Chef Julius Russell Pop-Up Restaurant | International Sunday Dinner

O-M-G! When I tell you that Chef Julius Russell and his staff serve you the finest in foods and wine, I mean just that. Saturday, August 31st, an intimate group was invited to another one of his pop-up restaurants. We gathered at the Centered Chef in the West Loop, where singles paid $85 and couples Read More …

Marques Houston – “Famous”

[dropcap]Famous. [/dropcap] Marques Houston has returned to his musical roots with the newly released Famous on the Silent Partner Entertainment/Shanachie Entertainment imprint.  With Famous, available now, Marques delivers 12-tracks of sensual lyricism with Marvin Gaye and D’Angelo inspired vocals. His falsetto melodies throughout the entire album. The talented singer, songwriter and actor opens with the Read More …

NBA Champ Dwyane Wade Hosts “Live To Dream” Music Festival

                                                On Saturday, September 7th, Dwyane Wade will host the “Live to Dream” Festival at Douglas Park. The Wade’s World Foundation has collaborated with the City of Chicago to provide a day Read More …

45 African American Artists create ‘Maleness to Manhood'; Open at South Side Community Art Center

[dropcap]Powerful. [/dropcap] The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host the Maleness to Manhood:  Reclamation of the Young Black Man exhibit beginning September 6th.  The exhibit features 45 noted male artists of color who are using the exhibit as a visual response to the ongoing violence and multi-layered crisis facing young Black men in Read More …

Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé x SKYY Vodka House of Moscato = “Everyday People Brunch” Chicago Edition

Chef Roblé: “ I’m More Than Just A Chef, I’m An Entertainer” There’s no question as to what draws people to Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé Ali.  His allure engages a cultural presence from the food and events he curates to the company he keeps in his inner-circle – fashion designers, print and runway models, artists, Read More …

Avery Sunshine!

There’s healing in honesty. Now, breathe. Avery Sunshine is without doubt a talented singer, songwriter and pianist. Her progression and accolades in the industry can attest to that. But, to me, what makes her artistry even more attractive is that she’s a storyteller. She has something to say – substance.  I guarantee when you experience Read More …

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy Offers Second Chance Education

Chicago has had its share of educational drama. From the closing of 50 schools this year, educational budget cuts, an extended school day followed by the Teacher’s Union Strike, there’s no question as to why there’s a lot of frustration when it comes to education systems. The focal point should be proper education, adequate teachers Read More …

Saturday: Family Fun Fest Featuring Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective

Get familiar. If you’ve never experienced Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective (above), don’t miss your chance to do so this Saturday during the Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce’s “Family Fun Fest” rocking out on 87th and Anthony Ave. Chicago native and popular comedian Lil’ Rel will serve as host of the family-filled event that Read More …

Review: ‘Clara’ at the Open Door Repertory Theatre

Her life was one classified as constant work and little joy. Though the energy and praise synergies she contributed to the gospel-arena ignited the world from sanctuaries to nightclubs, Clara Ward yearned for something we all have a desire for: her voice to be heard. She had a voice, that’s undoubted. But whose was it? Read More …

Ashley Everett: Dance.Grind.Glam.

Fade up from black. Camera opens focusing on three ladies, sassy in posture and dressed in form-fitting black leotards,  in front of a simple backdrop. The filter is a cinematic black and white – classy and classic.  The music cues in, choreography begins and a voice melodically shouts out an up-tempo, ‘All My Single Ladies’ Read More …