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‘The Truth Is the Truth’: Sparkle May Testify Against R. Kelly Once Again

Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards, in Surviving R. Kelly Screenshot: Lifetime (YouTube) It was 2001, and Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards took the bench to testify against Robert “R.” Kelly, the man who dubbed her his protegé, in connection with an alleged sex tape involving her own niece. Cut to 18 years later and Sparkle is faced with having […]

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Prosecutor Kim Foxx to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Chicago

Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) It’s not exactly a secret that black folks are disproportionately affected by marijuana convictions. But Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx has big plans to right an egregious wrong. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Foxx has big plans to erase the pot-related charges of thousands of Chicago residents. Cook County State’s Attorney […]

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New Video Shows Student’s Account of What Chicago Police Did to Her Was Exactly as Bad as She Said

Screenshot: Chicago Sun Times You can believe Chicago police, stalwarts of truth and integrity, or you can believe surveillance footage. But, in yet another incident involving a young black person, you cannot believe both. This time, surveillance video released last week from a Chicago high school contradicts earlier CPD statements that they were provoked to […]

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Chicago Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot Confirms Jussie Smollett’s Case ‘Doesn’t Rank as a Matter of Any Importance’

(L-R): Lori Lightfoot speaks at her election night party Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Chicago. ; Jussie Smollett speaks at the Children’s Defense Fund California’s 28th Annual Beat The Odds Awards on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Nam Y. Huh (AP), Gabriel Olsen (Getty Images) As we continue to follow along with the […]

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Playing the Gentrification Game: In Ike Holter’s Lottery Day, the Audience Wins

(l-r) James Vincent Meredith (Avery), Tony Santiago (Nunley), Michele Vazquez (Vivien), Pat Whalen (Ricky), J. Nicole Brooks (Mallory), Robert Cornelius (Robinson), Tommy Rivera-Vega (Ezekiel), Sydney Charles (Zora) and Aurora Adachi-Winter (Tori) in  Lottery Day at the Goodman Theatre.Photo: Liz Lauren (Goodman Theatre) Gentrification continues to redistrict the boundaries of traditionally black and brown neighborhoods in urban […]

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#SheMatters: Chicago’s Black Women’s Expo Celebrates 25 Years of Black Girl Magic

A packed house at the 2018 Black Women’s Expo in Chicago.Photo: Courtesy of The Black Women’s Expo “When people talk about black girl magic, we got it going on here in the city of Chicago,” says Merry Green, creator and founder of the city’s Black Women’s Expo, which celebrates its 25th anniversary April 12 through […]

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Iconic Johnson Publishing, the Company That Was Once Behind Ebony and Jet Magazines, Files for Bankruptcy

Images of Jet magazine’s first and final print editionsPhoto: Getty Johnson Publishing Company, the historic African American media powerhouse responsible for the start of Ebony and Jet magazines, has filed for bankruptcy. The company sold Ebony and Jet three years ago to a private equity firm, so Tuesday’s filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation will […]

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Chicago’s New GPS-Tracking Ankle Monitors Can Record Kids Without Their Consent

Photo: Eric Gay (AP Photo) As cities and towns across America come to grips with the country’s mass incarceration problem, many jurisdictions are looking to digital surveillance, particularly ankle monitors, for solutions. But as a new report detailing Chicago’s use of electronic monitoring reveals, these technologies can be every bit as harmful to the people […]

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Chicago’s New GPS Monitors Can Record Kids Without Their Consent

Photo: Eric Gay (AP Photo) As cities and towns across America come to grips with the country’s mass incarceration problem, many jurisdictions are looking to digital surveillance, particularly ankle monitors, for solutions. But as a new report detailing Chicago’s use of electronic monitoring reveals, these technologies can be every bit as harmful to the people […]

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Finding My Voice: With Her New Memoir, Valerie Jarrett Shares the Wisdom of Life’s Many Chapters

