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2nd Annual ASN Comedy Showcase Fundraiser on August 19th

Posted by Admin On August - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Seats Are Limited. Make Sure to Buy Your Tickets Now!
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Come join the Alternative School Network for an evening of laughter at our 2nd Annual Comedy Show Fundraiser. We have a night full of Chicago’s best comedians, cash bar, and a silent auction. Comedians include WildcatLeon Rogers, Jeremiah Frazier and others! Grab your friends and join us for a night out that supports Opportunity Youth in Chicago.
Make sure you are there on time to enjoy the silent auction, running from 7:30 to 8:30 PM! Prizes include Chicago Cubs World Series memorabilia, Chicago White Sox tickets, Medieval Times tickets and so much more!
Seats are limited so make sure to purchase your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Must be 21 and over to attend
  • Cash Bar
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Street parking
For more information, please call Alternative Schools Network at (773) 728-4030 or send an email to info@asnchicago.org.

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Nicholas David Steps in for Devon Allman at 21st Blues on the Fox Festival, Saturday, June 17 at Aurora’s Riveredge Park

Posted by Admin On June - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Nicholas David will play the 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.
AURORA, IL RiverEdge Park announced today a change to its line-up for next weekend’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival.

Devon Allman, slated to perform at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 17, is stepping away from all touring through the fall in the wake of the passing last week of his father Gregg Allman.

Stepping in for Allman at Blues on the Fox is the soulful, bluesy singer/songwriter Nicholas David, best known for his unforgettable 2012 run on NBC’s The Voice.

David, who plays to sold out shows around the country, will open the day two of the festival, Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.Chicago’s own Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin moves to 5 p.m. Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop takes the stage at 7 p.m. The legendary Jonny Lang closes the festival Saturday night at 9 p.m.shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.

The all-ladies schedule on Friday night, June 16, kicks off as planned with three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland at
7 p.m., followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.

RiverEdge Park, located at 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is the idyllic venue for Blues on the Fox, serving up two days of sizzlin’ blues music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Gates open Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.The 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival premier sponsor is Old Second Bank. The festival is also sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, Fox Valley Park District, R.C. Wegman Construction Company, EarthMover Credit Union, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Holiday Inn Aurora-North-Naperville, Paramount Fence and Kane County Chronicle. The official radio station is 93.1 WXRT-FM. Season sponsors for RiverEdge Park are the Dunham Fund, the City of Aurora and Superior Beverage. 

More about Nicholas David

The official video for
The official video for “Look at Me” by Nicholas David

Nicholas David is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, MN. For more than a decade, David has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level. Prior to his memorable 2012 run with Team CeeLo on NBC’s The Voice, Davis had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects. Fans of The Voice were introduced to his soulful and storied career during this time when he struck a chord with America and finished a fan favorite in the top three.


David’s music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics and liquid piano playing set him apart and are the reasons Skope Magazine called him “an authentic artist of this millennium,” while the Chicago Tribune hailed his “mix of the growl of Dr. John with the silk of Marvin Gaye.” When it comes to his iconic live shows, David is a one-of-a-kind and must-see act. Fans have gone as far to speak of his performances as a spiritual service that they actually want to attend. His emotional approach to songwriting and performing is the very reason the thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately nicknamed him ‘the feelin.’

Tips for seeing a concert at RiverEdge Park


RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.
Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse food menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must fit in front of or under chairs and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.
For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666

Johnny Lang, Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King Headline 21st Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17 at Aurora’s Riveredge Park

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival opens Friday, June 16 with (middle, from left)
Mavis Staples and Shemekia Copeland. The Saturday, June 17 line-up boasts (bottom, from left) Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King.

AURORA, IL, May 19, 2017 – For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have descended on west suburban Aurora, Illinois to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands.

Once again, this year’s sizzling line-up for Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival – Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang – is sure to attract music fanatics from around the globe to celebrate the soul, grit and power of American blues.

Dates are Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, and RiverEdge Park,
360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is the idyllic venue, serving up two days of sizzlin’ blues music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River.

Gates open Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m. for day one of Blues on the Fox, featuring an all-ladies lineup – three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.

Come back Saturday, June 17, for day two. Gates open at 2 p.m. Chicago’s own Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin starts at
3 p.m. Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own, plays at 5 p.m. 

Blues on the Fox rocks into the night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m., climaxing at 9 p.m. with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.Don’t wait to get your tickets, blues fans. Early bird tickets are only $10 per day if purchased through May 31. Regular tickets are $20 per day starting June 1 and on-site. Children 12 and under are admitted free to Blues on the Fox but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.For tickets and information, visit

RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse food menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must fit in front of or under chairs and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter @RiverEdgeAurora for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

The 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival premier sponsor is Old Second Bank. The festival is also sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, Fox Valley Park District, EarthMover Credit Union, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Paramount Fence and Kane County Chronicle. The official radio station is 93.1 WXRT-FM.

