Creative duo working with WarnerMedia OneFifty on new animated series

Creative duo working with WarnerMedia OneFifty on new animated series

Crime does not stand a chance with the arrival of an outer space character named DARWEEN in a new series created by animator Jordan Hendrickson, produced by Daryl Sledge and starring Jeremy Sisto. This conceptual project is a prelude to an animated television pilot. Both men are award-winning creatives, whose work has collectively been presented […]

Bril Barrett brings tap dancing full circle for national recognition

Bril Barrett brings tap dancing full circle for national recognition

Tap dancing, as an art form is deeply rooted in Black culture. It originated in the United States in the early 19th century. Tap has several ancestors; most notably Irish step dancing and African dancing, both of which were brought over to the United States through immigration and slavery. Although there are a number of […]

Damon Dash’s fiancée Raquel Horn gets personal about infertility

Damon Dash's fiancée Raquel Horn gets personal about infertility

When high-powered music executive Damon Dash and his fiancée Raquel Horn decided to start a family, one of the major hurdles they had to conquer was infertility. Horn, a businesswoman in her own right, is the creative director of Poppington, a children’s clothing line. Horn’s road to motherhood was a challenging seven-year journey, but she […]

McDonald’s scholarship fund aids students’ HBCU dreams

McDonald’s scholarship fund aids students’ HBCU dreams

For the second consecutive year, 34 incoming and current students at historically Black colleges and universities will move a step closer to realizing their educational aspirations. McDonald’s USA, through its Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program and its partner the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will award the selected students scholarships up to $15,000 for the […]

LA designer sews the right mix into her business

LA designer sews the right mix into her business

Timeekah “Murph” Murphy is a celebrity designer who has dressed the likes of Beyoncé and Cardi B since making her mark on fashion. Her line, Alani Taylor, features unisex silhouettes that are known for an emphasis on layering and reworked proportions. She told us more during an exclusive interview. Who is your favorite client that […]

Jeremy McQueen’s ‘WILD: Act 1’ dares audiences to think about juvenile justice

Jeremy McQueen’s 'WILD: Act 1' dares audiences to think about juvenile justice

In 2016, choreographer Jeremy McQueen launched his ballet collective, The Black Iris Project, with the mission of uniting Black professional dancers from companies around the country to create new ballets that are engrained in the Black experience. His latest work, WILD: Act 1, takes its inspiration from a photograph by Richard Ross and Maurice Sendak’s […]

Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw’s new album ‘Stronger’ is a testament to resilience

Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw’s new album 'Stronger' is a testament to resilience

Jazz-soul trombonist Jeff Bradshaw is back in the studio and touring again after a six-year absence and recovering from a life-threatening illness that sidelined him much of last year. The North Philadelphia native’s return is emblematic of his inner strength and perseverance. His latest album, Stronger, was nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image Award. Released […]

Rha-Kera Barney-Sutton shares advice on health and Black hair

Rha-Kera Barney-Sutton shares advice on health and Black hair

Rha-Kera Barney-Sutton manages her family-owned business, New Life Health Foods, and maintains a hotline dedicated to Black hair care called The Hair Hotline. Barney-Sutton divides her time and keeps the balance between the two entities. New Life Health Foods has been a fixture in the North Lawndale community for 30 years. She also runs a […]

Just Call Me Chef knocks down barriers to Black women in the culinary industry

Just Call Me Chef knocks down barriers to Black women in the culinary industry

Chef Catina Smith knows first-hand about the challenges Black chefs face, particularly Black female chefs. Affectionately known as “Chef Cat,” Smith studied culinary arts at the Baltimore International College before joining the Air Force Reserve. She found that her success was limited and started “Just Call Me Chef” as a resource for other Black chefs […]

Quality is the goal for milliner James Keith

Quality is the goal for milliner James Keith

James Keith has been dubbed the “gentleman milliner.” Born and raised in North Carolina, hats have been a part of Keith’s life for as far back as he can remember. Once upon a time in the Black community, a gentleman never left home without a finely stylized hat, and on Sundays, women expressed their individuality […]

