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On August 1, 2013, South Street Journal (SSJ) became Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) . For the new readers, you will see just a taste SSJ from the old days. For the older readers, you may recognize some of the old faces and headlines from the past. Sonja Cassandra Perdue Associate Publisher - Digital 773-998-1925

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<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

February 2017<br />

<strong>March</strong> 20<strong>18</strong><br />

From <strong>Chicago</strong> To Hollywood. Interview on P age 9.<br />

Christine Houston’s Two-Twenty-Seven Success.<br />

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<strong>We</strong> <strong>We</strong>re <strong>South</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong>.<br />

Volume 23 No. 4<br />

The Word and the world are <strong>for</strong>ever<br />

evolving.<br />

And this is also true of <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

<strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong> (CSJ). This newspaper began<br />

as <strong>South</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong> (SSJ) almost 25<br />

years ago, on the south side of <strong>Chicago</strong>, and<br />

now its pages reach into the global marketplace.<br />

Yes. The WORD and the world are<br />

moving <strong>for</strong>ward and journalism, in all of its<br />

glorious <strong>for</strong>ms, still plays a pivotal role in<br />

how we describe our world, whether it is<br />

from a street corner in <strong>South</strong> Africa or from<br />

behind a terminal at NASA.<br />

What could be more gratifying, than<br />

to know that someone is Ghana, the UK or<br />

even Asia is reading a publication, that, decades<br />

ago featured those who walked the<br />

streets of <strong>Chicago</strong>, and cared about those<br />

blocks? There was probably no way that the<br />

publisher would have imagined that happening.<br />

But, it is happening now because Columbia<br />

University had archived SSJ from<br />

1993 to 2007. You’ll find those copies listed<br />

under the <strong>South</strong>side <strong>Chicago</strong> Documentation<br />

Project as a part of a social science research<br />

project on Black communities in <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

Under the direction of Publisher and<br />

Editor Ron Carter, <strong>South</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

(SSJ) served the south side <strong>Chicago</strong> community<br />

from 1993 to 2013. In 2007, SSJ served<br />

as the plat<strong>for</strong>m <strong>for</strong> the launching of Black<br />

Wall <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and in 2010 sponsored<br />

the 1st Black Wall <strong>Street</strong> National Convention.<br />

Recognizing that it was time to move<br />

into a new phase of development, designed<br />

to reach out to all <strong>Chicago</strong> communities<br />

with distribution on the city’s north, south<br />

and west sides, in addition to the south suburbs,<br />

CSJ was launched August 1, 2013.<br />

For those of you, who back-in-theday,<br />

were <strong>South</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong> readers, you<br />

may see yourself in these pages, as we invite<br />

you to take this soulful stroll down memory<br />

lane. And now we invite our new readers to<br />

this get acquainted “party” via the images<br />

from the past on pages 11, 12 and 13.<br />

In addition, CSJ is reaching out to<br />

those young, passionate voices around the<br />

world who care about this city and our planet.<br />

<strong>We</strong>’re asking them, to write, create and<br />

record their own history in these pages.<br />

Send us at email at <strong>Chicago</strong>St<strong>Journal</strong>@gmail.com<br />

<strong>for</strong> instructions on submitting<br />

articles and editorials.<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong> looks <strong>for</strong>ward<br />

to another 25 years, as we travel the world,<br />

and of course, continue to spread the<br />

WORD.<br />

Chenel Darby<br />

The<br />

Difference<br />

Between<br />

Health and<br />

<strong>We</strong>llness.<br />

Page 5<br />

General Parker is a well-known community, political and civil<br />

rights activist in Peoria, Illinois. He is an Executive Council<br />

Member of the Organization on Procedural Justice (OPJ). OPJ’s<br />

goal is to remove the “Exception Clause” from the 13th Amendment<br />

of the US Constitution which allows “slavery or involuntary servitude”<br />

<strong>for</strong> those convicted of a crime. Interview on Page 6.<br />

What message did<br />

MLK leave on the<br />

walls of <strong>Chicago</strong>’s<br />

City Hall in 1965?<br />

Page 14<br />


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20<strong>18</strong> Candidate's Questioner<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> is a diverse city with a rich history and it deserves a robust, local paper<br />

