@TEYANATAYLOR Keep That Same Energy Tour with @DaniLeigh & Friends @ The Vic Theatre in Chicago#Dope #RealGangsterShit #KTSE

It was an epic night to observe Teyana Taylor’s media on the move from her launch of the Later That Night Tour with co headliner Jeremiah featuring Danileigh & Friends; up until I got to see her live at the Vic Theatre located 3145 N. Sheffiled. By that time the tour transition to Keep That Same Energy Tour.  Chicago also shared this date with Nikki Taylor, Teyana’s Mom, birthday August 19,2018.

 

Her husband Iman Shumpert was in the building with their beautiful daughter Junie, who helped Teyana sing 🎶 🎤 to her mom while bringing cake & roses laced with $100 bills (in every rose) to celebrate her earth day.  Chicago was on their feet the entire performance. It was girl next to me twerking with an ankle brace on who made sure that in between breaks she kept her foot elevated.

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Aww this is amazing 🙌🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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It was a great performance and I can feel how much work she put into her entire project. I am grateful to have shared the experience with so many live people. I mean from the beginning to the end it flowed, though there were minor sound errors, but they got on point quick. The stage production was creative, and I liked how she always pays tribute to her divine nature and roots.

Despite the rough journey it took for her to get here yesterday, she made it and it was fire. I love how passionate she is about her art, and I appreciate it. As an urban enthusiast I hold producers of high end urban culture to a high standard. Teyana Taylor is a producer of high end urban culture.

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Meet Danileigh

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Media on the Move: Teyana Taylor and Jeremiah’s conflict

Initially it was the Later That Night Tour starring Jeremiah and Teyana Taylor featuring Danileigh, but then it quickly made a transition to the “KTSEOnAlseVII TOUR” on Just two weeks after it began.

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I will never let you guys down 💕 #KeepThatSameEnergyTour #KTSE 8/7 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater ✅ 8/9 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva ✅ 8/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ✅ 8/11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club ✅ 8/13 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater ✅ 8/14 – Boston, MA – Royale ✅ 8/16 – Toronto, Ontario – The Phoenix Concert Theater “RESCHEDULED” COMING UP: 8/17 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic 8/19 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre 8/21 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works 8/24- Houston, TX – The Revention Music Center w/ Daniel Caesar 8/25 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall 8/28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre 9/1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo 9/3 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC 9/4 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory was N Park 9/5 San Francisco Regency Ballroom 9/7 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox Sodo 9/8 – Portland, OR – The Crystal Ballroom MORE DATES TO BE ADDED SOON! #KeepThatSameEnergyTour

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When Teyana dropped out of the tour she reported that Jeremiah was mistreating her , and he alleged that she was acting like a diva 💁🏽‍♀️.

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Ain’t nobody coming to see you Otis!!!

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Here’s Jeremiah’s side of the story, shout out to Hot Rod for getting the scoop. Can’t be bias when it comes to journalism, you have to get it from every angle.

Nonetheless, Teyana put on a great show and she kept her word. You can see how hard she works and worked to put on a show. Her shit was live and if there is any upcoming dates near you, go check herout.

Our Godmother #ArethaFranklin is Gravely Ill 😷 🤒 #UpdatesInfo & #LovePeaceBlessings

This is tragic to report for some but it comes of no surprise to me that our Queen Aretha Franklins has transitioned, August 16 after her long fight with pancreatic cancer. She will be missed forever and we will carry the torch beloved. Continue to live a beautiful life.

Source: The Washington Post, Vox, CNN, People, Fox News

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The Queen of Soul is currently surrounded by friends and family and they’re asking for prayers and privacy at this time. According to Showbiz 411, she’s in a “gravely ill” state as those around her are preparing for the worst. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Franklin has been battling numerous health problems for years and had to cancel a series of concerts last summer citing “doctor’s orders.” Her latest performance was on November 2 of last year for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 76-year-old was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but she denied reports that she carried the disease. Last February, Aretha announced that 2017 would be her last year “in concert.” 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #30yearsofControversy

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I woke up this am and hopped on my instagram to explore, discovering the post above stating that our beloved Aretha Franklin is reportedly gravely ill in Detroit; While she’s surrounded by friends and family.

My team and I send love ❤️, grace, and we appreciate our beloved queen 👑 for the barriers she broke for those who came after her. Her legacy is set in stone. As she transcends we want her to know that we love 💗 her forever and that she can peacefully transition. She’s fulfilled her destiny as a beacon of light 💡 here on earth 🌏.

I’m just not going to get into all the extra shit that every other newspaper, blog, or reporter has already told you through the newswire. I wrote this with the mindset that you have already gotten the news. If not my sources are listed below.

Sources: Fox News, Showbiz411, Click On Detroit

5 Women You Should Know

My goal for this story is to share the legacy of 5 amazing women in the Africa Diaspora that you may or may not know. In my spirit, I felt that these ladies needed to be heard and remembered for their works. In many cases we always remember those who are well known and we seem to forget about those who did the work but aren’t credited enough. Here are my five women you should know:

 

Vivian G
Vivian G. Harhs’s picture courtesy of the Chicago Public Library.

