Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07



Black Excellence Award nominations announced; gala on Nov. 14
-- From a press release

This article shared 1096 times since Thu Sep 8, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Chicago—The Board of Directors of the African American Arts Alliance (AAAA), and the Black Excellence Awards Committee announce the nominations for the 22nd Annual Black Excellence Awards. The Awards were established in 2002 to honor the outstanding works of art by African Americans in Theater, Dance, Music, Film, Literature, Visual Arts and Digital Media.

The awards recipients will be announced at the 22nd Annual Black Excellence Gala Awards on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception for the 2022 nominees and sponsors. The awards ceremony begins promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets, priced at $50, are available at .

""The Black Excellence Awards moves the mission of the African American Arts Alliance forward by highlighting African American achievements in the arts and promoting the excellence of our artistic community," commented AAAA Board Chair and Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.

African American Alliance Executive Director Jackie Williams added, "The African American Arts Alliance is beyond excited to be back live, celebrating Black Excellence in the arts, and we invite everyone to join us for our 22nd year!"

The Black Excellence Awards provides recognition of professional African American artists for their achievements of excellence and creativity in the areas of dance, theater, film, literature, music, technology, and visual arts. More information is available at .

The 2022 Black Excellence Awards Nominations are as follows:


Outstanding Achievement in R & B:

London Kay — London Kay

Brandon James — Brandon James

Illville Vanguard — IllVille 2022

Outstanding Achievement in Jazz:

Darrell Wilson Sax Preacher — Live at Music in the Park/Dolton IL

Ava Logan

Michele Thomas

Special Recognition in Music:

Tony Wilson — Tribute to James Brown


Outstanding Achievement in Theater Production:

Black Ensemble Theater Company — It's Just Like Coming to Church

Black Ensemble Theater Company — Grandma's Jukebox

Congo Square Theatre — What to Send Up, When IT Does Down

Theater 47 — Living All Alone, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

MPAACT Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre — Pulled Punches

Outstanding Achievements for Director:

Jackie Taylor — It's Just Like Coming to Church

Michelle Renee Bester — Grandma's Jukebox

Daniel Bryant & Erika Ratcliff — What to Send Up, When IT Does Down

Lauren Wells Mann — Pulled Punches

John L. Ruffin Jr. — Living All Alone, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Outstanding Achievement for Actor:

Vincent Jordan — It's Just Like Coming to Church

Vincent Jordan — Grandma's Jukebox

Anthony Irons — What to Send Up, When IT Does Down

Randle Michael — Living All Alone, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Outstanding Achievement for Actress:

Dawn Bless — It's Just Like Coming to Church

Jessica Brooks Seals — Grandma's Jukebox

McKenzie Chinn — What to Send Up, When IT Does Down

Melanie Victoria — Pulled Punches

Liberty Clay — Living All Alone, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Special Recognition in Theater:

Felicia P. Fields — Pearl's Rollin' With the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields

Jerod Haynes — Two Trains Running

Kierra Bunch — Two Trains Running

Mildred Langford — Intimate Apparel

Al'Jaleel McGhee — Intimate Apparel

Ayanna Bria Bakari — Relentless


Outstanding Achievement for Dance Company Production:

Praize Productions — NINE

South Chicago Dance Theatre — An Evening with South Chicago Dance


Outstanding Achievement for Choreographer:

Vershawn-Sanders-Ward — BLACKBIRD

Trevon Lawrence & Anthony Sampson — REACT

Kevin Iega Jeff — SURRENDER

Joel Hall — FOUR WOMEN

Special Recognition in Dance:

Muntu 50th Anniversary


Outstanding Achievement for a Gallery/Exhibition:

South Side Community Art Center — EMERGENCE — Curated by Lamar Gayles, Jr and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o'neal

Blanc Gallery — To Whom This Ground Belongs — Curated by Jalen Hamilton

Anthony Gallery — In The Eye of the Beholder — Curated by Isimeme "Easy" Otabor

Outstanding Achievement for an Individual Artist:

