Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A Kruciial date awaits in the spotlight in L.A. ]]> Lead story image

The popular local dance group Kruciial Kreatiionz is heading to Los Angeles to compete in the 2014 BET Experience, known as BETX, which runs from June 27 to 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place June 28, and the finals are June 29, the same day as the BET Awards. Kruciial Kreatiionz will compete against dance teams from California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Alabama and South Carolina. News of this opportunity reached Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who invited the group to visit her at City Hall a couple of weeks ago. Her congratulatory … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t be buffaloed; go after these scholarships ]]> Lead story image

If you are a high school senior still seeking scholarship money for college, here are two chances provided by a local group and a hip-hop icon. Entries for the Indiana Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s 2014 scholarship are being accepted until Tuesday. Club member Pamela May said the club will award a senior with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher a scholarship worth up to $1,000 if he or she wins their essay contest. Along with filling out an application that is available in the guidance counselor’s office in your high school, you will be asked to write an essay … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary native bringing home a taste of Broadway ]]> Lead story image

A little more than a year ago, Broadway star, singer, songwriter and Gary native Chester Gregory added “co-writer” and “producer” to his portfolio when he launched his one-man show, “The Eve of Jackie,” and performed before audiences at sold-out venues across the United States. Gregory, an alumnus of Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts, is coming home to perform his production at 7 p.m. April 18 at the West Side Theatre, inside West Side Leadership Academy. Gregory’s show concludes the West Side Theatre Guild’s 2013-14 season of performances. I had the pleasure of seeing “The Eve of Jackie” last … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:57:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: ‘Cinderella’ treatment awaits some in need ]]> Lead story image

Prom season is underway, meaning high school juniors and seniors are on a quest for the perfect dress, accessories, makeup and hairstyle. If you remember your prom and are now parents of teenage girls, this event can get pretty pricey — if not for the parents, then definitely for the girls who have to save up for that special night. However, in some cases the young ladies cannot afford a prom dress ensemble, hair and makeup. Former clothing boutique owner Gwen Wilkerson will take some of the financial weight off of 10 selected Gary and East Chicago female high school … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary baker wins Stargazer award ]]> Lead story image

Congratulations to Angel Cakes LLC owner and certified cake decorator and pastry chef Angela Lott for receiving the Stargazer Award on March 8 during the second annual Northwest Indiana chapter of Women Entrepreneurs of America (WEA) Inc. Legacy Leadership Conference at the Genesis Convention Center. WEA was founded in 2000 by Gary native Yolanda Lamar Wilder, who currently lives in Indianapolis. There are 16 chapters nationally and internationally. Wilder said the purpose of WEA is to promote, support and honor women entrepreneurs and those who are starting their entrepreneurship. “I go by the three S’s: sisterhood, support and service,” she … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:10:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Youth symposium focuses on good choices ]]> Lead story image

The ladies of Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. hosted their 17th annual Youth Symposium, “Partners for Progress, Working Together to Build Bridges for Youth,” on March 8 at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy High School. They partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho’s East Chicago Chapter — Zeta Gamma Sigma. The symposium was aimed at young girls and teens and included workshops about making healthy and smarter choices when it comes to food and lifestyles, dealing with peer pressure, drugs, teen pregnancy, college applications, STEM, financial aid and more. There also was a Zumba class and a college … ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:54:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman’s clothing store hosts fashion pageant ]]> Lead story image

Last Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of serving as a judge for the first Miss Ashley Stewart Fashion Pageant at its store, 3602 Village Shopping Center, Gary. Ashley Stewart is a popular clothing store for full-figured women who enjoy wearing modern, beautiful styles that complement curves from sizes 12 to 26. I was asked by one of the contestants, Sherry Smith, and the store’s co-manager, Nacole Beverly, to be one of three judges, and I was happy to say yes. Let me tell you, this wasn’t just a pageant and fashion show, it was an event. As I parked … ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:04:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Film fest explores black cinema ]]> Lead story image

It was great seeing Gary native and actor William L. Johnson come home to host the third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival last weekend at the Glen Theater. Johnson, who has starred in numerous feature and independent films in nearly 20 years, brought returning guest and actor, producer, writer and director Reggie Gaskins and actress JoAnna Rhambo along for the ride. I attended opening night, which featured two film shorts and a feature film. I was disappointed in the low turnout — the remainder of four snowstorms within a four-week span was melted to slush and ice so there … ]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:15:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Annual film festival includes several screenings ]]> Lead story image

The third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Glen Theatre, 20 West Ridge Road, with a reception and the feature movie, “Note to Self,” and short films “Speaker of the House” and “Solstice.” The film festival is named after Gary native, Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts alumnus and actor William L. Johnson, who has starred in more than 20 feature films and film shorts, including “Blue Hill Avenue” with Allen Payne (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”) and “The Mannsfield 12” and “Motives” with Viveca A. Fox. Johnson currently lives … ]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:58:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Fences’ set for a local production ]]> Lead story image

