Misunderstood Artist

By Marcus L Robinson

Hello my name is Marcus L Robinson, and I am a Photographer. I take a lot of pictures of just about anything and everything that moves. I am a Black photographer, and sadly to say, I have notice that many people here in the City of Chicago don’t respect Black photographers unless you work for a major publication.Well I really work for me, and every since I have been doing this I have had some very interesting run-ins with my own Black People. I didn’t know just how unconscious some of our people are until I started doing photography.

One of the sadness reasons that many Blacks as a whole fail in life is because they are not creative enough. After loosing my job with the Chicago Park district back in 2005, I decided to take my hobby to another level. During my extra free time, I venture out into the local Parks on the south side and photograph the guys on the Basketball court. Many play with there shirts off, and sweat dripping from there bodies. I personally never thought much about their appearance being considered as child porn. However, others may not share my opinion.

I also decided to take these guys and have them do some modeling for me. My plan was to take images of them posing shirtless and create a serious of greeting cards all geared toward a female audience for humor. Well I never knew that my Black people and perhaps some Caucasian

people thought the concept of creating greeting cards from bear chest bodies was so stupid. What is child porn, and why don’t we do enough to properly educate people on it?

People need to be detoxified from what the news reports say about pornography, and educate themselves on what child porn and pedophilia really means. Sense I have been shooting these photos, I have been called Gay, A rapist, and most worst of all a pedophile. But I am neither of those descriptions. I have received messages that convey that I never shoot or place photos of females on my Facebook page. At the same time, I have received some positive messages as well.

The reason I wrote this article was to clarify who I am and why I take the photos that I take. I don’t see a problem with the work that I do, and because I do this work, I have not suddenly shifted my gender or sexual preference to being Gay or something worst. I am highlighting the skills these young men display on the basketball court. What’s wrong with that? Why are peoples perceptions so distorted? It’s funny how people watch the news and see how a Gay guy is caught taking photos of some kids in a locker room, or playground but then turn around and ignore the part about the teen who was caught selling drugs near a park or school, or someone else is condemned for kind of gun violence.

White men can photograph Black people all day long, and nobody says anything because he’s White, and what he does is okay. But when I take photos of these young Black boys, I am either the boogie man with a camera or gay.

Why is it that Blacks don’t want to pay Black photographers for what they are truly worth? Are we so creative that we don’t know art when we see it?  There is more to Black art than African art, and artist today have there own specialty.

It’s not that I am bent on just photographing boys or young men with their shirts off, I believe I have the right to speak my mind just as others speak their mind. I enjoy taking pictures of people, flowers and trees aren’t my thing. People make the world go around and with that said, a photo without a person in it is dead to me.

I can’t reveal all of the reason behind the pictures that I take, because others will steel my ideas and get rich off of them.

I often wonder what makes young men think and act so unconscious? Why must they show off his their bodies like they do? Are they trying to humor the ladies?

I also wonder why some people get so offended by their style. If everyone lived by today’s social standards, the world would have no perception of art.

Holler back at me, my email is , or . I want to know what you think about this issue and article, and I’d like to know why you feel the way you do?

Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding President Obama’s St

1.16.13 Statement on President’s Plan to Protect our Children

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 Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding President Obama’s Strong Action to Protect Our Children

 CHICAGO – January 16, 2013. After participating in a call with the White House, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and governors across the nation, Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s public safety plan:

“I stand with President Obama in calling on Congress to adopt strong policies that will reduce gun violence. We must act now to protect the children and people of America.

“The President’s action today is the first step of a comprehensive public safety plan that Congress must act upon. We all have a responsibility to ensure that military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines do not fall into the wrong hands.

“The American people should not have to go about their lives in fear of the kind of mass violence that can be inflicted by an assault weapon.

“The horrific tragedies that occurred in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut have cost our nation too many precious lives. While gun violence cannot be completely eliminated, we should not wait one more day to enact common sense measures that will save lives and help prevent these violent massacres.”


Martin Luther King Basketball Classic returns to South Suburban College

South Holland, IL – The South Suburban College Basketball Program will host a Martin Luther King Basketball Classic featuring area high school and college basketball action on Monday, January 21, 2013.