Vivian G. Harsh

Born Vivian Gordon Harsh in Chicago on May 27, 1890; she was the first African American librarian in the Chicago Public School system, the first Black professional librarian in Chicago, and a significant contributor to Chicago’s Black Renaissance. Vivian began her 60-year-librarian-career in 1909 as a Junior Clerk at the Chicago Public Library, she received her B.A. from Simmons College in Boston, and she took advanced courses at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Library Science. While working with Carter G. Woodson she recognized the need for librarian services on the South Side of Chicago, in the heart of the African American community. Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature is housed at Carter G. Woodson Library. She is remembered as “The historian who never wrote”.

 

 

Hazel J
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Hazel Johnson

Hazel Johnson is known as the “Mother of Environmental Justice Movement”, and a resident of Atlgeld Gardens Public Housing.  She founded “People for Community Recovery” in 1979, 10-years after her husband died of lung cancer in 1969, which was the cause for her four decades of activism. She documented illnesses and physical ailments that frequently punished her neighbors. She linked them to polluted air, water, and contaminated soil. She also played a role in Barack Obama’s starting career in public service. The Gardens is where he got his start in politics as a Community Organizer in the 1980s.  As reported by The Washington Post, Cheryl Johnson, Hazel’s daughter, “was a nursing student when Obama arrived, and she remembers watching him and her mother strategizing many nights at her kitchen table. They made an odd pair, she said: “He was in his 20s. She was in her 40s. But they learned off each other.””  She received a gold medal from George Bush and was recognized by Bill Clinton for her environmental work in Chicago.

 

Amanda B
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Amanda Berry Lewis

Amanda Berry Lewis was born into slavery January 23, 1837 in Long Green, Maryland. Her father worked to buy her family’s freedom. She was a Methodist Holiness Evangelist and Missionary, who traveled to Great Britain, India, and Africa to share her gifts. After her services overseas, she returned to the states where she founded the Amanda Smith Orphanage and Industrial Home for Abandoned and Destitute Colored Children in Harvey, Illinois in 1899. She couldn’t support the school sufficiently, so she left and moved to Florida which became her final resting place.

 

Dr Maria Mootry
 Dr. Maria K. Mootry’s picture courtesy of her son, Johnathan P. Ikerionwu of Springfield.

Dr. Maria K. Mootry

Maria Mootry was born January 3, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois at 16-years-old. She went on to receive her BA from Roosevelt University, Masters at the University of Wisconsin, and Doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  She performed research in bioethics regarding race. She was a Professor of English and an unknown leader in African American history who was an Co-Editor of Gwendolyn Brooks “A Life Distilled”. Mootry taught at Southern Illinois of Carbondale, Grinnell College, and University of Illinois at Springfield. In 1980, she co-Founded the Poetry Factory in Carbondale, Illinois which encouraged others to write and publish. Much of her work isn’t known but its been floating around making a difference. You can visit Dr. Maria K. Mootry’s works at Carter G. Woodson Library, Maria Mootry Papers, and her website www.MariaMootry.com .

 

Mary Tate
Mother Mary Lena Lewis Tate’s picture courtesy of Church of the Living God, the Pillar, and Ground of Truth, Inc.

Mother Mary Lena Lewis Tate

Mother Mary Lewis Tate was the first known woman to organize an internationally recognized church and to elevate to Bishop ranking. She was born Mary Lena Street January 5, 1871 in Vanleer, Tennessee.  She spent most of her life in the rural south where she had little opportunity to be educated. She established the Church of the Living God, the Pillar, and Ground of Truth, Inc. in 1903. Tate’s Apostle service extended far beyond religion into the heart of the people and the system of inalienable rights and freedoms. St. Mary Lena Lewis Tate prevailed through the struggle of education, transportation, and communication to carry out her duties. She traveled by walking while using barges, steamships, mule-drawn wagons, broken-down automobiles, and Jim Crow trains. She compassionately surpassed the many barriers of social and religious bias.

 

Cool Fact:

Dr. Maria K. Mootry is the descendant of Mother Mary Lena Lewis Tate. Dr. Mootry is her great granddaughter.  

