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Fashion Focus Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a show featuring some of the city’s emerging artists.

Chicago Fashion Focus

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Written by  Songine' Clarke Tuesday, 18 October 2011 22:23

Chicago Fashion Focus is Chicago’s very own fashion week celebrating Chicago’s thriving fashion industry. Chicago Fashion Focus started Monday, October 17, and will continue until Sunday, October 23. During this week, there are so many shows and events you can check out, but there are three shows that I think are a must see during fashion focus.

The Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) presented by Macy’s

Featuring new and emerging Chicago designers, the Chicago Fashion Incubator show will be on October 18, at 7:30 pm in Millennium Park. Check out a preview of the current designers in residence and some alumni’s Spring 2012 collection. The designers in residence showing will be: Taneasha Prunty, Crystal B. Simms, Kahindo Mateene, Concetta Cipriano, Shavonne Dorsey and Eric Kipp. The alumni that will be showing are: Miriam Cecilia Carlson, Leah Fagan, Christina Fan, Catherine Furio, Anna Hovet, Stephanie Kuhr, Agga B. Raya, Jonnie Rettele, Cynthia Ryba, Donaldo Smith and Lidia Wachowska. With such a talented lineup this is definitely a show to check out. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $80 for VIP tickets.

Dress Code 2011

Dress Code is a fashion show featuring student designers from Chicago fashion design schools: Columbia College Chicago, The Illinois Institue of Art – Chicago, International Academy of Design and Technology – Chicago, and School of The Art Institute of Chicago. The show will be held October 19, at 7 pm at the Chicago History Museum. This year the students will be taking part in the “FashioNext: The Charles James Project” where they will have to create an accessory or garment inspired by the design, pattern work or construction details from a Charles James design. This show, featuring rising talent in the fashion world, is one you don’t want to miss! Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for general admission.’s Art of Fashion 2011

The Art of Fashion will be the last headlining show of Fashion Focus taking place on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 pm in Millennium Park. I believe they saved the best show for last! The Art of Fashion will feature the Spring 2012 collection of Chicago designers: Nade Baer, Nora del Busto, Lara Miller, Borris Powell, Eva Pazola, RÜCH, Squasht by Les, Shernett Swaby, Sylwia Wilczynska and Zamrie. Tickets for are $35 for general admission and $95 for VIP tickets.

For more information on each of these shows check out Explore Chicago: Fashion Focus Chicago 2011 or Chicago Fashion Resource: Fashion Focus 2011.


It’s a “Cole” World

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Written by  Ebony L. Morman Thursday, 06 October 2011 18:21

Last Tuesday, the most “hyped up” album since Drake’s debut was released. J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story hit iTunes and music stores worldwide, and from the looks of it, there were a lot of people curious to hear what the North Carolina native had to offer the world of music.

Never too Old for Halloween

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Written by  Isis Nicole Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:42

In less than one week, the month of one of the most celebrated “holidays” will start. Halloween.

Hip Hop Artist and Writer Promotes New Project in Hometown

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Written by  Iya Bakare Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:43

Hundreds gathered to welcome home award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common, who made a stop on Tuesday to promote his latest project.

Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Celebrates Fourteen Years Downtown and Second Annual Race in Lombard

What: For the second consecutive year, Komen Chicago will offer two race locations for its annual Komen Chicago Race for the Cure® event.  Over 15,000 cancer survivors and activists are expected to participate in the signature 10K/5K Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Fun Walk in both Grant Park and Lombard, IL.

Why: Komen Chicago will celebrate a second year with a suburban race to occur on the same weekend in DuPage County, which has the highest breast cancer incidence rate in their 5 county service area. The second race location provides a more convenient option for suburban residents who want to join in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the largest series of 10k/5K runs/fitness walks in the world. 

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011 (Chicago)        Sunday, September 25, 2010 (Lombard)
8:15 a.m. start time for Runners
8:30 a.m. start time for Walkers


All participants encouraged to be on site at 7:30a.m.

