Category: Entertainment

Terisa Griffin

Terisa Griffin MS TERISA GRIFFIN hails from New Orleans and comes from a singing family. She is a preacher’s kid and it was customary for she and her sisters to attend Sunday services and sing. She came to Chicago and lived meagerly until her mentor Jerry Butler heard her. She became a background singer in the... Read more »

Dianne Reeves: A Virtuso Jazz Vocalist

  DIANNE REEVES APPEARS AT THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY JUNE 21. Click image for ticket info. Dianne Reeves: A Virtuso Jazz Vocalist by Hermene Hartman Dianne Reeves belongs in that pantheon of great female vocalists that includes Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae and Nina Simone – even Lady Ella and Sassy Sarah Vaughan... Read more »

Spike Lee's "CHIRAQ"

  Posted Online Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:31 a.m. CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – One man was killed and at least 36 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday. The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes... Read more »

The NDIGO GALA 2015 Featuring Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter

  click here for tickets By Hermene D. Hartman Seven years after N’DIGO began in 1989, we constantly received calls from graduating high school students seeking financial assistance for their educational pursuits. Before I started N’DIGO, I was a college professor and administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago with responsibilities in recruitment, so the... Read more »

Q&A with Bob Christianson

Bob Christianson is an accomplished musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor. He has scored music for HBO’s Sex and the City. His career started in New York City as a musical director and conductor for Broadway shows, including Godspell, The Magic Show and Gilda Radner Live from New York. In the concert arena he had... Read more »

Oscar de la Renta Will Be Missed. . .

Oscar de la Renta Will Be Missed. . .
On Monday October 20, 2014 legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, passed away at 82 surrounded by family in his Connecticut home. Oscar de la Renta spent half a century putting high society in haute couture. He is often described as the “sultan of suave” he has dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.... Read more »


by Hermene Hartman, Sylvester Cosby and Aquantee Hendricks WE were at the office having a discussion on the new sitcom, “Black-ish”  and I realized we were of different generations and had different viewpoints. So we all wrote our interpretations of the program.  Based on our “water cooler” conversations, this is a collaborative review.      ... Read more »

Where did all the funny go?

  The recent death of Joan Rivers and Robin Williams makes you take another look at the laughs of the comedian. They make their living telling jokes and it appears they are on top of the world with fame, fortune, TV shows, movies and such. But with the real scene of life, the laugh can... Read more »

Get On Up Captures James Brown

The movie  – Get On Up – a big screen full feature, is the biopic on the life of James Brown opening across the country August 1st.  Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in the movie biopic  “42” is quite the character actor. He transforms into Mr. Brown. He prepared six months for the part... Read more »

Phenomenally, Maya Angelou was Every Woman

Maya Angelou was a world-class lady whose life might have been the inspiration for Chaka Kahn’s song I’m Every Woman. Maya was every woman – that is, every Black woman living in her era, from 1928-2014. She lived a rich life, but a life that was not always charming. She knew the good, the bad,... Read more »