- Created on 14 February 2013
It’s here…V-day! You are single and awake to read the news, blogs and Facebook all talking about one of Hallmark’s favorite holidays…Valentine’s Day!! For all the single ladies and men out there today could be better know as 'Shots of Brown Liquor and listen to Nina Simone Day'. Yes, you could drown your loveless sorrow in alcohol and heart wailing music, but why?
Instead turn the tables on LOVE and show him or her who’s boss. Here’s 3 ways to make your single Valentine's Day a blast:
#1 – Make yourself a priority: With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we don’t make ME TIME. If you are solo this Valentine’s Day, takes some time today and make it about you. Buy that pair of shoes you have been eyeing, go to that gory, scary movie that none of your friends want to see, enjoy the space of just being with you!
#2 – Have a “Love’s Hangover Party”: Who said you have to love ‘LOVE’? Gather some of your single girls and don’t forget your single guy friends, add your favorite cocktails and some hot house music. Indulge in sarcasm and have everyone wear black. Celebrate not having to celebrate LOVE.
#3 – Give Love: Share your time with someone less fortunate than you. On days like today, it’s easy to fall in the self-centered pity zone of “me, me, me” and although you may be single on today, there are worst things to be. Find some appreciation for your current boo-less situation and give back at the same time. You could volunteer at a nursing home; you could drop chocolates off at a home for single teenage mothers or work in a soup kitchen. The list is endless and karma could reward you by brining some selfless love back into your life.
Most important remember your perception is your reality, being single is FAB if you perceive it that way! So enjoy being single, enjoy yourself and remember worst-case scenario, you could just sleep today away and start over tomorrow. Just kidding!
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- Created on 14 February 2013
NEW YORK — ABC News says Robin Roberts will be back on the job at the "Good Morning America" anchor desk on Feb. 20. Her return will be five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.
Roberts has gotten the all-clear from her doctors, according to the announcement made last week on "GMA." She reached the critical 100-day benchmark in December.
In January, she began a series of dry runs at the "GMA" studio to re-acclimate herself to the work routine.
Her last day on "GMA" was Aug. 30 before she started her medical leave.
About a year ago, Roberts began feeling the symptoms of her illness, known as MDS.
She said in a statement: "What a difference a year makes."
- Created on 04 February 2013
As Black History month begins and we take pride in the ancestors that help make this country great, it’s only fair that we ask white people to refrain from some of the things they have the nerve to say to us on a regular basis. Please give us a break for at least this month. So here it is…10 things white people cannot ask you during Black History Month.
1. You’re so articulate or you speak so well. What do you expect us to do? Believe it or not, most Blacks can speak well.
2. Is that your real hair? Here’s another one that’s crazy. More than likely, even women who make the decision to wear a weave or a wig have real hair. It’s a choice.
3. Don’t say “You” people. What does “You” people mean anyway?
4. Don’t remind us that President Barack Obama is mixed. Who cares? A little over 25 years ago, mixed, light skinned, it didn’t matter…Black was Black. So we’ll take him and his wonderful family.
5. Don’t remind us that slavery was a long time ago or about reverse racism. Last time I checked, corporations and colleges are becoming less and less integrated. And have you seen the state of Black America lately? We still have a long way to go.
6. I don’t think of you as Black. For real? Once you’re Black, you’re Black. What’s does that mean anyway?
7. You don’t sound Black on the phone. What are we supposed to sound like?
8. Some of my best friends are Black. If they were your best friends then you wouldn’t be making such a statement. I have very close white friends too…but I don’t clarify every conversation about them with their race.
9. Don’t ask a mother…is your baby bi-racial? You might get punched.
10. Finally…please don’t use the “N” word or refer to anyone or anything as ghetto.
- Created on 05 February 2013
NBC 5 is celebrating Black History Month with a series of special reports that will air weekly on NBC 5 News at 5PM. The theme of the month long series is “Shaping a News Generation”. Each week will feature outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the arts, health, history, and the community along with history makers of our recent past.
Additionally, for the third year, NBC will air special vignettes highlighting history makers who are changing Chicago through the work they are doing today. This year’s vignettes will feature Regina Taylor, artistic director at the Goodman Theatre; Tyronne Stoudemire, Principal in the Diversity and Inclusion practice of Mercer Consulting; Xavier Ramey, Director of Development and Marketing, Young Men's Educational Network and Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. The vignettes will air on NBC 5 Chicago and COZI TV (Digital Channel 5.2).
Shows airing in the “Shaping a New Generation” series on NBC5’s 5P News, Fridays during February are:
2/8/13 - “Shorefront”
Lee Ann Trotter reports on 150 years of Black History on the North Shore. From a basement file cabinet to artifacts, documentaries, photographs and a travelling exhibit, Dino Robinson captures life of African Americans on the North shore , and the historical significance of Black communities just a few miles on the northern shores of Lake Michigan. A youth based programs “Legacy Keepers” strives to inspire youth in treasuring their personal, local, national and global history.
2/15/13 – “Lt. Colonel James C. Warren”
Christian Farr reports on an American hero. Turning adversity into opportunity, Lt. Col. Warren was driven to excel. The New Trier H.S. graduate fought battles on the home front and in the air. One of the original Tuskegee airmen and pilot during the Korean war, Warren shares his trials, tribulations and triumphs while continuing to groom a new generation of pilots.
2/22/13 - “IMPACT Family Center”
Stefan Holt reports on an inspiring story. Marsha Eaglin is on a mission-- to educate, motivate and inspire young people, empowering a next generation to make a difference in their own communities. This home away from home for young people is located in the heart of one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Roseland. Teens find comfort and security at the IMPACT family center where Eaglin offers mentoring, academic, education and career opportunities for children plagued by violence. Their Motto “Our History is a blessing… directing us to an awesome future.
2/23/13 - “ Spiritual Secrets of a Healthy Heart”
Lauren Jiggetts reports on Dr. Kara Davis who is part of a new generation of health professionals combining spirituality and medicine to fight the war on diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Davis has a special interest in the connection between mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing with physical disease. She is a firm believer in the importance of health preservation through lifestyle modification, particularly the role of diet and exercise in disease prevention. She has done research in the area of obesity in African-American women, and in lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes in minority populations.
For more information or to view the stories please click here.
- Created on 17 January 2013
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of Harold Washington's election as Chicago's first black mayor. The Mayoral debates of 1983 transformed a relatively unknown congressman into a political phenomenon.
The Museum has collected an impressive collection of Harold Washington's television and radio appearances that helped change the face of political leadership in Chicago. The series will include in person campaign related appearances, Town Hall meetings, campaign commercials, and coverage of his death in November of 1987. For listings visit Museum.TV
January 25 - February 28, 2013
Free Museum Admission
Special Seminar at MBC
Wednesday, February 6th
6PM - 8PM
Bruce DuMont - Moderator
Panelists - TBA