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Crusader staff report Remember Oprah Winfrey’s splashy Legends Ball in 2005, where she serenaded and splurged on many of America’s Black female achievers? It was a grand affair where Oprah vowed to honor Black female icons while their still alive rather than when their gone. Black women across the country are...

ENHANCE YOUR STORYTELLING SKILLS!!! REGISTER TODAY for the FREE on-line 'Film Aesthetics Workshops'. Acclaimed filmmaker Pemon Rami and special guests, Rita Coburn, Robert Townsend and Joe 'Jody' Williams will lead Film Aesthetics Workshops on May 11th and May 13th 6:30-8:30pm. Topics will include cinematography, lighting, sound and editing. REGISTER...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader In 2008, I saw a movie at the Chicago International Film Festival called “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was an independent film by writer-director Barry Jenkins. It was a great film about a Black couple’s relationship that begins from a one-night stand. That film...
Crusader staff report WVON 1690-AM, Chicago’s iconic Black news/talk radio station, is moving its headquarters from Chatham to the South Loop by the end of the year, Parent Company Midway Broadcasting announced on October 2. Midway will move WVON’s studios and offices to 800 South Wells Street at River City, a...

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  JB Pritzker has come a long way to earn the Crusader’s endorsement as the next governor of Illinois. His running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the perfect choice for a candidate who seeks to serve low-income neighborhoods where incumbent Bruce Rauner has failed miserably in the last four...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader Disney and Marvel Studios came together to work some magic over a weekend in Chicago that was just as magical due to the unseasonably warm temperatures. “Doctor Strange” was poised to rake in more than $85 million on its first weekend of domestic...
Chicago action-thriller with Viola Davis expected to draw big crowds Crusader Staff Report The long wait is finally over. “Widows,” a Chicago action-thriller that includes scenes at Parkway Gardens and Daley’s restaurant in Woodlawn, will open this weekend in local theaters in Chicago. Anticipation has been building since film critics on the popular...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader CMX Cinemas, the eighth largest movie theater chain in the United States, ushers in a new luxury theater-going experience to the Chicago area with the launch of two new high-end cinema experiences—CMX Cinebistro and CMX Market in Skokie, Illinois. With two new theaters...
“These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy," she said in a statement. By Keyaira Boone, Huffington Post Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, is passionately refuting statements made by former R. Kelly backup singer Jovante Cunningham in the Surviving...