• Ashley Madison review: Does it work in 2022? Is it real? We tried it and paid for a membership

    Ashley Madison review: Does it work in 2022? Is it real? We tried it and paid for a membership
    Ashley Madison has developed a notorious reputation over the years. As the first popular dating site for extra-marital affairs, it has generated its share of press. But regardless of what people say, it’s a popular dating site full of people looking to broaden their horizons. In this review, we’ll let you know whether it’s for you.
    Whether you’re single, attached, or looking to experiment, Ashley Madison might have just what you’re looking for. With its wealth of &
  • Lizzo Turns Heads In Chic High-Waisted Jeans & Blouse For Low-Key Dinner

    Lizzo Turns Heads In Chic High-Waisted Jeans & Blouse For Low-Key Dinner
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    Lizzo is usually quite the risk taker when it comes to come serving looks — but on Tuesday night, she opted for a more casual, chic ensemble while turning heads in the process. The “Truth Hurts” singer hit up Craig’s in West Hollywood for a low-key dinner, while rocking high-waisted pants with a simple, elegant black blouse with long sleeves and white and green designs; complete with a set of brilliant white heels and a classic black quilted Chanel han
  • Witnesses Testify They Knew George Floyd Needed Medical Attention

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    Federal prosecutors are building their case against the three former Minneapolis police officers who participated in the murder of George Floyd.
    On Wednesday (January 26), prosecutors called eye witnesses to the stand in order to argue that even civilian bystanders could tell Floyd needed medical attention while CPR-trained ex-officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao pinned him to the ground for more than nine minutes.
    “I could tell somethin
  • This Black-Owned Clothing Brand Is Teaching History Through Fashion

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    Who knew you could get fly and learn something at the same time!
    That’s exactly what Resilient Grace is on a mission to do. The Black woman-owned and operated clothing brand sells products directly inspired by the Black heroines we often don’t learn about in school.
    In one viral TikTok, brand owner Kyra Brown explains how she’s continuing to give weekly lessons on the Black women we all need to know about in a new video series aptly named “Why Didn&rsq
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  • Janet Jackson Addresses Longtime Rumor That She Had A Secret Baby In 1980’s

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    Janet Jackson is speaking out about the pesky, 35-year old rumor that she gave birth to a secret baby with ex-husband James DeBarge in the 1980’s. In a clip from her upcoming self-titled documentary, Miss Jackson denied the long-standing rumors, saying:
    “I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child from their father? I could never do that. That’s not right.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoXbfAevF4E?feature=oembed]The
  • This Area Has The Biggest Wealth Gap Between Black And White Americans

    This Area Has The Biggest Wealth Gap Between Black And White Americans
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    Racial disparities continue to exist across the United States, creating barriers for Black people to succeed. but a new study outlines which states are worse than others when it comes to racial inequality.
    “Current trends show that a wide financial gulf continues to divide racial groups in the U.S., with Hispanic and black Americans still at the bottom of the economic ladder,” according to WalletHub, a financial website, on Tuesday (January 25). “Non-Hispani
  • Police Beg For Help In Solving Death Of Black Teen Dumped On Freeway

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    The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in figuring out who is responsible for the killing of 16-year-old Tioni Theus, whose body was dumped on a busy freeway nearly three weeks ago.
    Theus’ remains were discovered early January 8, officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed to CNN. The county medical examiner determined the teenager died as a result of a gunshot wound to the neck.
    Leaders at the ci
  • A love letter to Ravi Shankar

    A love letter to Ravi Shankar
    “What Andrés Segovia is to the guitar, what Pablo Casals is to the cello, so Ravi Shankar is to the sitar. The master. The one who you might say revolutionized the instrument.” This is how Chicago legend Studs Terkel began a 1983 radio broadcast on which Shankar appeared. Among other subjects, the two luminaries of their respective crafts discussed Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi, for which Shankar and George Fenton composed the music and received an Academy Awa
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  • Take your time up there

