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Tony at 90

Aug 15, 2016No Comments

Tony Bennett should tell no one that he is 90, because no one would believe him, after seeing his show. I saw Tony at Ravinia,


Norman’s Bistro: A Place To Call Our Own

Aug 09, 2016No Comments

By David Smallwood Folks say there aren’t many nice sit-down restaurants on the South Side of Chicago outside of Hyde Park, specifically in Black neighborhoods,


A Candid Conversation With Chicago Police S...

Aug 03, 2016No Comments

  By Hermene D. Hartman and David Smallwood We’re chatting today with the new Superintendent of Chicago’s Police Department, Eddie Johnson. Thank you so much


America, Where Are You?

Jul 11, 20168 Comments

By Hermene D. Hartman America is living in crisis and is explosive at this time. We are looking racism dead in the face, no matter


Something About Oscar

Jul 08, 2016No Comments

It wasn’t long after the late great Oscar Brown Jr. took Morris Gearring under his wing in 1985 that Gearring realized the incredible position that


Die Another Day: New Life For Illinois Serv...

Jun 28, 2016No Comments

By David Smallwood Somewhere, Louise Quarles Lawson is beaming. Last year, the Illinois Service Federal Savings & Loan Association (ISF) that Ms. Lawson turned into


Muhammad Ali, Champion of a Man

Jun 06, 20164 Comments

by Hermene Hartman Muhammad Ali 1942-2016 With the passing of Muhammad Ali, America has lost a champion of a man. He was magnificent, awesome, a


Celebrating A Raisin In The Sun’s Lorrain...

May 05, 2016No Comments

By David Smallwood The Goodman Theatre has kicked off a month-long celebration of the life of Chicago’s own playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of the iconic


LegalBee: Providing Legal Assistance For Th...

Mar 29, 2016No Comments

By David Smallwood Sometimes you don’t look for the job. Sometimes the job finds you. That’s kind of how it’s worked out for south suburban

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AnJi White Sizzles In “Sunset Baby”

Mar 15, 2016No Comments

By David Smallwood Chicago media tends to cover local theater by especially noting the acclaimed playwright or the gifted director or the timeless play. For


Oscars Aside, Meet Tim Story

Mar 03, 20162 Comments

Oscars Aside, Meet Tim Story: Hollywood’s Billion Dollar Black Director By David Smallwood Nothing wrong with bringing home an Oscar…or even just being nominated for


Artist Ti-Rock Moore

Feb 23, 2016No Comments

By Hana Anderson Gallery Guichard is an elegant contemporary art gallery, owned by Andre and Frances Guichard in a unique, South Side Chicago community called

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The Black Oscars?

Feb 15, 2016No Comments

by A. Thomas Jeff Friday had no experience in filmmaking. He simply was a movie enthusiast who saw a diversity vacuum in the industry. Armed


Dr. King's Protest

Jan 17, 2016No Comments

by Hermene Hartman Dr. Martin Luther King¹s life in the Civil Rights Movement was a short 13 years. From the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott in 1955


Sanaa Lathan, Unfortunately, Meets The Perf...

Jan 16, 2016No Comments

By Cindy Barrymore If the goddess that is Sanaa Lathan feels self-conscious about her looks, God help the rest of us girls. With not a


The Laynie Foundation: Restoring Mental Ba...

Oct 08, 2015No Comments

By David Smallwood        10/8/15 Filling a vital need in the Southland region of Cook County is the Laynie Foundation, a Medicaid-certified community

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St. Thomas, Virgin Islands – What To Do, ...

Jun 18, 2015No Comments

By Derrick K. Baker  6/18/15 Over the past decade plus, after having (maybe) spent 50 hours exclusively trekking, mouth agape, down the jewelry store-laden main

A Community Staple And More For 50 Years

Jun 05, 2015No Comments

By David Smallwood In 1965, Black business owners on the South Side of Chicago were frustrated because they couldn’t get money from mainstream banks due

Being Black And Gay In The South

May 15, 2015No Comments

  By David Smallwood  E.Patrick Johnson performs his one-person show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South in a special engagement at the Hal

Q&A :Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Apr 07, 2015No Comments

      NDIGO- Your opponent has called you the 1 per cent mayor and accused you of not representing the city as a whole.

Chicago’s August Wilson Celebration

Mar 11, 2015No Comments

   By David Smallwood In an unprecedented community event ranging    from the Pullman Historic District to Evanston,  more than 20 Chicago theaters, schools and

The Soulful Vocal Talents of Michael Avery

Feb 12, 2015No Comments

By Charlie Ainslie (N’DIGO Editor David Smallwood contributed to this story.) Chicago-based singer Michael Avery can’t remember the moment he wanted to become a professional

John Henry Whitehead – History Our Wa...

