The People

OPINION | I stand with Jay-Z, Colin Kaepernick and the Chicago Bears

OPINION | I stand with Jay-Z, Colin Kaepernick and the Chicago Bears

Chicago mild-sauce connoisseur Larry Legend says you can watch the hometown team while standing with Jay-Z and Colin Kaepernick.
OPINION | Don’t punish Black youth; empower them

OPINION | Don’t punish Black youth; empower them

In this opinion piece, LeadersUp CEO Jeffery Wallace responds to the arrests of Black teenagers in downtown Chicago last month.
OPINION | In defense of Chicago’s millennial voters: a response to columnist Mary Mitchell

OPINION | In defense of Chicago’s millennial voters: a response to columnist Mary Mitchell

In this opinion piece, writer Charles Preston responds to a Chicago Sun-Times column critiquing millennial voters in February’s municipal election.
OPINION | How splitting the Black Chicago vote has stripped us of political power for 30 years

OPINION | How splitting the Black Chicago vote has stripped us of political power for 30 years

A white split is what put Harold Washington in the mayor’s seat in 1983. After his death, the Black split
OPINION: I can’t believe y’all think Sheck Wes' “Mo Bamba” is better than Chief Keef's “Faneto”

OPINION: I can’t believe y’all think Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba” is better than Chief Keef’s “Faneto”

Larry Legend is back to set the record straight on the debate between Sheck Wes' "Mo Bamba" and Chief Keef's
OPINION | Y’all bet not say Derrick Rose is washed ever again

OPINION | Y’all bet not say Derrick Rose is washed ever again

The well-connected, mild-sauce connoisseur Larry Legend has a few words for all of you so-called Derrick Rose fans.
OPINION | Toxic masculinity is blaming Tamara O’Neal for her own death

OPINION | Toxic masculinity is blaming Tamara O’Neal for her own death

In a viral Facebook post, some people are blaming Tamara O’Neal for her own death. Fellow Chicagoan Mylissa Veal explains
OPINION | Are y’all muting R. Kelly this holiday season or nah?

OPINION | Are y’all muting R. Kelly this holiday season or nah?

Will you be stepping in the name of love with R. Kelly this holiday season?
OPINION | This is why we NEED to care about what happened to Danye Jones in Ferguson

OPINION | This is why we NEED to care about what happened to Danye Jones in Ferguson

There’s been a silent war waging against Black activists in Ferguson for years now, and hardly anyone is paying attention.
OPINION | David Guetta is not the grandfather of EDM or house music

OPINION | David Guetta is not the grandfather of EDM or house music

Who is the grandfather of electronic dance music? There isn’t one.
OPINION | Even if you in a Benz...

OPINION | Even if you in a Benz…

WVON radio producer and journalist Josh McGhee prayed for a body like Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown's but, in hindsight,
OPINION | I love Chicago journalism, so why won’t it love me back?

OPINION | I love Chicago journalism, so why won’t it love me back?

Chicago media has never been more important, or more fraught with hostility.
OPINION | Beychella Didn't Have Anything To Do With Chicago Until...

OPINION | Beychella Didn’t Have Anything To Do With Chicago Until…

… Queen Bey and her HBCU band played “Hay” by Crucial Conflict.
OPINION | It’s time for hip hop to put an end to lean culture

OPINION | It’s time for hip hop to put an end to lean culture

Sophisticated trap rapper Tony Cartel shares his thoughts on the deadly effects of lean culture on today’s young rappers.
ESSAY | New year, New Me: Protecting My House

ESSAY | New year, New Me: Protecting My House

On her 25th birthday, Chicago-based filmmaker Ashley Mills reflects on the mental exhaustion of always putting others before yourself.
OPINION | The Pursuit: Fredo Santana & Chicago’s PTSD

OPINION | The Pursuit: Fredo Santana & Chicago’s PTSD

PTSD is real in Chicago, and Fredo Santana is an unfortunate example of what happens when our trauma isn’t considered
OPINION | Fredo Santana, a Drill pioneer, is dead and here’s why you should care

OPINION | Fredo Santana, a Drill pioneer, is dead and here’s why you should care

Social media is ablaze after the death of Drill pioneer Fredo Santana, but there’s an important side of the conversation
OPINION| White feminists don’t care about Black people

OPINION| White feminists don’t care about Black people

White feminists are the first to react to attacks on white women and white LGBTQs, but they continually are silent
OPINION | Let's Stop Chasing Our Oppressor's Dream For Us

OPINION | Let’s Stop Chasing Our Oppressor’s Dream For Us

During "white flight," Black people were left behind to starve as money and jobs were sucked out of the city.
OPINION | Why we can’t stop thinking about Kenneka Jenkins

OPINION | Why we can’t stop thinking about Kenneka Jenkins

Kenneka Jenkins' death hit home for Black millennial women in Chicago because we see ourselves in her.
OPINION | Dear Black People: Don’t Die Over The Block

OPINION | Dear Black People: Don’t Die Over The Block

In this op-ed, Teamwork Englewood’s data & communications manager, Nicole Johnson, explores how Chicago fits in Jay-Z’s vision for financial
OPINION | Forget Racist Bars & Support the Black Bartenders Renaissance

OPINION | Forget Racist Bars & Support the Black Bartenders Renaissance

In this op-ed, former Chicago bartender, Ashley Nycole Smith, shares the importance of supporting what she calls the Black bartenders
OPINION | DJ Khaled & Drake's 'To The Max' Sounds Like Black Chicago

OPINION | DJ Khaled & Drake’s ‘To The Max’ Sounds Like Black Chicago

In this op-ed, Litebulb from the popular footwork crew, The Era, shines light on the ongoing appropriation of juke, footwork
OPINION| Running Numbers: The Importance of Wealth in Black Chicago

OPINION| Running Numbers: The Importance of Wealth in Black Chicago

Westside resident Julian Wright shares his thoughts on why building generational wealth is so necessary for Black Chicago.
A Letter to Mary Mitchell and the Sun-Times

A Letter to Mary Mitchell and the Sun-Times

No one is here for what Mary Mitchell & the Chicago Sun-Times had to say about Chance the Rapper on
The Moment You Realize Kanye Is In "The Sunken Place"

The Moment You Realize Kanye Is In “The Sunken Place”

The TRiiBE co-founder, Morgan Elise Johnson, is convinced that Jordan Peele's horror flick, Get Out, is an adaption of Kanye
Changing the millennial narrative can change the world

Changing the millennial narrative can change the world

Southside born Zachary Parker makes his case for changing the narrative of millennials to fit the accurate depiction of their