Posts in category "cultural critic"

May the Fourth Be With You!

Before Star Wars became a cultural icon, there was another grass roots cultural icon and space expert from Saturn. His name was Sun Ra. Click below to see and hear this expert give a musical tutorial on the cosmos as we don’t know it. Oh, and May the 4th be with you. CLICK HERE:

DuSable High School's Landmark Status Celebration on May 3 Will Honor the Late Fraser Robinson III (Michelle Obama's dad) And Other Alumni

The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition for Action will celebrate DuSable’s landmark status at the school’s campus at 4934 S. Wabash Ave. on Friday May 3, 2013, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. DuSable High School opened in 1935. DuSable High was built to serve the Bronzeville community that surrounds it. The school was designed... Read more »


Chicago radio station WVON was born 50 years ago on April 1, 1963. WVON was geared toward Chicago’s African-American community, which was otherwise underrepresented on the airwaves. Personalities like Herb Kent “the Cool Gent”, Bill “Butterball” Crane, E. Rodney Jones and others provided sweet, wholesome, soul music to the masses. Their accessible, charismatic and fun... Read more »

Billiken grand marshal today is Strautmanis

President Obama’s deputy assistant, Michael Strautmanis, will lead today’s Bud Billiken Parade. However, the parade itself is the bigger story. Once upon a time, the parade route held so many more positive sights. Now there is a lot of blight, too many food deserts and poverty in too many areas near the parade. The good... Read more »

Gabby Douglas' Haters Hate Themselves

Social media loudmouths as well as official commentators who get personal about Olympians actually say more about their own shortcomings than they do about the contestants that they criticize. These days many critics seem to want to make names for themselves by attacking whatever popular name will give their tirades greater SEO visibility. Sadly there have... Read more »

Gore Vidal videos: Laugh-In, Cavett and Beyond

Just a few years ago Gore Vidal was to appear in Chicago for a literary event but canceled due to ill health. He passed away on July 31, 2012. He was 86. His play, “The Best Man” is currently running on Broadway. In the ’60s,  ’70s,  and ’80s, Vidal was often a guest on television... Read more »

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC
Donald Harrison, a legendary New Orleans saxophonist who is also consultant to the HBO television series “Treme,” was special guest artist at the 2012 Jazz Institute of Chicago’s “Straight Ahead and Other Directions Jazz Camp,” which wrapped up Thursday. This year’s four-day event, hosted by Columbia College Chicago, offered an expanded curriculum most exemplified by... Read more »

It’s Al Green Day, proclaims Illinois Governor Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to present soul music legend Al Green with a proclamation today, declaring June 15th as “Al Green Day” in Illinois, according to a Ravinia Festival newsletter. Green, who is making his Ravinia debut tonight, will be joined by The Soul Children’s Choir of Chicago. Quinn isn’t the only politico to... Read more »