Category: People and Places

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Making A Difference Everywhere to host Leaders 4 Chicago 3On3 Tourney

Making A Difference Everywhere to host Leaders 4 Chicago 3On3 Tourney
(CHICAGO) — Making A Difference Everywhere (M.A.D.E) will host Leaders 4 Chicago 3ON3 Tourney at Seward Park on August 1.  Proceeds from the three-on-three basketball tourney will benefit M.A.D.E. programs that target at-risk inner city youth ages 9 – 14.  Emcee for the event will be Stephen Bardo, member of the University of Illinois “Flyin’... Read more »

Cook County Bar Association 101st awards and installation banquet draws record crowd

Incoming CCBA President Arlene Y. Coleman was sworn in by Chief Judge Circuit Court of Cook County, the Honorable Timothy Evans
(CHICAGO)  — The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) celebrated its 101th Awards and Installation Banquet for new President Arlene Coleman, managing member of the law firm of Coleman Martin & Brown on Friday, June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago with a rousing keynote address delivered by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  The event... Read more »

National Black MBA Association 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration honoring business titans draws over 500

NBMBAA Honorees William ‘Bill’ Brooks, Amy Hilliard, Don Thompson with NBMBAA President & CEO Jesse Tyson
The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) hosted its 45th Anniversary Celebration at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Friday June 12 with more than 500 attendees from across the country.  The organization, founded in 1970 on the campus of the University of Chicago, has been the intellectual home for African American professionals and hosts one of... Read more »

Despite setbacks, the legacy MLK set in motion cannot be stopped

“One day when the glory comes it’ll be ours, it will be ours;   One day when the war is one we will be sure, we will be here sure.”  Lyrics from Glory by John Legend and Common  Something about these lyrics have captured my heart, something about the movie Selma speaks to me as a... Read more »