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ICE Raids to Deport Migrant Families Set to Begin Sunday in 10 US Cities

A man calls for the shutdown of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency during a march May 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. ICE authorities are expected to conduct a major crackdown on immigrants in Los Angeles and in major cities across the nation, beginning Sunday, June 23, 2019.Photo: David McNew (Getty) Despite reported misgivings […]

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The Saga Continues: Chicago Judge Orders Special Prosecutor Be Appointed in the Jussie Smollett Case

Jussie Smollett Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) Will the Jussie Smollett case ever end? A Chicago judge Friday ordered that a special prosecutor be appointed to look into how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office decided to drop all 16 misdemeanor charges against the actor over allegations he staged a homophobic and racist […]

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The Saga Continues: Chicago Judge Orders Special Prosecutor Be Appointed in the Jussie Smollett Case [Corrected]

Jussie Smollett Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) Will the Jussie Smollett case ever end? A Chicago judge Friday ordered that a special prosecutor be appointed to look into how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office decided to drop all 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against the actor over allegations he staged a homophobic […]

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August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Film Adaptation Confirmed With Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman to Star, Denzel Washington to Produce

Viola Davis attends the EE British Academy Film Awards on February 10, 2019 in London, England; Chadwick Boseman and Denzel Washington attends the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Washington on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images), Rich Fury (Getty Images) Another one of August Wilson’s brilliant plays is coming […]

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Empire’s Bryshere Gray Is the Latest Castmember to Get Into a (Minor) Dustup With Chicago Law Enforcement

Photo: Roy Rochlin (Getty) Is Chi-Town coming for those Empire boys? It’s a question now that a second member of the Fox TV show’s cast has apparently gotten into a little trouble with the law. According to TMZ, actor Bryshere Gray, who plays baby boy Hakeem Lyon on the show, was arrested in Chicago on a […]

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, With the 2020 Presidential Election Nearing, Slams Trump As Threat to LGBTQ Rights

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at her swearing-in ceremony May 20, 2019Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation’s third-most-populous city, says Donald Trump is a major threat to LGBTQ civil rights and that that should compel people to go to the polls and […]

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Yes, the South Side Can Have Nice Things: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit That Would Have Thrown Wrench in Obama Library Plans

Photo: Getty A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a group of environmentalists’ efforts to stop the Obama Presidential Center from being built inside a public park on Chicago’s South Side. In dismissing the lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago by Protect Our Parks, U.S. District Judge Robert Blakely said the Obama Foundation had done […]

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Yes, the South Side Can Have Nice Things: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit That Would Have Thrown Wrench in Obama Presidential Center Plans [Corrected]

Photo: Getty A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a group of environmentalists’ efforts to stop the Obama Presidential Center from being built inside a public park on Chicago’s South Side. In dismissing the lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago by Protect Our Parks, U.S. District Judge Robert Blakely said the Obama Foundation had done […]

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Study Finds Folks in Chicago’s Affluent Streeterville Live to Almost the Century Mark, While Blacks in Impoverished Englewood Don’t Live Long Enough to Collect Social Security

Photo: iStock It’s just 9 miles between Chicago’s predominantly white and wealthy Streeterville neighborhood and the predominantly black and poor Englewood in the city’s South Side, but the gulf of difference in life expectancies between the two represents the largest such gap in the nation. A New York University School of Medicine study has found […]

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to 11 New Sex-Related Felony Charges

Singer R. Kelly arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Robert “R.” Kelly appeared at a brief hearing at Cook County Court in Chicago on Thursday for an arraignment regarding the 11 additional sex-related felony charges against him. The 52-year-old artist pleaded not guilty […]

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Historic Ebony Photos Set to Be Auctioned Off for At Least $13,000,000

Photo: Getty Photos from the Ebony magazine archives detailing some 70 years of African American life and history, including images of Emmett Till, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King and so many more, are scheduled to be auctioned off next month in Chicago. The collection, up for sale to pay off secured creditors, or lien […]

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Luxury Comes Home: At My City, 4 Ways, Law Roach Helped Celebrate the Undefeatable Style of Chicago

MC Lyte (l) and Law RoachPhoto: Nigel DeGraff (Ford Motor Company/Essence Communications) With the sometimes troubling narratives spun about Chicago, it can be easy to forget that America’s third largest city is also deeply rich with culture, beauty, style and great taste. But in all its complexity, Chicagoans intimately know how beautiful our city is, […]

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Mom of Slain Sex Trafficked Teen Cries Out for Justice—and Gets It; Judge Slaps Pimp With 32 Years in Prison

Yvonne Ambrose, mother of Desiree Robinson, a 16-year-old who was sex trafficked on Backpage.com and killed Christmas Eve 2016, allegedly by a man she was pimped out to, in a 2018 photo. Photo: Matt York (Associated Press) The pimp who tricked out a 16-year-old girl before she was strangled, her throat slashed and her body discarded […]

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Doin’ It for the — Reality TV? Black Ink Crew: Chicago Stars Hit With Suit Charging They Really Jumped Somebody

Photo: iStock A case of when keeping it real goes wrong? The “real” in this case is reality TV. The potential wrong? Well, according to a lawsuit filed by a gentleman named Ronnie Spates, the stars of reality TV’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago really beat his ass at a party for their show. Spates claims […]

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Unsealed Documents in Jussie Smollett Case Reveal Cops Were Told in Advance a Deal Was in the Works

Jussie Smollett after a court appearance in Chicago, March 26, 2019Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) Chicago prosecutors told police a deal with Jussie Smollett was probable about a month before all charges against him were formally dropped, according to documents found within hundreds of pages of investigative records released to the public by Chicago police Thursday. […]

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Rated X: R. Kelly Hit With 11 New Sex Assault Charges

R. Kelly (center) appears in court in Chicago May 7, 2019, on sex assault charges he faces. On May 30, 2019, prosecutors hit the singer with a whole new slate of sex abuse charges. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans-Pool (Getty) The R is facing an X rating when it comes to a slew of new sex […]

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Homecoming: Virgil Abloh Returns to Chicago With Nike to Empower the City’s Youth

Photo: Thierry Chesnot (Getty Images) He’s conquered runways from New York City to Paris (and perhaps garnered, as of late), but Virgil Abloh’s native Chicago is clearly never far from his heart, as proven by his newest venture. Teaming up with collaborator Nike, Abloh returns to his hometown to launch the NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center […]

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During Police Raid, Chicago Officers Handcuffed an 8-Year-Old Boy, Claiming They Had No Idea He Was a Child

Screenshot: CBS 2 Chicago If Chicago police are to be believed, they simply don’t know what a black 8-year-old boy looks like. That’s the defense the department is giving for why it handcuffed a child during an early morning raid by Chicago Police Department and SWAT on a family home on March 15. The raid—one […]

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