Red Clay Dance presents “Transcending”

[dropcap]TRANSCEND [/dropcap]   We’ve all witnessed pictures, seen sculptures and heard stories detailing, to the best of knowledge, the Middle Passage and the inhumane conditions Africans were forced to endure. Each time, there’s a startling feeling that shutters to the pit of my stomach. And the more we learn and have to pass down this Read More …

Recap: Soul Train Impact with Verdine White of Earth, Wind, and Fire!

The legacy of Soul Train and the opportunities it provided for the world to witness some of the greatest talents and entertainers will forever be imprinted on the hearts of us all. The global impact of Don Cornelius and the Soul Train brand continues to escalate and nurture artists within the realm of entertainment promoting Read More …

Pullman Porter Blues: History, Storytelling and The Blues

[dropcap]Music[/dropcap] has a way of defining a feeling and unifying cultures and communities.  People connect to synergies that reflect their triumphs and struggles – that’s part of the beauty in lyricism and melody. Throughout history music has played a role in signifying a certain era and sociopolitical moments.  The Blues genre became the voice during Read More …

Chef Julius Russell Pop-Up Restaurant | International Sunday Dinner

O-M-G! When I tell you that Chef Julius Russell and his staff serve you the finest in foods and wine, I mean just that. Saturday, August 31st, an intimate group was invited to another one of his pop-up restaurants. We gathered at the Centered Chef in the West Loop, where singles paid $85 and couples Read More …

Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé x SKYY Vodka House of Moscato = “Everyday People Brunch” Chicago Edition

Chef Roblé: “ I’m More Than Just A Chef, I’m An Entertainer” There’s no question as to what draws people to Bravo TV’s Chef Roblé Ali.  His allure engages a cultural presence from the food and events he curates to the company he keeps in his inner-circle – fashion designers, print and runway models, artists, Read More …

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy Offers Second Chance Education

Chicago has had its share of educational drama. From the closing of 50 schools this year, educational budget cuts, an extended school day followed by the Teacher’s Union Strike, there’s no question as to why there’s a lot of frustration when it comes to education systems. The focal point should be proper education, adequate teachers Read More …

Ashley Everett: Dance.Grind.Glam.

Fade up from black. Camera opens focusing on three ladies, sassy in posture and dressed in form-fitting black leotards,  in front of a simple backdrop. The filter is a cinematic black and white – classy and classic.  The music cues in, choreography begins and a voice melodically shouts out an up-tempo, ‘All My Single Ladies’ Read More …

Don’t Kill My Chance

Dreams, Visions and Nightmares seem to run rapidly through the minds of young children today. They are taught reaction instead of action. We must now instill in our peers and younger audiences that you can solve situations without using violence. I pose a question, should they even believe that this is a world filled with Read More …

Don’t Kill My Chance … Still Dreaming

    She dreamed a sea of dreams – wondered what they mean  – wandered in her dreams Life as it seems is not as easy as we’d like it to be Eyes water – results from broken concrete where bodies lay – not expecting it to be their time Innocence is mistaken for weakness Read More …

Don’t Kill My Chance … Life is Beauty’s Canvas

[dropcap]Blazed[/dropcap] Bullets. Generated Chaos. What this could be. Herein lies detriments; past times of catastrophe. Controversy stirs awakening ill-feelings, awakening loss, awakening further wants. Hearts buried in grief – eyes drowned in rain – pouring hurricanes. Survival? Still working to figure that out. An exploratory movement. Stillness exist in memorabilia – smiles lingering in our Read More …