22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival returned to the Gene Siskel Film Center this August for another year of celebrating Black Independent Filmmakers. This year’s films ranged from raunchy comedies to films documenting real time social injustices, with some brilliant biographical documentaries in between. From first-time filmmakers and actors to legends like Irma P.... Read more »

A Dream Deferred

Free and Forward
Money or Freedom? That’s the question you have to ask yourself when embarking upon a journey down the path less traveled. Do I want the security and comforts afforded by way of a steady stream of income or the freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment of working for self. Money 40 hours a week = 65 hours... Read more »

The Life of a Writer

I heard someone say “I don’t like to write. I like having written.” I think it was Pearl Cleage. Could’ve been Sonia Sanchez or Jessica Care Moore or Nikki. I feel that way. I don’t like the act of writing, I like the pleasure from having written. Almost like going to the gym. Hate it.... Read more »

A Song for Maya

(Photo Credit: Inspirational Quotes) He told me he loved me. And I believed him. He said “one day I’ma make you my wife.” So I supported him. He told me “I’ll never make you cry again.” And I trusted him. Then there was that lonely Wednesday. It was windy and I was somber. Usually it’s Jose... Read more »

My Chicago. My Home.

My Chicago. My Home.
503. 503 letters & Emails. Don’t say I didn’t try to talk it out. Don’t say I wasn’t solutionary. I didn’t just complain to upset you. You were hurting me. How? By being dishonest to me. “It has no long-lasting affects.” “It’s organic and non-pollutive.” “We are doing this to enhance the quality of your... Read more »

Nick Murphy becomes Chet Faker

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Chet Faker Performs Live at Lincoln Hall in Chicago – 2014 Who is Chet Faker?  you’re a mouth full that amounts for another week on my own now I’m a novel   made resourceful I start a chain with my thought Provocative lyrics from the digital funk, soul inspired Australian known as Chet Faker In... Read more »

A Conversation with Walter Mosley

“I don’t really see writers as teachers.” “Chicago is truly an American City.” “…Debbie Doesn’t do IT anymore…” While visiting Chicago as one of the featured speakers at last month’s Lit Fest, Walter Mosley sat down with me to discuss his new novel Debbie Doesn’t Do it Anymore, the writing process, and his love of... Read more »

Fort Maner Fashion Show

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“A bespoke longboard company dedicated to uniting the sophistication of high art and eclectic street style to design masterpieces for people who love hitting the pavement in style.” Fort Maner www.fortmaner.com Special thanks to Swank Publishing www.SwankPublishing.com      

Are you Ready?

Slammed right into the middle of inspiration When the Beat dropped it felt like the first day of school Exciting.  Fresh. Intimidating. I’d always hoped that a challenge would be as poetically calculated as I was And I was challenged The Beat painted a picture so pure. So absolutely verbatim My conversations with the Universe... Read more »

Chadwick Boseman Talks Leading Role in New Film "42"

“He was probably a better football player, basketball player, and track & field star than he was a baseball player.” Just a week away from the opening of Brian Helgeland’s new film 42, a Biopic of baseball legend and Hall of Famer – Jackie Robinson, actor Chadwick Boseman sits down in a private interview and talks about... Read more »