Nathan East Releases Debut Solo Album On Yamaha Entertainment Group March 25 with Guest Appearances by Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles and More

Chances are, you’ve spent your whole life listening to Nathan East.  You just never knew it. Until now. A founding member of the chart-topping contemporary jazz group Fourplay, East was 16 years old when he got his first break and found himself on the road with Barry White.  The next time the phone rang, Quincy Read More …

Grammy’s Hall of Fame: 2014 Inductees

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy announced 27 new additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The list currently totals 960 and is on display at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. Some of the latest inductees include songs from some of America’s most noted African American artists. Read More …

Free performance to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 20 at The Chicago History Museum

Writers Theatre presents The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights By Yolanda Androzzo Directed by Jimmy McDermott   Writers Theatre opens its 8th annual tour of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, written by Yolanda Androzzo, directed by Jimmy McDermott and featuring Caren Blackmore. A special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day public Read More …

DuSable Museum presents Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma

The DuSable Museum of African American History is honored to present a new exhibit entitled, Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma. Reception Friday, January 10, 2014 6:00PM-8:00PM Special Guest – Mayor William Bell, City of Birmingham, Alabama In January, of 2012, the Mayors of seven southern cities agreed to a joint initiative marking Read More …

Idris Elba – ‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom’

Playing Nelson Mandela is a little like playing God – the public is most likely to be supportive and an aura of saintliness comes with the job. Not that Idris Elba is worried about his image. The dashing British actor who hails from Hackney is now on the verge of Hollywood stardom with the upcoming Read More …

12.4.69 – Remember Fred Hampton

*Art Work: Fred Hampton by Christopher May*   Today marks the 44th anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4th, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just twenty-one years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in Read More …

‘BLACK FOLK DON’T’ WEB SERIES PREMIERE

The third season of “Black Folk Don’t,” the satirical documentary web series challenging common stereotypes of African-Americans, premiered on Monday, December 2. Alternately provocative, irreverent, comical and profound, the series heads to California for its third season, with engaging interviews of celebrities like John Norwood Fisher of the punk band Fishbone, director Ava DuVernay, actress Read More …