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On Pivotal Moment, we go behind the scenes to talk to people in news, sports and entertainment about the moment that CHANGED IT ALL -- the moment that took them from where they were to where they wanted to be. Why? Because where you are and where you want to be IS within reach! #thetimeisNOW

Latest Episodes

After writing for Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why,’ she crafted her own hit show 'BIGGER,' on BET+

Question: When "Sex in the City" meets a black "Friends" ensemble, what do you get? Answer: Felischa Marye’s new hit, "BIGGER," on BET+ The show follows five thirty-something friends and their quest for all things BIGGER: from paychecks, to careers, to success in relationships. Marye talks about leaving public relations for film school at UCLA, where she later sold her first comedy sample to HBO. Tune in for the moment that changed it all!! BET+ Exclusive - The visually stunning world of, "BIGGER," Hollywood’s Newest TV Writer

38 MIN3 w ago
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After writing for Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why,’ she crafted her own hit show 'BIGGER,' on BET+

Top criminal defense attorney makes the case for law and order -- and father’s rights

Her client was accused of murdering a 5-year-old kid. But that didn’t stop LaTonya Burton, criminal defense attorney, from stepping to her client’s side in the courtroom. “They will be looking at me -- not you,” she assured the troubled woman. “I will take the heat.” “I am able to see past what the crime is, or alleged crime, to see the person,” Burton says. “Lawyers can be the most important part of getting your freedom and liberty back.” Burton, a partner with Bur-Men Law Group, was the first African-American public defender in Lake County, Illinois. Now in private practice alongside partner Renea Amen, the firm focuses on criminal law, civil law and family law, with a special emphasis on father’s rights. Burton is bold, passionate and unapologetic about standing up and speaking out for her client’s rights. She talks to us about her Pivotal Moment, a letter she penned to God and the phone call that came immediately after. Burton shares her insight about standing beside those who society leaves behind and the rewards of defending those who need it most. Learn more about Bur-Men Law Group: https://www.burmenlawgroup.com/ Learn more about LaTonya Burton: https://www.burmenlawgroup.com/latonya-burton.html

56 MIN3 w ago
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Top criminal defense attorney makes the case for law and order -- and father’s rights

Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author, changing the game one story at a time

Danny Glover. Taraji P. Henson. Hill Harper. Will Packer. Muhammad Ali. Those are just a few of the names that award-winning journalist, author, and columnist, Maudlyne Ijehirika has interviewed over an illustrious career in media. But there’s still one person she hasn’t covered. Find out in our interview. Named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Journalism, Ijehirika pens “Chicago Chronicles,” a long-form column on "people and places that make Chicago tick," with a focus on black and brown communities. She is the author of "Escape from Nigeria: a Memoir of Faith, Love, and War." During an interview at the Chicago Sun-Times offices, Ijehirika opens up about her faith, fears and her background as an immigrant and refugee. She talks about her Pivotal Moment and shares a story she’s never told anyone else. Ijehirika is the president of the National Association of Black Journalists - Chicago and president of the Chicago Journalists Association. Ijehirika has appeared on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and NPR among other outlets. She’s a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight: Week In Review" and FOX32’s "Good Day Chicago." Learn more about Maudlyne at:https://chicago.suntimes.com/authors/maudlyne-ihejirika Follow: @Maudlynei on Twitter & IG

48 MIN3 w ago
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author, changing the game one story at a time

Celebrity makeup artist on beauty, branding and building an audience on YouTube

With more than 2.5M views on a recent YouTube videoand nearly 50k subscribers, Chicago's Candice Childress is taking the beauty world by storm. Her signature style has been featured on broadcast networks like the OWN Network, ESPN and her artistry has graced the covers of magazines worldwide. She talks to us about a pivotal moment involving Cover Girl cosmetics AND the experiences that gave her the courage to be bold, fierce and flawless. In creating the perfect style for clients, the Chicago beauty boss has worked with celebrated brands like Urban Decay, Pixie Beauty and Mented Cosmetics. In the future, she'd love to work with MAC, Fenty and her favorite, Sam Fine. Check out Candice's advice on building your brand on YouTube: 1. Stayahead of the trend2. Knowyour audience3. Categorize your audience's interests4. Meet your audience's needs5. Integrate your message across platforms Download Pivotal Moment for more tipsand learn more at www.eyecandycandicemakeup.com. Also find us on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Google Play Music.

