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Aaliyah honored with MAC Cosmetic Line

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

MAC fans probably remember where they were last September when the news broke that, thanks to a change.org petition, the brand would be releasing a collection inspired by music icon Selena Quintanilla.  Basking in the success of getting the brand to respond, fans then asked for the next dream collab: an Aaliyah x MAC collection in honor of the legendary late singer.

One year later, the Internet's power for turning fantasy into reality knows no bounds: That Aaliyah collection is actually happening. Today, MAC told fans to stay tuned in 2018 for #AaliyahforMAC, which launches next summer. Those are literally the only details available, other than the tagline that, "Aaliyah is truly one in a million—an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all. Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the M·A·C Aaliyah collection. You made it happen!"

There's no putting a number on the amount of people who have been influenced by her music, but heading over to change.orggives a little clarity: 26,187 supporters (and counting) have signed the petition.  According to the petition creator—one Jennifer Risinger, hero—both Missy Elliott and Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah's brother, have condoned the ask. Haughton says Aaliyah was a big fan of MAC, and her go-to products were Cherish lipstick, Chestnut lipliner, and Espresso eye shadow, alongside the since-discontinued Chelsea lipstick and Biscuit eye shadow (side note, props that Haughton held on to that knowledge).

Risinger writes that fans are hoping for eye shadows, lipsticks, lip liners, lip glosses, contour and highlight powder, face powder, false lashes, and eyebrow pencils that represent and are inspired by Aaliyah. In the petition, she wrote: "Aaliyah stands for MAC's mission of 'All ages, All races, All sexes.' She was a risk taker, innovator, edgy, street but sweet, and R & B's princess. She continues to influence today's mainstream artists, and people around the world still love and celebrate her life and music every year."

Fans went full-picture on what their fantasy Aaliyah collection would look like, asking for the packaging to draw on the iconic blue-toned print on the cover of her album, "One in a Million". The album's twentieth anniversary is this year, and given the enthusiastic response MAC's Selena collection received, it's a safe bet to guess that the reception is going to be insane. So long as there's a shade called "Rock the Boat." We demand it.

Chicago Intl Film Festival Honors Sir Patrick Stewart

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will present film and theater legend Sir Patrick Stewart with the Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award.  The award will be presented on October 25, 2017 at a special event during the Festival to be held at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago.

The Tribute to Patrick Stewart will be a one-of-a-kind salute to a towering figure of stage and screen and will feature an on-stage discussion with the actor showcasing highlights and clips from his decades-spanning career.

Earlier this year, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor earned some of the best reviews of his career as Professor Charles Xavier in Logan, reprising a role he originated in the first installment of the X-Men franchise and has played off and on for 17 years.  

Although perhaps best known for his turn as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation films and television series, Stewart has amassed a rich and wildly varied résumé that includes riotous comedy (Robin Hood: Men in Tights, L.A. Story), heartfelt drama (Match), dark cult cinema (Green Room), and elevated English productions (I, Claudius).

He is also a three-time Olivier Award winner and an Honorary Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2001, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth conferred on Stewart the order of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.), and in 2010, he received a knighthood for his services to Drama.

First awarded to King Vidor at the first Chicago International Film Festival, the Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award is given to an individual in cinema that has made a significant impact with their filmography and performances.

Over the years, it has been awarded to numerous directors and screen legends, including director Robert Zemeckis, director Sydney Pollack, actor Robin Williams, actor Susan Sarandon, and, most recently, to actors Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda, among others.

A Tribute to Patrick Stewart will be held on Wed. October 25, 6:30 p.m. at the AMC River East 21. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chicagofilmfestival.com.


Posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The 24th Annual UniverSoul Circus is headed to Chicago’s Washington Park, October 4 thru October 29! Kids of all ages will be flocking to this highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel.

The UniverSoul Circus embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers and is rated as one of the top two circuses along with Cirque du Soleil.

Leading the charge this year is Ringmaster Lucky Malatsi of South Africa and the amazing and beloved pint-sized Ringmaster’s Sidekick extraordinaire, Zeke! Also returning to The UniverSoul Circus, by popular demand – viral internet sensations – The Fresh Clownsss, from Detroit, The Bone Breaking Contortionists from Guinea and The Xtreme Bikes with crazy Freestyle Motocross stunts that will blow your mind! 

In addition, Your family and friends will witness an amazing array of international human and animal talent including Roller Skaters (Home country: Ethiopia), Elephants (USA), Teeter Board & Hand Vaulting (Gabon, Guinea, Ethiopia), Mixed Animal Act (Mexico) featuring Zebras and Camels, Aerial Silks (China), Horses (Gabon, Guinea, Russia), and perennial favorites Caribbean Dancers (Trinidad and Tobago!

Join The UltimateTv at The 24th Annual UniverSoul Circus beginning Wednesday, Oct 4th thru Sunday, Oct. 29th in Washington Park, 555 E. 51st St.  Visit www.universoulcircus.com for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.


Posted on August 9, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Van Jones and Roc Nation is bringing the nationwide WE RISE TOUR to a city near you!  WE RISE will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this summer.

VAN JONES, a Yale-educated attorney is CNN commentator and host of "The Messy Truth, with Van Jones", two-time New York Times Best Selling Author and founder and president of the Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that works to solve America's toughest problems. Van will headline the tour promoted by Live Nation. 100% of net ticket proceeds will go to the Dream Corps initiatives and local charities. 

WE RISE focuses on our commonalities as opposed to our differences -- exploring how to increase dialogue and engagement on both the local and national levels. Attendees have the opportunity to connect, ask questions and participate in various activations during the program.

WE RISE TOUR National Tour Scheduled Stops:

Wednesday, July 26

Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

Friday, July 28

San Francisco, CA - The Masonic

Monday, July 31

Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre

Wednesday, August 2

Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

Thursday, August 3

Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia

Saturday, August 5

New York, NY - Apollo Theater

Sunday, August 6

Cleveland, OH - State Theatre at Playhouse Square

Tuesday, August 8

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre

Friday, August 11

Washington, DC - The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Sunday, August 13

Miami, FL

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Tuesday, August 15

Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

Thursday, August 17

New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre

Friday, August 18

Dallas, TX - House Of Blues

Saturday, August 19

Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Theater at The Palms Resort & Casino

During the WE RISE tour, Van Jones and #LoveArmy will engage in each city, visiting local community centers, schools and organizations to spend time with our partners in social change on the ground. The most important work is happening on the front lines and Van is focused on enacting change in neighborhoods hardest hit, economically. WE RISE together!

For more information on Van Jones' appearances and initiatives, please visit: www.thedreamcorps.org and http://www.vanjones.net

Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

From August 5 through 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, a vibrant month-long celebration of independent films that tell the stories and explore the images, heritage, and history of the worldwide black experience. Join us for in-depth post-film encounters with filmmakers, as more directors, writers, production personnel, and cast members than ever appear for audience discussion.

The festival opens on Saturday, August 5, with the enticing shorts program "A Black Harvest Feast." Felicia Middlebrooks of WBBM/CBS and Christian Farr of NBC 5 Chicago host a show that includes presentation of the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership to Donnie Smith and Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Immediately after the show, the audience is invited to a reception across the street at the Joffrey Ballet studios.

Our closing night on Thursday, August 31, is a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of love jones starring Larenz Tate and Nia Long, a Chicago-made romantic comedy-drama. Our screening of an archival 35mm print from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences includes a personal appearance by director Theodore Witcher, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

For more information on Black Harvest Film Festival go to http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest