MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

It’s taken me a week to decide if I wanted to acknowledge what happened, let alone write about it.  So here it it…

Last week, I was told that someone’s mother and/or grandmother called me a “nigger” under her breath as she turned away from me after we had a brief (and cordial on my part) business encounter that did not end to her liking.  I didn’t hear her but judging from the shocked, horrified looks on the faces of those around, they heard her.  In fact, several of them, told me what they heard her say.  They encouraged me to call her out and were willing to go to bat for me if needed.  I believe she said it because from the start of our encounter her disposition and attitude was negative.  Again, she was at least 70 years old.

I shared this to make you aware of the vileness that still exists in people’s heart regarding people that are different from them.   As a man or woman thinketh, so is he/she.  It’s just a matter of time before their thoughts are verbalized.  No.  This was not the first circumstance in which I’ve been called names other than my birth name. Quite frankly, you wouldn’t believe some of my stories of verbal disrespect simply because I’m a woman; a woman of color; my general beliefs, perspectives are different;  or just because I am who I am.  Yes.  Some stories relate to work and business situations…customer service, sales, talk radio to be exact.  The other stories are general and in a few cases very personal.  Over the years, I’ve learned that you’ve got to be thick skinned in business as well as in life.  Just keep it moving and keep shining! Is it acceptable?  Absolutely not!  This belittling, derogatory, abusive behavior must be reported and where possible, corrected.

So, in the spirit of keeping it moving, here’s the recap of Saturday’s show…

Café Talk:  Was Joel Osteen right or wrong for the delay in opening his church to the Houston flood victims?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Brianna and I were hard at work in studio preparing the “This Day In History” segment.  Rashad was also present offering commentary during top news and Cafe Talk.

*1935 – A hurricane (dubbed the Labor Day Hurricane) hit the Florida Keys killing an estimated 350-400 people.

*1969 – The very first ATM opened for business.

*2013- 64 year old Diana Nyad made history by completing a 53 hour swim.

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Top News:  Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Rising Gas Prices

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the people in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas including storm remnants reaching Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  Now, Hurricane Irma is approaching the Caribbean Islands and Florida.  Let’s keep her and all others in harms way in our prayers and make $10.00 donation text to Harvey at 90999 or to give more, go to American Red Cross.  As a result of Harvey’s destruction of two major fuel pipelines, the AAA is reporting an uptick in gasoline prices.

Cafe Talk was related to Top News.   For audio on the first hour click this link

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Entertainment Talk included commentary on the Mayweather v. McGregor fight; the MTV Video Music Awards; Khloe Kardashians new love interest; Serena Williams gives birth and more.   Click here for audio.

I shared the “Squiggly Eyebrow” trend during the Passion for Fashion segment. Check them out below.

Photo credit:  Sheen Magazine and  Stylish Curves

Click here for audio.

Tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show; and remember the new OR returned showtime at 12:05pm (Noon) CDT!  Tell a friend!

Peace and Love,



MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Hi guys, I had a very busy yet productive week.  I felt like an octopus trying to get multiple things done at one time!

Nevertheless, I had to make time to let you know what you missed this past Saturday. Here you go…

Café Talk:  What do you like most about “Back to School” time?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Chantal Hill, the Spiritual Ballerina, was the guest co-host today and here’s a couple of highlights from the “This Day In History” segment…

*1849 – The rush for gold in California was accelerated due to a printed story in the NYC Herald.  A man by the name of James Wilson Marshall discovered gold in present day Sacramento, California.  The initial report of discovery was mostly ignored until the NYC Herald wrote about it.  People from every where headed west to find their fortune.  By December of 1849, the population in that area of California mushroomed from the 100’s to an estimated 100,000 people.

*1967 – The Beatles, “All You Need is Love” single goes #1.  The Beatles actually performed the song on the first “live” global television link, “Our World”.  It’s reported the the BBC broadcast via satellite on June 25th was viewed by some 400 million people in 25 countries.  After that groundbreaking performance, the song was tweaked and then released for sale to the masses on July 7th.  It quickly became the number 1 song in at least 10 countries and was also the slogan for the summer of 1967.

For the Top News segment, go to

Cafe Talk sparked interesting commentary for Brianna, Chantal, and even a call from Apostle Jonas of New Covenant Worship Center, 2423 Glenwood Drive, Joliet, Illinois.

For more audio on the first hour click this —->

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

The Entertainment Talk segment included chatter about who the next Bachelor might be; Marlon Wayans new television show on NBC; World of Dance winners, the Les Twins; and more.   Click here for audio.

I talked about the “Monochromatic look for the Fall” during Passion for Fashion.  Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be afraid to wear dresses, suits, and other outfits in general of the same color.  Yes, including same color shoes and accessories.  What an awesome burst of color!!!  Check it out.

Brianna and I talked with the Spiritual Ballerina about what she’s been up to since the last time she stopped by the radio show.  She shared information about an upcoming project that she’s doing entitled “Women of the Bible”.  She called it visual art and said that it will be on display at the Joliet Area Historical Museum in October of this year. Here’s a sample of Chantal’s visual art.


