Get Ready For The Eroticly Speaking Experience!

By David Smallwood If you are in the audience when the Naked After Midnight show commences at approximately 1 a.m. in the morning this Saturday night/Sunday morning (June 27/28) at the Uptown Underground Theater, 4707 North Broadway, this is what will happen: “You will find yourself experiencing the most exhilarating outer-body climax that could possibly Read More …

Weighty Questions About Change in stop. Reset.

  By David Smallwood     Acclaimed actress and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor has a provocative new play about advancing technology’s impact on modern society running at the Goodman through June 21. The story of stop. reset. concerns Chicago businessman Alex Ames, who might have to shut down his long-standing African-American book publishing Read More …

A Community Staple And More For 50 Years

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 to discriminatory lending practices. Neither could the larger Black community, for whatever their financial needs might have been. So, deciding to “do for self,” a group of Black business people Read More …

Spike Lee’s CHIRAQ

Posted Online Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:31 a.m. CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – One man was killed and at least 36 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday. The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after Read More …

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) commences when our mighty Avengers attempt to break down a barricaded Hydra fortress of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in the Eastern European country of Sokovia. Strucker uses the power inside Loki’s scepter to experiment on humans. Two mutants inside the experimentation camp are the twins, Wanda Read More …

Questions About the Chicago Public Schools $20 Million Scandal

  How did it happen? How did Chicago Public Schools let a no-bid $20.5 million contract go to the SUPES Training Program in the first place? What’s not being said here? What was SUPES teaching to the principals, who mostly already have postgraduate degrees? Why aren’t management courses in the graduate educational curriculum in the Read More …

N’DIGO GALA 2015: Jazz Enchantment

Seven years after N’DIGO began in 1989, we constantly received calls from graduating high school students seeking financial assistance for their educational pursuits. Before I started N’DIGO, I was a college professor and administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago with responsibilities in recruitment, so the requests nagged at me because I wanted to help, Read More …

Chicago’s August Wilson Celebration

   By David Smallwood In an unprecedented community event ranging    from the Pullman Historic District to Evanston,  more than 20 Chicago theaters, schools and  organizations have combined to present The August Wilson Celebration from March 9 through April 18. This is an extensive exploration of the enduring impact of the work of the Tony Read More …

Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson

“Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson’s legacy with his Tony-nominated masterpiece, praised by Variety as “perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers.”   The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all of the city’s residents, some of Read More …