Hats Off – to nice guy Tyronne Stoudemire, global director of community, diversity and inclusion at Aon Hewitt, who received the Ninth Annual Spirit of Achievement Award on Tuesday evening from Loretto Hospital during its Annual Dinner, a fund-raise
Hats Off – to nice guy Tyronne Stoudemire, global director of community, diversity and inclusion at Aon Hewitt, who received the Ninth Annual Spirit of Achievement Award on Tuesday evening from Loretto Hospital during its Annual Dinner, a fund-raiser at Grossinger Motors. Proceeds from Tuesday’s event, which honored Stoudemire’s outstanding career achievements, will go toward Loretto Hospital Foundation’s fund for its Global Lifestyle Center.
Much of the honoree’s “cheering section” was comprised of members of National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), a not-for-profit organization, which exists to provide a national forum for Black and other minorities in the HR arena. The honoree is a lifetime NAAAHR member and a Chicago Chapter Executive Advisory Council Member.
Curtain Time! – Pauletta Washington (Mrs. Denzel) has been cast in one of the starring roles in Regina Taylor’s Crowns: The Gospel Musical when it returns to The Goodman Theatre, June 30-Aug. 5. Taylor, award-winning actress, director, playwright and Goodman’s artistic associate, wrote and directed the “feel-good, foot-stomping gospel musical which is perfect for family reunions, church functions or just a night out on the town with friends.” Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history – and glamorous headwear.
When Chicago-born Yolanda is sent down south after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her – and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. Crowns traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich story-telling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Other cast members: E. Faye Butler, Felicia Fields, Jasondra Johnson, Alexis Rogers, Marketta Wilder.
Crowns, one of the most-produced musicals of the past decade in the U.S., has been seen by more than one million people. Tickets can be purchased online at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at (312) 443-3800 or at the box office, 170 N. Dearborn. Watch the “Finding Yolanda” video at YouTube/TheGoodmanTheatre.
Remembering Harold – We Can, Inc., a committee of several well-known business folk, will come together on April 12, 6 p.m., at Josephine’s Hardtimes Dining Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., in remembrance of the birthday of our late Mayor Harold Washington. Come out, join in, share your favorite photo(s) and fondest memories and participate in a Karaoke fun-filled evening. Ch. 5’s Art Norman will emcee. Donation: only $25.
Writers Award – Entry forms are available for the Eighth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, so says Jesse White, secretary of state and state librarian. The competition is named for the late Pulitizer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate and co-sponsoed by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate; Stein selects the winner of the first, second and third prizes.
The competition is open to Illinois residents, age 18 and over; entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2012. Cash prizes will be awarded for first-third place, and winning poems will be submitted for possible publication in Ninth Letter, RHINO and Quiddity magazines and Poetic License Press publications. Winners will read their poem and receive prizes at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.
Wanna know more? Contact Bonnie Matheis, coordinator of the Illinois Center for the Book at (217) 558-2065 or bmateis@Ilsos.net.
Economic Forum – Amy S. Hilliard, CEO and founder of The ComfortCake Co. here in Chicago, and Stephanie D. Neely, Chicago’s treasurer, are on Wednesday’s agenda when Black Enterprise magazine and Walmart present an “invitation only” forum at the Chicago Hilton Hotel “to explore how minority entrepreneurs can position themselves to form profitable partnerships with large corporations.”
Among other speakers: Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., president/CEO, Black Enterprise; Robert Blackwell, chair/CEO, Blackwell Consulting Service; and Dennis Kimbro, author, business professor at Clark Atlanta University.
Newsy Names – The funeral service for the Rev. Addie L. Wyatt, 88, a pioneer in the labor, civil rights and women’s equality movements, is Saturday noon at Vernon Park Church of God, 9011 S. Stony Island. Visitation: from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Her body will lie in state on Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., at the church. With her late husband, the Rev. Claude Wyatt, she co-founded Vernon Park Church. She indeed will be missed! … In town recently to speak at St. Sabina Catholic Church was award-winning actress, gorgeous Angela Bassett, who hung out afterwards at the jazzy South Loop M Lounge with gal-pals, Yvonne Davila, who recently served as Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown’s campaign press secretary, and Robin Beamon, publicist and singer-actress (The Jackie Wilson Story at Black Ensemble Theatre). The good friends were sighted sipping bubbly and having a grand time! … the Rev. Henry O. Hardy and the faithful at Cosmopolitan Community Church dedicate Good Friday’s Service to the memory of the late the Rev. Lacy Banks, first African-American sports writer for the Sun-Times and former Baptist preacher, who died a couple of weeks ago … Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, pastor of Baltimore’s Payne AME Church, first female bishop in the A.M.E. Church, national chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and granddaughter of Delta founder Vashti Turley Murphy, (whew!) delivers the Easter Message on Sunday, 6 p.m., at Trinity United Church of Christ, pastored by the Rev. Otis Moss III … The HistoryMakers’ Julieanna L. Richardson wants us to “save the date” of Nov. 17 for “An Evening with Berry Gordy” (of Motown fame) at The Art Institute of Chicago. The special PBS-TV taping, a HistoryMakers fundraiser, will be conducted by legendary journalist-author Gwen Ifill, political analyst, managing editor and moderator of Washington Week and senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Sponsors: Comcast and McDonald’s … Jazz vocalist Freida Lee, most recently showcased with the 11 Jazzy Divas at DuSable Museum, appears with “Organ Extravaganza XVI” on April 28, 7 p.m., at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet featuring the sounds of the John Burnett Orchestra and world renowned theatre organists. The “battle of the big band music” highlights such favorites as My Funny Valentine, Love for Sale, I Got Rhythm, I Get A Kick Out of You, Harlem Nocturne, Body & Soul, On A Clear Day and more!
Happy B’day – to Midge Kimberly, Gloria Batey, Eric Thomas, Hank Meyer.
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