As a native Chicagoan (of Kanye’s generation), I’ve admittedly been skeptical about his reunion with his home city—despite my own, within the last two years. Why? Likely because the parts of my life filled with Donald Trump, MAGA, Kardashians, and Kalifornia generally end around 6 p.m. each workday, and often require…
While we see it with far more frequency, it’s still not often that a cop goes on trial for an officer-involved shooting, and rarer still for that officer to receive a murder charge.
Nearly four years after Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke unloaded 16 bullets into Laquan McDonald, his murder trial is set to begin in earnest.
Within the next year, any Chicago police officer who points a gun at an individual during an arrest or a street stop will have to radio in dispatchers about the incident.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a press conference Tuesday morning that he will not seek re-election for a third term.
It took a Cook County, Ill., jury less than three hours to find Kenneth Williams guilty on all charges related to the 2013 killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a King College Prep High School student who performed as a majorette for Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
You can now add media mogul to Chance’s formidable resume.
Thanks to a recent push on social media, the organizers of a monument to trailblazing journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells have raised enough money—$300,000—to build the memorial.
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.”
A South Side Chicago neighborhood was the site of violent clashes between police and residents of a community where an officer fatally shot an African-American man on Saturday evening.
While you’re probably familiar with the phenomenon of “driving while black,” a new investigation on Chicago police officers’ tendency to issue multiple tickets for the same parking violations has ushered in a new, absurd phrase into the cultural lexicon. We shall call it “not driving while black.”
A 16-year-old Wisconsin girl who was missing for over a month has finally been tracked down.
Chance the Rapper took a chance and is now engaged to longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley.
Ja’Mal Green is standing inside the entrance of the 87th Street Metra station, on Chicago’s Southside, with a fist full of business cards, telling passersby that he wants to run the city.
The headline above is why it is imperative that we support and affirm Black Lives Matter. It’s why Colin Kaepernick kneels. It is why African Americans have a “complicated” relationship with law enforcement.
Another cop has evaded repercussions after being involved in the fatal shooting of a black person.
A war. A hero. A conflict. A journey.
Respect your elders. I don’t know a child who wasn’t raised with that admonition, which in my household was often accompanied by a swat on the butt or a swift side-eye when due respect wasn’t paid. But it’s generally far later in life when most of us learn the value of also listening to our elders’ stories—often after…
“Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold, my Gs.”