Oprah Winfrey Speaks More on “The Butler”

Iconic talk show queen and American media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, 59, has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time, the world’s only black billionaire. She is still considered by some to be the most influential woman in the world. Born into Read More …

George Tillman Gets Career Achievement Honor At Chicago Film Festival

By Stacey Lewis Traveling the world in two weeks is no longer a privilege reserved for the elite few, as the 49th installment of the Chicago International Film Festival will take viewers on a complete world tour, all while they remain in the comfort of their movie theatre seats. The highly anticipated event, which runs Read More …

Kerry Washington: Red Hot and Scandalous in Hollywood!

  Actress Kerry Washington’s career has been a slow and steady climb. Born on January 31, 1977 in New York City, NY and raised by her two working parents in the Bronx, she attended the exclusive all-girls Spence School (which boasts Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy Rossum among its alumni). Kerry participated in a host of Read More …

The Curtis Mayfield Story – A Lasting Impression

  It was a Friday evening right before one of the final preview rehearsals, I sat with Jackie Taylor and Reggie Torian in her office at the north side Black Ensemble Theater on Clark street to interview them on Jackie’s latest play.  The phone was ringing off the hook placing  ticket orders.  The cast had Read More …

The Historic March On Washington

The March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963 is widely considered the apex of the Civil Rights Movement, as it not only led directly to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but also gave the world Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s renowned “I Have Read More …

“Captain Bill” Could Mean Safe Harbor for Bronzeville

  (Photo Credit: Dawn Kish) By Carole A. Parks The 50-knot winds and waves 30-feet high besieged Captain William “Bill” Pinkney’s 47-foot cutter for 48 hours, knocking it over twice and disabling most of his instruments.  If he survived, thousands of miles and countless months (two in total isolation) still lay ahead.  Surely this qualified Read More …

Tour Guide Opens Eyes To Chicago

By Mary Alex Japczyk [dropcap]Eric [/dropcap]Kittrell has a way of putting people at ease. His warm smile compliments the friendly cadences of his voice as he recounts his experiences as a lifetime Chicagoan and now a Chicago Trolley tour guide. It would be difficult to find a more ideal ambassador for this city than Kittrell. Read More …

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON

The case of Trayvon Martin is pointing to the important role that the black community has played – both through news outlets and social media – in keeping his death in the public eye. Celebrities, politicians, rappers, activists and several prominent black journalists have been crucial in raising awareness of the killing of the unarmed Read More …

The Roseland Community Crisis

Roseland Community Hospital is nestled neatly on 111th Street, the far South Side of Chicago serving a population of uninsured, underinsured people, poor people. Servicing Roseland, Pullman, Morgan Park, Greater Roseland, Altgeld, Maple Park and south suburban communities; Roseland practices urban medicine in a health care desert. The typical hospital patient is African American or Read More …

Boney James – The Beat Goes On

I recently spoke with three-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James (born James Oppenheim) as he embarks on his third decade in the world of R&B infused contemporary urban jazz. His new exciting album “The Beat” was released on April 9, 2013 and already has spent 5 straight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Read More …