More about the bands

Friday, June 16

Gates open: 6 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland: 7 p.m.
Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.
“She roars with a sizzling hot intensity,” raves the Boston Globe. She has “gale force singing and power” writes the  Chicago Tribune. NPR says she’s “fiercely expressive.” Growing up with her bluesman father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia always knew she wanted to sing, but it wasn’t until she was 16 when she began opening for her father that her explosive voice began blowing audiences away. Since then, she’s been nominated for three Grammys and has been a mainstay on the blues circuit. She’s sung with legends like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and opened for The Rolling Stones. Her newest album is the 2015 Alligator Records release, the Grammy-nominated Outskirts of Love. Recent honors include the 2016 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2016 Living Blues awards, and the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award at the 2016 Blues Music Awards. For more, visit shemekiacopeland.com.
Shemekia Copeland -
Shemekia Copeland – “Married To The Blues”

Mavis Staples: 9 p.m.

Talk about a living legend. Mavis Staples has seen and done it all, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to hang up the microphone. Not even close. Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples – yes, the one who turned down a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan – was born right here in Chicago and began singing with her family at local churches in 1950 when she was just a little girl. Now, 67 years later, Staples is still belting out those eye-watering, jaw-dropping gospel and blues notes that made her a star enormously respected by her peers: Ice Cube and Ludacris have sampled her vocals, and she recently sang with Arcade Fire. When you think about the best freedom songs of the 20th century, Mavis is right there near the top of the list with “Down in Mississippi” and “I’ll Take You There.” And with a recent Presidential Medal of Freedom and Kennedy Center Honors, she is hotter than ever. Learn more at livinonahighnote.com.
Mavis Staples+Jeff Tweedy -
Mavis Staples+Jeff Tweedy – “You Are Not Alone” Acoustic

Saturday, June 17

Gates open: 2 p.m.

Guy King Band: 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for that classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin that’s all his own, look no further than Guy King. He first came to the U.S. from Israel on tour at the age of 16 before later heading to Chicago and joining the band of legendary Willie Kent. In 2006, King began his own incredible solo career performing at House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends and more. His own mind-blowing brand of blues, jazz, soul and R&B makes his amazing performances stand miles above the rest. King’s passion for music is so great that when growing up in a small village in Israel, he had to travel for hours to get to a record store in Tel Aviv. When they didn’t have the Albert King record he wanted, he placed an order for it and had to do the whole trip again a month later. While those days are over, King’s love for music and jazz has only grown, cementing him as a world-class musician that needs to be seen to be believed. His newest album, Truth, released by Delmark Records in 2016, is nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album. For more visit guyking.net.

The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
Devon Allman Band: 5 p.m.

He might share the same last name as his famous dad and uncle, but Devon Allman is his own musician – and an amazing one at that. Devon first picked up the guitar when he was a teenager and hasn’t put it down since. Instead of his name, Devon used his voice and incredible songwriting skills to break into the business, and what started as playing in local bands and working in a Guitar Center has skyrocketed into a critically-acclaimed career-hailed as “powerful” and “soulful.” With his own band behind him, Devon uses his custom blend of blues and rock to deliver a show that will leave you electrified and excited for what this son of musical royalty will do next. While you might hear echoes of his dad, Allman delivers a thoroughly unique sound that is all his own. For more visit devonallmanband.com.

Devon Allman Band -
Devon Allman Band – “I’ll Be Around”
Elvin Bishop: 7 p.m.
Having been inducted into not only the Blues Hall of Fame, but the Rock and Roll of Fame, Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop knows a little something about music, and he’s going to give a lesson impossible to forget. It’s all right here: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Let It Flow” and so much more. This is the man who sat in with the Grateful Dead, co-billed a series of concerts with The Allman Brothers Band and had one of his songs featured on the smash soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, proving that his music has a timeless quality that attracts new and old listeners alike. Bishop’s musical career began in 1963 when he met Paul Butterfield and joined his blues band. For five years, they played together until he left to form The Elvin Bishop Group. Over the years, he’s released more than 20 incredible albums. His last studio album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, dropped in 2014. More at elvinbishopmusic.com.
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Elvin Bishop with Mickey Thomas – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”
Jonny Lang:  9 p.m.
Lang was only 12-years-old when he first picked up a guitar. He must have felt a spark when he touched it, because what he’s produced since is nothing short of stunning. All you need to do is look at his five albums that have charted on the Billboard 200 and his two Grammy nominations, including a win for his 2007 album Turn Around. His sixth studio album, Signs, will be released in North America on September 8 via Concord Records. On all of his songs, Lang shreds with his own brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B and rock, then he uses his smooth, soulful voice to tug at your heart, soul and mind. See and hear how at jonnylang.com.
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)