The schedule of games is as follows:

Woman’s Basketball

11:00 a.m. Curie High School vs. Thornwood High School

1:00 p.m. SSC Lady Bulldogs vs. Olive Harvey College

Men’s Basketball

3:00 p.m. South Shore High School vs. Thornridge High School

5:00 p.m. Number 5 ranked SSC Bulldogs vs. Olive Harvey College

All games will be held in the SSC Fitness Center at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors or students, and all SSC students and kids under age 12 are welcome to attend free of charge. For more information please call Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524 [3].


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Program Director CCNEWS MEDIA

Chicago Communicator Newspaper

Woman 2 Woman TV Show

Omnibus Roundtable TV Show

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Rising Stars In The Mist Of Chaos

By Marcus L Robinson


 January 16 2013 was a perfect day for a great game at Chicago State University, in the Emil Jones Convocation Center 9500 South King Drive. The parking lot was filled and that could only mean that the stands were filled as well.  Tickets sold for 10.00 per person, and people came from all over to see some of the greatest in the high school basketball league. Morgan Park high school verse Simeon Career Academy.

 Simeon is known for it’s basketball and as you basketball fans know, Simeon Gave us Derrick Rose who now plays for the Chicago Bulls. The crowd went wild, as their favorite teams took to the neatly glazed floor dressed neat and ready for battle.

Simeon number one player Jabari Parker, who many came to see, showed true leader ship on the court last night when a team mate almost got into a brawl with one of the Morgan Park High School Players. Jabari stepped in and quickly defused the situation. Simeon also has Kendrick Nunn # 20 guard who showed off his skills but my camera wasn’t fast enough to catch some of his talented plays.

 The whole team worked well together as a unit, and Morgan Park also showed that they weren’t no walk in the park team. It was a very close game. Morgan Park # 3 guard Kyle Davis held his ground against Kendrick Nunn. Sweat flowed as the tension built in the stands. You would have thought this was a NBA team going on as the teams played against one another.

 Jabari did a dunk and scored many shots that night, he also missed some as well. Morgan Park stayed in the game because Simeon was filing out. Jabari had 3 files on his own. That sent Morgan Park High School to the free throw line. Morgan Park High School had it’s high lights as well. But in the end, Simeon High School ran the clock down and won the game.

 The final score was Morgan Park High School 51 and Simeon High School 53. Just as the teams finished shaking hands, all hell broke loose. CPS Officials and Chicago State Officials quickly got a hand on it and cleared the floor. Unfortunately that wasn’t so outside the stadium, an argument broke out stemming from what took place inside, and some one pulled out a gun and opened fire.

An innocent teen was shot in the back and later died from his wounds leaving a mother asking why did this have to happen to her son? She went on to asked why wasn’t more done to protect the children from this mayhem. Hundreds of Chicago Police and State Police raced to the seen. People scattered from the university. Police stopped a Jeep that was believed to have been the vehicle that the shooter was in, they found a gun, and two people were taken into custody. No one was charged at that time.


Protect Seniors from Predatory Lending

Target: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sponsored by: Consumers Union

Reverse mortgages are home loans that enable homeowners who are 62 or older to obtain cash by borrowing against the equity in their home. What most people don’t realize is that these loans can rapidly deplete the home’s equity.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) could help protect these seniors by enforcing a system to protect borrowers from predatory lending.

Reverse mortgages may be appropriate for some seniors, but reverse mortgages should be considered as a last resort.

Many seniors actually end up financially unstable as a result of these mortgages. Almost 10% of all reverse mortgage loans are currently in default. More borrowers are taking loans at earlier ages, which means that after exhausting their home equity, they have no resources to fall back on.

Sign now to demand the CFPB create a system to protect vulnerable seniors from predatory lending.

Aaron Swartz Faced a More Severe Prison Term Than Killers, Slave Dealers and Bank Robbers

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Written by Ian Millhiser

On Friday, Internet pioneer and open information activist Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26. At the time of his death, Swartz was under indictment for logging into JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles, and rapidly downloading those articles with the intent to make them public. If Swartz had lived to be convicted of the charges against him, he faced 50 years or more in a federal prison.

To put these charges in perspective, here are ten examples of federal crimes that carry lesser prison sentences than Swartz’ alleged crime of downloading academic articles in an effort to make knowledge widely available to the public:

Manslaughter: Federal law provides that someone who kills another human being “[u]pon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion” faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if subject to federal jurisdiction. The lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of only six years.

