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It's official: ComplexCon is coming to Chicago in July 2019

It’s official: ComplexCon is coming to Chicago in July 2019

Chicago is going to crack summer 2019 when ComplexCon comes to town.
Chance the Rapper is here to tell you what a Chicago alderman does in new Chicagoist video

Chance the Rapper is here to tell you what a Chicago alderman does in new Chicagoist video

How many alderman does Chicago have? What does an alderman do exactly? Chance the Rapper investigates in new Chicagoist video.
Guess who’s back: "Get Out" director Jordan Peele is producing a "Candyman" sequel

Guess who’s back: “Get Out” director Jordan Peele is producing a “Candyman” sequel

Get Out’s Jordan Peele is producing a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 slasher classic, “Candyman”
Wait a minute: who's Black and running in Chicago's mayoral and aldermanic races?

Wait a minute: who’s Black and running in Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic races?

At first, it seemed like everybody and their mama was running for Chicago mayor. After Monday's filing deadline, we now have a better look at who's actually running.
Sting goes after Chicago rapper Juice Wrld for stolen sample in “Lucid Dreams”

Sting goes after Chicago rapper Juice Wrld for stolen sample in “Lucid Dreams”

It looks like Juice Wrld’s “Lucid Dreams” actually originates from “Shape of My Heart,” a 1993 song by Sting.
Survey Says: 'Family Feud' auditions are coming to Chicago this weekend

Survey Says: ‘Family Feud’ auditions are coming to Chicago this weekend

Your mama's favorite game show is holding auditions in Chicago this weekend.
Michelle Obama writes an uplifting letter to her native South Side in the Chicago Defender

Michelle Obama writes an uplifting letter to her native South Side in the Chicago Defender

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama wrote a touching open letter to her native South Side in the Chicago Defender, the historic Black newspaper founded in the early 1900s by Robert S. Abbott.
The TRiiBE makes Forbes 30 Under 30 & Adweek’s Rising Brand Stars lists

The TRiiBE makes Forbes 30 Under 30 & Adweek’s Rising Brand Stars lists

“In our mission to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago, I’m glad that our reach is growing beyond our local circles”
Word on the street: Is ComplexCon 2019 coming to Chicago?

Word on the street: Is ComplexCon 2019 coming to Chicago?

Chicago fashion icon Joe FreshGoods recently tweeted that ComplexCon is coming to Chicago in 2019.
South Side voters stand in line for hours after polling station ran out of ballots on Tuesday

South Side voters stand in line for hours after polling station ran out of ballots on Tuesday

“By 7PM, I didn’t care who was on the ballot anymore. I just wanted to go home.”
GUIDE | Who is on your Illinois midterms ballot?

GUIDE | Who is on your Illinois midterms ballot?

Election Day is tomorrow (Tues, Nov. 6). Are you ready?
Valee shows why Chicago is the future of hip-hop at Red Bull Music Festival’s opening night

Valee shows why Chicago is the future of hip-hop at Red Bull Music Festival’s opening night

What makes Valee special is he knows exactly what his fans like.
Eve L. Ewing’s “Ghosts in the Schoolyard” shows the power of research that elevates the perspective of Black people

Eve L. Ewing’s “Ghosts in the Schoolyard” shows the power of research that elevates the perspective of Black people

“Ghosts in the Schoolyard” is an example of what’s possible when researchers honor the connections and commitments they have to their community.
Lyme disease couldn’t keep singer Akenya Seymour down for too long

Lyme disease couldn’t keep singer Akenya Seymour down for too long

Known for her work with rapper Noname, singer Akenya Seymour found a new sense of purpose after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2017.
“We’re seeing a revolution”: young organizers see the Van Dyke murder conviction as Chicago’s new beginning

“We’re seeing a revolution”: young organizers see the Van Dyke murder conviction as Chicago’s new beginning

For many, Oct. 5, 2018 marked a new beginning for Chicago, a city long defined by segregation and police brutality.
Avalon Regal Theater owner talks Kanye West, Chief Keef hologram show and building in the Black community

Avalon Regal Theater owner talks Kanye West, Chief Keef hologram show and building in the Black community

“The stigma is that no businesses can be viable in the Black community.”
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Project Fire uses glassblowing as a form of healing from gun violence

Project Fire uses glassblowing as a form of healing from gun violence

“When I started blowing glass, I took my irritation out on the glass.”
Out West: A Mississippi Story

Out West: A Mississippi Story

In part two of our multimedia series, Out West, journalist Tiffany Walden uses her quest to find her grandmother’s Mississippi roots to connect the dots between Chicago’s West Side and the South.
The Forecast: Chimeka

The Forecast: Chimeka

This episode of The Forecast includes rappers SoLo The Dweeb, Kidd Kenn and our featured artist, Chimeka.
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[VIDEO] Praize Productions inspires Black youth through ballet, jazz and other dance

[VIDEO] Praize Productions inspires Black youth through ballet, jazz and other dance

"When I see what we are doing with the community, what we are doing for these kids, there’s no other word but blessed.”
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One man brings healthy living to the South Side with S.O.U.L. community garden

One man brings healthy living to the South Side with S.O.U.L. community garden

One man’s mission to bring healthy eating to the South Side is coming true, thanks to a grant from Safe and Peaceful Communities Fund.
G Herbo’s ascension and the mainstream Lollapalooza crowd

G Herbo’s ascension and the mainstream Lollapalooza crowd

[Video] The TRiiBE's Rome J chats with G Herbo about his shows being shut down in Chicago, his first time on the Lollapalooza stage and more.
WakandaCon was Blerd representation at its finest

