Friday, December 16, 2011
FAN-DEMONIUM BREAKS OUT IN LOOP OVER MINDLESS BEHAVIOR APPEARANCE AT FYE MUSIC By Andrew Griffin, James Williams, Jeff Potter & Derrell Spicy
The Boys Are Back In Town! Mindless Behavior, the hottest male singing group in the country, has a swagger that drives all the girls Mindless. Their first hit single, My Girl, surged to the top of the charts in no time. Their most recent single, Mrs. Right, is not far behind. At least 3,000 fans - mostly girls and young women - lined up for 3 blocks in Chicago's Loop for a glimpse of the teen heartthrobs and to get their CDs autographed by the group.
Mindless Behavior was formed in 2008 consisting of four exciting young men. There's Prodigy, named for his quick leaming ski ll s. Ray Ray was given his name by famous dance battler Tommy the Clown. Roc Royal is named for his dancing and rap skills. And Princeton has starred in commercials and music videos. The boys are only in their early teens, but their looks, talent, and rap and singing skills have earned them a huge fan base. Their album #1 Girl was released in September. Thousands of screaming fans came from all over Chicago to FYE Music Store, 26 East Randolph, for the chance to meet Mindless Behavior. There was a lot of singing, dancing, screaming, and crying as they waited. Everyone was having a good time. When the doors opened, fans poured in like water. The screams were so loud that you couldn't hear yourself think. It was reminiscent of watching a Michael Jackson concert. The place was filled with energy, with fans showing their love by bringing all kinds of gifts to the guys. Leaving, the boys dazzled their fans with hugs and blowing kisses to everyone.
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Cook County Commissioner Earlean Collins contacted Austin social service agencies, inviting their clients to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving luncheon at New Jehovah M.B. Church, 1101 South Austin Boulevard. Many of the more than 100 people joining Commissioner Collins would not enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without her thoughtfulness.
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Reverend Steve Spiller, Pastor of Greater Galilee M.B. Church, 1308 South Independence Boulevard, called together North Lawndale clergy and leaders for a meeting with Alderman Michael Chandler. “We wanted to learn his vision so we can move forward together,” Rev. Spiller explains.
More than 75 people were invited to this initial meeting at Greater Galilee Church and about 55 attended. “We told the Alderman we were not here to request anything, we were here to offer assistance and advice.”
The group appointed an advisory board consisting of clergy, residents, and business people to serve as a steering committee and a mechanism for becoming informed, according to Spiller, “because we can’t act without knowing what is going on.” This committee has already met to set priorities and an agenda for a second general meeting.
Rev. Spiller emphasizes that this is a dynamic time for the 24th ward and it is essential that community leaders get organized and promote accountability from elected officials to the people who elected them. Among the priorities the group agreed to focus upon are:
• Employment & Training
• Healthcare Accessibility
Spiller emphasizes that although the group intends to work closely with Alderman Chandler in helping him set his agenda, they will operate independently, as well. Another goal is to attract new businesses to the ward, but also set standards for doing business in the community.
For information on the 24th Ward Leadership Council and to be informed of meetings, call Reverend Steve Spiller at Greater Galilee M.B. Church, 773/521-4330.
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|St. Angela students named to Second Honors for earning grade point averages of 2.6 to 3.2. (Photo by Brad)|
|St. Angela scholars recognized for First Honors with grade point averages of 3.4 and higher. (Photo by Brad)|
Three St. Angela students are Illinois Finalists in a Veteran’s Day Essay & Poster Contest sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of Illinois. Eyan Smith and Yvonne Wynne are winners of the poster competition and Matthew Gardner is a winner of the essay contest. St. Angela students have won top honors in the Veteran’s Day competition for several consecutive years.
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At a community breakfast recognizing contributions of local leaders to the school, Frederick Douglass High School dedicated a mural portraying the outstanding personalities. The mural, created by Chicago artist Just Flo, depicts portraits of Congressman Danny K. Davis, Sheree Blakemore of Youth Guidance, Mildred Brackett, Juanita Florence, Principal Dr. Debra Crump, and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick A. Douglass. Morris heads the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation that crusades against the modern human slave trade. He also educates people about the life and accomplishments of Frederick Douglass.
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