Allison Semmes – Promising Chicago Talent Takes the Lead in “Motown The Musical”

It has been three – four years since Hyde Park native actress/singer, Allison Semmes, has been back home in Chicago. Now she’s having a great homecoming celebration, returning in a way that’s mind blowing to her. She’s starring as legendary singer Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown The Musical” at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Read More …

Law Roach: The “It” Guy Behind The “It” Girl

    Making his way into the upper echelon of must-see stylists, former Chicagoan Lawrence Roach lives and breathes fashion. Depending on his mood, the hottest celebrity stylist in Hollywood right now goes by the monikers “Luxury Law” or “Style Capone” and is the “image architect” of some of the rising stars in showbiz. The Read More …

Marcus Norris: A New Musical Talent In Our Midst

  The Windy City is about to see the launching of a seriously talented young brother in Marcus Norris, who is openly publicizing his senior recital this Friday, April 18 and inviting all of Chicago to attend to hear his music for free! Scheduled to graduate May 18 from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Read More …

5 Healthy Resolutions for Women

Every year, thousands, if not millions of women resolve to live a healthier life. In the last 25 years, health-related goals concerning weight, exercise, better relationships, and smoking cessation have been at the top of turn-of-the-calendar objectives for both sexes, says John C. Norcross, PhD, co-author of Changing for Good. For many women, the path Read More …

Letter From Death Row: The Ray Jasper Controversy | Part 1

A Letter Before Dying Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who is scheduled to be put to this week, has written a letter before his execution that is causing quite a firestorm on the web. In it, he likens the penal system to nationally sanctioned slavery and offers his thoughts about young Black men being Read More …

Dunn Case: Shoot First, Think Later

In a tragedy close in similarity to the Trayvon Martin incident (George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter), another white man has been spared the first-degree murder charge for shooting a black teen – (17 year-old Jordan Russell Davis) to death in November 2012 after an argument ensued at a Jacksonville, Read More …

The Nina Simone Biopic Casting Controversy

Finally the Nina Simone story will be brought to the big screen. Filmmaker Cynthia Mort’s film Nina will open to anticipation and controversy that started way before production of the movie began. Simone, known as the “High Priestess of Soul ”was famous from the 1950s through the ’70s for her music and her civil rights Read More …

Arsenio Hall – Back to Late Night

Arsenio Hall is making a comeback! The once Prince of Late Night television and his Dog Pound are getting back in the late-night talk show arena. He bid adieu from the game almost 20 years ago. Many believe his show was cancelled but he actually resigned. He walked away from a show that was still 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 …

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 …