that provides stories about local people and the community issues that inspire and create<br />

anticipation <strong>for</strong> readers. Although African American interest is still at the core of what<br />

we cover, these questions are still <strong>for</strong> a city-wide plat<strong>for</strong>m to provide our readers with<br />

the creditable work in partnership with the office you seek.<br />

1. What one skill makes you the most qualified candidate <strong>for</strong> this elected office?<br />

2. Do you agree with Governor Candidate Chris Kennedy and Cook Commissioner Richard<br />

Boykin that there has been strategic moving of African Americans in the City of <strong>Chicago</strong> to any<br />

extent? If so, please provide examples. If not, can you explain the disenfranchisement of African<br />

Americans in <strong>Chicago</strong>?<br />

3. Would you support legislation of the Black Wall <strong>Street</strong> plat<strong>for</strong>m as in HB bill 27 [October 14,<br />

2009] SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 432?<br />

4.a How would you describe your own working style with the political party you represent and<br />

with the opposition party?<br />

4.b What is the difference between a conservative and liberal?<br />

5. If any, what one item do you agree with on President Donald Trump's agenda and what do you<br />

disagree on?<br />

6. If (re)elected, what is the first thing you would tackle in this office?<br />

7. Why do candidates use the term “representing the middle class” as opposed to the lower income<br />

persons?<br />

8. Are you in favor of parity based on a geographical racial area in contract procurement and how<br />

would you address parity?<br />

9. Are you in favor of term limits or not? If so, <strong>for</strong> which offices?<br />

10. Do you believe that the Obama Foundation should have a Community Benefits Agreement?<br />

Thank you <strong>for</strong> taking the time to respond.<br />

Ron Carter, Publisher and Editor<br />

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CALUMET CITY - Queen Academy<br />

is now in search of a business owner<br />

who can mentor their girls about what it<br />

takes to run/own a business. They serve<br />

girls of color ages 8 to 14 by offering<br />

over 20 courses including self-esteem<br />

building, hair care, financial literacy,<br />

modeling, and creative writing. If you'd<br />

be interested in joining their family, you can commit to teaching<br />

once a month <strong>for</strong> 45 minutes. Contact them at their website<br />

at www.QueenAcademy17.com.<br />

CHILDREN - 14K empty shoes outside the US Capitol on<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 13, 20<strong>18</strong>, to represent every child killed<br />

with a gun since the Sandy Hook Massacre. If we truly<br />

cared, would this be a news item?<br />

FREE CLOTHING - Everyone is <strong>We</strong>lcome and Everything is<br />

Free! The Lincoln Boutique Free Store located at 6454 S.<br />

Champlain in <strong>Chicago</strong> is inviting everyone to stop by on Saturdays<br />

from 1 PM to 4 PM. Hosted as an outreach ministry <strong>for</strong><br />

Lincoln Memorial Congregational UCC church.<br />

GEORGIA – The more things change, the more they stay the<br />

same. Newly elected Mayor Rufus Davis of Camilla, GA was<br />

locked out of his own office <strong>for</strong> two years. And, if you visit the<br />

Mayor’s Facebook page, you can see the Civil War being<br />

played out in GA, on a smaller scale, as it is across our nation.<br />

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAYS – Are you a published author?<br />

Great! CSJ invites you to participate in our #FREE eBook<br />

Giveaway Series starting in April 2017. There is no charge <strong>for</strong><br />

you to post your #FREE eBook giveaway <strong>for</strong> April and May in<br />

our next edition. Click HERE <strong>for</strong> details. Or follow CSJ on Facebook<br />

to stay up-to-date.<br />

SOUTH AFRICA – Newly elected <strong>South</strong> African President<br />

Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his intent to redistribute land,<br />

now owned by white farmers. A November audit showed that<br />

73% of farmland was still owned by whites, two decades after<br />

the end of apartheid. A 1913 land act stripped most Black<br />

<strong>South</strong> Africans of their rights to own land. (Similar to the laws<br />

enacted by the Europeans upon the African and Native Indians<br />

on this continent, denying access to the same resources, the reason<br />

<strong>for</strong> continued generations of poverty.)<br />

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Workshop (URW), back issues from 1993 to 2006 of<br />

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youth development.<br />

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<strong>March</strong> 20<strong>18</strong><br />

