current and future industry standards, according to the press release. “This program between Chicago companies, the Mayor and CPS exposes our students to real engineering experiences. Like most of us who started our careers by getting a chance to work in real companies, these students will be motivated to pursue careers in engineering and other building and construction fields- making their lives better and our families and communities stronger,” said Gery Chico, former board President of the Chicago Public Schools and member of the Engineering Futures Program leadership. As their teacher, Boehm believes that these skills are important because students are learning how to use engineering programs along with the logic behind building and programming which can be utilized in an endless amount of career paths.

Data Shows Reforms Haven’t Stopped the Jailing of People for Being Poor Last fall, the Coalition to End Money Bond organized more than 70 volunteers to monitor the implementation of General Order 18.8A in Cook County’s central bond court. The order aims to ensure that no one is incarcerated at Cook County Jail simply because they are unable to pay a monetary bond. Recently, the Coalition to End Money Bond released its findings in the new report: Monitoring Cook County’s Central Bond Court: A Community Courtwatching Initiative. The information collected in the courtwatching report shows that some positive changes have occurred as a result of recent reforms, but that the order has not met its goal. Coalition courtwatchers found that the use of money bonds decreased by 48% after the order went into effect, but nearly half of all money bonds issued were still in amounts above what the accused person could afford to pay. The report also compares results across different judges and used information obtained by FOIA to track changes in the number of people in Cook County Jail following the order’s implementation. As part of the effort in providing public accountability, the Coalition has published all of its data on jail population and Central Bond Court outcomes on The website will host raw data captured by the courtwatchers, as well as jail population data and daily Central Bond Court outcomes obtained through FOIA requests. “This report provides concrete data showing that judges have consistently failed to effectively implement Chief Judge Evans General Order 18.8A. After the Order went into effect, judges gave affordable bonds only 57% of the time. Many judges continue to act in direct conflict with General Order 18.8A by issuing unpayable money bonds,” said Sharlyn Grace, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst with Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. The Order, while full of potential, is limited in execution because court watchers found that some individual judges are largely ignoring it. When General Order 18.8A went into

effect in September, Chief Judge Evans brought in six new judges to Cook County’s central bond court to implement reforms. Courtwatchers witnessed a wide variance in the implementation of the order by judges. Some judges have accurately interpreted and implemented the order by releasing people on their own recognizance with I-bonds or affordable money bonds; other judges have continued to set bonds far beyond what people had said they could afford to pay. “Entering central bond court is like playing a game of roulette. Whether or not a person will receive a bond in accordance with the law is largely dependent upon which judge they happen to find themselves in front of. If a bond is being set, that means that person has been cleared for release by the court. In theory, bond is supposed to act as an assurance that someone will come back to court—it’s not supposed to be the difference between walking free and being locked in a cage,” said Irene Romulo, Director of Advocacy for Chicago Community Bond Fund. In the first three months after the order went into effect, Cook County’s jail population dropped by more than 1,400 people. That gradual decrease stalled out in January, and the jail’s population has now remained close to 6,100 people for more than two months. Right now, five months after General Order 18.8A went into effect, approximately half of all people incarcerated at Cook County Jail are still there only because they cannot afford to pay a monetary bond. This flatlining is due to judges in both bond court and criminal courtrooms across Cook County disregarding Chief Judge Evans’ order, according to a Coalition to End Money Bond press release. “Money bond adds no value to the pretrial justice system, but rather facilitates the incarceration of legally innocent people for no other reason than their lack of money. Men and women, the vast majority of whom are black and brown, are losing their jobs, homes, children, and more. It is a moral travesty! We are committed to continue advocating for the full implementation of Judge Evans’ order, “ said Daryle Brown, an organizer with The Next Movement.



