Terrence Howard. . .

Can you imagine ‘Empire’ without Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon? According to lawsuit details released by NY Daily News he almost lost the role. The “Empire” star’s former management company, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, filed a formal complaint alleging the actor owes them $250,000 after they helped save his job on the show, according to


Divorce News. . .

Mary J. Blige just filed docs seeking to end her union from Martin “Kendu” Isaacs who she married back in 2003. Blige lists the date of separation as “to be determined.” Blige cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The couple have no children together. Keshia Knight Pulliam’s husband, Ed Hartwell, has filed


Diana at Ravinia. . .

Diana Ross appeared in all of her splendor at Ravinia, with a debut performance. There was not a spot of grass uncovered, not an empty seat. Chicago and the suburbs were in attendance in force with a sold out house. Picnic baskets, lawn chairs, fine dining were all in place hours before she hit the


Obama Library Location. . .

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected historic Jackson Park, just east of the University of Chicago, as the site for the Obama Presidential Center. A formal announcement is forthcoming. Mrs. Obama left the DNC Convention after her brilliant speech, to come home to Chicago, the next day the site was chosen.


Who plays Bishop Carlton Pearson?

EUR WEB and The Hollywood Reporter reports that Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in line to portray Bishop Carlton Pearon for Netflix Biopic “Come Sunday.” Ejofor stared in the movie “12 Year a Slave.” Robert Reford plays Oral Roberts, who was Pearson’s teacher-mentor. So, Pearson, who was in Chicago ministering for a short while at


Michael Jordan. . .

Michael Jordan has released a statement about all of the violent crimes against African Americans. He also says he plans to donate 2 million dollars for the cause. He released this statement via The Undefeated, read below: “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and


Fleeting Collaborations and Conflicting Choices

By Paul King I have long been concerned about the influence of outside groups on Black activism. For instance, in the 1970s, the United Builders Association, of which I was executive director, the Coalition for United Community Action, and Congressman Parren Mitchell’s Minority Business Enterprise Brain Trust began using affirmative action policy to generate laws



A review by Hermene Hartman Goodman Theater until August 21, 2016 Tickets range from $44 to 182 Visit www.goodmanTheatre.org/WarPaint War Paint is a story about high-powered, pioneering women, based on the book of the same name by Dough Wright. The world premier theatrical production stars double Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. Both


Taye Diggs on Empire. . .

Taye Diggs is joining the cast of Empire for the show’s third season. via EW: The actor, who also recently had a recurring role on on the Fox series Rosewood, will recur as Angelo Dubois, a New York councilman with a Harvard law degree and a wealthy family background. Instead of pursuing richer endeavors, Dubois


Bill Cosby Blind. . .

Bill Cosby is now completely blind. You may have noticed when he is entering court there are people leading him. Page Six is reporting that the comedian can’t leave the house and is being taken care of by his wife Camille. The source close to Cosby told us, “His alleged victims may take some solace


Unheard Bird. . .

New music for jazz lovers from Charlie Parker is newly released in Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes? The new two-CD set features previously unreleased alternate takes and false starts of Parker’s recordings for Verve between 1949 and 1952. The 69 tracks feature multiple takes of Parker in a range of studio settings, including quartets, quintets,


Johnnie Coleman Estate Sale. . .

The late Rev. Johnnie Colemon’s private and personal belongings will be sold in an Estate Sale, Sunday, July 24th from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the church she founded, Christ Universal Temple , 11901 South Ashland on Monday, July 25th from 3 to 7. The sale opens to the public on Friday, July 29th


Michelle Karaoke. . .

In a recent episode of Carpool Karaoke, James Corden and the First Lady Michelle Obama discuss life in the White House, driving with her daughter, and sing.


WAR PAINT Premiers at The Goodman

WAR PAINT is a musical about authentic cosmetic divas. These are the ladies who fashioned the cosmetic industry. Patti LaPone plays Helene Rubinstein who came to America with her creams to find her fortune and develop the science of beauty. And Christine Ebersole plays Elizabeth Arden, who built an empire on packaging her hope in



By Hermene Hartman and David Smallwood. Black parents have a conversation with their children, especially their sons, that has become known as “The Talk.” It is about how to handle encounters with the police to insure the ultimate positive outcome, which for young Black men, means staying alive. “The Talk” is kind of like the


Ziggy: Tragedy in America, Ken Bennet, A New Superhero&...

Tragedy Strikes… Again Disturbing cell phone video surfaced of two Louisiana cops killing  37-year-old Alton Sterling while he was selling music outside a Baton Rouge convenience store. You can view the video via CNN HERE. An anonymous caller claimed he had a gun. In the state of Louisiana, gun owners are allowed to carry without a permit

Jack Fuller

Jack Fuller – A Jazzy Newspaperman

by Hermene Hartman In a 2010 book titled “What is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism,” Mr. Fuller reflected on the huge changes the digital economy has brought about in publishing. “Newspapers have suffered catastrophic economic damage at the hands of the information revolution,” he wrote. “As the financial pressure


Patti LaBelle Struts at Ravinia

by Jasmine Cannon Stilettos, style and talent have no age limit. The legendary Patti LaBelle performed at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on June 23 for the first time since 2006. The 72-year-old songstress strutted onto the stage that was decorated as a living room complete with a love seat. She opened with her signature


10 Things to do for the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July in Chicago! With our beautiful city, lake views, and perfect weather there is always something to do on the Fourth of July. This year the holiday falls on a Monday, which means a 3-day weekend for most, and the activities are ALL WEEKEND LONG! We have a compiled a list


To Leave Or Not To Leave The City? 

by Hermene Hartman I came home early one day last week to find my neighbor moving. I was stunned. We are not friends, but we are good neighbors. He and his wife are educators, 30 something, and have two darling daughters ages two and four. I asked, where are you going? He said, I’ve got

Members of the graduation class of 2013 stand during the commencement ceremony before US President Barack Obama delivers the key address at Morehouse College on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Open Letter to College Age African-American and Hispani...

By Lorenzo Clemons Dear Son: I hope you will allow me to call you son. I know you are not really my son, but you could have been and still could be. You could have been the son we lost in miscarriage some 15 years ago. You could be, if you find in my daughter


Ziggy: Angela Bassett’s Skin Care, Jokes and Note...

Prince is NOT the father Carlin Q. Williams of Missouri, 39 years old, filed legal docs claiming his mom met Prince in the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri back in July 1976. Marsha Henson, his mother, said in an affidavit, she drank wine with the singer and checked into a room


The 20th Anniversary N’DIGO Foundation Gala

The NDIGO GALA 2016 was a blast. A good time was had by all. We were in a new venue – The Logan Center on the campus of The University of Chicago at 60th & Drexel. It was a beautiful day, slightly windy, that made under the tent a bit chilly. The beautiful people came

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Soldier Field on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyoncé ‘Slays’ Even in the Rain

By Jasmine Cannon The rain poured, the show was delayed, but then Beyoncé proved once again why she’s one of the greatest entertainers of all time. The singer wowed the audience during her Formation World Tour Friday night at Soldier Field. Queen Bey started the show with a thunderbolt as she hit the stage with


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