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 …

Marcus Norris: A New Musical Talent In Our Midst

  The Windy City is about to see the launching of a seriously talented young brother in Marcus Norris, who is openly publicizing his senior recital this Friday, April 18 and inviting all of Chicago to attend to hear his music for free! Scheduled to graduate May 18 from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Read More …

Letter From Death Row: The Ray Jasper Controversy | Part 1

A Letter Before Dying Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who is scheduled to be put to this week, has written a letter before his execution that is causing quite a firestorm on the web. In it, he likens the penal system to nationally sanctioned slavery and offers his thoughts about young Black men being Read More …

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 …

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 …

Two Giants Speak

[quote]“Never again shall it be that this beautiful land will experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.” – Nelson Mandela[/quote] (Quite possibly, the two greatest collections of inspirational words spoken by men of African descent were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Read More …

Happy Birthday Dr. King ! | King Holiday Events Listings

  PUSH Excel 24th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast January 20, 2014 8:00 a.m. Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand Ballroom 151 East Wacker Drive Price:  $125 per ticket Contact Michelle Chambers at 773-256-2762 for additional information and sponsorship opportunities. Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah 2014 Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Read More …

Will Packer: Hollywood Super Producer Climbs Film, TV Mountains

You don’t know him, but you know him.  You know his movies – Think Like A Man, Stomp The Yard, Takers, Obsessed, This Christmas, The Gospel, and Trois, among others. Will Packer has become a Hollywood blockbuster hit maker with four of his films opening at number one at the box office and all of Read More …

Tennis Comes Strong To The Inner City

For many decades, the Robert Taylor Homes at 51st and State streets was the site of so many hard knocks for Black kids growing up.  Soon, in its rebirth, that same area will be the site for a lot of Black kids knocking hard – on tennis balls, that is – in an effort to Read More …