28 MINAPR 11
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Celebrity makeup artist on beauty, branding and building an audience on YouTube

Northern Trust announces Chicago executive to head private capital for North America

"It's rewarding to help other people fulfill their dreams about their business and help their businesses grow," says Kimberly Evans Killion, who took a unique off-the-beaten-path into financial services. In a newly-created global role, Killion was named Head of Private Capital Administration, North America, for Northern Trust. In this capacity, she will focus on Northern Trust’s global capabilities on a segment of the alternatives market experiencing rapid asset growth and increased demands for transparency. On Pivotal Moment, the Chicago native shares the amazing story of how her humble beginnings set the stage for her quest for excellence and her trajectory in the field. At the heart of the story, she reveals a moment in a grocery store with her mother and siblings when she was just six-years-old, that would forever guide her path. Killion also shares how one important mentor helped propel her from struggleand uncertainty -- to triumph. Today, she speaks at schools, colleges, sem...

38 MINFEB 18
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Northern Trust announces Chicago executive to head private capital for North America

Chicago author's book, 'Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built,' debuts at top of charts

For more than two decades, Dr. Margena Christian met with John H. Johnson toshare the hottest stories of the day as a member of the Jet magazine team. Johnson,the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, created an international empire, including Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. In 1982, Johnson was the first African-American on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. In "Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built," Dr. Christian reveals personalinsights on Johnson's passion, personality, andvision for his company. With a foreword by Jesse L. Jackson Sr., rave reviews and a spot at the top of the charts, could a movie deal be in the works?? Download to find out here. Dr. Christain says she wrote the book to preserve our history, to document our legacy, and to make sure that Mr. Johnson's legacy survives. "We need gatekeepers who look like us to tell our stories. We must speak in our name. We have power." "Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built," is availa...

32 MINFEB 12
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Chicago author's book, 'Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built,' debuts at top of charts

She's got GAME! Retired female QB has a message for Trump

Move over Tom Brady; there's a new QB in town. And her name is Sami Grisafe. But the retired female QB of The Chicago Force Women's Football team does more than win football championships across the globe. Spoiler alert. Voted MVP, Grisafe led her team to two international football victories and one national championship. Still, as impressive as her performance is on the field, so is her performance on the stage including her ukulele rendition of the national anthem. Yes, ukulele. What better? In addition to national anthem performances for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox teams, Grisafe has flexed her anthem skills on the mic before the start of several Chicago Force games, including the team's international championships. At the request of then-governor Patt Quinn, Governor sang the national anthem at the signing of the Marriage Equality Act. Known for her sultry sounds and rock vocals, Grisafe's first album, Atlantis, earned six pre-Grammy nods. Her upcoming album, which will debut...

38 MIN2018 NOV 15
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She's got GAME! Retired female QB has a message for Trump

Miami model-maker on creating space on the runway for girls and women of color

At just 5' tall, she's a giant above the rest. Miami model-maker Sunnie Morrison is revolutionizing the runway and making space for girls and women of color in the process. Her Miss Runway Competition offershas helped hundreds of girls to be powerful, to be beautiful --and to be fearless. From 4-years-old to over 18, Sunnie's girls are dominating, ON and OFF the runway. For the winner? A trip to New York’s Fashion Week, a photo shoot in Times Square and Central Park, $1,000 and a year as the spokesperson for an issue affecting our nations. Miss Runway enters it’s 11th season this year. Stay tuned at the end of the show as Sunnie Morrison provides daily tips for beauty every day of the week.

34 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Miami model-maker on creating space on the runway for girls and women of color

Netflix deal for ‘All the Queen’s Horses,' created by Chicago professor and CPA

Rita Crundwell stole $53 million and no one knew. It’s the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. But how could this happen and no one notice? "All the Queen’s Horses," now on Netflix, answers that question. The documentary reveals how the comptroller in the quiet town of Dixon, Illinois, single-handedly stole a fortune to live lavishly and to build one of the nation’s largest quarter horse breeding empires. Created by DePaul professor and CPA,Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, the documentary follows the global money trail and the award-winning horses Crundwell left behind. Check out the trailer toAll the Queen's Horses

28 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Netflix deal for ‘All the Queen’s Horses,' created by Chicago professor and CPA

Boxing our way out: Crushers Club offers a pathway out of Englewood

Sally Hazelgrove is making a difference in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Her after-school boxing program, The Crushers Club, takes kids off the streets, and trains them to box, teaches them to lead, and pays them - YES, PAYS THEM, in the process. The Englewood club has employed hundreds of Chicago youth. Crushers Club also offers a music education program, and this month, a new YouTube talk show, JoJo TV. Hazelgrove talks to Pivotal Moment about what happened at just 10-years-old and how it guides her today. She tells us about the impact she’s made in Englewood - and around the world. Crusher's Mission:"Our mission is to be the strongest alternative to gangs. We arm young people with the support and skills they need to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood. Crushers Club is rooted if four ideals - respect, discipline, ownership, and love - that give our members a fighting chance."--Sally Hazelgrove, Founder For more information, visit Crushers Club.

