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FROZEN: The Musical is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. You Don’t Want to “Let It Go” Without Seeing It!

I am sure that anyone who is a parent, aunt, or uncle, or related to any young children knows all the lyrics to Disney’s FROZEN.  You have probably viewed the film more times than you can count and felt that you would not be able to handle listening to it one more time.  I was... Read more »

An AAFCA Conversation with Djimon Hounsou, The King’s Man

Over the 2021 holidays, the film The King’s Man was released into theaters.  The film is about how The Kingsman organization was formed. British aristocrat Orlando, Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), is a war hero turned pacifist. He has decided that instead of fighting in the war, he and his family would better help by... Read more »

WEST SIDE STORY - 2021, Authentic, Fun, & Memorable!

I remember going to the Orpheum Theater in my hometown of Champaign, Illinois, to see West Side Story. I was nine years old, and it was the first time I could go to the movies with my friends without our parents. We all loved the movie especially when the Puerto Ricans were on the screen.... Read more »
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"PARADISE SQUARE" TOUCHES THE SOUL

It’s 1863, Lincoln is President, and the Civil War is raging. Slavery is strong in the South and in the North, more Blacks are being born into freedom but are still at the bottom of the ladder along with the Irish Immigrants who left Ireland to escape the famine. The Irish and Blacks got along... Read more »

KING RICHARD Is a Testimony to Black Parents

Growing up in Champaign, Illinois, my parents would always tell us that they worked hard to make sure we had a better life than they had. Their dream was to see us flourish and not have to work as hard as they did. Sitting in the theater watching the path Richard Williams and his wife... Read more »

Yolonda Ross, (Star of ShowTime's “The Chi”) Partners with the Feinberg Foundation to Donate $100,000 to Breast Cancer Grassroots Organizations.

Those of you who watch “The Chi” will know that Yolonda Ross’s character is Jada Washington who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  To prepare for the role Yolonda met with a doctor who introduced her to three grassroots nonprofit organizations here in Chicago that support women going through their breast cancer journey. Photo Credit... Read more »
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Rhonda Ross and The Force Within

When you hear the name, Rhonda Ross, I’m sure the first thing you think about is, she is the daughter of Diana Ross and Berry Gordy. Rhonda is very proud of that fact, but she is also a musical artist, writer, actress, speaker,  wife, mother, and activist of exploring and expressing our personal power. My... Read more »

CANDYMAN 2021 IS GOOD UNTIL IT ISN’T

I remember the feeling I had when I left the theater in 1992 after seeing the first CANDYMAN film.  There is, to this day, I will ever say Candyman five times in a mirror.  After seeing the film I had trouble saying my own name in a mirror.  It was that fun kind of scary.... Read more »

MY STAYCATION AT THE 21C MUSEUM HOTEL CHICAGO

My love for travel has been going through withdrawals during the pandemic time.  One way I satisfy the craving is to find a nice boutique hotel in the Chicago area, book a weekend, and pretend I am a tourist in my own city. I love boutique hotels because they are small but usually have an... Read more »
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RESPECT - Film Review

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin The Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT has all the elements to be an amazing film.  The cast is outstanding with Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige, just to name a few. Mary... Read more »