From The Heart To The Dancefloor: The Mothers of House 2017


There are moments as a house lover that stay with me; close to my heart.  Our parties are more than great music and positive people. House people chase a vibe when they head out to party.  Saturday night, I attended the Mothers of House Celebration.  I had an opportunity to sit down with the three amazing DJs who were the sound conductors for this event last week. You can read that interview here.  I knew after speaking with them, that I was in for something special and they did not disappoint.  This is the 2nd year the Mothers of House celebration has taken place. The brainchild of DJ Ike Williams, he created a party to celebrate all of the mothers in the Chicago House scene.  Every single detail was covered and the mom’s in attendance felt the love and appreciation.  There were special t-shirts and merchandise created and sold by Nikki Hill in honor of the occasion.  Michelle Sloan covered every detail; from beautifully decorated tables, the delicious catered meal, the gift bags complete with roses, candles and a special USB full of music from Dee Jay Alicia, Mz. Nicky Dvine, and DJ Lady D. The entire evening was a beautiful gift.   


Mz. Nicky Dvine, opened the evening with soul.  Her sets are beautifully thought out with song selections that conveyed messages of love.  She set the tone for the evening, beautifully blending some of the best soulful house music and the spirit of that music saturated the dancefloor.   I was brought to tears when I saw her mom walk in to surprise her while she was spinning. It was such a beautiful and poignant moment.  I knew this was going to be a special night. It wasn’t just another party. There was an immense amount of love in the air. This night was about family and community; our house community, filled with mothers who nurture, protect and provide for the ones they love.  Mz. Nicky’s set felt like a mother’s hug, welcoming you in to the party.  The soulful selection of music played by Mz. Nicky was layered and melodic, ushering me to the dance floor in musical agreement. 


Next up, was DJ Lady D.  Petite in stature, she grabbed hold of those decks and let loose!  Classic Disco and house tracks about a mother’s heart and a mother’s love took the crowd to another level of excitement.  Her set was strong, powerful and intentional. She is clearly a DJ who thinks about the music she’s playing and the message she wants to convey.  She knows how to read an audience and cater to them without losing her authenticity.  It’s a delicate balance and she does it effortlessly.  She drew the crowd in and didn’t let them go until they let go on the dance floor! She’s a force behind the tables and she does it with such finesse. It was a joy to experience. 


Closing out the night was Dee Jay Alicia. She opened her set with a lyrical piece about motherhood.  It was personal and heartfelt and continued the celebration of motherhood.   As always, her sets are laced with soulful melodies and strong afro house beats.  Continuing in the spirit of the night, DJA commanded the decks with smooth transitions and seamless blends.  She created a set that demonstrated the many layers of a mother’s heart; the softness, the femininity, the strong, powerful and protective nature that lives within the heart of any mother.  The crowd received it with open arms.  Singer Carla Prather blessed the crowd with her soulful voice with a special live performance as well.




The night was full of love, positivity, and laughter and the beauty of the entire night was the level of sisterhood I witnessed between these three powerful DJs.  There are some things that cannot be faked or forced. These ladies had chemistry and it showed. Their energy and love for one another was infectious and every one in attendance felt it.  These ladies genuinely enjoyed playing with one another and even blessed the crowd with a three way tag team to close out the evening.  It was so much more than a party, it was a true celebration of motherhood, friendship and sisterhood.  Special kudos to DJ Ike Williams for the success of this 2nd Annual event!  

As a patron,  I left feeling uplifted and appreciated.  It was the perfect way to begin my Mother’s Day celebration; surrounded by my friends, sisters and fellow mothers of house music!

Until next time, See ya on a Dance Floor!

Black Widow

*Photos courtesy of Tracy Love/Vision of Love Photography*



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 and on her book’s website,  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.