Friday, August 31, 2007

African American Fine Art Show Chicago

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African American Fine Art Show Chicago Debuts in Historic Bronzeville:
Parkway Ballroom Serves as Showcase for Major Art Exhibition Sept. 28-30, 2007

(Chicago, IL) Aug. 27, 2007 – Art Speaks to the Heart is the theme for the African American Fine Art Show Chicago (AAFASC), a dynamic new showcase featuring African American and African-inspired collectable fine art. This world-class event will bring together artists, galleries and art dealers under one roof for a weekend of art exhibitions, lectures and workshop demonstrations. The debut takes place in historic Bronzeville – the Mecca for African American cultural exhibition in Chicago – from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2007 at the Parkway Ballroom located at 4455 S. ML King Drive. Public exhibition hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday.

“This event presents a unique opportunity for art lovers, supporters, collectors or the ‘art curious’ to meet and talk to these gifted artists. They are very approachable and genuinely interested in informing the public about their techniques, influences and inspirations,” said John A. Martin, show organizer. Martin, an art consultant and event manager, is president of the Chicago-based JP Martin Group.

Artists, gallery owners and art dealers will display original works of art, including oil and acrylic paintings, collages, sculptures, photography and fine art prints on paper, all of which will be available for purchase. In addition, attendees are invited to participate in lectures and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. AAFASC is an event for the entire family that examines the beauty of visual arts through the African American lens.

To kick-off the festivities, Inner-City Underwriting Agency will sponsor a Private Preview Reception on Friday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 pm for sponsors, participating artists, gallery owners, media and other special guests. This reception will provide an opportunity for all of the participating exhibitors to meet and mingle prior to the public opening.

Art consultant Madeline Murphy Rabb, president of Murphy Rabb Inc., will present a lecture titled “Defining Fine Art as It Relates to the African Diaspora” on Saturday from
1:00 – 2:30 pm. Murphy Rabb has served as a consultant to curators, business owners, individual collectors, architects, interior designers and real estate developers. A partial list
of her clients includes Ariel Capital Management, Northern Trust Chicago South Financial Center, UBM Construction Management, Shore Bank, Evanston Hospitals and University of Chicago Department of History.


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Thomas Lucas – master printmaker, artist and director of printmaking for the Lillstreet Art Center/Hummingbird Press – will demonstrate and talk on “Printmaking Process as an Art Form” from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Sunday. Under Lucas’ direction, Hummingbird Press works to collaborate with artists to create unique limited edition, hand-painted works on paper. Most recently, Lucas has collaborated with artists and collectors Al Tyler, Kerry James Marshall, Bernard Williams, Preston Jackson and Richard Hunt.

African American Fine Art Show Chicago is primed to be one of the largest fine art shows in the Midwest. Featuring the works of master, mid-career and emerging artists with local, national and international followings, AAFASC is bringing together a unique blend of creative talent to satisfy Chicago’s growing appetite for viewing, collecting and discussing African American fine art.

Admission to the African American Fine Art Show Chicago is $8.00 per day or attendees can purchase a money-saving weekend pass for $12. Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Bronzeville-based Southside Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the country. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 773-531-4313 or visit the website at

Thursday, August 30, 2007

E: I Hope You Get Answers...


Thanks so much for your response. I think I'll leave this up to the guys. I really want the ladies to actually listen and hear what you guys have to say. To my older more experienced brothers, please help E out. Ladies… Simply Listen…….


Anonymous: They Like You...

E has left a new comment on your post "I Absolutely Love Your Response Anonymous.....":

To Anonymous, I love the comment about ask and you shall receive. I am a single male and will be turning 40 this November, still not married and no children. You mention seek and you shall find, and trust in God, as a male I do all these things, but sometimes I get the impression that most Black women are very cautious and often picky when it comes to giving a Black male a chance. I Look at myself and say I have all the qualities of a good Black male, but when I see my sistas with a man they appear to be totally opposite of what they are saying they want and need;I often make judgments and say how can a sista that great be with a loser? I am not sure if Black women are looking for a Christian man, and a good provider or is it a type of style of a man in other words his character. (Example, thug versus no thug)
I often get the Impression that most Black women standards are just too high in what they are looking for in a black male. I am sure that many single Black women right now either work or have contact with a Good Black man, but just don’t pay him any attention.

