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Let’s Play Ball

By Marcus Robinson 

Thursday April 5 2018, on a very cold and snowy afternoon, fans packed south side Guaranteed Rate Field to see the Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers.

Thursday’s game opening ceremony started with the players being paraded onto the field in cars followed by singing of the National Anthem.  During the ceremony the Chicago White Sox’s honored fallen CPD Commander Paul Bauer for his service and bravery.

                      

The game got off to a great start. The White Sox had the lead for a while but Detroit Tigers tied the game and they would end with the win. The White Sox lost by two points.  Final score Detroit Tigers 9 Chicago White Sox 7.

On Saturday the White Sox played the Tigers again.  Another defeat, final score Tigers 9 White Sox 1.  Sunday, 3rd game of the series was a losing sweep for the Chicago team; final score Tigers 1 White Sox 0. 

       

Next meeting is scheduled for 5.25 and 5.26 in Detroit and we’re looking for a more favorable outcome.

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Rest In Peace Uncle Billy

Marcus Robinson, Photojournalist for CCNM

Billy Robinson aka Willie Robinson was the only uncle that I knew. He never talk down to me and I really appreciated that. One of my funniest memories of him was when I was a young boy visiting my Grandmothers house and Billy took me and my only sister for a ride in the country. He had a red convertible car and he drove like the Dukes of Hazard. I remember when he took me and my sister to the store and bought us ice cream and gave us money. As I got older, Billy came to stay at my house with my mom and aunt. He was going through some changes but noticed that I was in a hidden state of depression. He told me a little about some of his experiences as an only child, having no brothers or sisters to remember any experiences about the racially divided Mississippi.

Sister Ethel and Uncle Billy

Uncle Billy helped me hold up my head and carry on. I remember laughing with him that day and the bond we developed as a result of the time we spent together. Our bond was never broken and the only thing I truly regret is that I didn’t really visit him while he was in the nursing home. I can’t seem to find a photo of just me and him on it. Billy is free now he made his transition on last week a few days before the thanksgiving holiday. he was mother Ethel Lee Robinson baby brother bother are the babies it’s strange how I felt that day when I was awaken to the sad news of Uncle Billy Passing. times have truly changed. well Uncle you are free from your mental pain and physical pain as well rest in peace and may God have mercy on your soul.

Majostee All Stars Brings Hope To A Failing Community

 

by Marcus Robinson

In a forgotten area of the city, the Auburn and Gresham neighborhood, there’s a major transformation taking place. 

On Tuesday afternoon Famed Chicago Activist Ja’Mal D. Green unveiled the ‘Majostee All Stars’ Youth Center. Myself  along with other members of the media, were invited out and given a personal tour just before this big announcement.

The Majostee All Stars youth center will be housed in what was once an old bank, and recently a church. Just like the community itself this old forgotten building built back in 1940, 77 years ago, located at 7919 S. Ashland, Chicago, will get another opportunity to service the community and will give at risk Youth a second chance too.

Ja’Ma,l who is only 21, had been talking about this idea for a long time. It was his dream. He has pulled it off along with the help of many people from the community and with the higher ranks of the city.  From Father Michael Pfleger , David Doiq, neighborhood initiates, Alderman Howard Brookins  and many more who were all on hand to announce to the community and entire city ‘a new youth center has arrived’ with a promise to educate and prepare the underserved youth of this forgotten neighborhood. There is a bright future. This won’t just be any youth center but a valuable resource to the community.

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Looking Black On Today In 1886, Mathew A. Cherry Received Patent For The Tricycle

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By Blackthen

M. A. Cherry was a African American Inventor who created several devices for the transportation industry, including the velocipede, the tricycle and the street car fender. The velocipede consisted of a metal seat frame upon which were attached two or three wheels which allowed someone sitting on the seat to …read more

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Said To Have ” A Sharp Eye And Excellent Discovery”, Mary Edmonia Lewis Was The First 19th Century Black Sculptor To Receive International Recognition

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BALTIMORE, MD.- The Walters Art Museum announces the discovery of a previously unknown photograph of Mary Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907), the first 19th-century African American sculptor to receive international recognition. Prior to this discovery, there existed only seven known photographs of Lewis, all taken at the same sitting in Chicago around …read more

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William “Bill” Pickett, The Legendary Cowboy Who Invented Steer Wrestling.

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William (Will, Bill) Pickett was a legendary cowboy from Taylor, Texas of black and Indian descent. He was born December 5, 1870, at the Jenks-Branch community on the Travis County line. He died April 2, 1932, near Ponca City, Oklahoma. From 1905 to 1931, the Miller brothers’ 101 Ranch Wild …read more

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Did You Know That “The Queen Of Soul” Was The First Woman To Be Inducted Into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

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Aretha Franklin is the “Queen of Soul” and the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is a singer of great passion and control whose finest recordings define the term soul music in all its deep, expressive glory. It took Aretha awhile to find that …read more

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This Man Went From Homeless On Skid Row To College Grad [VIDEO]

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By Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor



Kenneth Chancey is a 23-year-old college graduate who was once homeless on Skid Row. Chancey graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in political science.

“I climbed here bare-handed,” Chancey told ABC News. “And yes it was harder than most people who are …read more

Source: Chicago Defender

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