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‘Black Nativity’ by Langston Hughes returns to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall for 2018

December 6, 2018

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes will run December 7-16, 2018 with a special Community Night preview performance on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall. Directed by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble’s co-founder Malkia Stampley, the production features returning music director/arranger, Antoine Reynolds and choreography by Daync Studio’s founder Christopher Gilbert…. [Read More]

Mother of Oprah Winfrey passes away on Thanksgiving, family confirms

November 29, 2018

Friends, family and local relatives are mourning the passing of Vernita Lee — the mother of Oprah Winfrey. She was 83 years old. Oprah’s niece told TODAY’S TMJ4’s Carole Meekins that Lee passed away on Thanksgiving. Lee was known for her kindness, warmth and faith. She will be deeply missed by loved ones. A Winfrey… [Read More]

First African American president of ABC resigns

November 29, 2018

Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a major television network, has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment amid changes by owner Disney. In a statement, Dungey said she was “incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed. This job… [Read More]

Ko-Thi Dance Company celebrates 50 years

November 8, 2018

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the legendary Ko-Thi Dance Company celebrated 50 years of bringing African dance and music to the world with a performance of “Ujima” at UWM’s Zelazo Center – Bader Auditorium, 2419 East Kenwood Blvd. “Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility,” is a full-length performance of a West African village during the preparation… [Read More]

Ernie G celebrates 41 years in radio with concert

October 11, 2018

The 860 WNOV DJ will celebrate four decades on air with three great local acts, The Tempters, The Reconstruction Band, and the Jazzy Jewels For the last 41 years, Ernie Mitchell, also known simply as “Ernie G,” has been an institution unto himself on Milwaukee airwaves. And on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Milwaukee will honor… [Read More]

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center presents SOWETO Gospel Choir

September 20, 2018

Songs of the Free: Celebrating the Centennial Of Nelson Mandela’s birth South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is excited to present the inspiring SOWETO Gospel Choir on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Hailing from the town of Soweto (South West Township), the birthplace of the South African democratic movement struggle for freedom, SOWETO Gospel… [Read More]

Viola Davis says she regrets acting in “The Help”

September 20, 2018

Viola Davis might have gotten an Oscar nomination for 2012’s The Help, but she says she regrets her role in the film. During a new interview with the New York Times, she admitted that she believes the film did not do justice to the stories of its black characters. “Have I ever done roles that… [Read More]

Kareem Abdul-Jabar returns to Milwaukee with one-man show, ‘Becoming Kareem’

September 13, 2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018, Iconomy Multi-Media and best selling author and sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabar (back row, left) brought his hit one-man show “Becoming Kareem” to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Uihlein Hall in downtown Milwaukee. This was a homecoming for Kareem, as he had started his professional basketball career with the… [Read More]

Paying final R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the ‘Queen of Soul’

August 23, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter who first conquered the charts in the late ’60s and never relinquished her throne, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist confirmed to PEOPLE Magazine. She was 76. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we… [Read More]

Wisconsin Sportscaster, Bill Michaels Will Host The Legendary NBA Champ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Live On-Stage Show – Becoming Kareem

August 23, 2018

As You’ve Never Seen Him Before Reflective ● Candid ● Funny ● Human Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to announce that Wisconsin Sportscaster, Bill Michaels, will be the  host of BECOMING KAREEM, a live on-stage performance with legendary NBA champion, NY best-selling author, and recipient of… [Read More]