Tag: chicago

How Chicago Public School Teachers Are Fighting for Black Children’s Futures

Class was canceled for 300,000 Chicago public school students Thursday, as tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters headed to the picket line to strike for better conditions in their schools. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might assume the Chicago Teachers Union’s escalation is a matter of money—and to be sure, there […]

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Chicago Cop Who Quit Force After Shooting and Killing Rekia Boyd Wants All Evidence of His Criminal Case Erased

The then off-duty Chicago cop who fired his gun out his car window, striking and killing Rekia Boyd, an innocent bystander, now wants all evidence of the criminal case filed against him cleared from the public record. Even though Dante Servin got off scot-free on charges of involuntary manslaughter when a Chicago judge threw out […]

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Wilco Haven’t Just Endured, They’ve Gotten Better

Jeff Tweedy is currently in one of the most impressive creative streaks of his career. The last five years for the Wilco frontman and Chicago artist have been astoundingly prolific. In 2014, the band he formed with his son Spencer, Tweedy, released an excellent double album called Sukierae. Later there were back-to-back Wilco albums with […]

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Uber’s push into on-demand recruitment is a natural progression for the gig economy

It had been rumored for a while, but Uber officially confirmed today that it is expanding beyond on-demand transport and into on-demand staffing for the recruitment industry. The move represents a natural evolution both for Uber and the modern day workforce, which has pushed steadily toward temporary, part-time, and shift-based employment. The Financial Times first […]

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Lawsuit Accuses Principal and School Staff of Throwing a 9-Year-Old Out Onto a Frigid Chicago Street and Lying About It

Photo: iStock A bullied 9-year-old boy had his trauma compounded by being thrown out onto a cold Chicago street by school staff, including the principal, a federal lawsuit filed by the boy’s family claims. According to CBS 2 Chicago, Yvonne Pinkston says her son frequently complained of being bullied by other kids at Fiske Elementary […]

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Extreme Heat, Flooding and Public Health Issues: How Climate Change Is an Existential Threat to Black People

A WordWe’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about. We should all be pretty familiar with the term “climate change” by now. But knowing buzzwords isn’t the same as understanding how the phenomenon […]

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Homecoming: A Powerful Pair of Revivals Prove Chicago a Mecca for Black Theater

Photo: Brett Beiner (Drury Lane Theatre) There was palpable energy in the theater on the opening night of Drury Lane Theatre’s revival of The Color Purple—and a hallelujah chorus of shouts and co-signs from the audience, no doubt a rarity in the predominantly white suburb of Chicago known as Oakbrook Terrace. But the black theatrical […]

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It’s the Refund to Ignition: Woman Who Paid $100,000 for R. Kelly’s Bond Wants Her Money Back

R. Kelly (R) leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Imagine treating a donation to an alleged pedophile/ephebophile like an incorrect Postmates order. Well, imagine not, as one woman is actually hoping to get a refund for her charity in connection […]

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Joan Johnson, Who Co-Founded Johnson Products and Thus Co-Helped Us Live Our Best Black Lives, Has Died at 89

Screenshot: YouTube Universal blackness suffered a tremendous loss last week when Joan Johnson—who along with husband, George Johnson, founded Johnson Products—passed away at age 89. Johnson Products, which brought to us such omnipresent hair products as Afro Sheen, Ultra Sheen and Gentle Treatment, could (and actually, probably, still can) literally be found in black bathrooms, […]

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Uber Freight HQ opens in Chicago

Uber announced in March that it would hire hundreds of Chicago-area Uber Freight workers ahead of plans to lease additional city office space, and this morning the ride-hailing giant revealed its long-term vision for the newly christened Uber Freight HQ. Uber said it has signed a 10-year lease on the Old Main Post Office in […]

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R. Kelly Learns the Date He’s to Face the Music on Federal Sex Abuse Charges in Chicago

In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, listens in federal court in New York with his attorneys Doug Anton, left, and Steve Greenberg during his arraignment, Aug. 2, 2019 on numerous federal sex abuse charges. Kelly faces federal charges in Chicago as well, where a judge Sept. 4, 2019, set an April 2020 […]

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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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