Booker T.’s Theater Teacher Exits Stage Left

On a stormy day in late March, Louise Smith waits beside the main office of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. To call this school that name, though, feels like an act of faith, since it requires that one believe in the unchanged soul of an institution whose body and locale have changed radically....

‘FBI: Most Wanted’ Showrunner Introduces Edwin Hodge’s Character Ray Cannon – First Look

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ FBI: Most Wanted is shaking things up in Season 4 with the addition of Edwin Hodge, who recently joined the cast as Ray Cannon. The show returns with new episodes on September 20 at 10 p.m. And while fans will have to wait until the season’s second episode titled “Taxman” (airing September 27) to meet the rookie agent,...

Creating the Mural ‘Homage to Bronzeville: A Legacy in Paint’

Not long ago, I attended the outdoor Bronzeville Art Festival on North Avenue and ML King Drive. At the corner, I encountered Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Professor Brad Anthony Bernard and his four student interns. They were focused on painting a spectacular 8 ft by 24 ft mural, Homage to Bronzeville, A Legacy in Paint. The colorful...

An overdue ode to the influence of Black cinema opens in Los Angeles

The numerous Black filmmakers, actors and other professionals who silently shaped the early decades of Hollywood are honoured in the overdue exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The exhibition’s scope is as broad as its timeframe, featuring clips, archival footage, film equipment, posters, costumes and props across the Renzo Piano-designed...