MCS Radio Show Update – Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Hey there!  Today, for the most part, was a good day!  I experienced an unplanned adventure.  Actually, I cannot believe that I did what the “stereotypical ” man does when he believes that he knows how to get to a destination only to discover that he isn’t quite sure where he is going–especially in this day and age of GPS and Google Maps/Directions.  carmap

I left home in plenty of time, yet somehow still managed to arrive 20-25 minutes late!lostwomanincar

All the back and forth that I did on the roads, I felt that I could have made a cross country road trip!usamap

And, again, like the “stereotypical” man, it didn’t occur to me to just Google the directions or call the contact for help!  Well, anyway, I finally got there and yhen the total opposite happened!   At some point during the presentation, the speaker/trainer moved me to tears.  There I was–just like a woman or baby–crying.  Maybe I’ll share more at a later date.

Right now let’s get to what happened during Saturday’s radio show…

Café Talk:  What age do you plan to retire OR did you retire?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

“This Day In History” highlights included…

*Waterbury, Connecticut and Troy, New York breaking their state records with sweltering temperatures of 105 and 108 degrees respectively in 1926;

*In 1933, Wiley Post completed his first solo flight around the world.  It took him 7 days, 18 hours, and 45 minutes;

*Rev. Sun Myung Moon performed the biggest mass wedding of 2,200 couples in New York City in 1982;

*In 1994, a U.S. federal judge ordered The Citadel, a state financed military college in Charleston, S.C. to open its doors to women.

*Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, George Alexander Louis, who is now third in line to the British throne.

During Top News, I reported and commented on the travel ban on Americans traveling to North Korea; Illinois State Governor Bruce Rauner’s vow to call a special session if Democrats don’t meet his education funding bill deadline; and Amazon’s biggest money maker, it’s cloud computing business.

Rashad sat in with me and helped tackle Café Talk.  According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more Americans now work past the traditional retirement age.  Again, the big question… at what age do you plan to retire?  We both chimed in indicating that as long as we’re able to do the work that we love, we may not ever officially “retire”.  Facebookers also chimed in stating the ages of 55, 65, and even agreeing with me and Rashad.

Rashad reported on what was trending on Social Media…

*Actor, John Hurd died.

*Brandon Graze won the British open.

*According to the U. S. Center for Disease Control, it’s not safe to consume papayas right now due to salmonella findings.

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2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Bachelorette update:  Rachel sent Dean home after hometown visits.  I shared that I thought she made a mistake.  She should have sent Bryan home.  Anyway, next week’s episode will show the final three, Bryan, Eric, and Peter meeting and spending time with her family and friends.  Rashad reported on the R. Kelly allegations.  We all know that the horrific crimes of human trafficking and sex slaves are real in the United States.  Prayerfully, there is absolutely no truth to this.  He briefly talked about the passing of Chester Benington, lead singer of Linkin Park.  And I reported on the Big3 League convening at the United Center in Chicago.

The topic of Passion for Fashion–  “Different Ways to Wear a Crop Top”.

*Sport your crop top with a pair of light weight jeans or pedal pushers (aka capris) for everyday wear.

*Go for the longline sports bra which looks like a crop top, paired with leggings or workout bottoms while working out or exploring the great outdoors.

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Julia Alexander of TAJH Productions and local community channel JCTV stopped by to share information about her upcoming fundraiser event, Heaven Can Dance 2, The Performance.  Dancers from St. Paul’s  and St. John’s Baptist Church will perform and the Spiritual Ballerina is returning to the area for a special performance.  More information can be found at .

No Soulbalm Says this week.

Continue to have a wonderful week and be sure to tune in Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show.




MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Listen you all, it’s the middle of summer and I’m suddenly thinking about Christmas!


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Okay, this is what happened during Saturday’s broadcast…

Café Talk:  What is fear stopping you from doing?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Brianna, Soul, and I shared interesting information during the “This Day In History” segment.  For example, the first human blood transfusion was administered; the Rosetta Stone was found; Arkansas became the 25th state; Native Americans were proclaimed U.S. Citizens; and British Products (BP) announced the terrible accident that sent millions of barrels of crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Top News consisted of the Senate recess delay due to the updated Better Care Reconciliation Act (that happens to be very, very similar to the original bill) which includes provisions that attempt to address opposition from several Republican lawmakers .  The Voter Fraud Commission requests that have been rejected by most states was also a topic of commentary as was the House of Representatives proposed cutting of the Federal Pell Grant program.

