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In February 2016, the Art Institute of Chicago curated the “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibition, a combination of three of Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom paintings for the first time in North American history. The bedroom series is based on Van Gogh’s “Yellow House” in Arles, France, 1888, and is arguably one of the most famous bedrooms in art…

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In Chicago’s not so distant past, one would travel outside of the city and be asked questions about Michael Jordan, Oprah, deep dish pizza, or Garrett’s popcorn. In more recent times, Chicago has become known more for a corrupt political system, police misconduct, and violence, all combining to earn the city a nickname of “Chiraq.” …

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The CIAA Basketball Tournament represents the third largest NCAA basketball tournament in the nation, reaching over 200K fans yearly, with an economic impact that exceeded $55 million in 2015. The mass of fans that participate, as well as the emphasis on education and HBCUs specifically, make it a treasure trove for brands looking to drive brand awareness…

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Bronner Brothers is known for its big hair battle featuring some of the top stylists from around the nation, but in recent years barbers have made waves at the mega hair convention. Andis, an industry leader in hair grooming accessories, got in on the action with the Total Look Competition featuring 35 of the top…

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The 2016 CIAA tournament weekend has officially wrapped and fans traveled from the Charlottle Convention Center to the Time Warner Arena to hang out with the McDonald’s crew, participate in dance contests, and win prizes. McDonald’s and the Black McDonald’s Operators Association has always demonstrated a strong commitment to both HBCUs and the Black community,…

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The 2016 CIAA Tournament weekend is officially underway and the energy in Charlotte, North Carolina, is building as thousands of visitors descend on the city for three days of basketball games, parties, fan activities and seminars. The Charlotte Convention Center is always a popular gathering ground to connect with brands, win prizes and meet celebrities. Rolling out checked…

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This writer’s first introduction to Gordon Parks was actually a verse in hip-hop artist Common’s song “Dooinit” on his classic 2000 Like Water For Chocolate album, where he raps, “I’m focused like Gordon Parks, when it’s sorta dark.” It wasn’t until a recent visit to the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago’s west loop that I came…

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Toyota celebrated the 2016 Chicago Auto Show Charity Preview with a swanky private after-party at The Peninsula Hotel on Feb. 12.  Influencers, media, and special guests showed up dressed to the nines for the semi-formal affair. For an added touch of class, food stations lined the perimeter of the ballroom with delicious servings of shrimp,…

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Sculptors Martin Puryear and Theaster Gates, generations apart in their respective crafts, came together before a sold-out audience at the Art Institute of Chicago to discuss their journey through the art world. Their conversational styles reflected their work — Puryear, a noted solitary artist was serious and straight to the point; while Gates, a social sculptor,…

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The Marcus Graham Project, created by co-founders Lincoln Stephens, Larry Yarrell, Jamil Buie and Kenji Summers, graduated another successful class of future marketing execs at its Lemonade Stand event on Friday, Jan 22. Named after the popular Eddie Murphy character in the movie Boomerang, the Marcus Graham Project has tasked itself with developing the next generation…

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A host of politicians, business executives, influencers and dignitaries descended upon the Hyatt Regency hotel for the 26th annual PUSH Excel Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The annual breakfast is an opportunity for PUSH Excel staff to share their annual program agenda, as well as award young scholars and change agents who they…

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The Chicago Sinfonietta hosted a stellar Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra On Monday, Jan. 18  Music director Mei-Ann Chen was brilliant as she conducted the Sinfonietta with her signature charismatic style. The show opened with the Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary choir joining the Sinfonietta to perform a Richard…

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The Chicago Sinfonietta, led by musical director Mei-Ann Chen, will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in its annual tribute concert. The annual tradition, started by late Sinfonietta musical director Paul Freeman, will explore the very timely themes of struggle, brotherhood, adversity, triumph and love. “I am very excited to bring two Chicago premieres…

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Pop art icon Andy Warhol has made his way to Chicago in the form a new permanent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago called The New Contemporary.  An entire room is dedicated to works of Warhol including Four Mona Lisas, Liz #3, and Little Race Riot among others.  Warhol, whose paintings have fetched as…

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