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Election 2018:

Another Stop on the Chisholm Trail? By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm campaigned successfully to become the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress. Four years later, she became the first woman of color and the first African American to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention. Throughout her presidential campaign, she attracted voters to the “Chisholm Trail” with her motto and reputation of being “unbought and unbossed.” But Chisholm’s trailblazing didn’t end with her presidential defeat. She served in Congress for another decade and left a legacy with lasting effects to this day. The 2018 elections will mark another stop on the Chisholm Trail, where Black women are poised to build on Chisholm’s legacy of leadership, determination, and desire to disrupt the status quo. Amidst reports of the “surge” of women running in 2018 are Black women candidates at every level, including some with the potential to make history. Perhaps most notably, 2018 could see the election of the first Black woman governor in the United States. The potential to harness and expand Black women’s political power is not limited to candidates this year. Black women voted at the highest rates of any race and gender group in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and again in the 2017 special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. If that race is any guide, Black women voters appear mobilized to turn out in high numbers again in 2018. But before we can measure progress Shirley Chisholm for Black women in election 2018, we need to take stock of Black women’s current political power. That’s why the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund teamed up again to release “The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018.” The report outlines the status of Black women in American politics today. Despite being 7.3% of the U.S. population, Black women are less than 5% of officeholders elected to statewide executive offices, Congress, and state legislatures. Black women are 5 of the mayors in the nation’s top 100 most populous cities. Since Chisholm served as the sole Black woman in Congress, 38 Black women have served in Congress from 16 states, including 2 Black women senators. Over the same half-century, 12 Black women have been elected to statewide executive office. These numbers are small when considered within the a 50-year context, but the pace of advancement in recent years marks momentum to build upon. Ten of the 12 Black women who have served in statewide elected executive office have held office in the past two decades. In 1990, just one Black woman served in Congress; 18 years later, that number is up to 19. In just the last 5 years, 8 Black women have been elected mayor in the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. And just this year, Sheila Oliver became the first Democratic Black woman lieutenant governor nationwide. This momentum will only continue - and increase - with work. Black women are doing the work every day to engage their communities in the political process, to make their own voices heard, and to take their seats at the tables of governance. Organizations like Higher Heights are working to amplify those voices and hold political leaders accountable for inclusion. And, with Higher Heights, CAWP is continuing to conduct research and programs that both identify and tackle barriers to Black women’s political progress. But the work doesn’t stop with us. Recognizing the imperative of Black women’s political inclusion is a responsibility we all share. When Chisholm was campaigning amidst war, social unrest, and crises of leadership, she argued, “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.” Those words ring especially true today, as our country confronts significant challenges at home and abroad. In this moment, the opportunities for meeting this demand while increasing Black women’s political power, especially in elected office, are great. And we’ve got some guidance on how to do it in 2018: follow the Chisholm Trail. Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and CAWP Scholar, and Glynda Carr is co-founder of Higher Heights for America. Educates on African Tribes as Part of its 15th Year Celebration in 2018 WASHINGTON, DC - African Ancestry, Inc. (, the pioneers of genetic ancestry tracing for people of African descent, commemorates its 15th year by bringing focus on the importance of African ethnic groups, commonly referred to as Tribes. Along with helping people find out where they’re from in Africa, is the only DNA service that also pinpoints Tribes as a part of its results package. “T’Challa has a connection to his ancestors that I longed for,” said Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman who traced three lines of his family tree to the Limba people in Sierra Leone, Djola people in Guinea-Bissau and the Yoruba people in Nigeria. “I took this DNA test because it doesn’t just tell the country. If you know you’re Yoruba from Nigeria, now you can pinpoint specific customs and rituals that are a part of your past.” TOP FIVE TRIBES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS In America, our tribes are found in being from the ‘Southside’ or our northern accents or coastal cuisines, for example. is making it easy to connect the African American way of life with those of

