Being Authentic and Relatable

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Hey there.
As promised, here is this week’s blog. As stated during the “live” broadcast today, this has been a challenging week. It’s not that I didn’t have content or the time to blog. I mean, I have a lot to blog about but I chose not to share because I was concerned that I might over share.

We are living in a time when many believe that in order to be relatable, we must show and tell to everything about ourselves if not “errrrthang”– your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, experiences, likes, dislikes, ups, downs, “inny or outy”, etc. LoL

I get it. People need to know that we are human and I want to be authentic when sharing.  So here we go. Ready?!! As I close this week’s blog, I am feeling disappointed because the Houston Rockets just lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder. I was excited at some point during the game because Houston had a 20 point lead.

More importantly, my mother and brother’s transition dates are approaching and no matter how hard I try not to think about it or feel sad. I do.

Ok. So, I’m sleepy and that’s all I got for this blog. For more on my thoughts and experiences, be sure to check out today’s short show on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also, check my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

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Spread “More Goodness” in 2019

Happy New Year!

I raise my proverbial glass to you and say “Cheers” to making 2019 a year of “more goodness” in our individual lives and the world.

Listen, we can find ways to spread “more goodness” to others, no matter what is going on in this world.

Yes, you can find a way to spread “more goodness” to others, no matter your station in life.

There is no question that you can remain unaffected by the negativity around you so that you can spread “more goodness” to others.

What does “more goodness” look like?  Well, it has many “looks”.  Here are a few…

Sharing a smile; making someone laugh; stopping someone from being mistreated or bullied; making the righteous business decision;  letting someone else get the close parking spot; calling out and eradicating discrimination and injustice; sharing a good book; taking better care of yourself; praying for someone; etc.   Obviously, “more goodness” can also be tangible or material.  For example, helping someone who needs financial assistance; providing opportunities to overlooked individuals; donating money, unused clothes, shoes, and other items to charity; etc.

We’ve heard this before, right?  Some have called this “random acts of kindness” or “paying it forward”.  Well, I challenge you to be an Ambassador of more that goodness in 2019.

Chime in here to let me know what you did OR how you received “more goodness” in your life.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, November 18th, 2018

Hello!  It’s me with more recaps of older radio shows and blogging.  I hope you’re well.  So far we’ve had a very interesting year.  I hope that you’re keeping up with the YouTube shows that I’ve hosted since sometime in February.  The first few videos were posted on Facebook only.  Be sure to visit both and like and subscribe.  The links are at the end of this post.

1st Hour:  Brianna was guest co-host.

On this day in history…

*In 1883, the U. S. adopted the Standard Time and set up four (4) zones— Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. It was all due to America’s railroad system and the ability to do long distance traveling.

*In 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time in Steamboat Willie, with Walt Disney himself doing the voice.

*In 1963, push-button telephones made their debut commercially.  Despite this dynamic debut, the rotary dial phones remained customers favorite for many more years.

Brianna presented Born on this day.  Here’s a few…

*in 1923, Alan Shepard, the first American in space

*in 1942, Linda Evans, actress

*in 1970, Mike Epps, actor/comedian

Cafe News consisted of  alarming stories of sexual assault and violence are coming out. Also, the offices of the Chicago Tribune have moved.  Be sure to check out the audio here.

Café Talk:  Brianna and I chimed in.  Do you have or will you buy a Christmas tree that’s not the traditional color of green?  We also read a few social media responses to the question.  The color purple was the most popular.

Another 12 Saturdays Til Christmas Gift Bag was then given away!  Listeners were also reminded to get their tickets for the Colors of Christmas Concert at the Rialto and to tune in for the 10th Annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast event on Saturday, December 2nd.

2nd Hour:   Brianna shared Entertainment News.  The audio is here.

By 12:30pm we had to wrap due to a scheduled High School Football game.  No show next week due to Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

As promised in the intro,  here are the video links.

https://www.YouTube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety and https://www.Facebook.com/MarilynsCafeSociety

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Hey Everyone! 

This Saturday’s show was another short one.  However, this time around I had an in-studio guest with me.  Here’s the recap…

Cafe Talk:  How well do you know sports?

1st and only Hour:  On this day in history and Top News…

* 1908: The Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, clinching the World Series. 

* 1964:  The United States civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., at age 35 became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  He accepted the prize on behalf of “all men who love peace and brotherhood.”

