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Congrats–to Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D. on her election to chair of the Board of Trus tees of the 113-year old National Medical Association at its 2008 convention in Atlanta, its birthplace. NMA, the largest and oldest organization that repre sents 25,

Honor Your Fave Retailer(s)–The Entrepreneurship Center of the Chicago Urban League’s projectnext is on the lookout to perhaps give out Retail and Franchise Recognition Awards to your favorite retail operator or franchise owner based in a predominately African American community. These are the stores that make it clear to customers and residents that they are valued. Here’s an opportunity for you to express your appreciation by nominating them for an award.

Here is the criteria: strong community involvement (it is clear they care about the community, they ‘give back’ in many ways), high quality products and services (the selection is great, the store always has just what you are looking for, you can count on high quality), serves a diverse market place (products and services appeal to a wide variety of customers) and exemplary customer service (the shopping experience is special, and the customer is shown respect).

To get an official nomination form, hurry and call Janeen Callum at the Chicago Urban League, (773) 285-5800, or send an e-mail to her at jcallum@thechicagourbanleague.org. The deadline is Aug. 20. There’s not a lot of time left!

Woodlawn Wow!–The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, hosts an overview of the structures and cultural institutions of the Woodlawn community from the 1950s to the 1980s in a free presentation on Aug. 19, from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. The discussion will also address past and present renewal projects that include the creative community. For more info, call  (773) 324-5520 or visit http://www.hydeparkart.org. Saturday Expo–The sorors of Phi Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, host Enhancing the State of the People 2008, an expo and back-to-school fair on Aug. 23, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the church, 600 E. 35th St. (at Cottage Grove Avenue). Activities will include vendors, workshops, refreshments, book bags and school supplies giveaway, resources for business owners and those who would like to start their own businesses, voter registration, college scholarship information, health prevention, and screenings and forums on Keys to Home Ownership and a Stop the Violence in Our Community forum. For more info, send an e-mail to pkoexpo2008@gmail.com.

A Milestone–Happy b’day to centurion Rosie Worley who turns 100 years young on Saturday, Aug. 16. The loving grandmom of Dr. Zerrie Campbell, retired president of Malcolm X College, will celebrate with kinfolks and friendfolks at Harambe House, 119th and Racine, and again on Sunday during the 11 a.m., worship service at Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 1308 Independence Blvd. To Good Health–Dr. Jondelle B. Jenkins and Pastor Robert Bailey of Woodlawn AME Church, 6456 S. Evans, co-host the Third Annual Health Fair, "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Healthy Souls," on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot just across from the church. Sponsors include Harmony Healthcare, Advocate for Adolescent Mothers, Mt. Sinai Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Stroger Hospital, Advantage MRI, Optimum Healthcare, American Breast Cancer, AFLAC Medical, Ill. Dept. of Public Health, Ill. Sen. Donne E. Trotter and Walgreen’s. Back-to-school supplies and gifts will be awarded to the participants. For more info, call David M. Milliner, (708) 224-8672.

Congrats to Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., on her election to chair of the Board of Trustees of the 113-year old National Medical Association at its 2008 convention in Atlanta, its birthplace. NMA, the largest and oldest organization that repre sents 25,000-plus African American physicians in the U.S., was founded in 1895, at a time when the American Medical Association admitted only white physicians.

Dr. Lubin-Johnson, a life-long resident of the Chatham community, is a dedicated physician who has been an advocate of quality health care for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented. She received her B.S. degree in pharmacy from Creighton University and her medical degree from Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine where she was distinguished as a member of the last class to finish within a three-year time frame. She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and has been in private practice for nearly 20 years in Chatham. Currently, Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a senior attending physician at Mercy Hospital, associate attending physician at Advocate Trinity Hospital and a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois. She has participated on sev eral boards and committees at both hospitals, including the Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance Committee, Executive Medical Board and the Independent Physicians at Mercy Hospital and Advocate Trinity Physicians Hospital Organization Board and the Trinity Medical Staff Peer Review Committee. For NMA, she served as chairman of the Board of Trustee’s Finance Committee and was a Speaker of the House of Delegates. She’s also a past president of the Chicago and Illinois Chapters of NMA.

In 1996, she was appointed to Chicago State University’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Jim Edgar and reappointed by Gov. George Ryan in 1999. She subsequently served as vice chair of CSU’s Presidential Search Committee, chair of the Finance Committee and chair of the Board of Trustees. Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed her to the Adequate Health Care Task Force. Dr. Lubin-Johnson has lectured extensively in numerous health forums in the medical and secular communities and has received many awards, including the Trustee Award from the Illinois Committee of Con-cerned Blacks in Higher Education, the Nancy B. Jefferson Community Service Award from the Midwest Community Council, the Best & Brightest Women in Medicine Award from Dollars & Sense magazine, the Kizzy Award from the Black Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation and the Leadership & Service Award from the Student National Medical Association. She’s a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Trinity United Church of Christ where she serves on its Church in Society Ministry. She is married to Joseph Johnson. Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson credits her parents, Benjamin and Peggy Lubin (her mom is now deceased) “for demonstrating how hard work and community service are necessary for a successful and fulfilled life.”

