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Chicago Voice Exchange

February 2010

In this Issue Remember the Times - Black History Month Tribute Chicago Entertainers

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Haiti When I heard the news about the earthquake in Haiti, I had no idea the impact it had left behind. In fact, when I heard the news, I really didn’t know just many lives were lost. When I watched the specials on television, I immediately thanked God, as this could have been me, you and others who were very critical to the people who reside in Haiti. To see the bodies on the ground, Port au Prince appearance is one of somber and pain. It looked like Hell on earth. Many who survived, suffered severe trauma that death is near. To hear about the surgeries being performed on humans without any type of anesthesia was heart-breaking. To hear the different types of injuries sustained by children and infants was when my break down moment occurred. I watched a doctor check out a, what appeared to be, newborn baby. My tears flowed and my heart ached as he wrapped the gauge around her head, kissed his finger and softly touched her head. It was a miracle that she only had minor injuries. How about the mothers and fathers, carrying their children and babies, frantically searching for medical attention, trying to keep their babies alive – without even knowing that those children and babies had already perished. The worse news I had heard was when musician and Haiti Native, Wyclef, raised money for his hometown, skeptics begin to investigate. Why? Why now? I personally feel that was an attack on him because apparently he had raised millions of dollars, more than any other organization. I would prefer my contributions to go to his organization for the simple fact that he is a Haiti Native and I know in my heart that this man would not do this to his hometown. He doesn’t have to. He started his organization and involvement years before we even knew an earthquake was coming. My heart goes out to Wyclef and the city Port au Prince, Haiti. I pray that they can get control over the city so that those who are in great need for medical attention, food and water may get the supplies they need to survive. Despite of everything, some survivors are still praising God. They’re singing songs of hope and joy. I pray God watch over those who are survivors of this horrific earthquake.☼

Chicago's Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert

You've seen the images of the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Devastation is throughout the land. Millions are injured, suffering and homeless. You ask yourself, "How can I come to the aid of the people of Haiti during this historically disastrous time of crisis." To assist in the relief effort join Salem Baptist Church of Chicago (Pastor James T. Meeks), Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Rev. Charles Jenkins), Inspiration 1390 AM, and the Chicagoland Gospel Community for Chicago's Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert. This event will raise donations for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All donations are 2009 tax deductible. Featured premiere gospel artists: Donald Lawrence, Byron Cage, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, John P. Kee, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, DeAndre Patterson, New Direction, Joshua's Troop and many others. Special guest hosts: BET's Dr. Bobby Jones, Inspiration 1390 AM, on-air personalities, John Hannah and Angela Martin. Free Admission - Open to the Public. Monday February 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m. House of Hope 752 E. 114th St. Chicago IL. 60628.

Celebrate Black History Month

What are you planning to do to celebrate the month that has been set aside for Black History? In this issue, we’ll share a load of events taking place in the Chicago area in honor of Black History Month. Be sure to check out the schedule of events and encourage you to take your children to learn about their heritage.

Moments in Black History Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Gone With the Win in 1939. To watch her acceptance speech, visit the link

The Tuskegee Airmen – Watch the tribute

To learn more about moments in Black History, take your child to the library and read about some of the greatest history. You may also browse the Internet to learn more.♦

Remember the Times? Tribute to The Jackson 5 I never imagined Michael Jackson being one of the topics of Black History Month. I remember when I was only 3 years old, my oldest brother gathered all the children in the house in front of our floor model television set. He explained to us “History is going to be made tonight.” He was 18 years old and excited about what he was about to witness. We patiently waited for all the commercials to end just before the introduction of the Ed Sullivan Show. We didn’t realize what was about to happen, but we trusted him. Suddenly, the show host introduced a group that was discovered by Diana Ross as The Jackson 5. Right then was when 5 young black boys and teens ran onto the stage. We couldn’t believe it and immediately my brother turned up the sound. The young black boys turned out to be brothers who ages ranged from 9-years-old to 18. Two little boys danced between their big brothers. It was amazing because we had never seen anything like this before on television. I guess in my brothers eyes, in 18 years, neither did he. My sisters and cousins jumped up, screaming and dancing to the songs they were performing. The young brothers was energetic and delivered their number like we had never seen. They were young, fresh and timely in our era. For decades, I followed The Jackson 5, that later became The Jacksons and ended with the solo careers of Michael and Jermaine. When I was in high school, Michael Jackson released what would become the world’s best album ever – Thriller. Then he made a television appearance on Motown’s 25th Anniversary and made his mark. His rendition of the Moon Walk had people on their feet. Many classmates would walk through the halls sporting Thriller gear. From the leather or pleather jackets to the Jerri Curl hair style, many wanted to be like Mike. Despite of all the things Michael had to endure, I must say I was always a fan. I didn’t just listen to his hit songs. I listened to the complete album. He was telling a story and many was inspirational. Some people missed it simply because the media painted such an ugly picture of this man who when he passed just last June 2009, was it announced that he was number 1 in donating to the most charities. I was and still a fan of the Jacksons. Although things didn’t go the way some may have felt during their childhood, their family is human. There are many families who are going through similar issues. We just don’t hear about them. I appreciate the music this family has added as a part of my childhood life. My siblings, cousins and I would dance and sing songs by the Jackson 5 at a very young age. Finally, when I watch This Is It, I felt as if I, too need to be the best at what I do. A little history on The Jackson 5 – This group had the Top 5 songs on the charts when they first signed with Motown.♫

