World Polio Day 2014 Event and Concert Featured Tessanne Chin and Guest Speakers in Chicago(0)
Wicker Park, Chicago, IL (60647)
In observance of World Polio Day, October 24, 2014, Rotary International organization celebrated World Polio Day with livestream event featuring Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show “The Voice,” reggae star Ziggy Marley, Minda Dentler, polio survivor and Ironman competitor, and host of speakers including John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary and Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control.
With polio on verge of eradication, Rotary celebrated the fact their organization is near its goal to completely eradicate polio from the world. Except for cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, polio is a highly preventable disease that Rotary has been on a mission since 1988 to eradicate polio.
The livestream event called “End Polio Now: Make History Today’ will take place 6:30pm(CT) on October 24 at 1st Ward venue in Wicker Park Chicago.
Streaming from Chicago, and hosted by TIME magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, highlights of the event include:
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke via video to the audience about the important role Rotary has played in eradication of polio.
In celebration of World Polio Day, Rotary announced earlier this week that it will give $44 million in grants to stop the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Rotary’s new funding commitment will targets the countries still at risk of contracting this incurable disease.
About $18.5 million will go to the three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan ($7.4 million) Nigeria ($8.4 million), and Pakistan ($2.7 million). An endemic country is one where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped.
Another $9.5 million is marked for previously polio-free countries currently reporting cases “imported” from the endemic countries: Cameroon ($3.5 million), Ethiopia ($2 million), and Somalia ($4 million).
And $10.4 million will go to polio-free countries that remain at risk of reinfection: Democratic Republic of Congo ($1.5 million), India ($4.9 million), Niger ($1 million), South Sudan ($2 million), and Sudan ($1 million).
The remaining $6.3 million will go toward polio eradication research.
Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments and Rotary club members of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.
To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). As of 2013, there were only 416 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.
During the World Polio Day concert Ephraim Martin from the International Reggae and World Music Awards ( IRAWMA) surprised Tessanne Chin with the her IRAWMA award “Best Female Vocalist Award.”
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the Rotary Media Center.
Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars(0)
It was a sweet homecoming party in Union Park for AAHH! Fest 2014 with Kanye West closing the festival in a surprise guest performance.West took stage after Common performed three songs from his new album “Nobody’s Smilng.” Fans went wild when Kanye West jumped on stage to perform.
African Festival of the Arts a Huge Success for the African Diaspora(0)
African Festival of the Arts 2014 in Chicago will celebrate its 25th anniversary of celebration African culture. The 25th African Festival of the Arts 2014 will be held Labor Day Weekend Friday, August 29- Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, Chicago.
African Festival of the Arts feature two stages of music, a main stage and a world music stage. Music by Musiq Soulchild, Dee Alexander, Harriet Tubman Band with Cassandra Wilson presenting Black Sun. Salif Keita, and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.
BVNews Coverage of 2013 African Festival of the Arts
The food, the music, and the art of black people from the African diaspora was on display at the 2013 Annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Held in Washington Park on Chicago’s historic South Side, the four-day festival showcased the variety and diversity of African cultures around the world. “Origins” was the theme of this year’s festival which featured over 300 artists and food vendors.
The walking paths of Washington Park were transformed to look like a African village. Booths along the paths displayed antique sculptures, paintings, handmade crafts among plenty jewelry and clothing vendors.
Watch video from the 2013 African Festival of the Arts Chicago.
Hundreds of Chicagoans attended the festival and night time concerts held during Labor Day Weekend.
Grammy Award singer Brandy Norwood headline the 2013 African Festival of the Arts.
At the end of each day, the main stage at the festival featured celebrity musicians. Music headliners included African American blues Blues legend Otis Clay, R & B Diva Monifah, and Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtuzudki.
The Afro centric items ranged included T-shirts from Historically Black Colleges (HBCU) to antique masks from Timbuktu and original paintings from Senegal. Attendees could eat food from African diaspora countries including fu fu from Ghana, Jamaican jerk chicken, rice and bean dishes, African American soul food greens.
