iRock Jazz LIVE! with Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter is an African-American costume designer. She is best known for her work on the films Malcolm X and Amistad, for each of which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. She received a career achievement award from the American Black Film Festival in …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with R&B Singer KEM

Music saw singer/songwriter/producer, KEM, through the darkest moments in his life as a child, which is where his love of music began. After high school, his life took a downward turn, and he eventually found himself in and out of drug rehabilitation centers and homeless shelters. Music was his solace …

Dwan Smith, Lonette McKee and Irene Cara in the original movie 'Sparkle'

Lonette McKee: Taking Control of Her Destiny

SPARKLE, Dwan Smith, Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, 1976 When we hear the name Lonette McKee, many think of first; her beauty and second; the strong characters she has portrayed such as Malcolm X’s mother in Spike Lee’s movie Malcolm X or as Wesley Snipes’ wife in another Spike Lee Joint, …