Arts and Entertainment

“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” by Pamela Newkirk

July 16, 2015

c.2015, Amistad $25.99 / $31.99 Canada 299 pages The animals look a little restless. Maybe they’re hungry, bored, or tired of being watched. They seem angry. Observing these creatures caged, it’s easy to believe that wild animals shouldn’t be penned like this – and in the new book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga”… [Read More]

Meet the first African American woman to be named principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland

July 10, 2015

Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States — making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still not a principal dancer. Until… [Read More]

Wonder ‘magic’ part of ‘Motown: The Musical’

July 2, 2015

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Berry Gordy (far left), Mary Wilson (left), Elijah Ahmad Lewis (as Stevie Wonder, center) and Stevie Wonder (right) at Motown: The Musical On Tour Opening night in Detroit, Michigan.   To say the word “Motown” conjures up many images – among them, high-energy performances; dazzling costumes;… [Read More]

Summerfest 2015 has rhythm, blues, soul and even a rap!

July 1, 2015

The 2015 season of Summerfest kicked off on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The opening Saturday featured big and small acts from all genres of music, including big blues acts like Buddy Guy who performed on Saturday, June 27 on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage as well as opened for the Rolling Stones on Tuesday, June 23;… [Read More]

Wynton Marsalis brings Big Band holiday sounds to Marcus Center

December 5, 2014

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts was the venue for the Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring Wynton Marsalis and Cecil McLorin Salvant, along with the Black Arts Think Tank fundraising kick-off and Artist Meet and Greet on Monday, December 1, 2014 reception in the Bradley Pavilion. The event’s purpose was to… [Read More]

Milwaukee celebrates Juneteenth Day: Stop the violence is theme of event

August 18, 2014

One of the marching units in the Juneteenth Parade on June 19, 2014 displayed huge pink signs saying “Stop the Violence,” after a series of gun violence resulting sometimes in deaths and an innocent child being critically wounded on the playground at Clarke Street School and another inside a grocery on W. Hopkins Street. In recent weeks there has been… [Read More]

Beyonce Knowles tops Forbes 15th Annual Celebrity 100

August 18, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles (No. 1) topped Forbes’ 15th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s most powerful celebrities for the first time since she debuted on the list in 2004. LeBron James (No. 2), the NBA’s top player, who just opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat to explore other options, moved up to… [Read More]

“All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom” by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

August 15, 2014

Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, everything will be changed. Oh, sure, you’ll still be in the same bed with the same sheets and jammies. Your room will be the same room you went to sleep in. Your mom will still be your mom and your dad will still be your dad – but it’ll… [Read More]

Poet, activist and author, Maya Angelou passes at age 86

August 15, 2014

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for… [Read More]

2014 Black & White Ball brings in $307,000 in proceeds to support Milwaukee Urban League programs

August 13, 2014

The 2014 Black and White Ball, held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee proved to be another successful fundraiser for the Milwaukee Urban League. This year, the event raised more than $307,000 and included a special appeal to provide laptop computers for high achieving high school students. Money raised… [Read More]