By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ As performing arts theatres across the city hold on just a bit longer during this COVID-19 lockdown, a Black theatre company that is celebrating 20 years of offering stellar content in the city is learning to pivot to a virtual format and bring performances online...
Play Together has onboarded two respected local artists: femdot., a first-generation U.S. born Chicago rapper and social activist, along with the sought-after fine artist, muralist, and TedX speaker Liz Flores for its next audio-visual collaboration to benefit the non-profit Delacreme Scholars. Delacreme Scholars was founded by femdot. and will...
Music festival and conference mash up brings aspiring musicians to viewers at home By Raymond Ward, The New 411 Springboard Music Festivals, dubbed the “music discovery festival,” announces its 14th event and first ever virtual music event, Springboard Midwest. The online event, originally slated to debut to audiences in Chicago this...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Black Public Media (BPM) is now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of its 360 Incubator+ program. Created in 2014 to help BPM identify quality and innovative content by Black filmmakers, the 360 Incubator+ program is a three-month holistic development and fellowship initiative that helps...
President Preckwinkle has announced the formal lineup of events and speakers for Racial Equity Week. During September 14 – 18, 2020, Cook County will hold its second Racial Equity Week to delve deeper into the need to advance racial equity, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cook County...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 After the August 8 premiere of The Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile Presents Great Jazz on the Great Hill, JazzmobileSUMMERFEST has taken to the “airwaves” demonstrating that New York City’s longest-running Jazz festival is going strong! The new season promises to be another outstanding...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a film by Bert Stern and Aram Avakian. It stars Jazz greats for a bygone era that include Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry and a bonus ending by the great Mahalia Jackson Filmed at the...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The late actor Chadwick Boseman had a wealth of film experiences under his belt, and he was marvelous in all of them, including many others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise besides “Black Panther,” which included “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ I was as shocked as anyone to hear the news that talented, young Chadwick Boseman had passed away after a four-year battle living and surviving with colon cancer. The community and world are probably more shocked, because his cancer diagnosis had been kept secret, as...
Application deadline for the 2021 BPM 360 Incubator+ is September 15 Black Public Media (BPM) is now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of its 360 Incubator+ program. Created in 2014 to help BPM identify quality and innovative content by Black filmmakers, the 360 Incubator+ program is a three-month holistic...