MCS Radio Show – Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Hi All.  I hope that you all experienced a wonderful Mother’s Day!  My day started on a solemn note but got better as the day went on.  I made sure that I reached out to family and friends albeit mostly via texts because I had guests, etc.  I was treated to a delicious dinner and received lots of hugs and love.

So, did you miss the radio show?  If so, you missed a lot!  Take a read and listen

Cafe Talk was based on Mother’s Day– Moms or those in the role of moms, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve gotten or wished you’ve gotten?

1st Hour – Top News

Soul and I presented an extended version of “this day in history” highlighting the significance of Alice Paul in the Women’s suffrage movement; the great Dustbowl storm of 1934; and other significant events.  During the abbreviated version of Top News, we talked about the possibility of landline services going away as well as chimed in on the story about the Trump administration’s decision to do away with Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity initiative, “Let’s Move”.    Take a listen.

We both then shared our response to the Cafe Talk question.  It seems we both are more interested in the time shared with our loved ones than actual gifts.  We, also, enjoy the element of being surprised with gifts too.  A few listeners chimed in on Facebook but didn’t go into great detail.  We then moved into the chat about the new concept of Self-Marriage or Sologamy.  Mostly milleniums are opting to marry themselves complete with a wedding ceremony and reception while waiting for the right one to come along. This truly left us both scratching our heads…but we’re not judging.  Would you marry yourself?  Chime in in the comments section.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Brianna Woolridge, the winner of ABC 7 Chicago’s Windy City Live guest co-host contest stopped by to talk about her awesome experience and to chat it up with us this hour.  Soul and I really enjoyed our time with her.  For the audio to her segment, click listen.

MarilynBriannaSoulpicMarilyn in-studio with Brianna and Soul.

Okay, we all vibed so well together that Brianna came appropriately dressed for the Passion for Fashion segment {Fashion Trend-Wearing Dresses over Jeans) without even getting the memo!  Take a look.  Then listen here!

Soul, Marilyn, and Brianna dressed in the Dress over jeans fashion trend.

Okay, my friends.  That’s a wrap.  Soulbalm Says will return next Saturday so be sure to tune in at 1:05pm CDT for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society.  Peace!








MCS Radio Show – Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Hi there, I cannot believe that we’re 10 days into May already!!!  We’re just a few days away from Mother’s Day and the anxiety is trying to escalate.  Keep me, my siblings and other loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as we experience our first Mother’s Day without the physical presence of my mama.


My beautiful mother on Mother’s Day 2015

Well, Soul and I had a good time this past Saturday chatting it up and sharing news and other information with listeners.  We talked about the original purpose of the Eiffel Tower and other significant historical events that happened on May 6th.

Cafe Talk:  Would you mind your spouse or significant other having  breakfast, lunch or dinner with a friend of your same sex without you?  Why or Why not?

1st Hour – Top News

This segment was so interesting that moved the Cafe Talk segment to the second hour. Here’s what we tackled…

*Congress passing the American Health Care Act; avoiding a government shutdown; and approving a measure to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

And sadly, reported that 16 month old Semaj Crosby was laid to rest on Friday and the house that she was found in went up in flames early Saturday, May 6th.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Cafe Talk

Entertainment Talk included the DWTS update, Miley Cyrus maturing, Harry Potter franchise goes to Broadway, and the iconic Ringling’s Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s last circus performance on May 21st will be streamed live on Facebook.

In Passion for Fashion, Soul and I emphasized how the blouse is the main accessory this spring/summer fashion season.  The colors, prints, cuts, styles are so varied and bold that all you need to do is match it with a pair of jeans, plain black pants, white or another solid color or even print for that matter.

Cafe Talk and Soulbalm Says wrapped the hour.  Click here for the audio snippets.

Remember to join us next Saturday for another edition of the show.  Also, remember to follow me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Facebook at Marilyn’s Cafe Society.  And, Soul on WordPress at








MCS Radio Show – Saturday, April 29th, 2017


We closed out the month April by recognizing it as National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.  Sadly, we focused on the local story of 16 month old toddler, Semaj Crosby, who was reported missing and was later found deceased in her own home.


Community activist, producer, and songwriter, Steve Broadway, joined me in-studio for the first hour of the show to share what he saw and experienced while on location during the 3-4 day ordeal.  Here’s how the show flowed…

Cafe Talk:  What are you doing to prevent and raise awareness about child abuse and neglect?

First Hour  – Top News

The Good—A government shut down has been delayed another week.

The Bad—Conflict between North Korea and United States moves from a simmer to brew.

The Ugly—Sixteen month old Semaj Crosby found dead.

After reporting on the Semaj Crosby story with Steve, I shared stats on children who are abused and neglected in the United States.  I also reminded listeners about what exactly child abuse is and the different forms of abuse.  Click here for the audio.

