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Jackie Robinson

TOP NEWS: The Chicago Cubs are joining Major League Baseball’s Centennial celebration of the birth of Jackie Robinson during Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field on Sunday, April 14. Fans who purchase the Jackie Robinson Dayspecial ticket offer will receive a Cubs baseball cap featuring Robinson’s retired No. 42 and an image of him at Wrigley Field in 1949. To purchase special ticket offer, visit

A portion of net proceeds from the Jackie Robinson Day special ticket offer will be donated to Chicago’s Westside Justice Center, a nonprofit that focuses on providing legal education and legal services. In addition, the Cubs will hold a pregame ceremony to honor Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Nevillewith the Jackie Robinson Trailblazer Award. After the game, a Day Party at Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music provided by Mark Flava.

The Cubs welcome Shameeka Quallo (Rutgers Law) to their legal department. Trailblazer co-hosts will be Helen Ashford (Thurgood Marshall Law/Texas Southern) and Tanya D. Woods (Loyola University Chicago Law), executive director of the Westside Justice Center. – Julian Green / Cubs Communications Director

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C. Dwayne West


Johnson Publishing Company

There are several businessmen who I loved. They greatly inspired me: One being BUFI’s founder, Mr. Henry English. The other being Mr. Bill Garth, publisher & CEO of the Citizen Newspaper Group. And Mr. John H. Johnson.

These three deceased men touched my life in so many ways. They each inserted something different within my soul, my spirit, my heart, and my head. But yet they each gave me something so very similar: A will to win! The gift of discovery! The art of business! They expressed that I and others could succeed in such a way that’s unimaginable. And I believed them!

Well, all three men created influential products that have withstood the test of time: BUFI continues to struggle along but yet is needed and well respected. The Citizenremains relevant as it maintains its standing in the community. And the leading periodical for black America has seen its best and final days.

Yep, the word has spread like a locust chopping down corn crops in the south–that the parent company to EBONY & Jet Magazines has been kissed by the deadly black widow. And it not only hurts the legendary brand but it has sucked the life out of tens of millions of loyal fans across the globe. This stinging sensation hurts, badly.


John H. Johnson in his office at the Johnson Publishing Company building on Michigan Ave

I’ve been listening and reading press clippings from international media outlets for the last two days. And people of all nationalities are stunned. They know an iconic brand has fallen. People from across the pond got hip to black folks by sneaking a peek of a Johnson Publishing Company product.

That JPC logo stood strong in the eyes of anyone who appreciated a true American success story. And Mr. Johnson’s life journey has been admired and studied by scholars and other renowned business people, as well as, aspiring entrepreneurs like myself. You can’t ignore, that at one point, John Johnson was one of the richest men in the world. And it didn’t go unnoticed.

I was heartbroken when he died. I was pissed when his life’s work (The JPC Building) was sold for pennies. And now I’m sad and hurt by the latest news of Mr. Johnson’s dream being auctioned off to the (lowest) bidder. What a very horrible day in America. I’m gonna try and get my hands on pieces of that man’s great accomplishments.

He befriended me after we met a few years prior to his death. When I proudly expressed to him that I was an upstart publisher (The TRUTH Magazine) he immediately embraced me. Mr. Johnson allowed me to enter into his space at that lovely and decorative building on Michigan Ave. I’ll never forget it. It was like being in what could be described as Heaven on earth to me.

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John H. Johnson

And what he shared with me further ignited my fuel for greatness. My life has been lived for him–Garth, English and many others–like my now deceased little brother (Ron Christopher West). My bio picture above was taken in the lobby of JPC as Mr. Johson’s incredible body laid in a state of peace, as family, friends and loved ones viewed the God-like man. It was a memorable moment. To honor him, I wore a red tie and navy blue suit, which was his power look most times.

There is no reason to blast the past. No sense in blaming people for the demise of America’s picturesque window to black life. He discovered it. He lived it. He shared it with us. And through his efforts, we know the true value of blackness. Let’s remember what John did for us through his pages. Let’s cherish each memory in the publications that we still possess.

Hopefully, his vision to stay on the black hand side can motivate the next man or woman to pursue their greatness in black. I’ll continue hustling to be 1/4 of the innovator and visionary that my mentor was. He left the blueprint. It’s now up to me and others to find the pathway to glory. He had no regrets in terms of showcasing black lives that matter.

His only regret would be with people who wouldn’t continue to fight. It’s a freedom that we enjoy and should build upon. Don’t let it die within you. Peace to him and his beloved and iconic brands. America’s appreciation for Ebony & Jet will live forever. That’s our mission! Until the next edition….. I Write to Differ…

Seek the Truth, Know the Truth, Speak the Truth!



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Cedric McKoy


Meet the UChicago Medicine team at the 2019 Black Women’s Expo on April 12 – April 14 at the McCormick Place Convention Center, North Building, Hall C1. See Booth #114. Panels include On Saturday, April 13th – Women’s Wellness. Moderated by Walidah Tureaud, Urban Health Initiative, UChicago Medicine. Room N227B. From 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Also Juke & House Music Fitness Party with Jamaal Burris, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Line Dancing with Maddy B, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

On Sunday, April 14th, Ask the Doctors, which includes Health Screenings and Education on Nutrition from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Also Unveiling Vaccine Myths:
Get Your Children Vaccinated
. Public health policy dictates that all children should be vaccinated against a variety of communicable diseases that are rendered harmless in children that have been vaccinated. However, there are still people who are anti-vaccine. What are the lingering doubts in the minds of some? If Vaccines work, why do unvaccinated people pose a risk? Let’s have a discussion and lay those myths to rest.

NOTE: For those driving in their cars to the Expo are for people are not attending, join Cedric McKoy, Advanced Practice Nurse for UChicago Medicine and other public health professionals Pam Beauduy, APN, Advance Practice Nurse, Pediatric Mobile Unit, UChicago Medicine; Kenneth L. Fox, MD Chief Health Officer, Chicago Public Schools; and Marielle Fricchione, MD FAAP, medical director, Immunization Program, Chicago Department of Public Health, during the Community Health Focus Hour 0n Saturday, April 13, on WVON from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., to discuss and resolve this very important matter. To join the discussion, call 312-374-8130.

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