RiverEdge Park’s 2017 summer season – chronological list of concerts and events:

Sunday, May 28
ColorVibe 5K Race

Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3
Two Brothers Summer Festival featuring X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton, Savoir Adore and The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday, June 11
Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association

Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival

Sunday, June 18
Sacred Heart Festival

Saturday, June 24
Dark Star Orchestra: Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
Sunday, July 2
Good Vibes Music Fest featuring Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Jon B and moreTuesday, July 4
Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Friday, July 7

Downtown Alive! The Chicago Experience

Thursday, July 20

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton

Friday, July 21

Kesha and the Creepies

Friday, July 28


Friday, August 4

Downtown Alive! American English

Friday, August 11

Jason Derulo

Thursday, August 17

Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws

Friday, August 25

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

Saturday, September 16
Fiestas Patrias
About RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion. 

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

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“Dinner Party From Hell,” Set on Chicago’s North Shore, Runs June 17 – July 16 at Pride Arts Center

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Cor completes cast, updates schedule for LGBTQ drama late company

Tony Bozzuto and Tosha Fowler are cast as North Shore parents
in Cor Theatre’s Midwest premiere of Late Company.
CHICAGO, May 15, 2017 – Get set for a scorching start to Chicago’s summer theater season when Cor Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Late Company, a shockingly funny, scathingly painful drama set on Chicago’s North Shore about LGBTQ youth and the scourge of teen suicide.
Acclaimed director Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this vitally important new work by Canadian playwright, director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill – “the future of Canadian theatre” (NOW Magazine) and “the hottest name in Canadian theatre” (Montreal Gazette).
The raves continue for the just-opened European premiere of Late Company at London’s Finborough Theatre. Time Out London called Late Company a “powerful new drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyber bullying. Superb.” The Times hailed this “dinner party from hell serves up the full gamut of emotions. A terrific play. Go! This one deserves a West End transfer.”
Like the controversial Netflix hit series 13 Reasons WhyLate Company takes no prisoners with its vivid portrayal of the aftershocks of teen suicide.
New dates for Cor Theater’s Chicago debut of Late Company are June 17 to July 16, 2017 at The Buena (Pride Arts Center), 4147 N. Broadway St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets, $18-$30, are on sale now at cortheatre.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111.

Updated schedule: Previews are Saturday June 17 at 3 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, June 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

Press opening (originally scheduled for June 19) is now Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances continue through July 16: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Exceptions: No shows Wednesday, June 21 or July 5. The show on Thursday,
June 22 is sold out.

Late Company is for mature audiences. 

