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News 13th Annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Kicks-Off in Chicago On Saturday, April 27, the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (BMOA) hosted the kick-off 13th Annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour at the House of Hope Chicago. Inspiration Celebration is a free national concert series featuring some today’s most popular contemporary gospel artists. This year’s show included performances from Chicago natives, Donald Lawrence and Sir the Baptist, R&B songstress KeKe Wyatt, Kierra Sheard and Tye Tribbett. Gospel musician Lonnie Hunter served as host along with tour newcomer DJ Standout. More than 6,000 Chicagoans packed into the House of Hope for this year’s show. Inspiration Celebration also continued to showcase McDonald’s commitment to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by collecting a love offering to assist RMHC with their mission of helping families with sick and terminally

Chicago native and gospel artist Donald Lawrence serves as the Musical Director for the 2019 McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. – April 27, 2019. Photo Credit: McDonald’s Corporation ill children. The Chicago stop of the tour raised more than $15,000 in one night that will be donated to local Ronald McDonald Houses. The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour runs now through December 2019. Additional tour stops include:

Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Jackson, MS, Orlando, Tallahassee and Houston. For more tickets on the national tour, please visit www.BlackAndPositivelyGolden. com. For more on the BMOA, visit www. BMOAChicagoland.org.

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A Respected legal mind and civil rights Icon: The Hon. Judge Damon J. Keith dies at age 96 By Patreice A. Massey Defender Contributing Writer The Honorable Judge Damon J. Keith, Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has died. The family released the following statement: “This morning at approximately 6:40am, Senior United States Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith, one of America’s most towering legal figures, passed away at home in Detroit, surrounded by his family. He was 96 years old. Judge Keith was one of the most influential Federal jurists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The grandson of slaves, his rulings in over 52 years on the bench had a profound impact on American life. His decisions ranged from prohibiting the Nixon Administration from warrantless wiretapping in national security cases, to the integration of the Detroit Police Department and the Pontiac Public Schools. President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the US District Court in 1967, where he later served as the Court’s first African American Chief Judge. In 1977 he was elevated to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the nation’s second-highest Court, by President Jimmy Carter. He was a family man possessed of uncommon

humility, a leading patron of the arts, a mentor who opened doors to scores of aspiring lawyers and judges, and a proud Son of Detroit. Arrangements will be announced shortly.” Born in Detroit on July 4, 1922, he has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Keith served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and as a member of the U.S. Army. For more than 50 years, Judge Keith persuasively and movingly defended the Constitution, helping communities enforce their civil rights. He was a civil rights icon. His decisions desegregated public schools, broken color lines at corporations and required municipalities to repair the damage caused by systemic racism. Judge Keith earned the admiration of judges, presidents and everyday citizens alike. Many of whom have publicly shared their respect and admiration. “Our country has lost a legal titan who spent more than half a century as a crusader for civil rights. His decisions from the bench prevented the federal government from infringing on individual liberties and helped to battle systemic racism in corporations, municipalities and schools. I first came to Michigan to clerk for Judge Keith, who became my mentor, said Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State. “I was proud to serve as dean

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at the law school that houses the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. His quote, ‘Democracies die behind closed doors,’ is emblazoned above the center’s entrance at Wayne State University Law School and should serve as a reminder to all of us as we aspire to the legacy he has left our nation,” she continued. Wayne County Executive had this to say about Judge Keith’s legacy: “Democracy stands on the shoulders of leaders like Judge Damon Keith. Few have played such an important role in protecting civil liberties and forcing our country to live up to its foundational ideals of equality and justicefor all. As we mourn, we also celebrate the life of an icon that left this world far better than he found it. He did so much for so many, it’s hard to adequately put into words. “On a personal level, Judge Damon Keith was more than a mentor, he was a motivator who challenged us to be the best version of ourselves. He was always there when called upon to help prepare the next generation of civil rights leaders and public servants. We looked to him for guidance and wisdom and always walked away inspired to reach higher. When I was first elected to public office, Judge Keith swore me in, which I consider the honor of a lifetime.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Keith family as they mourn and celebrate a life well lived. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


