IN MEMORIAM: Sports Figures 2018 By Mark Hollis

This year the world of sports experienced the loss of several notable athletes. Individuals who appeared larger than life during their hay-day and have now transitioned on. Here now are just a few that we would like to memorialize. Willie McCovey, a Hall of Fame player for the San Francisco Giants. McCovey played both first … Continue reading IN MEMORIAM: Sports Figures 2018 By Mark Hollis

Locally Owned Versus Corporate Owned By Mark Lampkin CEO, Mark Lampkin Media

A generation is considered to be separated by a span of 20 years. Thus, a grandparent born in 1955 could have a child in 1975, and a grandchild born in 1995…a span of 40 years. Three generations. I use this as a foundation upon which to build the framework that we are now in the … Continue reading Locally Owned Versus Corporate Owned By Mark Lampkin CEO, Mark Lampkin Media

Moving this city forward requires great leadership By Cheryll Boswell

Peoria is not the most dangerous city in America to live.  Peoria is not the worst CITY in America to live.  Peoria is just a bad place for Black people to live, according to the 24/7 Wall Street Journal. Out of ten cities 24/7 studied, Peoria is ranked the fifth worst city for African Americans to live … Continue reading Moving this city forward requires great leadership By Cheryll Boswell

The Struggle Continues … NAACP Still Relevant By Sherry Cannon

The NAACP is the oldest Civil Rights organization in America, 109 years old. It was birthed out of the Springfield, IL riots of 1908. The NAACP has a presence in 47 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. There are 2200 hundred branches around the country. It is a volunteer driven organization and is only as strong … Continue reading The Struggle Continues … NAACP Still Relevant By Sherry Cannon

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is Authentic and Honest – Part One By Cassiette West-Williams

One book that will not remain on the shelves in stores is Michelle Obama's "Becoming", which has been the fastest selling book internationally. Some Chicago bookstores have sold out, while retail centers that do have it in stock have security guards standing in close by the tables, where they are displayed. Mrs. Obama’s book arrived … Continue reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is Authentic and Honest – Part One By Cassiette West-Williams

CARTER AT LARGE – The Amazing Mrs. Pearlene Bell: Black Owner of Pearlene Bell Taxi Cab Company By Lorraine B. Carter

Mrs. Bell was a "Phenomenal Woman" in every sense of the word. She shared her Christianity with people from various communities in Peoria. She was an Entrepreneur who founded with her husband of forty years Mr. Herman Bell, the black owned Pearlene Bell Taxi Cab Company. She was a Licensed Cosmetologist, Pianist, Music Director, and … Continue reading CARTER AT LARGE – The Amazing Mrs. Pearlene Bell: Black Owner of Pearlene Bell Taxi Cab Company By Lorraine B. Carter

Willingly Walking The Path Chosen For Us By Rev. Charity E. Sephus

Early one morning I walked with my daughter. Out front to the left, there are very tall trees hiding the skyline, no houses on one side of the street, an incline, and a blind spot at the curve. These all impair a feeling of comfort until the full light of day. Walking in darkness means I … Continue reading Willingly Walking The Path Chosen For Us By Rev. Charity E. Sephus