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Theater people: spotlight on hidden talent

“Chicago produces more black plays than any other place in the world,” says director Chuck Smith, who’s partly responsible for the thriving African-American theater community here. “You’ve got the three main black companies–ETA, Black Ensemble, and the Chicago Theatre Company. You’ve got new companies like Onyx and MPAACT coming up. Then you have nonblack companies […]

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In Print: voices of invisible men

“When you say “young black men’ everybody responds to that a certain way,” says Rohan Preston. “There’s a knee-jerk response equating black masculinity with violence and sexual deviance.” But he and Daniel Wideman are challenging that stereotype with a diverse anthology of poems, plays, short stories, essays, letters, and interviews called Soulfires: Young Black Men […]