The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network (AAN) presents its fourth annual celebration of National Black History Month, titled “A Sovereign Pout: Le Tumulte Noir of Josephine Baker,” on Saturday, February 29, at 5:00 p.m., in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center. The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, the percussion ensemble...

The New 411

Two favorites return to Lyric Opera of Chicago in the New Year By Raymond Ward Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off 2019 with two acclaimed productions—the captivating and tragic love story La bohème by Puccini returns as a new production and the Midwest premiere of a beloved production of Cendrillon, based on the Cinderella story. La bohème is a...
No matter who wins the game, HU has never lost a party! This is the turn up for the new school join Howard/Hampton celebrities, alumni, and friends for what will be the party of the year! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the HBCU alliance, the Howard University...
Movies at home
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “Painkiller” is a revenge thriller available on Demand and on DVD from Cinedigm on May 4 After losing his daughter to a drug overdose, a broken father begins a vigilante campaign to bring down the white-collar criminals behind the opioid epidemic in “Painkiller.” The timely and...
The New 411 By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his Rivers of Sound Orchestra bring their cross-cultural sonic tapestry to Symphony Center on Friday, February 9, at 8 p.m., as part of the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series. Chicago-based jazz drummer Mike Reed opens the evening with...
Chadwick Boseman delivered a powerful speech about what it means to be “young, gifted and Black.” By Cole Delbyck, Huffington Post “Black Panther” made awards show history Sunday night. The cast of the record-breaking Marvel blockbuster picked up the top trophy at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by...
The New 411 by Raymond Ward Album Recorded After Signing With Warner Bros. Has Now Been Completed By The Original Producers Randy Hall And Zane Giles, And Davis’ Nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., With Guest Vocalists Including Lalah Hathaway And Ledisi Miles Davis shocked the music world in 1985 when he left...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader First Floor Theater is pleased to continue their sixth season with the Chicago premiere of Nathan Alan Davis’ poetic and poignant drama, “Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea,” directed by Chika Ike. “Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea” will play through March 31, 2018, at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave....
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader “Crown Heights” is a documentary about Colin Warner who was arrested in connection with a murder in 1980 and who spent more than 20 years in jail in New York before he was released. When Warner finally set foot outside of prison, it...
Festival awards gala to pay tribute to late Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and SPLC’s Margaret Huang The “March on Washington Film Festival,” an annual civil rights legacy project tracing the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, will hold its first-ever all-virtual event from September 20-27. Now in...