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  • Chicago Voice Exchange

    February 2010 Issue Two

    In this Issue

    Remember the Times - Black History Month Tribute Chicago Entertainers

  • Haiti When I heard the news about the earthquake in Haiti, I had no idea the impact it had left behind. In fact, when I heard the news, I really didnt know just many lives were lost. When I watched the specials on television, I immediately thanked God, as this could have been me, you and others who were very

    critical to the people who reside in Haiti.

    To see the bodies on the ground, Port au Prince appearance is one of somber

    and pain. It looked like Hell on earth. Many who survived, suffered severe trauma that death is near. To hear about the surgeries being performed on humans without any type of anesthesia was heart-breaking. To hear the

    different types of injuries sustained by children and infants was when my break down moment occurred. I watched a doctor check out a, what appeared

    to be, newborn baby. My tears flowed and my heart ached as he wrapped the gauge around her head, kissed his finger and softly touched her head. It was a miracle that she only had minor injuries.

    How about the mothers and fathers, carrying their children and babies, frantically searching for medical attention, trying to keep their babies alive without even knowing that those children and babies had already perished.

    The worse news I had heard was when musician and Haiti Native, Wyclef, raised money for his hometown, skeptics begin to investigate. Why? Why now? I personally feel that was an attack on him because apparently he had

    raised millions of dollars, more than any other organization. I would prefer my contributions to go to his organization for the simple fact that he is a Haiti

    Native and I know in my heart that this man would not do this to his hometown. He doesnt have to. He started his organization and involvement years before we even knew an earthquake was coming. My heart goes out to

    Wyclef and the city Port au Prince, Haiti. I pray that they can get control over the city so that those who are in great need for medical attention, food and water may get the supplies they need to survive.

    Despite of everything, some survivors are still praising God.

    Theyre singing songs of hope and joy.

    I pray God watch over those who are survivors of this horrific earthquake.

  • Chicago's Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert

    You've seen the images of the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

    Devastation is throughout the land. Millions are injured, suffering and


    You ask yourself, "How can I come to the aid of the people of Haiti

    during this historically disastrous time of crisis."

    To assist in the relief effort join Salem Baptist Church of Chicago

    (Pastor James T. Meeks), Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

    (Rev. Charles Jenkins), Inspiration 1390 AM, and the Chicagoland

    Gospel Community for Chicago's Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert.

    This event will raise donations for the victims of the earthquake in


    All donations are 2009 tax deductible.

    Featured premiere gospel artists: Donald Lawrence, Byron Cage,

    Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, John P. Kee, Vanessa Bell

    Armstrong, DeAndre Patterson, New Direction, Joshua's Troop and

    many others.

    Special guest hosts: BET's Dr. Bobby Jones, Inspiration 1390 AM,

    on-air personalities, John Hannah and Angela Martin.

    Free Admission - Open to the Public.

    Monday February 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

    House of Hope

    752 E. 114th St.

    Chicago IL. 60628.

  • Celebrate Black History Month

    What are you planning to do to celebrate the month that has been set aside for Black History? In this issue, well share a load of events taking place in the Chicago area in honor of Black History Month. Be sure to check out the schedule of events and encourage you to take your children to learn about their heritage.

    Moments in Black History

    Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Gone With the Win in 1939.

    To watch her acceptance speech, visit the link

    The Tuskegee Airmen Watch the tribute

    To learn more about moments in Black History, take your child to the library and read about some of the greatest history. You may also browse the Internet to learn more.

  • Remember the Times? Tribute to The Jackson 5

    I never imagined Michael Jackson being one of the topics of Black History Month. I remember when I was only 3 years old, my oldest brother gathered all the children in the house in front of our floor model television set. He explained to us History is going to be made tonight. He was 18 years old and excited about what he was about to witness. We patiently waited for all the commercials to end just before the

    introduction of the Ed Sullivan Show.

    We didnt realize what was about to happen, but we trusted him. Suddenly, the show

    host introduced a group that was discovered by Diana Ross as The Jackson 5. Right then was when 5 young black boys and teens ran onto the stage. We couldnt believe it and immediately my brother turned up the sound. The young black boys turned out to be brothers who ages ranged from 9-years-old to 18. Two little boys danced between their big brothers. It was amazing because we had never seen anything like this before on television. I guess in my brothers eyes, in 18 years, neither did he.

    My sisters and cousins jumped up, screaming and dancing to the songs they were performing. The young brothers was energetic and delivered their number like we had never seen. They were young, fresh and timely in our era.

    For decades, I followed The Jackson 5, that later became The Jacksons and ended with the solo careers of Michael and Jermaine. When I was in high school, Michael Jackson released what would become the worlds best album ever Thriller. Then he made a television appearance on Motowns 25th Anniversary and made his mark. His rendition of the Moon Walk had people on their feet. Many classmates would walk through the halls sporting Thriller gear. From the leather or pleather jackets to the Jerri Curl hair style, many wanted to be like Mike.

    Despite of all the things Michael had to endure, I must say I was always a fan. I didnt just listen to his hit songs. I listened to the complete album. He was telling a story and many was inspirational. Some people missed it simply because the media painted such an ugly picture of this man who when he passed just last June 2009, was it announced that he was number 1 in donating to the most charities.

    I was and still a fan of the Jacksons. Although things didnt go the way some may have felt during their childhood, their family is human. There are many families who are going through similar issues. We just dont hear about them. I appreciate the music this family has added as a part of my childhood life. My siblings, cousins and I would dance and sing songs by the Jackson 5 at a very young age. Finally, when I watch This Is It, I felt as if I, too need to be the best at what I do.

    A little history on The Jackson 5 This group had the Top 5 songs on the charts when they first signed with Motown.

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