More about Late Company

One year after a gay teen’s suicide, two North Shore families sit down to dinner. Pleasant mealtime chatter quickly turns into fierce interrogation as each person at the table confesses their real or imagined part in the tragedy. As blame shifts, layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy are revealed. Scathingly funny and heartbreakingly real, award winning Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company asks, “How well can a parent ever really know their child?”
According to Cor Artistic Director and cast member Tosha Fowler, “Late Company is about wrestling with forgiveness. Two sets of parents are fighting desperately for closure from a suicide brought on by missed opportunities and misunderstandings on both sides. Nobody in the room is blameless – everyone is sparring like hell to find peace within themselves and each other.”
“Jordan’s writing is funny and searing. It has the kind of visceral energy that makes live theater unique,” said director Jessica Fisch, adding, “In light of our current political climate, a play about people coming to the table to talk over their grievances feels both novel and inspirational. I want to believe it’s possible for people with drastically different points of view to find common ground and healing.
Late Company challenges that belief and offers hope that it is possible.”
Cast members include (fr left) Tony Bozzuto, Matthew Elam, Paul Fagen, Tosha Fowler and Asia Jackson.
The Late Company cast is Tony Bozzuto (so memorable in Cor’s Skin Tight and Christina, The Girl King), Matthew Elam (a Chicago newcomer and third year acting major at DePaul), Paul Fagen (recently seen in About Face’sThe Tempermentals) and Tosha Fowler (co-founder and artistic director of Cor, stage credits include What of The Night? and Love and Human Remains, director of last season’s A Map of Virtue, and one of New City’s 2016 Players: The 50 People who Really Perform for Chicago.) New to the cast is Asia Jackson, most recently seen in Among All of This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone at ETA Creative Arts Theatre.
The production team is Cole von Glahn (assistant director), Adam Gutkin (set and props), Alarie Hammock (costumes), Jeffrey Levin (sound), Eric Vigo (lights), Topher Kielbasa (dramaturg), Stefin Steberl (production manager) and Michael Starcher (stage manager).
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, director, filmmaker and a leading figure in Canada’s gay arts community. The Toronto Globe and Mail recently hailed him as “…the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom ‘interdisciplinary’ is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” His plays have been presented across Canada, his films have been widely exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute, and he received the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Tannahill runs the alternative art-space Videofag in Toronto. Currently he is partnering with the National Theatre of London and the National Film Board Canada to create Draw Me Close, an immersive technology memoir in which audiences experience a live, illustrated world as five-year-old Jordan during his mother’s battle with cancer. The first chapter of Draw Me Close premieres April 21-29, 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival. jordantannahill.com.
Jessica Fisch is a Chicago-based freelance director and professor. Chicago projects this season include directing the world premiere of Firebirds Take the Field for Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and associate directing Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Steppenwolf. Other credits include Trudy, Carolyn, Martha and Regina Travel to Outer Space (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), Fefu and Her Friends (Goodman Theatre/Rivendell Latina/o Celebration), Opulent Complex and That Thing That Time (Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Tens), Far Away (SITE Festival, Northwestern), 42 Stories (Raven Theatre, [Working Title] series) and Machinal and Spike Heels (Northwestern University). Selected New York credits are
The Realm (The Wild Project), strive/seek/find (Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories Benefit, Personal History (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Redheaded Man (Barrow Street Theatre/Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/ FringeEncores), and Dressed In Your Dreams (Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), an adaptation of the cult 1960’s gothic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Prior to moving to Chicago, Fisch lived in New York City where she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions (DPP). She was also a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She earned her MFA at Northwestern University. 
About Cor Theatre

Cor Theatre (cortheatre.org) debuted in September 2012 with a vision to create theatrical experiences that are rarely presented in Chicago by artists who seek to defy expectation. Today, Cor is one of Chicago’s youngest and most ambitious professional theater companies with a growing board and strong experience behind it.

Cor’s inaugural production, Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, was met with enthusiastic audiences, critical acclaim and made just enough money to establish a not-for-profit corporation. The company named itself Cor Theatre, deriving its name from the Latin root of courage – meaning heart.

Cor returned in 2015 with Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue, named a top show to see in the Chicago Tribune and Most Promising Debut by Time Out Chicago. Cor triumphed again in 2015 with the first Chicago staging in 20 years of Brad Frasier’s Love and Human Remains, which played to numerous sold-out houses and was named one of the top plays to see by Windy City Times and New City.
In March 2016, Cor presented the U.S. premiere of Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau, telling the true story of the enigmatic, gender bending 17th century Queen of Sweden. Cor concluded its 2016 season in October with an epic production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, translated by Tony Kushner, directed by ensemble member Ernie Nolan.
Most recently, in January 2017, Cor gobsmacked Chicago audiences and critics alike with Carlos Murillo’s daring staging of What of the Night? by María Irene Fornés.
Company members are Tony Bozzuto, Chris Brickhouse, Elyse Cowles, Tosha Fowler, Adam Gutkin, Alarie Hammock, Topher Kielbasa, Jeffrey Levin, Claire Meyers, Ernie Nolan, Stefin Steberl and Eric Vigo.
For more information, visit cortheatre.org, like Cor Theatre on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter, @CorTheatre, or call (866) 811-4111.

Beatles Festival to Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Jeffersonville, IN  – The timing could not be better for the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River to pay homage to the iconic and acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was released by The Beatles exactly 50 years ago in 1967, and is set for the much anticipated re-release on May 26, which coincides with the five-day festival, coming up May 25-29, 2017.


Sgt. Pepper, regarded as one of the first ever concept albums, is known for being one of the most influential and innovative albums of all time. It won four Grammy’s, and included hits like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “A Day in the Life.” The new, remixed special anniversary edition of the Sgt. Pepper album includes previously unreleased takes from their recording sessions.


More than 15 events will celebrate the groundbreaking album throughout the weekend, including 9 concerts, a presentation by internationally recognized Beatles expert Scott Freiman, and a “Pepper at 50” panel discussion with author Bruce Spizer, Beatle best friend and long-time aide Tony Bramwell, and “Beatle Brunch” Radio Host Joe Johnson. On Saturday, May 27th at 11:45pm, a listening party will be held for the release of the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition.


