Tag Archives: Chicago

Become an Education Watchdog – October 27, 2011

26 Oct

Education Training - Better Government Association


Read My Story About Erika & Myah Jackson ~aka ~ The Birdie Sisters

20 Oct

I had the honor of interviewing Chicago junior golf champions, Erika & Myah Jackson ~aka~ The Birdie Sisters, for the Independent Bulletin newspaper. Honestly, I felt like a proud big sister as I listened to these young ladies share their stories and tried to teach me golf terms. I still have no clue about golf, but they have gained a fan!  And there is a correction needed on where to send donations to the Youth Sports Initiative. It is Canaan Community Church, formerly known as Canaan Baptist Church, located at 1701 W. Garfield Blvd. Read my story now.

The Birdie Sisters - independent Bulletin Newspaper

African-American Media Panel Discussion – FREE – November 8, 2011

12 Oct
Natalie Moore - WBEZ

Natalie Moore - WBEZ

How does the African-American news media cover its community? What more can African-American NGOs, activists and community groups need to get their story told?

Join us for a community dialogue between the African-American news media and community.

When: Tuesday, November 8 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: The Little Black Pearl
1060 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653-3600
Click here to see map of the location

Learn how you, your nonprofit or community group can be a resource to these local media outlets and what kinds of stories they are looking for.

WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore and its South Side Bureau Chief will moderate the discussion between journalists and the community.

PANELISTS  include: Glenn Reedus-Chicago Crusader, Richard Muhammad-Final Call, Aminah Hanan-Blogging While Brown and Matt McGill – WVON

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Click here to register for this FREE event today!

The Society of Professional Journalists and Chicago Headline Club are sponsoring this event.

For more information please contact Stephen Franklin at 312 369 7782


Post updated on November 8, 2011 to include the names of panelists

You’ll Never Run Out of Things to Write

6 Sep

Let's Write SomethingI went to Harold Washington Library to conduct research on topics and resources to develop my upcoming writing workshops. I started my search with “How to Write.” There were over 920 results! This not only gave me a listing of books on the rules of writing, it also gave me writing topics. Do you know I have at least 75 topics to choose from? And none of them were repeats on the list!!

Book reports for students of all ages, romance novels, songs, resumes and cover letters, articles for newspapers and magazines, writing for TV and business correspondence were just a few of the books written.  There were even books on how to write sentences and paragraphs! It was a bit overwhelming.

Luckily for me, I already know which group I am going to target. However, it was great to see ALL of the things that are written.

And for people with no direct writing experience or training, and want to venture into the world of writing, there are loads of options. It’s just a matter of how badly you want it, and how hard you are willing to work. Your options are unlimited.

Just wanted to share my discoveries.


Image: fanpop

Black People in Chicago Were Not Always Allowed to Roller Skate Indoors

2 Sep

Roller skating at the Savoy Ballroom - Jazz Age Chicago

In fact, Black people were first allowed to roller skate indoors at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago’s Bronzeville community on December 8, 1938 thanks to Jimmie Davis, the manager of The Savoy at that time.

I don’t have the newspaper articles back this up because the microfilm machines were down at the Vivian Harsh Research Collection center at Carter G. Woodson Library. I will share as soon as I am able to get copies.


Image: Jazz Age Chicago

Learn More About “We Are Not Alone” on June 28th

17 Jun

A Different Way to the Story of Chicago's Youth

Writing & Researching Interns Needed for Roller Skating Project

14 Feb

Intern Wanted

I am a roller skating entrepreneur and journalist seeking 2-3 interns to help conduct research on Chicago’s roller skating history.  You don’t have to be a roller skater yourself; you just have to have a high level of interest in learning more about this old school, yet relatively obscure leisure activity and Chicago.

Ideal interns will be college students with excellent verbal, writing, interviewing and researching skills.  You will be creative and resourceful with a good personality.  You are computer savvy with a high level of comfort searching the internet and have a good handle on Microsoft Word and Skype.  Also, you need to be able to work alone or with a team.

You can work 1-5 hours per week according to your schedule. Your help will be needed for at least three months.

This is an unpaid internship. However, you will receive credit for your work and referrals based on your commitment to the project and quality of work.

If you are interested in the project, please submit a resume and two (2) writing samples to info@thewritedesignco.com. The writing samples can be uploaded documents or links to online sources. Also, tell me why you are interested in this project in 100 words or less. Be as creative as possible.