We ran a bit over time so Café Talk was cut short but not before each of us chimed in and concluded that  “fear of failure” and “fear of success” are two of the biggest fears that keep people from moving forward.   Facebook friends also shared various fears that ultimately fall into those to bigger categories.

A friend to the show (Mary Lou Johnston) called in to talk up a fundraising event that will help an organization that she and I both support—P.O.W.E.R. Connection.    P.O.W.E.R. Connection is a 501C3 organization that provides opportunities for work, education, and job retraining for individuals who need it.  They also have a food pantry and resale clothing store for those in need.  If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about them, visit

Here’s what was trending on Social Media…

*Venus Wiliams lost at Wimbledon.

*Picture of Beyonce with the new born twins, Sir and Rumi.

*Galvanize Chicago event.

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2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Yes, the Bachelorette show is still very much on topic!  Rachel’s down to the final 4 and next week’s episode will show the “hometown” visits of her meeting Peter, Eric, Dean, and Brian’s families and friends.  Highlights of the ESPYs were shared and we talked about the Emmy Nominations announcements from earlier in the week and how several Chicagoans (like Julia Louis Dreyfus and Bob Odenkirk)  are on tap to possibly receive an Emmy.  Brianna went to the movies to see the Planet of the Apes.  She, unlike others, wasn’t very impressed.  Of course, I shared that the entire Planet of the Apes franchise never really “floated my boat” since the premiere of the television series in the 1970s. Talk about D-Wade’s fanny packs wrapped up this segment.

The downward spiral of high-end jeans sales was the topic of Passion for Fashion.  According to the Washington Post, the declining sales began in late 2012 and has resulted in True Religion filing for bankruptcy protection a few weeks ago and the closing of at least 27 stores.  The big question is who will follow…7 For All Mankind or Hudson’s?


Before closing the show, we shared the lineup for the final days of Pitchfork Fest in Chicago;  country legend, Loretta Lynn’s recovery from a stroke; Weinstein television developing a daytime talkshow featuring news veteran,Tamron Hall;  and the Little Red Wagon (the Radio Flyer) turns 100.

Soulbalm Says closed us out.  Take a listen to various 2nd hour segments here.

Continue to have a wonderful week and be sure to tune in Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show.



MCS Radio Show Recap – Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Well, I did it!  Flying solo, I took over the “Slocum in the Morning” show.  27273462-TAKEOVER-red-Rubber-Stamp-over-a-white-background--Stock-Photo

No news breaks, traffic or weather updates.  Just me and my little helpers until they fell asleep by the 3rd hour of the show. Of course, I shared patriotic and “wake-up” music along with various segments of my show!  Here’s what happened…

Cafe Talk:  Simply, what are you doing today?

1st Hour:  Top News

*Illinois State Lawmakers (Senate) passes budget. Governor Rauner vetoes it!

*President Trump’s latest Twitter posts.

*Pennsylvania man arrested in road rage murder of 18 year old.

*Semaj Crosby case still open.

A few people posted responses to Cafe Talk on Facebook.  Answers included working, sleeping in, and cooking.  My little helpers had some friends chime in too with the similar responses.

A quick look at social media revealed that the following were trending…

*Donald Trump’s wrestling video

*Elon Musk’s 3rd production ahead of schedule

*Gov. Chris Christie and the shutdown of NJ’s government and beaches

2nd Hour- General News and Information

In this hour, I continued with Cafe Talk and shared holiday information with listeners.

*Ways to put a Spark in Your 4th of July that includes, going fishing, taking a trip to the zoo or local park, going to the beach, and hosting a neighborhood barbeque party.

*Talked up the fact that it’s National Hot Dog Month.  Here in America, some 20 Billion hot dogs are eaten every year!  Regional differences in hot dogs include people in the south topping their dogs with creamy coleslaw; other regions add spicy chili or just a squirt of mustard while Chicagoans prefer garden toppings like onions, tomatoes, pickles, and/or peppers.  Hot Dogs were brought to Chicago by Germans and Austrian immigrants.  The big hot dog question is ketchup or not???


*Ways to be sustainable this July 4th.  Don’t use plastic ware; do buy biodegradable items; use the dishwasher to conserve water; don’t cook, get out the house; recycle, reuse, etc.; send invitations digitally.

