By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back to celebrate 14 years of consecutive work in the Windy City with recent and less recent films that illustrate the richness and diversity of the lives of people of color all over the world....
This summer five South Side cultural institutions are opening their doors after regular hours during the return of Museum Campus South’s Nights at the Museums. Museum Campus South invites the public to attend 15 free evening events and exhibitions including jazz on the lawn, after-hours open houses, and special...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader Louis Carr has worked for national royalty when it comes to Black media. He is currently President of Broadcast Media Sales for Black Entertainment Television, or commonly known as BET. He has worked for Ebony magazine with Johnson Publishing Company’s the late John H....
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader On consecutive Mondays from June 6 through June 20, the Gene Siskel Film
Center collaborates with Human Rights Watch to present a series of
three compelling new films with filmmakers in person for discussion.
Through the eyes of committed and courageous filmmakers, the films
showcase the heroic stories...
Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira received the honor of having their book “Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change” selected as one of the five finalists for 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Women’s Issues category. They were presented with award medals at the national book...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen As a child I grew up with the Sound of Music, and younger folks have recently grown up with SpongeBob. Now the two iconic theater offerings are coming to Chicago under the Broadway in Chicago umbrella as musicals, with both featuring female Black actresses in...
A Review by Bonnie DeShong The definition of a civil way is a war between citizens of the same country. In this case it is more a very strong difference of opinion between friends. As I sat in my seat at the IMAX Theater with my bag of popcorn, lemonade and...

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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader ART=ILLINOIS: The fourth annual Arts Alliance Illinois Voices of a Creative State benefit luncheon will take place on Friday, June 10, 2016 at The Fairmont Chicago, located at 200 North Columbus Drive in Chicago. The luncheon will feature a discussion highlighting the life-altering impact of...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader Columbia College Chicago names roster of Emmy, Grammy® and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists as 2016 commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Honorees include Columbia College alumnus and “Selma” Executive Producer Paul Garnes, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith and...
Manifest is Chicago’s largest student-run arts festival, presents 100+ free public programs celebrating the creative work of more than 2,000 Columbia College Chicago students on Friday, May 13, from 12-9 p.m. Now in its 16th year, Manifest includes a massive street spectacle performance, live bands and DJs, gallery walks...