5 hours ago

Chicago’s Spoken Word Scene is Serious Business

...I started People Say, a monthly open mic on 79th and Ashland in partnership with Trap House Chicago, to try to fight these expression deserts that exist...

    Chicago's Spoken Word Scene is Serious Business
    T he late Amiri Baraka, a forbearer of the Black Arts movement, once poignantly stated, "...we need poems that kill." in his aptly titled poem "Black Art". The poem is a reflection of the Black Nationalist ideology that Baraka, and many others, held while navigating Black life after the assassination of Malcolm X, and still undergoing collective suffering after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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29 hours ago

In the Mix: Can you say ‘Wakanda’? Black Pride, Education and Connection!

...flyers and posters flying in the wind. Early voting kicks off on Feb. 21 at 69 W. Washington Blvd. and Cook County townships on March 5 thru March 19...

...building stands out among the modern high rises. The historic Hermon Baptist Church located at 1754 N. Clark St. is the oldest African American Church on the North Side. In 1887, the church started...

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The awards gala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive. To purchase tickets, visit: https://aprpullmanportermuseum.org/special-events/

    In the Mix: Can you say 'Wakanda'? Black Pride, Education and Connection!
    For the past week, the number one word on Black social media is "Wakanda." That's it, that's all. Drops mic. The Marvel Comics movie Black Panther is killing it right now with a $240 million weekend debut domestically and $420 million internationally.
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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Chicagoland Top 5 Shrimp and Grits By The Black Foodies

...4  Soulé – Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, 1931 W. Chicago Ave.  Soulé, new kid on the culinary block, opened in October 2017, and we feel they...

...3   Peach’s Restaurant – Bronzeville, Chicago IL, 4652 S. King Dr.  What we enjoyed about Peach’s shrimp and cheese grits are the different ingredients incorporated...

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...1   Luella’s Southern Kitchen – Ravenswood, Chicago, IL, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.  Luella’s Southern Kitchen comes in at #1 on our Top 5 Best Shrimp and...

    Chicagoland Top 5 Shrimp and Grits By The Black Foodies
    With its origins in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia, shrimp and grits have migrated all over the United States. The blank canvas of the grits is perfect for the vast variations on this classic southern dish. World-class chefs, and home cooks alike, put their own spin on a dish that can be super simple or highly creative.
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5 days ago

Pass the Syrup: Chicago Top 5 Black Brunch Spots

2748 N. Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL 60614

4652 S. King Drive | Chicago, IL 60653

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3947 S. King Drive  | Chicago, IL 60653

3901 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL 60653

    Pass the Syrup: Chicago Top 5 Black Brunch Spots
    Having brunch is more than celebrating a buffet-style meal with non-stop pancakes, eggs and potatoes-it's about great variety, a refreshing environment and a creative menu. It's the thing to celebrate between breakfast and dinner, catching up friends and hopefully enjoying some mimosas.
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6 days ago

Let’s Eat: Garifuna Flava Showcases Belizean Cuisine

...in Gage Park – we were told about a Belizean restaurant called Garifuna Flava located at 2518 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL.  Quick history lesson:  The story of the Garifuna people begins when South American...

    Let's Eat: Garifuna Flava Showcases Belizean Cuisine
    Caribbean cuisine has been trending over recent years, with jerk and curry dishes titillating taste buds all over the country. On the southwest side of Chicago - in Gage Park - we were told about a Belizean restaurant called Garifuna Flava located at 2518 W. 63 rd St., Chicago, IL.
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Feb 14

In the Mix: Love Bites for Pritzker, Black Panther Breaks Pre-Ticket Sales

...and business owners will host a special screening at the newly renovated Studio Movie Grill (210 W. 87th St....

...Baba. The homegoing services will be held on Friday, February 16 at Christ Universal Temple (11901 S. Ashland) at 11 AM. In honor of her memory, the family requests attendees wear something “red...

    In the Mix: Love Bites for Pritzker, Black Panther Breaks Pre-Ticket Sales
    As we move into week two of what some have deemed as the " JB Pritzker Apology Tour" -there are no flashing lights, dancers or love songs on this line-up. It has been a bumpy ride for not only Pritzker but for his team who has tried to steer folks back to the most important topic of discussion-how will Pritzker help Black folks?
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Feb 12

Worth Lickin’ Your Fingers: Chicago Top Five BBQ Joints

311 E. 75th St. | Chicago, IL 60619

65 E. 43rd St. | Chicago, IL 60653

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746 E. 43rd St. | Chicago, IL 60653

502 E. 47th St. | Chicago, IL 60615

    Worth Lickin' Your Fingers: Chicago Top Five BBQ Joints
    Whether it's rib tips, hot links or the mild sauce (a Chicago thing)-Chicago has become dominant in the BBQ game. Outside of how the meat is smoked or grilled, if you don't have a good sauce game to soak up them fries-you are out of your league.
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Feb 12

Check out the Chicago Black Restaurant Week Guide: Feb.11 thru Feb.18

Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St. (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: 10% off all Grab N Go’s 

LiFE Restaurant, 3858 W Madison (Chicago) |Specials for CBRW: Chicken Potato $8.18 | Veggie Bowl $6.18 | Shrimp Po boy with chips and drink $9.18 | Santa Fe Salad w/ Chicken $8.18 

