COURTESY OF MAJOR ADAMS COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
 
The SBKQ Dance Team took home the first place trophy at the 2014 Major Adams/Team Ent Talent Show Extravaganza on May 16, 2014 at the Major Adams Community Committee (MACC), 125 N. Hoyne in Chicago. The final decision was a squeaker though! The judges declared that SBKQ and the Youth Zone dancers were tied for first place. The volume of audience applause for each of these groups turned out to be the deciding factor that put SBKQ in first place and Youth Zone in second. The third place trophy went to the Up Grade dancers.
 
MACC, an affiliate of Chicago Area Project (CAP), is a near west side center that serves youth and families with out-of-school-time programs. The talent show—and the practicing that led up to it— is just one of the activities at MACC that help build a safer, more productive community for local youth and their families.
 
The contestants performed to a packed house full of families and local residents in the MACC gym. Highlights of the event included performances by featured artists like A Love, Solo Xquizit and Mattibaybee. Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward) stopped by to praise MACC and congratulate all the contestants and their families. The talent show was judged by Lady Luv, Tee-Tee and a representative from Everybody Show Out Theater.
 
There were only three trophies, but every contestant who performed got a rousing round of applause from the audience. Other contestants included the Pretty Girls dancers, AK who sang “No One” by Alicia Keys, Grittany singing Biance’s “At Last,” Jayden who distributed red roses as he sang, the CBT dancers, the singer Hadiya, and the CSB dancers
 
MACC is named after James “Major” Adams, the 88-year-old, WWII veteran, National Jefferson Award Winner and living legend of the Westside, has served his community for over 55 years. The trailblazing specialist in gang intervention and violence prevention started the Hornets drum & bugle corps as his vehicle to keep the kids of the public housing development out of trouble. Currently more than 500 youth participate in the center’s programs annually.