Kilimanjaro International Is In The Heart Of The Arts In Hyde Park

FB_IMG_1504739482680When you are in Chicago you must visit the Hyde Park area to enjoy the beautiful artwork and one of my favorite places since I was a teen, Kilimanjoro International. If you are walking very fast you could walk right past it but if you are casually strolling down 53rd Street, chances are you will be drawn in by its vibrancy and the showcasing of its paintings, sculptures, and carvings which are prominently displayed or even created right before your eyes on a beautiful Summer day in Chicago.20170901_154632There are beautiful paintings, exquisite sculptures, and wonderful carvings which are one of a kind pieces that will start conversations in your home, office, or venue.  Also available for purchase are gorgeous jewelrypieces and fabulous authentic clothing items for everyday wear and some can be custom made for special occasions.

Kilimanjaro International has been a part of the Hyde Park community for many years and has given many new artists opportunities to be a part of the Hyde Park community to showcase their pieces of art or mentor many who have developed into well respected international artists.

The Hyde Park area is changing from what I knew growing up in the area attending Kenwood Academy, however, one thing remains the same, the arts is in the heart of Hyde Park. It is an area being somewhat gentrified but many of the long standing business owners have remained along with their love of the neighborhood.

The next time you or someone you know visit Chicago, make sure you stop by Kilimanjaro International at 1305 E. 53rd Street. You find that one of a kind piece that could be a collectors item one day.  Kilimanjaro International Is In The Heart Of The Arts In Hyde Park.FB_IMG_1504739494007For more information: or call them at: 773.324.4860


Summer 2017 is starting off just right~ The Original Queens House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17

The Queens House Music History jackin’ bodies in Chicago and globally

The Original Queens of House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17.  Once again, Toni Shelton Productions presents The Queens House Music History and lunch time will be a great time to celebrate our Queens of House Music.  It is going to be a great time for all. The dynamic DJ Lori Branch, Celeste Alexander, and First Lady will have the Daley Plaza celebrating the female dj who have been a part of the House music world for many years including giving birth to many djs who are still spinning the music making people “jack their body”.

There has always been the male domination of djs in the house music world and it was time to celebrate the ladies who have been a part of the house music world since the beginning of its inception. Since Chicago is the birthplace of house music it only seemed fitting that if it is the woman gives birth then we need to celebrate the women djs who have shed the same blood, sweat, and tears to make house music a household sound and known across the world.  Many of the djs have gone on and worked in other industries but their first love will always be music, house music. It has been exciting to see the growth and be a part of the movement to keep house music and its legacy alive for many generations especially for those little girls who may one day want to be a dj.

Last year was the inaugural event for the celebration of the contributions of female djs to the house music genre. It was a great time for all and many were there from all walks of life and from other countries dancing and had a great time. It was fun for all and this year 2017 will be no difference!! It was such a joy to see so many old friends, new friends, and those who never have heard of house music but stopped by because they heard the ladies on the turntables! There were workers from various office buildings surrounding the plaza and a few people who were visiting from other countries who took the time out on their lunch break to join us!



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It’s that time of the year for The Black Women’s Expo Chicago! Don’t Miss Out! April 7th-9th, 2017

Get ready for The Black Women’s Expo Chicago 2017!

It’s that time of the year where Black Women are descending upon Chicago to celebrate another year of the Black Women’s Expo (BWe)!! The Black Women’s Expo (BWe), originating in Chicago, offers unparalleled opportunities for brands seeking to engage with the African American consumer in multiple markets.  BWe is where Black Women can be found, in record numbers, annually for the BWe Experience, where she finds the latest trends, amazing new products and services, where she gets informed, empowered and enlightened!

Black women will not only have the BWe Experience in Chicago, but in Washington, DC and Atlanta in 2017 with their 3-City Tour!   Now in their 23rd year, The Black Women’s Expo presents an array of dynamic speakers and celebrities in seminar sessions, top musical artists on our main stage…and a lively marketplace for corporations and small business exhibitors to engage with the powerful and growing African American consumer!

With their 3-City Tour, The Black Women’s Expo engages millions of consumers through their unprecedented media campaigns, (radio, television, print, digital, social media) with media partnerships in each market. This will be a 3day event with the Phenomenal Woman Awards Dinner kicking off the festivities on April 6th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick! For more details be sure to check out their website

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Summertime Movies In The Park! Enjoy!!

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FerrisBueller                              Nemo

It’s Summertime in Chicago and it is time for out door movies at Millennium Park with a picnic basket and a blanket or chairs. The lineup has been announce of movies that it will be screening this summer. The celebration begins  June 21 with that Chicago classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this spring. Everyone will be able to enjoy the movies being shown from Purple Rain to Finding Nemo.  It’s double feature on the night of the full moon: Moonstruck  and the scary thriller Silence Of The Lambs.

The movies will be featured every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on a 40-foot screen. Confirm on the city’s website site before you head out, because the schedule could be subject to change. The final film to be screened on August 30th is still TBD, but the city promises it will be a Chicago favorite and you’ll be able to vote on it. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early if you want a good spot. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986; PG-13, 103 min)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Soul Food (1997; R, 115 mins)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Thelma & Louise (1991; R, 120 mins)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature)
Moonstruck (1988, PG, 102 mins)
Silence of the Lambs (1991, R, 118 mins)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Purple Rain (1984; PG, 111 min)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Favorite Chicago Film, to be chosen by the audience at a later date

Jay Pritzker Pavilion is in Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph St.



Are You Ready Chicago 4 the Farmer’s Markets?

Chicago Farmers Market

Wooohoooo!! It’s that time of the year for locally grown fresh fruits, flowers, & vegetables along with other goodies for the entire Summer!! Let’s support our local farmer’s who are giving us not only a wonderful way to enjoy delicious fruits & vegetables but also tasty honey, breads, and other delightful treats!!! The complete schedule & location of the Farmer’s Market in your neighborhood can be found on the City of Chicago website!! If you are not in Chicago, please be sure to locate a farmer’s market in your area!!!


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