LOL, to all please share your thoughts and give advice.

Reason, Season or Lifetime

Thanks Arlene:

I pray that you will always be one of my many sister/friends on my front porch chuckling in the rocking chair..... I've read this before. Very nice.... I know who you're referring to.. You get it!!!!! Love ya....

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,
whether you were a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

GUARDIAN ANGEL ---------------

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


The only thing that has bothered me is my face the adult acne at one point it
was crazy but it seems to be under control now.
I feel fairly good about my body, my mid section is not the best or like it use
to be but its ok. I am very comfortable in my body
and I like it. I like my skin and thats important we should know all about our
selves from head to toe and love our bodies from head
to toe no matter what the problem is or isn't. Now as you know I kickbox and
that has helped me to stay somewhat youthful and mentally
stable. The body changes every five tears gravity has its way more and more as
we get older, I think exercise is so important in prolonging
gravity from being cruel :-) Water, proper rest no drinking well not heavily and
no smoking lots of praying/spirituality fruits and vegetables oh and of
course some good loving and you can be alright...I read where some one mention
the menstrual thing yes god wanted us to have a period he made us
to reproduce and having a menstrual is part of the reproduction thing. I see a
commercial about birth control and its saying that you may have 4 periods
a year, I was like uh no thats not good we are suppose to have a period atleast
once a month, I know it sounds good not having one, but its just and scary
to go against god's nature and the older I get the more I understand that..So
thats my 2 cents...

Cheech On Aging.........

One of the things I’ve noticed is this keen awareness, for that which surrounds our lives…. (God, Life, Family, & Friends) What amazing gifts given to us by God---- Those gifts that, we too often take for granted. I’m experiencing as I age, this overwhelming sense of gratitude, for the LOVE that encompasses my life. I can't help thinking about how ungrateful and foolish we are in our youth…… As I age, I'm realizing how incredibly blessed and favored we all are…. I have become extremely grateful and humble as I approach middle age….. Also- Ms. Wendy, thank you for sharing something so personal as WE go through this trying, yet amazing time……….. We are truly, truly blessed……. Aren’t we…

Thanks everyone for sharing......


Ms. Wendy.....

What I am coming to learn about my body as I age is that I don't really know much about it. When purchasing a car or even a suit, I do more research - am more nosey than i am about my body.

It is as if I'm still expecting my mom to tell me what's going on.

I also think that I am disconnected from my body, particularily as a woman. I often feel embarassed by, ashamed of my body or others reaction to it. I'm not always graceful about how I cope.

And I have learned a lot. I have learned to honor the sacredness of my body. I honor the phases of being a woman.

I am learning that my period is not a curse or something thing to hate (it's part of God's beautiful design why would I disparage that gift). It is a time that many ancient cultures valued. They understood the power of women in this more contemplative time. This is a dreamy time. Who is more sleepy before or during? This is a time to slow down and be.

The most substantial, vulnerable element that I have to offer is represented by my choice to have when, how and with whom. As I approach menopause (I'm 43) and as I read what women describe here and other places I'm trusting in the wisdom of becoming a crone - a wise woman. I know that as my focus shifts from being a woman who was focused on my immediate family (I'm single and childless) to a bigger family (the world)I need different energy. I find that I am more pissed off and willing to use my anger to risk making things different. This is the beauty, for me, of being a wise woman who is not worried about tampons, cramps, dreaming, etc., but who is focused on being mortal and willing to be a bitch for excellence to leave a better world for my children - all children.

As for my breasts, they are symbols of nourishment and pleasure. They are designed to nourish other but for those who have breast fed you know that you cannot give nourishment unless you are first nourished. What a great metaphor for a woman's life. Now as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer a month ago, breasts and health now has a different focus.

So I go back to learning about, creating my own owners manual. Which means learning with is known and what alternative medical folks say about health.