For more about the project and Chantal,  check out Ballerina.  Also follow her on Instagram @chantal_ashante.

Well, it’s a bit brief and, again, click here for audio.

Be sure to join us next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show; and remember the new OR returned showtime at 12:05pm (Noon) CDT!  Tell a friend!

Peace and Love,


MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Once again, as I write, I’m viewing yet another disturbing news incident that happened here in America.   It’s the Heather Heyer Memorial Service that’s broadcasting live on C-Span from the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather’s friends, family members, and then mother and father spoke so eloquently about her.  The common message was how Heather spoke up for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t speak out for themselves.  She fought for the rights of others and they want that to be her legacy.  Also,  a Joliet native, Rev., Dr. Alvin Edwards is the Eulogist.  The overall message:  Like, Heather, make your living or life purposeful.


Heather Heyer memorial tribute.  Photo credit:  USA Today.

I may or may not address this American tragedy on the next show so join the discussion at 12:05 pm CDT.  Yes, we’ve returned to our old start time.  Meanwhile, here’s what you missed during Saturday’s radio show…

Café Talk:  Do you think that you can find LOVE in 2 months?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Terrie Simmons, Director for the Women’s Business Development Center-Aurora was the guest co-host today and here’s a couple of highlights from the “This Day In History” segment…

*.1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister. Acknowledged as the “Father of Antiseptic Surgery”, Joseph Lister’s contributions paved the way to safer medical procedures. His introduction of the antiseptic process dramatically decreased deaths from childbirth and surgery and changed the way the medical industry looked at sanitation and proper hygiene.

*1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.   AND, the signature song, “Over The Rainbow,” earned an Oscar for Best Song at the 1940 Academy Awards.  It also quickly became an indispensable standard in the American Songbook, later being acknowledged as the #1 song on the “Songs of the Century” list compiled in 2001 by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

*1981 – IBM unveiled its first PC.  Yes, IBM introduced the 5150 personal computer.  Before 1980, IBM made only mini and mainframe computers.   Executives toyed around with the idea of micro-computers for a short time and decided to get serious. It developed the 5150 in less than a year at its Boca Raton, Florida, facility – using existing off-the-shelf components. IBM selected Intel’s 8-to-16-bit 8088 processor.

Top News segment.  I reported on the news that—

North Korea has started holding evacuation drills as its war of words with the US continues to escalate, according to a North Korean newspaper.  It said that the recent evacuation drill dealt with a “ballistic rocket threat” from someone in Hawaii in response to President Donald Trump’s vows that the US would “not rule out a war”.  Of course, we know that tensions have heightened since President Trump warned North Korea that they would face“fire and fury” if they continued to threaten the US, prompting the regime to reveal it is considering missile strikes on the US pacific island of Guam, home to Andersen Air Force Base.

And on a lighter note, I shared that Saturday,  the 88th annual Bud Billiken Parade kicked off at 10am featuring Chance the Rapper as the Grand Marshall.  This year’s theme?  Honoring Hometown heroes.   The parade participants march down MLK Jr. Drive beginning at Oakwood Blvd. and dispursing at Elsworth Drive.  Most are now enjoying the after the parade festivities in Washington Park that includes book bag giveaways and other events.   The Bud Billiken Parade is the oldest and longest African-american parade in the nation.

Apostle Jonas Jones joined us for Cafe Talk and share excellent commentary and points.  He also shared details about the upcoming school book bag give away at New Covenant Worship Center, 2423 Glenwood Drive, Joliet, Illinois.  It begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August `19th, 2017.  First come.  First served.


Check out the first hour audio here at

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Apostle Jonas stayed with us to chime in on the Entertainment Talk segment and specifically the last episode of the Bachelorette.  And, Rashad helped round out this segment.  Click here for more.

During Passion for Fashion, the topic was “Fall Fashion Must Haves”.  As we do the “back-to-school” shopping, you can’t help but drift over to the women’s or men’s department to see what new for the fall right.  Well, here’s a few fashion items that I’ve noticed.

*The A-line plaid skirt.   Ladies, you’re thinking, plaid skirt?  That’s for school girls.

But not anymore!  Simply add your favorite blouse or sweater and a pair of buckle pumps and you’re ready for a casual funday Friday at work or a lunch date with the girls.

*Anything preppy looking.  That’s right from loafers to fitted blazers to even western-styled button up shirts will do!  Mix and match and get your prep look on!

*And lastly, the great es-Cape!  Yes, I said Cape!  Capes are in fashion this fall and they come in different prints, patterns, and fabric.  It can be worn over a classic shirt dress or jeans with your favorite top.  Accessorize with a quirky pair of glasses or magnifying glass and you’ll look like the perfect detective (especially if the cape is plaid).


So ladies and gentlemen, some of this applies to you, feel free to throw in these pieces for yourself as you shop for the children’s school attire in the coming weeks.