Musician/producer, Swiss Beatz; the Germany bus crash; and Wimbledon Men’s tennis was trending on social media.

3rd Hour – Entertainment News

Cafe Talk remained the same.  Entertainment Talk was brief and included celebrity names that are commonly mispronounced.  I also shared important information for chocolate lovers.  Chocolate Tours are very popular now.  Most chocolate candy makers offer them at their facilities and the most popular one is in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Yes, Hershey’s Chocolate World!  A Slice of Brooklyn in NYC is also popular and also includes pizza and Christmas light tours.

Passion for Fashion focused on Festival Season, highlighting the popular clothing and other items to wear to or have for various summer festivals.  Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.  Get your sparkle on with gold glitter on your nails and face.  As for clothing, the 2 piece short sets (matching top and bottoms); the embroidered skirt at any length; and mule type shoes as well as moccasins, believe it or not.  Remember to take wipes to pat the sweat from your face and to clean in other important places. Lastly, don’t use your cell phone to take pictures.  Get a real camera…digital or instant!

I wrapped up the final hour by sharing some local announcements and fun places that parents can take their children for the July 4th holiday including Navy Pier in Chicago.  Oh!  Here’s that recipe for the July 4th themed snow cone!  (Hover of the picture and click.)


That’s a wrap!  Audio for this broadcast is not available.  Be sure to join me next Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 1:05 p.m. CDT for another exciting edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  Peace!

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, July 1st, 2017

In the spirit of July 4th, here’s something to think about…

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” -Abraham Lincoln

Well, I hope that you all had a spectacular July 4th holiday.  Although there was no grilling or cooking involved, I enjoyed it to the best of my ability.  We were all missing my mother and the day just seemed a bit off.  Nevertheless, the outing with my starting line up and lead motivator was nice.   Here’s a pic…


So you missed Saturday’s show?  Well here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  If you could give up one thing today and walk away from it completely free, what would it be?

First Hour – “This Day in History” and Top News

“On this day in history” was so interesting, I spent extra time on it.  Here they are…in the year 1200, sunglasses were invented in China; the first postage stamp was issued in 1847; the first zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874; in 1908, the first “SOS” (…—…) distress signal became the worldwide standard for help; Chicago’s Comiskey Park opened in 1910; the voting age was lowered from age 21 to 18 by ratifying the 26th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution; in 1979 the Sony Walkman went on sale; and in 1997, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear.

During top news, I chimed in on what the citizens of the State of Illinois may continue to lose if lawmakers don’t reach a budget deal this weekend.  If a deal is reached, they’ll avoid a 3rd year without a spending plan.  I also recapped the breaking news that WJOL program director, Scott Slocum reported just before the start of my radio show.  Sadly, the breaking news was about the fatal car accident at I-55 @ I-80 West ramp.  Lastly, I commented on the increase of road rage incidents particularly during this holiday season.

We all chimed in during Cafe Talk and What’s Trending on Social Media.  Take a listen at

Second Hour – Entertainment News

Entertainment talk was juicy!  We recapped the BET Awards Show.  Of course talking up Bruno Mars and his band’s performance.  We talked about other highlights including Chance the Rapper’s and New Edition’s special honors.  The latest episode of the Bachelorette was on the menu along with America’s Got Talent contestant, Johnny Manuel, who covered Whitney Houston’s “I’ve Got Nothing” song.  Click here to view the video.  Wonder Woman the movie was chatted about; Jay:Z’s 4:44 album release; and the names (Sir and Rumi) of his newly born twin babies with his wife, Beyonce, were on topic.

I shared “Fun Ways to Dress for the 4th of July” without looking tacky during Passion for Fashion.  Take a look at one of the looks I sported the day before July 4th;  and the cute, infamous “flag dress that I wore on “the 4th”.

Left to right:  Marilyn in muted red, white and blue sundress; and “the” flag dress.

Before wrapping the show, we reminded everyone about the various fireworks shows happening in their respective communities or region and announced a couple of festivals that they can attend.  Lastly, Soul presented another thought-provoking “SoulBalm Says”.  Talk a listen.

Remember everyone that I will be (at the time of publishing this, I already have) taking over the morning show this Monday, July 3rd, 2017.  Join me at 6:05 a.m.  Also, find me on and Facebook.  Be safe.