Cover Story Chicago Defender Celebrates 114th Anniversary By Tia Carol Jones Managing Editor The Chicago Defender is celebrating its 114th Anniversary on May 5. It was founded on May 5, 1904, by Robert S. Abbott. The newspaper was influential during The Great Migration when Blacks from the South came to the North. It documented multiple firsts, including the election of Mayor Harold Washington, first Black Mayor of Chicago; President Barack Obama, first Black president of the United States; and Lori Lightfoot, first Black female mayor of Chicago. Dr. Haki Madhubuti is the chief executive officer and founder of Third World Press Foundation. He grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s when the Chicago Defender was the Black newspaper in Chicago. It depicted Black life and told Black stories. “Chicago Defender is one of our great, great media outlets,” he said. Madhubuti had poems published in the paper and also sold the newspaper when he was young. “The Defender was critical in terms of civil rights,” Dr. Haki said. “It was the only Black paper published daily. For us, it was social media.” Madhubuti said the Defender, Ebony and Jet were major vehicles in the Black community. “You had the Sengstackes with the Defender and John H. Johnson with the other two,” he said. Madhubuti said he and Bobby Sengstacke were contemporaries — Sengstacke as a photographer and Madhubuti as a writer. They were both involved with the Wall of Respect. “Bobby had his photographs published in the Defender and all across the country,” he said. Madhubuti said the Defender was not only significant in Chicago but also across the country and the world. As he traveled, Madhubuti said he would look for black newspapers. “We had a non-compromising outlet for Black ideas,” he said. “Those ideas were in concert with Black leadership and the community.” Madhubuti said the Chicago Defender had a national reach. “The Defender represented our communications vehicle,” he THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Dr. Haki Madhubuti said. “I have a deep respect for the accuracy and cultural consciousness.” Perri Irmer is the president and chief executive officer of the DuSable Museum. Irmer said she grew up reading copies of the Defender at her grandmother’s house. “To us, the Defender offered the “real news,” not just the news as reported in the majority papers, which often didn’t cover issues important to the Black community. If they did, it was from a viewpoint, not our own,” she said. “These were our stories and we must continue to support the Defender to preserve the integrity of Black journalism, which we know is especially critical in today’s troubling times.” Irmer said there is a reason why the newspaper has lasted so long. “The Defender has always represented excellence in journalism and has been supported by the Black community as a cornerstone and vanguard publication,” she said. “We are fortunate that its leadership has adapted to the modern market to stay relevant, but we must also be diligent in our support so as not to ever lose this important resource.” Irmer reflected on the newspaper’s impact on the Black community, locally and across the country. “Robert Abbott played such a pivotal role in our city’s, and our nation’s, history — encouraging southern Blacks to flee Jim Crow and move to Chicago — that I see him as being almost as important as Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of our city,” she said. “If not for Abbott and the Chicago

Dr. Margaret Burroughs at the DuSable Museum.

Mayor Harold Washington

Actor Sidney Poiter and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Defender, we would not have been the primary northern destination during The Great Migration, and Chicago may not have become the center point of Black accomplishments, businesses, creativity and leadership. The roles he, and later John Sengstacke, played were essential to so much of our advancement and success as a community.”

Irmer added, the Chicago Defender has been about telling the stories of Black people in “our own voice.” “And, bringing to the forefront those issues that are paramount to the best interest of the Black community. And now, more than ever, this message must be carried forth,” she said. “The Chicago Defender and the DuSable Museum represent two of the

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most important organizations and missions for our community, and we are proud to partner with the Defender at every opportunity, to inform and educate ourselves and others. Our voices must be heard [and] our stories told accurately and truthfully as only the Defender, and publications like it, can ensure.” May 1 - 7, 2019 3


Community Former Editors Speak About Johnson Publishing By Charles Preston Defender Contributing Writer The headlines won’t stop. Many outlets reported that Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., once the nation’s largest and most successful Black-owned business, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court. The company, founded in 1942, sold Ebony and Jet magazines three years ago to a private equity firm. The Chicago Defender wanted to interview two of the most heralded editors within the Johnson Publishing Company. Clarence Waldron worked for the company from 1982–2011as senior editor and writer for Jet Magazine. In 2010, he received the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Dr. Margena A. Christian is a former senior editor and senior writer with Ebony Magazine. She was the 2017 UIC recipient of the Lecturers’ Distinguished Teaching Award for English Studies and the author of Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built. Chicago Defender: Let’s jump into it. Can you describe the significance of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.? What precedence did it set? Waldron: Johnson Publications told the story of Black America. Without the publication, we’ll be so much further behind than we are today. [John H. Johnson]’s theory was to always uplift positive information and to show success. He wanted to celebrate the goodness of Black folk. That was the key to the magazine’s success. Christian: In terms of grasping and documenting history, it moved beyond Chicago¬ — it was all over the world. It encouraged AfricanAmerican people to not only learn about themselves but to be proud of who they are. The magazines were used as instructional manuals — almost textbooks — because they taught people about AfricanAmericans. It was a catalyst for a lot of journalists to get their start. There weren’t a lot of people who realized that African-Americans can write. So, what [John H. Johnson] did was create opportunities for us locally and nationally. CD: What was your relationship with Johnson Publishing Company? Christian: I worked at the company from 1994–2014. From 4 May 1 - 7, 2019

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Johnson Publications told the story of Black America. Without the publication, we’ll be so much further behind than we are today. [John H. Johnson]’s theory was to always uplift positive information and to show success. He wanted to celebrate the goodness of Black folk. That was the key to the magazine’s success. –Clarence Waldron 1995–2009, I was with Jet. From 2010–2014, I was with Ebony. I was the only editor who worked for Jet, Ebony, Ebony Man, Ebony South Africa, and Ebony.com. I was the last person in editorial who worked directly under John Johnson himself. Waldron: I was senior editor. I was at Jet Magazine for 29 years. I met with John Johnson nearly every day because we always had editorial meetings and Jet was weekly. So, we probably got to know him in a way that most folks never have. CD: Tell me about him as a man. What was it like to be in the same space with an icon as big as John H. Johnson? Waldron: First meeting him? He was intimidating — intimidating, but you realize there was an

everyday sweetness about him. But he’ll cuss you out, from top to bottom. Everyone got cussed out. But he was a very fair guy. I loved working for Mr. John H. Johnson. I loved it. I was proud to be at the #1 Black company in the world. Christian: In a world that said people of color couldn’t do anything, he showed that we can do any and everything. He set the blueprint. He told stories that weren’t just inspirational, but aspirational. He was Black excellence. CD: What are your new hopes for Ebony or other Black publications after this news for Johnsons Publications? Do you think there will be another Black publisher that lives up to its legacy? Christian: First of all, Jet www.chicagodefender.com