Before I closed the show, I talked to Terrie Simmons about the latest happenings for the Women’s Business Development Center-Aurora.  She shared that they currently have two great programs that entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs can take advantage.  The “Dream Builder Online” self-guided program and the “Develop Your Childcare Business” training program.  Both already started, however, there may still be space available.  Also, the Dreambuilder training is self-guided so you can start anytime.  Checkout for more information  That’s a wrap.  Again click here for audio.

Be sure to join us next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show; and remember the new OR returned showtime at 12:05pm (Noon) CDT!  Tell a friend!

Peace and Love,


MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, August 5th, 2017

As I write this blog, I’m listening to a news report about the North Korea and United States “war of words”.  Could we be on the brink of war with this tiny country?  Would it be fair to do so?  Here’s the scoop–North Korea is now threatening to shoot missiles at the U.S. Guam territory and calling President Trump’s response to their aggressive acts “a load of nonsense”.  Trump’s paraphrased response…maybe my “fire and fury” statement wasn’t tough enough”.   Listen, we will definitely talk about this on the next show so stay tuned.

In the meantime, let’s get to what you missed during Saturday’s radio show…

Café Talk:  What does or has the Affirmative Action Program mean/meant to you?


1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Here’s a couple of highlights from the “This Day In History” segment…

*In 1833, Chicago was incorporated as a village or town with a population of about 200 people.

*1924: Little Orphan Annie the Comic strip was created.

*1975:  Stevie Wonder signs a $13M contract with Motown.

Yes, North Korea was the lead for the Top News segment.  However, the story focus was on the potential food shortage that the tiny country may be experiencing.  And, the big moral question is should the rest of the world help them?  Should politics affect humanitarian aid to the masses of North Korea?  Another story that was talked about was the Amazon hiring event that happened in the Chicago suburbs and how thousands showed up to get a job!  Many were turned back and referred to to apply.  I also shared that Macy’s is hiring.  Go to    Lastly, we talked about the announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department will seek to curb affirmative action in a university admissions case.  This story took us straight to Cafe Talk.  Go to for audio.

Among a couple of other stories, Briana shared this news story that was trending on social media

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

The Entertainment Talk segment included banter about the latest episode of the Bachelorette dubbed, “The Men are Talking”; and Sesame Street gets a new neighbor.  Click here for more.

During the Passion for Fashion segment, Brianna and I shared different ways to wear a leather skirt in the summer.  Here’s a look at some.

Go here for audio.

Be sure to tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show; and tell a friend!

Peace and Love,


MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, July 29th, 2017

It’s been a busy week for me.  Meetings.  Appointments.  Interviews.  Play dates.  The list goes on and on.   How are you doing so far this week?    I hope its productive.

Well, let’s cut to the chase and get to what happened during Saturday’s radio show…

Café Talk:  If there was one thing that you could change about the Girls Talk movie, what would it be?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

“This Day In History” included…

*A noteworthy mention of Friday, July 28th’s Google Doodle on the search engine’s homepage–the 100th Anniversary of the Silent Parade.   One-hundred years ago today, nearly 10,000 African Americans walked in complete silence down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in protest against lynching and racial violence in the years after slavery was abolished.  The march was organized by the NAACP.  To learn more about the Parade and the events that led up to it, check out Google’s interactive collaboration with the Equal Justice initiative.

*1932 : World War I Vets who are starving like many others due to the great depression march on Washington demanding that the bonus payment they are due to receive in 1945 is paid out early. Legislators refuse their requests so 20,000 vets set up camp in Washington trying to put further pressure on the government;

*1958 : NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act to make sure America will win the space race;

*1981 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral, London

*1983 “Friday Night Videos” premieres on NBC TV.

The Top News segment included the news about U.S. Senator McCain unexpected opposition of the Obamacare repeal measure; and, the Illinois public school saga…Day 3 of the special session that Governor Rauner called ended without a plan to overhaul how Illinois funds public schools.  Will all of Illinois school districts start on time?  Stay tuned.


Heidi Stevens, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, joined me for Cafe Talk. She wrote about the one thing in the movie that slightly rubbed her the wrong way.  She shared that she thought the treatment of the character, Simone, who is mistress to the main character’s husband, was a bit rough and dehumanizing.  Brianna who was in studio, chimed in with the notion that Simone asked for the mistreatment with her disrespectful behavior towards the wife.  I shared that the one thing that I would change is the overuse of the “f”  and “mf” bombs.  Some chimed in via social media as well.  Go to for audio.

The “What’s trending on social media” segment was moved to the second hour due to the tremendous response to and discussion about Cafe Talk.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Entertainment Talk segment was packed starting with the latest episode of Bachelorette.  Rachel Lindsay took the three remaining guys to meet her family.

Katy Perry is set to host the MTV VMAs.  MTV announced this on Thursday.  The awards show is set for August 27th at the Forum in Inglewood Calif.  Katy is nominated in 5 categories.  Click here for more.

Brianna presented the Passion for Fashion segment that was all about National Lipstick Day.

Click here for more.


No Soulbalm Says this week.

Tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show.

Peace and Love,


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.

Visit for some audio clips.

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.

Click here for more.

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!


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 or  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

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 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?


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.