African Tribes such as the Hausa, Mandinka and Ibo peoples. Of the tens of thousands of families that have discovered their roots with, these are the top five Tribes of African Americans: Fulani: Spread throughout West Africa and bound by Fula language; largest pastoral community in the world. Mende: One of the two largest tribes in Sierra Leone; known for their role in the Amistad rebellion. Balanta: Largest ethnic group of Guinea-Bissau; Fishermen, Herders and Cultivators. Yoruba: Mainly found in Nigeria; spiritual system practiced by many Diasporic communities. Tikar: Major ethnic group of Cameroon; noted artists and mask-makers. “Finding out what tribe you’re from is finding out what language your ancestors spoke or what traditions they had,” said President and Co-founder Gina Paige. “Ethnic groups are extremely important to knowing who we are because they are the social factors that dictate culture.” For more information, visit

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TREASURER SUMMERS TO AWARDS BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIP TO PHOENIX MILITARY ACADEMY STUDENT CHICAGO – On Tuesday, February 27th, City Treasurer Kurt Summers awarded the annual $2,500 Black History Month Scholarship to a student from Phoenix Military Academy High School, located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. The student will use this scholarship to help support her first year as an undergraduate at a four-year university, where she hopes to study international business and law. The scholarship presentation was followed by remarks from representatives of BMO Harris Bank and Phoenix Military Academy.

Chicago Author’s Book Selected As Clever Creativity Item For Gift Bag On Hollywood’s Biggest Night CHICAGO, IL -- Writing a creativity book is one of Chicagoan Randi Brill’s big milestones and she just reached another. Her new book, 99 Creative WOWs— Words of Wisdom for Business, was selected to be part of the “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags honoring the best and brightest Oscar® nominees in the top five major acting and directing categories (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director). The “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags are NOT affiliated in any way with the OSCARS® or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. A.M.P.A.S. does not award, sponsor, endorse or provide these Gift Bags. Neither the Academy nor Distinctive Assets wants there to be any association in the media between the “Everyone Wins” Gift Bags and the OSCARS® or the Academy. Generating feverish global interest from countless media outlets that find the story irresistible, these Distinctive Assets Gift Bags have come to be eagerly anticipated by the nominees themselves. And, gift/goodie bags are right up Brill’s creative alley. Long touted “The Creative Goodie Bag Queen,” Brill has been curating her own bags for the nation’s top educational publishers for decades. So, upon hearing this news, Brill’s unbridled creativity took off yet again. “When I learned 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business will be part of this ‘bag to top all gift bags,’ I knew I had to rapidly dream up a WOW!worthy presentation for these savvy celebrities. The Celebrity Creativity Kit! is an out-of-the-box presentation of the book that’s personalized for each recipient,” says Brill. The kit is filled with an array of creative supplies to inspire these top celebs to

explore and enjoy these meaningful words of wisdom—and tap into their own WOWs. “To know Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer, Denzel Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, and so many other talented creative powerhouses will explore this and further spark their own alreadyamazing creativity is incredible. This kind of discovery is why I wrote and designed the book in the first place.” “So well designed are Randi’s WOWs that every page turned creates a stimulus for change/improvement/ learning… Randi Brill has created the go-to book for the fast track to success no matter the level of the reader. This is an indispensable, must-read book on every level.” -Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame Reviewer Simultaneous entrepreneur Brill’s inspirational quick-read book helps all creative and business types fast track new paths to excellence through the creative, business, and personal life lessons Brill learned the hard way. Ideal for Hollywood’s winning combinations of both creativity and business, Brill’s pocket-sized and portable book of WOWs will soon be in the hands of talented and highly creative celebrities and business leaders, alike.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Announces Upcoming Competition Chicago, IL – My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, recently announced it will issue a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to community-based organizations located in the nearly 250 communities that accepted President Obama’s 2014 My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. The RFP highlights MBK Alliance’s commitment to investing in communities and organizations making steady progress that also have the potential to be proof points for what it takes to substantially improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, particularly as it relates to reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors working in impactful programs. The RFP will be released in March. The MBK Community Challenge Competition, a pilot program, will help grow the impact of community-based solutions with measurable evidence of improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color, while building the capacity of communities dedicated to expanding opportunity. The competition will provide communities with a team of experts Barack Obama and practitioners to support planning, implementation, infrastructure development and spotlighting progress and lessons learned. Competition winners will also be able to access matching funds to hire a full time local project lead and receive planning grants of up to $500,000 to help jump-start initiatives, build capacity and attract additional resources and partners. Advancing the mission of My Brother’s Keeper in Chicago will be a permanent priority well beyond this Competition. Accordingly, a Chicago nonprofit will be selected to be part of the inaugural Community Competition cohort, while other Chicago nonprofits will have the chance to compete for mini-grants of up to $50,000. The MBK Alliance team is also working closely with city and community leaders to strengthen the overarching work of MBK in the city, including creating goals and aligning partners in supporting outcomes for boys and young men of color. Combining the resources for organizations, staffing, technical assistance and in-kind support, MBK Alliance will be invest nearly $4 million nationwide, including more than $1 million in Chicago. In each winning community, organizations will select one evidence-based model related to youth violence prevention or mentoring they are seeking to replicate or scale over a two year period. The dollars and in-kind support provided as part of this competition are not intended to fully scale