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HEALTH & MEDICINE Diabetes Heart disease or cardiopathy is an umbrella term for a variety of different diseases affecting the heart. As of 2007, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales, killing one person every 34 seconds in the United States alone Coronary heart disease refers to the failure of the coronary circulation to supply adequate circulation to cardiac muscle and surrounding tissue. Coronary heart disease is most commonly equated with Coronary artery disease although coronary heart disease can be due to other causes, such as coronary vasospasm. Coronary artery disease is a disease of the artery caused by the accumulation of atheromatous plaques within the walls of the arteries that supply the myocardium. Angina pectoris (chest pain) and myocardial infarction (heart attack) are symptoms of and conditions caused by coronary heart disease. Over 459,000 Americans die of coronary heart disease every year. In the United Kingdom, 101,000 deaths annually are due to coronary heart disease

You can prevent heart disease by following a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are five strategies to help you protect your heart. For complete information, visit /health/heart 1. Don't smoke or use tobacco products 2. Get active 3. Eat a heart-healthy diet 4. Maintain a healthy weight 5. Get regular health screenings

Rent or Own Your Home? Which way is Best? You may have heard the sayings “Why make that landlord wealthy, purchase your own home.” Or “It’s best to own than to rent. This way, you can call the roof over your head your own.” Well, after being on both sides of the fence, this statement is not always true. For example, I’ve had many people tell me that I am wasting money on other people’s property. After thinking hard but not long, isn’t purchasing a house without paying for it in full also making the mortgage company or bank wealthy? Well, lets look at this thing for both perspectives. When you rent, you have to deal with property managers and landlords. When things around the house needs to be repaired, renters have to depend on the landlords to hire a skilled person to fix the problem. When you own, you have to make a decision to either hire a skilled person in that area or fix it yourself. Either way, fees are incurred. If you hire someone, you’ll have to pay for their services. If you do it yourself, you’ll have to purchase the parts needed in order to properly fix the problem. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from purchasing a house. Just trying to give reasons from my own perspective why I feel renting is better during this time. When you purchase a home, you are required to pay the monthly mortgage and goes the same for paying rent. In addition to paying the mortgage, you are required to purchase Homeowners Insurance. Most renters, although not mandatory, may purchase renters insurance but in most cases, they don’t. Homeowners must pay Homeowners Taxes to prevent loosing their property. Homeowners Taxes are usually due twice within a year.

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Recently, Homeowners have been complaining due to the market, their property value plummeted, leaving them owing a substantial amount over the actual price the house is worth. Homeowners must do the everyday maintenance around the house including outdoor maintenance. This is not too bad, but the worse problem I experienced when owning opposed to renting was once the neighborhood started going down, my family could not pack up and move. When we lived in a community in the south suburbs where we did not feel comfortable coming and going, we still had an obligation with our house. We wish we could have forklifted our house and move it into a better neighborhood, but that was not an option. We tried to do everything to prevent walking away from our house. It was an experience I never want to encounter again. The feeling of being stuck in a house that you no longer feel comfortable in, or in most cases are not able to afford the mortgage and maintaining the house, is more than a notion. If you are renting and you either want out do to the neighborhood, loss of a job, wanting to relocate, you can either work something out with your landlord to get out of the lease or complete your rental lease timeframe and not renew the lease. The worse scenario is that you may have to commit to the few months of that lease. With a house, you may have to commit to decades. There are many pros and cons to owning and renting. You must figure out which was is best for you and your family.â—™

Kelle Martin & Marc Rand present: TG1F!!!! ~ All Black Mardi Gras Soiree' Friday, February 5th Visionz 8038 S. Ashland 8pm

With resident DJ, the Maestro himself, Steve Miggedy. Free Admission Free parking in CVS lot Free beads and other evening specialties!! We are doing it grown and sexy Mardi Gras style Wear your Mardi Gras masks - let's do it!!


