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!


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.

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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.




MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Okay.  So I’m churning these show recaps out fairly quickly.  There’s usually quite a bit of post-show work to get done after each show and sometimes schedules don’t allow time to get some tasks completed.  I thank you all for your patience and for popping by the blog to see what’s up.   I ask you not just listen to the radio show but also interact by chiming in on the Cafe Talk.  Generally, you can call in around 1:30pm CDT every Saturday to chime in OR go to Facebook or Twitter to comment.  You can also send an email response to  Here’s the Cafe Talk for this show.

Cafe Talk:  When was the last time you did something for the very first time; and what was it?

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

On this day in history we shared…

In 1966 the United States Senate voted 76-0 for the passage of what became the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

The longest tennis match occurred in 2010.

And wrapping up Black Music History month, I noted that in 1978,  Janice Marie Johnson led “A Taste of Honey” onto the #1 spot on the charts with hit song “Boogie Oogie Oogie”.  Also, in 1989, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston’s duet “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” was released.  Take a listen–  Taste of Honey  and Aretha and Whitney.

In Top News, I talked briefly about the newly unveiled Republican Senate draft of the new healthcare bill.  Democrats and some Republicans have gone on record to say that the proposed bill needs more work.  Also, former online giant, Etsy, has announced more job cuts to come this year.   Lastly, looking ahead to the July 4th holiday, AAA Motor Club is reporting this travel season to be the highest in years due to low gas prices.

Cafe Talk must of been quite challenging for listeners because we didn’t comments on social media or calls.  In fact, it took some time for me to come up with something!  I shared the first time that I used my radio show as a platform to share my singing voice. Brianna shared her experience on Windy City Live and Soul talked about her experience on the radio.

Before closing out the first hour of the show, Brianna shared “What’s Trending on Social Media”.  The Jimmy Butler trade and Google no longer scanning emails were tops.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Surprisingly, I’m still hanging in there with the Bachelorette tv show so I shared my spin on what happened in the last episode.  Queen Sugar was also an entertainment topic, especially the fact that Ava Durvernay is committed to creating diversity in filmmaking.  Brianna shared some of the names of celebrities that will receive a Hollywood Star.  We reminded everyone to check out the BET Awards on Sunday and chatted about the two girl flicks that hit the big screen this weekend, Girl’s Trip and Rough Night.    Here’s the link.

For this week’s Passion for Fashion, I taught everyone how to achieve their “best summer glow”. Remember, it’s important to stay hydrated and moisturize!  Also, no matter your skin color or tone, if you spend a lot of time in the sun, you must wear sunscreen.  Check out more here.

Praise leader and singer, Valerie Singleton stopped by to let everyone know that she will be singing at the Taste of Joliet on Sunday, June 25th.  She also talked about growing up in Joliet and being the daughter of the late, Reverend, Dr. Isaac Singleton. Rev. Genevieve Brown was with her.  It was really good to see her.  Here’s picture of us all glowing.

Left to right:  Marilyn with Valerie.  Soul top center and Marilyn bottom center. Marilyn with Rev. Genny.  Photo Credit:  Brianna La’Shay

Soulbalm Says closed us out.   Next show is Saturday, July 1st, 2017.  Be sure to tune-in and chime-in.  Find me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc.  Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook; and be sure to visit


MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Still playing catch up on this blogsite!  This show aired Father’s Day weekend.  I hope all the Fathers had a wonderful day; and that everyone enjoyed their father or father figure.Happy-Fathers-Day-Images-Download

Checkout what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  What is your top 3 list of special memories with your father or father figure?

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

I wasn’t feeling my best so Soul and Brianna primarily handled the “this day in history” segment and others.  Here’s what was shared…

The Statue of Liberty was delivered to the U. S. on this day in 1885.

The first Kidney Transplant happened in Chicago, Illinois on 1950 on this day.

In tribute to the fathers and Black Music History month, I featured James Brown, the God Father of Soul’s hit song, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”.  Take a listen here.

In Top News, they reported on the news story about the little boy that was left on the beach in Chicago and the interesting story about “Backup Life on Earth”.   Soul and Brianna challenged fathers to stepped up and be involved in their children’s lives in a positive way.  She also talked about men who have numerous children by different women.  During the “Backup Life on Earth” talk, they chatted about living life in space and on Mars.

