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Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF THE HEART, appears on Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15.

N'DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. N’DIGO is a weekly lifestyle publication for progressive readers. In 1995, N'DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business Magazine.

Ms. Hartman is founder and president of N'DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995. It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational pursuits.

From 2004 – 2007 Ms. Hartman served as president of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a business group, dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits, with 70 members with collective revenues of nearly one billion dollars. She is the only woman to have served as President of the organization and the only President to have serve two terms.

Ms. Hartman received an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, a M.A. degree in sociology an MPH with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University. She has received more than 200 awards for outstanding achievement in media, business, community services, education, and communication.

Prior to a publishing career, Hartman was Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at City Colleges of Chicago and a Social Science Professor.

Entries by Hermene Hartman

Remembering the Little Warrior

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow was a powerhouse. She stood only 4'11", but she was a giant. She was a fighter, thus her title "The Little Warrior." Barrow fought injustice and spoke for equality on all fronts -- race, women, and gays.

A church family raised her in Burton, Texas,...

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'Keep On Keepin' On'

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:35 PM


Keep on Keepin' On is a beautiful film about the love of friendship. It is a poetic film about mentoring, loving life and honoring musical talent. It is an intimate portrayal of Clark Terry, often referred to as "CT" and he is perhaps...

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(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:53 PM


by Hermene Hartman, Sylvester Cosby and Aquantee Hendricks

WE were at the office having a discussion on the new sitcom, "Black-ish" and I realized we were of different generations and had different viewpoints. So we all wrote our interpretations of the program....

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Get On Up: James Brown on the Big Screen

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:25 AM

The movie Get On Up -- a big screen full feature -- is the biopic on the life of James Brown, opening across the country August 1. Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in the movie biopic 42 is quite the character actor. He transforms into Mr. Brown. He...

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Why the Obama Library Should Be at Chicago State But Will Probably Go to the University of Chicago

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:01 PM

The first step of the Barack Obama Presidential Library sweepstakes is complete.

Monday, June 16, was the deadline for all interested parties who want to host the library to submit initial bids as to where they would put it, how it would serve as an economic engine in the suggested...

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The Blackmocrats

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:03 PM

During the past primary election in March, I provided professional outreach services to Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner to meet and have dialogue with various sections of the Black community. My advocacy was controversial.

Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael Sneed called and asked if it were true. Sun-Times "columnist" (a term...

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Phenomenally, Maya Angelou Was Every Woman

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Maya Angelou was a world-class lady whose life might have been the inspiration for Chaka Kahn's song "I'm Every Woman." Maya was every woman -- that is, every black woman living in her era, from 1928-2014.

She lived a rich life, but a life that was not always charming. She...

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The Cry of Jet Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:59 PM

As of next week, there will be no more Jet magazine, that pint-sized publication that's been a weekly best friend to the Black community since 1951.

For there to no longer be a Jet is a watershed moment in contemporary African-American history. There's always been a Jet; for all African-Americans...

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Barbara Walters!

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Barbara Walters retired from being on the air last Friday after an amazing, pioneering career of over 50 years in the media. She was the first woman to assume the anchor seat for a national network evening news broadcast when she teamed with Harry Reasoner on ABC Evening News in...

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Motown the Musical -- The Story of Berry Gordy and His Music

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Motown the Musical is a grand old school musical telling the first hand story of a man who became a legend. The timeless music he helped create became legendary. There are two stories folded into one in this Motown story -- a man and his music, and a man and...

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Should We Reconsider Black History Month?

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 9:52 AM

As we end February, this Black History Month, what would happen if you didn't tell your black child about the trials and tribulations of the Black experience? What if you didn't tell your child about the bad experience of slavery, about the inequality Black Americans have endured. What if you...

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10 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States. The campaign has begun as the darts are being thrown. It doesn't matter. She will win the race. It will be historic for more reasons than one. She has paid her dues as a political candidate, as a wife and...

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Chicago State University Is the Right Place for President Obama Library

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 5:23 PM

The Presidential Library is definitely coming to Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a unified effort instead of scattered sources going after it and we miss it. Other cities vying are Hawaii and New York. he President loves Hawaii, it is where he spent his childhood years, and he lived in...

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Mary Wilson and Four Tops Rock in Christmas Special

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Mary WIlson, of the famed Supremes, and The Four Tops rocked in their Christmas spectacular at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Opening was the night before Christmas Eve, December 23. The show plays until January 5.

The show is a mixed bag of authentic Motown music varied...

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Viva Mandela!

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:38 AM

"I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience." (Statement during trial, 1962)

Sir Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a world-class leader, the ultimate leader of his time...

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Twelve Years a Slave: I Am Sick of the Slave Movies

(41) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 8:37 PM

Twelve Years a Slave is a hard movie to watch. I am sick and tired of slave and servant movies. This is the comfort level for Hollywood of the "Negro" portrayal. Driving Miss Daisy, The Help, Django and the like showcase Black actors. The great acting even wins Academy...

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Bishop Arthur Brazier Avenue?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:15 PM

It was announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel a couple of weeks ago that Stony Island Avenue would be changed to Bishop Arthur Brazier Avenue. The Avenue would be from 56th Street to 103rd Street. Protest has occurred. None of which has to do with Bishop Brazier himself. I wrote a...

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Why the Gang Summit Failed in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 1:49 PM

The gang summit held this past weekend at Reverend James Meeks' House of Hope church was a failure. The right people didn't come. The Summit was patterned after one held years ago hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The Tribune quoted, Mr. Robert White, an...

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From Martin to Martin

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:18 AM

The March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his keynote address was August 28, 1963. This historic march is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his signature speech, "I Have a Dream." He spoke directly to 250,000 people that day, with President John F. Kennedy listening...

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Travyon Martin Is the New Emmett Till

(4) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 2:23 PM

The court decision on the trial of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is insulting and disappointing. The verdict is in. The adage of when you go to court, you don't know how you are coming out has never been more evident.

The court decision is one thing but the...

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