Feb 10, 2015No Comments

In honor of Black History Month, N’DIGO recently sat down with John Henry Whitehead the creator of the 2015 History Our Way calendar and wanted

Selma: A Sure Fire Oscar Contender

Jan 08, 2015No Comments

Selma is about the three months surrounding the violent march in Selma, Alabama led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other stalwarts of the

Who’s Got NEKZ? Raquel Crayton Does!

Dec 19, 2014No Comments


Costume Designer Brings Dazzle To The “Ho...

Dec 10, 2014No Comments

Holiday décor and characters come to life and excite the season to be jolly at “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at the Chicago Theatre December 17-21. Sugarplums

Another Look At America’s Obsession With ...

Dec 03, 2014No Comments

Filmmaker extraordinaire and former N’DIGO writer Darryl Roberts is back with the third installment of his popular documentary series America The Beautiful. The new film,

Let Mavis “Take You There!”

Nov 14, 2014No Comments


Discussion On Role Elders Played In Civil R...

Nov 09, 2014No Comments


Discussion On Role Elders Played In Civil R...

Nov 09, 2014No Comments


Bruce Rauner Is The Right Choice For Govern...

Oct 30, 2014No Comments


Creating Healing Art Through Community Buil...

Oct 23, 2014No Comments


Advancing Diversity in Classical Music

Oct 02, 2014No Comments

The Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic chamber orchestras – it annually sells out Carnegie Hall – comes to the Harris Theater on

Byron Allen – The $300 Million Dollar...

Sep 27, 2014No Comments

By Paula Wilson If you were to ask 10 strangers to name the most powerful African Americans working in Hollywood today, you’d probably hear names like:

Fresh Local Produce At Seaway Bank’s Farm...

Sep 09, 2014No Comments

Bank Announces Double Value Coupon Program For the past decade, Seaway Bank’s farmers market has been making fresh produce and healthy alternatives more accessible to

Johnnie Lee Savory: 30 Seconds To Lose Your...

Aug 27, 2014No Comments

              Johnnie Lee Savory believes in justice for all, but he’s more focused on recognizing injustice all over the

1,000 Issues of N’DIGO

Aug 24, 2014No Comments


Playing Just To Play Near Cincinnati

Aug 09, 2014No Comments

The planned family summer trip to a Southern destination had fallen through just two days before scheduled departure – due to a seeming lack of

20 Years Of Chicago’s Black Film Festival

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

From August 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the stories, images,

Ovani Di: Grabbing Life, Living It Fully

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

  On Monday mornings, some people will tell you what they did on their weekends: went skiing, mountain climbing, painted a deck, did charity work,

Bobby Womack, Legendary R&B singer-son...

Jul 03, 2014No Comments

With a stellar career of over 50 years, revered R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack died Friday June 27, 2014. He was 70 years old. Described as

Bobby Womack, Legendary R&B singer-song...

Jul 03, 2014No Comments

With a stellar career of over 50 years, revered R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack died Friday June 27, 2014. He was 70 years old. Described as

Why The Obama Library Should Be At Chicago ...

Jun 24, 2014No Comments

    The first step of the Barack Obama Presidential Library sweepstakes is complete. Monday, June 16, was the deadline for all interested parties who

Black Troops in Combat

Jun 18, 2014No Comments

“Once let the Black man get upon his person the brass letters U.S. and Eagle on his button and a musket on his shoulder and

Racism: Nigger, Niggah, Ninja

May 22, 2014No Comments

By Lorenzo Clemons There seems to be a great consternation about the recent episode of a powerful person expressing views that most felt were gone

Good Crop of Spring Books

May 16, 2014No Comments

A couple of Chicago books, an African-based sci-fi/fantasy, and an inspirational self-helper for entrepreneurs on your bedside table for some nightly reading will help you

Brown vs. Board of Education Turns 60

May 15, 2014No Comments

  ‘Tis a pity that Linda Brown isn’t as celebrated as Rosa Parks in the annals of the Civil Rights Movement because the little Topeka,

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth "Blue ...

Apr 02, 2014No Comments

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth "Blue ...

Apr 02, 2014No Comments

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the

Pharrell Williams is 'Happy'

Mar 07, 2014No Comments

Singer-Rapper-Producer Pharrell Williams is one busy man. In 2013 he help create two of the year’s biggest pop hits – “Blurred Lines” for singer Robin