the types of solutions the Foundation hopes to see. Rather, the Foundation will spotlight what’s working, build capacity for action and attract local and national tools and resources that can fuel long-term success. “Four years ago President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and, since then hundreds of communities have stepped up and shown up for their boys and young men of color in extraordinary ways. We are excited to let these communities know the Obama Foundation remains committed to their success, and provide some tools and resources to help them accelerate the pace of impact and inspire action nationwide,” said Michael D. Smith, Director of MBK Alliance and Youth Opportunity Programs at the Obama Foundation. MBK Alliance expects to invest in a diverse array of communities, including cities of all sizes, rural communities and Tribal Nations. Going forward, MBK Alliance will work to accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize citizens and resources, and promote what works — all with the goal of encouraging mentorship, reducing youth violence, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. MBK Alliance will also roll out a series of tools and offer convening opportunities to encourage continued momentum in the broader network of MBK Communities. MBK Alliance will release eligibility requirements and a technical assistance schedule in the coming weeks and will begin accepting applications in March. Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign-up at to receive updates. MBK Communities Background Through the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, launched by President Obama in 2014, nearly 250 communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia accepted the call to action to adopt innovative approaches, strengthen supports, and build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color and other underserved youth. The Challenge called for local public and private leaders to convene their communities and youth to develop a local action plan, which would include concrete goals, a protocol for tracking data, benchmarks for tracking progress, and available resources to support communities’ efforts. 

Since launching, communities have formed local task forces, hired staff and made strides on complex challenges, including mentor deficits, school discipline reform, literacy and youth/law enforcement relationships. Some states, including New York and Michigan, have formed statewide MBK Community Challenge alliances, providing financial and in-kindresources.


CITIZEN / Chicago Weekend / Week of March 7, 2018 / 5 opens in the U.S., a first-of-its-kind online platform showcasing Asian designers of contemporary fashion, recently celebrated its grand opening in the U.S. Founded by trailblazing stylist Monika Anush, LeZazzu focuses on emerging contemporary designers from Mumbai, Delhi and throughout India and beyond, whose sophisticated work features ornate detail, rare fabrics and striking silhouettes. keeps its highlycurated collections and philanthropic mission at the forefront. “When you shop here, you discover unique pieces that are typically not found in the U.S., while also supporting emerging visionaries,” Anush said. “A share of our profit goes directly to developing new talent by contributing to their initial funding.” Mumbai-raised and New York-based Anush says, “It’s time for fashion to evolve.” A former health care executive, Anush has now turned her passion for design and whimsical personal taste into a full-time pursuit. “This is for every kind of American woman,” Anush says of LeZazzu’s audience. “My goal is to expand everybody’s mindset, everybody’s fashion knowledge. Of course, there are stereotypes about Indian fashion,” she says, “that it’s only about loud colors and beautiful weddings and elephants. But there is so much more to it than that and that’s exactly what I want to shed light on.” The contemporary designers that Anush has personally curated for draw from traditional Indian and Far Eastern cultures, as well as Western influences to create entirely new fashion categories. Among them, Manish Gupta, who was named Best Urban

