Toast it up and celebrate 2015’s successes and challenges

This year was super fast-paced for me. There were many days when I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I set some pretty ambitious goals at the top of the year; however, with the way things were moving, I didn’t always feel as though I was accomplishing them. Last week, I decided to […]

Anthony Hamilton discusses the importance of fatherhood and raising 6 boys

R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is a man who has achieved much success since his rise to fame in 2003. The North Carolina native admits he is pleased with his extensive catalog of musical accomplishments, but what he is most proud of is being a father of six boys who range in age from 1 to 24, including a […]

Famous celebrities arrested in 2015

From start to finish, the list of celebrities arrested in 2015 is a long one. Sadly, the number of Black entertainers and athletes continue to grow at a steady rate. Here are a few Black celebrities arrested in 2015. DMX-Earl Simmons DMX seems to be getting arrested on a fairly regular basis. In 2015, he was […]

Kendrick Lamar and Future turn up at WGCI Big Jam in Chicago

As far as the concept of Big Jams go, this one was pretty good. Chicago’s WGCI hosted their last jam of the year and the lineup consisted of many Chicago artists, a pop artist, an R&B singer and three of the hottest rap stars in the rapsphere in this moment. The five-hour show went by pretty smoothly […]

Biggest celebrity breakups in 2015

From the outside looking in, the lives of celebrities tend to look perfect. In fact, some fans think celebrities are so perfect that they glorify their lifestyles and try to emulate their romances. The harsh reality is no matter how perfect it seems sometimes, celebrities have just as hard a time keeping their romances together as […]

Steamy hot track stars of Team USA prepare for the 15th IAAF World Championship

The first few things that come to mind when people think of track athletes are hot bodies, defined legs and incredible physiques. Whether male of female, these athletes seem to be very pleasing on the eyes and let’s be honest, with all the form-fitting tights, tanks and briefs, it’s kind of hard to ignore their hotness. […]

ComEd stresses STEM at 2nd annual Icebox Derby kickoff

STEM is all the rage in these parts. An acronym that stands for the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math, there is a strong push to increase the number of college students, particularly women and minorities, pursuing degrees in those fields of study. The Department of Labor also sees a need to fill 1.2 […]

HBCU commencement speakers announced for 2015

It’s that time of year again that brings joy to thousands of HBCU students, commencement. Several top tier HBCUs have announced exciting speakers for 2015. Take a look at this year’s lineup, starting with the top ranked HBCU in the United States:Spelman College Donna Brazile

New music: Logic feat. Big KRIT ‘Top Ten’

Logic has teamed up with legendary Southern producer and lyricist Big K.R.I.T. on this hot new record titled Top Ten. Produced by Logic’s go-to beatmaker, 6ix, Top Ten has both MCs sounding right at home over a soulful beat. This record is perfect for cruising in your ride during the day or great for background music at the […]

NBA legend Karl Malone leading the fight against heart disease

NBA legend and 19-year veteran Karl Malone is stepping his game up once again by leading the fight against high blood pressure in the Black community. Known as “The Mailman” based on his success at delivering points on the court as the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer, Malone is now delivering a new package in an effort […]

The 5 best jobs of 2015

It’s a simple fact of life … we need money to survive. And in an economy that’s changing as rapidly as ours, figuring out which career path will keep you out of the red is a little bit harder than it might have been in years past. Several different agencies recently released reports of what […]

Chicago politics and the education of the underdog

I’m one that’s always been for the underdog. I’ve eschewed personal wealth opportunities to side with those most in need, choosing to utilize my class privilege and access to fight for the ideals of what’s right and what’s fair for the greatest amount of people, instead of scurrying to the top of the hill where […]

What’s wrong with Rahm Emanuel?

A lot of people talk stuff about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Some have gone so far as to label him Mayor 1 percent. And I get it. When you look at Emanuel’s $30 million campaign war chest, when you watch his commercials about his version of what he’s done over the last four years, when you watch […]

Love tip day 1: Countdown to Valentine’s Day with Dr. Nicole

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14, 2015. Whether you have a mate or are enjoying living single, you’ll appreciate this relationship advice from success strategist Dr. Nicole LaBeach. Tip #14 Strive for Co-existence, not Co-dependence… Love him. Love her. Be there for each other. Support one another. However, don’t forget to be fully present in […]

Tamera Mowry-Housley reveals the sex of baby No. 2

It’s a girl for Tamera Mowry-Housley, who announced over the New Year’s holiday, that she and her husband Adam Housley are expecting their second child. Soon after, during a taping of FOX’s hit show “The Real,” the co-host made a last-minute decision to find out the gender of baby in front of her live audience!. […]

Chicago Theatre Week prepares for 2015 run

Now in its third year, the Chicago Theatre Week returns in an expanded format that will run Feb. 12-22, 2015, at various theaters across the city. More than 100 productions are participating in the event that features value-priced tickets ($15 and $30, or less) to more than 600 performances from some of Chicago’s most acclaimed […]

Black mayoral candidate in Chicago invests $1 million in his own campaign

Dr. Willie Wilson is a familiar name in certain circles in Chicago. The multimillionaire is a well-known philanthropist who rose from abject poverty in the segregated South to owning five McDonald’s, a music and media production company, and a medical supply company that currently generates over $60 million annually. A Chicagoan since 1965, Wilson has […]

Illinois’ new laws for 2015

Every new year brings a lot with it, including a new set of laws for citizens to follow. Check below for a few of Illinois’ highlights. Click here for the full listing.  Increased speed limits – The speed limit on tollways and interstates increases to 70 miles per hour, 60 miles per hour for semis. Traffic stops – There will be […]