The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will be held in Jeffersonville, IN at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29. The 2017 lineup includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grammy-winner Peter Asher, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers The Family Stone, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Ambrosia, and former Wings band members Laurence Juber (guitarist) and Steve Holley (drummer). More than 50 bands from around the world will perform on eight indoor and outdoor stages over the course of the five-day event.


The festival has partnered with 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville to host a free kick off concert starring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s sax man Jake Clemons on Thursday, May 25th. Live music begins at 2:00pm, and Jake Clemons will take the stage at 8:45pm. Admission is free all day.


Tickets are available at arotr.com, and discounted general admission tickets are available for $20 each at all 45 area Thorntons stores. Tickets purchased at Thorntons also include free admission for one guest 21 and under.


The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by WAVE 3 News, StarVista Live, Southern Indiana Tourism, City of Jeffersonville, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Bud Light, Four Roses Bourbon, AML Inc., 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Gretsch Guitars, Crosley Radio and Thorntons.


For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.arotr.com.



Ensemble Espanol Heats Up the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie With “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow” Performances June 16-18

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Three World Premieres by Madrid’s Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez
Featured in Exciting Program Celebrating the Company’s Past, Present and Future

 – Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, with “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow,” June 16-18. These performances are part of the company’s 2017 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 7-24. The Festival, now in its 41st year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

The “Raices” performances, a successor to the popular annual “Flamenco Passion” performances, will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. A highlight of the this year’s program will be the work of  Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, artistic directors of Nuevo Ballet Madrid, whose premiere of “Iroko” last year was an audience favorite that also garnered critical acclaim. Between Rojas and Rodriguez, they bring three world premieres to this year’s program: Rojas’ “Defalla, Fuera de la Caja,” performed by the Company; and Rodriquez’s “Redobles” and “Euforia,” performed by the Company and Rodriguez respectively.

The exciting program will also include popular works from Ensemble Español’s repertoire including Paco Alonso’s “Madrileno” (1989); “Reina Gitana” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Claudia Pizarro; “La Liebre” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Jose Torres; “Rendicion,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and  “Zapateado” (1976) and “Danza del Fuego” (1979), choreographed by Company Founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

On Sunday, June 18 only, Carmela Greco, a traditional audience favorite and daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco, will perform her work “Cordoba” (2012). Other guest artists participating in the “Raices” performances include musicians David Chiriboga (guitar), Paco Fonta (guitar/vocals), Luis Galvez (tenor) Sasha Gerritson (soprano), Javier Rosario Montoya (piano), Patricia Ortega (vocalist) Javier Saume-Mazzei (percussion).

“In our 41st year Ensemble Español’ is in the advantageous position of having a wealth of established works in our repertoire to draw from, and a bounty of sources from within our company and the global dance community to draw on for new works.  We owe our thanks to our loyal patrons, dancers, staff, board, parents and advisory committees and our home, Northeastern Illinois University, for helping us get to this grand position. But most of all, we are thankful to our Founder, Dame Libby for creating the Company. We see the “Raices” performances as a reflection of her vision then, now and for the years to come,” says Artistic Director Suárez Ruiz.

For more information about Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

Rep. Stratton Honors Chance the Rapper’s Donation to the Chicago Public Schools

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, honored Chance the Rapper by passing a House Resolution recognizing his donation of $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and an additional $10,000 to nine CPS schools.


“Chance is a young man who at age 23 donated over $1 million to the public school system that shaped him into the man he is today,” Stratton said. “As our governor refuses to do his job, it’s inspiring to see a young man, like Chance, who is willing to step up and lead. I knew that the Illinois House of Representatives should honor him after his donation influenced other groups, like the Chicago Bulls, to also donate to CPS.”


Stratton passed House Resolution 294 honoring Chance’s dedication to the young people of Chicago. Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, is a Chicago native, and a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools. Chance has become known as a Grammy-winning artist that has simultaneously become active in combating Chicago’s issues concerning gun violence, homelessness and racial prejudice.


After meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in March 2017 on the issue of school funding, Chance announced he would donate $1 million to CPS. Chance also donated $10,000 to nine other schools, one of which, Hirsch High School, is located in Stratton’s district. Last year, Hirsch lost over 10 percent of its budget due to budget cuts.


“Chance has clearly inspired a generation of young people to become active in the community,” Stratton continued. “I look forward to the progress he will continue to push for our community.”





