Arts and Entertainment

Close friends confirm that Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’, as family gathers around Queen of Soul

August 16, 2018

Shock and concern have spread around the music world overnight following reports that soul singing great Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill.” Franklin, 76, is reportedly surrounded by her family and close friends in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy. A source who has known Franklin since the start of her career told… [Read More]

Nichelle Nichols, actress who portrayed the iconic Lieutenant Uhura in ‘Star Trek,’ diagnosed with dementia

August 16, 2018

Nichelle Nichols, the actress who brought Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek to life, has been diagnosed with dementia, according to conservatorship documents obtained by TMZ. She is 85 years old. TMZ says that Dr. Meena Makhijani, a specialist in osteopathic medicine, has been treating Nichols for the last two to three years. According to Makhijani,… [Read More]

Rachelle Ferrell, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Alexander Zonjic, David Benoit and Marc Antoine, Pieces of a Dream and Kim Waters headline ‘The 5th Annual Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival’

August 10, 2018

On the Shores of Lake Michigan at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, Michigan, August 23-26, 2018 The 5th Annual Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring headliners Rachelle Ferrell, Alexander Zonjic and Friends with special guest Maysa, Pieces of a Dream, David Benoit and Marc Antoine, Jonathan Butler and Kim Waters, along with four days of music… [Read More]

Franklin Armstrong: How two friends changed America’s most beloved comic strip and broke barriers at the same time

August 2, 2018

By William S. Gooden Special for the Milwaukee Times On July 31, 1968, a young, black man was reading the newspaper when he saw something that he had never seen before. With tears in his eyes, he started running and screaming throughout the house, calling for his mom. He would show his mom and she… [Read More]

Ten Chimneys Foundation presents 2018 Master Teacher, Stephen McKinley Henderson

July 26, 2018

On Friday, July 20, 2018, Ten Chimneys Foundation hosted a “Conversation with actor Stephen McKinley Henderson,” at their historic landmark estate in Waukesha, WI. Henderson is a star of stage, screen and television and was the 2018 Master Teacher for the nationally acclaimed Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship program at Ten Chimneys. Since its inception in 2009, the… [Read More]

American Players Theater presents ‘The Recruiting Officer’

July 26, 2018

The American Players Theater (APT) is proud to present a hearty comedy with a wicked streak, The Recruiting Officer, by George Farquhar. Directed by APT director William Brown, and featuring the talents of APT actors Kelsey Brennan, Nate Burger, Tim Gittings, Juan Rivera Lebron, Brian Mani, Cristina Panfilio, Jefferson A. Russsell, Andrea San Miguel, and… [Read More]

Michelle Williams ‘proudly’ seeks help from mental health facility to deal with her battle with depression

July 26, 2018

With the recent suicide deaths of beloved celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, there has been more widespread media coverage about the potentially tragic effects of mental illness and depression, resulting in many stars sharing their own personal battles with their fans. Singer Michelle Williams, one-third of Destiny’s Child, has always been vocal about her… [Read More]

Joe Jackson, manager of The Jackson 5, has died at age 89

June 28, 2018

Joseph “Joe” Jackson , the father and the manager of the Jackson family of entertainers, has died, TMZ reported Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The entertainment news website said Jackson had terminal pancreatic cancer, and a source told TMZ last week he was in end stages of his battle with it. Jackson, who managed The Jackson… [Read More]

Black Arts Fest MKE; Joins lineup of ethnic festivals at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

May 10, 2018

Summer in Milwaukee got more exciting with the announcement of Black Arts Fest MKE, a new cultural festival to be held at Henry Maier Festival Park The festival will celebrate and showcase African and African American culture from noon to midnight on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Derek Tyus, Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of… [Read More]

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble is ‘Flyin’ West’

May 10, 2018

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble will debut its inaugural production of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage on May 24- 27, 2018, at Wilson Theater in Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Set in 1898 in the historic, all black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West is the powerful story of four… [Read More]