Cook County Bar‘s Annual Barristers & Scholarship Ball

Several lucky folk will go home with a coveted raffle prize from Saturday’s “Evening of Elegance,” the 12th annual Barristers’ & Scholarship Ball hosted by the Cook County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African America

Several lucky folk will go home with a coveted raffle prize from Saturday’s “Evening of Elegance,” the 12th annual Barristers’ & Scholarship Ball hosted by the Cook County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African American bar association, at the South Shore Cultural Center. Among the prizes: a Bulls basketball, a player-autographed White Sox baseball and White Sox box seat tickets.

The “black tie” gala is headed by Attys. Lesley Gool, chair; Natalie Howse, co-chair; and committee members, Attys. Marc Augustave, Natalie Stegall and Nyshana Sumner; and Gwen Rowan. Atty. Jacqueline Walker is scholarship chair. The Ball, a great opportunity to wine, dine, meet and mingle with top legal professionals, begins with a 6 p.m. reception and includes dinner and program, dancing, entertainment by Chicago Catz Band and open bar. Proceeds will provide law school grants. For $125 tickets, call (312) 630-1157, ext. 4 or email

Congrats ¡– to JoElle (Lyons), medical aesthetician, skin specialist and First Esthetician to First Lady Michelle Obama, just last week introduced her new skin care line for women and men, JoElle SkinCare Beyond Compare. (Visit The former Chicagoan who now lives in Chevy Chase, Md. and has been widely referred to as “The Skin Clarifying Queen” by Essence magazine, has dedicated her life “to the pursuit of balanced natural beauty.” Shes combined her methods and expertise into a skin care regimen of premium products and unparallel services. JoElle is on Facebook most Fridays, sharing a wide range of free skincare tips and advice.

JoElle graduated from Dudley Beauty College-Chicago and trained under Elton X. Tinsley, M.D., a nationally recognized plastic surgeon who specializes in Black skin care, especially the removal of face and neck moles. She later was skincare director at Dr. Elton X. Tinsley & Associates. I met JoElle when she delivered Dudley’s 2010 commencement speech at Harold Washington Cultural Center, after which she received an Honorary Dean of Aesthetics Certification from Betty R. Clawson, DBC-C director; Dr. Eunice M. Dudley, executive director, Dudley Beauty School System; and Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president, Dudley Beauty Corp. LLC. (“Teesee” and several others received Ambassador Awards.)

Leading Ladies Diann Burns, host of Chicago Urban League’s nextTV on Ch. 26, emcees Monday’s 10th annual Chicago Celebrates International Women’s Day at a Union League Club luncheon. Some 300 international women leaders will attend the noon event preceded by a 10:30 a.m. fair that will feature 40 local and international organizations that help empower women to improve their lives and communities. Keynoter: Deb DeHass, vice chair and Midwest regional managing partner for Deloitte LLP.

Newsy Names Amy Hilliard, founder and CEO of The ComfortCake Co., makers of “poundcake so good it feels like a hug!,” wants us all to know that Friday (March 4) is National Pound Cake Day. She’s got a Luscious Lemon Slice sale going on: 14 slices for $17.99, a 20 percent savings. Visit or call (866) 264-cake. Yummy, yummy to the tummy! … Dave Rozell receives the distinguished “Rat Pack of the Year Award” on Wednesday at their weekly Networking & Business Corner at Marmon Grand. Dave is RP’s vice president … Happy b’day to Marc Brooks, Karen S. Williams, Ralph Hughes, Sandra Neilson Givens, Avis LaVelle, Tammy McCann-Simpkins, Jimmie Wright, Tiffany Walker, Suzanne Stantley, Jan Branion Wethers, Pamela Thomas-Hall, Michelle Brown, Steven Jones and Orbert Davis Patrick Woodtar, African Festival of the Arts founder, will be honored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at “Gallery D’Estee: Beyond the Art,” on Friday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Parkway Ballroom. The weekend of artistic expression and exposure features Chicago’s most illustrious artists with their pastels, oils, sculptures and photography. The two-days will also highlight sculptor Marva Jolly’s art pieces.

Whazup! Whazup! ¡– Violinist Robin Aikens will show just how versatile she is by playing with R&B artist K-Jon on Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., at Ken Bedford‘s Afterwork Networking & Stepper’s Affair at Alhambra Palace. Robin’s won 15 first place awards for solo and group performances at Indiana State School Music Ass’n and has performed with rap star-actor Common. A K-Jon song, This Time, begins with a violin solo which will give Robin a chance to shine. She’s played in the Emerson Symphony Orchestra and began performing professionally in the Gary Civic Symphony before graduating from high school; at 19 she performed with four symphony orchestras and toured with Shadow Vignettes, an internationally acclaimed jazz band.

Soul, smooth jazz, old-school and funky tunes devotees take over Blue Note Jazz Club, 1715 W. Roosevelt, in suburban Broadview, on Thursday with Chicago Soulcentric (Michael Avery on vocals, Phil Seed, guitar; Lamar Jones, bass; Khari Parker, drums; and John Blasucci, keyboard). Doors open at 6 p.m.; showtime, 8 p.m., cover, $7. Promised: $5 martinis and ample free parking on Roosevelt, 17th St., and in the lot behind the club; at 18th & Roosevelt, there’s a parking lot. Just don’t park on 18th St., says Trudy Murrell, host.

Toure Muhammad, of Bean Soup Times fame, celebrates “10 years of informing, inspiring and entertaining” on March 26 at The Connection, an event rental facility in the heart of Bronzeville, 4321 S. Cottage Grove. Doors open at 8 p.m.; food served, 8:30 p.m.; program, 9 p.m. Entertainment: music, poetry, comedy, etc. Call (773) 340-9008 to RSVP!

Business Boost ¡– At a recent Business Spotlight Network (held each Tuesday) at Red Kiva, Barbara Bates and Mikal Clay, a duo of successful entrepreneurs, were interviewed by award-winning TV host Garrard McClendon. Bates, a fashion designer, discussed her storied history in the fashion industry and how she became an icon in Chicago and the Midwest. She also talked about Kristopher’s Cause, which is working in partnership with Families Against Mandatory Minimums, to stop youth from being sentenced with mandated guidelines instead of being sentenced based on the actual circumstances of the case. Clay told how he built and maintained his own line of hair care products and how he got them on Walgreens’ shelves. The weekly network, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., is the brainchild of Dwayne Hirsch, business developer director. Never a cover charge!

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