When Art & Reality Intersect...Powerfully

When Art & Reality Intersect...Powerfully

I left feeling like I had to bring my children to see this play.  I know there are moments that they would relate to and I am anticipating some eye opening conversations with them.  Pipeline is an absolute must see and I highly recommend it, especially for parents, educators and students. 

Pipeline runs through March 3, 2019 and tickets start at just $20.00.

Special thanks to Victory Gardens Theatre and Black Bloggers Chicago for the opportunity to cover such an outstanding event.

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The Perfect Kickoff to Black History Month

The Perfect Kickoff to Black History Month

Black history month is a time when we reflect on our community, culture and our future and the birthday celebration to Langston Hughes was the perfect kickoff to a month dedicated to celebrating our roots and our community.

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2018 Black Woman's Expo: A Safe Space for African American Women (A Recap)

2018 Black Woman's Expo:  A Safe Space for African American Women (A Recap)

Black Women's Expo Chicago (BWe Chicago) is the nation’s foremost exposition targeting the African American consumer market where she finds the latest trends, amazing new products and merchandise, gets informed, empowered and enlightened. This 3 days event was organized by MGPG Events and held at McCormick Place Convention Center.   BWe Chicago 2018 showcased a wide range of products and services catering to black women.  Products ranged from apparel and fashion accessories, health and wellness, cuisine and entertainment, medical services, home decor, nutrition, skin care products, beauty and fragrance, dating services, fitness and equipment, fashion and lifestyle, hand crafted arts, personal products, spa, and fitness.  The theme of this year’s expo was #SheMatters.  According to their website, “Strong, Savvy and Significant…The African American woman is all that and more”.   The expo featured seminars, workshops, celebrities, a teen summit, vendor’s marketplace and musical guests.   I was fortunate to attend this expo this weekend.

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A Weekend in Wakanda!

A Weekend in Wakanda!

From the moment I heard the news that this movie was being made, I was hyped!  My anticipation grew when Ryan Coogler was announced as director. I was a huge fan of his work on Fruitville Station and Creed.  Once the casting announcements started coming out and I saw one superstar after another, I just knew this was going to be an epic movie! I couldn’t wait!  To be honest, I’m not a huge comic movie fan but I do have kids who are so I see Marvel films all of the time.  However this film was more than a superhero movie for me. It was a moment to experience a black superhero on the big screen.   The sheer magnitude of a movie with a black director, writer and primarily all black cast set in Africa was something I’ve never seen before.  I knew this was going to be a special moment and I was right. I had no idea how special it would be until right now.

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The Women of Wakanda: An Explosion of Black Girl Magic on the Big Screen!

The Women of Wakanda: An Explosion of Black Girl Magic on the Big Screen!

Now I won’t get into any spoilers but I will touch on my absolute favorite aspect of the film….THE AMAZING BLACK WOMEN!  Whew….the amount of #BlackGirlMagic in this film is epic and the characters these women play are equally as badass!   

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Holiday Traditions: Oh The Places You'll Go...

Holiday Traditions: Oh The Places You'll Go...

As a child, the Christmas season was a magical for me.  My parents always had us doing something that was centered on family and traditions.   From going downtown to see Santa at Marshall Fields (now Macy’s) and walking on state street to see the Christmas Windows, buying roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa or making Christmas cookies on Christmas eve, my childhood is full of treasured memories.   Now that I have a family of my own, I’ve passed down those same traditions and added a few of my own.  These are a few of my family’s favorite holiday traditions.

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Diner En Blanc Chicago 2017-A party in White!

Diner En Blanc Chicago 2017-A party in White!

It was a fantastic evening full of good food, great wine, awesome friends and beautiful memories. It is one of my favorite Summertime Chicago events! Over 3,000 beautiful people dressed in all white with all white tablescapes is just a beautiful and elegant sight to see!

Another year in the books! Can’t wait for next year!!!

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#SaturdaySwag: 8 Outdoor Picnic Must Haves!!!

#SaturdaySwag: 8 Outdoor Picnic Must Haves!!!

Summertime usually means spending more time outdoors. Whether at the beach, a music festival, movies in the park or a romantic date out, packing a picnic requires certain essentials.   I love picnics and have different décor depending on the event but these are a few of my essentials. Start here and build your outdoor picnic kit from there!

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#FridayFunday: 8 Steakhouses Dad Will Enjoy!!!

#FridayFunday: 8 Steakhouses Dad Will Enjoy!!!

My dad is a meat and potatoes kinda guy!  As I was putting together this list, I had him in mind.  He likes a great steak with full and hearty side dishes.  Here are 8 Chicago Steakhouses that your dad is sure to enjoy!

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#FridayFunday: Festival Season In Chicago! (Free Download!)

#FridayFunday: Festival Season In Chicago! (Free Download!)

Festival Season in Chicago is upon us! It’s the time of year when your weekends are filled with food, music and plenty of fun for the entire family. The city hosts several large festivals throughout the summer; Gospel Fest, Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, and the Taste of Chicago just to name a few but the real gems are found at your local neighborhood festivals. Chicago is a city with plenty of diverse neighborhoods and attending local festivals allows you to immerse yourself in different cultures while enjoying beautiful summer days in Chicago. 

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#SaturdaySwag: "Patio Pimpin": Summer Entertaining Essentials!

#SaturdaySwag: "Patio Pimpin": Summer Entertaining Essentials!

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off Summer Entertaining and BBQ season.   My friends and I like to call it “Patio Pimpin”.  It’s the time of year where you gather with friends on beautiful summer days and nights to eat, drink and chill, usually at home in the backyard or patio.  I’ve compiled a list of my Patio Pimpin essentials to help you and your friends plan the perfect holiday cookout!

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#FridayFunday: Memorial Day In Chicago

#FridayFunday: Memorial Day In Chicago

Memorial Day weekend kicks off Summer in Chicago! There are plenty of events happening all around the city and surrounding suburbs to help you and your family enjoy the long holiday weekend! Here are a few of my faves!

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#SaturdaySwag: Kentucky Derby Essentials

#SaturdaySwag: Kentucky Derby Essentials

The Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite events of the year.  One of my good girlfriends started a tradition of watching the Derby years ago and it’s become our annual tradition. Except for this year! (*insert sad face*) This year will be the first year I’m not going. My daughter’s scholarship program has an end of the year celebration so “mommy duties” come first. Sighs….In any case, just because I won’t be going doesn’t mean I can’t share some of my favorite tips and tricks for attending a Derby Party.

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#FridayFunday: HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

#FridayFunday: HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

Cinco de Mayo is a date to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.  The date has become associated with the celebration in the United States of Mexican American culture.  Festivals, parades, concerts are held in Chicago to celebrate Mexican cuisine, art, culture and music.  Whether you are heading out for the evening or staying in and having your own fiesta at home, there’s plenty to do on Cinco de Mayo in Chicago.

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Hamilton...An American Musical

Hamilton...An American Musical

Based on the biography written by Ron Chernow, Hamilton tells the story of An Immigrant from the West Indies who goes on to become a war hero, the subject of the country’s first sex scandal, George Washington’s right hand man and the father of our economic system. The story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers is told through a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway music.    Lin Manuel-Miranda wrote this play, music, lyrics and book.  Hamilton has become a breakout hit since its Broadway debut in 2015. The shows are constantly sold out and they have achieved both critical and audience acclaim.   Hamilton the musical has won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, a Grammy for best musical theatre album and a Pulitzer Prize for drama.  They are currently on a US Tour and they have an open run at the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago. 

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