The Indiana Broadcasters Association announced the finalists for their 2020 Spectrum Awards on Monday, and Lakeshore Public Media was nominated for two awards for local impact for markets outside Indianapolis. The 33rd Annual Spectrum Awards recognizes broadcast excellence for outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Indiana radio and television stations. The...
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...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ meets ‘Get Out’ in this landmark investigation of racial inequality at the core of the heart transplant race. Although the concept of brain death is now legally recognized nationwide, that wasn’t always the case. Even in the 1960s, it was...
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...