Guardians of the Galaxy

  Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper A Rousing Adventure Through The Galaxy In this sci-fi adventure reminiscent of Humphrey Bogart’s classic The Maltese Falcon, a number of diverse and kooky characters from throughout the 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 …

Goldie’s: Some Place To Be Somebody

Sometimes life happens, and whether you’ve been dealt a bad hand by external factors or been complicit in bringing about your own undoing, or a combination of both, you can find yourself homeless and ass out. Goldie’s Place is a support center for such people who are homeless and behind the eight ball. Located at Read More …

Earth To Echo: E.T. Meets The Wonder Years

Earth To Echo   Starring: Teo Halm Brian “Astro” Bradley Reese C. Hartwig Ella Wahlestedt (***) It’s a big year for Brian “Astro” Bradley, until now most famously known for copping major attitude with Simon Cowell and then having a crying jag on Simon’s X Factor TV show as a 14-year-old back in 2011 – Read More …

Black Troops in Combat

“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 bullets in his pocket and there is no power on Earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the U.S.” – Fredrick Douglass This month Read More …

Good Crop of Spring Books

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 percolate from a long rough winter. Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene, Past and Present By Rosalind Cummings-Yeates 128 pages The History Press (April 8, 2014) Blues history is steeped Read More …

Brown vs. Board of Education Turns 60

  ‘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, Kansas third grader at the center of public school integration is as much a symbolic heroine as the Montgomery, Alabama seamstress who refused to move to the back of the Read More …

Law Roach: The “It” Guy Behind The “It” Girl

    Making his way into the upper echelon of must-see stylists, former Chicagoan Lawrence Roach lives and breathes fashion. Depending on his mood, the hottest celebrity stylist in Hollywood right now goes by the monikers “Luxury Law” or “Style Capone” and is the “image architect” of some of the rising stars in showbiz. The Read More …