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National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about his first novel

‘The Water Dancer’ links historical and modern-day racial disparities

October 9, 2019

As he was thinking about how to gather all the pieces for his debut novel, Ta-Nehisi Coates said he received advice to not write another typical story about slavery. Selected as one of Oprah’s Book Club ...

Chicago black history discovered through public art

Georgiana Rose Simpson’s bust is the first installment of the Monumental Women Project started by Shae Omonijo and Asya Akca, two political science students at the University of Chicago.

By Savannah Eadens

December 11, 2017

Black women are often a footnote in historical stories, said Shae Omonijo, a fourth year political science and human rights major at the University of Chicago. Omonijo is the co-founder of the Monument...

Sexual assault must be addressed regardless of circumstances

Turns out, you can pick your family

By Arabella Breck

April 24, 2017

Cases of sexual assault and gender-based violence in South Sudan increased by 64 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, said Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and U.N. Resident and H...

‘The Chicago 77’ puts Chicago neighborhoods on the page

Chicago 77

By Sadie Miller

April 6, 2015

Four local artists spent the last year collaborating on one poem, “The Chicago 77,” which was commissioned by the Poetry Foundation to capture the personality of each of the city’s 77 neighborhoo...

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

‘Free At First’ celebrates 50 years of AACM’s musical freedom

March 30, 2015

Creativity and music have long been associated with Chicago, a city that has produced musicians and organizations such as the half-century-old Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which...

Christopher Flint, founder of Infiniteach, a digital learning platform designed to meet the educational needs of children with autism, spoke at the “Game Changers” event.

Educational technology startups find ways to improve CPS

March 2, 2015

With education being a major issue in Chicago’s current political firestorm, politicians, residents and civic organizations are seeking new solutions to age-old problems. An event called “Game Changer...

Roger Guenveur Smith brings ‘Rodney King’ show to Chicago

Roger Guenveur Smith performing

By Arts & Culture Editor

January 26, 2015

Recent events have made police brutality and excessive force prevalent topics of conversation in the U.S. Actor Roger Guenveur Smith performed his one-man show, “Rodney King,” Jan. 24 at the DuSab...

Screening for bombs protects commuters

By Editorial Board

November 3, 2014

The Chicago Police Department is set to begin random screenings for explosives at public transit stations Nov. 3, joining other major cities that have adopted similar programs, such as New York City.CPD officers will choose one Chicago Transit Authority rail station every day and randomly select which passengers to screen by using a number system. The CPD will initiate the program during peak usage times and at least four off...

Fat Albert hits DuSable museum

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

September 15, 2014

Black-positive Saturday morning cartoons will be brought to the forefront at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, as part of a special exhibit that will run through Oct. 20.“Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animation Art from Classic Cartoons of the ‘70s,” features animation cells and drawings from cartoons such as “The Jackson 5ive,” “Harlem Globetrotters” and the belove...

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