Magazine isn’t around anymore; it ended in 2014. However, the history and legacy of what was established — what the publications stood for and what they were known for — can never be duplicated. Now, we have a different time. There are other magazines and other publications — none that quite do what Ebony once did, but maybe doing what Ebony could’ve been doing. It’s almost catch-22. It’s something that lives on in name. Waldron: I am hopeful that Ebony and Jet will continue the best way that they can. I really can’t imagine a day where there won’t be an Ebony or Jet. I don’t look forward to that day. CD: Are there any misconceptions about Johnson Publishing Company or any takeaways that you want

readers to know? Waldron: I just want to remind everybody why they fell in love with the Johnson Publishing Company. They fell in love with us because they liked reading about all the persons we wrote about. I just hope that the spirit of the magazines continues. The success of Ebony and Jet are clear. We know they were like bibles in the Black community that had quality writing. Christian: The bankruptcy has not impacted the publications; it has impacted the archives. The magazines are still intact, just under new ownership. We did lose those images — that archive. Those images were born out of a necessity to see ourselves. They hold a story of race, documenting our lives over decades. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


Loving Your Roots: How This Chicago-Based Company Became a Powerhouse in the Natural Hair Movement By Julia Mondschean She decided to follow the advice Defender Contributing Writer of her friends and go natural. She asked her then boyAs CurlMix gains success, its friend Tim founders honor their southside origins by promising to stay in the city Lewis, now her husband and and employ prico-founder of marily people of CurlMix, to help color from their her with the “big community. chop.” Armed Kim Lewis with a pair of Tim Lewis was a sopharts and crafts omore in colscissors, Tim complied when she lege when she told him to cut it all off. saw her natu“It was truly the most freeing ral hair for the Kim Lewis experience ever. I was proud to first time. Now, have my curly, kinky, you know, she’s the co-founder of a multimillion-dollar company that makes teeny weeny afro,” Kim said. After that, Kim became an advoproducts aimed to help people cate for the natural hair movement. love their natural curls. Today, her advocacy has reached “No other ethnicity can say new heights. As the co-founder that they’ve never seen their own natural texture of hair,” she said. of CurlMix, Kim is spreading her “But you’d be surprised, a lot of message farther than ever — even African-American women can say broadcasting it on national TV that. Just ‘cause we’ve been taught on NBC’s Shark Tank early last to straighten our hair from a very month. At the time of filming, Kim said on the show that her business early age.” was worth an estimated 7 million In Kim’s case, it was her Mexi- dollars. can grandmother who, after strugBut it wasn’t an easy road getgling to handle Kim’s hair, had it chemically relaxed when she was ting there. CurlMix started in 2013 as a six years old. Kim kept her hair straight until subscription box service that delivshe developed alopecia in college. ered ingredients people could use When her hair started falling out, to mix their own curly-hair prodshe knew it was time for a change. ucts. After a while, it became clear

Employees talk with one another while working, and sometimes have R&B music playing in the background. to Kim and Tim that while people enjoyed the idea of DIY hair care, most people didn’t have the time to make their own products. Facing a crossroads with one failed business already behind them, Tim and Kim made a crucial pivot to save CurlMix. On January 1, 2018, CurlMix ditched the DIY subscription box model and focused the brand around their number one product: ready-to-use flaxseed gel. It was a decision that required

a lot of work as flaxseed gel is very difficult to make and store for long periods of time. “So, we had to come up with, one, a way to make it in bulk, and two, have a way to preserve it —make it shelf stable,” Tim said. To address this need, their home kitchen became a production facility. Seven months pregnant, Kim spent the month of January boiling batches of flaxseed and extracting the gel to find the perfect formula that would stay

preserved on store shelves. “I’m the chef in the family so I was…I was a little upset every day I’d come home and there’s just like pots and dirt just everywhere,” Tim said. He remembers how once the gel was extracted, the seeds stuck to everything and had to be thrown out right away or they’d swell up, start to mold and smell. Despite the hassle, he looks back on that month fondly. continued on page 12

South Chicago Dance Theatre’s Spring Production Brings One of South Korea’s Finest to the South Side By Lee Edwards national dance The Defender Contributing Writer project. style of dance will be mostly The South Chicago Dance contemporar y Theatre’s upcoming production, and improvisa“Dancing Beyond the Borderline: tional, Smith, An Immersive Performance Expe- 31, said. rience,” is the long-awaited cul“I wanted to Kia Smith mination of months of planning, do something preparation and practice involving international with my company; dancers who, at one time, were that’s always been my dream,” worlds apart. Smith said. “I danced in Europe The inspiration for the produc- before so I didn’t want to do Eution was born out of South Chica- rope; I feel like dance companies go Dance Theatre founder/exec- always do stuff in Europe.” utive artistic director Kia Smith’s During Smith’s research of indesire to create a long-term interternational dance companies, she THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

became aware of several South Korean dance companies before deciding to reach out to the Korea National University of the Arts, which connected her with Joseph Kim, 36, choreographer/dancer with Choomna Dance Company in September 2018. Smith ultimately decided to take a 10-day trip in November to Seoul, South Korea, to visit Kim. The two then created a duet performance, which will be featured in “Dancing Beyond the Borderline.” Kim, who began as a 15-yearsold breakdancer, applauded Smith for being an “open-minded” dancer. www.chicagodefender.com

