Windy City’s Fashionistas–Shawnelle Richie and Pamela Jones, both CBS 2 execs, are among 10 African-American women of Chicago who’ve been named “Best Dressed for 2009” and as such will be publicly saluted by the Society of Mannequins (formerly the Association of Mannequins) during the Annual Luncheon & Presentation on March 8 at Georgio Banquets.
The other eight honorees: Tanya Cloud, of General Electric; Mayor Zenobia Evans, of Riverdale, Ill.; Carolyn Griffin-Palmer, retired CPS principal; Dwette Thompson, of Draper & Kramer; Alma Turner, retired CPS educator; Josephine Wade, proprietor of Captain's Hard Time Dining; Darmille Rush, proprietor of Peaceful Process Document Services; and Dr. Blondean Davis, superintendent of the Matteson, Ill. School District #162 and the Society of Mannequins’ firstever “Woman of the Year” awardee.
Lee Brown is president of SOM, whose membership is comprised of Windy City and suburban fashionistas who have been deemed “best dressed” by their sister peers for three consecutive years. The 10 for 2009 will come together on Sunday at a reception in the Oak Lawn home of Cheryl Marshall Washington.
Elder Talk–Three dynamic voices from the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Harry Belafonte, Rev. James Lowry and Dr. C.T. Vivian, come this way on Friday, 7:30 p.m. for a roundtable discussion, “A Conversation with the Elders,” at the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s Faith Community of St. Sabina, 78th Place and Throop. It’s the Rev. Mike’s annual African American Speakers’ Series, this year moderated by two hard-hitting journalists, the Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell and WVON’s Cliff Kelley. Admission: $20. RSVP: to (773) 483-4300.
Milestones – Sympathy to the family of Dr. James W. Wagner, founding president of the Hyde Park Jazz Society, who has lost his bout with cancer. A memorial is Saturday, 3 p.m., at University Church, 57th and University. In ‘95, Wagner formed the Committee to Restore Jazz to Hyde Park with the goal of returning the community to its “glory days” as a mecca for jazz. The committee enlisted the support of two past presidents of the University of Chicago, which resulted in the relocation of the Checkerboard Lounge from Bronzeville to Hyde Park’s Harper Court. The Committee, now HPJS, sponsors CheckerJazz, a Sunday night jazz series at the New Checkerboard Lounge for Blues & Jazz, and supports performances by high school jazz students with a Sunday afternoon series. Send messages of sympathy to his wife, Almarie Wagner, 5312 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago 60615. For more, call Carolyn Albritton, (773) 955-9093. What a loss!
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