Big Changes in TV One’s Programming

Posted by Admin On April - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
TV One represents with expanded morning news, current affairs and lifestyle line-up, plus increased commitment to family reality and true crime & justice shows during 2017 upfront presentation
NewsOne Now Becomes Black America Today and Expands to Two-Hour Format Joined by Daily Lifestyle Talker in Late 3Q17; Academy Award Winner Viola Davis EP’s New Investigative Series and Benjamin Crump Hosts Original Series on Wrongful Convictions to Build Out Network’s True Crime & Justice Programming Slate

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Showcasing its 4Q17-2018 programming line-up to the advertising community, TV One unveiled a very focused slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation at Current located in Chelsea Piers yesterday. Fulfilling the promise to “REPRESENT the many facets of Black Culture past, present and future,” President Brad Siegel announced the network will present a more focused and targeted programming schedule that reinforces TV One’s commitment to the news and stories that matter in the Black community; authentic, relatable unscripted programming; true crime & justice; as well as original movies that tell bigger and more important stories.

“Our goal is to provide our discerning audience of information-conscious influencers with more of what they are looking for in original films, family reality, true crime and justice content,” said Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “This will offer advertisers more opportunities to be seen in the positive environment of our popular, quality appointment television offerings.”

Beginning in 3Q17, TV One will enhance its live morning news, current affairs and lifestyle programming by expanding to three hours of live television, beginning with an expanded version of News One Now, hosted by Roland S. Martin, from 7-9 am ET. Later this year, the show will undergo a name and format change to complement the increased time slot to become Black America Today, the only daily news show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community.

“After six consecutive quarters of growth for News One Now, we are excited to announce that Roland Martin will continue to be a voice to the African American community with more time to share the news and stories that matter most to the Black community,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP, Original Programming and Production. “Viewers can look forward to more coverage of the latest headlines in addition to lifestyle stories in the areas of entertainment, business, personal finance, health and inspiration.”

The third hour will become home to a brand new live, multi-platform one-hour daily talk show that is fun, informative, engaging and live. Hosted by a panel of four women who are dynamic, smart, funny and opinionated, they want to empower and inspire African American women to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. (A show­specific announcement will follow shortly).

TV One will also focus on expanding its popular True Crime & Justice programming, which has become a staple for the network on Monday nights. Beginning in August 2017, a second night of true crime shows will premiere, anchored by the proven series For My Man (Season 3).

Additionally, the network will premiere two limited series shows that are both receiving Hollywood support behind and in front of the camera. From the production companies of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions and Lemuel Plummer of L. Plummer Media comes the landmark limited series, Two Sides of the Truth, which will focus on four high profile cases that have been watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community. Each episode will dissect and present both points of views of these highly charged cases so the audience can draw their own conclusions after hearing different sides of the story. Davis and Plummer will serve as executive producers. Davis also narrates the limited series.

“Every other week we hear about these horrific incidences and many of them go unsolved and unresolved. We hope that this show can take those headlines and humanize them,” said Davis. “We want to give an unbiased approach to digging into what really happened on those fateful days and in doing so, hopefully shed some light and bring some awareness to such an important issue,” said Tennon.

Currently in production, Evidence of Innocence is slated to premiere in 2018. The four­part event is hosted by acclaimed civil rights attorney and President of the National Bar Association Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Alesia Thomas. The series was created and executive produced by Emmy and NAACP Image award-winner Rushion McDonald of 3815 Media in partnership with Jupiter Entertainment. The limited series will profile the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned, and the challenge to rebuild their lives.

Another TV One True Crime & Justice entry is the unscripted crime docu-drama, Hotlanta. Following the real life stories of homicide detectives Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, these two cops have worked side-by-side for 15 years, and know the gritty streets of Atlanta, and the people on them as well as they know each other.

In keeping with the network brand promise to represent real family, culture and authenticity, TV One will continue to deliver critically-acclaimed scripted series and heartfelt family reality shows, including The Manns, which premiered in early April, and Rickey Smiley For Real, which returns for a fourth season in July 2017.

“TV One will continue to make programming that celebrates and builds up family, recognizing that no two families are alike,” said Siegel. “The Manns and Rickey Smiley For Real are great complements to one another as well as reinforce our goal to produce programming that incorporates family, faith and fun.”

For a complete listing of their shows, see below:
Representing The Community New Series

Black America Today
Beginning in late 3Q17 NewsOne Now will expand to two hours and transition into Black America Today, the only daily news and lifestyle show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community. Hosted by Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Black America Today will air weekdays on TV One from 7-9 a.m. ET. Each morning, Martin, guest panelists and contributors will cover breaking news, current affairs, entertainment, personal finance, business, health & wellness, and newsmaker profiles. Additionally, Black America Today will feature quarterly primetime specials to inform, inspire and uplift the Black community.
Representing Family Reality New Series

The Manns
The hour-long reality series reveals the often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions between David and Tamela, their four grown children, eight grandchildren and a slew of friends, extended family and other characters that enrich the lives of the entertainment power couple. With recording careers, touring, filming and managing an outrageous family, The Manns often find themselves negotiating from the conference table to the kitchen table while showing viewers the day-to-day challenges, successes and joy that happen behind the scenes with this beloved couple who has been married for 29 years.

