Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“Coming 2 America”

You have to take a look at this trailer for “Coming 2 America,” which is due out next spring. It is hilarious. We love Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in this sequel. It’s been 22 years since the first film and well worth the wait. Studios will exclusively release “Coming...
Class of 2020’s 100 teens - five from the Chicago area - are first to experience virtual career workshops and other sessions designed to help them dream BIG. By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. A stirring production, tributes from beloved celebrities and powerful musical performances marked the December 12 commencement ceremony for the...

LYRICS Online 2020!

During the holiday season, it has been customary for over 24 years to head over to West Side Theatre in Gary, IN to watch a rousing performance of a musical revue entitled, LYRICS, presented by the West Side Theatre Guild. We’ve gone virtual! The Guild has created a dynamic virtual...
The South Suburban Chicago (IL) Chapter (SSCC) of The Links, Incorporated held their First Virtual 2020 GETTIN’ IN THE HOLIDAY GROOVE Fundraiser celebrating the Past, Present and Future! On Saturday, December 5, at 3 p.m., supporters enjoyed an hour of music and memorable highlights from the past. Music from previous...
Two new plays by Chicago writers ‘Pretended’ and ‘Bull: a love story’ to be developed by Paramount’s New Works Department in January Paramount Theatre in Aurora will launch next month “The Inception Project,” a new play development initiative designed to create artist-driven, courageous, thought provoking new work in a radically inclusive...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. In “Sylvie’s Love,” the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less talented but well-known bandleader, as a member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson),...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 Charley Pride, whose rich baritone voice and impeccable song-sense altered American culture, died Saturday, December 12, in Dallas, Texas, of complications from COVID-19 at age 86. Born a sharecropper’s son in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934, Pride emerged from Southern cotton fields to become...
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual," Marvel's president said. By Brooklyn White, ESSENCE The work that Chadwick Boseman did in Black Panther will, like the late actor’s legacy, live on forever. Towards the end of Marvel Studio’s presentation on Disney’s Investors Day on December 10, Marvel...
Raymond Ward, The New 411 The first Black Christmas carol comes to life in Rhino’s new animated video spotlighting the Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter’s 1970 Holiday Standard When Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter Donny Hathaway recorded “This Christmas” in 1970, he hoped the song would be embraced as the first Black Christmas carol, one authored and...
The 28th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival started virtually on November 27 and will be held until this Sunday, December 13, 2020 at nyadiff.org “Lil Buck is a dynamic dancer who is a marvel to watch on screen.” — HollywoodSoapbox.com The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) currently celebrates its 28th...