Cafe Talk:  What’s your favorite dance, past or present?

Second Hour –  Child Abuse and Neglect report continued/Entertainment News

In this hour, I continued talk on Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness by sharing five (5) strategies to implement help.  And ended the hour with latest DWTS update and announced the Windy City Live (on ABC 7 Chicago) contest.   Go to for more information.  Soul will return next Saturday with another edition of Soulbalm Says.

Also, for more detailed information about preventing child abuse and neglect, visit

Remember to tune in next Saturday, May 6th, 2017 for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  Also, find me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Facebook at Marilyn’s Cafe Society.

Continue to have an awesome week everyone.






MCS Radio Show Recap: Saturday, January 7th, 2017

I know. This post is soo late!!  I’ve been working on it for weeks now.  By the way, the audio on the website may or may not be posted.  Among other things, there have been technical issues,  Anyway, here you go…


It’s February and Black History Month my friends.   I hope that you are having a great 2017!  So much has happened, in general, since we welcomed the new year.  Let’s all stay prayerful and in faith.  Speaking of welcoming the new year, the first radio show of the year turned out to be a big party.  In studio guests stopped by and we shared important information as well as touched on hot topics.  Here’s more of what you missed…

1st Hour- Top News

The focus news stories of this segment were the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and the four (4) Chicago teens who beat up the handicapped boy. This segment was hot because we took the discussion to a deeper level by encouraging all to look in the mirror!

Cafe Talk:  It’s a new year!  What are you not going to take anymore?!!

Deb Upshaw, President of the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up for Black Women along with Dr. Kristi Kelly who is a NHBW-Joliet member and Chair of the Jr. Chapter for girls chimed in on Cafe Talk.  They also shared information about their upcoming Teen Summit.  See below and go to for audio.


2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Soul and I commented on the new Lebron James game show, The Wall; the sudden loss of mother/daughter actresses, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; the 74th Golden Globe’s; the Hidden Figures movie; and Billboard’s Top 10 best selling albums of 2016.  Passion for Fashion was scratched due to time constraints.  However, we managed to chat it up about questions that you should ask yourself before signing up for the online dating sites.

As usual, we wrapped the show with the SoulBalm Says segment.  Take a listen.

Have a great week and check back soon for more posts and radio show recaps.  Also, find me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.






MCS Radio Show – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Well.  Are you ready?  Counting the number of days before the New Year?!!  Hey,  including today, there’s just 4 days left!!!  For no particular reason, I’m feeling excited.  I guess I’m anticipating all the wonderful things to come.   Are you?  Comment here or call in during the next show on Saturday, New Year’s Eve.

If you missed this past Saturday’s (Christmas Eve) show, here’s what happened…

The Spiritual Ballerina, Chantal Hill,  (above) was my special in-studio guest.  And, she did a wonderful job chiming in on various segments as well as just being good company.

Cafe Talk: What are you doing to spread Peace on Earth and Good Will towards men?

1st Hour – Top News

As stated during the introduction of this segment, our fellow human beings have been misbehaving in the worst way!  I chose not to spend a lot of time talking about these unsettling stories.  However, the unrest in Aleppo has gotten worse as has the overall disrespect for human life, I simply had to say something.  Take a listen here.

Chantal and I lightened things up with Cafe Talk by sharing what we do to spread Peace on Earth and Good Will towards men.  Meeting the needs of others is certainly one way, but also, just sharing a smile, a kind word; or as Beth Ann (a caller) said, the next time you’re in a drive through line, pay the bill for the person behind you!! Take a listen.  We can all do something year round to accomplish the Cafe Talk in more meaningful ways by supporting organizations that do so and by holding our elected officials  accountable.


We also chimed in on the interesting concept of making Christmas breakfast a big deal!!! Clearly, it will require more work in the kitchen but if you and your family want a break from the usual big Christmas dinner, breakfast may be a welcomed change!  Think about it.  Delicious breakfast served all day on Christmas!!  Yummy!

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Instead of TV Talk, I spent the segment interviewing the Spiritual Ballerina, Chantal!  She shared that she has danced in numerous ballet productions in New York City; travelled the world even to Paris, France; and appeared on the Trinity Broadcast Network!  Julia Alexander, who was also in-studio filming for her television show, asked a few questions.  We talked cooking, baking, and Chantal shared fashion tips during the Passion for Fashion segment. Click here for the audio.

Before signing off, we gave away the final 12 Saturdays til Christmas Gift Bag!  Congratulations to Bruce of Plainfield, Illinois.  Okay, that’s a wrap!  All in all, we had a fun time together in studio. Here are a few more pictures.  Chantal with me, her Dad, and Julia.

Chantal tried to show Julia and I a few moves.  We attempted to show what we learned through the mannequin challenge.  LOL!!  Go to for the video; and for more on Chantal, go to

Have a wonderful week and remember to tune into the New Year’s Eve edition of the show this coming Saturday.