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The Difference Between<br />

Health and <strong>We</strong>llness and How<br />

Important Is It Really…<br />

All it took was a few painful<br />

ingrown toenails to knock me up side<br />

my head to have me realize, while I<br />

was a young tenderoine, I was not exempt<br />

from experiencing the stress and<br />

strain of being invincible.<br />

<br />

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Emotional wellness relates to understanding your feelings<br />

and coping effectively with stress<br />

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is<br />

respectful of our surroundings.<br />

Financial <strong>We</strong>llness involves the process of learning how to<br />

successfully manage financial expenses.<br />

Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when<br />

you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your<br />

knowledge.<br />

Occupational wellness is about enjoying your occupational<br />

endeavors and appreciating your contributions.<br />

World Health Organization (WHO) defines<br />

health as a state of complete<br />

physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence<br />

of disease or infirmity.<br />

Three months be<strong>for</strong>e this slap-up side my head I landed this<br />

awesome corporate Fitness gig in Manhattan, New York. The<br />

freshman 15 melted into grown, sexy, and sassy in a matter of<br />

weeks! My fall internship added value to my life, curriculum<br />

credits, fitness membership, lockers, and laundry service.<br />

Boom I had it going on! What put a red, bloody, swollen, sad<br />

face, over my perks were my painful ingrown toe nails.<br />

I found myself dreading the walk to work and then once I arrived<br />

I would disappear behind the desk, sitting at the computer<br />

station in a silent pain.<br />

All I could think, is how could I make this go away. Bloody<br />

toe nails stopped me from moving around and kept my mind<br />

in a prison of pain. This sudden toe attack stunted my emotional,<br />

occupational, physical, and social wellness. What I didn’t<br />

know was that my wellness had been compromised.<br />

How did my wellness get compromised and why does wellness<br />

matter?<br />

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Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body<br />

and seeking care when needed.<br />

Social wellness helps you per<strong>for</strong>m social roles effectively<br />

and com<strong>for</strong>tably, and create a support network.<br />

Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values<br />

that help you seek meaning and purpose.<br />

It just so happened that my site host was promoting an employee<br />

health and wellness fair and on the list was a Podiatrist.<br />

Needless to say, I was the first person at his table the<br />

morning of the fair and be<strong>for</strong>e I went home that evening me<br />

and my nasty toenails limped over to the physician’s office to<br />

be treated. He addressed my ingrown toe nails, by the following<br />

week I was back to my invincible self!<br />

As I reflect back I am almost sure I did not share my grownup<br />

pain with my parents or co-works. I probability took on the<br />

mentality that this was my cross to bear and it would get better<br />

with hard prayer. I am almost sure I am not the only one<br />

who has suffered through wrong thinking at some point in<br />

time? The Good Book reads faith without works is dead, I<br />

needed to seek out a physician but I sat <strong>for</strong> weeks and silently<br />

suffered.<br />

<strong>We</strong>llness matters because everything we do and every emotion<br />

we feel relates to our well-being. According to Pfizer,<br />

wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis<br />

to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so instead<br />

of just surviving, you’re thriving.<br />

I went into to survival mode; the physical pain directly affected<br />

my ability to per<strong>for</strong>m my fitness internship which inturn<br />

played on my emotions to be engaged in my daily work responsibility.<br />

There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional,<br />

spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and<br />

intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with<br />

one another. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of<br />

optimum health.<br />

As I have slightly matured and now parent a teenage boy, I<br />

per<strong>for</strong>m daily wellness assessments. I recommend you do the<br />

same <strong>for</strong> yourself and those around you. Especially your children,<br />

check-in with your child and their emotions. Get to<br />

know who they are, talk to them, ask questions. Look through<br />

their phones; see who and how they are talking and texting.<br />

Suggest walks, active play, give lots of hugs and kisses, even<br />

when they don’t want it.<br />

<strong>We</strong>llness is something that everyone needs but may not know<br />

they need it. It is important <strong>for</strong> everyone to achieve optimal<br />

wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness<br />

and ensure positive interactions.<br />

Chenel Darby is the founder of Choice <strong>We</strong>llness Company.<br />

www.Choice<strong>We</strong>lllnessCompany.com<br />

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Today, General works tirelessly to<br />

