1+ With two and a half weeks left until the election, Chicago native, Kanye West released a new ad curving the vote, asking Americans to write him in as their choice for President 2020. The 43-year-old rapper and fashion mogul, who announced his presidential campaign in July, tweeted an ad to his more than 30 … Continue reading “Kanye West pushes Presidency run with Yeezus merch”
2+ Bold Partnership will Bring YEEZY apparel to the people with the new YEEZY Gap Line. The Kanye West and Gap relationship comes full circle as the visionary creative and cultural icon returns to disrupt fashion retail. Kanye West, a multi-industry creative entrepreneur, is poised to disrupt retail by bringing his YEEZY brand to millions of customers … Continue reading “Kanye West & Gap will bring YEEZY apparel to the people”
3+ Controversial rapper and Chicago native, Kanye West has joined the public outcry for police reform and justice for George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police brutality. The performer appeared in Chicago Thursday night at a “Justice for George Floyd/CPD out of CPS” rally on the city’s South Side. Alycia Kamil, 19, and Jalen Kobayashi, … Continue reading “Kanye West joins Chicago demonstrations for Floyd”
3+ Yeezy is coming back to his South Shore neighborhood. Or at least he has his old house. Kanye West, also known as the Louis Vuitton Don, has recently purchased his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood for $225,000. West’s mother, Donda West, purchased the 1,600 square foot home located at 7815 S. South … Continue reading “Kanye West buys childhood South Shore home”
4+ “Since making our way to Chicago in 2014, we have really enjoyed being a part of the creative community.” —Tara Holmes NYC-based creative studio Nice Shoes has expanded its Midwest presence by opening a stand-alone space in Chicago’s vibrant River North district. The studio will be led by Senior Colorist Ron Sudul and Color … Continue reading “NY-based Nice Shoes expands into Chicago”
4+ Vince Lawrence cuts a deal with his longtime friend, the legendary trackmaster Slang Music Group, the company founded by Chicago House Pioneer Vince Lawrence, has signed four-time Grammy-winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer for commercial representation. The move elevates the studio to a level of expertise, talent, and wisdom that is matched by few, if any, … Continue reading “Slang signs Grammy-winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer”
5+ This year’s juried competition of agency bands will rock the Cubby Bear on May 17 The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands, the Battle For Hope, returns to the Cubby Bear on May 17. A juried music competition with rock, rap, disco, and soul overtones, the Battle for Hope raises money for Off … Continue reading “The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands”
7+ Multi-faceted film pro who has collaborated with Russel Simmons and Spike Lee “would love to talk and build with Steve McQueen.” Kwame Amoaku’s vast experience as a writer / director / camera operator brings a unique vision to the cinematic experience. Combine that with years as a production manager / locations and assistant director … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai”
2+ Legendary composer Vince Lawrence and his “comrades around the world” tap a motherlode of music for advertising and film Slang Music Group packed thousands of leasable songs into a digital layout that operates like a record store to create the Slang Music Vault, a moderately priced collection of customized tracks officially launching this … Continue reading “Slang Music Group launches a Vault of licensable tunes”
2+ Virtual reality storytelling pioneer and internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez joins Cutters Studios New York location (New York — 20 July 2018) – Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the addition of internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez to its New York staff, effective immediately. The announcement was made by New York Executive Producer Elizabeth … Continue reading “Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez”
3+ “The World is Yours” — the 12th annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum Presented by ComEd — announces music, film and keynote speaker lineup (Chicago — 17 July 2018) Global Mixx Media Group announces that Emmy award-winning television and film producer Rushion McDonald and Grammy-nominated producer and international DJ The Twilite Tone will … Continue reading “Global Mixx Forum announces 2018 lineup”
5+ Today, the sixth annual Battle for Hope announced the lineup of advertising bands that will compete in this year’s concert fundraiser for Off The Street Club at the Cubby Bear on May 18. The five-act bill includes a pair of top finishers from last year’s competition, a pair of veterans returning for another go, … Continue reading “Battle for Hope announces 2018 lineup”
Fierce vocals, tight chops and explosive energy helped the AbelsonTaylor band Hard To Swallow win the 5th annual Battle for Hope competition at the Cubby Bear on Thursday night.
The Battle for Hope is a live music competition between bands formed exclusively within the ranks of individual advertising agencies. Proceeds are donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club, an organization dedicated to helping youths in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
In an effort to get deserving inner-city youth off the streets and into the music studio, veteran composer Jeff Boyle’s Catfish Music is working to find music companies that will take these young adults under their wing as interns.
An estimated 1,000 guests showed up at the Cubby Bear Thursday night to cheer the six “Battle of the Advertising Bands” that raised $50,000 (and still counting) to send kids from Off The Street Club (OTSC) to summer camp.
SPIKE LEE has set up shop at Cinespace Studios to start prepping for his anti-violence comedy called “Chiraq,” to be budgeted at $15 million. It will start filming June 1 for six weeks mainly in Englewood and other South Side locations, for new Amazon Studios.
Aaliyah Williams, the head of Russell Simmons’ new YouTube network, All Def Digital, is one of 15 all-stars speaking at the 8th annual Global Mixx Music and Film Forum Aug. 16-17, at Cinespace and the Zhou B. Art Center.
CRAMER-KRASSELT CHAIRMAN /CEO Peter Krivkovich candid internal memo Wednesday telling the staff why the agency fired two-year old client Panera Bread. He said whatever they did, how hard they worked, the results they gained, the client found fault with, not to mention politics getting in the way.
Chicago’s pilot season starts off with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business scheduled to shoot here. Fox Television has greenlighted “Empire,” a drama from “The Butler’s” team of executive producer/director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong.
“Empire” will headquarter at Cinespace and shoot for 12-13 days in mid-to-late March.