MCS Radio Show – Sat., October 22nd, 2016


I hope that you are having a good week so far!  To all the Chicago Cubs fans, hang in there. It’s just one game!  I’ve got a feeling that Cubs fans and Chicagoans will have something huge to celebrate soon!!!

To my mother and extended family, my love and support is yours!  Aunt Mama Tee, Aunt Alvia, and all of our precious loved ones will be with you, us always!!!  To live to be almost 88 years and 90 years old is truly a blessing.  God has smiled on them and bestowed the gift of allowing them to meet, see and know their Grand and Great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc!!!  Let’s all cherish the sweet memories, draw closer to each other, and trust that they are resting well in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

As I shared on Facebook this past Sunday, while attempting to take our minds off the sad news of the passing of our dear loved one, we turned to V103FM Chicago to listen to Herb Kent only to learn of his passing away as well!  He was 88 years old.  We certainly send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and listeners.  I actually met and worked with Herb Kent (Radio Hall of Famer and Chicago media Icon) 15-16 years ago at a Chicago Association of Black Journalist Christmas party at the old Michael Jordan’s Restaurant.  He was the celebrity DeeJay;and one of my roles for the party was to segment Host for a game during one of the music breaks!  Herb stayed for the game (2 Truths and 1 Lie) and actually participated.  He was warm, kind, and yes, very cool!!!  The photographer for the event took pictures but I did not catch him before leaving to make sure that I received copies.  If anyone reading this remembers that event, please reach out to me so that I can maybe locate that person and the pictures.  *fingers crossed*

And now here’s what you missed…

Soul was off participating in a Breast Cancer Fundraiser Walk so Life Coach, Dedrea Benson ( and QCAACC, Chairperson and WBDC-Aurora, Executive Director, Terrie Simmons joined me in the studio.

1st Hour -Top News:

Top news was brief.  We basically chatted about the Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series and the last of the three presidential debates.  Again, reminding everyone to…


October is National Bullying Prevention month and we were in the midst of National Character Counts Week so…

Cafe Talk:  Have you ever been bullied and if so, how did you handle it?

We all shared our experiences and then reminded everyone about the 6 Pillars of Character which if we all applied in our individual lives, the number of bullying incidents in schools, etc. would decrease.


2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Dancing with the Stars dominated TV Talk.  I talked about some highlights of its Latin Night which for some reason didn’t excite me as much as some of the previous themed episodes.  As always, I was impressed with Ray Chew and the band as well as wardrobe but something just seemed off.  I don’t know–maybe it was just me having a “not so good” evening/night.  Well, anyway, Amber Rose was voted off and I predicted that Jana Kramer or Laurie Hernandez will walk away with the dance ball!!!

Afterwards, Terrie announced the winners of the Womens Business Development Center-Aurora Business Plan Pitch Competition that was presented by the Women’s Business Development Center-Aurora and supported by Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show/WJOL. And the winners are…

Love That Scrub

Val’s Paper Passion

Isadora’s Table

Congratulations to each winner and I look forward to meeting with the business that selected our package as a prize!

Umbre was the word of the day or segment.  The Passion for Fashion segment that is. We’ve experienced the umbre hair for several seasons now.  But umbre lips?!!!!  Yes! Umbre lips are what’s happening this season.  Go to for the audio.

More entertainment news commentary included Janet Jackson’s amazing pregnancy; Kim Kardashian’s slow return to public life after horrific ordeal in Paris; and films.  I also reminded everyone to tune in next Saturday for more information about the 9th Annual Christmas Broadcast special.  MarilyXmasShow2016.jpg

Oh!  Also, winners of the gift bags from the Will County Center for Community Concern’s Healthy Homes Healthy Families event will be announced on Saturday too!

Soul Balm Says will return next Saturday so be sure to tune in.  Remember to follow on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.

Continue to have a super week!




MCS Radio Show – Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Well, it’s taken me a week to get this blog to you and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.

Last Saturday’s show was a real treat because we had such short notice putting it together; and gosh darn it we did! Remember, we were supposed to be off due to the 2nd annual Cock-a-Doodle Brew Fest. Anyway, here’s a taste of what you missed…

1st Hour– Top News

During this segment, Soul and I discussed the looming Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike and the detrimental effect that it would have had on the students and their parents.  We both shared our experiences as former CPS students and later educators, and how conflicts between the teachers’ union and CPS administrators has a long history.  By the way, by now you’ve probably heard that the strike did not happen!  We’re so proud that they were able to come to a partial agreement and hope that down the road a permanent agreement will be reached.

We very briefly touched on the drama surrounding the Presidential race and encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.  We also reminded everyone to vote early!  And one more thing… join me in voting for “her”!

