By J. Coyden Palmer Muhammad Ali had Joe Frazier. Tiger Woods had Phil Mickelson. Michael Jordan had, well the entire Detroit Pistons “Bad Boy” teams. It’s a fact rivals bring out both the best and worst in each other. The much-anticipated Netflix movie “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J....
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...
By Giavonni Nickson Tito and Jackie Jackson of the legendary “Jackson 5” made a triumphant return to their hometown, Gary , IN, after nearly 50 years. Their visit marked a historic occasion as the last time the Jackson brothers visited the Steel City in 1971 for a concert that eventually...
By Dezimon Alicea, Gary Crusader When you think about Gary, Indiana, a few ideas may run through your mind like crime, a neglected school system, and a struggling economy. One person is trying to change the negative connotations with the city. Kevin Cuttino is a Wirt graduate, and brings to...
By Vernon A. Williams I remember like it was yesterday. It was my senior year at Gary Roosevelt High School and as president of the Hi-Y, I wanted to step up the live entertainment for the annual Sweetheart’s Ball. A light went off and I approached Jackie Jackson, whose locally...
Article Revels that Schiavocampo was Fired for leading Diversity Efforts A published article June 13, 2020 in The Huffington Post reveals for the first time why leading news correspondent Mara Schiavocampo abruptly stopped appearing on GMA in 2017.  According to the report, Schiavocampo was fired in retaliation for leading...
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...