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Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played icon Jackie Robinson and T’Challa/Black Panther, passes at 43

September 3, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday, August 28, 2020, after a four-year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown… [Read More]

Batwoman: The CW casts Javicia Leslie as new series lead for season 2

July 16, 2020

The CW has found its new Batwoman. Actress Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me) will take over the lead role in Batwoman Season 2. As previously reported, The CW isn’t recasting the Kate Kane role following Ruby Rose’s abrupt departure from Batwoman. Instead, Leslie has been cast as a new character named Ryan Wilder. Here’s The… [Read More]

R&B lost three legends this weekend in Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright

May 14, 2020

It was a tough weekend for rhythm and blues with the deaths of three musical icons. Singers Betty Wright and Little Richard along with music executive Andre Harrell died this weekend. All had major impacts on R&B and the music industry as a whole. If one wasn’t moving the genre forward, another was introducing the… [Read More]

Audition notice for Love & Southern D!Scomfort

February 13, 2020

Black Arts MKE in association with Patton Daye Slater Productions presents LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT by Monica L. Patton and Bobby Daye. We’re seeking strong local actors, dancers and singers – especially seeking mature character actors for the featured roles. Performers must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT will… [Read More]

Disney’s The Lion King opens

February 13, 2020

Performances began on February 5, 2020 and play for four weeks at the Marcus Performing Arts Center through March 1, 2020 Disney’s The Lion King will leap onto the Marcus Performing Arts Center stage Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for a four-week engagement through March 1, 2020. The Lion King is part of the Johnson Financial… [Read More]

Howard University receives Walters gift of art and endowed chair announcement

February 6, 2020

Internationally renowned scholar and activist Ronald W. Walters, Ph.D., was recognized as a leading political strategist and expert on issues affecting the African diaspora. A dedicated leader, Walters served as a professor in Howard University’s Department of Political Science for 25 years and was department chair for nearly a decade. In honor of Walters’ legacy,… [Read More]

Greek tragedy meets gospel music at Skylight Music Theatre

January 16, 2020

The Gospel at Colonus, an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus with an electrifying gospel and blues score, runs January 17-26, 2020 at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Featuring soaring voices and thrilling Mississippi Delta blues and gospel music, the musical is a timeless story of compassion and forgiveness set in… [Read More]

Gallery Night and Day to feature two local artists

January 9, 2020

Gallery Night and Day at the King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is located at 2767 North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. This art exhibit is called, “Points… [Read More]

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes celebrates 5th Year at Marcus Center

December 13, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Black Arts MKE presented a community night preview performance of “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall. This holiday season marks the 5th year that the play has preformed in Milwaukee and has become an annual holiday tradition for families here in the… [Read More]

Black Lens MKE hosts kick-off party

October 10, 2019

On Friday, October 4, 2019, Black Lens MKE hosted the world renowned kick-off party for the 2019 Black Lens Film Fest, part of the MKE Film Festival, at The Cooperage, 822 S. Water St. In 2014, Black Lens was created with a singular focus: to spotlight the incredible work of African American filmmakers by bringing… [Read More]