Category: Education

Black Girls Code and Hidden Figures

The Black Girls CODE Chicago chapter showed up and showed out to support the 3pm Hidden Figures screening at the Regal Webster Place 11 Theaters in Chicago on Jan 14th. It’s what they’re all about! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) counts! The girls were excited to see the film because it specifically highlights African-American women’s... Read more »

Avant Soothes Audience with Music at Chicago City Winery

Avant Soothes Audience with Music at Chicago City Winery
Avant serenaded the audience with songs like “Separated”, “My First Love”, “Making Good Love”, “Don’t Say No, Just Say Yes,” “Read Your Mind”, “More”, “Come and Get It”, etc. He believes that if a person can sing, it doesn’t matter what song it is. He was right. This sensual singer even makes the Humpty Dumpty... Read more »

"Resilience" Documentary Review

"Resilience" Documentary Review
I applaud James Redford and credit him for tackling filming and gathering research for this documentary, which is about the movement of treating childhood trauma and PTSD. It is often that these issues of psychological and emotional stress are often masked and go undetected. “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” analyzes... Read more »
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Filmmaker Ife Olatunji: Collective Voices Film Director

Filmmaker Ife Olatunji: Collective Voices Film Director
Kartemquin’s Collective Voices Film Director sits down to speak with us about her experiences this past summer. “The Gallery Talks were held this summer in Chicago to commemorate Kartemquin’s 50th Anniversary as a prominent documentary production institution in Chicago. Ife was a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin in 2014. During that time, she... Read more »

"93 Days" Review

"93 Days" Review
Producers Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri, Pemon Rami and director Steve Gukas convey an amazing story of courage and determination upon the will of the human spirit to survive.“93 Days” is a thriller drama that highlights men and women that sacrificed their lives and pulled together to save the city of Lagos, Nigeria, which contains over... Read more »

Filmmaker and Historian Deborah Riley Draper

Filmmaker and Historian Deborah Riley Draper
Deborah Riley Draper is a filmmaker that understands the significance of preserving culture and educating people about why we need to hold fast and stand firm about the richness of African-American history. She believes that in telling stories of the forgotten; we can reflect and learn from the triumphs and as well as obstacles or... Read more »
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Chicago International Film Festival Oct 13th-Oct 27th

Chicago International Film Festival Oct 13th-Oct 27th
This year’s films are rumored to be of the best of many years, with tributes to famous contributors to the art of filmmaking galore. The 52nd Chicago International Film Fest will be my second festival critique experience this year. My first being Black Harvest Film Fest. CIFF promises to be a conglomeration of all genres... Read more »

An Open Letter to Rhymefest

Dear Rhymefest (Che Smith), I am so very sorry about what happened to you….that you were held at gun point and treated badly by the police. I know that these are things that we discussed. The treatment of a people… I’ve talked the talk, now I’m now I’m to walk the walk. These past couple... Read more »

Rhymefest Interviewed by Okema "Seven" Gunn

I had a unique opportunity to sit down with Rhymefest. He is a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar winning songwriter. We discussed his family, the black community, public policy, and much more. This talk came about before David Cameron and the Brexit Scandal,  the Alton Sterling shooting, the Philando Castile shooting, and the Dallas police... Read more »
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Filmmaker Derek Grace in Motion

Filmmaker Derek Grace in Motion
Derek has acquired a reputation for getting to the heart of the matter when it comes to issues in the community. He’s one of the co-founders of Reel Black Filmmakers and has several award-winning documentaries under his belt. He is also on the board of directors of CANTV (Chicago Access Network Television). Derek has no... Read more »