Weekend Gang Summit – Operation Failed.

    The Gang summit held this weekend (Saturday September 28)  at Reverend James  Meeks House of Hope church was a failure.  The right people didn’t come.  The Summit was patterned after one held years ago hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Minister Louis Farrakhan.  The Tribune quoted, Mr. Robert White an ex-gang member as Read More …

An Alien Abduction – Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus

    Lindsay Lohan For the last few years we’ve watched troubled actress Lindsay Lohan battle with drugs, alcohol and rehab. It seemed like for every two steps forward she took, she ran four steps back! These setbacks started with hospitalization for “overheating and dehydration.” Next were emotional problems and irresponsible and unprofessional behavior on Read More …

Kerry Washington: Red Hot and Scandalous in Hollywood!

  Actress Kerry Washington’s career has been a slow and steady climb. Born on January 31, 1977 in New York City, NY and raised by her two working parents in the Bronx, she attended the exclusive all-girls Spence School (which boasts Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy Rossum among its alumni). Kerry participated in a host of Read More …

The Curtis Mayfield Story – A Lasting Impression

  It was a Friday evening right before one of the final preview rehearsals, I sat with Jackie Taylor and Reggie Torian in her office at the north side Black Ensemble Theater on Clark street to interview them on Jackie’s latest play.  The phone was ringing off the hook placing  ticket orders.  The cast had Read More …

Pullman Porter Blues: History, Storytelling and The Blues

[dropcap]Music[/dropcap] has a way of defining a feeling and unifying cultures and communities.  People connect to synergies that reflect their triumphs and struggles – that’s part of the beauty in lyricism and melody. Throughout history music has played a role in signifying a certain era and sociopolitical moments.  The Blues genre became the voice during Read More …

Stony Island Renaming to Brazier Avenue is Appropriate

The main street, Stony Island, will  soon be renamed Bishop Arthur Brazier Avenue.  It is not without controversy.  Change is hard, even a street naming. This is not an honorary street naming it is a major street naming, where maps change, addresses of residences and businesses change  and the postal data changes. Many agree that Read More …

AfriCOBRA Chicago Closing Reception | Sept. 29th

In honor of the artists of AfriCOBRA, and to commemorate the closing of the joint exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago, The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and The DuSable Museum invite you to a special reception with passed hors d’ouevres, electrifying performances Read More …

The Nina Simone Biopic Casting Controversy

Finally the Nina Simone story will be brought to the big screen. Filmmaker Cynthia Mort’s film Nina will open to anticipation and controversy that started way before production of the movie began. Simone, known as the “High Priestess of Soul ”was famous from the 1950s through the ’70s for her music and her civil rights Read More …

Reflections on 50 Years of Struggle

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. **This is the partial prepared text of Jesse Jackson’s remarks at the March on Washington commemoration. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 24, 2013. What a blessing it was to have been here 50 years ago as one of the host of witnesses, excited and fresh from jail in Greensboro, Read More …

FREE! Fiction Writing Class | Sept. 14

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University is hosting a Fiction Writing Master’s Class on Saturday, September 14, 2013. SEATING IS LIMITED. Please call 773-995-3286 by Thursday, September 12, 2013 to receive confirmation for your RSVP. This event is FREE and open to the public. Continental Breakfast will Read More …