In praise of The Lost Daughter, Call Me, The Strong Black Woman and "Chess Moves," superior works from women this Women's History Month...
David Boykin’s “What the Afrofuture Say” at Black Harvest Film Fest
An outstanding and necessary achievement for a musician of David's talent as well as his commitment to Chicago, culminating now in his film's inclusion in the "Made in Chicago" Shorts Program of the fame Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center.
Nemiss, “Searching for Love,” Summer Sounds…
After performing at countless New York City rite-of-passage venues and now with the band Cross Culture, she continues her fusion of soul, R & B and classic hip-hop with a new single: "Searching for Love." Yes- people still put on the music in backyards, pools, basements and garages to just dance. No occasion is necessary. But given we've arrived to Labor Day much faster than I realized one summer could pass, this weekend is a perfect one for "Searching for Love." Enjoy our conversation about this latest Nemiss song.
No Excuses: 20 Black Male Soul Singers to Stream Besides R. Kelly
The ultimate power of evil is diversion, devouring, annihilation and blacking out of what is good. This is all our faults, not Kelly's. How many more men are out here for us to listen to, most of them much better vocalists than Kelly, and more romantic lyricists as well?
Lauryn Can Rest On Her Laurels.
Ms. Hill complicated the Negress image in all the right directions and ways, and she made it clear the auras of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were more stubborn than stereotypes, and she made it known paying audiences were waiting for more like them.
An Interview with Maya Jensen, Filmmaker behind ‘Solidarity in Saya: An Afro-Bolivian Music Movement’
Bolivians of African descent introduced Jensen to Saya music, an old artform which was a universal language in the Spanish-speaking land of their political and labor oppressors. Jensen’s film documents Saya music of today.
Dr. Terri Francis talks of Josephine Baker & the burlesque
Dr. Terri Francis will be in Chicago this Friday night April 1 at 7PM for a screening and conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson at Black Cinema House! For those unable to make it, please enjoy and share this Women's History Month Q & A with her on Josephine Baker, Black women in film, and "the burlesque."