Kim traveled to the United States for the first time to perform “Dancing Beyond the Borderline” with the South Chicago Dance Joseph Kim Theatre. Arriving stateside just in time for Easter Sunday festivities, which included hearty portions of traditional soul food dishes, he admitted the difference in time zones (South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Chicago) would take some getting used to. Smith, a South Side native pur-

suing a master’s degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said performing “Dancing Beyond the Borderline” will have “special” significance as she took an auto-ethnographic approach toward bringing the 60-minute-plus production to life. “I chose to make a dance piece, but actually it deals with my great-grandmother’s story of migrating here during The Great Migration, my dad’s story [of] pioneering jazz in the alley, and then my own personal history of growing up on 95th and Halsted Ave. continued on page 12

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Hamilton: The Exhibition, is now open and Examines history with a more in-depth experience By Marshelle R. Sanders for the last 2 ½ years it’s been Defender Contributing Writer a mission to make Hamilton accessible to everyone. Therefore, it makes total sense for us to join The mission of this exhibit with our friends from Chicago is to thrill, give joy and continue to bring it here at the northerly this opportunity to educate island and continue this great people about democracy. Why collaboration between the city of is it important and how does Chicago.” democracy still infuse our life Hamilton: The Exhibition takes with opportunity? Hamilton: The visitors more in-depth into the life Exhibition posits new questions and times of Alexander Hamilton, about Hamilton’s life and the while at the same time chronicling founding of America, ultimately the American Revolution and the leaving us to ask the question — creation of the United States of how can we leave our legacies for America. From the post in St. future Americans? Croix where teenager Alexander The world-premiere of became an indispensable trader, Hamilton: The Exhibition, is a to the hilltop in Weehawken, NJ 360-degree, immersive exhibit, where Burr fatally shot Hamilton in that debuted here in Chicago their infamous duel, Hamilton: The on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in a Exhibition seeks to elucidate the free-standing temporary building powerful experience of building on Northerly Island (1535 S. Linn our country and shaping our White Drive). Democracy. Producer Jeffrey Seller stated Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot also during the conference Ribbon came on Friday to commence the cutting ceremony on Friday, April ceremony to be officially open. 26, “People say why Chicago? She has seen the show four times, Why bring the museum here? The once in New York with their original first thing that I want you to know cast members, three times in is that as of today more people Chicago, and her daughter knows have seen the musical Hamilton literally every song. Lightfoot also in Chicago than in New York City. discussed how just as history Hamilton is not just a Broadway has its ups and downsides, civic show; Hamilton is a musical for history is essential, On May 20th everybody. Being here in Chicago

she knows she will also be facing challenges with great vigor and the creation of the arts is valuable here in Chicago. “I look across this audience many of you know what I’m about to say, in which the arts culture is broader and profound it attracts visitors from around the world it is essential to the city. Just as this musical has been done, the exhibition will ignite the curiosity of people and tourist from around the world so where we’re going to gather here to see this history manifesting itself in its way. We are grateful for the opportunity and now that we have this fantastic exhibit to take us back in time through the American Revolution and the challenge is that we’re faced with forming our government. The exhibition features an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author, Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson, who played Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and George Washington in the original Broadway production of Hamilton. Joanne B. Freeman, historical advisor and Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, also narrates. The Spanish language translations are narrated by Olga

Merediz, who originated the role of Abuela Claudia in the Broadway production of In The Heights. Hamilton: The Exhibition is a collaboration between Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, creative director and set designer David Korins, producer Jeffrey Seller, orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, and Yale University historian and historical advisor to The Exhibition, Joanne B. Freeman. Harvard Law Professor and historian Annette Gordon-Reed are also providing historical consultation. With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how it felt to write the way Hamilton wrote, fight the way Hamilton fought, and live the way Hamilton lived. Discover how his work as a trader in St. Croix gave him the skills to create our country’s financial system. Gaze upon the streets of New York with detailed replicas of the city in 1776. Step into George Washington’s war tent as you learn how the

Revolutionary Army planned their unexpected victory in the Battle of Yorktown. To engage with as many people as possible, and to bring as many students into the exhibit as possible, Hamilton: The Exhibition is offering free group admission to all Chicago Public School students in grades four and higher. Individual tickets for Hamilton: The Exhibition is available on Ticketmaster.com and HamiltonExhibition.com. The timed entry tickets are $39.50 for adults, $32.50 for senior/military and $25 for youth ages 4-14. For groups of 10 or more, contact Broadway In Chicago at 312-9771710 or BICgroups.com. Hamilton is currently playing at Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre (18 W Monroe) where it has been in residence since September 2016. For exhibition hours and more information about Hamilton: The Exhibition, please visit HamiltonExhibition.com.

Young Actress to Star in ‘The Red Line’ By Tia Carol Jones Managing Editor Aliyah Royale has been acting — in theater, school plays and in church plays — since she was 5 years old. Then, one day, she decided to jump on a flight to Los Angeles to follow her dream. “It’s crazy. It’s been a wild ride,” Royale said. Royale portrays Jira CalderBrennan in the new CBS drama, The Red Line, which tells the story of three families who live in Chicago and are impacted by one event. The show is executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Caitlin Parrish. The show premiered on Sunday, April 6 May 1 - 7, 2019

28. Jira is the daughter of Daniel Calder, played by Noah Wyle of ER fame. When one of her fathers is shot, she begins to search for her birth mother. “She’s lost some of her identity,” Royale said. “She sets out to find her birth mother to make the world make a little bit more sense to her.” Royale said what she likes about Jira is that she knows what she wants. “There isn’t much portrayal of teenage female figures who know what they want,” she said. “No one had to tell her what was going to fix her. It’s great to see an independent person, self-reliant like that.”

