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In partnership with Chicago native and award-winning writer, creator and actor Lena Waithe and her company Hillman Grad Productions, “Indeed: Rising Voices” was created to uncover, invest in and share stories created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers across the U.S. around the meaning of work...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The 2021 Tribeca Festival™, presented by AT&T, begins June 9 and runs until June 19. It’s being lauded as a great way to celebrate the re-opening of New York and bringing live entertainment back to the city. There are virtual offerings and in-person, multi-screen, outdoor festival...
In a historic evening, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) welcomed in-person audiences back to concerts at Symphony Center on May 27 for the first time in more than 14 months, including special welcome remarks made from the stage of Orchestra Hall by CSOA President Jeff Alexander, Board Chair...
Tijuana (Tia) Nichols
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Chicago native Tijuana (Tia) Nichols is a facilities manager at SodexoMAGIC and has founded an organization WorkBoots, which aims to help keep students within the Chicago Public School system healthy and safe. SodexoMAGIC is a joint venture between Sodexo and former NBA great Magic Johnson. Her...
Dave Chappelle
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The 2021 Tribeca Festival™, presented by AT&T, announced the World Premiere of its Closing Night film at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, June 19, as part of Tribeca’s 12-day celebration to re-open New York and bring live entertainment back to...
DuSable Museum of African American History
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 After having been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DuSable Museum of African American History is scheduled to reopen to the public on “Juneteenth” (Saturday, June 19, 2021), at 11:00 AM with a “Welcome Back” Ceremony celebrating the return to...
The African Diaspora International Film Festival, ADIFF
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The African Diaspora International Film Festival - Chicago (ADIFF Chicago), in collaboration with Chicago-based longtime partner Facets Cinémathèque, will celebrate its 18th anniversary virtually exclusively in the Midwest from June 18 to 24, with 14 narratives and documentaries from 13 countries, all Chicago premieres. Since its...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Music Box Theatre & Kino Lorber present the annual shorts showcase “New French Shorts 2021,” featuring some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France, including the Oscar-nominated animated short “Genius Loci,” and César Award winners “And Then The Bear” and “So What If...
The Haves and the Have Nots
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. OWN’S #1 Drama “The Haves & The Have Nots” Comes To An End This Summer  The Oprah Winfrey Network recently announced that it will premiere the final episodes of its long-running series, “The Haves & The Have Nots,” on Tuesday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT....
Teddy Pendergrass
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. I was watching a documentary on SHOWTIME, and even though it has been out a while, it is still available through that and other streaming sites. “Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me” looks at the career of the multi-platinum singer who dominated in the...