Mas Media 7 president Mark A. Spencer — who is also artistic director for the West Side Theatre Guild — debuts a powerful local production of the late playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant St. Tonight kicks off a two-week run (Jan. 23 through Feb. 2), which was the sixth in Wilson’s 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle, which explores the continuing African-American experience and the evolution of race relations in America. “Fences” is set in the 1950s and tells the story of the Maxson family, with Troy Maxson, 53, who … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:49:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scholarship awarded ]]> Lead story image

When Shakiyla Gatewood was invited to attend an executive committee meeting of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Psi Omega chapter at the home of chapter president Ida Gillis on Dec. 23, she had no idea she’d be the center of attention for a very special presentation. Gatewood, a nursing student at Indiana University Northwest and a member of the undergraduate chapter of AKA sorority, became the first recipient of the Ayronn Newman Scholarship. The scholarship award was established through Newman, who died March 6 from breast cancer. Newman’s daughter, Jordan Newman, personally presented Gatewood with the $2,000 scholarship award during the … ]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:13:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Library celebrating Kwanzaa ]]> Lead story image

The Gary Public Library Board of Trustees, in partnership with the Friends of the Gary Public Library, are kicking off the start of Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1) with a free Kwanzaa celebration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at the DuBois branch of the Gary Public Library, 1835 Broadway. Kwanzaa, derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” means “first fruits” in Swahili and is an African-American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University in Long Beach. The seven principles … ]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:24:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ HIV testing at health fair ]]> Lead story image

The Link Bar and the Gary Health Department will hold a Health Awareness Meet and Greet, plus free confidential HIV testing, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Link Bar, 752 Broadway. Bring a valid ID and get tested through the Gary Health Department and have refreshments while you wait for your test results. 444 Grill and the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District are bringing a “Motown Christmas Concert” to the Marshall J. Gardner Center, 540 Lake St. at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. There will be live performances of Motown classics with a live band … ]]> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local gift ideas galore ]]> Lead story image

Right now you’re either cooking the final dishes for today’s holiday dinner, catching some extra sleep from cooking all night — as my mother used to do — or you’re already taste-testing or eating the turkey and side dishes. Either way I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I have yet to participate in the Black Friday madness, even when four of my seven nieces and nephews and some of their friends had a blueprint of what stores to hit and what deals to go after while barking orders through their walkie-talkies. Yes, you read right, they were into … ]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:23:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dance fundraiser is a real gem ]]> Lead story image

The South Shore Dance Alliance is having a gem of a fundraiser with a holiday jewelry shopping party, 11 a.m. Saturday at the studio located at the Franklin Center, 201 N. Griffith Blvd. SSDA mom Marija Ramon is donating all profits from this party to the alliance. If you attend the party you will get an early-bird $4 discount on tickets to SSDA’s holiday performance, “Cirque du Jazz: A Nutcracker Tale,” happening Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at the Wirt Emerson Auditorium at 210 N. Grand Blvd. in Gary. For more information about Cirque du Jazz and in-person ticket sale … ]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:31:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman creates new television dating show ]]> Lead story image

Remember the “The Dating Game,” which aired decades before the reality shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” caused such a fuss over a red rose? Gary native Tamara Stubblefield created a reality dating TV show that will be heavily diverse, entertaining and family friendly. Currently living in Indianapolis, Stubblefield is the creator of the dating game show “She Loves a Man in Uniform!” or “SLAMU.” “This is a blind date game show that brings single ladies together with handsome single men in a multitude of uniforms, from NFL jerseys to moving company T-shirts,” Stubblefield, a 1991 Roosevelt High School graduate, … ]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:21:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Not trick-or-treating? Check out these events ]]> Lead story image

Today’s Halloween, so if you are not allowing your children to go door-to-door for treats here are a few family alternatives happening in the city. The City of Gary Fall Harvest Festival happens later today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Brunswick Park, 700 Clark Road. There will be hayrides, games, snacks and activities where children can learn about recycling, fire safety, going green, dental health and more. And the kids will get treat bags. For more information, call 881-1314 or visit LiveArts Studio, 4760 Broadway, is having a Halloween Art Party from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free but … ]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:05:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire safety fair coming up ]]> Lead story image

The American Red Cross is hosting a Gary Fire Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Centennial United Methodist Church, 777 Rhode Island St. Attendees will receive important fire safety information and receive a free kit containing fire preparedness materials. To register for the fair, call (312) 729-6265. The event is the latest of the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana’s activities in Gary. On Oct. 4, an American Red Cross Blood Drive took place at the Gary Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St. Joe Leavy, prime coordinator for the blood drive and a volunteer … ]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 02:49:04 -0500