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Join WVON at the ICON theatre, 150 West Roosevelt Road, each Wednesday during Black History Month for the State Farm Black Heritage Film Series. Movies start promptly at 7PM and will be followed by post-discussion forum hosted by one of our on-air personalities and/or a special guest. The 2014 Lineup is as follows:
Night Catches Us
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs, as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. Sponsored by State Farm.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. Sponsored by State Farm.
Winnie Mandela is a 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Wendy Crewson, and Elias Koteas. Sponsored by State Farm.
WVON State Farm Black Heritage Film Series
Each Wednesday in February, 7PM
Showplace ICON @ Roosevelt Collection
150 West Roosevelt Road
General Admission ticket $6
VIP ticket $12
Ticket sales at the theater beginning at 5PM.
12 Years A Slave
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Sponsored by AARP.Read More
Holiday Coat & Toy Drive
Through December 21, 2013
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
The reason for the season is giving! Keep someone warm with a gently used coat, or bring joy to a child on Christmas with a new toy! Drop off your new unwrapped toy and gently used coats to WVON, 1000 East 87th Street, or to the South Side Help Center, 10420 South Halsted, weekdays between 10am until 4pm.
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Wednesday 9pm – 10pm
Impresario Radio – This culinary chic show introduces audiences to global dining and eclectic cultural experiences. The mission of the show? Simply to entice, education and inspire listeners to tune-in each week as a Chef Rome and his co-hosts reveal mouthwatering recipes and discuss the art of dining well with other food service professionals.
Chef Rome, Host and Executive Producer, has more than 20 years of food service experience. Chef Rome’s vision for Impresario Radio is a savvy radio program which serves as a vehicle for keeping his finger on the pulse of current and stylish dining trends.
Co-host Maisha Wynn, The Downtown Diva, is a media visionary and lifestyle specialist. Each week, Wynn provides a dose of opulence with her segment: ‘What’s sizzling in the world of lifestyle and luxury.”
Ashley Aviyah, rounds out the hosting trio of Impresario Radio, and is Impresario Radio social media butterfly. Just in case you missed a key ingredient, don’t worry, Aviyah is on the case with real-time studio updates.
Creative Producer, RaShanah Baldwin a.k.a. Shanah B., is responsible for artistic direction and viable content on Impresario Radio. For details on upcoming shows or to be a guest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Monday 6PM – 9PM
Che “Rhymefest” Smith is the quintessential renaissance man as a father, husband, entrepreneur and raptivist. Inspired by his life experiences in a single-parent, working class household, Che has blazed a new trail in art, music and social activism. In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the historic record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. He is currently nominated for a grammy for co-writing 2013’s hit, “New Slaves.”
Finally, in 2011, Che was the first rapper to ever run for city council in Chicago. After successfully defeating 3 other candidates, he lost to the incumbent in a run-off race by a mere 200 votes. He continues to be active in local and national elections.
Che has supported countless community organizations as a mentor and motivational speaker. In 2013, Rhymefest along with Kanye West launched Donda’s House, Inc. to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West (Kanye’s mother) by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform youth. Currently, he is finalizing his third major music release and first book release Violence Is Sexy, with an expected release in the Fall of 2014. Che “Rhymefest” Smith believes “the only true power is the power to empower others.”Read More
Friday 6PM – 9PM
Kendall Moore’s career in TV and radio dates back to the 1980s when he was one of the youngest DJs to mix records at a major radio station. Moore developed and honed his on-air personality on 89.3 WIUS College Radio for Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. Moore became popular due to his quick wit, mannish style and ability to recognize new talent; he was a force to reckon with on the college radio circuit.
Moore’s commitment to informing and helping people lead him to work of the City of Chicago’s Department of Health. During his time with DOH, Moore assisted in the development and implementation of a city-wide program which provided re-entry services to former and recently released inmates. Becoming aware and sensitive to the struggles of people reentering society, Moore became a national and international orator, speaking on the hardships that follow incarceration and what is needed to once again become a productive member of society.
This power and real conversation took Moore throughout the United States, including Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; The National Minority AIDS Council located in Washington, D.C.; Centerforce in Oakland, California, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the lives and communities of incarcerated people; and Rikers Island Correctional Facility in Queens, New York. His international engagement repertoire includes many countries, but Moore spent considerable time in South Africa, speaking about real life, real crime and the realities of American life for criminals.
