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In this highly counterfeit music industry it is always great to run across an artist who is genuine and carving his or her own path. Thirteen-year-old Chicago native Lyr!c represents this authentic artist that so many of us have been looking for. She is the granddaughter of the legendary blues bassist Willie “Vamp” Samuels. The innocence…

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Jaleel Hampton is the second place winner of BMOA’s My City is Fly competition. We had an opportunity to discuss his piece and the meaning behind it. Jaleel, congratulations on winning second place in this competition. Your piece contains the word evolve, why did you you use that word? In order to promote nonviolence we have…

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For the past decade Chicago has been an epicenter of filmmaking and in many instances the majestic skyline of the city has served as the main character in a long list of movies. We have entered into film festival season. Festivals like Canne, Tribeca and SXSW are a few of the most well-known, however CIMM…

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Saving money is not for suckers; I don’t care what Dame Dash says. In the real world many of us have jobs and we are employed by companies that help to provide the means to support our families and ourselves. Making the right decision when it comes to choosing a career comes down to a…

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  A few years ago I participated in a fitness program that helped me lose 30 pounds. For the record I gained it all back, an explanation for that is for a different post. Recently I completed a Ten Day Celebrity cleanse and lost 10 pounds. That’s pretty awesome right? I think it is and…

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