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Lora Branch (aka DJ Lori Branch), is a Chicago native with over 34 years of experience as a local artist, DJ and public health advocate. In 2019, Lora was selected as one of the guest DJs for this year’s Chosen Few Festival and Picnic. As part of my Chosen Few Festival Blog Series, I had a chance to chat with Lora about her career, her work as an advocate and playing this year’s festival.


Black Widow Chats with Chosen Few Guest Performer, Lady Alma!

International singer and songwriter, LADY ALMA, is bringing her soaring, searing vocals back to eager audiences who desire her incomparable funk-house-soul stylings. I had a chance to speak with Lady Alma about her musical journey and her 1st appearance at this year’s Chosen Few Festival and Picnic.


An Evening with Raheem DeVaughn

He is true to himself in a time when some soul and R&B Artists try to fit within the current trends in order to remain relevant. His style, his sound and his artistry is rooted in soul. It is evident that it runs through his blood. Throughout his performance I was reminded of the genius of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Donnie Hathaway and other R&B greats in how DeVaughn sang and performed. His soulful and melodious voice captivated an audience who has followed his now 10+ year career. His show showed his progression and evolution as an artist.

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Interview with DJ Nick Non-Stop

The Word “Service” is often used by DJs in the industry as a description of what they give to their audiences. Nick Nicholson (DJ Nick Nonstop) is a DJ, Producer and Sound Engineer who delivers service not only to his audiences but to his community. I had a chance to talk with DJ Nick Non-Stop about his career, his passion for sharing his knowledge with the youth, his love of the craft and playing the Hyde Park Brew Fest this year.


Black Widow Covers the 2019 Hyde Park Brew Fest!

As MC and radio personality, Leon Rodgers said, “This is the Chicago they don’t want you to see”. It was a sea of people partying in peace on the Southside of Chicago. Where were the news cameras to capture all of this peace and positivity? This is one of the reasons my website exists. This is the Chicago I know and love so much. This is one of the many reasons why #SummerTimeChi is like no other. When the community comes out in peace and positivity, we send a message to the world that we are so much better than what they show in mainstream media. This is my #SouthSidePride.


Who Is The Black Widow?

T’s Box Records Artist, Danielle R. Sanders, known musically as Black Widow is a Chicago native, spoken word recording artist, blogger and poet. Her artistry can be heard on house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. Both reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse chart in the year of release. She is also featured on the Terry Hunter Retouch of the song, "Fenix" by Emmaculate. In May 2018, she released her first solo debut, “House Is” produced by Mike Dunn, which reached #2 on the Soulful House Charts and is currently blowing up dancefloors all around the world.





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