Royale said she wants young people who watch the show to connect with Jira, and to learn to be more confident and go with their gut. “As she comes into her identity more, you see her going through Aliyah Royale stars as Jira in ‘The Red Line.’ extreme challenges and come through it like a champ,” she said. Royale said because the story was so powerful it was important to create bonds with her castmates. She said during her time filming she has become close with them. “We all turned into a real family, being able to create a real relationship,” she said. “It has enabled us to do this story in such a real fashion. It felt like we were Royale said Jira “knows what she wants.” all being honest.” www.chicagodefender.com

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Men of Excellence 50 Men of Excellence Shine at Chicago Defender’s 12th Annual Awards Program By Pat Nabong Defender Contributing Writer 50 men dressed in suits and ties strutted and strode into a banquet hall in downtown Chicago as their family members clapped and whistled on the sidelines. The men, in careers ranging from artists and community activists to entrepreneurs and attorneys, were honored by the Chicago Defender for being “men of excellence.” The awardees took center stage at the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago on April 26. Now in its 12th year, the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence annual ceremony aims to recognize men for “their leadership and commitment to excellence, empowerment and high levels of achievement.” These men “exemplify excellence through stature, tenacity [and] community involvement that characterizes

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Men of Excellence 2019 Class. Photos Credit: Dwight Phillips the essence of manhood all while maintaining the balance of being husbands, fathers, helpmates and professionals,” said radio announcer Kenya Simone who emceed the event. Joseph Mason II, 27-year-old principal of Urban Prep Englewood, was one of many that night. “It’s always been my dream to be an educator,” said Mason who served as a teacher and assistant principal

in Texas for five years before moving back to his hometown. He was born and raised in Chicago and upon returning, accepted the position as principal because he felt like he could make more of an impact here, he said. Mason said being honored as a man of excellence is “humbling because it just means continue to do what I’m doing in terms of impacting my community [and]

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just trying to be a guy that changes lives.” The award this year is centered around mentorship and Mason is doing exactly that. “[I’m] trying to instill wisdom and inspire [the young men who were just like myself growing up] to do more and see more and be more, so that’s really my goal,” said Mason. Reverend T.D. Hughes, 38, was

another honoree. He’s not just a spiritual leader at Third Baptist Church of Chicago; he is also somewhat of a teacher. Hughes, who used to work at JP Morgan for 14 years, said he is taking what he learned from being a senior associate vice president at the company and passing it down to his community by teaching them financial literacy. continued on page 10

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Men of Excellence was well attended. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Griffin Institute entertained guests during the reception. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Emcee Kenya Simone Photo Global 360 Marketing and guests. Photo Credit: Toya Werner MOEs Alphonse Gray and Curtis Franklin greeted by guests. Credit: Toya Werner Martin Photo Credit: Toya Werner Martin Martin

Gift of Hope guests Wynona Redmond, Charmaine Rickette, Steve James and Guest Photo Jack Lynch and Lou Ester Petty. Photo Credit: Toya Werner Credit: Toya Werner Martin ComEd Photo Credit: Toya Werner Martin Martin

MOE Henry McGhee and Tanya Thomas Photo Credit: Toya Congressman Davis, Darlene White, Corey Oliver, Anthony Werner Martin Oliver, Robin Lightfoot. Photo Credit: Toya Werner Martin Bruce Davis and guests. Photo Credit: Toya Werner Martin

MOE Kenneth McGhee and MOE Jeremy and WOE Andre and Frances Guichard daughter Kennedy. Photo Guests of MOE Mitchell Samuels Photo Credit: Toya Werner Tammera Holmes Photo of Gallery Guichard Photo Credit: Toya Werner Martin Credit: Toya Werner Martin Martin Credit: Toya Werner Martin 8 May 1 - 7, 2019

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MOE Carlton McGee and guests. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips MOE Lewis Edwards, Jr. and guests. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

MOE Julius Alexander III Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Keith Wideman Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Guests of MOEs Calvin Jordan, Adam Shorter III Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

LaVonne Hill-Wiggins (wife), MOEs Attorney Leo Wiggins and Judge Carl Boyd. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Bruce Davis Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips Thomas L. Hilliard Photo MOE Sean Best Photo Credit: Credit: Dwight Phillips Dwight Phillips

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It is with great pleasure that we formally congratulate Joseph J. Mason II on the 2019 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence award. Joseph has been a visionary in the field of education and philanthropic work. In addition to his work as a Principal, Joseph has created his own business, Living Legacy in hopes of continuing to form a legacy throughout the community. We are so proud of this recognition and award. The Family of Joseph J. Mason II (Joseph Sr., Denise, Erin, Noah, Bryce)

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MOE Henry Taylor and guests Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

Oratorical students of Rainbow Push for Excellence Inspirational Speech Program: Gabriel Gatheright, Rutherford Birchard, Hayes Simmons III and Nelson Simmons. Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

