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 …

One-on-One with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

London-born actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, 36, is the recipient of numerous acting awards and nominations including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star award in 2006, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for Othello, in 2008.  He also starred in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Serenity (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Children of Read More …

A New U: When Determination meets Discipline

By UniQue Webster How did I allow myself to get to a whopping 300 plus pounds after losing 150 pounds five years prior? I’ll tell you how, through depression, anger, and bitterness. I was emotionally attached to food. I sought out refuge in fast food and chocolate. It provided a sense of comfort when all 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 …

THE LEGACY PROJECT AND THE HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY CONCEPT SCHOOL

Chicago has been called the most segregated city in the nation.  I would hope that image diminishes as new neighborhoods like Hyde Park and the South Loop are being developed and downtown Chicago expands with blue bikes and transportation street adjustments. Chicago Public Schools have been the center of America’s urban educational crisis and here 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 …

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 …