The festival also featured a Drum Village where dancers and drummers of all ages played constant rhythms on congas and djimbes. Picnic tables dispersed throughout the lawn areas served as gathering places where festival goers mingled and enjoyed entertainment on small stages like the World Stage. A special area of the festival was Blacks in Green, where attendees enjoyed roundtable dicussions about healthy eating and living green.
One couple told Breaking Voices that they have been attending the African Festival of the Arts for more than 15 years because they find the festival to be a great event to network and meet people in the community.
The African Festival of the Arts celebrates black culture in a way that shows how black people regardless of where they dwell strive through their art, music, dance, and food to remember their ancestors, document their history, and paint their hopes for the future.
About Africa Festival of the Arts
The African Festival of the Arts is the flagship program of Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH), a not for profit organization working to bridge the divides between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago. This year’s festival included a special collaboration with Afro Entertainment Awards that honor musicians, arts, and entertainers from the African diaspora. Featured artist and art work for the festival was by “Asali” by Najjar.
In 1989, Patrick Woodtor, President, Africa International House, along with his late wife author and historian, Dee Parmer Woodtor, produced the African Festival of the Arts for the first time as a seasonal community event to honor African culture and tradition in the historic “black belt” on the South Side of Chicago.
Argentine Fans in Chicago Go Wild With Win Over Netherlands in World Cup Semi-Finals at Barra N(0)
July 9, 2014 – Chicago, IL
Excited Argentinians in Chicago gathered for the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match Netherlands vs. Argentina at Barra N, an Argentine-owned bar located at 2977 N. Elston on Chicago’s north side. It was also Argentina’s independence day.
It was a victorious day for Argentina as they won the semi-finals game after the nail-biting game went into extra time and penalty kicks. Argentina scored 4-1 in penalty goals including a goal scored by team captain Lionel Messi.
They will face Germany in the World Cup Finals on July 13, 2014 in Brazil. This will be Argentina’s fifth appearance in the world cup finals.
It was a sweet victory for Argentinans who celebrate 198th year of independence.
They will face Germany in the World Cup Finals on July 13, 2014 in Brazil. This will be Argentina’s fifth appearance in the world cup finals.
Watch #BVNews video fans react to Argentine World Cup 2014 semi-final match.
Fans shared their joy to see Argentina’s football team make it to the final World Cup 2014
Barra N is one of three Argentine owned restaurants in Chicago. Owners also have Folklore located at 2100 West Division St., Tango Sur located at 3763 N. Southport and a grocery store called El Mercado Food Mart.
July 9, Argentina celebrated its 198th independence from Spain. The day is a national holiday in Argentina.
Chicagoans have enjoyed plenty world cup viewing parties during the month-long FIFA 2014 World Cup games that began June 12. The City of Chicago hosted four world cup viewing parties in Grant Park and in Soldier Field during the Team USA world cup games.
Gallery Guichard and New Bronzeville Artists Lofts Grand Opening Aims to Revitalize Bronzeville, Chicago Art and Culture Scene(1)
By: See Brown
On Tuesday, June 24, City of Chicago officials including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Pat Dowell cut the ribbon on the brand new Bronzeville Artist Lofts and new home of Fine Art Gallery Guichard located at 436 E. 47th St., in Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
The opening of the Bronzeville artists lofts and The Gallery Guichard aims to revitalize 47th street’s culture and art scene.
The new Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 33,614 square foot mixed-use building with 12,233 square feet of commercial space on the first floor with 16-unit residential apartments on the upper floors and a 3,000-square-foot artist incubator.
The Bronzeville Artist Lofts will be a new stop on the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour that begins in July.
The Mayor called Bronzeville “a city within a city” with the artists lofts at the center of the revitalization of the community.
The Bronzeville Artist Lofts (BAL) are a live/work rental space open to working artists and their families. Artists must submit an application that include income requirements and questionnaire about their needs. Apartment rental prices and unit sizes for BAL are:
#BVNews walked through the Bronzeville Artists Lofts prior to residents moving in. Watch the video walkthrough of the living spaces.
Gallery Guichard will hold its own ribbon cutting ceremony to open its first exhibit in the new space called “Genesis.” The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and mixed media art works from black artists from around the world.
