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Smokie Norful – Forever Yours

Jul 31, 2014No Comments

If you were to infuse gospel, 70’s soul and contemporary R&B; the influences of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and other male soul/R&B

GET ON UP –THE JAMES BROWN STORY

Jul 31, 2014No Comments

The movie  – Get On Up – a big screen full feature, is the biopic on the life of James Brown opening across the country August

Profile: Chicago Artist D.A. Smart

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

“Chicago!  Chicago! My kind of town.”   I’m sure you’re familiar with that song. It’s our hometown anthem.  Did you know that Chicago has another anthem?

Movie Review: 'LUCY '

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

Starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman Rated R Four out of Five stars Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff Japwoodruff@gmail.com   In a triumphant display of wit, insanity

20 Years Of Chicago’s Black Film Festival

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

From August 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the stories, images,

Ovani Di: Grabbing Life, Living It Fully

Jul 30, 2014No Comments

  On Monday mornings, some people will tell you what they did on their weekends: went skiing, mountain climbing, painted a deck, did charity work,

Catching Up with Tatyana Ali

Jul 24, 2014No Comments

                                By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | japwoodruff@gmail.com N’DIGO recently caught

Roger’s Review – Life Itself

Jul 18, 2014No Comments

Sunday evening I watched Life Itself alone at home in the comfort of my family room. I wanted to go to the show but didn’t

Goldie’s: Some Place To Be Somebody

Jul 15, 2014No Comments

Sometimes life happens, and whether you’ve been dealt a bad hand by external factors or been complicit in bringing about your own undoing, or a

Earth To Echo: E.T. Meets The Wonder Years

Jul 10, 2014No Comments

Earth To Echo   Starring: Teo Halm Brian “Astro” Bradley Reese C. Hartwig Ella Wahlestedt (***) It’s a big year for Brian “Astro” Bradley, until

Blackwell’s Business Evolution

Jul 03, 2014No Comments

  **Robert  Blackwell, Sr.**   has done what every good entrepreneur should do at the point of retirement or at the point of selling the business.

PROFESSIONAL GOALS STUCK IN MENTAL TRAFFIC?...

Jun 29, 2014No Comments

  By Kanarian Kindred While on our journey to love and to be loved, we must still dedicate adequate time and attention to our career

Chicago School Teacher Melissa Clark Strike...

Jun 29, 2014No Comments

Chicago Public Schools teacher who is riding the waves of her R&B hit song Gold

Goodman Theatre Scene Soiree

Jun 26, 2014No Comments

Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff                                                                                                        Japwoodruff@gmail.com   The Goodman Theatre’s third annual Scene Soiree took place on Saturday, June 21st at

N'Movies: “Think Like A Man Too”

Jun 24, 2014No Comments

This is a man’s point of view of the movie “Think Like A Man Too.” I went to this movie a little biased and jaded.

On Q with Curtis McClain

Jun 24, 2014No Comments

  Welcome to House Notes, where you get caught up and introduced to everything House.  House music is a genre of dance music that started

SEAWAY CHANGES

Jun 19, 2014No Comments

  Walter Grady President of Seaway Bank retires after 30 years of service on July 31. Mrs. Veranda Dickens is the Chair of the Board making

Ruby Dee: Legends Live Forever … ...

Jun 16, 2014No Comments

  Her work, her spirit and her authentic love for the arts and humanity, sparked an interest in Ruby Dee that became infectious. The flash

Ruby Dee: Legends Live Forever … &quo...

Jun 16, 2014No Comments

  Her work, her spirit and her authentic love for the arts and humanity, sparked an interest in Ruby Dee that became infectious. The flash

Young Womens Leadership Charter School: Ann...

Jun 12, 2014No Comments

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff         JAPWoodruff@gmail.com   In its 6th year the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School has had another successful luncheon. Taking place

The Blackmocrats

Jun 08, 2014No Comments

During the past primary election in March, I provided professional outreach services to Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner to meet and have dialogue with various

Arsenio Hall Late Night is Cancelled

Jun 06, 2014No Comments

It was just recently announced that “The Arsenio Hall Show” has been canceled. After just one season of the return of the ground-breaking late night

Phenomenally, Maya Angelou was Every Woman

Jun 05, 2014No Comments

    Dr. Maya Angelou April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014   Maya Angelou was a world-class lady whose life might have been the

Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Cel...