Designer last year by Grazia magazine, and who concentrates on classics. Chandan Gandhi is on a mission to add color to menswear. Global traveler Nitya Arora, whose custom jewelry line Valliyan has been featured in Vogue and Elle, designs crosscultural pieces influenced by the many countries she has visited. Designer Nimish Shah, founder of SHIFT, is changing global thinking about fast-fashion, creating eco-minded clothing that consumers will keep or recycle. And Sonal Verma designs leather pieces that work in every season. The goal, says Anush, is to involve consumers in the stories of these designers and their creations. “You don’t just buy their clothes,” she says, “you contribute to and participate in their vision.” “Everything has a sense of style,” she adds. “It’s not about run-

of-the-mill jeans and tops. It’s edgy. It’s about designers who are doing specialty work, who we plan to graduate to the Barney’s of the world.” New York-based Anush – a former health care executive who has turned her lifelong passion for design and finelyhoned personal taste into a full-time pursuit – grew up in Mumbai during the 1980s where she fell hard for Western pop culture. TV imports such as “Baywatch,” “The Wonder Years” and MTV, as well as iconic musical acts Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and The Eagles, all played a role in her developing sense of style, as did her two sisters who were more than a decade older. “I think my mother was concerned that I wanted to live in my jeans! This is not to say I never wore a sari. I have some beautiful pieces that I would wear occasionally and that I will definitely pass down to my daughter. But I was always more comfortable in contemporary clothing.” Now her wardrobe, like LeZazzu itself, is diverse – as is the company’s mission. “As I’ve grown older I’ve wanted to collect intricate, amazing pieces,” said Anush. Taking LeZazzu beyond the surface of fasthion – she has created a world that bridges one-of-a-kind handcrafted art from tribes in Asia, with the Western world. Sales from are limited strictly to the U.S. for now. Clothing is manufactured in India and shipped from the U.S. within three business days. “I want a diversity of weaves and exquisite embroidery,” she says. “I want to expand what it means to have Indian customs by showcasing these wonderful, modern designers, helping them to develop their visions and seeing that they flourish.” SOURCE

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(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey in the U.S. suggest a snack of pistachios might boost brain power and concentration levels at work. Pistachios helped office workers stay focused until lunchtime In a national survey, 1,000 American office workers who skipped breakfast consumed a snack of 42 grams (1 and 1/2 serving size) of pistachios between 9 and 11 a.m. Ninety-two percent of the participants said they are “distracted from their tasks at work due to hunger before lunch.” Eighty percent said they usually get hungry in the mornings before lunch and think about food often or every day. The midmorning snack of pistachios proved to be just what they needed to power through the morning. Ninety-two percent of the participants reported the pistachio snack helped improve their concentration at work as stated in the study, “somewhat or greatly.” That’s not surprising, according to Dr. Mike Roussell, nutrition expert and adviser. “Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, but even with a good breakfast and lunch, hunger pangs and stressdriven hunger can be distracting, leading to unhealthy snacking habits.” Roussell says pistachios are an ideal midmorning or midafternoon snack because of their unique nutrient package that not only promotes feelings of fullness and satiation, but also, newer studies show, can promote an optimal mental state and more focus at work. Increasingly, people with desk jobs are looking for a healthier snack alternative to the usual donuts and vending machine fare. Ninety percent of the survey’s participants said they believe the snack of pistachios is healthier than their usual snack. The study involved office workers in the Northeast, South, Midwest and Western U.S. who snack at their desk two or more times a week at midmorning.