Cafe Talk pretty much closed out the hour.  We all shared our own top personal memories that we have of our fathers.  Brianna shared that her father has passed on but she has many memories of him.  Soul talked about her special memories; and I shared how I love my father’s choice of music, Jazz and how he played it all the time while we were growing up and continues to do so to this day.  Rashad, who joined me again in the studio, shared that his grandparents raised him.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News


We chatted more about the NBA Finals and sent congratulations out to the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant who was named MVP.  What a game!!!  We also speculated on the reason why Rachel Lindsay, the Bachelorette, would be there!  Brianna highlighted all the NBA dads and we noted that George Clooney has recently become a father!  Brianna also announced Hollywood’s hottest dads which included Ryan Gosling, Kanye West, and more!  Here’s the link.

Passion for Fashion was all about Men’s Summer Must Haves that includes the classic polo shirt, fly casual sneakers, and a gold or silver message bracelet.  Go to, June issue for visuals.  Soul shared the best movies to checkout for Father’s Day and noted that the Floyd Mayweather tickets are hot items to get for Father’s Day too.

Before wrapping up the show, Brianna shared what’s trending on social media.  And then we enjoyed another Soulbalm Says.  I shared a thought-provoking quote from Dr. Martin L. King Jr.,  “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”.

Find me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and remember to tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  And be sure to visit


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  Peace.

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Hi and Happy Wednesday!  I hope that you’re having a wonderful week so far!  Before you know it the weekend will be here; and for those in the Chicagoland area I hear it’s going to be a scorcher with temps in the 90s.


So, as I update the blog, I’m also watching the NBA finals, game 3.  Cleveland has home court advantage and unlike the previous games, this one is close!  Be sure to tune into the radio on Saturday for my commentary on this series!!

Okay.  If you missed this past Saturday’s show, here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  What was the craziest, most jaw dropping thing that your child ever said or done?

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

Soul, Brianna, and I each shared an interesting “this day in history” fact.  Listeners learned about the 1943 Zoot Suit riots that kicked off after a group of sailors reported being attacked by a group of Mexican Americans; the first American space walk by Gemini IV Astronaut, Ed White which lasted 23 minutes; and the Democratic party nomination of then, U.S. Senator, Barack Obama in 2008 on the last day of the party’s primary season.   Regrettably, we don’t have audio of this broadcast due to a technical snafu.  If it’s retrieved from the archives soon, we’ll get it posted to the website.

During Top News, we updated listeners on the latest news about the terrorist attack at the Arianna Grande concert in Manchester England where 22 people were killed. Another big story hitting the headlines was the Kathy Griffin debacle.  We chimed in and all agreed that she crossed the comedic line when she posted a picture of herself holding a picture of a beheaded Donald Trump who happens to be President of the United States of America.  Do we believe that she will bounce back after losing her New Year’s Eve gig with CNN, some endorsements, and comedy bookings?? Absolutely! Speaking of Donald Trump.  What was going on with him when he posted a tweet on Twitter referencing “…negative press covfefe…”?  Covfefe???  Is this a new word that will be added to Webster’s dictionary at the end of the year?  I personally believe that he or his social media person meant to say “coverage” but by the time they noticed the typo the number of retweets were so high that they just went with it!  Anyway, we had a good time speculating what a covfefe could be or what it means and how to pronounce it!  Does fries come with that covfefe?  Or  may I have coffee or tea with an order of covfefe?  Or, meet my new pet, Covfefe!  Ok, you get the picture.  Lastly, we talked about another business report that predicts that the future of brick and mortar retail stores doesn’t look good. Apparently, every year, the number of online shoppers increase.  I was the only person in-studio  who still prefers and enjoys going into the stores and malls to shop.

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

I shared highlights from the Billboard Awards that aired a couple of Sundays ago. Hosts Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens did a pretty good job.  Loved the performance by John Legend and Florida Georgia Line.  Congratulations to Cher on receiving the Billboard Icon Award and congratulation to Drake for now holding the BBMA record with 13 awards.  Adele previously held it with 12 awards.  We briefly chatted about the winner of DWTS, Rashad Jennings, and how close Normani Kordei and David Ross got to winning.    I got into a little more pop culture by reporting how I actually watched weeks 1 and 2 of the Bachelorette.  Much like Rachel Lindsay, the Bachelorette, I was very entertained.   As I watched, I thought about the song called, “It’s Raining Men, Hallelujah!”  Here’s the link to the song recorded by the Weather Girls.

I’m going to try my best to stay with the Bachelorette until the end.  Before closing the segment, Brianna and Soul talked about Game 1 of the NBA Finals and how Rihanna (who is a Cavaliers fan) made headlines by allegedly having a non-verbal run-in with Kevin Durant of the Warriors.  This discussion opened the door for me to verbally express that I’m torn this year between the East Coast and West Coast teams–mainly because Kevin Durant has become a Golden State Warrior.  I really want to see him get a ring!  Under normal circumstances, I always root for the East Coast Conference champions.  By the way, this Game 3 is a doozie!  Right now its 4th quarter and Cleveland is leading by 6 pts.

