Oscars 2019: Spike Lee wins his first competitive Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

In a Hometown Send-Off, the Queen,
​Aretha Franklin Belongs to Everyone

What a Great Night!

Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards.  The filmmaker was recognized for co-writing “BlacKkKlansman,” his film based on the story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. The film was nominated for six Oscars this year, including directing for Lee and best picture, but took home only the award for adapted screenplay. Lee made it count.  Click here to read the full story

Hannah Beachler has become the first African-American to win a Best Production Design Oscar.

Beachler, who was also the first black person to be nominated in the category, won for her work on Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.

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The Oscars

Black Panther’s Hannah Beachler gives emotional Oscars acceptance speech after historic win

In a Hometown Send-Off, the Queen,
​Aretha Franklin Belongs to Everyone

Ms. Franklin sings at the White House in 2014

Over 250 people attended our 2018 All Star All State Football Team Banquet.  It was held at the Beverly Woods Banquet Facility in Chicago.  We honored high school students from all over the Chicagoland area.  This year, we added our Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr. JW Smith and Glenn Johnson.  We thank our sponsors, Jerry Joyce and Todd Kibbey of VICIS for making this night possible.  Special thanks to Kenneth McReynolds for being our wonderful MC.  We are so grateful thank thankful to all those who volunteered to serve food, with special thanks to the Jerry Joyce committee members who without being asked, jumped in and helped serve food when we found ourselves short handed!  What a great show of unity for a wonderful cause!!!  Below are just a few photos from the event.  Look back for more to be posted soon! Thank you again!