Friday, August 06, 2010

Common receives the Deloris Jordan award at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago


Common received the Deloris Jordan Award for community leadership at the opening of the Black Harvest International Festival of Film & Video at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago Illinois on August 6, 2010.
Common's suit is by Jill Sander. Deloris Jordan in photo is the mother of basketball legend Michael Jordan.



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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AT OPENING NIGHT OF THE 16TH ANNUAL

BLACK HARVEST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM AND VIDEO

WHO/WHAT: The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago honors hip hop artist Common with the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership at Opening Night of its 16th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. Mrs. Jordan will present Common with the award prior to the Opening Night shorts program A Black Harvest Feast which features five short films which convey the spirit and vibrancy of the month-long festival. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies is LeeAnn Trotter, entertainment reporter for NBC 5 Chicago.

Common is highly sought after in both the music and movie worlds. Since his 2007 acting debut in Smokin’ Aces he has been in American Gangster, Street Kings, Wanted, and Terminator Salvation. He was recently seen in Date Night and Just Wright, the latter of which was his first starring role. It was just announced that he has been cast in the lead role—playing a half-black, half-white freed slave—in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” a 19th century period drama centering on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. He is one of today’s most respected hip hop artists, garnering Grammy Award nominations for Be, recorded with Chicago native Kanye West in 2004; Finding Forever, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in 2007 and won a Grammy; and the 2008 Grammy-nominated Universal Mind Control. He is currently in the studio working on his next album The Believer.

Common is a frequent guest speaker at universities across the country to motivate and empower young minds. In 2007 he launched the Common Ground Foundation to inspire urban youth to reach their full potential. He also has written the children’s books The MIRROR and ME, M.E. (Mixed Emotions), and I Like You But I Love Me, the latter of which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

The Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership was established in 2002 by the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Black Harvest Community Council to recognize individuals who have generously contributed their time and resources to the Chicago community. Past recipients include Samuel Akainyah, Merri Dee, Bonnie DeShong, Hermene Hartman, and Warner Saunders.


Black Harvest is the Midwest’s largest festival of the black experience on film. A total of 42 features, documentaries, and shorts representing the African diaspora—17 of which have a Chicago connection, reaffirming the city's role as a vital center for independent filmmaking—will be presented. Local features with appearances by filmmakers include India of K-Town, On the Frontline: Taking Back Our Streets, Chicago Heights, and Dog Jack.



Documentaries focus on artists (Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman); Civil Rights (Blues March: Soldier Jon Hendricks and Neshoba: The Price of Freedom); music (Kinshasa Symphony and Saint Louis Blues); and dance (Nora). Cross-cultural comedies featured are My American Nurse 2 and the shorts programs Love African American Style and Sex African American Style. Powerful urban dramas showcased are Bilal’s Stand, Everyday Black Man, Pro-Black Sheep, and Inside a Change. Continuing the urban theme is the shorts program Urban Visions.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Boxer Rebellion & The Wild Beasts performance at the Apple Store in Chicago!



UK band Wild Beasts members Hayden Thorpe (vocals,guitar)and Tom Fleming(bass,keys) opened up for The Boxer Rebellion(Nathan Nicholson is on vocals) The Apple Store on north Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois.

Everytime I go to the Apple store I am getting tempted to join the iPad army. It's blazingly fast,photos and videos look great and it seems to have a quicker connection to the web than a cellphone. I've been an Apple user for more than 12 years and unlike many of my Windows user friends,I've never had to take a day off to wait for the computer guy to come over and figure out what went wrong with my computer or Microsoft software! Once you go MAC, you'll never go back!




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