Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League present Empower, an original opera created by Chicago high school students through the groundbreaking EmpowerYouth! program.

PRESS ROOM: Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League collaborate for the second year of EmpowerYouth

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League are pleased to announce details on the second year of their innovative youth program EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts. This collaborative program provides Chicago youth an opportunity to learn about the performing arts while creating an original production. […read more]

Sweat at PURE Theatre

PURE Theatre to remount critically-acclaimed Sweat by Lynn Nottage at the Queen Street Playhouse this 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Festival

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Tuesday, May 28, PURE Theatre will open the remount of 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Sweat at the Queen Street Playhouse. Written by two-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, and directed by PURE Theatre Artistic Director, Sharon Graci, Sweat returns by popular request and demand following its Southeastern Regional Premiere at the Dock Street Theatre where it made record attendance for PURE in the 2018 MOJA Arts Festival. […read more]

Chae Stephen stars in "Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical." (Courtesy of

‘Pride & Joy’ Delivers the Motown Sound and Swag in Spectacular Form

WASHINGTON INFORMER — From the very first downbeat and accompanying dance routine, performed to the 1959 tune made famous by Chubby Checker when he added his special touch to the tune “The Twist” just a year later, it seemed evident that “Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical” had all the makings of an old-school, blue lights in the basement party, fueled by the phenomenal, new wave of rock and soul that would take the world by storm throughout the turbulent ’60s. […read more]

The Intruder,” starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid, hits theaters May 3.

AFRO Exclusive: Michael Ealy Previews ‘The Intruder’

THE AFRO — When Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie (Meagan Good) move from the city of San Francisco to the Napa Valley wine country, they are planning to begin their lives as newlyweds and start a family.  Yet when the young Black couple settles in, the original owner of the house, Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid), keeps popping up in the oddest and sometimes, scariest of ways, making for a new thriller that hits theaters May 3, “The Intruder.” […read more]

The Mosaic Theatre production of Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Sun, directed by Raymond Caldwell, written by Psalmayene 24 and starring James J. Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunter (right) runs at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St N.E. (Courtesy Photo)

Les Deux Noirs Premieres At Mosaic Theater

THE AFRO — For a dedicated group of audience goers the theater presents that communal experience, and unlike film, offers a unique performance each time the actors step out on stage. Theater offers whoever sits in the plush chairs an opportunity to engage in a larger conversation. And you don’t have to search for people to talk to about the subject, everyone is in the room with you. […read more]

Actor Ross Fleming (Photo courtesy of Ross Fleming)

Ross Fleming shares advice for budding actors

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Ross Fleming is an Atlanta native who has entered the entertainment world ready to take it by storm. He was drawn to the arts at a young age and is now pursuing acting and producing full time. Fleming began acting in stage plays in 2013 and has already appeared in more than 15 films, including a starring role in the movie Boy Bye, which was released on Netflix in 2017. We caught up with the actor when he stopped by Rolling Out studios to discuss his acting career and share some advice with aspiring young thespians. […read more]