In-studio guest co-host, Karen Isberg (singer, recording artist, and entertainer), shared who’s birthdaying today.

Top News was brief and included…

*The story about the U. S. Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross asking Congress for $3.3 Billion Dollars more to complete the 2020 census which now estimates to cost about $15.6 Billion Dollars.   The additional dollars will go to testing and ramping up new technologies focusing mostly on cybersecurity.

*Facebook announced wireless Virtual Reality headset that doesn’t require wires or a smartphone to work and costs only $200.  Of course, Karen and I joked about the problem many of us are facing dealing with the reality of everyday life let alone trying to figure out this new gaming technology called Virtual Reality!!!  Anyway, at this price, Facebook is teetering on the possibility of getting this virtual technology into the hands of  a billion people.

*Another Facebook story…They are now expanding the ability to order food for takeout or delivery straight from the app or desktop.  The services that users will be able to use include Delivery.com, Door-Dash, and ChowNow.  Facebook has been testing this service for the past year.

Cafe Talk went well.  Karen and I shared that we both are basically above what an average person may know about sports but not quite intermediate yet.  For me, working in media has helped me learn quite a bit.    For example, I reported that I know that the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA Finals!!!

I gave away the second 12 Saturdays Til Christmas gift bag.  Congratulations to Rita B. of Joliet, Illinois.  Be sure to tune in for your chance to win next week.

Entertainment News:

Before wrapping up the radio show, I spent sometime talking with guest co-host, Karen Isberg about her singing career that began when she was in the 3rd grade.   To date, you can catch Karen performing at Giovans Restaurant in Crest Hill, Illinois.  And, if you can’t make it to Giovans, tune in on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 to the 10th Annual Christmas Celebration broadcast because she will be performing.  Yes!  Live in studio!  Go to marilynscafesociety.com for more details.  In addition to singing, Karen shared that she recently retired from a long career in long-term health-care administration.

The hour went by fairly quickly.  I’m looking forward to a full show next week.

Have a great week everyone.

Peace,

Marilyn

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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Aahh, yes, those who’ve been with me for awhile know why!!  We are gearing up for the annual Christmas Celebration broadcast in December.   If you are a business or in charge of sponsorship and advertising dollars for a business, just reach out.  It’s an awesome opportunity to let listeners and others know about your business, product, service, etc.  Also, if you sing or manage a singer, the Christmas Celebration broadcast offers great exposure for your talent and music.  Send your contact information and other materials to marilynscafesociety@yahoo.com or producer@marilynscafesociety.com.  You will be glad you did!!

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 www.thepowerconnection.org.

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.

Visit www.marilynscafesociety.com for audio.

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?

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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.

Peace,

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Hey here’s what you missed a few weeks ago…

Cafe Talk:  Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors?  And why?

1st Hour – This Day in History and Top News:

Soul and Brianna were off so I tackled the “this day in history” segment solo.

In 1752, Benjamin Franklin collected an electrical charge in a Leyden jar when a kite he was flying was struck by lightning.

In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

In 1977, a statement against apartheid from Nelson Mandela was smuggled out of Robben Island prison.

In 2004, Ray Charles, a 12 time Grammy winning singer-pianist and bluesman died at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

Due to the extended “This Day in History” segment, Top News was skipped.  My in-studio guest, comedian Rashad Clarke, went straight to Cafe Talk after a break,  Take a listen here.   Other topics to follow included “Texting Slang that Parents Should Know” and “White Foods that are Healthy for you”.

Cafe Talk closed out the hour.  We each shared our own personal responses and shared some responses from social media and the callers.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Rashad Clarke and Ny Hollywood joined me during Entertainment Talk regarding the Bachelorette tv show; Daytime Divas, Queen Sugar, and more.  Of course, Ny snagged an interview with Ms. Oprah Winfrey and others.  Here’s the link.

Passion for Fashion was all about Summer Must Haves.  And, before wrapping up the show, we noted the passing of Adam West, TV’s Batman.

Remember to tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  And visit www.marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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.

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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 souliciouswe.wordpress.com.

Peace,

Marilyn

 

 

 

 

 

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Hello,

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.

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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 https://www.marilynscafesociety.com/mcs_radio_show 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 https://www.childwelfare.gov.

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.

Peace,

Marilyn

 

 

 

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…

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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 marilynscafesociety.com for audio.

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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.

Peace,

Marilyn