Several lessons have be reignited.
1) My health and my illness are gifts from God designed to help me learn, grow, and teach (thanks Patrice for the forum).
2) I have been training for this battle for health which really is multidimensional - spirit, emotion, physical> For 10 years and as the leader of a women's leadership group, SOFIA (Society of Femininity in Action a program of the Wright Leadership Institute) that thoughtfully discusses what it means to me a woman in the world means I have more knowledge and support than most.
3) My autoimmune system is key to health - what I eat (Read Skinny Bitch an irreverent guide to changing your eating habits and the research to back it up)is critical. Visit Karyn's Raw and Cooked if you live in Chicago to taste great satisfying food that excludes meat (a sister eating raw for 30 years).
4)Changing my mind. What I think is what is so. I will be healthier one year from today than I am today and it has nothing to do with the cancer.
5)Saying what's on my mind is another key. Having support a coach a therapist with whom to be real and express fully every feeling on the rollercoaster.
6)Being a channel for God - being open to what I need to learn, to heal what I need to heal with the Mother, Father, Spirit God who gifted me with this new path so that I could more fully bring heaven to earth through my unique perspective.

If you want to learn more about Feminine Power, let me know. We're offering Saturday seminar on the topic in Chicago lead by my mentor, Judith Wright and supported by SOFIA.

Loving my body and more, Wendy

August 29, 2007 7:01 AM

TLW : On The Male Body

I have experienced the body change in a weird way. I had a dream that I was playing softball and couldn't hit the ball. The next day I actually went to a cookout and I will be damned, couldn't hit the ball nor catch it. My timing was waay off. Mind you I was one of the best softball players back in the day. I am 57 and had not played in over 10 years. It made me realize that I need to do more exercising than just Steppin' and dipping my partner. It's a wake up to get on the case and get this body half way back to what it was.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Brothers ...C'mon, Let's hear From You

Guys... just post anonymously....


Cora on Menopause:

I had gone through menopause, and had to take a hormone replacement. When I went on the hormones, I experienced excessive bleeding. So ladies if you can avoid hormone replacements.


Earlene & Georgia on Pre Menopause

Earlene: (Mood Swings) One of the things I experienced was severe mood swings. I paid very close attention to my body and understood that it was menopause. Also, you experience severe vaginal dryness, resulting in not wanting to have sex. For vaginal dryness I used K-Y gel. You, for a short period loose the desire for sex, so the best thing is to pay very close attention to your body, work out, and change diet. The most important thing is to really watch what you eat.

Georgia: (Night sweats and chills) I experienced, mood swings and night sweats. My desire for sex for a short period went away. Diet, & exercises aided in making the hot flashes and mood swings better...

Anonymous says...

Well, after approaching my mid thirties, I've come to realize that before my 'evil twin' comes to visit, my ph level is off balance. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. I don't want to be outside in the sun or around anybody in the gym. I'd rather be in the shower all day scrubbing myself down. lol. I know when I get in my forties that something else is going to go haywire. That's just the way it goes. :(

August 28, 2007 9:32 AM

What Happens To Our Bodies As We Approach Middle Age?

Most of you are between the ages of what 37-60?? In February- I will be turning 46. I know scary….. What has been occurring with me and my sister/friends is that, we’re calling one another and asking the famous question “What is going on with my body?” The typical answer is….”you’re getting old.” Clearly lifestyle and diet are major players in the aging process, however, there are several things going on that Momma just didn’t tell us about. For example: Anita you and I experienced adult acne last year; so the skin changing, hair thinning, body chemistry changing, dryness in the vaginal area (I don’t have that problem) chuckle…. All examples of what is to come and what we are experiencing. So these questions are posed to the brothers as well. I’m certain you guys are changing too.

What are some of the changes you’ve seen in your bodies as you approach 40-60?
What are you doing about it?
How are you changing your lifestyle to better improve the quality of your life?

There is a box if you want to remain anonymous, but please share.



Friday, August 17, 2007


My response is somewhat delayed, but if I offended Anonymous or any other Black man, I apologize profusely. MEA CULPA!!!