Returning Series

Rickey Smiley For Real (Season 4)
Rickey Smiley For Real takes a humorous look at Rickey Smiley’s hectic life as he juggles his career as a nationally syndicated radio host, stand-up comedian, actor, TV personality and businessman along with his daily duties as a single father of five. Being a mega media mogul is not always as glamorous as it’s cracked up be, Smiley is constantly pulled in different directions between the demands of fatherhood and the needs of his work family. Nonetheless, he keeps them all laughing while they navigate new experiences together!
Representing Celeb-Reality


Returning Series

Unsung (Season 11) and Unsung Hollywood
The five-time NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung dives into the poignant and untold stories of trailblazing legends from R&B, gospel and hip hop. The series celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who despite unparalleled talent have been under-recognized. Upcoming icons set to be featured in the eleventh season of Unsung include Wyclef, Marvin Sapp, Jagged Edge, Switch, The Dramatics and lce-T, the music artist.

Unsung Hollywood tells the full behind-the-scenes stories of the actors, actresses, shows and movies that you never get anywhere else. Previous icons featured include Sammy Davis, Jr., Pam Grier, Bernie Mac, Dick Gregory, Vivica A. Fox, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Eartha Kitt, Meagan Good, Charlie Murphy, Hill Harper, Rudy Ray Moore, Joe Morton and Tim Reid. This season, the series will profile The Jeffersons and lce-T, the actor.
Representing True Crime & Justice


New Series

Two Sides of the Truth Two Sides of the Truth will generate controversy – but not for controversy’s sake. Executive produced by Viola Davis and Lemuel Plummer, with narration by Davis, the purpose of the show is to get people to look twice; to question what they’re sure they know; to entertain the idea that while they might be right, that doesn’t mean the other perspective isn’t also right. Two Sides of the Truth will take viewers on a can’t­look-away, thought-provoking, and emotional journey that will resonate with them the next time they see an unjust shooting. Because of Two Sides of the Truth, viewers across the country may think twice before drawing conclusions.

Evidence of Innocence
Hosted by famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, Evidence of Innocence profiles the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. But, these real-life heroes successfully fought to have their guilty verdicts thrown out and win back their freedom. Post-incarceration, these men now must re­enter society to lead lives as husbands, fathers, business leaders and ultimately, champions of those who remain falsely imprisoned.

Hot/onto follows the real life stories of homicide detectives, Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, two cops who have worked side-by-side for 15 years and know the city of Atlanta and the people on the streets as well as they know each other. “Vinny” and “Quinn” are the ultimate crime solving odd couple; Quinn’s voice starts rising as soon as he gets excited, while Vinny stays cool, calm and collected in any situation. Despite their obvious differences, they have one thing in common: their commitment to solve every murder and bring justice to their victims. Together they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Crime goes viral in this cutting-edge investigative series that examines crime with a deadly connection to technology and social media. Whether the killer met the victim online, posted incriminating details on his Facebook page, or the cops used social media to hunt down the perpetrator, each episode of #Murder examines how homicide – like everything else in this day and age – has gone digital.

Thou Shalt Not
Thou Shall Not is a one-hour true crime series that pulls back the curtain on individuals who commit the gravest of sins: breaking The Holy Bible’s Ten Commandments. Murders, scandals, cover-ups, and affairs are just a few of the unholy crimes featured in each episode’s portrayal of Godless behavior. Full of shocking reveals and heart-stopping twists, these sinners don’t just break the laws of man … they break the laws of God.

Returning Series

Justice By Any Means (Season 3)
Hosted by Malik Yoba, Justice By Any Means plunges viewers into amazing true stories of brave African-American men and women who suffered unimaginable loss and then went toe-to-toe with the bad guys – and girls. The show delves not only into real crimes, but real people who fought to bring these crimes to light by any means necessary.

Fatal Attraction (Season 6)
Fatal Attraction dives into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love that lead to consequences of deadly proportions. Recounting stories of love­gone-wrong, each episode consists of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from investigating officials, interrogation footage, and recreations with haunting cinematography.

For My Man (Season 3)
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 200,000 women in the United States are living behind bars, making women the fastest growing population in the penal system. For My Man is a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love. From committing a killing spree across the Midwest to acting as an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits in terms of how far they will go to support their men.

