Organizations Participating in 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mentor Weekend

Organizations Participating in 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mentor Weekend – 12.27.2016 1968 East Chicago Indiana 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans New Orleans Louisiana Abraham Lincoln High School Jersey City New Jersey Antioch Dempsey Baptist Church Eastman Georgia APP Business Solutions Harrisburg Pennsylvania Athletics & Beyond Aurora Colorado Atlanta CARES Atlanta Georgia Read more about Organizations Participating in 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mentor Weekend[…]

Local Author Honored in  2016 Indie Book Awards

  “Anointed To Sing The Gospel: The Levitical Legacy of Thomas A. Dorsey” by Chicago resident Kathryn Kemp has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016. Kathryn’s book is a finalist of the African-American category in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Read more about Local Author Honored in  2016 Indie Book Awards[…]

Black Aesthetic, White Supremacy: Steve Perry’s Tweet Needs Cutting More Than Black Boys’ Hair

Black People know We Are In trouble when we turn our children over to men like Steve ” I don’t give a damn about slavery” Harvey, Sean Puffy Combs and Steve Perry to educate and mentor our young Black boys. The notion that traditionally black hairstyles are synonymous with being unsuccessful speaks directly to the Read more about Black Aesthetic, White Supremacy: Steve Perry’s Tweet Needs Cutting More Than Black Boys’ Hair[…]

Musician, West Side activist and Friend of Black Star, Boyse Edwards dead at 67

By Maureen O’Donnell May 28, 2016 When he was onstage with the musical group Gentlemen of Leisure, Boyse Edwards was a turbanned, tuxedoed, cowbell-ringing, tambourine-banging band director, setting off pyrotechnics to keep the party pumping. He was trained by the legendary James “Major” Adams, who helped establish the Henry Horner Boys & Girls Club, which offered music lessons Read more about Musician, West Side activist and Friend of Black Star, Boyse Edwards dead at 67[…]

Grants Made in Chicago by MacArthur Foundation in 2015

MacArthur Foundation Chicago Grantee Organizations in 2015 Name of Organization Year Granted Grant amount Topic Location Race of Community Served 137 Films 2015 $5,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White 3Arts Inc. 2015 $25,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White A Red Orchid Theatre 2015 $200,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White About Face Theatre 2015 $40,000.00 Arts Read more about Grants Made in Chicago by MacArthur Foundation in 2015[…]

The Story Behind “The American Dream” Photo at West Point

As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black “cover,” the dress headgear that Army cadets wear. The photograph of Idrache, by Read more about The Story Behind “The American Dream” Photo at West Point[…]

MacArthur Foundation is ducking on Chicago’s most crucial issues

OPINION MacArthur Foundation is ducking on Chicago’s most crucial issues By: PHILLIP JACKSON Photo by Getty Images The heads of foundations think they’re gods. And they can never understand why people, who are economically subjugated by their grant-making, would complain about their treatment by the Foundation Gods. At my organization, the Black Star Project, we Read more about MacArthur Foundation is ducking on Chicago’s most crucial issues[…]

Chicago Police Have Made Young Black Men “Enemies of the State”

Chicago Police Have Made Young Black Men “Enemies of the State” On Friday of last week, as a woman was coming out of the neighborhood Bronzeville Starbucks, gunshots were fired.  Two people were shot.  The older woman, a city employee, died.  The younger man, who worked at a sandwich shop, was coming from a bank Read more about Chicago Police Have Made Young Black Men “Enemies of the State”[…]

Creating a Sustainable Environment for the Youth of DC Now!

By Franklyn M. Malone, CEO, The 100 Fathers, Inc. May 23, 2016 There is much concern in the Washington, D.C. area by community leaders about the lack of options presented to our youth in the area of sustainable community programs! After attending a community meeting in the Mayfair community last week with Charles Eaves of Read more about Creating a Sustainable Environment for the Youth of DC Now![…]

MacArthur Foundation’s Redlining Practices Help Decimate Black Chicago

MacArthur Awards One-Tenth of 1% of its Grants to Black Organizations in Chicago Redlining is the practice of denying capital or critical services to targeted communities based on race or ethnic makeup.  Redlining in banking is illegal.  Redlining in insurance is illegal.  Redlining in real estate is illegal.  Redlining in healthcare is illegal.  Redlining in Read more about MacArthur Foundation’s Redlining Practices Help Decimate Black Chicago[…]