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CHICAGO - Lucky Plush Productions returns to Chicago’s Harris Theater in Millennium Park Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, with Tab Show, featuring two works - Rink Life and Curb Candy - that highlight the company’s signature blend of layered choreography, witty dialogue, and socially relevant storytelling. Tab Show takes its name from an early 20th century short - or “tabloid” - version of a musical comedy, usually performed alongside other sampler-style entertainment as part of a traveling road show. Tab Show opens with Rink Life, a dance theater work loosely inspired by classic roller rink culture, where people seamlessly move between anonymity and community, individual stylings and group dynamics, movement and song. The sound design is entirely generated by the performers and builds upon disparate fragments of information - partially overheard conversations, musical scales, and pop-song earworms. Rink Life builds upon Cadence, a work that Lucky Plush artistic director Julia Rhoads created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2017 with music collaborator Bethany Clearfield (Grant Park Chorus,

Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the band Outertown). The second act features Curb Candy, which includes re-mixed excerpts from Lucky Plush repertory presented in an entirely new work. Look for favorite moments from the Lucky Plush dance theater canon including Surrelium, Endplay and Punk Yankees, performed by Lucky Plush ensemble members Kara Brody, Michel Rodriguez Cintra, Elizabeth Luse, Rodolfo Sánchez Sarracino, Aaron R. White and Meghann Wilkinson. Guest performers Enid Smith, Jacinda Ratcliffe, and Ethan Kirschbaum join the company for this special performance. Tab Show begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $25-$70. The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is located at 205 E. Randolph St. in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Purchase tickets online at, or call the Harris Theater Box Office, (312) 334-7777.

Lucky Plush Productions returns to Chicago’s Harris Theater in Millennium Park Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, with Tab Show, featuring two works - Rink Life and Curb Candy.

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME CHICAGO PREMIERE! CHICAGO – Broadway In Chicago and the producers of A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME recently announced the full casting for A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, a slice-of-life original musical comedy that makes its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited six-week engagement March 20 through April 29, 2018. THE 1950s: It’s the beginning of rock n’ roll, the racial barrier begins to crack, the Korean War is over, and husbands are returning home. Ronald Reagan is a model for Lifebuoy Soap and Rock Hudson is “the World’s Most Eligible Bachelor.” And women are getting antsy. Meet Joan, Connie, Dottie, and Agnes. Four best friends living in Winnetka, IL. They meet

every Wednesday for a Betty Crocker cooking contest, imagining how the prizes might change their lives. Their weekly gathering isn’t just about cooking, but a time to confide secrets and share frustrations. Usually, it’s LIFE Magazine that’s read cover to cover in between mixing, sifting, and chopping. However, a different kind of reading material arrives. Shocked but inspired by the Kinsey report, their lives take an interesting turn. A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME is a fabulously fun romp tracing the changing lives of these four Winnetka women from the 1950s to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. This homage to prior generations of women who blazed new trails features a rollicking original score of ‘50s and ‘60s music with great harmonies, all backed

by an all-female rock n’ roll band. Written by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin, A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME is a slice-of-life original musical comedy following four friends whose Betty Crocker cooking club becomes a turning point in their lives. TICKET INFORMATION Individual tickets for A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) are on sale now and range from $30-$75. Tickets are available now for groups of 10. Call (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices located on 24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.

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Actors Danny Glover and Delroy Lindo Join Inaugural From the Fire Summer Leadership Academy for Young Men of Color at Princeton University New York, New York — Leadership development, mentoring, and Rites of Passage are the focuses of the new From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men on July 22-August 3, 2018. Operated by At the Well Conferences, Inc.; a provider of events for teens since 2009, the inaugural two-week boarding program at Princeton University is designed for young men Danny Glover of color in the ninth, tenth or eleventh grades of high school. The Program Chair is the actor and director Delroy Lindo. He has provided memorable performances in films such as The Cider House Rules, Heist, Clockers, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, and Ransom. Lindo’s passion for the plight of minority boys is leading the actor to take an active role in the program’s development. Lindo states, “My hope is that the experience of From the Fire will give students a boost to take the next steps in whatever goals they have planned for their lives.” The keynote speaker is actor, producer, and humanitarian Danny Glover. Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television for more than 25 years. Additional speakers include former NBA stars Charlie Ward and Jason Richardson, Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, artist Hank Willis Thomas, attorney Kevin Harden, and music professor Aaron Dworkin. From the Fire’s curriculum and programming is research-based and designed by educators and leaders with decades of experience in young adult education and social change activism. It is rooted in the spiritual and intellectual traditions forged in the justice struggles of African Americans. The Leadership Development component will provide transformative education in the form of small group projects, critical reading and writing