For My Woman (Season 2)
Coming off the hit For My Man, For My Woman explores the dramatic and often deadly decisions made by men who are blinded by love, abused – physically or mentally – or get the unequivocal thrill that comes with pleasing their woman, often ending in long-lasting consequences they never imagined.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, lnstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #Represent and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



Aspiring Music Producers Can Win $15K and Mentorship From Industry Expert DJ/Producer Don Cannon

Posted by Admin On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters program is hosting their 2nd annual competition. searching for innovators and encouraging creative entrepreneurship. 

Don Cannon
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality. Craft Syndicate looks to share the craft by pairing an aspiring music producer with an established music producer and entrepreneur, and tasking them to collaborate in developing a marketable song. The winner of this years competition will be awarded the opportunity to work with industry expert and noted music producer, Don Cannon.Hopefuls can register to be entered into the competition:* Entry: March 31 through April 20, 2017, producers 21 and older can apply by registering through the Craft Syndicate official site, www.Craft-Syndicate.com. Once registered, an entrant may submit one or more music tracks and must upload, tagging each with @craft_syndicate and using the hashtag #CraftSyndicate in the post copy to a participating social media site (i.e., Twitter, Soundcloud or Instagram)* Selection: Contest entries will be initially judged by a panel of music professionals each of whom will select up to 10 finalists.

* Finals: Mentor, Don Cannon, will select the grand prize winner, from all the chosen finalists.

Being a mentor for the Craft Syndicate program allows me to connect to and inspire other DJs and producers to excel and know there are no limits to their futures, said mentor Don Cannon. As a music executive and DJ I look forward to working with young producers and artists because it allows me to get re-energized.. I always keep my ear to the streets and working directly with them is the best way to understand how any generation’s music works.

Im excited to hear all the submissions and meet the winner, said Sarah Krysalka, Director of Marketing for Dutch Masters. When you think of Dutch Masters, you think of craftsmanship, creativity, camaraderie and the role it plays in culture with such die-hard fans. So Craft Syndicate is all about finding those individuals who, too, are perfecting their craft. Who have not just the desire but the need to express themselves through their art. Who are gratified not only when their work gets some shine, but also when their peer, their community, their cause is being heard and reverberated. This program is to honor their hustle and support their artistic expression. And personally, when you see someone whos ready, whos doing the work, someone who just needs that opportunity and I can help give it to them… thats a big reason I love my job. I cant wait to hear the finished track. Future mentee Ill see you at the release party!

Lending their expertise to the this program as Craft Syndicate judges will be Grammy Award winning producer, and music executive, Kawan KP Prather, resident tour DJ, and author, DJ Mars, and music producer OG Parker.

In 2016, the first Craft Syndicate program was launched in the fashion vertical and partnered with renowned fashion designer Jeff Staple. Program winner, Alexander-John, and Jeff Staple went on to launch a successful street wear collection: OFLUXURY.

As part of Craft Syndicates ongoing commitment to creative entrepreneurship, the plan is to roll out additional programs in 2017. Once again, pairing up-and-coming creators in fashion, film, food and art/design with established entrepreneurs for the purpose of sharing the craft and collaborating on all-new products together.

For official rules and more information, visit www.Craft-Syndicate.com.
About Craft Syndicate
Designed to bring dimension to and serve as proof of Dutch Masters value proposition, Share in the Craft, Craft Syndicate is a communications platform that uses social media to encourage creative entrepreneurship. It works towards this goal by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs in fashion, music, design, art, food & film with established entrepreneurs in each field and tasking them with co-developing a new product. Each program is fully funded by a grant of up to $15,000 awarded by Dutch Masters.


Photo Caption: DJ/producer Craft Syndicate mentor Don Cannon




Mathew Knowles Denies Selling Beyonce Memorabilia to Pay Debt

Posted by Admin On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Knowles, father of Beyonce and Solange, says, “Lies are circulating”

Houston, TX (BlackNews.com) – Mathew Knowles, the father of Beyonce and Solange, says that a bold lie is circulating that he held a silent auction to sell his daughter’s memorabilia to pay off debts.An official statement to the press reads:This is a lie without any foundation in fact. No such auction occurred nor was ever planned or scheduled. Indeed, Mr. Knowles never participated in nor engaged anyone to hold any type of auction to sell or auction off such items. Whoever is spreading or worse re-publishing this lie will be required to answer in damages for the harm they are intending to cause Mr. Knowles.

To date, Mr. Knowles has attempted to remain quiet when faced with such ridiculous and false accusations. He says, “No More! Tabloids and magazines have to be made accountable for their false publications.”

He insists that anyone who has published this lie must immediately retract it, and cease circulation of this harmful untruth.

Knowles has retained a lawyer to go after publications that are circulating the lie.



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