WakandaCon was Blerd representation at its finest

Inspired by Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther film, Chicago’s WakandaCon showcases the brilliance and creativity of Black nerdiness, and why the culture shouldn’t be ignored.
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PHOTO ESSAY: Performance arts camp helps kids bring peace to the West Side

PHOTO ESSAY: Performance arts camp helps kids bring peace to the West Side

Local-Motions, Inc. teaches Black and Brown youth how to encourage peace in their neighborhoods through performance arts.
A glimpse into Ms. Lauryn Hill and Black expression at Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

A glimpse into Ms. Lauryn Hill and Black expression at Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

The Ms. Lauryn Hill that showed up Sunday night seemed at war with her own perfectionism.
Pitchfork Musical Festival 2018: The Run Down

Pitchfork Musical Festival 2018: The Run Down

Here is our guide to the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival.
For marchers, the fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus is another example of disregard for Black life

For marchers, the fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus is another example of disregard for Black life

“I feel like if I ever get beat up and stuff by the police, who’s gonna be there for me?”
The Chosen Few DJs brought Wakanda to this year’s house picnic and festival

The Chosen Few DJs brought Wakanda to this year’s house picnic and festival

This year’s Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Festival is proof that the possibilities for Black greatness are endless when given the space to thrive
Three City Sticker Tickets on the Same Car in 90 Minutes?

Three City Sticker Tickets on the Same Car in 90 Minutes?

Chicago has issued 20,000 duplicate city sticker tickets since 2007. City officials are now looking at whether this violates a city ordinance and say motorists might be in for a refund.
Ronald Johnson's mother throws Father’s Day BBQ in Washington Park to unite mothers of sons killed by police

Ronald Johnson’s mother throws Father’s Day BBQ in Washington Park to unite mothers of sons killed by police

A Chicago police officer fatally shot Dorothy Holmes’ son, Ronald Johnson III, in October 2014. For her third annual Father’s Day picnic, she hopes to unite all mothers who’ve lost sons to police brutality.
Owner of ZackTV1 shot and killed, according to business partner

Owner of ZackTV1 shot and killed, according to business partner

Zack Stoner, the 29-year-old creator of ZackTV1, was shot while driving his car in the South Loop, his business partner confirmed Wednesday morning.
Pastor John F. Hannah amplifies Chicago’s young voices at this year’s “Prayer on the 9”

Pastor John F. Hannah amplifies Chicago’s young voices at this year’s “Prayer on the 9”

Pastor John F. Hannah hopes to amplify the voices of Chicago youth this Saturday at his 7th annual “Prayer on the 9” outreach event in Chatham.
Summer’s approaching, so it’s time for another trip to Jones’ BBQ & Foot Massage

Summer’s approaching, so it’s time for another trip to Jones’ BBQ & Foot Massage

As Black folk prepare to pull out the grills for the summer, an oldie but goodie YouTube sensation, Jones’ Good Ass BBQ & Foot Massage, is making another round on social media.
Out West: A Policed & Devastated People

Out West: A Policed & Devastated People

“King died. The Panther leader died. Then businesses just start leaving, but you can’t leave. You don’t have the money to go anyplace else. Now you’ve got a depressed set of people.”
#TimesUp in Chicago, too: DJ Gemini Jones creates a safe space for womyn deejays of color

#TimesUp in Chicago, too: DJ Gemini Jones creates a safe space for womyn deejays of color

Some of Chicago’s leading womyn deejays talk about the challenges they face in a male-dominated industry.
Chance the Rapper on music, Black women and his love for home: "I’m gonna live in Chicago till the day I die”

Chance the Rapper on music, Black women and his love for home: “I’m gonna live in Chicago till the day I die”

Chicago’s hometown hero, Chance the Rapper, sat down with journalist Adrienne Samuels Gibbs at the Museum of Contemporary Art for an intimate in-depth interview he described as a “healing experience.”
Encounter, a theatre series about race and healing, is coming to La Follette Park

Encounter, a theatre series about race and healing, is coming to La Follette Park

Encounter, a mixed-medium explorative series on racism and racial healing, is coming to La Follette Park in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood this Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3PM.
Black eateries boast a variety of flavors with Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Black eateries boast a variety of flavors with Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Chicago Black Restaurant Week returns with some of the best Black-owned eateries across the Chicagoland area. Pig out while you can - it ends Sunday, Feb. 18.
A Zae Production, LVTR Kevin & Laka Films discuss the importance of music videos in Chicago's rise in rap

A Zae Production, LVTR Kevin & Laka Films discuss the importance of music videos in Chicago’s rise in rap

Ever since director DGainz introduced the world to Chicago drill and its militia through YouTube in 2011, a new generation of Black kids saw music videos as their golden ticket.
The Forecast: Tony Cartel

The Forecast: Tony Cartel

“Chicago is in two brackets. You got the Chance the Rapper, hipster vibe and then you got Drill. I feel like my music stands alone."
Our Guide to NYE 18 in Black Chicago

Our Guide to NYE 18 in Black Chicago

2017 is slipping away fast. Do you know how you’re ringing in the New Year? If not, The TRiiBE’s got you covered with a list of a few parties happening in Chicago.
I Overcame: Whitney Young’s Girls Tennis Team

I Overcame: Whitney Young’s Girls Tennis Team

They came in as the underdogs, but the Whitney Young High School girls tennis team didn’t let that label stop their quest to be the first-ever Chicago Public Schools team to win the state championship.
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.