Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Another Political Party / Richard Prior Immortalized / CEOs ChangingCulture / Ideas Week

Another Political Party / Richard Prior Immortalized / CEOs Changing Culture / Ideas Week
Building Generational Leaders THEATER PRODUCTION Richard Prior Immortalized in Explosive Play Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce full casti
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Iconic Comedian Richard Pryor
THEATER PRODUCTIONRichard Prior Immortalized in Explosive Play
Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce full casting for the Chicago premiere ofUnspeakable, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedic legend Richard Pryor. Unspeakable features a cast of many prominent Chicago performers and will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place for a limited five-week engagement Oct. 6 through Nov. 8, 2015.
The cast of ten – many playing multiple roles – featuresJames Murray Jackson, Jr. as “Richard Pryor,” a role he originated in the 2005New York International Fringe Festival earning him a New York Times rave for his “magnetic lead performance.” The cast also includes Chicago natives E. Faye Butler, Lamar N. Barnes, Ebony Joy and Akilah Perry. Also featured are Northwestern University alumTaryn Reneau, Roosevelt University alum Chris Amos, Kierra Bunch, Jeff Award winnerGinneh Thomas and Chicagoan Ronald L. Conner.
Sex, Drugs and Comedy, Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor’s imagination helps him escape and ultimately leads him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
Also written by James Jackson, Jr. and directed and co-authored byRod Gailes OBC. Both brings a cinematic vision to the provocative odyssey of Pryor with an ensemble approach highlighting the comedian's journey from damaged child to comic legend. For his portrayal of Richard Pryor, Jackson received an Outstanding Lead Actor Award.
Individual tickets for Unspeakable are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicagoat 312.977.1710. For more information, please visit See more at: For media inquiries, contact Catrice Armstrong, PR Werks, LLC at 312.371.1635
NOTE: Given the strong language and adult situations inherent in this story, this production is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. This play is in no way supported, endorsed or created by, nor does it in any manner emanate from, Richard Pryor, his estate or other successor(s).
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"My Father's House" is a must see a documentary on Che Rhymefest's journey to find his lost father with Common in attendance who also produced the film
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Che Rhymefest with Darius Randle at Rhymefest movie premier about his amazing struggle to find his father for closure
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POLITICAL POINT OF VIEWThe Making of Another Political Party
Contributing Correspondent: CDW
I was reading an article in Bloomberg News and they discussed that two parties were created in Finland to combat the growing number of unsatisfied and discontent residents. This was the only way the Fin people could gain some form of reparations and reprieve from being locked out of the elite and corrupted system.
Finland's Timo Soini, the foreign minister led a rebellious fight against government by the formation of what he called a Conservative Party, and his entrance into government for the first time. For almost two decades, Soini has ran an insignificant group, that has become the second largest and most powerful party - which has now branched off into two other political parties, one being the Centre Party. Timo has done these things by being the voice of opposition.
I believe now is the time to consider an alternative party for blacks. The Democratic Party has done very little to advance the black agenda and the Republican Party has completely ignored black life, period! This issue should be met with strong and fearless voices in the black community who are also opposed to decades of mistreatment. There are enough voices to raise this issue! What's needed is the rich and influential blacks to center stage. They must stand up and finance an alternative party if one is to exist.
Every movement require dollars. See who funded the Tea Party. See who invest into political Pacs to infuse certain individuals into America's mainstream politics. It's done by the wealthy and powerful. Billionaires and millionaires like casino mogul Sheldon Edelson and the Koch brothers, food and transportation magnets has used their wealth to change the world.
If people like Oprah Winfrey and now defamed Bill Cosby, along with Bob Johnson and so many others; who've complained about lack of.......everything in relations to the black community, would fund progressive movements and not just Hollywood scripts, it could change the game, for good. Maybe they should follow their wealthy peers who not only comment about dysfunction within their collective communities, but invest their riches to institute new policy measures for progress.
Chicago has wealthy black businessmen and women who should have the courage to invest to start a new movement. Their calls to other globally black and wealthy influencers to convene for a real Black Power Talk would be huge! And putting their money where their mouths are - is the first step. The follow other starved nations like Finland to create a new party to uplift black America from this downward spiral of access, power and wealth. They would have the fortitude and collective strength to present to the world...The Reparation Party.
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Chicago Ideas Week's Founder & Co-Chairman Brad Keywell is an entrepreneur based in Chicago. He is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology businesses.
