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STELLA FOSTER: T HIS is my final column for the Chicago Sun-Times. And in the words of the late Frank Sinatra: “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain. My [readers], I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way!” ]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 06:14:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago Defender’s managing editor asks Obama to speak out on city violence ]]> Lead story image

K UDOS TO the Chicago Defender’s managing editor, Kathy Chaney, for her front page headline and story, “Mr. President What’s the Deal? Why so long to speak out against Chicago violence?” In this week’s issue she asks, “Why does it take a massacre elsewhere to get a little mention of what’s going on in Chicago?” said Chaney. “Yes, you’re the President of the United States, however, I need for you to comment about what’s going on in Chicago. We need to hear that you are paying attention and you have a reaction. Is that too much to ask? Speak up … ]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 06:16:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steve Harvey gets ready to launch his new talk show ]]> Lead story image

N BC 5 CHICAGO and V-103 are hosting a private launch party for the incomparable Steve (“I got 14 jobs” just kiddin’) Harvey, whose new nationally syndicated daily talk show debuts at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 on Channel 5. The stellar event is Aug. 22 at the Hard Rock Cafe with the awesome R&B artist Jeffrey Osbourne performing. Hey, welcome to Chicago, Steve, with your dapper/elegant/debonair/suave/too smooth and cool self. I just wish more young men would follow your lead — they would be viewed by the world in a different light instead of wearing their pants on the ground! … ]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:20:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Isiah Thomas to march against city violence ]]> Lead story image

F ATHER Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina church has conducted weekly “Stop the Violence” marches through inner-city neighborhoods every Friday evening since June. This Friday, former NBA star Isiah Thomas will join a march that steps off from the church, 1210 West 78th Place, at 7 p.m. Concerned citizens will go door-to-door encouraging young people to go back to school or give them info on how to better their lives with the help of the community. This is a march that the Bulls, the Bears, the White Sox, the Cubs, folks in the club, politicians, folks who think they are … ]]> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 06:10:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Irv “Kup” Kupcinet would have turned 100 Tuesday ]]> Lead story image

A KUPTASTIC Toast: My late, great boss, Irv “Kup” Kupcinet, would have turned 100 years old Tuesday. In his honor some of his longtime friends, who used to have a weekly luncheon with him, got together, as they still do, to toast and share fond memories of their dear friend at Gibsons on Saturday. The group included attorney Joe Morris and wife Kathy, attorney Andrew De LaRosa, his PR pals Audri Adams, Howard Mendelsohn, Herb Kraus, Sherman Wolf, Eugene Gallagher and Owen Moriarty. GOSPEL NEWS: Local gospel choirs can show folks what they are made of in the gospel competition … ]]> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:07:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Only one way to deal with Colorado suspect ]]> Lead story image

T HIS IS one time that the death penalty is indeed the answer: James Holmes, 24, who is accused of the recent Colorado movie theater massacre, should be euthanized. If a person is that nuts, what good is he to society after destroying so many lives and leaving behind the victims’ families to grieve and never feel joy again? And you bleeding heart liberals don’t bother to write me with your “he is just sick and should be studied bull.” Yeah, I said it ... and mean it! SAY WHAT? The National Enquirer is reporting that actress Raven-Symone, currently starring … ]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 06:11:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Stella looks to two-decade old column on violence ]]> Lead story image

I WAS GOING through some of my old “Oh Boy! Ain’t She Opinionated...You Bet I Am!” articles that I wrote back in the ’90s in Sister2Sister magazine. My monthly articles were very profound, provocative, insightful and full of humor but still dealt with serious social issues. Here is a repeat of one that relates to violence, from July 1999: Some time ago, I wrote a piece about violence and how most thugs fight in groups and generally all beat up on one guy, then walk away thinking they are “all that.” I am still trying to understand why they stick … ]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:13:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cornelius to Broadcasters HOF ]]> Lead story image

T HE SCOOP: The late, dapper Don Cornelius, 75, the creator and host of the legendary “Soul Train” dance show (“The hippest trip in America”), will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame Aug. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on State Street. The date is appropriate because that was the day in 1970 that “Soul Train” made it’s debut on WCIU-TV in Chi Town. The first entertainers on the show were Jerry “Iceman” Butler (now a Cook County Commissioner) and Marshall Thompson and the ChiLites. The evening is not open to the public, just for … ]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[ Radio executive Marv Dyson applauds Stella on career ]]> Lead story image

B OY, since the announcement Friday of my impending retirement from the Sun-Times, I have received heartwarming emails, phone calls, voice mails and letters from my wonderful readers from all walks of life. I am so touched by the fact that so many readers will hate to see me go that I have to fight back the tears. It warms the cockles of my heart (whatever that means). Here is one email from veteran radio exec and head of WKKC radio Marv Dyson. “RETIRING!!!!!!!!!?????? So what are you gonna do next????? I can’t see you sitting around and doing nothing!!!! … ]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 06:09:29 -0600 <![CDATA[ Sculptor Richard Hunt to be honored by Christ the King Jesuit College Prep and McCormick Gallery ]]> Lead story image