Lights! Camera! Action!–Sidney Poitier, Oscar-winning screen actor, director, producer and best-selling author, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 44th International Film Festival’s Annual Black Perspectives Tribute on Oct. 18 at Chase Auditorium. The $150 per ticket gala kicks-off with red carpet arrivals and a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Tribute Presentation and then a dinner reception with entertainment by Terisa Griffin. The screen icon’s extraordinary 50-plus year career will be celebrated with film clips and an intimate on-stage interview conducted by Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. ("Ebony" and "Jet"). Fox 32’s news anchor Robin Robinson will emcee the gala that will also honor Chicago’s own Grammy winning recording artist and actor, Common. Poitier, the first African American to win the Best Actor Academy Award for Lilies of the Field (1963), received a second Oscar in 2002 for his “extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for repre senting the industry with dignity, style and intelligence.”

Bed & Breakfast–Jolyn Robichaux of Dallas, a former Windy City-ite and former president of Baldwin Ice Cream Co., visited our town to address a reunion of the three women track and field teams during 1950-1970 that were coached by her late husband, Joe Robichaux. Some of the lady athletes went on to compete in the Olympics and other national championship meets. Jolyn, a house guest of Juanita and Haymon Passmore of South Shore, was accompanied here by her daughter, Sheila Glaze, and son, Joseph Jr. Other Passmore house guests: Dr. Joseph Perkins, retired physician now a professor at the University of Southern California, and Iracilda Rosario, who hails from El Salvador, Brazil.

Milestones–Happy 35th anniversary wishes to Sadako and Warner Saunders (he’s NBC 5’s legendary news anchor) and to Norma and Marion Broady, both U.S. Postal Service retirees, who marked “58 years of togetherness” by continuing their annual week-long tradition of celebrating with daughters, Donna (Las Vegas), Pamela (Maryland) and Valarye and Marilyn (Chicago), and other kinfolk and friendfolk in Paducah, Ky., where it all began. Happy b’day to Judy Rice, former treasurer of Chicago; to Stephanie Neely, the current city treasurer; Linnie Sims, retired school marm; to Sun-Times’ columnist Stella Foster, and to Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theatre’s founder and artistic director. Condolences to the family of George William, 84, noted Chicago design consult ant, who was memorialized at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church. Donations in his name may be made to Sixth Grace Memorial Endowment Fund . . . Also sympathy to the family of historian, professor and archivist Walter Hill, 59, national advisory board member of The HistoryMakers, who supported the organization from the very beginning with his money, his time and his expertise, says Julieanna Richardson, founder and president. Prof. Hill, an adjunct professor in the Afro-American Studies Dept. at Howard University, was also on the board of the Association for the Study of Afro- American Life and History and was head of the African American collection of the National Archives. He wrote extensively in such journals as the Newsletter of the American Historical Association and the Journal of Minority Issues.

Delta Debut!–The Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and its JASSAC Charitable Foundation will reap the benefits when The Runway Report: What’s Hip! What’s Hot! What’s Now!, the 51st annual Ebony Fashion Fair, the world’s largest traveling fashion show, makes its international debut on Sept. 3, at the Holiday Inn Select, 185th and Harlem Avenue, in south suburban Tinley Park. A pre show Jazz Reception kick-starts the evening at 6 p.m.; showtime begins promptly at 8 p.m.

Spearheading the scholarship fundraiser are Delta sorors Gertie H. Smith, foundation president; Valerie Sims-Rucker, chapter president; Millie Reyes Williams and Naomia Gilbert, co-chairs; and Barbara Powell, publicity chair. Reserved seating is $50; general admission, $35. Want tickets? Call (708) 802-1213.

The riveting fashion extravaganza, a division of Johnson Publishing Co., will unveil the latest fashion trends and unique styles. Commanding the catwalk will be 13 svelte models working the runway in fashions by some of the most reknown designers on the planet, including Christian Lacroix, Sarli B. Michael, Carolina Herrera, Ruben Singer and Jean-Louis Scherrer. The 2008-2009 show is an elaborate production with special effects along with hip hop and R&B music, as well as all of the entertainment of a Broadway show.

Known for its commitment to giving back to the community by donating over $55 million to charitable organizations and scholarship funds, Ebony Fashion Fair, executive produced and directed by Eunice W. Johnson, promises to captivate audiences of stylish, in-the-know fashionistas in over 170 U.S. cities through May of 2009.

On the Move!–Deloris MeBain has just departed Pioneer Gardens, a senior housing development at 38th and King Dr., as its executive director after two and a half years at its helm but will continue to serve as director of external and community affairs, she says. Her business card now reads once again: president and CEO of MeBain Media Group & Consulting.

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