No Mayoral Run, But Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia—and Drives Lyft for Chicago Schools  [Updated]

As the resident Chicagoan on The Root’s staff, it’s safe to say I keep an eye on the city’s resident talents—including Chance the Rapper and problematic prodigal son Kanye. Now, I’m thinking I need to get out more—or, at least, take a Lyft—since apparently, hip-hop’s favorite number-wearing philanthropist has been…

'The Video Doesn't Show My Perspective': Jason Van Dyke Testifies About Shooting Laquan McDonald as Trial Draws to Close

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday in the shooting death of a Chicago teen, Laquan McDonald, who died at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The defense rested their case on Wednesday, and as early as this afternoon, a Cook County jury will decide Van Dyke’s fate, and along with it,…

‘Coupon Carl’ Calls Cops on Black Woman at CVS for Allegedly Using a Forged Coupon, But Was Busted Himself for Forgery Less Than 2 Years Ago

Yes, this is yet another story of a sorry white person calling the police on a black person for something trivial —his moniker? “Coupon Carl”—but it’s also a cautionary tale of the blowback of such actions; or, as my mama says, “When you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you.”