Moore’s broadcasting resume includes serving as a host on Chicago’s CAN TV, and remains a popular and in demand host and speaker. Moore’s goal is to be the voice of the next generation of WVON politicians, community activists, entrepreneurs and entertainers.
Pamela began her broadcasting career doing VoiceOver work for jump start companies. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago,Illinois.
Pamela’s Radio broadcasting career began in Milwaukee Wisconsin with WTMJ the Journal broadcasting group, reporting news, weather, and sports.
As a firm believer of paying it forward Pamela shares her voice with the Chicago Lighthouse which is an organization for the seeing impaired. Pamela is recognized for her welcoming and strong personality.
Sunday 8pm – 9pm
Dorothy J. Thomas is a heart-felt advocate of Behavioral Health and Addiction Pathology. She is the Director of Addiction Services at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Doctor of Religious Philosophy and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).; Throughout her tenure in the field of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Thomas has posed as Clinician and Administrator. Positions held during this period ranged from Executive Director, Manager and Therapist with various organizations. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is an educator and member of the adjunct faculty staff at Triton College; as well as hosting WVON’s Recovery Radio program. Her love and respect for humanity is only exceeded by her passion for working with special populations including women, mentally ill substance abusers, victims of family violence and criminal justice.
Dr. Thomas’ personal accomplishments include, eighteen (18) years as a library Trustee (elected official) for Broadview Public Library District. She served two terms as both President and Vice President of the Board. Currently she chairs the building committee with plans of building a new facility. Dr. Thomas is also a member of the 4th Senate District Women’s Committee, 7th Congressional District Substance Abuse Advisory Committee, and Citizens Activated to Change Healthcare (CATCH) Committee (treatment on demand), and member of TritonCollege Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. She also served on Governor Blagojevich’s Social Service Policy Transition Committee. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Westside Holistic Family Services, a non-for profit community agency.
Representing the state of Illinois, Dr. Thomas was the invited guest of President George Bush to the unveiling of the “Stop Family Violence” stamp, as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness.
Dr. Thomas had the honor of engaging the President in conversation regarding the Domestic Violence strategies in Illinois.
She states that her life is directed and orchestrated by God’s divine order. “It is my belief and faith that allows me to continue to venture down the roads less traveled. Furthermore, the work we do will not provide wealth but fulfillment, not freedom but commitment, not awards but rewards, not despair but hope, not attribution but contribution. For whom much is given, much is expected. Her philosophy of life evolves around learning and she believes that “Once learning has ceased, so does living.” This is who I am, and this is what I live by.”
Sunday 11pm – 2am
His name is Johnny Starks, but most know him as KOOLOUT, the positively charming, intelligent, and witty actor and radio personality with the magnetic persona.
Koolout has spent years developing his style and his career in film and radio. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, he started his radio career in Chicago before continuing his education at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Koolout then found himself at the powerhouse urban radio station, Clear Channel’s 107.5 FM WGCI. He began working in the promotions department for WGCI, as a Van Personality and built a reputation as a dedicated and highly energetic character. Preempted by his popularity on the streets, Koolout quickly transitioned from van personality to on-air personality, hosting the consistently number one show in that time slot, “The Sunday Night Koolout”.
In addition to being an on air personality, Koolout had the privilege of being Ebony Magazines 2007 bachelor of the year.
Koolout is an Actor who has accumulated film credits in such films as Ran$om Games with Woody Harris and Elise Neil, Phamily BBQ 2: The engagement, Barbershop, Ice Harvest, Roll Bounce, Spiderman 2, Godfather of Green Bay and George Tillman’s Scenes from the Soul, Subtle Seduction, and Nothing like the Holiday’s. In addition to film Koolout is also the driving force behind his live interactive variety show entitled “Koolout & Friends.” Koolout also partners with a non-profit organization “The Beat Creators” and Earl Powell as they focus on teaching youth as well as bridging the gap of communication between youth and adults with the program TTAL (Teens Talk and Adults Listen).
Koolout focuses on the community working with voter registration drives, The Lydia Home Association, Stars, BMOA, and various other organization that focus on the development of youth and community.Read More