Chuck Barksdale of The Dells dies at 84

The Dells’ voices carried them from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill., to global soul stardom, they became one of Chicago’s most versatile, accomplished and enduring R&B groups. Their bass singer and co-founder Chuck Barksdale, who always enjoyed discussing this incredible journey, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness,according to the singer’s... Read More.

John Singleton, Award Winning Filmmaker, Dies At Age 51

John Singleton, the groundbreaking film director, screenwriter and producer, died Monday in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on April 17. He was 51. A family spokesperson said Singleton passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. “We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their... Read More.

Chicago Prosecuter Defends Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Wednesday defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged last month because she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was handed to... Read More.

R. Kelly Arrested Again After Child Support Hearing

R. Kelly was taken back into custody Wednesday after appearing at a child-support hearing, authorities said, hours after the broadcast of an interview in which the R&B star cried and ranted about being “assassinated” by allegations of sexual abuse. Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said she did not know why Kelly was taken... Read More.

Gladys Knight Issues Statement On Super Bowl Involvement

As we reported yesterday, legendary singer and longtime civil rights champion Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 53 which is being held in her hometown of Atlanta on Feb 3rd. Of course it comes as no surprise that the Knight is being criticized for her move by supporters of quarterback Colin... Read More.