 

Sources

Mary Lena Lewis Tate: V I S I O N! (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from http://www.clgpgt.org/Mother-ML-Tate.html

Dr Maria K Mootry (1944-2000) – Find A Grave… (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6737907/maria-k-mootry

Harsh, Vivian Gordon (1890-1960). (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2018, from http://www.blackpast.org/aah/harsh-vivian-gordon-1890-1960

  1. (2016, October 20). Hazel M. Johnson. Retrieved March 24, 2018, from http://www.survivingtothrivingsummit.org/hazel-m-johnson/

Hazel M. Johnson, 1935-2011. (2011, January 16). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-01-16/features/ct-met-johnson-obit-20110116_1_cancer-alley-asbestos-removal-environmental-justice

Poetry Factory. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from http://www.mariamootry.com/

Smith, Amanda Berry (1837-1915). (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from http://www.blackpast.org/aah/smith-amanda-berry-1837-1915

Wan, W. (2017, January 08). At the housing project where Obama began his career, residents are filled with pride – and frustration. Retrieved March 25, 2018, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/at-a-chicago-housing-project-pride-in-obama-but-a-hope-for-more-change/2017/01/08/b6ebba6e-d378-11e6-a783-cd3fa950f2fd_story.html?utm_term=.8921e352b08f

Dear Black Sisters ❤️👑😊 Happy Women’s Month! Speak Out Your Truth.

Speak out and stop letting our men dominate over your limitless power and abilities to work from your heart space. We can still love them, nurture them and teach them but we do not have to except their dictatorship. They think our rightful place is under them, rather then the side of them, in power with a kingdom they build off free labor of volunteers. That’s still a product of oppression. We create kingdoms while they build and lead them ‼️ Our leadership is guided by them, for the reasoning that they are providing for us. That’s a huge difference but one can’t do without the other. Do you know that black women in Africa are faced with ablation of their clitoris and sexual organs? When we are looked at as second class citizens but we birth nations is a problem. How do you oppress the creators of life?

#Valid #FoodForThought  #BKgetsherway #knowledge #power 

 Embrace your sexuality, love, and nurturer state. Continue to wear your ❤️ on your sleeve and pick yourself up after a 💔 to continue to love strong. Women all over the world go hard on being strong 💪🏾 in love ❤️🤘🏽 

What are we truly afraid of? Or what are they afraid of? But they use us for our sexuality though. I’m Ray Charles to the madness 😊💯 #Live #Life #Loving you first and then everyone else in it. 




“Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil”

Zora Neal Hurston

 

 Women of Honor Celebration w/ @ThorntonTwp

By Briyana Kelly

Acting as a Press Member for Community Relations

For March 3, 2018, Thornton Township celebrated women with honor and has been doing it for 10 years now. Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli spoke of the women saying “Chip in to make the guys look good. Thank You!”, after the warm welcome by Trustee Joyce Washington at St. Archangel Michael.

The Honorees:

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Sallie Penman

  • From Education to Politics
  • Village Clerk and has been a resident of South Holland for 30 years.
  • Appointed to South Holland Village in October 2004, elected in 2005, and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017.
  • Director of the Administrators’ Academy in Chicago, IL where she provides Leadership to 1600 administrators of Chicago Public Schools
  • Mother is her inspiration and biggest cheerleader

“As an Educator, I’m inspired by our children. We can’t just complain about things, you have to be the change that you seek.”

 

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Rose McGill

  • Wife to Michael McGill of The Dells
  • Very well loved by the constituents
  • Couldn’t make it due to illness and difficulty getting around, currently in rehabilitation.
  • Rose McGill has been a community activist and leader in the South Suburbs of Chicago since the late 60s
  • In 1969, she founded Rose’s House of Charm to help area youth improve their self-esteem and break into acting and modeling.
  • She has been instrumental in helping young people from our community featured in radio and television commercials, magazines, TV sitcoms and movies.
    • Her students have gone on to have successful careers in fields as diverse as academia, finance, medicine, law, fashion design, and business.
  • Janet Rogers, Public Relations Coordinator of South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District, accepted the award on behalf of the family

Janet had this to say about Rose, “Rose was a very energetic, outstanding, outgoing person, and community minded person”

 

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Joyce Forbes

  • Married for 51 years to Steve Forbes
  • Lifelong resident of Dolton and Riverdale until 2008
  • Public Service began in 1983 starting School District 148 School Board, served 9 years as am member and president.
  • Brought technology into the Village during Y2K
  • Achieved certification as Master Municipal Clerk

She values “Trustworthiness, honesty, being a good friend. And respecting and being respectful of others. And knowing that everyone is not going to agree with your opinion and but being accommodating. “

 

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Vivian Payne

  • Born and raised in Thornton, 24-year resident of Lansing.
  • Prior to being elected Clerk, she was the Executive Assistant to Lansing Mayor Norm Abbott for 8 years and took on the roles of Deputy Clerk, Freedom of Information Officer, Traffic Compliance Administrator and Zoning Board Secretary.
  • In 2010, Vivian initiated Lansing’s first annual Community Clean-Up Day
    • which brings together hundreds of volunteers each spring to pick up trash throughout the Village.
  • In 2016, in conjunction with Community Clean-Up Day, Payne organized Lansing’s first electronic recycling event for residents, where the Village collected on record 642 televisions in under 3 hours.
  • Vivian is a member of the Lansing Business Women’s Association, an organization that brings together business women.
    • She provides them with professional development opportunities to enrich themselves and others through leadership, education and networking.

“I love helping people that need help.”