Besides my family and friends, there are only three more things that I love: books, music and movies.So when I learned of film critic Roger Ebert's sudden passing a few days ago, I was really sad. I knew that he had been quite sick for many years but he was still working. A fellow Chicagoan and Pulitzer Prize winning author, he was adored back in my hometown and considered a city treasure.
Roger made me want to travel the world, and for a little black girl like me growing up in a working-class neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago, my world should have halted in downtown at State and Lake Streets. I was far too young to go anyplace, but movies and books provided other ways for me to travel without ever leaving my bedroom.