J UST IN: ONE of the world’s most talented sculptors, Chicago’s own Richard Hunt, will be honored Aug. 2 at an exclusive reception hosted by Christ the King Jesuit College Prep and the McCormick Gallery. Christ the King is an independent and co-educational college prep school on the West Side with a mostly African-American student population. The ultra-modern school’s art room is named after Hunt. SAY WHAT! Handsome 51-year-old actor Antonio Banderas is looking sexy as heck on the cover of the upcoming November issue of AARP magazine and dispels negative rumors about his marriage to Melanie Griffith. VICE PRESIDENT … ]]> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:06:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Stella is back from vacation but retires Aug. 6 ]]> Lead story image

W OW! AFTER enjoying a long, relaxing and contemplative vacation a k a   staycation, I am back on my beat, but I also made a decision to retire myself and my pride and joy — Stella’s Column — after 43 years of gracing the hallways of the fabulous Sun-Times. My last day at the paper is Aug. 6, which just happens to be this sista’s birthday. So stay tuned my sweet and devoted readers, you have to still put up with me until then, but just know how much I love and appreciate every one of you. KUDOS to … ]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:11:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Sources: Obama will be grand marshal of Bud Billiken parade ]]> Lead story image

A SCOOP: My sources are telling me that President Barack Obama will be the grand marshal of the Chicago Defender Charities’ 83rd Annual Bud Billiken “Back to School” Parade & Picnic on Aug. 11. The theme: “Education: Built to Last, A Tribute to President Barack Obama.” The Bud, which attracts thousands, is annually televised on WLS-Channel 7 and WGN-Channel 9. You can bet the security will be tight and right! MICHELLE OBAMA at Venue One on Tuesday for a fund-raising reception. I UNDERSTAND the Bulls’ Derrick Rose and his longtime girlfriend, Mieka Blackman, are expecting a baby boy later this … ]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:09:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Readers react to call for Obama to help address city violence ]]> Lead story image

M Y JUNE 21 COLUMN asking President Barack Obama to speak out against the violence in Chicago brought many emails, some of which I am sharing with my dear readers. Stella, I applaud you for that column asking our president to speak up. It was timely and necessary because we are the only ethnic group in America that kills each other at the alarming rate that we do. Ninety-four percent of the murders are committed by other blacks. So I would ask for a word from the White House to show his concern for the mothers that I see on … ]]> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 06:08:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ L.A. Hair’s Angela Christine Stevens making press rounds in Chi-Town ]]> Lead story image

C HICAGO native Angela Christine Stevens, who has become the most controversial cast member on WE-TV’s new reality series, “L.A. Hair” on Thursday nights, is in town visiting family this weekend and making press rounds. The show centers around native Chicagoan/celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble and her salon, where Stevens is a stylist. Kimble has made it big in Hollywood, and her clients include Eve, Brandy, Laila Ali and Kelly Rowland. HEY STELLA, as a policeman on the South Side, I was happy to see you support pat-downs of people who live in high-crime areas where there are bulges where … ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:58:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Letter to President Obama: Please help address city violence ]]> Lead story image

P RESIDENT OBAMA, you came into your hometown of Chicago last weekend to attend the backyard wedding of the daughter of your personal friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in your Kenwood neighborhood. I am sure the affair was lovely and heartwarming. Hopefully your schedule, one day soon, will allow you to return to Chi-Town to spearhead an anti-violence rally of huge proportions to speak out against the senseless gun violence that has overwhelmed various areas of our city, such as in Englewood and the Ogden District on the West Side. OUR CRIME stats are bringing such shame to our … ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:48:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ R. Kelly kicks off busy schedule on Today Show ]]> Lead story image

R. KELLY Update: Soulful R&B artist R. Kelly (“Love Letter”) is busy. “The Trapped In the Closet” composer will make a guest appearance June 29 on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He will drop his latest album, “Write Me Back,” on June 26 and his new memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, is scheduled to be in stores June 28. There will be a book launching party for him June 27 in New York, and Kelly is confirmed to appear June 28 on the NBC “Today Show” with Kathie Lee and Hoda. That same evening, he will have a … ]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 06:10:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ VIPs get first Maserati test drives ]]> Lead story image

C HICAGO’s Joe Perillo recently opened the one and only Maserati of Chicago dealership at 834 N. Rush. And in conjunction with Maserati North America, it is hosting a two-day event for select local VIPs to test drive the Gran Turismo Convertible Sport car and a variety of Maseratis Tuesday and Wednesday. The Consul Generale Alessandro Motta of Italy will attend. WMAQ-CHANNEL 5’s Art Norman will be honored by the Loretto Hospital Foundation at its annual golf outing July 18 at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club. The hospital is establishing the Ondina “Ondi” Norman Breast Cancer Screening Programs & … ]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:10:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Boss’ wrapping up 2nd season ]]> Lead story image

A CTOR Kelsey (“Frasier”) Grammer’s filming of his hit Chicago-based series “Boss,” in which he plays the role of Tom Kane, a ruthless Chi-Town mayor, will wrap up shooting for its second season July 10. Actor /director Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City”), who directed a few of last season’s episodes, is in town to do the same starting this week. The Golden Globe-nominated drama in which Kelsey earlier this year picked up a Globe for best actor in a TV series kicks off its second season Aug. 17 on the Starz network. In the film, Mayor Kane resides in … ]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:09:42 -0600