Duo brings a cappella twist to a Black classic in time for Grammy consideration

Duo brings a cappella twist to a Black classic in time for Grammy consideration

Chances are that if you attended a historically Black college or university, you are familiar with James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice,” the proclaimed Negro national anthem. You sang it, recited it, and committed it to memory. Written as a poem in 1900 it was set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson for […]

Chicago running store sets pace to provide Bronzeville with alternatives

Chicago running store sets pace to provide Bronzeville with alternatives

Opening a small local business has its pros and cons in the best of times. Opening a business during an unprecedented global pandemic and year of social unrest is risky — for some. However, entrepreneur and running enthusiast Ian Gonzalez believes he is up to the challenge. Gonzalez’s business, Last Lap Cornerstore, is tucked away […]

Nikki Lynette’s stage play ‘Get Out Alive’ shines light on taboo subject

Nikki Lynette's stage play 'Get Out Alive' shines light on taboo subject

Tagged as a musical about depression, Nikki Lynette’s stage play, Get Out Alive, is an Afrogothic celebration of life, loss and the lessons learned along the way. A performer, writer, and visual artist, Lynette uses this autobiographical work to recount her personal journey, which was marked by abuse, grief, sexual assault and suicide. The production, […]

Yemi Amu’s urban farming concept takes root in the Big Apple

Yemi Amu’s urban farming concept takes root in the Big Apple

Earth is the only home we have. If we don’t start now to turn around the environmental damage we have caused, we might not be around to save it and the plants and animals that we depend on. As a possible solution, many metropolitan cities are turning to urban farming and aquaponics. In Brooklyn, New […]

Chicago chef recognized by Obama Foundation for encouraging healthy eating

Chicago chef recognized by Obama Foundation for encouraging healthy eating

Chef Latrice McArthur has a lot to be proud of. Her program, Wellness with Bella, recently was honored for its work with helping school-age children make better decisions about what they eat. Bella Cuisine began in 2010 as an afterschool program to encourage children to make healthy, nutritional options a part of their lives. Serving […]

Chicago Eco House blooms with bright minds from the inner city

Chicago Eco House blooms with bright minds from the inner city

Not too long ago, Quilen Blackwell, founder of Chicago Eco House, was tutoring at a high school in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. He encountered the challenges of inner-city poverty and how it affects young people who live in that community. In 2014, the Madison, Wisconsin, native who now calls Englewood home, began organizing local residents and […]

Hip-hop artist Sheri Sher details cost Black women pay to reveal sexual assault

Hip-hop artist Sheri Sher details cost Black women pay to reveal sexual assault

Sheri Sher is best known as a founding member of the all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies that formed in the late 1970s. She is also one of several Black women associated with hip-hop music and entertainment who appear in the documentary “On The Record” and have accused music mogul Russell Simmons, one of the industry’s […]

A Second U trains former inmates to be successful through fitness

A Second U trains former inmates to be successful through fitness

Blacks and Hispanics are housed in U.S. prisons disproportionately to their racial counterparts. Once released, finding stable income, housing and acceptance back in society are just a few obstacles they face. Hector Guadalupe, the founder of A Second U Foundation, might have tapped into a solution to finding a job while providing former felons with […]

Singer Guordan Banks readies online concert for musicians impacted by COVID-19

Singer Guordan Banks readies online concert for musicians impacted by COVID-19

 R&B singer-songwriter Guordan Banks is planning something special as his way to give back to a community hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Banks will present an online live concert to benefit the Mirror Musicians Fund, which he established to provide grants for working musicians and industry members who suddenly have lost their only source of […]

Retired tailor picks up needle and thread again to aid her community

Retired tailor picks up needle and thread again to aid her community

It started simple enough. Through her church, Chicago Housing Authority resident and retiree Jeliner Jordan was asked to make masks for a nursing home. Jordan’s masks became so popular, word spread and Jordan’s second career was born. For many years, the Zelda Ormes Apartments resident worked for Robert Hall Clothes as a tailor in a previous […]