MOE and class president Andrew Holmes Photo Credit: Dwight Phillips

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the audience were three young men who performed inspirational speeches during the program. Gabriel Gatheright, 14, was one them. Gatheright said seeing so many Black men from his community honored for their achievements motivated him. “It showed me that anything is possible; Even the little man and the underdog can be shown and be, like, this person in the news and stuff like that in a good way…not a bad way.” Hiram Jackson believes that this annual ceremony is a way to counter inaccurate stereotypes about Black men. “Black men in general have been maligned and characterized, and, you know, the world sees us a certain way because of how the six o’clock news portrays us,” said Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Real Times Media, the parent company of the Chicago Defender. Approximately 550 men have been awarded by the Chicago Defender over the span of 12 years. This year, 100 men were nominated according to Dyanna Lewis, vice president of marketing and sales of the Chicago Defender. Those nominees were narrowed down to 50 men who were selected according to a specific criterion, which included a recommendation from former honorees, Jackson said. The Chicago Defender also honors women of excellence. “Our bench is deep,” said Jackson to the audience. “That’s the point that we’re trying to make — that there are wonderful Black men and Black women in our community, and our job is to search for them and celebrate African-American achievement every day.”

“Theology and the church are obviously our primary goals, but you know pastors need to speak to all of the community’s needs — financially, socially, economically, all of that,” said Hughes who left JP Morgan to become a full-time pastor. “I think that I’m still working, so I’m impressed that they would even think that what I’ve done thus far is worthy of the honor, but I just want to do the work,” Hughes said. “The accolades and all of the things that come with it are a blessing but for me the fulfillment comes with the work.” The men were not only recognized by the Chicago Defender. They were also recognized by their families who attended the event. “Men of excellence keep their focus, and they stay on track and press for the mark of the high calling, you know, not just accept any kind of mediocrity. I see that in [my son],” said James Wheeler, father of honoree James A. Wheeler who is the chief operating officer of WDB Marketing. His company has worked with more than 1,000 minority-owned businesses for 13 years. “Awards like this help us acknowledge the good in the world,” community activist and class president of the 2019 Men of Excellence Andrew Holmes said to the crowd of hundreds. “It puts a spotlight on the work we have done and the help that we have [offered] for the next generation of men that’s coming behind us.” As Holmes delivered his speech, among

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By Carolyn Griffin Palmer | Email: cpalmer@chicagodefender.com Faye Wattleton was recently featured at the 2nd Annual Fundraiser Luncheon, held at the InterContinental Chicago hotel, as guest speaker and recipient of the Ida’s Legacy Award. Best known for her executive leadership and advocacy for improving the status and healthcare of women, Wattleton continues building on a distinguished career that includes roles such as chief executive officer of national not-for-profit organizations. She also served on the boards of public and private corporations, academic institutions and high-impact philanthropic organizations. She is currently a partner at the executive recruitment firm Bukin/Baker. Advocate Dorothy Leavell, publisher and editor of the Chicago Crusader Newspaper, was also a recipient of the award. Leavell is also board chairman of the Chicago Reader. The welcome was given by Delmarie Cobb, founder of Ida’s Legacy. The mistress of ceremonies was Devorah Crable, and the invocation was given by Reverend Jennifer Tinsley, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Chicago. For more information, call 312-9489951 or visit www.idaslegacy.com. Chicago State University’s open house recently hosted 500 potential undergraduate and graduate students. Top Teens of America, Chicago Chapter Showcased Their “Aptitude in Artistry” Top Teens of America (TTA), Chicago chapter hosted their 45th Annual presentation show at the Oak Lawn Hilton in April. The show’s theme this year focused on appreciation for the arts and highlighted the academic achievements and creative abilities of the students. Throughout the year, members of TTA Chicago provide services for youth and adults in their communities alongside the members of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD), Chicago chapter. Congratulations! Chicago State University recently crowned the 2019–2020 Mister and Miss CSU.

Plan Parenthood Illinois Action Political Action Committee is an ongoing sponsored of Ida‘s Legacy Fundraising Luncheon. The group congratulates Faye Waddleton. Photo Credit: Sarah Matheson Photos

Del Marie Cobb honored Dorothy Leavell, Publisher and Editor Chicago Crusader and Faye Waddleton. Photo Credit: Sarah Matheson Photos

Chicago State University host open house: Jarrad T. Hampton-Marcell, Microbial Ecologist, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Ven Majeti, CEP-Loments, Inc.; Levon James, Senior Consultant, IBM; Commander Zeita A Merchant; Commanding Officer US Coast Guard Marines Chicago; Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President Global Inclusion and Diversity-Hyatt Hotels Corp; Dr. Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, 12th Permanent President-Chicago State University; Christina Jorda, Executive Director Human Resources/Talent Management-Chicago Public Schools; Keisha Hooks, Associate Director, Communications Strategy-Spark Foundry; Robye Scott, Manager Workforce Development, World Business, Chicago; Dr. Tiffany Davis, Associate Professor-CSU; Barbara Pryor, Chief of Human Resources Cook County Health; Dr. Michael Ellison-Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, CSU. Photo Credit: Brent Jones

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Joliet Area South Suburban Alumnae Chapter, Theta Zeta Chapter and Chicago Alumnae Chapter celebrating their Delta Verserary at the University Club in University Park, Ill. Left to right: Janice Farrar, Dr. Mabel Alford; Ashley Allen; Sonya Fitzpatrick; Dawn Perry; Nicole Chisum; Amber Commodore; Valerie Coleman; Tawanna Butler; Devona Hazelwood; Denise Julius.

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Top Teens of America Chicago members (front row): Teens Montayia Calmese, Nala Edge, Ashlee Murphy, and Jelani Chisum (back row): Teens Sotonye Soberekon, David Range, Na’im Muhammad, and James Cox.

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12 Voices The Kingdom Kees of Brand Recognition: Part I By Reggie and Quiana Kee importantly, when the owner is not present, the brand speaks for the 12 Voices owner. A brand is the perception others have about who you are and Just as every company has what you do. a brand, every person has one While this is great information too, but to realize, it takes on a different what is connotation when contextualized a brand? within Christianity. As Christians, W h a t though this seems odd to say, does it we are no longer our own. We say about represent a brand on this earth. y o u ? Unfortunately, this brand has been Merriam watered down, misrepresented Webster historically by a white majority defines and egregiously misunderstood. “brand” Christianity has been given a brand Reggie and Quiana as a mark of the “white man’s religion,” Kee that is but it’s far more superior than burned that. Christianity is the brand of into the skin of an animal (such Christ. Those who profess Jesus as a cow) to show who owns the to be their Lord and Savior now animal. represent Him while He is not Though we’re clearly not physically present on the earth. about to get (back) into the idea The anointing of the Anointed of branding human beings as a should mark us differently from sign of ownership, let’s explore our peers as signs, miracles and this concept a little more. A wonders follow them that believe. branding mark on an animal says The reality is that our brand has who owns the animal. It leaves a been watered down by many who lasting impression differentiating either have a form of godliness the owner’s animal from (to perform signs, miracles and another person’s animal. More

wonders) but deny the power or those who are charlatans and promote their own beliefs but try to pass them off as God’s brand in order to justify their flawed actions. Our Chrisitian brand needs a reset. Such a reset requires historical and present-day evidence of an effective brand that reflects exactly who God is. As such, I offer to you the first of a two-part series. We’ll begin with a historical case study. In 1 Samuel, King Saul had an issue with the brand of a young warrior named David. Saul proved incapable of truly representing God’s brand, and David was anointed to succeed Saul as king. David volunteered to slay the Philistine giant Goliath when the rest of the Israelite army was too afraid to fight against him. With a sling and stone, David defeated the giant and earned a position of authority over Saul’s army. With that act, David gained the favor of God and men. 1 Samuel 18:7 says, “So the women sang as they danced and said, ‘Saul has slain his thousands,

and David his ten thousands.’ ” How’s that for a brand? The thing about a brand is that it has to be sustained after it is recognized. Unlike the king that came before him, David did so by obeying God. 1 Samuel 18:14 states, “And David behaved wisely in all his ways and the Lord was with him.” We know David was flawed just as we all are. Yet and still, his brand exists even today as a man after God’s own heart. So, what was so special about David? What did his brand say about him? As first being known as a warrior to then becoming a benevolent king and known for his legacy as a man after God’s own heart, this all speaks to the anointing of God on his life. 1 Samuel 16:13 says, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” This became his lasting impression. Everything he did revolved around the anointing

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we’ll be able to impact even more people. I think once we leave here, we’ll have to build out a whole facility and we’d love to do it on the South Side of Chicago.” Working mothers also make up a large segment of their team. “I think for a time we had, like, all moms on staff,” Tim said. “It was really cool to give people opportunities who might not have had them before but are just stellar people to have on the team. And that’s been really, really rewarding for us.” Kim and Tim believe the success of CurlMix is linked to their main goal of satisfying the long-overlooked need for hair products that cater to people with curly hair. “Hair is not just emotional. It’s deeply tied to people’s identity more so than we realize,” Tim said. “And so, we get just the most amazing feedback from some of our customers.” The response from customers all over has only reinforced Kim and Tim’s belief in the personal importance of hair. “I think curly-hair products are so important because they allow us: one, the ingredients and products our hair needs to thrive, but two, [to] embrace our hair in a way that we’ve never been able to do before,” Kim said.

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“We were actually kind of having a blast at the time,” he said. “Kim loves, like, getting her hands into the business and really just, like, solving problems.” Tim remembers that period as the lowest income month for CurlMix due to the loss of revenue from the subscription service. “I think that January, Kim cried,” he said. “Kim for sure thought we were going to fail, and I was like, ‘No, no; it’s just the first month. We’ll be fine.’ ” More than 50 batches of gel later, Kim discovered how to make the gel shelf-stable, and CurlMix could finally test their product on the market. The first 100 bottles they put up for presale on their website sold out right away. Then the next 100, and the next 100 after that. Tim says sales have grown 60 percent month after month since. “So, we went from, like, January: nothing…to finishing off in December at over a million in sales,” Tim said. “We’re projecting about $10 million or so for this year.” Their current production facility in Near West Chicago is a far cry from the kitchen in Bridgeport where Kim perfected the product. In a spacious third-floor loft with plenty of natural light, Tim’s 12 May 1 - 7, 2019

Employees bottle CurlMix product at the near westside production facility. desk sits beside a play space for his 18-month-old son Zuri, in an alcove above the main floor. From here, he can lean over the mezzanine to talk to his production team below. Down on the production line, a group of people in hairnets and aprons bottle fresh CurlMix products into containers branded with teal and magenta labels. The CurlMix family has grown to keep pace with rising demand for their products, and Kim and Tim make an effort to stick with their roots and hire primarily people of color from the community where they grew up. “The staff that we have, the majority of our people are from the South Side of Chicago,” Tim said. “As we start to grow, we know that

