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 …

Bobby Womack, Legendary R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

With a stellar career of over 50 years, revered R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Womack died Friday June 27, 2014. He was 70 years old. Described as colorful, the influential singer-songwriter, had a gift – an incomparable voice that few could match. In addition to his stirring vocals he also played the guitar. Early Career Born and Read More …

Why The Obama Library Should Be At Chicago State But Will Probably Go To The University Of Chicago

    The first step of the Barack Obama Presidential Library sweepstakes is complete. Monday, June 16, was the deadline for all interested parties who want to host the library to submit initial bids as to where they would put it, how it would serve as an economic engine in the suggested location, and how 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 …

Racism: Nigger, Niggah, Ninja

By Lorenzo Clemons There seems to be a great consternation about the recent episode of a powerful person expressing views that most felt were gone with the election of the first African American President.  Sadly it is not the case of disappearing racial insensitivity and down right racism being put on display in many parts 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 …

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth “Blue Man”

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the skyscrapers and neighborhoods in the diverse communities that make up Chicago. Perhaps some of the most innovative are the spectacle that is Blue Man Group. Performances around the world by Read More …

Pharrell Williams is ‘Happy’

Singer-Rapper-Producer Pharrell Williams is one busy man. In 2013 he help create two of the year’s biggest pop hits – “Blurred Lines” for singer Robin Thicke and “Get Lucky” for French Electronic duo Dadt Punk, which won the “Record of the Year. Williams has been in even higher demand lately, thanks in large part to Read More …