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TOP NEWS: Hire Chicago 2021 Event: The newly formed Hire Chicago is a five-week experience for Chicagoans who are looking for employment today and tomorrow, including a new career. Each week focuses on one of Chicago’s five high-demand, high-growth industries. We are in the fourth week, and this week of 8/23 will focus on the Healthcare industry. The event includes free skills training programs, job prep programs, and interviews with hiring employers to help you find the career you want. Learn more and register at – Content Curated By Brown Farmer Media Group



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C. Dwayne West


Finding Your Maturity

I was having what started off as a great conversation a few days ago with a very smart and fearless dude. In most cases, I would only answer his call when I have absolutely nothing going on, and hearing his immediate dilemma would be entertaining. I was actually busy when his call came through, but since I had not heard from this dude in a while, I decided to swipe my cell and allow him into my brain.

Again, it started off on the right note until I objected to something that I’ve heard him scream dozens of times before over the last ten years. It was about the plight of Black folks and how we have to do, etc… I agreed with him on every word, as I have in the past. But for me, after ten years of debating with someone without collective results can be terribly exhausting. And this conversation, like so many others we’ve had, became tiresome. I wished I had never answered.

Now, I love to hear his theories because I also have my own prophetic thoughts. But it can’t be the exact same delivery presented in the same way as years past. The constant aggression on what he highlights is valid, though. His actions of the past and the present are real, but they’re his actions and theories. I expressed to him that he needs a more mature approach to his disbursement of theories, at least towards me. I’ve heard this script before. As stated, I feel basically the same way, but I have a more mature approach to how I deal with recurring issues. He was not hearing me, as usual!




It was nothing new because he seems to never hear anyone else but himself. I told him that many times before over the years whenever I’ve chosen to engage him. And I repeated my sentiments. Because, as I stated to him, we’re saying the same damn thing! But because I’ve changed my deliverable tune, and his volume has stayed consistent over the last ten years, he refuses to hear me when I kept saying that ‘I agree with you, homie!’

Again, he’s a very smart and knowledgable dude about his areas of concern. No one can deny that. I also stated to him that his way has worked for him and that’s great. Just as my way has been very fulfilling and rewarding for me–also great! What’s not great is the fact that you continue to come at me the same way even after we both have progressed in our collective spaces. Therefore, your approach to me, after all these years, should be slightly different. No need to scream. No need to preach to the choir. And most definitely, no need to express that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Which he fails to realize is the same thing he’s saying. But he’s still too loud to hear my Works of Words.

What has always been understood, by me, at least, is that we’ve always felt the same way, and have tried in our respected spaces, to help change conditions that we see affecting our community. But his immaturity made it hard for us to connect ten years ago. And under these same conditions, I don’t see how we can engage for progress, ten years later. I hope that he finally heard me! Until the next edition… I Write to Differ

Seek the TRUTH, Know the TRUTH, Speak the TRUTH!

(Carl D. West is the CEO/Publisher of MG Media and managing editor of TBTNews, a daily digital media platform. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI). Carl is the founder of the Leadership Initiative, an organization that trains young Black boys ages 14 – 18 to focus on Leadership, Critical Thinking & Entrepreneurial Skills)

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ComEd STEM Program Awards Nearly $2M in Scholarship Funds Since its Launch: ComEd was excited to once again be a major sponsor at this year’s 92nd annual Bud Billiken Parade held in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. As part of this sponsorship, ComEd contributed to the Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken Scholarship Fund in which local STEM student and ComEd ScholarNya Latham, was recognized as this year’s recipient.

This fall, Nya Latham will be attending Agnes Scott College to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As a ComEd Scholar, Nya represents many of the diverse students and communities around Chicago who are curious, passionate, and committed to learning and giving back to their communities. ComEd is proud about its ongoing partnership with local universities and its commitment to uplift students with an interest and passion for the STEM fields.

