Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Cynthia Erivo, National Geographic
National Geographic presents award winning Cynthia Erivo in anthology series “Genius: Aretha” By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The late Aretha Louise Franklin was crowned the “Queen of Soul” during a concert in Chicago in the late 60s, but she was often disrespected and not treated as a QUEEN. Aretha had a...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #METOO movement, and race in America. “Test Pattern” follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the...
Covid Diaries NYC, Covid-19
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “COVID DIARIES NYC” is playing now on HBO/HBOMAX. The film chronicles the lives of five young filmmakers, ranging in age from 17 to 21, who turn their cameras on themselves to tell the stories of their families during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic...
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March 16 Virtual Event to explore How Artists Save Democracy with artists Ted Ellis and Dorian Sylvain PIGMENT International™ will host one of its signature Salon Talks with artists Ted Ellis and Dorian Sylvain on Tuesday, March 16, as part of Columbia College Chicago’s Collective Impact Series. Collective Impact explores...
The new terror anthology series “Them” will premiere Friday, April 9, exclusively on Prime Video. From breakout creator Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe, “Them” is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The 1950s set first season centers on a Black family who moves from North Carolina to an...
In Focus: The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Fight for Fair Housing  Open through June 20, 2021, at the Elmhurst Art Museum Plus, There is Black Housing in the Future exhibition now open at the McCormick House  As conversations surrounding systemic racism continue throughout the nation, the Elmhurst Art Museum proudly presents...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Celebrated actor Harry Lennix is excited to appear in the upcoming “Justice League: Snyder Cut,” or the “Snyder Cut,” as he plays the shapeshifting, telepathic, extraterrestrial superhero J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. There had previously been much mystery surrounding Lennix’s involvement in the project. The film...

The Bookworm Sez

“The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation” By Anna Malaika Tubbs c.2021, Flatiron Books $28.99 / $38.50 Canada 272 pages Your mom was always on your side. She stuck up for you when nobody else would, through thick and through thin. She had your...
WHAT: Hundreds of aspiring ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Illinois will be at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) ballet scholarship auditions. As the global pandemic has put the performing arts world is put largely on pause, Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) – world’s largest student...
A Filmed Play for Steppenwolf’s Virtual Stage By Vivian J.O. Barnes Directed by Weyni Mengesha Streaming Begins March 10, 2021 Featuring ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper with Sydney Charles A Royal Wedding is Looming and Everyone is Watching… Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! by emerging playwright Vivian J.O. Barnes, the fourth of six...