The Culture

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.