give back to his community and fight<br />

the injustices that left him and his<br />

counterparts with feelings of desperation<br />

and loss of hope. He is President<br />

of the Central Illinois Coalition of<br />

Black Trade Unionists and has spoken<br />

around the country on issues of<br />

organizing labor and incarcerated<br />

workers, fathers’ and noncustodial<br />

parents’ issues, domestic violence,<br />

housing and education re<strong>for</strong>m. Twitter:<br />

@gparker326 cicbtu@gmail.com<br />

It’s a pleasure to connect with you and share with our readers, the<br />

stellar organizational activities that you are currently involved with,<br />

in Illinois. But, first tell the world what’s going on in Peoria, Illinois?<br />

Did you grow up there and why is it your current stomping ground?<br />

It’s always an honor and a privilege to speak with the <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong><br />

<strong>Journal</strong>. Yes, I was born in Peoria. I grew up <strong>for</strong> the most part in The Taft<br />

Homes Housing Project. My first 20 years of life consisted of me being<br />

reared in between Peoria, Detroit, and <strong>Chicago</strong>. The people down or out<br />

<strong>We</strong>st don’t understand my affinity <strong>for</strong> my hats and hard soled shoes.<br />

I came back to Peoria in 2003 to regroup around the family, as I was going<br />

through a bitter divorce and custody battle in St. Louis, MO. Little<br />

did I know what a wild ride I was in <strong>for</strong> these next fifteen years. That is<br />

when I started becoming more conscious of who I was and what the<br />

world really thought about me and my people. I learned this system was<br />

totally corrupt, from school boards all the way up to the White House. I<br />

found out that it really doesn’t matter if or how good a person you are<br />

and it doesn’t matter if you try and do right by people. It only matters if<br />

you have money, connections or the right color. Sometimes all three.<br />

I chose to stay here first of all to help care <strong>for</strong> my grandparents who have<br />

since passed but also because my people were perishing <strong>for</strong> lack of<br />

knowledge. Peoria has made 24/7 Wall <strong>Street</strong>’s list as one of the worst<br />

cities <strong>for</strong> blacks to live <strong>for</strong> the past three years. They ranked 6 th , 1 st , and<br />

2 nd respectively. The only reason they didn’t make first place this year is<br />

because Eerie, PA had more unemployment this year. This year doesn’t<br />

look at all promising either <strong>for</strong> us to get off that list.<br />

Over the years, you’ve worked on many projects, but you’re currently<br />

President of the Central Illinois Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.<br />

What is its function and what do you hope to accomplish as the<br />

President of this organization?<br />

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) is an organization that<br />

was established in 1972 after the AFL-CIO refused to back a candidate in<br />

the presidential race because Nixon was a Republican and McGovern<br />

was talking about equal pay and rights <strong>for</strong> women and minorities so black<br />

union members got together in <strong>Chicago</strong> that year and found their own<br />

candidate and started the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist under founders<br />

like William “Bill” Lucy who was the first president of CBTU and<br />

remained there <strong>for</strong> 40 years and retired in 2012. Rev. Terrence Melvin of<br />

the New York State’s AFL-CIO is the present and only other president<br />

this organization has ever had.<br />

The Objectives of CBTU are:<br />

To improve economic development and employment opportunities <strong>for</strong><br />

black workers;<br />

Increase union’s involvement in voter registration, voter education, voter<br />

turnout;<br />

Organize unorganized workers;<br />

Inaugural Meeting of the Organization <strong>for</strong> Procedural Justice (OPJ)<br />

Actively support civil rights and civic groups who are working to improve<br />

conditions in the Black community; and<br />

To increase effective political alliance by urging members to run <strong>for</strong> office.<br />

Governmental or union seats.<br />

I founded the Central Illinois Chapter with the goal of bringing Peoria,<br />

Rock<strong>for</strong>d, and Rock Island together to be a <strong>for</strong>midable <strong>for</strong>ce here in the<br />

17 th Congressional District. I believe the power in this district, the largest<br />

voting district outside of the <strong>Chicago</strong> area, should be more diverse and<br />

it’s time to turn this state around especially in this area. Not just <strong>for</strong><br />

