New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras

St. Louis Cathedral
“While you stroll in New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras; If you go to New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras; When you see the Mardi Gras Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for”. Professor Longhair New Orleans carries a great pull for me. I was born there at... Read more »

A day after Ferguson, "All Get Along Day" is just what the doctor ordered

The possibilities for a new holiday are endless.  The day could focus on shopping, although I think we have lots of holidays committed to that already; or perhaps to cooking and entertaining, since those are among my favorite things. Maybe we could have a national ‘do nothing day’, although I’d surmise there is a lot... Read more »

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith
Porgy and Bess began as a novel by DuBose Heyward that depicted life in Charleston’s fictional Catfish Row.  The life of hard work, triumph and folly in the cotton fields and on the shrimping boats was amazingly brought to life by George and Ira Gershwin, and the returning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago does... Read more »
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A Hair Raising November Supporting Cancer Awareness

On the heels of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes “No Shave November” where men demonstrate their camaraderie with cancer patients who loose their hair by growing their own.  They let their hair grow wild and free donating the money they usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer... Read more »

Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi

Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) will be at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago from October 30 to November 2, 2014 showcasing the works of dozens of established and emerging African-American artists, including artists from Chicago. The HFAS, held annually in New York City since 2010, has attracted more than 50,000 visitors and accounted for millions... Read more »

Triumphant Breast Cancer Survivors Take to the Stage at Knocking Out Breast Cancer 3

Triumphant Breast Cancer Survivors Take to the Stage at Knocking Out Breast Cancer 3
The Barbara Bates Foundation  hosted its third annual “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fashion Show at Venue One on Sunday Oct. 12, 2014. The Fashion Show featured breast cancer survivors wearing garments designed by Fashion Designer Barbara Bates, herself a breast cancer survivor.  “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” is not just another fashion show, rather all the... Read more »
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Prince-Blythewood’s ‘Beyond the Lights’ is about “being seen”

  Prince-Blythewood was in her native Chicago along with budding mega star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) for the 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute and Gala, as part of the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Prince-Blythewood was the recipient of the group’s Artistic Achievement Award and Mbatha-Raw received this year’s Emerging Talent Award. The Red Carpet... Read more »

Black Desire in Practice Opens during Artist Month at South Side Community Art Center

Artist Joyce Owens with her husband Monroe
“Black Desire in Practice” an exhibition by Artist Joyce Owens opened at the South Side Community Art Center on October 11, heralding Artist Month in Bronzeville.  Black Desire in Practice is a collection of visual works that pushes critical and theoretical issues tied to being African American.  Owens’ Artist Talk drew over 150 people to the historic... Read more »

Welcoming Fall

Welcoming Fall
“October’s the month When the smallest breeze Gives us a shower Of autumn leaves. Bonfires and pumpkins, Leaves sailing down; October is red And golden and brown.” Author Unknown Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any... Read more »
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Legendary R&B group The Whispers brings down the house in support of Chicago State University students

State Senator Jacqueline Collins, Will Evans of People's Gas and Summer Jackson of WCIU.
More than 400 supporters attended the Chicago State University Foundation’s (CSUF) 20th Anniversary Award and Scholarship Fundraiser Concert on Friday, September 19, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The event, headlined by legendary R&B group The Whispers was part awards ceremony, part concert and show and all inspirational in its focus on helping CSU... Read more »