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sessions, and dynamic speakers. Mentorship is offered as a form of “deep caring” to overcome widespread indifference to these most vulnerable young men. Each participant will be paired with a male mentor who will receive training and the opportunity to attend the event’s Closing Ceremony at Princeton University. The Rites of Passage component will be a journey of self-discovery that unlocks the hidden resilience of the students as fundamental to their manhood. The young men will participate in a host of experiential activities that create and hone life skills. Full scholarships are available based upon need. Toby Sanders is the Co-founder and Director of Curriculum of From the Fire and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He states, “We are offering guidance and instruction that encourages these students to see the power within them and others.” Held simultaneously will be the eighth year of the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy for current 10th- and 11th-grade girls of color. The actress Nicole Ari Parker will serve as Program Chair. The application deadline for all programs is March 31, 2018. Partnerships and donors are sought to secure scholarships for students of both academies. For more information and to apply, go to www.

American Red Cross to Honor Local Heroes CHICAGO, IL -The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is honoring local people who demonstrated acts of heroism in the community at the organization’s 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast, Thursday, May 3 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. To purchase tickets or for more information call 312.729.6178 or go to Chicagoheroes. “The American Red Cross is proud to honor the heroes among us whose extraordinary actions have impacted our communities and inspired us all,” said Celena Roldán, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “From the nine-year-old girl who rescued her whole family from her burning house, to the police officers who saved an infant in a submerged car, to the young father determined to uplift and encourage other young fathers - this collection of leaders have demonstrated that all have the power to leave an imprint upon the world.” CBS 2 brings its prime-time anchor team to host the Heroes Breakfast: Rob Johnson and Irika Sargent, co-anchors of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news. Johnson has emceed the event for over ten years. Sargent joins us for her third year. The 2018 Heroes Breakfast is sponsored by ITW, William Blair, Kirkland & Ellis, United Airlines, Aon, CDW, Fresenius Kabi, Grainger, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Nicor Gas, PwC, USG, Walgreens, Anixter and BMO Harris Bank. For more information, please visit or on Twitter @ ChicagoRedCross.

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Founded in 1776, America’s Historic First Baptist Church “Freedom Bell” Rings to Heal Racial Divide WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Freedom Bell at the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, one of the oldest African-American Baptist churches in the United States, rang for the first time since the days of Jim Crow and segregation in February 2016. In 2016, President Obama rang the bell to celebrate the historic grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Sunday, February 25th the bell rang again to call attention to, and to heal America’s racial divide after a tumultuous year marked by violence, strife and protest in Charlottesville, VA, scuffles at the University of Virginia, and rallies across the nation. The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, lit the way by calling on churches around the country to bring awareness to what unites us, and appeal for racial harmony during the 11’0clock church service - traditionally the most segregated hour of the week in American households. “Our bell and our church are reminders of our progress towards the pursuit of justice and equality for all,” said Rev. Reginald F. Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church. “Martin Luther King called for racial harmony from the pulpit of this church. It’s important that we continue his legacy and call on all Americans to heal racial disharmony and strive for justice and equality, the constitutional ideals that are the hallmark of our democracy.” On February 25th, the last Sunday of Black History Month, the church spearheaded a yearlong initiative to ignite inclusion and racial harmony during the 11 o’clock hour. Led by Pastor Davis, the day’s celebratory service invited Americans of colors, faiths, and creed - young and old - to join in celebration. Speaker and guest Pastor, Rev. Travis Simone of the Williamsburg Community Chapel highlighted the day’s ceremony with a special sermon and the lauded College of William & Mary Choir performed. The church, recently designated as a National US Historic site, commemorated the day with the launch of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to protect and preserve the historic building and treasured historic artifacts dating from 1776, and to maintain the recently restored 1886 “Let Freedom Ring” bell. The Potomac Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), founded by educator, activist and civil rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, has pledged the first contribution of $10, 000 toward the work to conserve the church and its deep rooted history.

