John Fountain, a longtime Chicago journalist, has lived through and reported on the city's gang violence and crime. He says the faith community remains a vital part of the black community. “In some ways,” he explained, “it is an overweight, cumbersome, sleeping giant that needs to get fit…and return to the business of doing good work.”
Google "mommy wars" and you'll get about 18.5 million results. Google "mommy wars playground" and you'll get about 1.9 million -- significantly less to fuss about, but still plenty of topics to fuel the fire of a long hot summer surrounded by other parents and their progeny.
This week on The Record, we're looking at some of the songs that captured our attention (or held us hostage) this summer, and asking what they tell us about our standards, our anxieties and the places we want our music to take us when it's hot out.In the past week and a half we've asked
The Chicago Botanic Garden just held its annual Heirloom Tomato Weekend, showing visitors how to grow and use the jewel-like treasures through chef demos and tastings, garden tours, a farmers market, and expert-led talks that ranged from seed saving to canning to even shopping for all things tomato.
World Music Day has been around for about three decades. The Fête de la Musique got its start and original name in France. Now, it's a global celebration, taking place in over 400 cities around the world.