Jun 05, 2014No Comments

    When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s showplace for cutting-edge art, architecture, landscape design, music

Check Out The New Trailer For EARTH TO ECHO...

May 30, 2014No Comments

                              In Relativity’s PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and

3x Brain Tumor Survivor, Chicago Actress/Si...

May 29, 2014No Comments

Chicago actress and vocalist, Donica Lynn (Chicago Opera House: Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie), will hold her bi-annual, “Today’s A Good Day” tribute concert on Monday, June 9th at the

The Cry of Jet Magazine

May 28, 2014No Comments

As of next week, there will be no more Jet Magazine, that pint-sized publication that’s been a weekly best friend to the Black community since

Advanced Screening | How To Train Your...

May 28, 2014No Comments

You’re invited to an advance screening of the new 20th Century Fox film, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. Enter for a chance to win

Six Vision Board Tips for Entrepreneurs

May 22, 2014No Comments

“Sisters in success” and serial entrepreneurs Peytyn Willborn and Nikki Burnett have had their fair share of triumphs. From humble beginnings in housing projects, divorce

Nigeria's Boko Haram Kidnapping Outrag...

May 15, 2014No Comments

While Chicagoans are hoping and praying that the violence here subsides, thousands of miles away Nigerians are tormented with the horrifying kidnapping of young girls

The C.H.A.M.P. Community Project Tees–Off...

May 15, 2014No Comments

                      The C.H.A.M.P. Community Project will host its First Celebrity Pro Am Golf Outing on

Allison Semmes – Promising Chicago Talent...

May 06, 2014No Comments

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

SCANDAL: Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterli...

May 06, 2014No Comments

“You can sleep with them. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote

Chi Anti Vi: Youth-Driven Initiative Acts o...

May 02, 2014No Comments

“From Apathy To Action” is their tagline. Their movement is to approach community ills and violence with active solutions. The slice of hope buried in

N'Terior: Balancing Your Bedroom with ...

Apr 24, 2014No Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the term feng shui (pronounced fung shway) before, but do you actually know what it means? Feng shui is an ancient

Marcus Norris: A New Musical Talent In Our ...

Apr 16, 2014No Comments

  The Windy City is about to see the launching of a seriously talented young brother in Marcus Norris, who is openly publicizing his senior

Love Cork Screw: Wine For The Whimsical

Apr 09, 2014No Comments

An Event Within A Bottle   “Give me coffee for the things I can change and wine for those that I can’t.” I lifted this

Kiwi's Boutique Prom Dress Giveaway!

Apr 02, 2014No Comments

                                                 

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth "Blue ...

Apr 02, 2014No Comments

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth "Blue ...

Apr 02, 2014No Comments

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the

Black United Fund: Record of Contribution S...

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

In recent weeks, we have watched as the Sun-Times commits character assassination against highly respected people in the most cunning ways. Bottom line, the front

Acts of Love introduces the “Family Liter...

Mar 27, 2014No Comments

“Can I keep these books?” This turned out to be the most asked question during  William Hall’s visit to Memphis, TN. during the Acts of

Win Passes to see "Draft Day" bef...

Mar 25, 2014No Comments

  Synopsis: On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he

Win Passes to see "Draft Day" bef...

Mar 25, 2014No Comments

  Synopsis: On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he

Sell In or Sell Out? – The Party ...

Mar 24, 2014No Comments

  In the primary election on March 19, for the first time I, along with Mrs. Diana Rauner, another registered democrat, casted my ballot for

ACTS OF LOVE'S "FAMILY LITERACY A...

Mar 21, 2014No Comments

Acts of Love kicks off its Family Literacy Academy with a series of events to support the launch of their first installation of the academy

ACTS OF LOVE'S "FAMILY LITERACY A...

Mar 21, 2014No Comments

Acts of Love kicks off its Family Literacy Academy with a series of events to support the launch of their first installation of the academy

“The Best Birthday Present Ever!” Chica...

Mar 21, 2014No Comments

“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

DANCE CENTER’S 40TH SEASON CONCLUDES WITH...

Mar 21, 2014No Comments

Representing 40 years of commitment to presenting important contemporary dance artists and developing new work, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Reggie Wilson

DANCE CENTER’S 40TH SEASON CONCLUDES WITH...

Mar 21, 2014No Comments

Representing 40 years of commitment to presenting important contemporary dance artists and developing new work, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Reggie Wilson