Black Ensemble Theater’s Jackie Taylor Honored During Black History Month. Announces 'A Tribute To Chuck Berry' Play

Black Ensemble Theater’s Jackie Taylor Honored During Black History Month. Announces 'A Tribute To Chuck Berry' Play
Jackie Taylor, director and founder of the Chicago based Black Ensemble Theater, was honored by ABC-7 Chicago during the station’s celebration of Black History Month.   Morning news anchor Terrell Brown presented Jackie in a television feature segment to discuss the legacy she established since the theater’s opening in 1976. Jackie told Terrell, that since her... Read more »

WCIU-TV, The U-Too airs Whole Foods Englewood Changing Chicago’s Food Desert

WCIU-TV, The U-Too airs Whole Foods Englewood Changing Chicago’s Food Desert
Chicago’s WCIU-TV will air the much anticipated film documentary ‘Whole Foods Englewood, Changing Chicago’s Food Desert’ on Sunday April 23, at 8:30 am on the station’s The U-Too on Channel 26.2.   The 30 minute program was written and directed by Chicago television producer and Emmy Award winning Editor Don Howze.  It documents an inspiring story... Read more »

Black Ensemble Theater’s Teddy Pendergrass Tribute, is a “Must See!”

Black Ensemble Theater’s Teddy Pendergrass Tribute, is a “Must See!”
Black Ensemble Theatre (BET) is lighting up the stage once again with one of their best performances since founded in 1976.  I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass), is a riveting story honoring the life and music of R&B singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass.   The musical play will be part of this year’s ‘Season... Read more »
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Singer Marvin Gaye’s life story resonates in music and drama at the Black Ensemble Theater

Singer Marvin Gaye’s life story resonates in music and drama at the Black Ensemble Theater
In celebrating Black Ensemble Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season, the award winning theater based in Chicago is giving an encore performance of their most highly acclaimed plays. The Marvin Gaye Story (Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), performing from June 12 to July 10, 2016,  is one of seven plays featured this... Read more »

Black Ensemble’s Dynamite Divas wows the audience with R&B Soul!

Black Ensemble’s Dynamite Divas wows the audience with R&B Soul!
“Ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you, the Dynamite Divas Telecast, featuring Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight and Nancy Wilson!,” bellowed Mr. Maurice (Rueben D. Echoles) as he stood alone at center stage. “This grand concert features the biggest and most influential R&B singers of our time!” From Mr. Maurice’s opening scene of Dynamite... Read more »

Chicago rap artists take a stand to combat gun violence with an interactive music video

Chicago rap artists take a stand to combat gun violence with an interactive music video
Rap artists from Chicago are uniting to combat gun violence in a Music Vs Gun Violence campaign, spearheaded by  Leo Burnett Chicago, Chicago Ideas, and Grammy nominated Anthony Khan, aka The Twilite Tone.  Jessica Malkin, Executive Director of Chicago Ideas believes the campaign is an opportunity to reach youths who are enticed by violent messages... Read more »
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Roger and Chaz Ebert’s love story comes to life in The BlackWhite Love Play

Roger and Chaz Ebert’s love story comes to life in The BlackWhite Love Play
Falling in love with someone outside your race could be challenging, especially during times of overt racial tensions and cultural differences.  Yet the late Roger Ebert, a Caucasian film critic and renowned television host, endured a quiet movement alongside his African American wife Chaz Ebert, to show their colleagues, family, and the world, that their... Read more »

Annual Golf Outing raise funds for Chicago elementary students through B.E.S.T. mentorship program

Annual Golf Outing raise funds for Chicago elementary students through B.E.S.T. mentorship program
It was a celebratory afternoon with smiles and laughter at B.E.S.T.’s 23rd Annual Invitational Golf Outing & Dinner, held at the Silver Lakes Country Club in Orland Park, Monday, August 3rd. “Our annual golf and dinner event gives us an opportunity to interact with our supporters and  raise funds for the upcoming school year,” says... Read more »

B.E.S.T. Program supports inner city students with mentorship and school funding

B.E.S.T. Program supports inner city students with mentorship and school funding
When it comes to nurturing the lives of under privileged children, employees of State Farm Insurance really care. For 23 years, the Business Excellence School Team, affectionately known throughout Chicago as the B.E.S.T. Program, has enhanced the lives of hundreds of elementary students. Larry Williams is the president of B.E.S.T. and a State Farm agent. ... Read more »
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Black Ensemble Theater's 'Men Of Soul' will have you dancing and singing in your seat

Black Ensemble Theater's 'Men Of Soul' will have you dancing and singing in your seat
The award winning Black Ensemble Theater rolled out the red carpet this weekend for the premier of their musical revue Men Of Soul, to kick off their six week run in Chicago.   Black Ensemble Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks wrote and directed the stage play to take the audience on a musical journey, that highlights... Read more »