Thursday, August 16, 2007





CHEECH.....sorry guys...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Anonymous, Please Expand or Elaborate On Leatha's Question.

Leatha my dear, only Anonymous can explain his dislike in using the term"endangered species". I absolutely loved his response. That facts are what they are. Our race as a whole is becoming endangered....... Without the black male,where does that leave us?????
What anonymous stated otherwise, was sooooooooooo.... on point.


I wonder why the anonymous individual resented me using the term "endangered species" which is exactly what the Black male is? This is precisely why some Black women are reluctantly making the choice to seek mates elsewhere. Does he realize that over 40% of all Black females will never ever marry, not by choice, but simply the limited amount of available men? A significant number of Black males are either in jail, on drugs, jobless, involved in corner pharmaceuticals, and even though often killed by the police, most likely the culprit is a Black male.

None of the above categories can be evaluated as eligible. I hope he realizes these facts.

Have a good evening!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Deylan Darling, Can I Make A Request? Take Out The Profanity.. I'm Proud of You!

Hi Everyone:

Deylan aka YoungPhool would like to request your support. Please click on "jumpoff" link below and vote for he and his partner to represent Houston division in freestyle. Please excuse some of profanity but what the heck, it is rap! So vote ASAP, please! You will have to join membership which is free and only entails giving your email to get a password. Also, forward to everyone you know!

Remember: We all need support when we are at the ground level, not after we have made it to the top!

God Bless Each of You and Again Thanks for Your Support,


please visit my myspace at and check out my freestyle battles and vote for me at on monday aug13-17, thank u

I Absolutely Love Your Response Anonymous.....

Below, Anonymous responds to "For the Brothers, Help Us to Understand"... Awesome!!!!! WHO ARE YOU?????? Chuckle... Thanks,Cheech.......

Anonymous left a comment : "For the Brothers.....Help Us to ( Understand....)...": First let me say I resent the fact that the black man is being refered to as an endangered species. There are millions of strong, intellegent black men available and praying for a good black woman. Love comes from GOD. The bible says ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be open. We all make the mistake of placing things or people before christ. The truth is once our vertical line is straight the blessings will come down. I believe you are on the right track by listening. We have to listen to each other and accept one another for who we are. I encourage my sistahs to hold on to GOD's unchanging hand and he will deliver.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I Admire a Sistah Who Would Rather Hold Out For One of Those Endangered Species Male


I have a friend who preferred a brotha. The one she was with for ten (10) years chose to abandon her for a lighter complexioned female (Creole) from Louisiana whom he married after only a few months, and bought a house in Beverly with all the amenities. However, I admire a sistah who would rather hold out for one of those endangered species males. Frankly, a significant segment of the eligible ones (relatively educated, decent employment, nice appearance, etc.) are opting to marry anything but a sistah. Personally, and this is my recent approach to our dilemma, I think any male that is of color (which definitely disqualifies white males) would be suitable for a Black woman if she is tired to holding out. Of course he would have to come with ethnically sensitive credentials. Furthermore, this would also disqualify some of the brothas who have a mentality that also nullifies their suitability as well, and specifically the reason why they are not marrying those of the same phenotype.

Tired of holding out, the friend mentioned above opted to marry a Mayan from Belize. (She is originally from Trinidad.) Last but not least, one from her husband's inner circle, formerly presumed her friend as well, mistakenly questioned an associate/friend of her husband as to why he chose someone so dark for a wife. This individual is BLACK!!

Good day and good luck!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

So What Are Your Thoughts About Sisters Going White? Below are some comments:

Mia Pia writes:
Uh there's no comparison, I don't care how many issues our brothers have im not
crossing over, love me some brothers with their messed up selves..
Hey Cheech & Tommie....LOL!!!
> I'm not doing it! I want someone who looks like my father. I also trust
that, when I'm ready, God will send that person. " LIFE " HAS TAUGHT ME TO
> CHEECH.....

> It is my opinion that a person should date whomever they wish. I do not have the time to pick and choose for others. Now, what I dislike is a person who insults the black race by saying that there are no good black men or black women.

