A Day at Expo Chicago

Amy Sherald
Anything could happen at the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (EXPO), and that’s a good thing.  You might encounter dancing human symbols, or instructions on how to smuggle drugs emblazoned in neon lights, or perhaps a take on Degas that no one ever imagined.  More likely you are going to see art work that... Read more »

South Side Community Art Center’s 51st Annual Art Auction to feature treasure trove of African American historic and contemporary art

South Side Community Art Center’s 51st Annual Art Auction to feature treasure trove of African American historic and contemporary art
(CHICAGO) — The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host its 51st Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser on Saturday, May 21, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, McLean Ballroom from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. As throughout its history, the Auction will feature art from established and emerging artists, including such... Read more »

100 Black Men of Chicago to host “Inspiring Generosity: When We Give – Lives Change” 19th Annual Gala on May 7 to honor Kurt Summers, Ralph Hughes

100 Black Men of Chicago to host  “Inspiring Generosity: When We Give – Lives Change”  19th Annual Gala on May 7 to honor Kurt Summers, Ralph Hughes
(CHICAGO) – April 26, 2016– The 100 Black Men of Chicago (BMC), the areas preeminent organization focused on mentoring African American youth, will host their 19th Annual Benefit & Awards Gala on May 7, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The organization will recognize Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers and Ralph Hughes, recently retired vice president... Read more »
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Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club partners with Chicago firefighters, police and local chefs to host battle of the badges

Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club partners with Chicago firefighters, police and local chefs to host battle of the badges
(CHICAGO) — Students from The Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club (BCKCC), a CPS after school program focused on the benefits of healthy eating, will join with Chicago firefighters and local chef’s for an elegant fundraising event that features a cops vs. firefighters cooking challenge, food and beverage tasting, silent auction and a special live auction... Read more »

Black Women’s Expo presents inaugural #SheMatters Award posthumously to Sandra Bland

The Black Women’s Expo (BWE), one of Chicago’s most anticipated annual experiential events will host their Phenomenal Woman Awards Reception on Thursday, April 7, paying tribute to ten outstanding Chicago area women whose excellence in a variety of fields commands recognition. The event will be held at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan... Read more »

Congo Square’s ‘What I learned in Paris’ offers wit, humor and a lesson on dining well

What I Learned in Paris, the play by Pearl Cleage, interpreted by Congo Square Theatre Company takes place in 1973, the night of Maynard Jackson’s election as the first African American Mayor of Atlanta, GA.  At first blush you wonder why Atlanta as a backdrop here in a city where Harold Washington’s legacy looms large. ... Read more »
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Celebrating Chicago and Harlem's connection to the arts

Woodrow Nash Sculpture at Harlem Fine Art Show
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), the largest traveling African Diaspora art show and sale in the United States drew nearly 8,000 attendees during its four day run at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.   Artists from as far away as Brazil showcased the depth and breadth of African American art at the show and sale, including esteemed nationally... Read more »

Why Girlfriends are da bomb - A nod to Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis

Girlfriends Henson and Davis at the 2015 Emmys When I look back on my life I’ve been in relationships with men for more than 27 years.  And don’t get me wrong they were great – as long as they lasted – and I’m glad to have had those experiences.  But just as important, and sometimes more... Read more »

Chicago - An Arts City Unlike Any Other

Chicago is undeniably a great arts city and it is too hard to keep up sometimes.  This weekend was a prime example with EXPO Chicago, great documentaries and movies playing and the premier of “Disgraced” at the Goodman Theater.  Also did you catch of the launch of the Facebook Page “Black Art Chicago?  Well, you... Read more »
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The African Festival of the Arts: Using Culture to Span Continents

For 26 years, Africa International House has brought the African Diaspora to the U.S with their unique cultural celebration, the African Festival of the Arts.  Held each Labor Day weekend in Chicago, the Festival offers a glimpse into the many unique treasures of the African Continent as well as African-centric offerings from across the globe. ... Read more »