Blacks but <strong>for</strong> all minorities who are oppressed by this country’s and<br />

state’s terrible reign of oppression, discrimination, racism, and terrorism<br />

to improve the conditions to receive fair and equal education, healthcare,<br />

political and economic opportunities.<br />

“United Purpose. United Voice. United Power.” Those words, found<br />

on the website of JustLeadershipUSA.org, give off some extraordinary<br />

vibes. What is JLUSA and what is your role?<br />

Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) is an organization founded by Mr. Glenn<br />

Martin of New York City, a <strong>for</strong>merly incarcerated person who is all<br />

about investing in the leadership of other <strong>for</strong>merly incarcerated people. In<br />

New York City, that takes people who have been disabled by the system<br />

<strong>for</strong> having a record, and trains them to be more effective leaders at their<br />

jobs, especially if they are working to help end mass incarceration. I first<br />

met Glenn a couple of years ago in Oakland, CA at the first National<br />

Conference <strong>for</strong> Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Persons and Family<br />

Movement (FICPFM). That great feat was organized by Dorsey Nunn<br />

and his staff at All Of Us Or None (AOUON) and Legal Services <strong>for</strong><br />

Prisoners with Children (LSPC). Glenn was one of the featured speakers.<br />

Once I heard him speak I had to interview him <strong>for</strong> my Urban Intellectuals<br />

organization. <strong>We</strong> went Facebook live and the page lit up that day. <strong>We</strong><br />

have our own website and page at www.urbanintellectuals.com but we<br />

also have a Facebook page with over 1 million followers.<br />

JLUSA works with <strong>for</strong>merly convicted leaders of other organizations and<br />

shows them how to become better, more effective leaders. JLUSA exposes<br />

me to a national community of like-minded leaders all working towards<br />

#halfby2030 which allows me to work locally and have the ability<br />

to tap into a network of advocates to share best practices. I was chosen,<br />

along with thirty-five other individuals from around the country, as 20<strong>18</strong><br />

Leading with Conviction fellowship. My cohorts and I are the fourth<br />

class and the best class might I add. My role is to learn what I can to become<br />

a better leader so that I can help bring out the leadership in others<br />

and to network with whomever I can to give and receive help from others<br />

to accomplish my goal of ending mass incarceration. JLUSA has already<br />

shown what's possible when you think and act boldly, with the<br />

#CLOSErikers Campaign, teaching the rest of us what's possible locally.<br />

Continued on Page 7.<br />


CSJ’s Interview with General Parker<br />

(cont’d) Interviewer Sonja Cassandra Perdue — CSJ.<br />

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(Left) General Parker and African Americans Father's Rights advocate,<br />

Kenneth Braswell. (Right) General Parker and MN. Rep.<br />

Keith Ellison, while in Ferguson teaching a weekend class on how<br />

In looking over your bio, I found that you are working on a project<br />

to remove the “Exception Clause” from the 13th Amendment of the US<br />

Constitution which allows “slavery or involuntary servitude” <strong>for</strong> those<br />

convicted of a crime. Now, that’s some strong stuff. Can you break it<br />

down <strong>for</strong> us?<br />

<strong>When</strong> Abraham Lincoln signed Executive Order #95, the Emancipation<br />

Proclamation, it gave people the illusion that slavery no longer existed in<br />

America and had been outlawed. They even took this charade one step<br />

further by Congress passing the 13 th Amendment (the one just ratified in<br />

Mississippi in 2013) which stated “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,<br />


PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within<br />

the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.<br />

The injection of that “Exception Clause” meant slavery never went anywhere<br />

and legalized slavery still existed here in the United States. All the<br />

racist, politicians and greedy corporate (McDonalds, Sprint, Verizon,<br />

Victoria Secrets, etc.) entities had to do was make sure laws were passed<br />

that would make minorities, the poor and everyone not connected into<br />

criminals thus granting them the benefit of free labor while they keep the<br />

profits. Slavery!<br />

I was appointed three years ago, along with Illinois State Senator, Mattie<br />

Hunter, to be an advisor <strong>for</strong> the Organization on Procedural Justice<br />

(OPJ) by the Hon. Judge Arthur Burnett who is the first black judge appointed<br />

to the federal court <strong>for</strong> the District of Columbia. <strong>We</strong> had our inaugural<br />

meeting on <strong>March</strong> 28, 2015, at Howard University in Washington,<br />

