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A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES BEARD AWARD AUTHOR ADRIAN MILLER

After watching HIGH ON THE HOG the Netflix Original Documentary Series, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with one of the authors featured in the series. My best friend is a cookbook collector, especially ones that have a historical aspect to them.  She was the first to introduce me to the works of... Read more »

F9 IS FAST, FARFETCHED, AND SO MUCH FUN

F9 has everything the Fast and Furious franchise promises, fast cars, equal opportunity fight scenes, unbelievable stunts, and laugh-out-loud moments. Michelle Rodriguez as Letty in F9, co-written and directed by Justin Lin. F9 gives us a look into Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel’s) past.  We learn of his and his little brother Jakob’s life at the... Read more »

HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, How do you measure? Measure a year? When Jonathan D. Larson wrote these words for the 2008 Broadway Musical “RENT” I am sure he didn’t plan for it to by my theme song for... Read more »
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WOMEN WITH A MESSAGE

Since the beginning of American history women of color have been strong leaders. Many enslaved Africans would not have made it to freedom if a Black woman had not led them.  White women would not have had the right to vote if Black women did not march with them. Today America would not have a... Read more »

Thyrl Latting, The Man Who Bridged the History of the Black Cowboy and the Youth of the Chicago Area.

In my last column “The Mystique of the Black Cowboy” I mentioned the story of Cathay Williams. I said that she disguised herself as a man and joined the Union army in the Civil War.  In reality, she did disguise herself as a man but it was the Buffalo Soldiers she joined, not the Union... Read more »

A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING A Book and Documentary of the First All Black High School Rowing Team

About a month and a half ago the producer of my radio show BONNIE’S EYE on 95.1 FM Chicago, Drewsean Williams called me excited about a documentary he had heard about called A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team.  He wanted me to interview the author of... Read more »
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THE PHOTOGRAPH Is a Picture Perfect Love Story

  THE PHOTOGRAPH is a love story, in fact it is two love stories connected by a photograph. When Christine Eames (Chanté Adams), a renowned photographer dies she leaves her daughter Mae (Issa Rae) a photograph and two letters.  One she has written to her and one to be given to her father. Christina and... Read more »

A WILD, CHAOTIC, FUN NIGHT AT TEATRO ZINZANNI

As you walk along Randolph street just west of State Street you will pass the Cambria Hotel.  The very distinguished boutique hotel where some of the actors in town doing shows stay as well as being a wonderful hotel.   You may never guess the wild and amazing things that are happening on the top floor... Read more »

"Heaven Knows" SUMMER THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL IS "Hot Stuff"

The long-awaited musical SUMMER the Donna Summer Musical has arrived in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. I was present in the dance clubs sweating heavily to the sounds of Donna Summer.  I remember when I first heard ‘Love to Love You Baby’ at a club.  Things heated up quickly on the dance floor. ... Read more »
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Derrick Davis Brings Intensity and Diversity to Phantom of the Opera

When I got the call that Derrick Davis was returning to Chicago as the star of Phantom of the Opera and I couldn’t wait to have a conversation with him.  When he was here earlier, I was so impressed with his performance and couldn’t help but wonder what it was like play the iconic figure. ... Read more »