Brianna presented Passion for Fashion.  It was all about the history of the bikini or 2 piece.   Here’s a few samples…


I joked that in about six months I will post a picture from a beach somewhere wearing one.  Which style do you think I should rock?  Comment here.

Before closing the show, we chatted about the other comedian/political pundit “situation” that made news and was currently trending on social media during the broadcast.  Yes, Bill Maher!  He dropped the “N” word while talking to a senator from Nebraska during his Real Talk with Bill Maher television show that airs on HBO.  Here you go.  Take a listen.  He issued an apology.  Some want him fired and others excuse him.  What to you think?

Oh goodness.  That’s it.  Soul closed the show with a beautiful Soulbalm Says.  Again, regrettably, we don’t have audio at this time so you’ll just have to take my word.  Or go to  She may have it posted there.

Remember to tune in this coming Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  And visit  Peace.



MCS Radio Show – Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Hello and Happy Armed Forces Day!!!  I hope that you remembered to show love to those in the United States Armed Forces.


Well, did you have a good day?  I did.  I think.  You know, I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately.  Oddly, being in the radio studio helps me pull myself together to some degree.  I always enjoy presenting an interesting and compelling show to you with Soul’s, and now, Brianna’s help.  Today’s show was another good one.  Check it out!

Cafe Talk:  In the high tech world/society, do you believe that young people need to be informed and older people reminded, about the rules of dating?  Or, on how to be in a relationship in general?

1st Hour – This Day in History and Top News

So, because I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback on the expanded version of “This Day in History”, I decided to present the expanded version of the segment again this week. For example, on this day in 1927 Charles Lindbergh made history by flying across the Atlantic ocean.  We all remember the significance of this.  Right?  However, did you know that his mother was a High School Chemistry teacher who opted to go to work that day!  But wait!  There’s more!  Take a listen here.

In Top News, I reported on the potential of President Barack Obama’s birthday, August 4th, becoming a “Honorary” state holiday; A T & T union workers who are on strike due to contract disagreements; and shared an update on the tragic story of Semaj Crosby.  Click here for more details.

During Cafe Talk, Soul, Brianna, and I, shared our perspectives and offered some reminders as well as what may be considered “new” information to young people about dating and being in a relationship.  For example, write letters to each other; when dating go to your love interest home to pick her/him up (with flowers in hand) rather than just meeting somewhere; and leave the tech gadgets alone while in his or her presence.  We all agreed that taking time to truly learn to enjoy each other’s company and being fully present is key.  Wait.  You have thoughts on this too?  Good. Chime-in in comments section.

2nd Hour –  Entertainment News

Were you aware that Simone Biles was voted off Dancing With the Stars?  Yes!  She was.  Everyone was shocked.  We talked about it during Entertainment Talk.  Also, American Idol producers recently announced that Katy Perry will be sitting at the Judge’s table; the Platinum selling R&B/Hip Hop singing group, Escape is reuniting in a special way; and many of your favorite television shows will be returning next season. For the audio, visit


Marilyn and Soul dressed in styles reflecting today’s Passion for Fashion segment.

Today’s Passion for Fashion segment, again, reflected what’s hot for this spring/summer 2017.  The Power of the Flower trend is carrying over from last Fall. Flowers here.  Flowers there.  Flowers everywhere— Even in this beautiful floral print dress that Soul is modeling in the above picture.  Also, bright, bold colors like fuchsia, yellows, rich blues, neons, and others will dominate this season!  I’m modeling a beautiful blue athleisure/jogging suit which by the way is back as a fashion trend this spring too.  Go here for more audio.

Before signing off today, we chatted a bit about the upcoming Bachelorette TV Show that will be premiering Monday night on ABC 7.  Despite not being big fans of the Bachelor or Bachelorette television franchises, we all agreed that “I” should be the one to tune in to see the very first African-American Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, attempt to find love via a television show and report back next Saturday with my comments. We’ll see if that happens.  Also, at the risk of appearing stereotypical or playing into a stereotype, I shared some fascinating facts about the vegetable called Watermelon. Yes, I said vegetable!


Lastly, Soulbalm Says closed the show with a beautiful poem.  You’ve got to take a listen.  Here’s the audio.

Well, have a super week.  Remember to follow me on Twitter at @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.  You can find Soul on Twitter @SoulbalmSays and





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!