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ELLAbration with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Let the holiday ELLAbration begin! Dee Alexander joins the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for a festive set of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorite holiday songs, paired with the CJO”s annual Nutcracker Suite, Duke Ellington’s iconic 1960 holiday album featuring jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s ...

A CJO Salute to Nancy Wilson

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO), under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, is turning 40 in 2018, marking four decades as Chicago’s longest running professional jazz orchestra.

The Queen Of Soul Has Died

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin, died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76 after battling advanced pancreatic cancer. The 18-time Grammy Award winner passed away at her home in Detroit with her family and loved ones by ...

Chicago Women Produces, Directs and Writes Award Winning Rom Com

Chicago native Nancy Goodman’s new award - winning movie, Surprise Me, is the first romantic comedy to address emotional eating and binging. Written, directed and produced by Goodman the feature film looks at what is behind emotional eating, and how ...

Walk the Emmys Red Carpet With Grey’s Anatomy Star Jason George

Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 star Jason George is offering fans the chance to walk the Emmys red carpet with him and attend the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles as a VIP guest. You can download his video invitation ...

Mýa World Premieres New Video for ‘Damage’

What better way to celebrate your 20th anniversary in the game than to premiere your latest video on MTV’s TRL? Currently on a national and international tour, Grammy Award Winning Artist, Mýa, took a detour to MTV’s TRL to world ...

Universal Music Group To Expand Strategic Operations Within Africa

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, recently announced a signifi cant expansion in French-speaking Africa, with the launch of a new strategic division within French-speaking Africa markets with a focus on discovering and supporting local music ...

Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards Honors Notable Celebrities, Community Leaders and Entertainers

Several notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 15th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held recently at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans. They were joined by attendees from across the ...

Sarah Kim appointed String Orchestra and Preparatory String Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony

The Hyde Park Youth Symphony (HPYS) recently announced the appointment of Sarah Kim as String Orchestra and Preparatory String Director for the HPYS. In this position, Kim will be responsible for rehearsing the organization’s two string ensembles which focus on ...

Cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe ready to make it happen

They say the neon lights are bright off Broadway! The new production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opens on Sunday, July 22.

Nigerian American artist Ogorchukwu releases debut poetry book ‘the geometry of being Black’

revolutionary is that it isn’t just about Black suffering. Beginning at suffering, and ending at empowerment, “the geometry of being Black” is a journey about healing racial trauma.

SOUTH SUBURBAN MUSICIAN PERFORMS AT MAMBY ON THE BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Longtime Village of Homewood resident, Keya Trammell, also known as Gifted Keys, recently headlined the Community Stage at Mamby on the Beach music festival. The south suburban artist creates music that she labels as a fusion of jazz, soul and ...

South Suburban Resident Performs On America’s Got Talent

Season 13 of NBC’s America’s got talent recently premiered and episode three featured an audition from Village of Dolton resident Kathryn Granberry, known on the show as Ms. Trysh. The 57-year-old singer received a yes from all four judges after ...

Two Chicago Musician Reflect On The Evolution Of Hip Hop

“At its root, hip-hop is the voice and it’s an insight into what’s going on in an artist’s neighborhood or city. I think the commercialization of rap changed the culture so now there is a lot of need for instant ...

Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman Published an Original Work of Fiction: TALON OF GOD, A Novel about the Battle to Prevent Hell on Earth

The publication of a work of fiction, a supernatural thriller, by international film and television action star Wesley Snipes, along with co-author Ray Norman, entitled Talon of God, is a non-stop contemporary fantasy adventure that’s sure to please readers with ...