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and how those figures have made me kind of who I am and who I am as a dancer,” she said. The South Chicago Dance Theatre’s partnership with Kim consists of a three-year diplomatic partnership. Smith shared that she and Kim decided to organize performances in South Korea in fall 2019 and in Chicago in spring 2020. Among the performers for “Dancing Beyond the Borderline” is South Side native Shannon Washington, a 28-year-old rehearsal assistant/dancer for South Chicago Dance Theatre. Washington explained “Dancing Beyond the Borderline” is more than just a passion piece for Smith as other dancers bring their passion to the project as well. “I have, like, a semi recurring injury that happens all the time that I have to consistently be aware of and take care of myself,” Washington said. “All of us dancers have other jobs so we have to keep those jobs separate and take care of ourselves mentally because all those other jobs are also very taxing on our minds and bodies.” Smith said she wants each dancer to tell their own respective stories as they perform.

of God – even his misdeeds. When he slept with Bathsheba and arranged for her husband to die on the battlefield, he realized what he’d done reflected poorly on God’s anointing/brand. Once recognized, he repented of his sins, accepted the repercussions and continued to bear the mark of the anointed. People’s perceptions of you are built on what we say and how we treat others as well as how we handle success and defeat. So, what does your brand say about you? MANU FORTI MINISTRIES “Speaking LIFE to Unlock the POWER of GOD within YOU Reggie and Quiana Kee have known each other for over 20 years and were married in 2004. They were licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in 2015 at the Kingdom Advancement Center in Elgin, Ill., where they currently reside. They have two children and are the co-founders of Ink Well Spoken and Manu Forti Ministries, which serve as the marketplace and faith-based programs for their motivational speaking initiatives.”

Shannon K. Washington “When I watch them do it I don’t see myself, I just see them doing the movement I gave them and making it their own…so telling their own story,” Smith said. “I hope that the audience will be influenced or inspired, too, to dig into their own history.” “Dancing Beyond the Borderline” is scheduled to debut at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, at the Stony Island Arts Bank located at 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. To purchase tickets, visit www.southchicagodancetheatre.com. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, Registration Number: Y19001070 on the April 10, 2019. Under the Assumed Name of MOMMIE KNOWS BEST CHILD CARE HOME with the business located at 9221 SOUTH COLFAX AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60617. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/ Partner Full Name: SHANNON D LONGSTREET Complete Address: 9221 SOUTH COLFAX AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60617, USA

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P. Plaintiff, -v.RUBEN BELTRAN, ANTONIO GOZANLES, MARIA ELENA SAAVEDRA A/K/A MARIA E SAAVEDRA, A/K/A MARIA SAAVEDRA, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2016 CH 9816 2220 WEST 21ST PLACE CHICAGO, IL 60608 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 22, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 28, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 2220 WEST 21ST PLACE, CHICAGO, IL 60608 Property Index No. 17-19-319-040-0000. The real estate is improved with a two unit building with a detached one and a half car garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088. Please refer to file number 256769. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 346-9088 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 256769 Attorney ARDC No. 61256 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2016 CH 9816 TJSC#: 39-2489 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3119361

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE INVESTMENT TRUST 2005-2 Plaintiff, -v.LYLE AKER, HOLLY ANN AKER, STATE OF ILLINOIS - DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, THE POPE BUILDING CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION Defendants 18 CH 05851 633 S. PLYMOUTH CT, APARTMENT #1009 Chicago, IL 60605 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 5, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 6, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 633 S. PLYMOUTH CT, APARTMENT #1009, Chicago, IL 60605 Property Index No. 17-16-408-039-1076. The real estate is improved with a condominium. The judgment amount was $162,592.24. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 263-0003 Please refer to file number 111701. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0003 E-Mail: ilpleadings@potestivolaw.com Attorney File No. 111701 Attorney Code. 43932 Case Number: 18 CH 05851 TJSC#: 39-1403 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3117902

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION TOWNE MORTGAGE COMPANY Plaintiff, -v.GODFRIED ANNANSEY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2018 CH 08042 3803 SOUTH GILES AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60653 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 21, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 6, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 3803 SOUTH GILES AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60653 Property Index No. 17-34-326-002-0000. The real estate is improved with a three unit building with a detached one and a half car garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twentyfour (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088. Please refer to file number 266691. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 346-9088 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 266691 Attorney ARDC No. 61256 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2018 CH 08042 TJSC#: 39-1187 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3117381

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, -v.MELANIE A. SHARPE, MUSEUM POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION Defendants 15 CH 004751 233 E. 13TH STREET UNIT #1608 CHICAGO, IL 60605 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 18, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 14, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 233 E. 13TH STREET UNIT #1608, CHICAGO, IL 60605 Property Index No. 17-22-110-119-1123. The real estate is improved with a condo/ townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-10-23345. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-10-23345 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 15 CH 004751 TJSC#: 39-2231 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3118119

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, Registration Number: Y19001094 on the April 15, 2019. Under the Assumed Name of GROOVE STYLE ENTERTAINMENT with the business located at 1906 E 79TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60649. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: VENUS STUTTS Complete Address: 7114 S DOBSON AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60619, USA

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