Gallery Guichard “Genesis” opens June 27, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm. The event is open to the public. “Genesis” exhibit runs thru August 5, 2014.
#BVNews spoke to owners Andre and Frances Guichard about their new location. Watch the interview below.
Artists living in the Bronzeville Artists Lofts are featured in Gallery Guichard’s “Genesis” exhibit. Roger Carter, an artist and BAL resident paintings are featured throughout the exhibit.
The development of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts was well supported by Alderman Pat Dowell. During a townhall meeting Alsderman Dowell discussed the inspiration behind the Bronzeville Artist Lofts. Watch #BVNews video of Alderman Dowell townhall.
Renovated from an historic building, the former Jones Brothers Ben Franklin Store at 436-442 East 47th Street, the development of the Bronzeville Artists Lofts construction began in 2013. It final cost $7 million was made possible by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds from The 47th/King Drive TIF District, Gallery Guichard, and the federal Neighbhorhood Stabilization Program, which focuses on revitalizing communities on the South and West sides of Chicago. The building’s development is a joint venture between Revere Properties, LLC and Three Corners, LLC. These two teams each are led by Lee Reid, Jr. and Rob Ferrino.
Actor Delroy Lindo Speaks About Black Males During “Question Bridge” Exhibit at The DuSable Museum of African American History(0)
April 12, 2014 – Chicago, IL
On Saturday, April 12 English actor Delroy Lindo spoke to an audience at The DuSable Museum of African American History about the state of black males as part of “Question Bridge” exhibition. The exhibition focuses on black males and includes a series of video interviews by African American males. In the video series black men from around the country pose questions about their life and experiences as a black males. The questions posed are answered by other black males across the country.
ABOUT “QUESTION BRIDGE” EXHIBIT
“Question Bridge: Black Males opens a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects and providing new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America to the forefront. “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.” (DuSable Museum of African American History)
As Executive Producer for “Question Bridge” exhibition Lindo said it is an important exhibit he believes everyone should see. Question Bridge: Black Males runs through May 18, 2014 at The DuSable Museum of African American History located at 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637.
Lindo who has 13-year-old son shared with #BVNews his relationship to his son and the teen generation of black boys. He spoke about the responsibility he and other black men have to help guide younger black males to achieve self expression.
“The most important thing we can embrace for ourselves is our humanity. And on so many levels we are the same as any other human beings on the planet and often times that gets lost,” Lindo said.
Watch Part 1 of #BVNews interview with actor Delroy Lindo.
#BVNews asked Lindo why question and answers are important ways to discover truth. Lindo responded by sharing how important it is for black men to have places to express themselves.
Watch Part 2 of #BVNews interview with actor Delroy Lindo
The museum provided a space during the evening where an audience that included black men young and old, who got the opportunity to hear Lindo speak and ask questions about his life and acting career.
Like a father giving advice to his children, Lindo spoke directly with words of encouragement to groups of young black boys seated front row at the discussion. Lindo acknowledged how important it was to have their presence in the audience.
“You are the future of this country,” he said. “The fact that you can take it upon yourself to come and to participate in an evening like this says a lot about who you are. So thank you very much for being here.”
Lindo’s film career began in 1970s after he graduated from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His film credits include Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Get Shorty (1995), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Core (2003), Up (2009), and The Big Bang (2011). His television acting credits include The Chicago Code (2011) and Believe (2014).
Lindo expressed the joys and hardships being a successful actor in Hollywood.
Watch the #BVNews video with Delroy Lindo talking about being a black actor in Hollywood.
About Delroy Lindo
On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore! Lindo has been nominated for the Tony and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Harold Loomis in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, West Indian Archie in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Catlett in Get Shorty, Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules, Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds and Woody Carmichael in the Spike Lee film Crooklyn. He is also known for having starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in weekly series the Chicago Code. Currently, Lindo stars in the new NBC drama Believe.
Lindo was born in 1952 in South East London, England to Jamaican parents. He shared the historical facts that brought his family to England. Below is highlight of Lindo discussion his Jamaican roots.
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