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You Had Me At Black: Chicago

You Had Me At Black: Chicago

You Had Me At Black podcast recently launched its 5th season with stories from two Black Chicagoans - Meechie and Kwynn ...
Undocumented Lesbian

Undocumented Lesbian

In this work of creative nonfiction, South side native Sydni Chiles writes about the difficulties of having her identity pigeonholed by societal definitions, and the beauty of finally breaking away from those definitions ...
Windy

Windy

In “Windy,” a spoken word piece by Kwyn Riley, we hear her unconditional love for Chicago despite the pain it’s caused her and many others ...
A Letter to Mama from the Ivory Tower

A Letter to Mama from the Ivory Tower

For Mother's Day, Northwestern University master's student Aireale Joi Rodgers pens a vulnerable letter to her mother ...
A Ghazal for Hadiya

A Ghazal for Hadiya

"A Ghazal for Hadiya" is a poem honoring the memory of Chicago youth lost to gun violence. It was written and submitted by Erikson Institute professor Samina Hadi-Tabassum ...
Beauty & Beats Vol. 2

Beauty & Beats Vol. 2

Chicago's lady dj duo, The Lab3l, cooked up some #WCW magic with their newest mix, Beauty & Beats Vol. 2, featuring Queen Key, Rico Nasty, Charli XCX, CupcakKe, Princess Nokia, Noname and more ...
Gerry Staxxs Adventures: A Tale of 2 Sides

Gerry Staxxs Adventures: A Tale of 2 Sides

Gerry Staxxs walks us through what it's like to be a Black millennial navigating two distinct worlds within the same city in his short story, "Gerry Staxxs Adventures: A Tale of 2 Sides." ...
The Black Series

The Black Series

BLACK is a visual series capturing the colloquial expressions and shared experiences of Black folks ...
The Light Project

The Light Project

LIGHT is a visual series addressing the stigma that dark skin women are "too dark" to wear bright colors ...
W. Fullerton Ave.

W. Fullerton Ave.

W. Fullerton Ave. is a part poem, part prose piece capturing the weeks and months after the death of the writer's grandmother, and other moments of loss and transition ...
IN THE TOWN: PART III

IN THE TOWN: PART III

IN THE TOWN is a three-part short story about a weed-loving, aspiring radio producer who struggles with balancing life in Oakland's vibrant and heavily politicized queer community of color ...
IN THE TOWN: PART II

IN THE TOWN: PART II

IN THE TOWN is a short story about a weed-loving, aspiring radio producer who struggles with balancing life in Oakland's vibrant and heavily politicized queer community of color ...
IN THE TOWN: Part I

IN THE TOWN: Part I

IN THE TOWN is a short story about a weed-loving, aspiring radio producer who struggles with balancing life in Oakland's vibrant and heavily politicized queer community of color ...
Jordyn: a short film

Jordyn: a short film

"Jordyn" is the first in a new collection of short films entitled The Conversation, created by Waukegan native DaVidion Yarbrough. Watch his two-minute piece here ...
A portrait of Renata Sago

Zeal in Paris

5AM struck the room like lightning. A cell phone alarm squawked a cheesy tune. Its high-pitched notes jabbed at the morning quiet like ice picks, chipping off layer after layer of silence. Zeal lay in bed shaking her head. "You're joking,” she groaned ...