Where: Grant Park – Butler Field, Chicago         Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL

Cost: July 16 – September 23: $40 runners; $35 walkers; $25 for kids 17 and under; free for volunteers
Race Day: $45 runners; $40 walkers; $30 for kids 17 and under; free for volunteers

**Join or start a team today!

More Information: For more information and to register for the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure®, visit
About the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®The Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was established in 1997 and held the first Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure®. The Chicagoland affiliate is one of only two affiliates that operate two Race for the Cure® events and has awarded nearly $11 million towards the fight against breast cancer by funding grassroots breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects, as well as national research. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Chicagoland Affiliate stay in the metropolitan area while the remaining 25% support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program for research. In April 2011, Komen Chicago was awarded the Affiliate of the Year by Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s® Global Headquarters. For more information please call 773-444-0061 or visit
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August 25, 2011 (New York, NY) -- Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN), along with partners in labor, education, civil rights, and clergy from across the country, will hold a mass march for jobs and justice on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

The rally and March will be held by thousands of members of the civil rights community and all those who continue to push for equality across the board. These parties will convene in our nation's capital to assess our progress and march on for the battles that still lay ahead. The event is being co-chaired by Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson, Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church & Chairman of National Action Network, Lee A. Saunders, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), and Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The National Director of the March is Pastor Willie F. Wilson from Union Temple Baptist Church. The March co-host is Tom Joyner from The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Among the speakers is the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Marc Morial, Ben Jealous, Larry Cohen, Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley, Dennis Van Roekel.

A rally preceding the march will begin at 10a.m. at Constitution Ave NW and 16th Street NW. The march will begin at 1:30pm to the King Memorial site on Ohio Drive, SW and West Basin Drive, SW.

It is NAN's goal to emphasize what it was that gave Dr. King such an exalted place in American history. It was his work for civil rights and labor rights that made him the historic figure he has become. It was near the grounds of his monument that he was planning a tent city for poor people when he was killed. NAN will use the occasion of August 27th to raise this unfinished business and challenge those that seek to undo what Dr. King tried to do for working people and labor in this country. 

According to Rev. Sharpton: "There are relatively few moments in our lives that make history; The weekend of August 27th & 28th will be one for the history books as we not only commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream Speech', but also when the world bears witness to the unveiling of the national King Memorial.  We are living in perhaps one of the most unpredictable and capricious times in our nation's history and while people of color and the traditionally marginalized are making enormous strides with access to places never even imaginable before, the working class and poor are still under attack in extraordinary and systematic ways. When the disenfranchised are further removed from the mainstream, the class divide between the haves and have not's naturally increases. For those who may be quick to forget the legacy of Dr. King, let us remember that he died while fighting for worker's rights and the basic human dignity of all."

National Action Network's August 27th march will call attention to key issues that have not been remedied in this country. As working Americans struggle to gain employment and livable wages, we continue to watch rampant foreclosures and fluctuating markets most heavily impacting those that are already suffering under tumultuous financial times.  NAN, and its partners in labor, education, civil rights and the church, call on every man, woman and child who understands the urgency of social justice on all levels to join them in Washington, D.C. Saturday, August 27th.

For more information please visit:
Follow us on Twitter: @NationalAction
Call our national headquarters at 877-626-4651

On Thursday, September 8th, Women Thrive will join the Eileen Fisher clothing company and Bloomingdale’s, including 2 stores in Maryland (locations below), for an unprecedented in-store and online partnership to help women around the world lift themselves out of poverty.

EILEEN FISHER will donate 3% of the day's in-store and online national sales and Bloomingdale's will contribute an additional $5,000 to Women Thrive, the leading DC-based org advocating for U.S. international assistance and trade programs for the poorest women in the world. 

The global population will reach 7 billion in the next two years. The enormous challenge of feeding the world falls upon small-scale, subsistence farmers — the majority of whom are women.  Yet women farmers often lack the rights and resources they need to be productive. Women Thrive is calling on Congress to protect critical programs supporting the world's poorest citizens.

Participating Maryland Bloomingdale’s stores:
Chevy Chase, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase
White Flint, 11305 Rockville Pike, Kensington


For More Information, visit

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