The charter school crowd surrenders to segregation.

Chicago Politics, Chicagoans, Uncategorized

Fred Klonsky

fa446b1d3.jpg MacArthur grant winner Hannah Nikole-Jones.

The connection between segregation and quality education was at the heart of Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court when it banned legalized  segregated public schools  over 60 years ago.

Separate but equal cannot be equal, the court ruled.

Sixty years later segregated schools still predominate in the U.S.

So does the argument that you can have racially segregated but equal schools. What may strike some as odd is that the argument comes from charter school promoters who once claimed that the creation of charter schools were the new civil rights movement

“Segregated or not.”

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Our interview with the CEO of 365 Virtual Solutions – Jeaneane Brown.


Jeaneane Brown Chief Executive Officer 365 Solutions

Most business owners are overwhelmed and still don’t understand the importance of utilizing a virtual assistant. Can you explain to our readers the role of a virtual assistant?

The role of a virtual assistant is to assist small and medium sized business owners with day-to-day tasks. Virtual Assistants consists of individuals, as well as companies, who work remotely from home as independent professionals, providing a wide range of products and services both to businesses as well as consumers.

365 Virtual Solutions specializes in being a virtual call center for small to mid-sized business owners. How does that work?

We address the needs of these businesses with quality, round-the-clock answering services and virtual call center communications.  Which when not addressed properly and promptly, could mean lost opportunities for the company. We provide a virtual number for the business so that they can forward their calls to us. Then, we answered their calls in their company name. We also provide real-time messaging.

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It’s going to take 217 years to close the global economic gender gap.


For the first time since the World Economic Forum’s records began in 2006, the global gender gap is widening again. The data make for depressing reading. Each year, the WEF ranks 144 countries in its Global Gender Gap Index to see how they compare on four “pillars”: economic participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment, and…

via It’s going to take 217 years to close the global economic gender gap — Quartz

Black Business Matters

Black Business Matters, Uncategorized

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According to (Formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development.) it will be centuries before “wealth equality” between whites and African-Americans and Latinos is realized in the United States. (Read their report on “The Ever-Growing Gap: Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won’t Match White Wealth for Centuries.”)

According to Neilsen (The top consumer rating agency for the nation.), “…Black consumers are one of America’s greatest assets.” Without a doubt, any group of people or country that has $1.2 trillion in buying power and who at the same time has kept virtually nothing for themselves, would be everyone’s best buddy (asset). Especially coupled with no true power or authority to govern themselves and manage the distribution of their monies. In a way, it’s almost like saying, we support racism.

Even with all these strikes against African Americans, the nation still struggles to focus and understand why Black business development matters, not only in turning the tide in the advancement of the Black race in all aspects including making them players and global decision makers, but in making them major contributors to job and enterprise development, which benefits the nation.

In Chicago, Black Business Matters not at all to those who sit at the realm of our government managing our lives in accordance with the prevailing skin tones of the residents of particular communities. Racism is nothing new in a city that is still holding on dearly and without shame or apology to its versions of the Mason-Dixon lines.

Take a ride through the west and south sides of this city, and you, like in Stevie Wonder’s Living for the City will see the blatant disparity in income distribution, inequality in business and infrastructure investments, and the failure by our elected and appointed officials to provide a quality education to all the residents of this city. But, given the evidence of the disparity, which are known to more, what continues to be a mystery is the acceptance by these communities of the “slights” by the controlling parties, when evidence of the inequality has been staring them in the face since the city’s incorporation.

Without a doubt, the cry that #BlackBusinessMatters should be heard from every corner, pulpit and community organization given that even recently, the sitting elected officials of the city of Chicago straight-faced lied while investing $55 million of city TIF monies into Navy Pier as the south and west sides of Chicago continues to implode from lack of economic development. One of the city’s creative solutions even includes adding more cops to arrest more people for selling loose squares. Yes, selling loose squares is illegal. But isn’t diverting TIF funds from poor communities illegal and immoral?

