By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The weeklong trip back to his hometown, Chicago was over. The delicious outings at Harold’s Chicken and Beggars Pizza rekindled many childhood memories. There was also the big interview with disc jockey GSkee on Chicago radio station Power 92.3. For Brian E. Sibley, the biggest and...
The Black Women’s Expo (BWE), one of Chicago’s most anticipated annual experiential events, celebrates its 22nd anniversary in Chicago April 8 - 10 at McCormick Place with outstanding entertainment across the gospel, soul and R&B genres. The Expo has long been known for bringing the best of established and...

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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader  NEW MUSIC: Ten-time Grammy Award winners, TAKE 6, have a new highly-anticipated album entitled, BELIEVE, due in stores this week. "When Angels Cry," is the first single from the new album and available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon and streaming on Spotify. The...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader I was cheering for jazz man and singer Chet Baker, as portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the new film “Born to be Blue.” Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to...
The DuSable Museum of African American History has been granted Smithsonian Affiliation status by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The distinction signals the beginning of a long-term collaborative partnership between the DuSable and the world’s largest museum and research complex. The DuSable, established in 1961, is only the second...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen Since many people get their “film fix” in many different ways, including going to the theater, on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix or some other streaming website, from time to time, I will review a film that is not necessarily screening in mainstream theaters but accessible on...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader NightBlue Performing Arts Company is pleased to present the Chicago Non-Equity premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, with original music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning team of...
by Rashod Ollison  c.2016, Beacon Press  $25.95 / $30.00 Canada  230 pages  Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An MP3 is nowhere near as good. You don’t get the right sound unless you’re spinning a...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader Meet Jabari, a young boy from the South Side of Chicago, scared and confused by the turbulent, sometimes unjust world around him. A gifted artist, Jabari escapes to the Civil Rights era through his colorful paintings where he interacts with children from the...
By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader Recently, The DuSable Museum of African American History joined forces with Chicago’s iconic African American owned radio station WVON-1690 AM to present the first-ever DuSable Museum Membership RadioThon…and the event proved to be an overwhelming success. The groundbreaking RadioThon ran from 6:00 AM until 3:00 PM...