Kierra Sheard joins Black & Positively Golden Mentors

0 McDonald’s USA, through its Black & Positively Golden movement, has partnered with award–winning gospel singer, Kierra Sheard, to serve as a mentor in its content series. Fans can tune in to @wearegolden on IGTV to watch Kierra’s one-on-one mentoring session with 23-year-old Mississippi native and R&B/soul singer/ songwriter on the rise, JaDarius “JD” Flagg. As the third Golden Mentor, … Continue reading “Kierra Sheard joins Black & Positively Golden Mentors”

TheBlackMall.com hosts weekend black business crawls

2+ Black Business Month Project to Highlight Black-Owned Enterprises in Five Chicago Business Districts To mark the 26th anniversary of National Black Business Month in Illinois, an official recognition by the state of Illinois in honor of ancestor, Dr. Webb Evans, TheBlackMall.com (TBM) will host Black business crawls every Saturday in August covering 5 major areas.    “2020 … Continue reading “TheBlackMall.com hosts weekend black business crawls”

Empty Wrigley Field hosts livestreamed TEDx event

2+ On June 28th, an empty Wrigley Field hosted a livestreamed TEDx event titled “Humanity, a View from Inside the Pandemic.” The three-hour-plus program included a mix of live and prerecorded material.  The livestream was produced by Chicago’s very own Mimi Productions, and adhered to all social distancing and CDC guidelines. In keeping with the baseball … Continue reading “Empty Wrigley Field hosts livestreamed TEDx event”

Reel Black List: Troy Pryor, producer, actor, speaker

7+ Troy Pryor is the inaugural honoree for the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. Troy Osborne Pryor is an award-winning producer, actor, and speaker from Chicago. He is a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise TCX Fellow, and ADColor nominated Innovator of the … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Troy Pryor, producer, actor, speaker”

Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance

4+ Tiffany Walden, Niani Scott, and Whitney Spencer navigate the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of film review Three Chicago-based African American women storytellers with experience in documentary film, multimedia journalism and cultural research are attending the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 24 – Feb. 2 on a coveted Roger Ebert Fellowship, Rogerebert.com announced Tuesday. The workshop, … Continue reading “Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance”

“Black Screenplays Matter” accepting submissions

4+ The mission of the Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition is to bridge the gap between emerging black screenwriters and producers who want to make films that represent the black experience. By shining a light on the culture and historical perspective that has shaped — and continues to shape — the lives of the black … Continue reading ““Black Screenplays Matter” accepting submissions”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

1+ What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360

1+ No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because we reported … Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360”

Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18

3+ It hardly seems possible to imagine social justice advocacy without music and art. Creating at the intersection of artistic practice and social justice is an essential impulse for many artists. Whether overt or embedded in the very impulse to create (or both), the role of artists/creatives in advancing justice is fundamental to the history of … Continue reading “Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18”

Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience

4+ In Chicago, to spread a message of hope and unity, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce presents Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience throughout the neighborhood from September 28 – October 31. The project features local street artists, professional muralists, mosaic world masters, fine artists and others on storefronts, theatres, businesses and walls. The Chamber has partnered with art … Continue reading “Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience”

‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season

1+ Reel Chicago reports back after attending the FX Networks TCA Press Day where Fargo Creator and cast revealed details about the upcoming new season and how they were able to complete principal photography during COVID. Anticipation has been building for FX’s Fargo, which despite the recent COVID-19 challenges, just wrapped its principal photography in … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season”

Burrell taps ESPN’s Ryan Smith to moderate Town Hall

0 Award-Winning Burrell Communications Group Taps ESPN/ABC News Correspondent Ryan Smith to Moderate Virtual Town Hall Event, “Black Lives Have Always Mattered to Us” Burrell Communications Group has announced that it will host a virtual town hall, “Black Lives Have Always Mattered to Us,” on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. CT. Moderated by ESPN/ABC News correspondent Ryan Smith, … Continue reading “Burrell taps ESPN’s Ryan Smith to moderate Town Hall”

Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate

1+ President Trump stated that Chicago is next on the list for his “law and order” campaign. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says “there has been a lot of saber-rattling from this administration.” Local Chicago Government officials, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, were initially outspoken against the insertion of federal agents into cities with the intention to quell … Continue reading “Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate”

Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health

4+ Up and coming Chicago-based filmmaker, Chantel Chavon, makes her directorial debut by tackling the connection between racism and mental illness head on in the short film, When the Leaves Fall. Based on an original screenplay by Chavon, the psychological drama tells the story of a mentally-ill homeless woman living inside of a bus shelter, … Continue reading “Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health”

Leo Burnett copywriter, Trans Lifeline co-lead, Len Sheth

2+ Leo Burnett junior copywriter Len Sheth opens up about their highly successful work with Trans Lifeline, brands authentically extending their reach, and even a competitive tap-dancing past. Two years ago, Len Sheth began their journey as a Burnetter—and since then, the junior copywriter has created exceptional work for a diversified client portfolio including American … Continue reading “Leo Burnett copywriter, Trans Lifeline co-lead, Len Sheth”

Kanye West joins Chicago demonstrations for Floyd

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”

Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity

3+ We at Kartemquin Films stand in solidarity with Black communities against the unchecked brutality, state-sanctioned violence, and pernicious racist ideology alive deep in the soul of this nation. We grieve for the loss of Black lives taken — for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd and … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

1+ With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”

‘Stand!’ makes US Premiere at Chicago Jewish Film Fest

5+ Canadian playwright Danny Schur’s musical, Strike!, was doing just fine until film director Robert Adetuyi got his hands on it. An up-tempo depiction of a love story that takes place during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, the award-winning performance had established itself as a Canadian favorite after premiering in 2005. Now, Strike! has been … Continue reading “‘Stand!’ makes US Premiere at Chicago Jewish Film Fest”