Pass It On! – Emil Jones Jr., retired president of the Illinois Senate, will bestow his distinguished mantle of leadership upon his son, Sen. Emil Jones III, when the Black United Fund of Illinois presents its ninth annual “Living Legends/Pass

Pass It On! – Emil Jones Jr., retired president of the Illinois Senate, will bestow his distinguished mantle of leadership upon his son, Sen. Emil Jones III, when the Black United Fund of Illinois presents its ninth annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch” awards on Sept. 26 at the Museum of Science & Industry.


Emil Jones Jr.

Others “passing it on” – Steve Baskerville, of CBS 2 News, to his son, Aaron Baskerville, of CLTV; Dr. William E. Woods to his daughters, Dr. Carmen Woods-Hollowell and Dr. Shaw Wendi Woods. The awards are bestowed annually on role models who actively transfer their vision and skills to groom the next generation of leaders.


Henry English

“Giving back is one of the best mechanisms for moving forward,” says Henry English, BUFI’s president/CEO. “We acknowledge those who provide a valuable mentoring service that helps level the playing field and prepares our youth to not only recognize opportunity, but prepares them to carry our legacies into the future.”

Abena Joan Brown, co-founder, president and producer at eta Creative Arts Foundation, will receive a Black United Fund of Illinois’ special award.

BUFI, a self-help organization, which is an independent affiliate of the National Black United Fund, provides financial and technical support to projects that improve the quality of life in African-American communities. Helping People Help Themselves is BUFI’s motto, and since 1985, it has aided over 500 grassroots organizations and thousands of Illinoisans utilizing the principles of self-help, mutual aid and volunteerism. Call (773) 324-0494 for info.

Billboard Beat – The Rev. Dr. Mildred Clopton Harris, founder, pastor and CEO of God First Church & Ministries who was recently honored at the Chicago Defender’s second annual Pastors Salute Luncheon, can be seen on billboards across Illinois for Breast Cancer Awareness, sponsored by Access Comunity Health Network. Check her out at I-57 and 130 St.


Rev. Dr. Mildred Clopton Harris

For Openers! – U.S. Cellular’s Greg Hinton celebrates the opening of Mister 312, a new full-service salon and spa designed specifically for the male species, on July 15, 6 p.m., at 180 W. Lake. On the “menu” – everything from haircuts and hot shaves to pedicures and deep tissue massages. Guests are invited to relax in chairs created by Porsche while enjoying the intriguing atmosphere created by Mister 312. We’re there!


Greg Hinton

Glenn Murray and 220 Communications co-host a Grand Opening Celebration for Dream Restaurant & Lounge, 1750 N. Clark, the newest night spot in the Lincoln Park area, July 9, 7 p.m., with menu samples, open bar, prizes, music and so much more Whoa!

Hats Off – to Fiskite Tamera Fair, who along with Born Leaders, Da Citi Entertainment and Al Stevens, sponsored Legends of Hip Hop concert benefiting historic Fisk University in Nashville. Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, MC Lyte, EPMD and Slick Rick performed to a sold-out house at The Club. The concert with a cause will help Fisk students stay in school. Atty. Gina Davis, president of Chicago Fisk Club, with fellow alums and pals, Dr. Helen Davis Gardner, Kossie Gardner III, Debbie Rountree, Dr. Carol Adams, George Cooper, Leslie Page Piper, Chip Johnson, Atty. Denise Brewer, Shawnettia Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Burke, Bonita O’Banion, Darius Gaines, Mike Hampton, Brianna Bell, Alderwoman Leslie Hairston (5), Joan Bertrand and Ernie Pinkston enjoyed the concert in the Fisk suite.

DJs Ramonski Luv, Tony Sculfield, Leon Rogers, Lil John, Teefa & Twon and Dolla Bill donated their talent to the cause. Also Fiskites are grateful to Tom Joyner, Nikki Woods and Joshua for “on air” support! Visit

Attn: Jazz Junkies – The Hyde Park Jazz Society has relocated its weekly Sunday evening sets from The Checkerboard Lounge to Jazz at Room 43, 1041 E. 43rd St., (between Ellis and Greenwood), so says Carolyn Albritton, an HPJS producer and founding member. Coming up: Frank Russell, bassist, July 5; Maggie Brown, vocalist, July 12; Al “Low Note” Mack, vocalist, July 19; and Margaret Murphy, July 26. Call Carolyn, (773) 955-9095.

Brown__Maggie.jpg Maggie Brown

Trumpeter Corey Wilkes and pianist Ken Chaney perform for Urban Aspirations’ An Evening of Jazz, a first-ever young natives’ student jam session and fundraiser, on July 15, 6 p.m., at Skia Restaurant, 740 W. 63rd St., on Kennedy-King College campus. Urban Aspirations needs to raise seed money and awareness to kick-off another round of “Young Natives,” slated to start in October and run through May, 2010. It’s an open jam session for local student jazz musicians from elementary school through college, located at KKC’s Washburn Culinary Institute. For tickets, call (773) 607-5200.


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