Ailey Dance Theater…A Quarter-Century After Ailey’s Passing

Celebrating the life and legacy of choreographer Alvin Ailey and his innovative, inspiring and thrilling work 25 years after his passing, the troupe he founded in 1958 – the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – graces the Auditorium Theatre February 28 – March 9 as part of a 23-city U.S. tour. Robert Battle returns for Read More …

Rev. Jackson speaks on the Northern Civil Rights Movement – Part 4

Photo: Rev. Jackson (at podium), Arthur M. Brazier (seated, 2nd to the left). Statement from the Brazier Foundation: Throughout the month of February we shared intimate recounts of the unwavering work of a true activist, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. True in the sense that the work was for the people, not recognition. When looking at Read More …

Review: “Russian Transport”, the battle between views and flaws

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | JAPWoodruff@gmail.com Family life continuously throws us obstacles that are usually dealt with by available resources, finances and familial support. However, against odds, not all families have such an “easy fix” and sometimes turn to nontraditional solutions. Steppenwolf Theatre’s Russian Transport attempts to bring us into the home of an immigrant Read More …

Redefining Black History Month

What is her message? As we end February, this Black History Month, what would happen if you didn’t tell your black child about the trials and tribulations of the Black experience? What if you didn’t tell your child about the bad experience of slavery, about the inequality Black Americans have endured. What if you didn’t Read More …

Dunn Case: Shoot First, Think Later

In a tragedy close in similarity to the Trayvon Martin incident (George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter), another white man has been spared the first-degree murder charge for shooting a black teen – (17 year-old Jordan Russell Davis) to death in November 2012 after an argument ensued at a Jacksonville, Read More …

Lupita Nyong’o: Fashion’s Newest “It” Girl Rules the Red Carpet

Over night  “12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o has become Hollywood’s one to watch. Her performance in the critically acclaimed movie has won her the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Award for Best Actress Supporting Role and nominations for Best Supporting Actress from the Golden Globe, BAFTA and (thought to be) the highest Read More …

A Look at the Northern Civil Rights Movement – Part 3 | First-Hand Accounts of the Work

For every man, there is a necessity to establish as securely as possible the lines along which he proposes to live his life.  For Bishop Arthur M. Brazier those lines were self-determination of and respect for individuals demonstrated through a life of service for their betterment, both inside and outside the church. Bishop exhibited the consistent courage Read More …

Sir Duke’s Opera Queenie Pie

And now for something completely different…here comes an opera by the Sultan of Swing himself, Duke Ellington. The Duke without a doubt was one of the giants in American jazz in the 20th Century. In his over 50-year career as a pianist and leader of big band orchestras, the composer of more than 3,000 songs Read More …