DC. OPJ was founded by Dr. Merelyn Bates-Mims of Cincinnati,<br />

OH. They co-chair this committee under the direction of the <strong>South</strong>ern<br />

Ohio Diocese of the Episcopal Church. I’ve since become an Executive<br />

Council member <strong>for</strong> OPJ. Me, a <strong>for</strong>merly incarcerated person on a committee<br />

with Lawyers, judges, prosecutors, professors, ex-Army Colonels<br />

and law students. Go figure!<br />

You are also a public speaker, how can you be reached and is there<br />

anything that you would like to add?<br />

I would just like to add, that I love <strong>Chicago</strong>, except <strong>for</strong> its winters, and I<br />

try to come here every chance I can get to help out wherever I can. I<br />

spend a lot of time helping Dr. Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project<br />

by volunteering and mentoring whenever I can. Anybody out there reading<br />

this, I just ask that you find the time to volunteer, tutor, mentor or<br />

donate wherever you can. You may not think what you do matters but<br />

trust me, every little bit helps. You never know who is watching, so continue<br />

to plant those seeds of positivity and love <strong>for</strong> one another.<br />

I fight <strong>for</strong> court re<strong>for</strong>m, criminal justice re<strong>for</strong>m, housing and education<br />

re<strong>for</strong>m, civil and human rights and first and <strong>for</strong>emost, the rights of noncustodial<br />

parents to have a chance to be in their children’s lives. If people<br />

wish to contact me the can go to gparker326@gmail.com or cicbtu@gmail.com<br />

and (309) 232-8583. Thank you!<br />

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Christine Houston<br />

From <strong>Chicago</strong> to 227.<br />

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CSJ loves interviewing folks from <strong>Chicago</strong>. <strong>We</strong>’re sure that<br />

your Parker High School classmates are still excited about your<br />

success. Did any of this take you by surprise? Did you even imagine<br />

the success of Two Twenty-Seven, as you worked on the<br />

play, while still a student at Kennedy-King College?<br />

I wrote the play Two Twenty-Seven on a challenge by my fellow<br />

classmates. They were going to attend a spring conference,<br />

representing Kennedy-King College (KKC), that was<br />

being held at a university in Texas. Having won awards in<br />

every theater category except playwriting, they were desperate<br />

to win that award.<br />

<strong>When</strong> asked what my major was, I lied and told them <strong>Journal</strong>ism.<br />

After all, I was a 42-year-old wife and mother of<br />

three teenage boys and couldn’t bring myself to the point of<br />

telling them I was there because of my secret ambition to acquire<br />

the lead role in a theater production. At that time, KKC<br />

had a reputation <strong>for</strong> having the best theater program in Illinois.<br />

After several days of being pressured, I decided to accept the<br />

challenge, thinking the play wouldn’t win anyway since I had<br />

no idea how to write a play, despite<br />

all the English and writing<br />

classes I had taken. To my surprise,<br />

the play took first place<br />

in the contest. I titled the play,<br />

Two Twenty-Seven, my address<br />

growing up in <strong>Chicago</strong>. Several<br />

months later, the play was entered<br />

(by the college) into the<br />

Norman Lear and the Lorraine<br />

Hansberry playwriting contests,<br />

where it won first place in the<br />

Norman Lear and second place<br />

in the Lorraine Hansberry. The<br />

committee agreed that Two<br />

Twenty-Seven really should get first place in the Lorraine<br />

Hansberry, too, but decided that since the contests were sponsored<br />

by the American College Festival, another student<br />

should be encouraged. That same year, I graduated, receiving<br />

an AA in Theater Technology and was off to Hollywood.<br />

As you well know, opportunities to work in the entertainment<br />

industry is growing phenomenally in Chi-Town, so your latest<br />

book is indeed very timely. Tell us a little bit about The Screenwriter’s<br />

Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons <strong>for</strong> Film and Television<br />

