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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

Signifying Politics

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 2:00 PM

In the Black community, a popular past time is the art of signifying. This is a verbal word game where you poke fun at a person or a family member of that person with ridicule.

It is a creative exaggeration of a minute point that is exploited, as in -...

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Equity Economics

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:52 AM

The 2016 presidential election will prove to be one of the most interesting in American history. Indeed, the voting public has radical choices in the candidates and the parties.

Bernie Sanders is running a crusade and is amazingly attracting young...

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Remembering Gus Savage (1925 - 2015)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:34 PM


The Honorable Augustus "Gus" Savage was quite a guy. He served in the United States Congress for six terms from January 1981 to January 1993 and ran twice for the seat before finally winning it . Gus was of the people, by the...

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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 12:46 PM


When former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger raised county taxes a penny on the dollar to help balance his budget, he was portrayed as a political monster in the press. He received front-page stories and made headline news.

His election...

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What's In a Name?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:04 AM

"If you want the Hope Diamond, you have to buy the Hope Diamond."

This is a direct quote from Michael Jordan's attorney, Frederick Sperling. And he is only serious. Michael is the Hope Diamond in the field of endorsements, so says his attorney. Mr. Jordan, as you probably know by...

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South Carolina, I am Not So Forgiving...

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:03 PM


I was as shocked and stunned as all Americans to turn on the news about the nine people killed on June 17 by a young maniac during bible study at church. Several of the victims' families offered public forgiveness to the 21-year-old White...

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Spike Lee's CHIRAQ

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:59 PM


From Friday, May 15 until Monday morning May 18, one man was killed and 49 people were wounded in Chicago, including an 81-year-old grandmother shot four times in a drive-by.

Spike Lee is working on a movie reflecting this violence. With the...

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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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