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Currency Exchange Café | 305 E Garfield Blvd & the Green Line; Specials for CBRW: PENDING 

Fruvé xPress Juicery, 1130 S Wabash & 1108 W Madison| Specials for CBRW: Cold pressed juices:  $8.18  ($10 originally, Cashew mylk not included) | Smoothies $2.18 off | Acaì and Pitaya bowls $2.18 off 

Fruvé xPress Juicery, 1130 S Wabash & 1108 W Madison| Specials for CBRW: Cold pressed juices:  $8.18  ($10 originally, Cashew mylk not included) | Smoothies $2.18 off | Acaì and Pitaya bowls $2.18 off 

Two Fish Crab,  641 E 47th (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: PENDING 

    Check out the Chicago Black Restaurant Week Guide: Feb.11 thru Feb.18
    The CBRW 2018 Restaurant Line-up can be found below. For more information about CBRW 2018 visit Nadia's Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St. (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: 10% off all Grab N Go's Piz...
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Feb 09

Updated Feb 10

Let’s Eat: My Chocolate Soul Provides the Sweetest Treats

...let us introduce you to Chocolatier Ramona Thomas, owner of My Chocolate Soul, located at 4442 North Broadway in the Uptown Neighborhood on Chicago’s Far North Side.  Ramona founded My Chocolate Soul...

    Let's Eat: My Chocolate Soul Provides the Sweetest Treats
    With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many of us will be gifting a box of chocolates to the ones we love. According to the National Confectioners Association, chocolate candy is the most popular gift given every February 14.
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Feb 07

Updated Feb 09

Flynn Rush Has All Eyes Set Toward Springfield

...large to bring a new grocery store to the currently vacant lot at Jeffery Plaza, 2101 E. 71st St., where a Dominick’s previously resided...

    Flynn Rush Has All Eyes Set Toward Springfield
    S tepping from beyond the shadow of a larger than life figure in Chicago's Civil Rights history can be a daunting task for anyone, but Flynn Rush, a son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, is up for the challenge as he pursues a seat in Springfield representing the 25th district of Illinois.
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  • Stop talking about it already and just get the new store open at 71st.jeffery in mall too replace the old Dominick's. Enough is enough we need a store really bad now in that south Shore area for our community and us the residents of south Shore. It has been extremely...

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    Stop talking about it already and just get the new store open at 71st.jeffery in mall too replace the old Dominick's. Enough is enough we need a store really bad now in that south Shore area for our community and us the residents of south Shore. It has been extremely too long now with out a store too shop there in the area just please stop debating and talking about it and just get it done. Cause if it was anywhere else it would have been up and running by now. And that is totally unfair too the area and community of south shore. Just put a store there Now a. S. A. P. It's 2018.just do please!!!! 🙅🙏

Feb 07

In the Mix: JB Pritzker’s Apology, Chance the Rapper Strikes Again

...of Democratic candidates running for various offices kicked off a South Side satellite office on 87th and Halsted. Those at the office included: Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul; State Rep. Justin Slaughter (27th...

    In the Mix: JB Pritzker's Apology, Chance the Rapper Strikes Again
    H ouston, we have a problem. There will be a delay for early voting. Originally set for Feb. 8, with a record number of challenges by candidates finding every tool in the toolshed to knock their opponents off the ballot, it has ultimately overloaded the Cook County Board of Elections capabilities for a timely system.
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Feb 01

Updated Feb 01

COVER STORY: The Gun Stops Here

...account of what transpired on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at the JTDC, 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., with the Defender, including what actions have taken place since that time. He has worked...

    COVER STORY: The Gun Stops Here
    V eteran supervisor in charge (SIC) Fitzgerald Mullins had a singular focus when he saw what appeared to be a gun make its way through the x-ray line scan at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC): find it and secure it.
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  • infuriating. Mullins got a raw deal that I hope a lawsuit will correct. But it goes to show, no matter what you do to stop lawbreakers, law breakers continue to break laws.

    the gun-free signs don't do anything, and in this case, neither did an xray machine!

    and the veteran security guard was punished for trying to do what the law, the sign and the machine couldn't do!

Jan 31

In the Mix: The Struggle Is REAL, Black History Is American History

...in Poetry, Prose and Song will take place on Thursday, Feb.1 at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph St.). The show will feature Golden Globe award-winning actress Regina Taylor; R&B singer, Terisa...

The Chicago Urban League presents the Black Film Fest, #TheStoryofOURvote! is the theme throughout the month where they will highlight films from Black filmmakers. All films will be shown at their headquarters, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. Starting on Feb. 6

    In the Mix: The Struggle Is REAL, Black History Is American History
    W omen have to fight every day in various ways. Whether it's on the job, at the office or in the comforts of our homes. It can be at times a mental struggle because we are expected to perform different tasks and be good at them all.
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Jan 31

Pritzker and Stratton Lay Out Agenda Points on Chicago’s West Side

...partner of Shiller Preyar LLC, as part of an intimate panel discussion held at UCAN, 3605 W. Fillmore St.

    Pritzker and Stratton Lay Out Agenda Points on Chicago's West Side
    A n evening with gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker and his selection for lieutenant governor Juliana Stratton gave voters on Chicago's West Side insight into portions of their political platform, namely gun reform and criminal justice reform. The duo was joined by local community stakeholders Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer (Dist.-2nd); 24th Ward Ald.
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