A Tribute to One of Our Own

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Some people come into your life and leave an incredible imprint.  Kimmie was one of the first people I met on the Chicago House Scene when I returned after a long hiatus.  She affectionately nicknamed me T.K.O.  She was funny, full of life, and always made me feel welcome no matter where I showed up.  She was a friend and someone that I partied with for years.  When she passed two years ago, the loss was felt around the Chicago House scene because she was truly a staple in this community. She loved house music, and you could always catch her on dance floors all around the city. She loved house music, and she loved her DJs!

On Friday, August 11th, The Chicago house community gathered to honor one of our own.  Kim Carter-Gueringer, affectionately called Kimmie or Kimmie Disco was a beautiful spirit and soul.  She was known across this scene here in Chicago as a lover of the music and one who stayed on a dance floor grooving to the music she loved.  Friend to many, she loved hanging out with her family and friends.  She also loved her camera, and you hardly saw her without it. She was always taking photos with friends and family.  I never fully appreciated it until she was gone and I saw the many pictures circulating on social media after her passing.  Since her untimely passing, her friends and family have kept her memory alive.  Friday night, the 2nd annual “Chuckfest-A Dance for Kim” was held at Bassline and her friends once again gathered to pay honor to the woman, mother, and friend that we love and miss dearly.

Presented by Arise Radio and RFK Promotions, the 2nd Annual Chuckfest featured some of Kim’s favorite DJs.  Black Terry, Dee Jay Alicia, Tobi G, James Vincent and Philander Gaters.  Everyone came to pay homage to Kim Carter-Gueringer wearing their favorite pair of Converse, a/k/a Chuck Taylors.  You never saw Kim without her Converse and her ruby red lipstick!   Some also wore specially designed shirts created by artist, RagTyme Designs.  A portion of the evening's proceeds also went to benefit Kim’s children.  As I entered bassline, I felt the love.  We gathered, we hugged one another, we loved on one another, sharing our stories and memories.  Friday night was one of those beautiful moments when our community puts aside petty differences based on what side of the city you live on and what style of house music you listen to.  At this moment, it’s all about the music and the groove and honoring a woman who loved to see her people partying together. 

Photography by Tracy Love of Vision of Love Photography and party patrons.  Original Music "Butterfly by Vangela Crowe.  Edit by Dee Jay Alicia featuring Poetry by Black Widow.

I couldn’t help but think how proud Kimmie would be of all of us; coming together in her honor.  A community unified in our love for her.  It was a perfect tribute to one of our own.  Rest in Heaven Kimmie; your spirit lives on in all of us!

Until next time,

See ya on a dance floor

Black Widow

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Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.