YOUR LOVE – FRANKIE KNUCKLES (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014)

By Randy Crumpton, Entertainment Attorney There’s usually a point in the evening when the room snaps. Everybody falls into step and the whole room moves to just one particular rhythm. You can just walk in off the street and see the whole room moving to a rhythm, and believe me, you can stand right by Read More …

“The Best Birthday Present Ever!” Chicagoan wins $4 million Illinois Lottery Prize on her Birthday

“Winning the lottery was the best birthday present ever; I still can’t believe it!” Diane Jenkins told Illinois Lottery staff when she presented her winningFabulous Fortune instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago. The lucky Chicago resident won a top prize of $4 million on her birthday, March 4th. To celebrate her birthday, Jenkins Read More …

Museum of Science and Industry Keeps The Creativity and Black in Annual Gala

$360,000 raised for Black Creativity programming It was that time of the year again in late January when the Museum of Science and Industry played host to what has long been an affair to see and be seen in Chicago – namely, the 31st Black Creativity Black-Tie Gala. Co-chaired by Cheri Chappelle, director of diversity Read More …

Photo Re-Cap: Jennifer Hudson at DuSable Museum

Photos by Cindy Barrymore Chicago superstar Jennifer Hudson and the Oakdale Covenant Church’s Children Choir, under the direction of TJ Smith, performed at the DuSable Museum of African American History in honor of Black History Month. Some folks came in late during JHud’s set and she jokingly called them out on it. Darryll King and Read More …

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 …

Rev. Jackson speaks on the Northern Civil Rights Movement – Part 4

Photo: Rev. Jackson (at podium), Arthur M. Brazier (seated, 2nd to the left). Statement from the Brazier Foundation: Throughout the month of February we shared intimate recounts of the unwavering work of a true activist, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. True in the sense that the work was for the people, not recognition. When looking at Read More …

A Look at the Northern Civil Rights Movement – Part 3 | First-Hand Accounts of the Work

For every man, there is a necessity to establish as securely as possible the lines along which he proposes to live his life.  For Bishop Arthur M. Brazier those lines were self-determination of and respect for individuals demonstrated through a life of service for their betterment, both inside and outside the church. Bishop exhibited the consistent courage Read More …

Chicago Artist Frankie Parker Album Release

  Raw. Real. Unadulterated. Chicagoan Frankie Parker delivers it all in the release of her anticipated debut album, “Breezy.” Fans of the soulful vocalist  and  songwriter have been stepping to her latest single, Peace, Love and Wine currently in rotation on Chicago’s 102.7 WVAZ. “Breezy”  is set to tell stories of the good, bad, and Read More …