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Music icon, Chicago’s Chaka Khan, teams with sports phenom Marian Jones to keynote the women’s empowerment series, Take Back Your Life, Mind Body & Soul, at the Tinley Park Convention Center for the third installment of a retreat series on Sat

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Music icon, Chicago’s Chaka Khan, teams with sports phenom Marian Jones to keynote the women’s empowerment series, Take Back Your Life, Mind Body & Soul, at the Tinley Park Convention Center for the third installment of a retreat series on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. The two superstars, both who have a story to tell, will join a lineup of women speakers at the series dedicated to supporting women in the five most important areas of their lives: spirituality, personal balance, health and fitness, career and finance, and relationships.

Jones, the luncheon speaker, will discuss her new book, On the Right Track. For over a decade, she was hailed as the "the fastest woman on the planet." At the 2000 Olympic Games she became the first woman ever to win five medals at one Olympics. That same year, AP and ESPN named her Athlete of the Year and she was on the cover of Vogue and Time magazines. A convicted felon, she’s now using her story to change the lives of people the world over and inspire others who, like her, face obstacles that seem insurmountable. During her session Jones will share her experiences in prison, her struggles to find the “real Marion Jones” and her reinvention through the WNBA. She will be interviewed by Matt McGill, of the Matt & Perri Show on WVON-AM radio, and immediately following her session will autograph copies of On the Right Track, which debuts during this weekend in Chicago.

Monique Caradine, host of Perspectives on My50 TV, will interview Khan during the afternoon session. Following the theme of reinvention and redemption, she will reflect on a musical and personal career of exalting highs and devastating lows outlined in her autobiography, Chaka! Through the Fire. The interview will be followed by a musical salute from another Chicago powerhouse vocalist, Terisa Griffin.

Throughout the day attendees will experience sessions focused on personal and spiritual pampering, plus employment and career guidance. This year’s presenters from the fields of business, entrepreneurship and spirituality include Amy Hilliard, founder-CEO, The Comfort Cake, and author of Tap Into Your Juice – Find Your Gifts, Lose Your Fears and Build Your Dreams; Cheryl Pearson McNeil, senior vice president, public affairs and government relations for The Nielsen Company, whose topic is How Do you Eat an Elephant? One Bite at a Time: The Roadmap to Success; and Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled: The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. The retreat will provide authentic case studies and experiences to draw upon and enable attendees to move forward in their personal and professional lives. Sponsors: WVON, Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, PNC Bank, The Nielsen Company and COMPASS, a personal development network for women. Tickets are $50 for Black Card Holders and past attendees. Call (773) 247-6200 or visit www.tbyl.net.

Kappa Korner ¡¡– Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Chicago Alumni Chapter are planning their Annual Scholarship Benefit on Nov. 27 at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind. to raise funds for its Edward G. Irvin Foundation, headed by Ned J. Dunbar, president and chapter polemarch. The benefit, featuring The O’Jays, The Whispers, Terisa Griffin and Jimmie (“JJ”) Walker, emcee, starts at 6 p.m. with a VIP Reception in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom with dancing to music by DJ Cisco, a lavish buffet, cocktails and door prizes. The foundation was organized in 1975 by Frank D. Horton III to provide four to five African American young men from Chicago Public Schools with yearly $1,250 scholarships. Call (773) 750-5242 for $75 tickets and (773) 519-4712 for overnight accommodations. Other committee members: Terry Lewis, Jerry Johnson, Al Smith, Tommie King, Lynier Cole, Lloyd George, Herbert Hedgeman, Joseph Jenkins and Robert Miller.

Luau Lore – Ladies of Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority host their 12th annual Scholarship Luncheon, “Hawaiian Luau November,” an afternoon of whist, bridge, spades, bingo, food, door prizes, raffles and vendors, on Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Double Tree Hotel, 5000 W. 127th St. in Alsip. Guests are asked to dress in Hawaiian attire. For $40 tickets, call Charli Clayborne, (773) 960-6899.

Drifters’ Delight – Vocalists Sheryl Sawyer McGill (left) and Tammy McCann-Simpkins performed when the Chicago Chapter of The Drifters Inc. hosted its inaugural “Jazz/Gospel Luncheon” at Room 43 to raise funds for college tuition scholarships at Howard University in Washington, DC and Jackson State University in Mississippi and to financially support other civic endeavors. Both young women are members of the sponsoring organization. Deborah A. Rountree is chapter president. Photo/Theresa Fambro Hooks

Newsy Names ¡¡ Allen J. Rochelle has opened a brand new eatery, Le Fleur de Lis, in Bronzeville, 301 E. 43rd St. (@ Prairie), on the site of the former Negro League CafΘ) featuring authentic Louisiana Creole cuisine. Thursday’s SRO grand opening was “off the hook” … Stephanie Longacre hosts “The Kickoff Event of the Year,” the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Black Chicago, on Nov. 3, 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. RSVP: (614) 481-7300 … Dr. Gloria Peace, TV host and retired college prof, focuses on Motherwit: Minding and Mending Family Ties when keynoting Malcolm X College’s Karnak Wellness Institute on Nov. 6, 3 p.m., at MXC. The most important thing a mother or nurturer can give any child is first, roots, and then wings, she says. She will examine the dynamics of the human family in an open and thought-providing dialogue … Author Susan Peters has been nominated by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago (Black Ensemble Theater’s Jackie Taylor is president) for Best Non Fiction Black Excellence Award for “Sweet Liberia: Lessons from the Coal Pot,and Kelan Phil Cohran picks up a Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday at DuSable Museum … After a sensational debut in Nothing But the Blues and several award nominations, Robin Beaman, p.r. guru, is “co-starring” in Jackie Taylor’s The Other Cinderella at BET. A long-time favorite, the musical production opened Sunday and will run Fridays and Saturdays through the end of December … Funnymen Steve Brown and Aaron Foster cut up this Friday through Sunday at Jokes & Notes, 4641 S. King Dr. Call (773) 375-3390 for showtimes.

Happy B’Day ¡ to Al Boutte, Jan Boutte, Lola Jenkins, Jasmine Allgood, Ramonski Luv, Dori Wilson, Bobbie Steele, Troi Tyler, Col. Eugene Scott, Myiti Sengstacke, Barbara (“B.A.”) Allen, Karen Jordan Farr, Lillie Conrad, Donald Dew, Fran Bell, Sonja Brown, Carol Redding, Ollie McLemore, Marlon Parks, Angela Coley-Adams, Patrick Woodtar, “Sam” Walls, Beverly Roberts, Heather Ireland Robinson, Jasmine Jones, Tom McElroy, Michael Peery and Dr. Carrie Filer Davis, educator extraordinaire who works tirelessly to provide scholarships for our youth. On a recent Sunday at Greater Institutional AME Church she wowed the audience with her oratory skills, a powerful rendition of Invictus.

Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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