The 93rd annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival featured love and legacy

The Bud Billiken Parade and Festival celebrated 93 years of tradition and legacy on Aug. 13, 2022. The Bronzeville community of Chicago was brimming with excitement as the parade made its way down King Drive. The path was filled with the smiling faces of children and adults. The Bud Billiken Parade is the longest running […]

Myiti Sengstacke-Rice talks about the impact of Bud Billiken Parade

Myiti Sengstacke-Rice, CEO of The Chicago Defender Charities and publisher of Bronzeville Life honors her family’s legacy through the Bud Billiken Parade and Festival in Chicago. It is the longest running back-to-school parade in the United States. Rolling out spoke with Sengstacke-Rice about legacy, the parade and Black families.

Chicago running store sets pace to provide Bronzeville with alternatives

Opening a small local business has its pros and cons in the best of times. Opening a business during an unprecedented global pandemic and year of social unrest is risky — for some. However, entrepreneur and running enthusiast Ian Gonzalez believes he is up to the challenge. Gonzalez’s business, Last Lap Cornerstore, is tucked away […]

Bud Billiken Parade celebrates 90 years of Black excellence in Chicago

The Bud Billiken Parade celebrated 90 years in existence on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. The parade was created by Robert Sengstacke Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender, as a Take a look at a few pictures from this year’s parade in the gallery.back-to-school event. The first parade was held in 1929 in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville […]

Centers for New Horizons beacons volunteers during National Volunteer Month

Volunteers are wanted and needed. Centers for New Horizons’ National Volunteer Month is looking for time and talent from the community it serves. Volunteers will support a variety of efforts, including serving as reading buddies or teacher assistants for the pre-school program, mentoring, conducting mock interviews, and contributing skills and experience toward the youth development, work […]

Bed and breakfast owners share their insight on business growth and development

Growing and running a successful business has its challenges. But any entrepreneur will tell you that being your own boss has its own rewards — beyond monetary. Rolling out had a chat with Mell Monroe about his popular bed and breakfast, Welcome Inn Manor, located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community. As a businessman who has […]

Top 5 events to check out in Chicago

If you know anything about Chicago summers you know they are the best. There is something to do every weekend and the beautiful backdrop of the skyline serves as the perfect picture. To start your weekend off right, you must stop by the Promontory in Hyde Park to experience the sounds of Algebra Blessett and […]

Peach’s restaurant providing jobs on Chicago’s South Side

Photo credit: Melanie L. Brown for Steed Media Tell us your name and about your business. My name is Cliff Rome. I am the owner and proprietor of Rome’s Joy Company. It’s comprised of Rome’s Joy Catering, Blanc’s Gallery, Parkway Ballroom, Peach’s restaurant and H Dogs Chicago, which is our gourmet hot dog eatery. We do on […]

5 questions with Pastor Chris Harris of Bright Star Community Outreach

Pastor Chris Harris

“Our mission is to empower residents to share in the responsibility of building community through pooling resources and forming partnerships. We will accomplish our mission by developing innovative performance-based projects and programs to address issues of community engagement, economic development, education and family.”

Christian Mitchell says Governor Rauner isn’t doing his job

State of Illinois Representative Christian Mitchell has a track record of advocating for change for the constituents he represents on the South Side of Chicago. His energy is youthful, determined and experienced. We spoke with him about education, school closings, school funding and the Laquan McDonald case. Tell us who you are. I’m state Representative […]

Valerie Jarrett celebrates Small Business Saturday in Chicago

Small Business Saturday was celebrated recently in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. “Shop Small Shop Bronzeville”  was hosted by the Quad Communities Development Corporation. Valerie Jarrett, the senior advisor to the White House, was in town to show her support and make a few purchases at the Sip and Savor coffeehouse in Bronzeville. Rolling out asked […]

Nicole Malcolm, aka Madd Painter, talks painting, colors and the community

Visual artistry has the ability to spark the imagination. Greatness rests in our imagination, at times it can remain dormant because of the lack of stimulus or the push that we need to create. Those who have the gift of painting and using color to tell a story or even awaken our imaginations are important […]

Chicago’s Learnapalooza is passionate about helping communities

The recent Chicago Learnapalooza event brought engaging activities that stimulate the mind to the residents of South Side neighborhoods like Bronzeville. The event was organized by Public Allies, which is a part of the AmeriCorps national service network brand. “Learnapalooza skill-sharing event is organized by six AmeriCorps Public Allies. The event is also traditionally hosted each summer in […]

Owners of Chicago’s only Black-owned B&B make it worth the trip

Situated on the quiet, southeast corner of 46th Street and South Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville community, is a beautiful Queen Anne  home. As you make your way up the steps your getaway experience has led you to the Welcome Inn Manor bed and breakfast, and meeting its owners, Mell and Angela […]

Chicago entrepreneur Peytyn Willborn kicks off ‘Future Moguls’ campaign

Entrepreneur Peytyn Willborn recently visited her alma mater, Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, to kick off an innovative initiative to give back to the youth of the city she loves. Designed to educate and provide resources for Chicago’s inner-city youth interested in entrepreneurship, Willborn’s “Future Moguls” campaign will call for her to speak at various schools around the city for the remainder of the […]

LeeAndra Khan, principal of Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, discusses education

[jwplatform Mpt2nfNc] LeeAndra Khan doesn’t play around with education. As the principal of Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, she is responsible for the present and future development of several hundred young minds that are looking to thrive and survive in Chicago and beyond. A background in engineering has prepped her to look at the angles involved in […]

Opening night of the 7th annual Bronzeville Comedy Showcase

  If you’re a stand up comedy aficionado in Chicago, there’s a gem of a comedy showcase in Bronzeville that you need to know about. Presented by Vocalo 90.7, the Bronzeville Comedy Showcase is back for it’s seventh year. Hosted by comedian and host of Vocalo’s “Morning AMp,” Brian Babylon, who also serves as a […]

Erica Campbell, Tye Tribbett blaze stage at Chicago Gospel Festival this weekend

The weather may be a bit a overcast throughout the weekend, but singing in the name of praise surely brings a brighter day! Hosted by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicagoland, some of gospel music’s best stars will entertain for the glory of God from today through June 29 at Chicago’s 29th annual gospel […]

McDonald’s ‘My Block’: Hebru Brantley and ‘Paradeday Rain’

Sometimes even when the sun is out, it’s a rainy day. Human emotion tends to have that effect on you. Recently, nationally recognized artist and Chicago native Hebru Brantley premiered his latest collection, Paradeday Rain at the Chicago Cultural Center. The debut brought out a variety of Chicago creatives and was sponsored by the always […]