The Culture

Chance The Rapper’s Cover Artist Highlights Mental Health In His Latest Artwork

Chance The Rapper’s Cover Artist Highlights Mental Health In His Latest Artwork

Brandon Breaux, the painter behind Chance The Rapper’s mixtape covers, is now focused on facilitating conversations about mental health and other issues in the Black community with his latest artwork.
Chicago Public League basketball coaches aren’t feeling the new ‘super conferences’

Chicago Public League basketball coaches aren’t feeling the new ‘super conferences’

Basketball is an integral part of Black Chicago culture. But the future of our beloved tradition is ominous with recent changes to the Public League’s high-school conferences layout.
Without contract, Obama library could push Wolfpack football team out of Jackson Park

Without contract, Obama library could push Wolfpack football team out of Jackson Park

The Wolfpack youth football team isn’t giving up despite the uncertainty surrounding their home in Jackson Park due to the forthcoming Obama library.
Google’s New Chromebook Ad Just Sampled a Chicago Choir’s Classic Hit

Google’s New Chromebook Ad Just Sampled a Chicago Choir’s Classic Hit

Woodlawn-based Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer inspires America in a new way for the holidays.
The Forecast: Lil Blessin

The Forecast: Lil Blessin

Lil Blessin is the Chicago rapper you've never heard of, but he's somebody you need to know. Watch his interview and new video on The Forecast.
Chef Skyler Dees envisions a food-abundant & self-determined future for North Lawndale

Chef Skyler Dees envisions a food-abundant & self-determined future for North Lawndale

Chef Skyler Dees is changing the way North Lawndale thinks about food and sustenance with his catering company.
“Today Is Tomorrow” Mural Promotes Unity and Hope in Chicago

“Today Is Tomorrow” Mural Promotes Unity and Hope in Chicago

“We think about Chicago in territories. We think about segregation. How many times do we sit down and talk about what we have in common?” explains Brenda Wakai-Torres, a teacher at Chicago High School for Arts. “We can put our differences aside and we can work together for something that we hope for.”
Dating while Black in Chicago

Dating while Black in Chicago

Wondering if you’re alone in your thoughts about dating in Chicago? Trust us. You’re not. We talked to nine Black millennials in the city to get their perspective on the matter.
Chicago playwright spreads love, unity and hope with Chi-Rise

Chicago playwright spreads love, unity and hope with Chi-Rise

Chicago playwright Messiah Equiano wanted to instill a sense of hope for the future in Chicago youth amid the ongoing bloody headlines. So, he created the nonprofit, Chi-Rise.
Healing Chicago: The Story of Raptivist Bella Bahhs

Healing Chicago: The Story of Raptivist Bella Bahhs

Healing Chicago tells the personal story of Bella BAHHS: poet, activist and an absolute force of a human being inspiring change through art and engagement.
I Killed a Student at a College Party. I Wish I Wasn’t Carrying My Gun That Night

I Killed a Student at a College Party. I Wish I Wasn’t Carrying My Gun That Night

Curious about what made her former grammar-school classmate kill NIU student Steven Agee II in 2011, one reporter visits Chaz Thrailkill in prison to find out why he pulled the trigger, ruining his career in the Marines Corp
Aya-Nikole Cook uses yoga as a method of healing on Chicago's South Side

Aya-Nikole Cook uses yoga as a method of healing on Chicago’s South Side

Haji Healing Salon, a wellness space on the South Side, is using yoga and acupuncture to breathing new life into the Black community.
West Side rapper Bekoe gives new artists a big concert feel with ILL Fest

West Side rapper Bekoe gives new artists a big concert feel with ILL Fest

ILL Fest music festival offers lights, big screens and a large crowd for new artists looking to take their voice to the next level
Youth Outreach Services is bringing positive vibes to Austin with End of Summer Bash

Youth Outreach Services is bringing positive vibes to Austin with End of Summer Bash

Youth Outreach Services, an Austin-based nonprofit, is hosting a free End of Summer Bash to bring positive vibes to the West Side before the new school year.
New card game 'Trading Rappers' stirs debate on who's really the GOAT

New card game ‘Trading Rappers’ stirs debate on who’s really the GOAT

As Chicago native Kenyatta Forbes prepares to launch her second card game, Trading Rappers, she talks about the importance of rap culture, conversation, and how they come together.
AirGo Radio: documenting Chicago's renaissance one show at a time

AirGo Radio: documenting Chicago’s renaissance one show at a time

As AirGo Radio moves beyond the 100th episode milestone, hosts Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger talk artistry, activism and their role in community building.
Get Over Wednesday’s Hump With DJ Manti at Refuge Live!

Get Over Wednesday’s Hump With DJ Manti at Refuge Live!

Chicago’s DJ Manti turns Wednesdays at Refuge Live! into a concert series for emerging local artists.
The Forecast: Ty Money

The Forecast: Ty Money

The Forecast is a music series, hosted by sibling duo Rome J & Morgan Elise Johnson, which predicts the next wave of Chicago artists. This episode includes rappers Magix King, Bianca Shaw and our feature artist, Ty Money.
Church on the 9 Transforms 79th to Center Stage for Artists

Church on the 9 Transforms 79th to Center Stage for Artists

Welcome to Church on the 9, a cypher meets soap box-style open mic on the corner of 79th and Cottage Grove where Black art flourishes.
Filmmakers Hope to Connect Chicago to Rural America with ‘Raising Bertie’

Filmmakers Hope to Connect Chicago to Rural America with ‘Raising Bertie’

Black life in Chicago isn't much different from Black life in rural America. Systematic inequalities plague both. Filmmakers capture this in the new Kartemquin-produced documentary, Raising Bertie.
A Very Black 2017 Guide to Nail Salons for Summertime Chi

A Very Black 2017 Guide to Nail Salons for Summertime Chi

Summertime Chi is upon us - which means it's time to get those manis and pedis in order. Check out our guide for nail shops in Chicago.
After run-in with a River North bouncer, Black millennials call out discriminatory practices in Chicago nightlife

After run-in with a River North bouncer, Black millennials call out discriminatory practices in Chicago nightlife

Black millennials and bouncers discuss their experiences with discriminatory practices happening in the Chicago nightlife scene.
The Forecast: Julian Love

The Forecast: Julian Love

The Forecast is a music series predicting the next wave of Chicago artists. This episode features Tae Hunna, Valee and Julian Love.
Playwright seeks to bring theatre to underserved Chicago communities with "Lost in Time"

Playwright seeks to bring theatre to underserved Chicago communities with “Lost in Time”

With Magnified Gift Theatre Company, founder Rosette Jarriett is hoping to integrate education with theatre to inspire underserved communities on Chicago’s Westside.
Black Queers discuss the lack of diversity in Boystown

Black Queers discuss the lack of diversity in Boystown

Black LGBTQ millennials discuss the lack of diversity in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood and ways to improve the scene.
Hannibal Pace wearing Free Breakfast apparel

Fashion line seeks return to Black Panther roots

The Black Panther Party taught self-reliance, and Chicago native Hannibal Pace is hoping to rebuild this idea with his fashion line.
Chicago comedians Kellye Howard & T. Murph

Chicago comics fight to find new spaces for urban laughs

With the closure of the city's last Black-owned comedy club in 2016, Chicago's Black comedians are searching for a new home.
Leila and Patricia from Brown Girls webseries

Creators of Brown Girls series talk importance of friendship among women of color

Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey discuss the importance of friendships in their new Pilsen-based web series, Brown Girls.