Celebrating 21 years, the Black Women’s Expo in Chicago provides a platform for African American consumers and especially women by offering dynamic speakers and exciting celebrities to share their journey, honoring outstanding women in Chicago, and providing great entertainment.
Many people love living in Chicago. We have the best pizza beside New York City. We cannot forget about the great musicians from Chicago: Common, Kanye West, Syleena Johnson and Lupe Fiasco. Despite the many things the city can take pride in, some possess a sense a fear about Chicago with the increase in violence. Watching the nightly news in Chicago has become depressing. The numbers continue to increase with no resolutions to the problem. In the eyes of many, our beloved Chicago has become one of the most dangerous places to visit.
September 11, 2012 marked the 11th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. All across the nation, people remembered the victims who passed away on that day, their families, and their own personal stories of where they were on that tragic day.
On Friday July 20, 2012, countless fans, young and old alike, headed to movie theaters to see the third Batman installment, The Dark Night Rises at midnight screenings all across the United States. No one could’ve guessed that a night that was supposed to be filled with excitement and family fun would turn out to be a night of darkness and tragedy. In Aurora, CO, tragedy struck at Century 16 when a man filled with heavy artillery in a duffel bag slipped through a side exit door in one of the show screenings. He threw tear gas grenades, and he let off rounds of ammunition, with multiple weapons killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. The youngest person that died in this mass shooting was six months old and the man who caused the shooting. James Eagan Holmes refers to himself as “the Joker.”
It’s no secret that President’s Obama’s bid for re-election will be a very tight race. He’s managed to weather rocky storms such as the stalled economy, his foreign policy agenda and most recently announcing his support for same-sex marriages.
Growing up on the north side of Chicago, I attended George B. Armstrong Elementary of International Studies. I pride myself on learning everything I have today because of that school. When I was in elementary school, Black History Month was the only time we would ever learn about Madam CJ Walker, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Garrett Augustus Morgan and Jackie Robinson. Not only did we know their names, but we spent the whole month of February learning about the lives and history of African Americans. We had assemblies, made poster boards, and even played trivia games on the subject of black history. At a young age, I knew that these people played a huge part in not only black history, but in history–period.
Kalisha Madden, Raven Kimbrough, Jahessye Shockley and Mishell-Nicole Green are just a few of the African American women who have gone missing recently, and received no major media attention. Since their disappearance, their families have been begging and pleading, with their local newspapers and news stations, to run their missing person’s posters and photographs on television.
By Tobias Q. Brown, Special GMO Contributor
For the last few years, I have been consumed with one question that has placed me in the top one percent of the student body during my college years: What are the ‘A and B level’ students doing each semester that no one else is? Why do they consistently do well? And how can I get to and maintain that same level of success? Equipped with those questions, I went on a manhunt to find out what success looks like and how I can make success mine.