34 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Boxing our way out: Crushers Club offers a pathway out of Englewood

Latest Episodes

After writing for Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why,’ she crafted her own hit show 'BIGGER,' on BET+

Question: When "Sex in the City" meets a black "Friends" ensemble, what do you get? Answer: Felischa Marye’s new hit, "BIGGER," on BET+ The show follows five thirty-something friends and their quest for all things BIGGER: from paychecks, to careers, to success in relationships. Marye talks about leaving public relations for film school at UCLA, where she later sold her first comedy sample to HBO. Tune in for the moment that changed it all!! BET+ Exclusive - The visually stunning world of, "BIGGER," Hollywood’s Newest TV Writer

38 MIN3 w ago
Comments
After writing for Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why,’ she crafted her own hit show 'BIGGER,' on BET+

Top criminal defense attorney makes the case for law and order -- and father’s rights

Her client was accused of murdering a 5-year-old kid. But that didn’t stop LaTonya Burton, criminal defense attorney, from stepping to her client’s side in the courtroom. “They will be looking at me -- not you,” she assured the troubled woman. “I will take the heat.” “I am able to see past what the crime is, or alleged crime, to see the person,” Burton says. “Lawyers can be the most important part of getting your freedom and liberty back.” Burton, a partner with Bur-Men Law Group, was the first African-American public defender in Lake County, Illinois. Now in private practice alongside partner Renea Amen, the firm focuses on criminal law, civil law and family law, with a special emphasis on father’s rights. Burton is bold, passionate and unapologetic about standing up and speaking out for her client’s rights. She talks to us about her Pivotal Moment, a letter she penned to God and the phone call that came immediately after. Burton shares her insight about standing beside those who society leaves behind and the rewards of defending those who need it most. Learn more about Bur-Men Law Group: https://www.burmenlawgroup.com/ Learn more about LaTonya Burton: https://www.burmenlawgroup.com/latonya-burton.html

56 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Top criminal defense attorney makes the case for law and order -- and father’s rights

Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author, changing the game one story at a time

Danny Glover. Taraji P. Henson. Hill Harper. Will Packer. Muhammad Ali. Those are just a few of the names that award-winning journalist, author, and columnist, Maudlyne Ijehirika has interviewed over an illustrious career in media. But there’s still one person she hasn’t covered. Find out in our interview. Named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Journalism, Ijehirika pens “Chicago Chronicles,” a long-form column on "people and places that make Chicago tick," with a focus on black and brown communities. She is the author of "Escape from Nigeria: a Memoir of Faith, Love, and War." During an interview at the Chicago Sun-Times offices, Ijehirika opens up about her faith, fears and her background as an immigrant and refugee. She talks about her Pivotal Moment and shares a story she’s never told anyone else. Ijehirika is the president of the National Association of Black Journalists - Chicago and president of the Chicago Journalists Association. Ijehirika has appeared on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and NPR among other outlets. She’s a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight: Week In Review" and FOX32’s "Good Day Chicago." Learn more about Maudlyne at:https://chicago.suntimes.com/authors/maudlyne-ihejirika Follow: @Maudlynei on Twitter & IG

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author, changing the game one story at a time

Celebrity makeup artist on beauty, branding and building an audience on YouTube

With more than 2.5M views on a recent YouTube videoand nearly 50k subscribers, Chicago's Candice Childress is taking the beauty world by storm. Her signature style has been featured on broadcast networks like the OWN Network, ESPN and her artistry has graced the covers of magazines worldwide. She talks to us about a pivotal moment involving Cover Girl cosmetics AND the experiences that gave her the courage to be bold, fierce and flawless. In creating the perfect style for clients, the Chicago beauty boss has worked with celebrated brands like Urban Decay, Pixie Beauty and Mented Cosmetics. In the future, she'd love to work with MAC, Fenty and her favorite, Sam Fine. Check out Candice's advice on building your brand on YouTube: 1. Stayahead of the trend2. Knowyour audience3. Categorize your audience's interests4. Meet your audience's needs5. Integrate your message across platforms Download Pivotal Moment for more tipsand learn more at www.eyecandycandicemakeup.com. Also find us on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Google Play Music.

28 MINAPR 11
Comments
Celebrity makeup artist on beauty, branding and building an audience on YouTube

Northern Trust announces Chicago executive to head private capital for North America

"It's rewarding to help other people fulfill their dreams about their business and help their businesses grow," says Kimberly Evans Killion, who took a unique off-the-beaten-path into financial services. In a newly-created global role, Killion was named Head of Private Capital Administration, North America, for Northern Trust. In this capacity, she will focus on Northern Trust’s global capabilities on a segment of the alternatives market experiencing rapid asset growth and increased demands for transparency. On Pivotal Moment, the Chicago native shares the amazing story of how her humble beginnings set the stage for her quest for excellence and her trajectory in the field. At the heart of the story, she reveals a moment in a grocery store with her mother and siblings when she was just six-years-old, that would forever guide her path. Killion also shares how one important mentor helped propel her from struggleand uncertainty -- to triumph. Today, she speaks at schools, colleges, sem...