Daddy/Daughter Dances In Your Community The Black Star Project Encourages Daddy Daughter/Dances or Daddy/Daughter Dinners on Saturday, February 13, 2010 Every little girl needs her mom, but the comfort, security and love of a dad is important in teaching her how to nurture and build relationships with men. Fathers are invited to bring their 6-year old to 12-year old daughters to: The Chicago Daddy/Daughter Dance at The Black Star Ballroom 3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Admission: $20.00 per couple, $5.00 per extra "date" Please call Comella at 773.285.9600 to RSVP. The best way to guarantee that your daughter will have the high self-esteem necessary to choose a good mate is for you, her father, to be the model for her choice and decision making.

The Black Star Project encourages fathers across America on Saturday, February 13, 2010, to take their daughters between 6 and 12 years old "out on a date" to a dance or out to a nice restaurant for dinner. Many fathers will take their daughters to a "Daddy/Daughter Dance" planned by schools, churches, Girls Scout Troops and community organizations. Others will make reservations at a nice restaurant and take their daughters out to a "Daddy/Daughter Dinner". This is a special occasion. The recommended dress for Daddy/Daughter Dances is suits or semi-formal for daddies and semi-formal or church dresses for daughters. It is important not to let the dress become more important than the event. Have fun and bond with your daughter. This event was inspired by Real Dads Network in New York City. This is the third year for their event. Please call 212.875.7725 for the New York City Valentine's Day Daddy/Daughter Dance. For more information about national "Daddy/Daughter Dances" or "Daddy/Daughter Dinners, please call 773.285.9600♼

South Shore Opera -February 27 Concert South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents its Annual Salute to Black History Month on February 27th at 5:30 p.m. featuring: A Concert of Spirituals, Songs and Arias by African American Composers featuring: ¢ Baritone Robert Sims, Gold Medal Winner of the American Traditions Competition ¢ Soprano Kimberly E. Jones, Alumna of the Ryan Opera Center with the Lyric Opera of Chicago ¢ Pianist/Composer George E. Cooper, Founder of the Ella Sheppard School of Music ¢ Tenor Cornelius Johnson, Music Director of South Shore Opera and Faculty member at Olive Harvey College

When: Saturday, February, 27th at 5:30 p.m. Where: South Shore Cultural Center, Robeson Theater 7059 S. South Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60649 Cost: Free. This is a non-ticketed event. All donations are welcomed. For more information, contact Executive Director, Dr. Marvin Lynn at or (773) 241-6147.

Gospel’s Finest Independent Talent Competition Vote in the Literary & Arts Category The Public’s Choice Voting Polls are Open

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We received a letter requesting for materials for women who are currently in prison. The materials they are requesting will help them become authors. If you can help me help the Lee Arrendale State Prison Author’s Club accomplish their goals, contact us at

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STAGEPLAY A SUMMERS RUN Monday, February 1, 2010 UTOPIA 1315 S WABASH 6pm-9pm With Acting Coach Bryant Smith and Others

CASTING CALL Moopy Vision Movies In association with Infini Entertainment Company Presents

DOUBLE FATAL Feature Film Presentation Casting Call in Chicago Email photo, resume & video of a performance Open Auditions are coming this month in Chicago. Contact us for details. Multiple roles available for adults ages 18 & up. â—™

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Entertainers of Chicago There are many famous entertainers who were born in or near the Chicago area. If they were not born in Chicago, they made it their home or made their mark. We’ll start with the famous musicians and singers that came right out of the communities of Chicago. Emma Abbott, Opera Singer. Bo Diddley Buddy Guy Chicago (Band) Lupe Fiasco Nat “King” Cole Ray Manzarek (The Doors) Freddy Cole (American Jazz singer/pianist Chaka Khan Minnie Riperton Styx (Band) Muddy Waters Kanye West Twista Common Wilco Paul Butterfield The Impressions Herbie Hancock Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) Donny Hathaway Benny Goodman Ramsey Lewis Lou Rawls Jerry Butler Gene Chandler R. Kelly Sam Cooke

Many more are not listed.

Next Best Seller Competition If you are a Self-Published Author with a literary piece published January 2008 or later, enter the Next Best Seller competition. All types and all genres are accepted. The Top 20 submissions will become contestants. To enter, fill out the entry form on the website and include the following information  Title of Book  Synopsis  Author Once your title has been selected in the Top 20, you’ll need to send the following information:  Book Cover in jpeg format  Author’s BIO  Book Trailer (if available) The Top 5 Semi-Finalist will need to send excerpts of their book via email. The Top 3 will need to send a copy of the book for the Final Competition. To enter, visit

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