Brandon Breaux — BIG WORDS

Rose Blouin — To Washington Park, with Love

Gerald Lovell — In The Eye of the Beholder


Outstanding Achievement in Digital Media:

Jewel Ifeguni — How We Got Here

Crystal Marshal — Real Talk in Jeans

Cody Mack — What's the Word TV


Outstanding Achievement in Fiction:

Rahsaan Lewis — Forgotten Heir

Clyde David Jones — The Lost Babies of Dexter Street

Tracy Clark — What You Don't See (A Chicago Mystery)

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction:

Mark Davis — Race Traitors

Dawn Turner — Three Girls from Bronzeville

Bernard Turner — A View of Bronzeville

Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature:

Evan J. Roberts — Share Share Share

Darryl Harvey — What Do You Do When A Bully Picks on You?

Tony Lindsey — Almost Grown

The Black Excellence Awards, a lavish awards ceremony honoring outstanding artists and arts organizations in the categories of music, film, literature, theater, dance, visual arts, and technology is produced by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. The award was created to honor the voices, trailblazers, innovators, and risk takers, whose performances and works of art represent a wide representation of the arts in Chicago. The Alliance is committed to celebrating the artistic vitality of Chicago's African American community by recognizing their excellence through The Black Excellence Awards.

The Black Excellence Committee is a 33-member committee of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago made up of art lovers and supporters from the community. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the Black Excellence Committee is to identify outstanding African American individuals and organizations working in the arts. The membership of each committee is made up of art lovers within the Chicago community. Each committee member must serve on a sub-committee in film, music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts, or technology/digital media. Each sub-committee must identify and nominate artists for the opportunity to receive a Black Excellence Award at the Annual Black Excellence Award Gala and has judging criteria specific to their art form. To serve on the Black Excellence Committee member must have a passion for the arts and the time to experience the work of as many artists and art organizations as possible within the category.

The Black Excellence Awards Committee Members are: Tanita Abrahamson, Mike Abrantie, Alan Davis, Ernson Augustin, Allan Baldwin, Ezra Brown, Pamela Brown, Marcus Bullock, Hilda Coleman, Sylvia Dyer, Erika Flowers, Sandra Gibson, Wilburn Green, Barbara Hayes, Valeria Hubbard, Jewel Ifeguni, Ivy Jackson, Elneda Khaan, Denise Leaks, Ronald Leveston, Claudette Lewis, Portia McFarland, Barnetta Montgomery-McKinney, Lynette Moore, Alicia Moore, Rahsaan Clark Morris, Kim DuBoise Morris, Delaware Patricia, Mae Pearson, Troy Pryor, Alice Rivers, Pamela Roberts, Dara Sanders, Gwendolyn Sea, Bonnie Taylor-Williams, Gabrina Thornton, Scott Tia, Covana Washington, David Weathersby, Etta Williams, Wanda Young, and Roxanne Walton.

About the African American Arts Alliance

In 1997 a group of Chicago's leading African American artists and arts organizations came together and formed a new organization; incorporated as the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. This organization embraced the history of the original 1977 Chicago Black Theater Alliance while expanding their scope to include diverse groups of artistic mediums which includes theaters, dance, music, literature, film, visual arts organizations, and individuals.

The mission of the African American Art Alliance is to increase public awareness, interaction, communication and development of African American arts organizations and individuals while delivering programs that increase their visibility, marketability, stability, and sustainability.

The Board of Directors includes: President Jackie Taylor (Black Ensemble Theater, Executive Director), Vice President Runako Jahi, Jackie Williams (AAAA Chicago, Executive Director), Treasurer Wendell Etherly (Playwright), Charlique-Rolle (Congo Square Theatre, Executive Director), Chuck Smith (Goodman Theatre, Associate Director), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Goodman Theatre), Sydney Chatman (Tofu Chitlin' Circuit), Vershawn Sanders-Ward (Red Clay Dance), and Troy Pryor (Producer/Perfomer).

