Tag: chicago

Newly Appointed Special Prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett Case Will Reinvestigate the Actor’s Infamous Tale and the Saga That Followed

Jussie SmollettPhoto: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) Talk about making a federal case out of something. A Chicago judge on Friday appointed a former U.S. attorney—a fed, y’all—as special prosecutor to investigate what one guesses should be referred to as “Jussie Smollett-gate.” Sigh. According to the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Dan […]

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Just Pitiful: An ‘Emotional’ R. Kelly Faces New Civil Suit as He Sits in Solitary Awaiting Trial on Fed Sex Charges

In this courtroom sketch R. Kelly, center, listens in federal court with his attorneys Doug Anton, left, and Steve Greenberg during his arraignment, Aug. 2, 2019, in New York. Kelly pleaded not guilty to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls. Illustration: Aggie Kenny (via Associated Press) Tsk tsk tsk. It’s a sorry state […]

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Breakfast of Champions: Janelle Monáe and Belvedere Vodka Hosted a ‘Night Brunch’ in Chicago—and We Were There

Janelle Monae at the Belvedere Vodka x Janelle Monae celebration of the “A Beautiful Future” limited edition bottle in Chicago on August 01, 2019.Photo: Jeff Schear (Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka) “What does a beautiful future mean to you?” That was the question posed by entertainer and activist Janelle Monáe as she debuted her collaboration […]

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R. Kelly Traffics in Victim-Blaming, Calling Sex Crime Accusers ‘Disgruntled Groupies’ Who Were ‘Dying to Be With Him’

R. Kelly leaving court in Chicago following a hearing there June 26, 2019Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Lawyers for accused pedophile R. Kelly say the embattled R&B singer’s troubles are basically the result of groupie love gone wrong. Kelly, 52, faces federal charges in Chicago and New York, including allegations that he ran a sex trafficking […]

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2 Moms Who Fought Gun Violence in Chicago Killed in Drive-By Shooting: ‘Who’s Next?’

Image: iStock Andrea Stoudemire and Chantell Grant dedicated their lives to combating the rampant gun violence tearing apart their neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, only to meet their untimely demise courtesy of stray bullets. CBS News reports that on July 26, Stoudemire, 35, and Grant, 26, were killed by gunfire intended for an […]

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BJ the Chicago Kid’s ‘1123’ Magnifies the Soul of the Black Experience

BJ the Chicago Kid has the wisdom of a veteran artist, slipping life advice into conversations with ease. He uses sports analogies like an older brother would, and will quickly school you on his influences: the soul of Al Green, the mystery of D’Angelo, and the innovation of J Dilla. When you think he can’t […]

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Taraji P. Henson Is Victimized by Identity Thief Said to Have Made Off With At Least $12,000 in Ill-Gotten Gains

Taraji P. Henson at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Feb. 23, 2019. Henson is the victim of an identity thief whom prosecutors say stole thousands of dollars in the Empire star’s name.Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty) Maybe a Chicago mom thought she actually was the sometimes criminally inclined Cookie Lyon of TV’s Empire. […]

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7 Thoughts About Chance the Rapper’s ‘Debut’ Album, The Big Day

Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) On Friday, July 26, after much leadup and life changes for one Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, he independently released his “debut” album, The Big Day. Boasting a shit-ton of songs, largely about relationships and the leadup to “the big day”—his wedding, presumably—he uses his “big day” (“debut” album […]

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Chance The Rapper Isn’t the Underdog Anymore

Few artists have been easier to root for than Chance The Rapper. His first two mixtapes, 2012’s 10 Day and 2013’s Acid Rap, positioned him as a local Chicago kid done good. He’s a once-in-a-generation talent who has reached a level of success without any major label backing, and until now, he’s almost always released […]

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Common Leads Proposal to Build Massive Movie Studio Complex in Chicago

Photo: Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for Common’s Book Tour In New York) During a rousing speech at the BET Awards in June, movie magnate Tyler Perry stressed the importance of becoming our own gatekeepers. “When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in […]

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Jussie Smollett Case Crusader Files Court Papers Challenging Fitness of Actor’s Lawyers

Jussie Smollett appearing at a court hearing in Chicago on March 14, 2019, with his attorney Tina GlandianPhoto: E. Jason Wambsgans-Pool (Getty) In a case that just won’t seem to die, lawyers for Jussie Smollett filed court papers Thursday to answer a charge that they are not legally allowed to practice in the state of […]

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Ebony’s Historic Photo Archive Sells for $30 Million to Group Led by J. Paul Getty Trust

Ebony magazine covers on display among other Ebony-branded items at a magazine event in Beverly Hills in February 2005. A group of four foundations led by the J. Paul Getty Trust has bought the iconic Ebony and Jet photo archive. Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty) Seven decades’ worth of historic Ebony magazine photos documenting black life, […]

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Co-Creator Diallo Riddle on How Comedy Central’s South Side Incorporates Chicago Locals

Diallo Riddle as Allen Gayle in South Side.Photo: Courtesy of Comedy Central The South Side of Chicago is bustling with hustlers. Ask me how I know. Well, I’ll tell you anyway. As a South Side Chicago native, I was not only around hustlers, I was raised by them. Whether it’s the beloved candy lady who […]

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R. Kelly to Be Brought to New York in Cuffs to Face Arraignment on Federal Sex Crime Charges in That State

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) The screws are being tightened on embattled singer Robert “R.” Kelly. A federal judge has ordered that Kelly, currently being held without bail in isolation in a federal prison in Chicago, be transported to New York next month for arraignment on federal racketeering charges there that he recruited girls for sexual […]

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Chicago Police Board Fires 4 Officers Accused of Covering Up Laquan McDonald’s Murder

Photo: AP Photo An independent civilian board voted Thursday night to fire four Chicago police officers for their involvement in covering up the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Chicago Police Board ordered Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes, and Sgt. Stephen Franko to be discharged from the Chicago Police Department for making […]

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Barack Obama Gives Urban Alliance Interns the Surprise of Their Lives

Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images) In his efforts to further cement his status as the coolest former president of all-time, Barack Obama treated students at his Obama Foundation to a special surprise. On Tuesday, the Hill reports that our forever president pulled up on a group of Urban Alliance interns, more commonly known as the […]

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You Can Airbnb an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile This Summer, If That’s Your Thing

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has its own iPhone app—because of course it does—which features a virtual reality-ish video that’ll give you a taste of what it’s like to step inside America’s premier nitrate-free, semi-erect sausage vehicle. In the vid, two of Oscar Mayer’s own Hotdoggers open the Weinermobile’s doors and invite you to fasten your […]

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The Second City Turns Complex Community: ComplexCon Brings the ‘Cultural Super Bowl’ to Chicago This Weekend

Real talk? I’m not terribly prone to FOMO—I’m grown, respectably connected and have done my share of thangs, so to speak. Nevertheless, I must admit to feeling some significant event envy last fall when my press invite to ComplexCon once again got lost in the mail (and I may or may not have sent a […]

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Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Screenshot: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube) Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, Chi-Town superhero Chance the Rapper refuses to call any of his previous releases “albums.” They’re mixtapes, dammit. He said what he said. I mean, sure. They’re all monetized, courtesy of their availability on streaming services, all have infiltrated the Billboard […]

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Jesse Jackson and Son Jesse Jr. Beg Trump’s Pardon for Disgraced Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition convention July 1, 2019, in Chicago. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his oldest son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., are throwing their weight behind a push to implore Donald Trump for the release and full presidential pardon […]

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