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‘Beehive’ chronicles changing times through music

November 24, 2022

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times If you were alive and conscious during the decade of the 1960s, you may remember it as a time of relative innocence that built up to radically changing mores. For women, it was a time of coming out front, finding a social and political voice, and… [Read More]

Lena Horne Theatre dedication celebrates the relationship between the late performer and the Nederlander Organization

November 17, 2022

The Lena Horne Theatre is the latest Broadway house to be renamed for a black artist. On November 1, 2022, the venue, owned by the Nederlander Organization and the current home of “Six,” revealed its new marquee in a dedication ceremony and block party outside the theater on 47th Street. Led by Broadway royalty (LaChanze,… [Read More]

‘Black Nativity by Langston Hughes’ returns to kick off holiday season in Milwaukee

November 17, 2022

Black Arts MKE’s beloved holiday musical returns for its seventh year with its biggest and best production to date. Black Nativity by Langston Hughes runs one weekend only – December 8-11, 2022, at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, Marcus Center. Set in Milwaukee rather than Bethlehem, this joyous and hopeful re-telling of Hughes’ original… [Read More]

‘Unforgettable’ recalls life, career of music icon Nat ‘King’ Cole

September 22, 2022

‘ By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Between 1940 and the mid-1960’s. there were few recording artists – black or white – who enjoyed a worldwide fan base. There were even fewer who were recognizable simply by the sound of their voice or were on a first-name-only basis with the public. Nat… [Read More]

‘The Woman King’ slays with overperforming $19-million debut and A+ CinemaScore

September 22, 2022

Though the box office slump continues, it looks like the worst is over. The weekend’s $48.5-million overall box office is the fourth worst of the year, but it’s around a 13 percent increase from last weekend’s $42.3-million, which was the year’s second worst weekend and may turn out to be the season’s weakest. This weekend… [Read More]

Black women in TV won big at the 2022 Emmys

September 15, 2022

The Emmys returned to Los Angeles for another year on September 12, 2022, celebrating the best of television over the last year. Some of the biggest names in showbiz were in attendance, from Zendaya to Laverne Cox, RuPaul and Michelle Visage, Lizzo, Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge and many more. The stars took to the yellow… [Read More]

Mary Alice, ‘A Different World’ and ‘Sparkle’ actress, dead at 85: ‘A Shoulder We All Stood On’

August 11, 2022

Mary Alice, the actress best known for her roles in A Different World and Sparkle, has died. She was 85. Alice died on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at her home in Manhattan, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed. A cause of death was not provided. The actress’s death was also confirmed by “one of her… [Read More]

Nichelle Nichols, trailblazing ‘Star Trek’ actress, dies at 89

August 4, 2022

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has died at age 89, according to a statement from her son, Kyle Johnson. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies… [Read More]

The Esquires II perform at Summer Sounds

July 21, 2022

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, the Uihlein Soccer Park Summer Sounds featured Esquires II, the children of the famous Milwaukee group “Esquires”. The Esquires II performed songs from the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, the Stylistics, the Rolling Stones, and others. The group ended with their family’s #1 Hit Song “Get On Up”. On August 25, 2022,… [Read More]

Blues Alright presents the ‘9th Annual Milwaukee Blues Festival’

April 14, 2022

On Friday April 9, 2022, Blues Alright presented the “9th Annual Milwaukee Blues Festival” at the Miller High Life Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., featuring various blues acts from Mississippi and Memphis, including Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, Willie Clayton, Sir Charles, and Bobby Rush. They played to a sold-out crowd and Willie Clayton did a… [Read More]