The AAAA is supported in part by the MacArthur Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, The Chicago Community Trust, Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Field Foundation of Illinois, the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Driehaus Foundation, the Walder Foundation, and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

This article shared 1096 times since Thu Sep 8, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Andy Warhol in Iran juggles art, celebrity and geopolitics
Andy Warhol in Iran. Playwright: Brent Askari At: Northlight Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Tickets: 847-673-6300 or; $30-$89. Runs through Feb. 19 The prolific 20th century gay ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Jessie Fuentes: 26th Ward candidate talks mental health, LGBTQ+ Chicagoans
This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. The 2023 race to represent Chicago's 26th Ward—which includes parts of ...

Gay News

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire begin search for artistic directors
--From a press release - The Board of Directors for Windy City Performing Arts has started their search for two Artistic Directors for the organization's choruses. Applications are now being accepted in hopes to fill these positions prior to the 2023-2024 season. ...

Gay News

Black LGBTQ+ film festival among Chicago NEA grant recipients
The Black Alphabet Film Festival—the world's oldest Black LGBTQ+-focused event of its kind—was part of the first round of grant recipients from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), receiving $20,000. In a press release, Black ...

Gay News

The First Homosexuals extended at Wrightwood 659 by popular demand
-- From a press release - (CHICAGO, IL — Dec. 1, 2022) It was announced today that the crowd-pleasing pair of exhibitions currently selling out at Wrightwood 659 will extend into the new year, now closing Saturday, January 28, 2023. The two ...

Gay News

PrideArts, Chicago drag artists co-produce story of a drag family's tribulations
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — PrideArts will celebrate the arrival of the year 2023 by teaming up with the Chicago drag performers Tirrany Reigns and Ramona Mirage to stage Reigns' original Queer Family Dramedy, set just after New Year's ...

Gay News

Outgoing state Rep. Greg Harris feted at Baton retirement party
In recognition of his 16-year career in the Illinois House of Representatives, many efforts in public service, not to mention staunch support of the LGBTQ community, state Rep. Greg Harris, who is also the house majority ...

Gay News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and Imperial Court Holiday Social
—From a press release - Charlie's Chicago, 3726 N. Broadway, Chicago 60613, will hold a Holiday Social for the Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State Empire as a fundraiser for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. ...

Gay News

Chicago Fire FC wins first-ever Midwest Emmy Award
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2022) — Chicago Fire FC has been awarded the Club's first ever Regional Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Crafts Achievement for Graphics Arts/Motion Graphics/ Art Direction/Set Design" as a part of ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Elton John, Leslie Jordan, Joel Kim Booster, Janelle Monae
Elton John gave Los Angeles concluded a three-show run on Nov. 20 back inside Dodger Stadium, taking a final bow as part of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The concert ...

Gay News

Gay man to head Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announced the appointment of Jorge Valdivia as its new executive director, according to the Lawndale News. Valdivia's previous position was director of performing arts at the National Museum of Mexic ...

Gay News

School of the Art Institute auction on Nov. 1-14, auction party on Nov. 11
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is inviting all art collectors and enthusiasts to an online auction taking place Nov. 1-14 on, where a diverse group of SAIC alums and faculty will ...

Gay News

Queer Art announces 2023 Queer Art Mentorship Fellow
-- From a press release - Queer|Art, NYC's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the new Fellows for the 2023 Queer|Art|Mentorship (QAM) program cycle. The Mentorship program is ...

Gay News

Chicago mural of Kanye West painted over in wake of antisemitic remarks
A West Loop mural image of Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, was painted over on Oct. 27, as fallout continued over the Chicago native's recent controversial and antisemitic public statements, The Chicago-Sun Times ...

Gay News

'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' to take place Dec. 22-24
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is set to dazzle Chicago audiences with a Broadway-style production infused with contemporary circus arts. The production will play for six performances on Dec. 22-24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 Ida B. Wells ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.