For Colored Girls Who Have Achieved Dreams Beyond the Rainbow

The Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Upsilon Sigma Chapter, salute “A Dynamic Group of Colored Girls Who Have Achieved Their Dreams Beyond the Rainbow” at their 83rd Anniversary & 47th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance on Saturday.

The Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Upsilon Sigma Chapter, salute “A Dynamic Group of Colored Girls Who Have Achieved Their Dreams Beyond the Rainbow” at their 83rd Anniversary & 47th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans. The evening includes a president’s reception, dinner and entertainment by Terisa Griffin.

The 2010 Crescent Moon honorees are headed by Irma P. Hall, Lifetime Achievement recipient. The film-TV-stage actress-poet- painter has starred in such films as Back Draft, A Family Thing, Soul Food, Ladykillers, Beloved, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Meet the Browns. In 2004, for her role in the Ladykillers, she won the Special Jury Award at Cannes Film Festival. Hall lives in Dallas and continues to write and paint. She’s co-founder and artistic director of African American Repertory Theater in Desoto, Texas.

Additional honorees: Monica Hairston O’Connell, executive director, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago; Yvette Moyo-Gillard, co-founder and producer, “Real Men Cook” Father’s Day Celebrations; Mary B. Richardson-Lowry, partner, law firm of Mayer Brown LLP; Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, president-elect, Cook County board; Judge Carol Howard, criminal division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Darlena Williams-Burnett, chief deputy, Cook County Recorder of Deeds; Dr. Nwanneka Richardson, medical director, Burnham Medical Center Ltd., Calumet City.

Also LeeAnn Trotter, NBC5’s Emmy-winning entertainment reporter; Theresa “Teesee” Fambro Hooks, “Teesee’s Town” columnist, Chicago Defender; Dee Robinson Reid, president-founder, Robinson Hill Hospitality Group, Inc.; Tawaakalitu Jogounosimi, assistant to the mayor, City of Chicago; Pamela Clanton, nurse anesthetist, serving outpatient surgery centers in Chicago and suburbs; Sharon King, casting director/associate, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Brewster Place, Barbershops 1 & 2, The Five Heartbeats, Soul Food and Fat Albert; and Michele Pondexter, senior sales manager, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.

The Crescent Moon Award was instituted to honor women of African descent who’ve made outstanding contributions through their professions. Proceeds from the Scholarship Dinner Dance are distributed back into the community via scholarships or donations to non-profit agencies to assist in community service. Tickets: $90. Visit or call Randy Crumpton (312) 435-1102.

Congrats ¡¡¡¡ To Steven V. Hunter on being named partner in the Commercial Litigation Group in the Chicago office of the national law firm of Quarles & Brady, LLP. His practice focuses on all phases of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including discovery, motions practice, arbitration, mediation, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. Hunter has chair experience representing national and multi-national companies in disputes involving complex business, banking and finance transactions, construction defect and delay claims, intellectual property and catastrophic product liability defense.

He was named to Chicago Lawyer Magazine and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch,” was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star" in business litigation and is a recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s "Exceptional Young Lawyer” award. Hunter received a J.D from Michigan State Univ. in 2002 and an A.B. from Brown Univ. in 1999.

Quarles & Brady is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. The firm offers an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. For additional info, visit

Lights! Carols! Magic! ¡ Jon Michael Hill, star of ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 and an Illinois native, comes this way Saturday to join Ch. 7’s Hosea Sanders, Janet Davies and Alan Krashesky to co-host the kick-off of the holiday season nationwide with a live broadcast of the 2010 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival at 6 p.m. The hourlong broadcast will capture Chicago holiday magic for viewers around the country when entertainment, fireworks, festive music and more than a million twinkling Michigan Avenue lights on 200 trees set the stage for the live broadcast. Encore broadcasts: Dec. 5. 1 p.m.; Dec. 18, 12:30 p.m. Look for special appearances by Disney’s dynamic duos, Mickey & Minnie Mouse and Phineas & Ferb.

The show will be broadcast in HD and will also be streamed live and on-demand at
This marks the fourth straight year the Lights Fest tradition will broadcast to Chicago audiences on ABC 7, and will also be seen by a national audience via syndication. The festival special will kick off with over 30 spectacular floats, Illinois and out-of-state marching bands and helium-filled balloons, including a 35-ft. Hubert the Harris Bank Lion and the new “live wire” illuminated puppets by Shedd Aquarium. The grand finale for the 2010 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will light up the sky (and children’s hearts!) with a dazzling fireworks display as Santa makes his much anticipated arrival!

Sister-Show ¡ Celebrated authors and real-life sisters Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf) and Ifa Bayeza (The Ballad of Emmett Till) – will read from their new novel, Some Sing, Some Cry, accompanied by musicians, including Maggie Brown, on Friday, 6 p.m., at DuSable Museum. The $10-a-ticket evening ($8 for museum members) includes a pre-reception, performance and book signing. During the debut of this unique evening of words and music, poet, playwright and novelist Shange teams up with her award-winning playwright sis, Bayeza, in an encompassing historical saga of 200 years of African American life told through the voices of seven generations of the Mayfield family.

In its riveting dramatization of the promise of emancipation, the brutality of Reconstruction, the baroque cruelty of the Jim Crow era, all the way to the possibilities of the digital age, this bittersweet tale of seven generations in a family of mixed blood and musical genius weaves together essential historical facts and profound emotional truths. With music as a sustaining force, Shange and Bayeza’s epic of courage, improvisation and transcendence is glorious in its scope.

On Nov. 23, world-renowned poet, author, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni comes to DuSable Museum to discuss and sign copies of her latest book, The 100 Best African-American Poems, which includes works by artists Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez, Tupac Shakur and Richard Wright. The event will also include a Spoken Word tribute to Giovanni by poets Deana Dean and Awthenik from Hip Hop Detoxx. Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator. Over 30 years, her outspokenness in her writing and lectures has brought the eyes of the world on her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother and a professor of English.” Tickets: $15 /$10 for museum members. Call (773) 947-0600 or visit

Newsy Names ¡¡ Bill Williams, bon vivant president of the Chicago Rat Pack and vice president of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, with a long-time good buddy dating back to their pre-teen years (now just think about it for a minute!) are opening a new up-scale, down-home eatery, E&B, near 111th and Throop, in the Morgan Park community. A grand opening’s on the horizon … Two more “best buds,” Stu Rankin and Mitch Watkins, can be found any given evening in a friendly game of “gin rummy” at a back table at the Ramada Inn’s Lake Shore Cafe … Happy b’day to Cong. Bobby Rush, Marleta Towner, Nedra Durham, Bernard Williams, Sax Preacher, Henri Bryson, Trinity Murdock, Jalyne Strong Shaw.

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