Smokie Norful – Forever Yours

If you were to infuse gospel, 70’s soul and contemporary R&B; the influences of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and other male soul/R&B vocalists of the 70’s and 80’s you would have the anointed powerful heartfelt vocals of Smokie Norful. Son of a Preacher Man Norful, son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church Read More …

Stuart Scott: Courageously Fighting Cancer

I recently watched a video of ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott accepting the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards, for his ongoing inspirational on-going fight against cancer. I was moved by his positive attitude, determination and his will to live. The award is named for James “Jimmy V” Valvano, a college basketball coach Read More …

GET ON UP –THE JAMES BROWN STORY

The movie  – Get On Up – a big screen full feature, is the biopic on the life of James Brown opening across the country August 1st.  Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in the movie biopic  “42” is quite the character actor. He transforms into Mr. Brown. He prepared six months for the part Read More …

Profile: Chicago Artist D.A. Smart

“Chicago!  Chicago! My kind of town.”   I’m sure you’re familiar with that song. It’s our hometown anthem.  Did you know that Chicago has another anthem?  This anthem you won’t hear being sang by Frank Sinatra.  Instead, you’ll hear it being rapped and bumping from the speakers of cars on the street.  Our other anthem is Read More …

Movie Review: ‘LUCY ‘

Starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman Rated R Four out of Five stars Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff Japwoodruff@gmail.com   In a triumphant display of wit, insanity and quest for knowledge writer/director Luc Besson’s, “Lucy” was nothing short of an inspirational and clever film. Starring Scarlett Johannson as Lucy and Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman both actors Read More …

20 Years Of Chicago’s Black Film Festival

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, heritage, and history of the Black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Black Harvest is Chicago’s largest- and longest- running Black film festival. This year, Black Harvest features Read More …

Ovani Di: Grabbing Life, Living It Fully

  On Monday mornings, some people will tell you what they did on their weekends: went skiing, mountain climbing, painted a deck, did charity work, attended the theater, and hosted a backyard barbecue for the neighborhood. You think to yourself: shoot, all I did was have a couple of days off. Ovani Di belongs to Read More …

Catching Up with Tatyana Ali

                                By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | japwoodruff@gmail.com N’DIGO recently caught up with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air child star and current actress and R&B Singer, Tatyana Ali. Recently wrapping up Queen Latifah’s new film, November Rule and coming out with a Read More …

Win! Get On Up Advance Screening Passes

For a chance to win advanced screening tickets to ‘Get On Up’ “like” the N’Digo page on Facebook. Synopsis:   In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up.  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the Read More …

Roger’s Review – Life Itself

Sunday evening I watched Life Itself alone at home in the comfort of my family room. I wanted to go to the show but didn’t feel like driving, so I found a movie I wanted to see on Comcast. Life Itself chronicles the life of the late, world famous movie critic, our own Roger Ebert. Read More …