By providing support to these students through mentorship and financial support, ComEd hopes that they will continue to pursue their passions and pay it forward to their communities in the future. Interested in learning more about ComEd Scholars, contact Angelica Ramirez, Flowers Communications Group at 312.874.0670 or Angelica Ramirez or – Content Curated By MG Media

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State Fire Marshal’s Grant Program

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced the application period is open for the Small Equipment Grant Program. All interested departments should send an application to OSFM no later than October 22. OSFM will award $2.5 million to eligible fire departments and ambulance services during this application period.

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state in June. “Many fire departments are facing budget cuts while their operating costs continue to increase,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. This program is an innovative approach to a problem that has long caused difficulties for the fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services in Illinois.

For more details or to get information on how to receive application, contact JC Fultz at Submit completed applications to: State Fire Marshal Small Equipment Grant Program, 1035 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. – Content Curated By MG Media

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The Women’s Tennis Association Presents Chicago Tennis Festival: Professional tennis will return to Chicago with the Chicago Tennis Festival, which consists of three Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments scheduled at XS Tennis Village, located at 54th and State Streets on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago Tennis Festival will bring a unique atmosphere to high-level professional tennis.

It is the first professional tournament promoted by an African-American, Kamau Murray, founder of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, who formerly coached U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens and Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig. The festival will also have the first African-American female tournament director, former top-level pro player Zina Garrison, in more than 25 years. A WTA 125 and two WTA 250 International events are planned for August and September during key weeks on the women’s tour.

The WTA 125 event will run from Aug. 23-28, the week before the U.S. Open. Another WTA 250 International event will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 3, the week before the BNP Paribas Open/Indian Wells tournament. XS Tennis, a sprawling athletic complex over 13 acres, boasts 15 outdoor courts and 12 indoor courts, and a fitness center and classrooms, is located in a primarily low-income area of Chicago, which also adds to the festival’s uniqueness. The tournament will use 3 stadium courts, 4 practice courts for the players, seating for 2,000 spectators, and a food court. Ticket available.

The festival kicked off with a college tennis recruiting combine for minority students to connect with tennis coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “A major part of our mission is providing children from our urban communities a chance to learn tennis, grow personally and athletically, and to expose them to opportunities they might not otherwise have access to,” Murray said. “Further, the festival will draw on its pool of local youngsters to serve as ball kids for the tournaments and allow them to see professional tennis up close”, he said.

Proceeds from the festival will help fund the XS Tennis and Education Foundation and a larger mission to provide Chicago’s youth with a positive pathway to college through community-based tennis and academic enrichment program. For tickets, visit or contact Vanessa Abron at or 312.480.9050. – Content Curated By MG Media

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V103’s Bionce Foxx

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Merry Green, Expo Creator Speaks

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In Lanette Warbington’s World: Illinois and Chicago Socialite Lanette Warbington attended one of her many events. She recently hung out at the Black Women’s Expo. It was an amazing day of excitement as men and women, young and old by the thousands-and some accompanied by their families, walked the hall of the McCormick Place supporting vendors, eating and listening to dozens of speakers. There were a handful of elected officials participating in this incredible event to salute women of color. Lanette also enjoyed some community time in the hood with elected officials celebrating their areas of service. Photos provided by Lil Diva. – Content Curated By MG Media

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Lanette and After 7 at Expo

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Ald. Brookins & Harihson

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State Rep Will Davis

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Brenda Battle


UChicago COVID Updates

COVID-19 is changing how we live and work in Chicago, across the nation, and around the globe. At UChicago Medicine and the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), know we are coordinating closely with public health officials, community partners, city, state, and federal leaders to best prepare to take care of our community. In this week’s message you will find:

▪ FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
▪ Cook County Mandates Indoor Mask Policy
▪ What Do We Know About SARS-CoV-2 Variants?
▪ Chicago’s Travel Advisory
▪ Booster Shots and Third Doses of COVID Vaccine
▪ Back to School Vaccinations at Comer Children’s Hospital
▪ Community Programs Accelerator Grant
▪ Upcoming Events

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