Bank Robbery: A person who “by force and violence, or by intimidation” robs a bank faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. If the criminal “assaults any person, or puts in jeopardy the life of any person by the use of a dangerous weapon or device,” this sentence is upped to a maximum of 25 years.

Selling Child Pornography: The maximum prison sentence for a first-time offender who “knowingly sells or possesses with intent to sell” child pornography in interstate commerce is 20 years. Significantly, the only way to produce child porn is to sexually molest a child, which means that such a criminal is literally profiting off of child rape or sexual abuse.

Knowingly Spreading AIDS: A person who “after testing positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and receiving actual notice of that fact, knowingly donates or sells, or knowingly attempts to donate or sell, blood, semen, tissues, organs, or other bodily fluids for use by another, except as determined necessary for medical research or testing” faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Selling Slaves: Under federal law, a person who willfully sells another person “into any condition of involuntary servitude” faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, although the penalty can be much higher if the slaver’s actions involve kidnapping, sexual abuse or an attempt to kill.

Genocidal Eugenics: A person who “imposes measures intended to prevent births” within a particular racial, ethnic or religious group or who “subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part” faces a maximum prison term of 20 years, provided their actions did not result in a death.

Helping al-Qaeda Develop A Nuclear Weapon: A person who “willfully participates in or knowingly provides material support or resources . . . to a nuclear weapons program or other weapons of mass destruction program of a foreign terrorist power, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be imprisoned for not more than 20 years.”

Violence At International Airports: Someone who uses a weapon to “perform[] an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that causes or is likely to cause serious bodily injury” faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years if their actions do not result in a death.

Threatening The President: A person who threatens to kill the President, the President-elect, the Vice President or the Vice President-elect faces a maximum prison term of 5 years.

Assaulting A Supreme Court Justice: Assaults against very senior government officials, including Members of Congress, cabinet secretaries or Supreme Court justices are punished by a maximum prison sentence of just one year. If the assault “involved the use of a dangerous weapon, or personal injury results,” the maximum prison term is 10 years.

It should be noted that Swartz faced such a stiff sentence because prosecutors charged him with multiple federal crimes arising out of his efforts to download and distribute academic papers. Similarly, a person who robbed a bank, sold a slave, and then rounded out their day by breaking Justice Scalia’s nose would also risk spending the next 50 years in prison, just like Aaron Swartz did.

Indeed, if Swartz’s story reveals anything, it is the power of prosecutors to pressure defendants into plea bargains by stringing multiple criminal charges together and threatening outlandish prison sentences. Whatever one thinks of Swartz’s actions, which were likely illegal and probably should be illegal, it is difficult to justify treating him as if he were a more dangerous criminal than someone who flies into a rage and kills their own brother.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.




Beloved Community Family Services

Englewood/West & Englewood SAPP Coalition Meetinj

7th Police District

63rd & Loomis

Host: P.O. Goree-Pruitt

Tuesday, January, 29, 2013

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


M.A. Hudson I

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Beloved Community Family Services, Inc.

6430 S. Harvard, 2nd FL.

Chicago, IL 60621

(773) 488-9063 Phone

(773) 488-9069 Fax

Black History Annual Tour of the Prisons

Jessie W. (Ma) Houston Prison Outpost, Inc.

Our first stop in our Annual Black history Tour will be Stateville, on February 1, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. where we

will remember our late Educational Director, Founder of DuSable History Museum, The Community Art Center

and Art Instructor at Stateville Correctional Center, Dr, Margaret Burroughs, friend and neighbor.

This annual tour started back in 1996 with some of the same people taking off each year in February

remembering, Carter G. Woodson, A people with a history are like a tree without roots. We cannot be without


Positively Powerful Chicago

Save The Date:

Our next gathering and the launch of the 2013 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Nominations is January 28th @ The IDEA Shop at

Illinois Institute of Technology.

Look Out World! The Chicago Positively Powerful Woman Awards are taking flight! Donna Smith Bellinger is the leader of the Chicago

initiative to empower and transform the lives of all people through the women’s awards. Delighted to have this occurring! Chicago

please lean in and support this event.