ABC 7 Chicago celebrates Black History Month

January 31, 2013 4:14:48 PM PST
ABC 7 Chicago celebrates Black History Month with special news reports, programming and vignettes during the month of February.

An original presentation of HEART & SOUL, an ABC 7 series that taps into the essence of Chicago's African American community, will air Saturday, February 16 at 6:00 pm. This edition of HEART & SOUL co-hosted by ABC 7's Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose, with contributions from Karen Jordan and Evelyn Holmes will have an encore presentation on Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 pm. HEART & SOUL, a Chicago Emmy Award winning program, is produced by Rubye Wilson. ABC 7 News and Windy City LIVE will also feature special Black History Month stories.

Beginning February 1, and throughout Black History Month, ABC 7 will air a series of vignettes highlighting artistic and cultural organizations in Chicago such as M.A.D.D. Rhythms, an organization that promotes tap dance as a percussive art form and Studio 71 Art Gallery on Chicago's South Side, featuring talented artists and framers. ABC 7's on air anchors/reporters will host the vignettes - Cheryl Burton, Evelyn Holmes, Leah Hope, Karen Jordan, Jim Rose, Hosea Sanders, Charles Thomas and Windy City LIVE's Val Warner.

Windy City LIVE with hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, will feature a dazzling performance from the Black Ensemble Theater's "From Doo Wop to Hip Hop" on Thursday, February 7. On February 11, Walter Mosely, the New York Times best-selling author, will be part of the show. Then, celebrity hairstylist Nicole Mangrum will spotlight some hot trends in African American hair for Windy City LIVE viewers on a date to be announced.

ABC 7's Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose will join Windy City LIVE to talk about what's happening on HEART & SOUL this month. (date TBA). Windy City LIVE airs weekdays at 9:00 am and 12:05 am, and on Saturdays at 11:00 PM.

This special edition of HEART & SOUL will highlight "Literature for All of Us (LFAOU)" an organization that uses 'Book Groups' as a way to connect disadvantaged teens and young adults to reading, discussion, creative writing and self-expression.

The city's only African American-owned radio station, WVON-AM will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. HEART & SOUL talks to WVON President Melody Spann Cooper and takes a close up look at the historic impact of the station which propelled many African Americans to prominence while also finding out what it's doing to attract a new audience.

Next, HEART & SOUL turns the spotlight on Broadway in Bronzeville Productions, the Harold Washington Cultural Center's in-house production company. With the motto "Off the streets and on the Stage," Broadway in Bronzeville serves as an outlet for aspiring community artists who want to produce live theater.
Then, the show profiles the inspirational Chicago pastor, Charles Jenkins, and his ministry. Not only is this pastor working to build a new church and other properties to add value to the Chatham community, but his new album is nominated for eight Stellar Awards.

In addition, ABC 7 will air AFRICAN AMERICAN SHORT FILMS ? Saturday, February 17 1:30-2:30pm. The hour-long program will feature short films made by African Americans that range from comedy to drama and all the shades in-between that are entertaining and socially relevant. The films are the voices and images of contemporary life in the African American community.