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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team

An interesting thing happened the other day.  A locally based multi-media website dedicated to the Hip-Hop lifestyle called 247hh.com launched an Election ’08 PSA that was meaningful, insightful and even tear jerking at times.  And to garner more exposure for the video, as well as bring local Chicagoans from the world of hip-hop together, they hosted a screening of the film at a lounge in the West Loop’s meat packing district.  

Now, of course, the purpose of the screening was to get exposure for their video and motivate people to vote on 11/4 but I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge the amazing venue where the event was held.  The 247hh Cooler makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the artsier side of the meat packing district.  The walls are covered with paintings by local artist Chad “Wick” Christian, there are two projectors that bounce images off of the exposed brick walls and the hand painted floors in the bathroom, yes I said it… the bathroom, are truly beautiful.

But I digress, because hands down, the show stealer that evening was the remarkable video featuring popular artists from the world of hip-hop such as rappers, The Game, Young Jeezy and Chicago’s own Common, as well as folks from the world of hip hop that are not as recognizable but still have something powerful to say about politics in America.   

These types of screening events are something that will be on-going for 247hh.com.  Their goal is to regularly and frequently launch and screen videos with purpose and relevancy to give folks from the world of Hip Hop a platform and invite people from Chicago and beyond to come and view their vids in a group setting.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Is there a better place to be in Chicago during the summer? Chicagoans know how to pack a party into a few short months, and despite my increasing annoyance with the cops, parking attendants and meter maids who are constantly hassling your boy over parking my Vespa, I’m managing to get out and enjoy.

Is there another major city in the country where you can be on the beach, and a couple of minutes later expose yourself to a completely different downtown experience on the Magnificent Mile? That’s what was going through my head as Saturday when I left Volleywood, the huge North Avenue Beach party thrown by Chicago Sport and Social. Mix Master Mike, the Beastie Boys’ DJ, didn’t disappoint. Click here to check out some of the pics.

Are you familiar with Daily Candy? It’s a female-centric daily email that covers everything from beauty tips to shopping advice. Now there’s a guys’ version, called Thrillist.com, “delivering a fresh take on the best in food, drinks, services, gadgets, gear, sports and travel.” They’re throwing a Chicago launch party at Fifty/50 on Wednesday. RSVP by July 21 at Thrillist.com/chicago.

Have you been following the flap over the New Yorker magazine cover featuring a turban-wearing Barack Obama and his gun-toting wife Michelle. The unfortunate thing is, it’s overshadowed what is actually a pretty fascinating article on Obama’s rise through the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics. Click here to read it for yourself.

Every summer I’ve been meaning to check out the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival, and I finally got around to it on Tuesday. What a blast! And free to boot. Check out Megan’s blog earlier this week for info.

If you haven’t bought your tickets for this week’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park you may be too late. Saturday and Sunday tickets have sold out. Tickets remain for Friday, which is when I wanted to attend anyway. Public Enemy is performing their seminal album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, from start to finish at 8:30 p.m. Folks, Rolling Stone ranked this the No. 48 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest ranking hip-hop album on the list.

Oh, and don’t forget about the
Rock The Bells Tour
Saturday in Tinley Park. A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def and De La Soul are just some of the acts scheduled to perform.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

You ever just have one of those days? A recent Thursday started out well enough. I got up at the crack of dawn and headed to Dre’s Diesel Dome BootCamp. My intentions were good, but I pushed myself too hard and pulled a hamstring. After limping home, I hopped on the Vespa to head to work — except it wouldn’t start.

This is when your subconscious starts telling you to cut your losses and call in sick, but I jumped in a cab and headed to work anyway. While there, I encountered an issue that I can’t document here for fear of legal ramifications. I limped down the street for lunch and it started raining. If I had a dog, I’m sure it would have died that day.

Then, about 2 p.m., things started to change. Our planning editor said “Hey Marcus, would you like to go to the John Legend concert tonight and interview him?” Ummm, let me think about that.

Slideshow: John Legend Concert

Even better, they gave us unlimited media passes, so I was able to get two video cameras and two still photographers inside The Vic. I met Legend on the tour bus, and he was friendly, open, and without a trace of celebrity ego. Not all of our interview made it into the video piece, but we talked about his upcoming CD, the art of the love song, he and Kanye’s trips to Harold’s Chicken and even politics. Off camera we discussed hair products.

When’s it’s all said and done, I guess life can be like Chicago’s weather — if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes, because it’s bound to change.

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