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A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING A Book and Documentary of the First All Black High School Rowing Team

About a month and a half ago the producer of my radio show BONNIE’S EYE on 95.1 FM Chicago, Drewsean Williams called me excited about a documentary he had heard about called A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team.  He wanted me to interview the author of... Read more »

THE FORGOTTEN RESPONDER

This COVID-19 pandemic has truly opened my eyes to many things.  We have all given kudos to the amazing people who are on the front lines in dealing with this virus.  I have applauded the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff; the firemen, police officers, and EMT’s; and the grocery store staff, transportation workers, and so... Read more »

Congo Square Theatre Company’s Production DAY OF ABSENCE Reminds Us That 1965 and 2020 Are Not That Far Apart.

In 1965 a wonderful playwright and director, Douglas Turner Ward, wrote the amazing satiric play Day of Absence. It helped launch the iconic Negro Ensemble Company in New York City. The mission of the Company was to present live theatre written by and about black people to a culturally diverse audience that was and is... Read more »
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THE PHOTOGRAPH Is a Picture Perfect Love Story

  THE PHOTOGRAPH is a love story, in fact it is two love stories connected by a photograph. When Christine Eames (Chanté Adams), a renowned photographer dies she leaves her daughter Mae (Issa Rae) a photograph and two letters.  One she has written to her and one to be given to her father. Christina and... Read more »

A WILD, CHAOTIC, FUN NIGHT AT TEATRO ZINZANNI

As you walk along Randolph street just west of State Street you will pass the Cambria Hotel.  The very distinguished boutique hotel where some of the actors in town doing shows stay as well as being a wonderful hotel.   You may never guess the wild and amazing things that are happening on the top floor... Read more »

"Heaven Knows" SUMMER THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL IS "Hot Stuff"

The long-awaited musical SUMMER the Donna Summer Musical has arrived in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. I was present in the dance clubs sweating heavily to the sounds of Donna Summer.  I remember when I first heard ‘Love to Love You Baby’ at a club.  Things heated up quickly on the dance floor. ... Read more »
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A Conversation with Songbird Miki Howard

February is Black History Month and our history has been built in many ways.  Music is a major factor in our history.   I was speaking with Grammy nominated artist Miki Howard recently and realized that there are so many great musical artists that have influenced our history in one way or another.  Miki has... Read more »

CATS the Film: A Ball of String and a Big Fur Ball

CATS the musical is one of my favorite theatrical productions.  I have seen some excellent productions and recently some not so great productions.  I was off the roof excited that CATS was going to be taken to the screen and the cast that was chosen was amazing. For those of you who may not know... Read more »

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

I remember when I was Star Wars for the first time in 1977. I couldn’t imagine all the things I was seeing, and the score and soundtrack was amazing. I still listen to it and get shivers in my belly it is so good. Forty-two year and nine films later and the opening score still... Read more »
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Derrick Davis Brings Intensity and Diversity to Phantom of the Opera

When I got the call that Derrick Davis was returning to Chicago as the star of Phantom of the Opera and I couldn’t wait to have a conversation with him.  When he was here earlier, I was so impressed with his performance and couldn’t help but wonder what it was like play the iconic figure. ... Read more »