Cafe Talk was not heavy at all.  In the spirit of the Brew Fest, we simply asked listeners to chime in on what is their favorite beer and what foods/snacks do they pair with it.  Scott Slocum (WJOL morning man) phoned in from the Brew Fest to let listeners know what was going on and shared his favorite brew and food pairing.  Soul and I along with our in-studio guest, author, Sherman L. Jenkins enjoyed root beer made by Goose Island Brewery.  We paired it with salted corn chips and experimented with chocolate with vanilla filling!  Talk about sweet and salty!!  Here’s one root beer pairing that we forgot to try in-studio…


2nd Hour -Entertainment

TV Talk was very brief and mostly about Dancing With the Stars!  Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Vanilla Ice was voted off in a double elimination.  You know, every year, I get more and more impressed with the overall production of the show. The musicality of the musicians; the set production; and creativity of the professional dancers is impeccable!  Oh!  This week I watched Empire and my goodness the writers are taking viewers of the show on a jaw dropping, shocking, and humorous journey!  Queen Sugar is also providing drama that has you sitting on the edge of your seat not to mention the backdrop of the beautiful scenery!  

Passion for Fashion was short and sweet as well. Jeans, suade, and boots were the hot topic once again.

Last, but not least, author Sherman L. Jenkins stopped by to spend time and to talk about his new book, “The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter, Ted Strong Jr. and Negro Leagues All-Star”.  Now available at most online bookstores or visit  Sherman was the right man to author such a book.  He has researched the Negro Leagues for more than 30 years, and is a member of the SABR Negro League Committee.  This book takes you on a historical journey while highlighting the life and athletic accomplishments of Ted Strong Jr.


Sherman is also President of an online media company, SLJ Communications, which happens to be the parent company of “Tell Me Something Good”.  TMSG is a monthly publication that covers African-American life outside the City of Chicago.  For more, visit

We ended the show as usual with… SoulBalm Says.  Check her out at

Remember, we’re back on the air Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 and check for audio links.

Until next time,

Live. Laugh. Love.



MCS Radio Show – Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Happy October! Yes!  I said October!  I know.  It’s taken a while to get this radio show blog posted.  This is one of my favorite seasons!


You’ll find out one reason why during the Passion for Fashion segment.  Well I certainly missed being on the radio yesterday (10/1) but it was nice to spend more time with family.

Before we get to the radio show recap, I want to pause for a minute to acknowledge the life of Dynasty Tillman, the 23 year old mother who was shot and killed in front of her two young daughters while driving a week ago in Joliet, Illinois.  I met Dynasty a few years ago when her 4 year old daughter, Brooklyn, was still a little baby.  She was young, vibrant, inquisitive; and was always “doll’d up” and had a million dollar smile.  She was a doting mother and wanted the best for her baby girl.  I hadn’t seen or talked to Dynasty in about a year and a half.   I talked to her grandmother the morning after Dynasty’s passing–not as a reporter but as a friend.  As expected, she and the family is devastated.  I hope to speak with her again at a later date.  In the meantime, please join me in sending condolences and prayers to Dynasty’s loved ones; especially to her to daughters, 4 year old Brooklyn and the 3 month old baby. Please look out for fundraiser information on social media.  As soon as I get more information, I’ll be sure to share.  Rest in Heaven, glamour girl!!

Now about the show.  Here’s what you missed last week…

Cafe Talk:  How do you navigate around or handle road blocks that attempt to prevent you from being all that God intended you to be?

1st Hour – Top News

There wasn’t much commentary on top news.  Soul and I really kind of got right into Cafe Talk after I talked about the re-occurring technical difficulties that I face each week before show time.  Check it out here.

Terrie Simmons joined us in studio later in the hour.  She chimed in on Cafe Talk and also shared information about two of the organizations that she’s leading, QCAACC and WBDC-Aurora.  Click here for the audio.

Norvelle Stewart of the Women of Worship ministry at Second Baptist Church of Joliet phoned in to remind listeners about the Health Workshop that’s set for Saturday, October 15, 2016; and other events coming up for Women’s month.  Click for more at

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

The first part of this hour was dedicated to Terrie informing us about the Entrepreneurs Competition. 

Passion for Fashion segment was all about my Fall favorites… jeans, sweaters, jackets, leather, and boots!  Here’s the audio link.

Of course, Soul wrapped up with another edition of SoulBalm Says.  Check it out.

Remember, as for now, the next radio show is set for Saturday, October 22nd.  If there’s a chance that we are on beformthen, I’ll let you know via the website and social media.

Have an amazing week!

Peace, Marilyn