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Musyc for the War: Underground

When the chanteuse, Sy Smith, answered my call, I never expected her to describe her Underground sound as music for the war.  But she took my hand and we began to dig a little through her lyrics.  I suddenly saw chains on my feet that had enslaved and grounded me to the rhythms and confines […]

Zeus is Black!

Zeus is Black!   Hakeem Kae-Kazim is the go-to actor in the UK, Hollywood, and the entire African Continent for strong and commanding character. Nigerian by birth but trained in United Kingdom, Hakeem currently lives in South Africa and is in the middle of filming a television series entitled Troy, where he plays Zeus, the […]

Dance Like Hollywood Jade

By happenstance, I ended up choosing The Federal Bar for dinner to meet the Canadian choreographer, Hollywood Jade.  As we entered, the locale was dimly lit with tables that seemed to feel like separate small islands.  No one seemed to notice us as we walked in.  In fact, it seemed that everyone was so deeply […]

The Master of Dance

Wrist, knuckle, knee, toe, neck, pop, hit!   To a dancer, this just might make perfect sense.  For Jamal Sims, choreographer to the stars, this could be easily the first 4-count.  I met Jamal on the Toni Braxton Secrets Tour in 1996.  It is hard to believe that it was so long ago.  Nevertheless, we have […]

What Happened to Baby Lindon?

It was no piece of cake for Keena Ferguson, the self-proclaimed multi-artist and creator of the film Lindon Passing, to deliver this baby; the story of a woman who makes the difficult decision to have an abortion.  At first poke, the movie might provoke a conversation about pro-choice.  But for Keena, Lindon Passing is a […]

NAACP 2016 Theatre Awards

Lights, cameras…and then more lights and more cameras, as I drove through Beverly Hills on my way to the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre awards in Los Angeles, CA.  The lights are those red, yellow, and green ones that on November 21, 2016, succeeded in stopping me every few hundred feet.  The cameras are the little, […]

5 Houston Events for African American to check out!

ART WALL 2016 OPENING Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the completion of the Art Wall 2016 in the Washington Avenue Arts District this Friday. View pieces from local artists like Anat Ronen, Ani Varadaraju, Daniel Anguilu, Edu, Eye Sore and Nicky Davis. Also, enjoy drinks and live painting at the […]

5 Charlotte Events for African Americans to check out

JAZZ AND A MOVIE Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Live jazz, a movie and food sounds like the perfect formula for a great night. The night starts with a little jazz before taking your seat to see The Magnificent 7, starring Denzel Washington. Food and drinks are also ordered at this time, and […]

8 Washington D.C. Events for African Americans to check out!

A NIGHT OF HISTORICAL CELEBRATION Friday September 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The City Club of Washington presents, “A Night of Historical Celebration.” Go celebrate with them as they honor those who have made their mark in African-American History.The City Club of Washington is a diverse, dynamic group built on heritage and principles. […]

5 Chicago Events for African Americans to check out!

  RED BULL SOUND SELECTS PRESENTS LIZZO, JOEY PURP & JAMILA WOOD Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Red Bull Sound Select is a monthly live music showcase featuring some of the hottest emerging artists. Throughout the year, the showcase will visit different career-launching venues highlighting an exciting lineup of local acts. […]
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