Valerie Jarrett poses in front of the conference room that bears her name at the Chicago satellite of The Wing.Photo: Stacey Rupolo (Courtesy of The Wing) On a sunny Saturday morning in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods (Fulton Market in the West Loop), passersby may have assumed the long line of mostly millennial-aged women winding […]

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Prosecutor Kim Foxx Defends Decision in Jussie Smollett Case, Calls Police Backlash ‘Disheartening’

Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) At an event hosted by the Reverend Jesse Jackson last weekend, Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx held the line on her office’s decision to dismiss charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, whom Chicago Police say orchestrated a hate-crime hoax in January. As Page Six reports, Foxx gave a press conference […]

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The Petty Continues: City of Chicago Says It Will Sue Jussie Smollett After He Misses $130,000 Repayment Deadline

Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) Leave it to the Windy City to not let shit go. The City of Chicago says it intends to sue actor Jussie Smollett after he missed a deadline on Thursday night to pay back the city $130,000 for the cost of investigating the alleged attack against him, Deadline reports. The deadline […]

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Taraji P. Henson Claims Jussie Smollett, Who’s Getting Sued By Chicago, Will Be Back On ‘Empire’

Getty Image Technically speaking, we still don’t know what exactly happened in the Jussie Smollett incident. Public opinion seems to be split, with comics in particular — including Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan — not buying his claim that, in late January, the Empire actor was the victim of a hate crime by MAGA heads. […]

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She’s the Mayor: Lori Lightfoot Becomes the 1st Black Woman and 1st Openly Gay Person Elected to Lead the City of Chicago

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori LightfootPhoto: Getty In a historic election that saw two black women competing to become mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, voters in Chicago Tuesday night chose Lori Lightfoot to become the first black woman and the first openly gay person to lead the city as its mayor.  Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor […]

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#BlackGirlMagic: A Black Woman’s Set to Make History Today By Being Elected Mayor of Chicago

Chicago mayoral hopefuls Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot at a March 2019 forum.Photo: Associated Press No matter which way the wind blows in Chicago today, voters will make history by electing a black woman mayor. Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, and Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, face off at the polls […]

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Dis Tew Much: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Plans to Bill Jussie Smollett, Illinois Could Withhold Tax Credits From Empire, and the Osundario Brothers May Have Worn Whiteface?

Actor Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney to the microphones after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Charges have been dropped, but it doesn’t look like this entire Jussie Smollett saga has any plans of slowing down any time soon. Smollett claimed back in […]

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Lawsuit: Chicago Police Raid Wrong Home, Smash 4-Year-Old’s Birthday Cake and Pour Peroxide on His Presents

Stephanie Bures and her daughter, Samari Boswell.Screenshot: CBS 2 When they aren’t bungling the investigation into accused Subway sandwich eater Jussie Smollet’s alleged purchased beatdown, Chicago’s finest are raiding the wrong home during a 4-year-old’s birthday party with guns drawn. NBC News reports that on Feb. 10, T.J. and his family and friends were enjoying […]

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Osundairo Brothers Planned to Admit Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Homophobic Attack Was Staged–Until They Didn’t

Photo: Pride.com The Osundairo Brothers—who reportedly don’t own shirts and are best known as the guys caught on tape purchasing ski masks and MAGA hats prior to Jussie Smollett’s alleged homophobic assault—want you to know that their new name is Bennett, cause they ain’t in it. In the aftermath of the alleged homophobic assault that […]

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Jussie Smollett Delivers His First Statement After The Felony Charges Against Him Were Dropped

[embedded content] Share This Video The case of Jussie Smollett took another bizarre turn on Tuesday when the Cook County prosecutor in Chicago cleared the Empire actor of all charges. Earlier this month, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to authorities and filing a false police report […]

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Chance The Rapper Announced That He’s Expecting A Second Child With His Wife Kirsten Corley

Getty Image 2019 is Chance the Rapper’s year, apparently. Last month, fans learned that the Coloring Book rapper would be releasing his second studio album in July. On Thursday, the 25-year-old shared some big personal news with the world. “New baby droppin September, ” the Chicago-native wrote in the caption to a post on Instagram. […]

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