9th Annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast

Wow!!  What a show!  Hey there.  This past Saturday was so worth all the work that it took to pull it off.  The singers/musicians Knocked their performances out of the park!   The feedback from the listeners is positive and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Photos and video will be posted to the website OR here in a day or two.  For now, read this…


Contact: MCS PR Team

A Beautiful Story Was Told during the MCS 9th Annual Christmas Celebration Show

Crest Hill, Illinois – Marilyn May of the Marilyn’s Café Society Radio Show hosted and produced a joyful 9th Annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast and VIP reception last Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the WJOL Studios. Marilyn along with her special guests and singers told the amazing story of the birth of Jesus the Christ through word and song. The two hour show was creative, spontaneous, and entertaining.
Local singers, Julia Alexander, Hollie White, Jonas Jones, and Soul Stanley joined Marilyn as she opened the show with a soul stirring performance of a Christian/Gospel music favorite, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”. Right after that segment, singer/musician, Joel Schick, who also happens to be The Muppets illustrator, told the story of the birth of Jesus through his bluesy original recording entitled, “Down In Bethlehem”. In-studio guests had a toe tapping, hand clapping time with those musical performances.
Next, singer Julia Alexander, who also runs Tahj Productions, told the story of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the “Little Drummer Boy”. Keyboardist, Ken Alexander, provided the music for her performance and also served as the in-studio musician for others and this special Christmas show. Marilyn and guests pondered the rhetorical question of whether Mary really knew the significance of the birth of her baby boy. Hollie White, who sings with a local band, followed that brief discussion with the song, “Mary Don’t You Know?”. Fifteen year old, Jonas Jones, with his guitar in tow, reminded everyone that we can turn to Jesus for strength and guidance when needed through his moving performance of the song “Pressure”, a Jonathan McReynolds original. Soul Stanley, poet, educator, inspirational speaker and contributor to Marilyn’s Café Society Radio Show, shared a beautiful poem that closed the first hour of the Christmas show. Everyone was clearly inspired by both performances as was the listeners because the telephone lines lit up.
The second hour of the Christmas Celebration Broadcast offered lots of fun and give aways. Everyone in-studio told what was their favorite holiday song. Listeners heard special comments from the show sponsors, Maureen Pool, Operations Director for the Will County Center for Community Concerns and Shauna Weatherspoon, Executive Director of the Quad County African-American Chamber of Commerce. Also, like past shows, in-studio guests participated in singing Christmas carols; and everyone closed the show as usual by singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.
Segments of the Christmas Celebration broadcast was taped for Joliet Community Television Channel 6 and will be aired at a later date. Audio and video of segments, will soon be posted to For more, call 815-341-5336 or email

MCS Radio Show-Saturday, November 19, 2016

Happy Saturday before Thanksgiving Day!  I really like this time of the year–autumn and all the beautiful trees; the leaves changing colors falling all over the place; and people, in general, appearing to be kinder and thankful.

Today’s radio show was fantastic. Maureen Pool, my special guest co-host, did a knockout job! Thank you and the Will County Center for Community Concerns for the support!


Photo credit: Maureen Pool

Well, here’s what happened…

Cafe Talk: What’s your favorite donut type and what it says about your pysche or personality.

First Hour – Top News

The focus was all things Thanksgiving. We talked about how most retailers have decided NOT to open Thanksgiving evening because the idea to open after dinner hours on Thanksgiving Day last year did not produce great results. Maureen and I also chimed in on the news about Thanksgiving dinner costing less this year…a whole 3-4 cents!!  Hey!  A small savings is better than no savings at all. Take a listen here.

During Cafe Talk we revealed our favorite donut type and shared information about what it says about your personality.  For example, if you like powdered donuts, then you’re a kid at heart.  Go to for more.

Second Hour – Entertainment News

Oops! I thought that I hit the record button.  Listen.  It’s challenging wearing so many different hats in the studio. No audio to hear for this hour.  So, I’ll lay this out in words.

Dancing With the Stars, The Voice, ABC 20/20, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s kiss, NBC’s This Is Us, and the upcoming American Music Awards dominated TV Talk. I, once again, predicted that Olympian Laurie Hernandez will walk away with the mirror ball on Tuesday while Maureen believes that race car driver, James Hinchcliffe will win.

I noted that Chicagoan, Sa’Rayah, was voted off The Voice last Tuesday. She was a member of Alicia Keyes team and I have a feeling that we’ll be hearing more from her. With just 11 contestants left, well be watching to see which Team wins this season.