Writers.<br />

After several years of writing on various television shows<br />

produced by Norman Lear and finally seeing my play become<br />

NBC’s hit series titled 227, I returned to <strong>Chicago</strong> to<br />

care <strong>for</strong> my ailing mother. I soon realized it would be a while<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e I could return to LA and continue launching a career<br />

writing <strong>for</strong> television. After eight years, my mother made her<br />

transition and I prepared to return to Hollywood, only to<br />

learn that my husband of 35 years had dementia. While caring<br />

<strong>for</strong> him, I returned to school, enrolling at <strong>Chicago</strong> State<br />

University and in 2006, at the age of 70, I received a BA in<br />

Communications. Two years later, I was asked to teach Writing<br />

For Television and collaborated with Dr. Christine List to<br />

pen The Screenwriter’s Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons <strong>for</strong><br />

Film and Television Writers.<br />

Being a successful writer, would you share with us, what we<br />

should say to our young people regarding the importance of<br />

reading and how it affects their success in TV and movies?<br />

Despite its popularity and the fact that many people think<br />

math is the most important subject, I can’t recall engaging in<br />

any other field of learning without the ability to read and<br />

write. It has been proven; when the ability to communicate<br />

through speech is almost impossible, writing serves as a viable<br />

alternative.<br />

Can you give us a little inside scoop on what it is like to be a staff<br />

writer <strong>for</strong> a TV series?<br />

The job of a staff writer is viewed as OBJ (on the job training)<br />

that can lead to the top position, executive producer or<br />

showrunner. The showrunner is responsible <strong>for</strong> hiring and<br />

overseeing every aspect of producing a weekly television series.<br />

The staff writer assists in the revisions of every page of<br />

every script written by the collective writers of the show. Although<br />

rare during the first season of tenure, the staff writer<br />

may also pitch an idea and after acceptance, write and receive<br />

credit <strong>for</strong> that episode.<br />

You’re working on a screenplay based on your first novel,<br />

Laughing Through The Tears. Would you tell us a little bit about<br />

the book?<br />

After graduating from <strong>Chicago</strong> State, I documented my experiences<br />

caring <strong>for</strong> my husband who had been diagnosed with<br />

dementia. Laughing Through The Tears is a culmination of<br />

my personal experiences. It was published in 2013. AARP<br />

sponsored a book signing and purchased 350 books and gave<br />

them away to all who attended the signing. I am now working<br />

on a television pilot based on the book.<br />

“It isn’t over ‘til it’s over.” Those are your words. Share the<br />

meaning with our readers.<br />

It is a well-known cliché that I believe in. Your purpose here<br />

on this planet has not been fulfilled until you take your last<br />

breath, hence, “It isn’t over ‘til it’s over.”<br />

– Interviewer Ms. Sonja Cassandra Perdue<br />

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Real estate boards and brokers<br />

Demands Placed on the Door of <strong>Chicago</strong> City Hall<br />

by Martin Luther King, Jr.<br />

- J u l y 10, 1 9 6 6.<br />

1. Public statements that all listings will be available on a nondiscriminatory basis.<br />

Banks and savings institutions<br />

1. Public statements of a nondiscriminatory mortgage policy so that loans will be available to any qualified borrower without<br />

regard to the racial composition of the area.<br />

Mayor and city council<br />

1. Publication of headcounts of whites, Negroes and Latin Americans <strong>for</strong> all city departments and <strong>for</strong> all firms from which<br />

city purchases are made.<br />

2. Revocation of contracts with firms that do not have a full scale fair employment practice.<br />

3. Creation of a citizens review board <strong>for</strong> grievances against police brutality and false arrests or stops and seizures.<br />

4. Ordinance giving ready access to the names of owners and investors <strong>for</strong> all slum properties.<br />

5. A saturation program of increased garbage collection, street cleaning, and building inspection services in the slum properties.<br />

Political parties<br />

1. The requirement that precinct captains be residents of their precincts.<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Housing Authority and the <strong>Chicago</strong> Dwelling Association<br />

1. Program to rehabilitate present public housing including such items as locked lobbies, restrooms in recreation areas, increased<br />

police protection and child care centers on every third floor.<br />

2. Program to increase vastly the supply of low-cost housing on a scattered basis <strong>for</strong> both low- and middle-income families.<br />

Business<br />

1. Basic headcounts, including white, Negro and Latin American, by job classification and income level, made public.<br />

2. Racial steps to upgrade and to integrate all departments, all levels of employments.<br />


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