> TLW: So what are your thoughts about Sisters going white? I agree and definitely THERES NO ONE LIKE A SCRUMPTUOUS SISTER!!! Glad we agree.

Actually those "yummy dark brothers" are disappearing. See below. I'd rather go white than have "a confused black man"

Lorretta: Aka-London..

Posted Jul 17th 2007 2:01PM by TMZ Staff Duane Martin Comes Out: Ends Eleven-Year Marriage With Tisha CampbellDuane Martin and Tisha Campbell thought their love was a match made inheaven. By Hollywood 's standards, it was. Married August 17, 1996, thecouple transcended the norm for celebrity marriages, most lasting on average about three years. But not theirs. Their nuptials are coming toan end.The 37-year-old Martin announced to his wife a love affair with anothermale actor. This news devastated Tisha, 38. "It was the biggest shock of my life," Campbell says. "I've heard women say they didn't know theirman was gay or bi and I wondered how they didn't know. But I reallydidn't have a clue." Tisha expressed outrage but she was no saint either. She also had previously acknowledged engaging in an alternativelifestyle during their marriage. The couple has a six year old son, Zen.

For the Brothers.....Help Us to ( Understand....)

How do we love you? Help us understand your struggle, your pain. How do we help you heal? Help us to listen..... As a black woman, I honestly don't know.. So- I'm puttting it out there... I'm listening....

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Could new Mr. Right be white?

Could new Mr. Right be white?
RACE Frustrated by lack of marriageable men, more black women are 'dating out'
August 6, 2007
BY DIONNE WALKER RICHMOND, Va. -- For years, Toinetta Jones played the dating game by her mom's strict rule.
"Mom always told me, 'Don't you ever bring a white man home,' '' Jones recalled.
But at 37, the Alexandria divorcee has shifted to dating "anyone who asks," regardless of race.
''I don't sit around dreaming about the perfect black man I'm going to marry," Jones said.
Black women nationwide also are reconsidering deep reservations about interracial relationships.
They're taking cues from stars like actress Shar Jackson and tennis pro Venus Williams, as well as blogs, how-to books and novels telling them it's OK to "date out."
It comes as statistics suggest black women are among the least likely to marry.
"I'm not saying that white men are the answer to all our problems," Jones said. "I'm just saying that they offer a different solution."
She reflects many black women frustrated by the field of marriageable black men: Black men are nearly seven times more likely to be incarcerated than white men and more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
Census data showed 117,000 black wife-white husband couples in 2006, up from 95,000 in 2000.
Last year's movie "Something New" centered on an affluent black woman who falls for her white landscaper, a situation not unlikely as black women scale the corporate ladder, said Evia Moore, whose interracial marriage blog draws 1,000 visitors a day.
It features articles like ''Could Mr. Right Be White?'' and pictures of couples like white chef Wolfgang Puck and his new Ethiopian wife.
''Black women are refusing to comply with that message about just find yourself a good blue-collar man with a job, or just find a black man,'' Moore said.
She pointed to low rates of black men in college, a place where women of all races often meet their spouses.
Black women on campus largely are surrounded by non-black men: In 2004, 26.5 percent of black males ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college vs. 36.5 percent of black women that age, the American Council on Education's most recent statistics show.
Even after college, Roslyn Holcomb struggled to meet professional black men.
"I wanted to get married [and] have children," she said. "If I was only meeting one guy a year, or every few years, that wasn't going to happen."
The Alabama author eventually married a white man.
Kellina Craig-Henderson, a Howard University psychology professor, said modern black women agonize over breaking male-female bonds forged in slavery and strengthened through the Jim Crow era.
''It may be even more of an issue for educated black women who have a sense of the historical realities of this country, where black women often were abused at the hands of white men,'' Craig-Henderson said.
But some black women are complaining many successful black men are choosing blonds.
"They don't want a dark chocolate sister laying around their swimming pool," Moore said.
Back men are voicing their own frustrations with women they feel regard them with suspicion. "They treat us all the same," said W. Randy Short, a Washington writer. "The rapist on the TV is the same as me."

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