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

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

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

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

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

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.
New year, New Me: Protecting My House

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.
The Pursuit: Fredo Santana & Chicago’s PTSD

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

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
White feminists don’t care about Black people

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
Let's Stop Chasing Our Oppressor's Dream For Us

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.
Why we can’t stop thinking about Kenneka Jenkins

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.
Dear Black People: Don’t Die Over The Block

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
Forget Racist Bars & Support the Black Bartenders Renaissance

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
DJ Khaled & Drake's 'To The Max' Sounds Like Black Chicago

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
Running Numbers: The Importance of Wealth in Black Chicago

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