3 women fight to keep their spirits from dying

In hundreds of movie theaters across the country on Thursday evening, a special film, "A Powerful Noise ," will be shown to honor International Women's Day. Full Story
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Mr Manumba Ney

Denver, CO

#1 Mar 3, 2009
Your story about your grandmother reminds me of my humble beginnings. I was raised by my grandmother on Lowrents Street in a Gazebo with no heat, next door to the Rezkos. I have visited the ruins in Greece in the winter. Athens is so much warmer than Chicago in the winter. My Gazebo was blown away on Lowrents Street. My grandmother and I suffered frostbite. My heart goes out to Tony and his wife.
Damfunny

United States

#2 Mar 4, 2009
John Kass: you're gettin' all soft and mushy?

you need a vacation--time to go off to the casinos of Aruba with the power people.

(Say hello to Jesse White and Sen DeLeo!)
Missy

Springfield, IL

#3 Mar 4, 2009
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
alex

Carbondale, IL

#4 Mar 4, 2009
Excellent, John Kass.
Tim Frakes

Lombard, IL

#5 Mar 4, 2009
John,
Glad to see you writing about "A Powerful Noise!" Not as funny as trying to take a shower at city hall, but still, very important.
mamma jamma

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 4, 2009
Missy wrote:
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
Because facts are facts, like it or not. The drop out rate for African American girls is dramatically higher than Caucasian American girls. Like it or not, Kass is blunt and to the point and doesn't scratch sand over his story to make it politically correct. I applaud you John, keep up the good work.
Winterbiker

Springfield, IL

#7 Mar 4, 2009
Missy wrote:
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
I just re-read the article, Missy. John did refer to American girls in general. His reference to the dropout rate of African American girls seemed appropriate, since he was discussing (and praising) the educational efforts of an African girl in Mali.
Oh NO!!! I just defended John Kass.
Whatadummies

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 4, 2009
Missy wrote:
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
Read the statistic, Missy. You live in the Fantasy World.
thingy

El Paso, TX

#9 Mar 4, 2009
John Kass, I am surprised and grateful (never thought I would say that) to you for writing about the struggles women face every day. We complain here, but we have so much to be thankful for. Thank-you.
Slick Rick

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Mar 4, 2009
A blind eye can see light once every lifetime.
Johnny Cakes

Willowbrook, IL

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Great article.

Maybe you could write a little about how local women here in Illinois are overcoming adversity and hardships to become leaders, while setting the example.

Names like Lisa Madigan, Sandi Jackson and Michelle Obama come to mind.
James

United States

#13 Mar 4, 2009
Some people (like Bobby Jindal) say that Arts funding shouldn't have been included in the stimulus package. They don't think the Arts are a critical need right now. We should only be putting our money into real things, like bridges and highways and houses.

The sad reality is that without Arts funding, documentaries like this one can't be created. These things are important. They are part of what makes us different than countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran and North Korea. Art is a weapon against intolerance. Find a place where things are banned - books, movies, personal freedoms - and you will find a place where art will slowly, inevitably percolate up from the people to expose and destroy the intolerance.

Kass, thanks for taking a day off from the corruption wars to highlight this film. I can't wait to see it.
middleclassguy

Bloomington, IN

#14 Mar 4, 2009
This movie sends a powerful message to all Americans and all of us should view it. The United States was founded upon a few workable, simple, but powerful principles; self reliance, self determination, individual initiative, individual rights, and individual and personal responsibility. People in third and fourth world countries are applying those principles in an progressive and successful manner.

Here at home, we are whining and groveling and blaming. This country is turning away from its root principles to government reliance, government determination, social initiative, group rights, and no personal responsibility.

The simple and powerful principles our founding are being spread throughout the world by progressives, while here at home we are regressing and repressing our founding principles. The so called progressives in America consider self reliance, self determination, individual initiative, individual rights, and individual and personal responsibilities dirty words. They are vulgar, obscene, profane, and scatological. While people in abject poverty and backward cultures are progressing with our principles, we are moving backwards to a feudal system.
Mac

United States

#15 Mar 4, 2009
Missy wrote:
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
What I took from John's comment is that he'd like to see African-American girls value education as much as the African girl in his article does.
Of course, he could have kept his views to himself, gone home to his comfortable middle class life, and not given a d*mn about whether African-American girls go to school.
get real

Niles, IL

#16 Mar 4, 2009
johnny cakes have you been living under a rock to mention lisa madigan over coming WHAT! SHE HAS DADDY MADIGAN
Gracies Dad

Schaumburg, IL

#17 Mar 4, 2009
Our "problems" pale in comparison to the hardships these women have perservered. Perhaps it is time we, as a society, humble ourselves and ask Providence for forgiveness for our wretched excesses. These women know what is important in life and it doen't include a bathroom with every bedroom and a beemer in the driveway. Perhaps they could lend us their moral compasses. We certainly could learn from them.
Fed up

West Hollywood, CA

#18 Mar 4, 2009
Great article John!
Much ado about nothing

United States

#19 Mar 4, 2009
A well written article that might even be interpreted as a public service. And nary a nickname in sight!

Whodathunkit.
jvc

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 4, 2009
Missy wrote:
So John, why didn't you just leave it at American girls dropping out of school? Why single out black girls?
I actually thought for once, you had written a column without an agenda. Guess I was wrong.
In the past I probably would have agreed with you Missy. However, as a society we have come to believe, generally, that a color-blind society is not the goal, rather a color indifferent society. Different ethnic groups in this country want to celebrate their cultures and differences, which is great. But with that comes the inevitable, that you must be open to the negative side of your differences too. And in the African-American community dropout is a major problem, as is crime. I have come to believe that pointing out these differences is not only NOT prejudice, but that NOT pointing out these differences would be a form of prejudice, because you gloss over the problem, thus leaving no interest in solving it.
ferd

Fenton, MO

#21 Mar 4, 2009
ok. john, you of all people - .

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