Posts by Tiffany Walden

October 18, 2019

CPS Strike: The disparity on the South and West Sides is ‘very overt’

“I don’t feel like students on the North Side deal with the class size issue and the curriculum issue or even the resource issue," said teacher Andrea Parker.

September 25, 2019

Chicago poet Raych Jackson wrote ‘Even the Saints Audition’ for the brown skin church babies with questions

Poet Raych Jackson uses Job and other cautionary Bible stories to explore the connection between shame and the Black church in her debut poetry book, 'Even the Saints Audition.'

September 9, 2019

Review: Kanye West seeks redemption with Sunday Service tour

Kanye West is experimenting with something new. For most of 2019, he’s been remixing the traditions of the Black church into a modern-day ministry; one that isn’t afraid to praise the Lord over secular beats or replace catching the Holy Ghost with fits of the percolator.

August 2, 2019

G Herbo, Illinois lawmakers celebrate wins in criminal justice reform at Alliance for Safety and Justice dinner

Chicago rappers Vic Mensa and G Herbo helped the Alliance for Safety and Justice celebrate its recent work with Illinois legislators to pass bills that has resulted in a 20% reduction in prison population in the state.

August 1, 2019

Thurman Barker, Ben LaMar Gay capture two generations of Black Chicago in new MCA show

Two Chicago-born composers, percussionist Thurman Barker and cornetist Ben LaMar Gay, are paying homage to local music and dance traditions in their new shows, South Side Suite and Hecky Naw! Angles!.

August 1, 2019

Choreographer Rennie Harris explores the link between house and gospel in new MCA production

“Movement is how we worship life. It always has been and always will be.”

July 22, 2019

ComplexCon celebrated Chicago’s cultural tastemakers but, for some attendees, it missed the mark

Juice Wrld | Photo courtesy of ComplexCon It only made sense for ComplexCon to bring its two-day hybrid music, pop...

July 19, 2019

At Pitchfork, add Chicago singer-songwriter Tasha to your must-see list

“I think that all artists have a duty to use their voice and their platform in whatever way that they can to make the world better," Tasha says.

July 9, 2019

Black women show why they’re the backbone of Chicago house music at the Chosen Few Picnic

“Everybody knows house for the djs and even some of the male singers. We ladies do not get the shine we deserve. It be us that they be spinning."

May 21, 2019

Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks a good game at Monday’s historic inauguration

Many people see Mayor Lori Lightfoot's term as a new era for Black Chicago, but she has a lot to prove.