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eta Creative Arts Foundation announces new Executive Director

eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. recently announced Kai EL’ Zabar as the new CEO/Executive Director. EL’ Zabar officially started her tenure at the 48-year old institution on July 15, 2019

The Roots’ ‘The Tipping Point’ To Be Reissued For 15th Anniversary

In honor of its 15th anniversary, The Roots’ legendary sixth album The Tipping Point is available once again via Geffen/Urban Legends. The amalgam of hip-hop, soul and funk, originally released on Geffen Records in 2004, has been reissued as standard ...

Longest Running Live National July 4th TV Tradition Hosted By John Stamos

This July 4th, A CAPITOL FOURTH continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Netflix’s YOU, FULLER HOUSE, ER) returns to ...

Chicago House Music Lovers Kick-Off Holiday With Annual South Side Pub Crawl

Chicago is a popular destination for summer music events. On Wednesday, July 3rd, thousands of House music lovers will “Get on the Bus” as the organizers House Club Tour, LLC continues the House Club Tour (HCT) Pub Crawl for the ...

Santana’s Thrilling New Album ‘Africa Speaks’ Debuts At #3 On Billboard Top 200

Music legend Carlos Santana’s new album Africa Speaks, out now via Concord Records, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and, along with Barbara Streisand, is one of only two music acts ...

IFBB Bodybuilder Suraqah Shabazz Signs With Mon Ethos Pro

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Suraqah Shabazz recently announced his signing with athlete management firm Mon Ethos Pro. Shabazz, a native of Chicago, Illinois and first responder firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, competed recently at the McClellan Conference Center in McClellan ...

Chicago At The Crossroads Premieres at the American Black Film Festival

As Chicago welcomes its history making new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, many residents are hopeful for a brighter future. “I am very optimistic about the new mayor,” begins Community Activist Afrika Porter. “She has talked a lot about reducing violence, putting ...

COMCAST LAUNCHES BLACK MUSIC MONTH COLLECTION ON XFINITY X1

This June, Comcast will celebrate Black Music Month with a one-of-a kind musical showcase on Xfinity X1 spanning genres of music pioneered by African Americans including hip hop, R&B, pop, gospel, and jazz. Available within Xfinity on Demand’s Black Film ...

The Jazz Institute of Chicago Celebrates “50 Years of Making Jazz Happen” Featuring Jazz Artists, Music, Dance and Spoken Word Performances, and Exhibits During Free Birthday Bash

The distinct, innovative sound and legacy of jazz music in Chicago takes center stage from June 28 -30 for Chicagoans of all ages to enjoy as the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC) and its partners celebrate “50 Years of Making ...

Washington Park Serving Up Second Jerk Festival During Caribbean American Heritage Month in June

On June 23rd, 2019 from 10am until 10pm, Jabari C G Productions and Africa International House (Producers of African Festival of the Arts) will serve the 2nd Annual Chicago Jerk Festival promising to turn Washington Park to an exciting melting ...

CPL Community Cinema initiative provides opportunity for more city residents to have access to film screenings

The Chicago Public Library recently launched a new citywide program titled Community Cinema. There are 50 library branches participating in this yearlong pilot. This was made possible through the Chicago Public Foundation and with Swank Movie Licensing, which is the ...

Actress/Producer La La Anthony Will Serve as the 2019 American Black Film Festival Ambassador

ABFF Ventures recently announced actress, producer, author and entrepreneur La La Anthony will serve as the 2019 American Black Film Festival’s Ambassador, to be held in Miami Beach, June 12-16.

The 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival® Kicks Off on July 4-7 in New Orleans, LA

The ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and largest celebration of global Black culture, is set to bring the 90’s heat with special performances that celebrate the 25th anniversary of some of the ...

McDonald’s gospel tour includes Chicago singer

This week, the 13th Annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour by McDonald’s kicks off its national tour in Chicago and includes South Side native Sir the Baptist.

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES FIRST ORIGINAL AFRICAN ANIMATED SERIES MAMA K'S TEAM 4

Johannesburg, ZA and Hollywood, Calif. - April 16 2019 - Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ ...