Soul Rebel: Frankie Parker Marks her Debut with “Breezy”

  The goal was a simple one: put journal entries to music. The part where music saves a soul or reveals to a group that they are not alone, well, that comes as a welcomed bonus. Chicago singer/songwriter, Frankie Parker’s art begins with storytelling. It is writing that has become her refuge, her therapy and 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 …

Sounds & Grace: Lee England Jr.

Sometimes you come across talent so great that it puts you in a trance. A state of  “maaannnn, I wish I could do that!” But more so the present fact that this person, this artist, is capable of producing such creativity is mind –blowing and often I find myself being a proud observer – proud Read More …

The Words of Sir Gil Scott-Heron

In celebration of the {National Poetry Month}, let us look back at the life of one of the most successful African American poets, Gil Scott-Heron. The late soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, who happened to be born in April too, became famous for his spoken word poetry entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Read More …

Cover: Motown Royalty – Mary Wilson and “Duke” Fakir

                                                    Chicago will soon be visited by two of Motown’s Royal Family members Mary Wilson and Abdul “Duke” Fakir, both founding and original members of the Supremes and Four Tops, Read More …

Elaborate Vegas Performances Showcase MJ, Motown and Mystery

[dropcap]Las[/dropcap] Vegas – It’s almost my 50th trip – yes 50th trip, but I DO travel to other places – to Las Vegas, the Peter Pan capital of the civilized world. Anticipation still reigns after all these years and buffets and loyalty cards and long lines, what with this ersatz city’s uncanny ability to reinvent Read More …

Arts Incubator: Off the Record Pt. 2: booker t. soultreyne rekkid release

Performers: avery r. young, Leroy Bach, and Coolout Chris Off the Record Pt. 2 is the second installment of performances celebrating the release of music/sound design created during avery r. young’s 2012-13 Arts and Public Life residency. “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid” is a collection of songs that speak to relations in race, gender, Read More …

It’s Here! Diddy Launches ‘Revolt’ TV with Time Warner Cable

Revolt TV has arrived, and its first stop was the home of one of hip hop’s most influential artists. Sean Combs threw on his classic Puff Daddy moniker one more time to launch the music cable network last night. Staying true to the cabler’s promise of live programming, Combs offered live inspirational words to those Read More …

Janelle Monae: The ‘Electric Lady’ Glides Through The Chi

Flashing a contagious smile and her signature black and white, singer/songwriter Janelle Monae made a stop in Chicago as part of the “Electric Lady” tour. No stranger to the Chi, she was here promoting her album a few months back and invited guests to a private listening session and buggied down the soul train line Read More …