These are just a few of the reasons why Black Business Matters:

  1. Communities are stronger when the businesses are stronger. Research has shown that the economic state of a community is partially related to the amount of money spent in the businesses within that community. Those businesses invest back into the community’s civic and social structure, thereby, solidifying its base. You know the local business owners. Their concerns are your concerns. You are part of a community family that supports each other and grows together.
  2. Employment and training opportunities denied to Blacks by other communities become available to the unemployed and under-employed. Small local businesses provide experiences the can propel many to upper level management positions by providing them with previously denied chances to gain experience and enhance their employability. (In other words, the community can hire its own college graduates.)
  3. Community businesses create and support a business culture wherein the community’s children become a part of that mindset, as they develop and grow around entrepreneurial- minded adults.
  4. African-American businesses tend to have achievements in sports, arts, politics, education, and civil rights. Although these industries are of great importance to the community, we must continue to tap into other industries like technology, food and services and engineering. Its resolve must be 100 fold in order to enable support for every product need and service of the nation and permit gains in the US economy that will foster its position in the global marketplace.

  5. Just like any other race the prosperity of the Black race will contribute to the tax base and that is of benefit to the local and national community. (Given this fact, it is up to the community to ask why the incentive is not there to make the appropriate investments locally in supporting the small Black business owner.)

  6. New employment opportunities provide chances for previously unemployed or under-employed workers to increase take home pay and better their meet financial obligations. This leads to a higher rate of consumer spending, which benefits other businesses who depend on consumer sales to stay open. This creates a healthier local economy and allows more businesses to thrive and the community to be self-sufficient.

According to Wikipedia, “In 2016, Chicago hosted over 54 million domestic and international visitors, a new record making it one of the top visited cities in the nation.” But, the revenue flow stopped at the color line due to lack of investment in businesses in Black and Latino communities with the violence going unchecked on the south and west sides of the city. Visit Choose Chicago (Formerly Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau) and you’ll find Black Chicago a ghost town in the places to visit listings, therefore percentage-wise barely participating in the inflow of $15 billion in direct tourism spending and the 145,000 jobs generated by the city’s tourism. This means that outside of Chicago’s (white controlled) Central Business District (CBD) there was almost no opportunity for economic advancement and growth. Because it takes investment dollars to make that happen and the life flow (money) stops before it reaches our communities.

When the African-American community truly decides that Black Businesses Matter, instead of the constant lip service paid to such slogans, then they will put in place and demand that those placed into positions of power apply the necessary agendas important to these communities. When Black business truly matters to the Black community it will make the decision that those elected, appointed and employed persons with six figure incomes that fund their mortgages, educate their children and permit their families to obtain the best medical care are removed from those positions, then and only then will there be a clear understanding that you can’t hold a job that provides you with economic stability while the communities that you manage has double-digit unemployment.

There is no better time, then now, to move forward on the #BlackBusinessMatters platform, as we celebrate National Black Business Month.

As I’ve heard the Rev. Dr. Albert Sampson say many times, “Where is the rage?”

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“The Five Stairsteps-YOU’VE WAITED TOO LONG”

History, Uncategorized

The Five Stairsteps, known as “The First Family of Soul,” [1] were an American Chicago soul group made up of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.’s six children: Alohe Jean, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth “Keni”, and briefly, Cubie. They are best known for the 1970 song “O-o-h Child”, listed #392 on Rolling […]



We’re now Chicago Street Journal. Join us.

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We’re now Chicago Street Journal. Join us.

Launched August 1, 2013, under the direction of Publisher and Editor Mr. Ron Carter. (Formerly, South Street Journal.)

South Street Journal (SSJ) served the south side Chicago community from 1993 through 2013.

In 2007, SSJ served as the platform for the launching of Black Wall Street Chicago and in 2010 sponsored the 1st Black Wall Street National Convention.

It is time to grow. On August 1, 2013, SSJ become Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) and moved into a new phase of development designed to reach out to all Chicago communities with distribution on the city’s north, south and west sides, in addition to the south suburbs.

“Chicago’s Newest Media Voice” invites you to join with them, in keeping with the changing times, as they move forward to create an online global distribution.

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