38 MINFEB 18
Comments
Northern Trust announces Chicago executive to head private capital for North America

Chicago author's book, 'Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built,' debuts at top of charts

For more than two decades, Dr. Margena Christian met with John H. Johnson toshare the hottest stories of the day as a member of the Jet magazine team. Johnson,the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, created an international empire, including Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. In 1982, Johnson was the first African-American on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. In "Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built," Dr. Christian reveals personalinsights on Johnson's passion, personality, andvision for his company. With a foreword by Jesse L. Jackson Sr., rave reviews and a spot at the top of the charts, could a movie deal be in the works?? Download to find out here. Dr. Christain says she wrote the book to preserve our history, to document our legacy, and to make sure that Mr. Johnson's legacy survives. "We need gatekeepers who look like us to tell our stories. We must speak in our name. We have power." "Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built," is availa...

32 MINFEB 12
Comments
Chicago author's book, 'Empire: The House that John H. Johnson Built,' debuts at top of charts

She's got GAME! Retired female QB has a message for Trump

Move over Tom Brady; there's a new QB in town. And her name is Sami Grisafe. But the retired female QB of The Chicago Force Women's Football team does more than win football championships across the globe. Spoiler alert. Voted MVP, Grisafe led her team to two international football victories and one national championship. Still, as impressive as her performance is on the field, so is her performance on the stage including her ukulele rendition of the national anthem. Yes, ukulele. What better? In addition to national anthem performances for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox teams, Grisafe has flexed her anthem skills on the mic before the start of several Chicago Force games, including the team's international championships. At the request of then-governor Patt Quinn, Governor sang the national anthem at the signing of the Marriage Equality Act. Known for her sultry sounds and rock vocals, Grisafe's first album, Atlantis, earned six pre-Grammy nods. Her upcoming album, which will debut...

38 MIN2018 NOV 15
Comments
She's got GAME! Retired female QB has a message for Trump

Miami model-maker on creating space on the runway for girls and women of color

At just 5' tall, she's a giant above the rest. Miami model-maker Sunnie Morrison is revolutionizing the runway and making space for girls and women of color in the process. Her Miss Runway Competition offershas helped hundreds of girls to be powerful, to be beautiful --and to be fearless. From 4-years-old to over 18, Sunnie's girls are dominating, ON and OFF the runway. For the winner? A trip to New York’s Fashion Week, a photo shoot in Times Square and Central Park, $1,000 and a year as the spokesperson for an issue affecting our nations. Miss Runway enters it’s 11th season this year. Stay tuned at the end of the show as Sunnie Morrison provides daily tips for beauty every day of the week.

34 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Miami model-maker on creating space on the runway for girls and women of color

Netflix deal for ‘All the Queen’s Horses,' created by Chicago professor and CPA

Rita Crundwell stole $53 million and no one knew. It’s the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. But how could this happen and no one notice? "All the Queen’s Horses," now on Netflix, answers that question. The documentary reveals how the comptroller in the quiet town of Dixon, Illinois, single-handedly stole a fortune to live lavishly and to build one of the nation’s largest quarter horse breeding empires. Created by DePaul professor and CPA,Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, the documentary follows the global money trail and the award-winning horses Crundwell left behind. Check out the trailer toAll the Queen's Horses

28 MIN2018 NOV 2
Comments
Netflix deal for ‘All the Queen’s Horses,' created by Chicago professor and CPA

Boxing our way out: Crushers Club offers a pathway out of Englewood

Sally Hazelgrove is making a difference in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Her after-school boxing program, The Crushers Club, takes kids off the streets, and trains them to box, teaches them to lead, and pays them - YES, PAYS THEM, in the process. The Englewood club has employed hundreds of Chicago youth. Crushers Club also offers a music education program, and this month, a new YouTube talk show, JoJo TV. Hazelgrove talks to Pivotal Moment about what happened at just 10-years-old and how it guides her today. She tells us about the impact she’s made in Englewood - and around the world. Crusher's Mission:"Our mission is to be the strongest alternative to gangs. We arm young people with the support and skills they need to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood. Crushers Club is rooted if four ideals - respect, discipline, ownership, and love - that give our members a fighting chance."--Sally Hazelgrove, Founder For more information, visit Crushers Club.

34 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Boxing our way out: Crushers Club offers a pathway out of Englewood
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