“As the first elected President of the Potomac Valley Section and lifetime member of the NCNW, we are proud to support the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg in preserving our American history,” said Connie M. Harshaw. “Our commitment to improve the lives of African-American women, children and families has reached across all racial, economic and social lines. It seemed, at first to be an insurmountable task, but when successful, it has helped communities all across the nation to close the divide and to heal. In the spirit of Dr. Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune, we don’t always do what we want to do, but we will do what we have to do in order to get it done – it is the only way.” Founded in secret by a group of enslaved men and women in 1776, the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, celebrated its 240th anniversary in 2016. It is today one of the country’s oldest African-American houses of Baptist worship, and a symbol of the faith, struggle, and perseverance that marks the black experience in America. The First Baptist Church — whose first members met under thatched arbors in the woods — moved to a brick church building before the Civil War and acquired a bell in the late 19th century. Due to disrepair, the 500 pound bell remained inoperable through the days of segregation and Jim Crow…unheard throughout the tumult and progress of the civil rights movement until 2016 when The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation restored the bell to working condition in time to challenge Americans to “Let Freedom Ring” by ringing the church bell throughout the day – every day – during Black History Month 2016. Over 4,000 Americans rang the famed Bell in Williamsburg, with more than 7 million ringing virtually online. The First Baptist Church, now a designated National Historic Landmark, and believed to be the first church in the United States organized entirely by African Americans, for African Americans, is a special reminder of the history of African Americans. Its renowned “Freedom Bell” continues to draw visitors to ring the bell for peace, justice, harmony and equality throughout the year. A small number of black Baptist churches can legitimately claim to be the oldest in America — First African Baptist in Savannah, Ga., for example, and Silver Bluff Baptist Church in Jackson, S.C. However, First Baptist Church in Williamsburg is believed to be the first black Baptist church that was organized entirely by African Americans.

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WHEN YOU PRAY Life is meant to be beautiful, sacred, challenging, teachable, and so much more. Which is why we may feel the need to pray for our circumstances at different times. Like the beads of a rosary, there are so many reasons to pray. Regardless of our station in life, something always seems to be pulling us toward prayer. Whether it is the medical diagnosis of a family member, the opportunity of a new business proposal, or a shooting at a school or on the block, there are many things calling us up to the action of prayer. Yet while many of us feel compelled in the way of prayer, prayer means different things to different people. The English word prayer finds its roots in the Latin word precari, and it means to have intentionality or earnestness in ones asking. It also refers to a form of entreating that easily lends itself to the notion of begging or beseeching God when one finds them self in a difficult spot. Interestingly enough, the word also carries the same root as the English word precarious and indeed many of us are most content to pray when life seems to be unwinding at the seams. Even with our varied interpretations of what to pray for and perhaps even how to pray, there still seems to be an innate magnetic pull, lifting us to some higher way of being, if only temporarily. Prayer in the purer sense is purposed to move us from the divine state of being the place of divinely-guided doing, as our time of prayer brings us back into the well grounded being-ness that only comes through our communion with God. Interestingly enough, prayer is more invitation than obligation. Prayer is an invitation into spiritual life and soul growth. Prayer is an invitation to change and transformation. The more consistently we accept the invitation, the more thoroughly we will find our lives being transformed. Prayer is the kind of invitation that we all receive but may not necessarily show up for. In fact, our hyperactive culture has convinced us that we should be content with the notion of being so busy that we are too busy to stop and pray. Yet anyone who is serious about transformation and personal growth will take up the spiritual practice of prayer. Jesus shared this reality of the spiritual invitation and how we sometimes handle it in parable form when he said, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.” In life, there will always be an alternative to preoccupy our time but life, being what it is, is best handled with prayer.

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