He is a co-founder and director of Groupon. He is a co-founder and director of Mediaocean, which provides integrated technology operating systems to the advertising and media buying industry. He is a co-founder and director of Echo Global Logistics, a technology-based enterprise transportation management firm. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, teaching a course along with Eric Lefkofskyentitled Building Internet Startups.
In 1999, Keywell co-founded Starbelly, an online promotional product supply chain management technology firm, with Lefkofsky. In January, 2000,HA-LOacquired Starbelly for a purchase price of $240 million. In 2007, along withAndrew Mason, Keywell and Lefkofsky co-founded, an online collective action website.
Keywell is the chairman and founder of Chicago Ideas Week, an annual event that is emerging as one of the major innovation and ideas conferences and platforms in the country. Chicago Ideas Week hosts nearly 200 speakers at 80+ events with global media coverage in partnership with TIME magazine.
Keywell is the chairman of the Future Founders Foundation, which runs the Future Founders andConnect to the Future programs. The programs are designed to teach and inspire high school students in entrepreneurship, and connect them with mentors for guidance and inspiration. He is the author of Biz Dev 3.0: Changing Business as We Know It, and, with his daughter, the author of Isabelle Speaks Up: A Story of Possibilities.
What inspires Brad? Disruptive ideas, Bruce Springsteen live in concert, and creating something new. Chicago Ideas Week starts October 12 - 18 in Chicago. For registration:
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C.E.O. EXCHANGE3 Things CEOs Should Know Before Changing Culture
Contributing Correspondent: Ted Santos
There is a common belief amongst most corporate executives: changing corporate culture is one of the most difficult things to do. Perhaps it’s so difficult because it involves human beings. People are not as simple as changing the oil in your car or changing the software in a computer. While transforming culture may appear analogous to changing computer software, there are complexities that make them enormously different. With that said, here are 4 aspects that outline some of those differences. Every CEO should consider the following before initiating change initiatives.
People come with baggage: Unlike software in a computer, people have been conditioned to believe life and business occur a certain way. In fact, based on each individual’s experience and environmental upbringing, they have proof their point of view is correct. Computer software, on the other hand, is designed for frequent updates. People often become stuck with their beliefs and never update them. For example, many women and minorities believe they have to work twice as hard to move up the corporate ladder.
Furthermore, they anticipate a certain amount of discrimination. As a result, some will predetermine that no matter how hard they work opportunities at the top will never be made available to them. This predetermination can cause many built in defenses.
The person could give up and never engage in the kind of training that will prepare them for top management. If they take that path and an opportunity does open up, they will not be prepared. If it doesn’t, they will have additional proof that there is discrimination. In other cases, a woman or minority could have animosity towards others. That animosity may make them less suitable for leadership positions.
However, from their point of view, it will appear to be discrimination. If this mindset is not addressed, it could create a culture of victims who complain. While the workplace is not responsible for playing therapist to employees, people need tools to see how their belief systems can sabotage opportunities. Therefore, it would be wise for the CEO to provide training that helps people and groups let go of unproductive beliefs.
People seek guidance: In most cases, CEOs are ambitious people who understand the need to take initiative, even when there is no road map to get the job done. Not everyone has that drive. To transform corporate culture, it is imperative that people understand the new direction, what’s needed from them and how it will benefit everyone involved. In some cases, it will require retraining.
The CEO’s job is to create an environment that empowers people to drive transformation. If not, people will develop their own ideas about the way things should happen. That could become directionless because there are too many directions. People need to know the path of the company. Without it, some may hesitate to take action for fear of being on the wrong path.
Culture will not transform until the CEO transforms: In a conversation with a CEO of a Fortune 500, he spoke in detail about how he worked hard to transform corporate culture. He said on a number of occasions he struggled with change initiatives. However, once he learned to transform himself first, it became significantly easier to transform the rest of the organization. He spoke about how, at first, he believed it was others who needed to change. He believed he was a smart guy who knew what he was doing. Transformation was for the rest of the company.
In other words, he was the impediment. There are many companies that have gone through transformation. Except, the CEO did not participate in the training. As a result, the CEO was not part of the new language and mindset that was developed during training. When staff and management developed strategies, the CEO would undo everything because he had difficulty understanding the new way of thinking.
In most cases, to transform corporate culture, one must let go of old ways of thinking. In the words of Yoda: “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” By letting go, you can begin opening doors to possibilities you didn’t know you didn’t know. That is a big part of transformation.
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