 JLo and ex-husband Marc Anthony made the news this week while attending, presenting, and performing at the Latin Grammy Awards last Thursday. One day after they kissed, it’s been reported that Anthony and his current wife, Shannon De Lima have separated. Don’t read too much into this. Benny Medina, JLo’s longtime manager, told TMZ that Jennifer and Marc are absolutely NOT back together. Only time will tell.

Speaking of Awards shows, be sure to catch the American Music Awards on ABC 7, Sunday, November 20th.  Post note—it was good!!!

ABC’s 20/20 tackled a very touchy subject this past Friday featuring segments on women in media who allegedly suffered sexual harassment and abuse on the job. Gretchen Carlson and Laurie Luhn’s stories are unbelievable and that just happens to be why they took so long to speak out against Roger Ailes and Fox.   Maureen and I talked about the strength of women and the courage that it took for them to do something about these dehumanizing, disrespectful acts. Thank God that I haven’t had to deal with that— but discrimination has been a problem for me.  Anyway, their advice to others is to  document, document, document.  For more, go to

Lastly, Maureen and I chatted about whether or not we believed Chrissy Metz of the television show, This Is Us, is selling out the “big girls” because her contract requires that she lose weight over the course of the show.  According to Metz,  its all a part of the story line for the show.   She hopes that her weightloss journey encourages other women to get healthier and better in all areas of their lives.  I agree and so does Maureen.

And now, Passion for Fashion. This segment was really good.  Since I don’t have the audio, here’s a snapshot of what I shared in terms of what to wear on Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving Day…


You are welcome!!!

Congratulations to all the 12 Saturdays til Christmas Gift bag winners!  Be sure to tune in next Saturday for your chance to win!  Have a deliciously, loving and thankful week, and

Happy Thanksgiving!



MCS Radio Show – Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hey there!

Early start and short show today due to high school sports programming.  I hope you got the message via social media.  If not, here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  Now that the election is over and results are in, How are you doing?

So the big debate about the Electoral College and the popular vote continues to pain many Americans.  Protestors have taken to the streets and social media to voice their displeasure with President-elect, Donald Trump.  Meanwhile his supporters and to the surprise of many, some Republicans are celebrating his victory.  Soul and I spent a good portion of the hour long show discussing this and the significance of these two finally meetng!


Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamanque

Click here for audio.

No TV Talk or Passion For Fashion.  For SoulBalm Says, go to

Talk to you next week!



MCS Radio Show-Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wow!  Did you know tat there’s just five (5l more Saturdays before the 9th Annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast?  I’m excited!  Send email to for more information or check out

Here’s a quick recap of today’s show..


Cafe Talk:  Cubs fans, what did the Cubs clinching the World Series mean to you and your family?  Also, tonight we “fall back” in time. Do you have a funny story about forgetting to change the time to share?

First hour – Top News

Soul and I talked about the upcoming Election Day on Tuesday as well as the importance of exercising your right to vote.  How exciting to be on the brink of perhaps electing our first female President of the United States!  Wondering how many Americans will be suffering from Post Election Traumatic Stress Disorder come Wednesday?!!!  Go tosouliciouswordexperience for more.

We started the 12 Saturdays til Christmas gift bag giveaways, and had to play catch-up by pulling 4 names.  Winner’s will be contacted by phone or email.  Bags can be picked up during the Christmas Celebration Broadcast.

Second Hour – Entertainment News

Listeners enjoyed more Cubs banter along with their Go Cubs Go anthem!  My goodness.  It really has become an earworm!

Click here for TV Talk and check out the pictures that support the Passion for Fashion segment on how to properly wear/rock the Timberland boots or something similar.

Finally, Soul closed the show with another edition of “SoulBalm Says”.  Be sure to check her out at

All right, that’s a wrap. Tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society.  Become my social media @marilynscafesoc on Twitter and Facebook. com/Marilyn’s Cafe Society.



MCS Radio Show – Saturday, October 29, 2016


Imagine my surprise when the electrical power went out about an half hour before show time on this day!  The generators even failed to kick on!  No lights.  No computers.  No printers. No phones. No broadcast transmission.  No show!!!  Talk about drama!!

When the power failed, I was prepping for the show and one of The Outsiders co-host was just wrapping up some post show production work.  We quickly reached out to key management via our cell phones.  The station engineer arrived in no time and began troulbeshooting. I offered assistance where I could.  We learned from our power company that there was, in fact, a power outage in the radio station’s immediate area.  They estimated that power would be restored in a couple of hours.

At approximately 2:18pm, I was able to start my show.  Here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  Cleveland Indians or Chicago Cubs?  Obviously, the question is pertaining to the World Series Championship games.

Of course, as a Chicagoan, I’m rooting for the Cubs!

The show was just under 1 1/2 hour and it was a mish mosh of how the full show would be presented.  I mean after all that no electricity drama, I was some what, kind of sort of exhausted!  You can go to to take a listen.  I promise, next week’s show is even better!