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...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The first two episodes of AcornTV’s new engaging British coastal crime drama aired on Monday, May 24; subsequent episodes will air on Mondays, through June 21. This series, from the producers of “Marcella,” is called “Whitstable Pearl” and follows single mom Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman) who pursues her lifelong...
GOODMAN THEATRE
Apply Now For The Goodman’s Summer 2021 Programs For Youth And Adults—Offered Free Of Charge, Online—Beginning June 28 ***Six-Week Offerings Include Introduction To Stagecraft; Alone Together; Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project; Genarrations; And Intergens*** Goodman Theatre’s popular, FREE virtual Education and Engagement offerings for youth and adults return, with summer session applications open now through...
Chicago Humanities Festival
In June, Chicago Humanities Festival will address issues of race in art, museums, media, and criminal justice through an eclectic blend of programs with local artists and international stars. On June 2nd, Chicago artist Cecil McDonald will join in a virtual conversation about his latest body of work, Cuts and Beats, which subverts often...
New season starts right toward end of “Mental Health Awareness Month” By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “In Treatment” returns to HBO on May 23 for a fourth season starring Uzo Aduba as therapist Dr. Brooke Taylor. It’s been ten years since the end of Season 3, and the reimagining of “In Treatment” is...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “It is a terrifying time to be Black in America. This book is my counterattack on that disorienting feeling. I step foot in the streets to protest in pursuit of justice.”—Tamika Mallory adapted from “State of Emergency.”  If the speech that activist and author Tamika Mallory made during a...
Paradise Square Pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre,  November 2 – December 5, 2021 CLICK HERE FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THIS TIMELY AND COMPELLING NEW MUSICAL Broadway In Chicago announced the Pre-Broadway Premiere of Paradise Square on May 18, 2021. This bold and uncompromising new musical, which examines a remarkable yet virtually unknown moment in American...
The In-Between
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Shot in just two weeks and co-written by the two stars, Jennifer Stone and Mindy Bledsoe, “The In-Between” is a touching, emotional and thoroughly entertaining journey, charting the highs and lows for two women who are both emotionally damaged, suffering physically and bonded together by the deepest of friendships. The...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June to be Black Music Month. Rhino Records will expand its celebration of Black music during Black Music Month with a series of high-profile vinyl, CD, and digital releases throughout June and into July. The collection includes reissues...