    Take your time up there
    Q: I’m a heterosexual cisgender male who loves prostate stimulation. I discovered it later in life, but it’s been a staple for the last 15 years. I’m worried I’m pushing the envelope too much and need your advice. Lately, the last six months or so, I will have an orgasm that’s so intense I have pain just to the right of the base of my penis and balls immediately afterwards. If I push a finger in toward the center of my body, it’s tender. I
  • Cook County Judge Raúl Vega is retiring under a cloud of allegations

    Cook County Judge Raúl Vega is retiring under a cloud of allegations
    This investigation was a collaboration between the Reader and Injustice Watch.Elizabeth Francy first encountered Cook County Circuit Judge Raúl Vega when her contentious divorce and child custody case was transferred to his courtroom more than a decade ago. She said Vega often yelled at her in court and appeared to treat women differently than men. She and other women with cases in his courtroom also said they were told to wear skirts or “dress pretty” to appease him. Francy
  • George Floyd’s Civil Rights Centered In Federal Trial Opening Arguments

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    Opening arguments in the federal trial for the three former Minneapolis police officers who participated in the murder of George Floyd began Monday (January 24).
    Prosecutors focused on Floyd’s civil rights, accusing Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Kueng of making the “conscious” decision to not protect the 46-year-old on May 25, 2020.
    “In your custody, in your care,” Assistant US Attorney Samantha Trepel told the court, while reading from the Minne
  • Meagan Good Calls Pending Divorce ‘The Most Painful Thing I’ve Experienced’

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    Meagan Good is speaking out about her pending divorce from husband of nine years, Devon Franklin. In a recent interview with XONecole, Good gave fans more insight into her surprise split with Franklin, and how she’s currently coping with the significant life change. Good shared:
    “Throughout life, I’ve always approached relationships as understanding that at some point, they’ll get to the place that they’re going to, and then they would be over. I
  • Medical Examiner Rules Lauren Smith-Fields’ Death ‘Accidental’

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    A Connecticut medical examiner ruled Monday (January 24) that the death of 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields was “accidental” and caused by “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine, and alcohol,” multiple news outlet reported.
    Bridgeport police discovered Smith-Fields unresponsive in her home on December 12, 2021, after a man she met on the Bumble app contacted authorities, according to a police incident report
  • Memphis 12-Year-Old Shot Dead After Writing Letter To Gov. About Gun Law

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    Before winter break, a Black 12-year-old from Memphis penned a letter to the Tennessee governor, expressing his concern of the state’s new gun law.
    On Christmas morning that middle schooler was shot dead after getting struck by a stray bullet while playing with presents in his family’s home.
    “I am a sixth grader at Sherwood Middle School and it is my opinion that this new gun law will be bad and people will be murdered and I think people should not have a gu
  • Rae Sremmurd Star Slim Jxmmi Arrested For Battery & Allegedly Attacking GF

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    Slim Jxmmi wasarrested on battery charges Tuesday morning in Miami after allegedly attacking the mother of his child, knocking down a door and pulling her hair extensions out in the process. According to police, the Rae Sremmurd star’s girlfriend told law enforcement that the rapper first got pissed after she questioned him about a woman he was following on Twitter. She went on to share that Slim left their home with a friend shortly after the Twitter argument, and retu
  • Giving Cash To Low-Income Families Helps Babies’ Brain Activity: Report

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    Providing cash aid to families with low incomes supports improved brain activity in babies, a preliminary study published Monday (January 24) shows.
    The trial –– named Baby’s First Years –– began in 2018, seeking to answer the question: What happens to baby’s brain development when low income families receive regular cash income?
    The study is still ongoing, but has so far shown that infants whose families received an additional $4,000 in an
  • Eugene Goodman Speaks About Experience During Chaotic Capitol Riots

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    The Black Capitol Police officer who acted bravely during the violent riots on January 6, 2021, is speaking about his experience in his first interview since the incident. Eugene Goodman broke his silence during an episode of “3 Brothers No Sense” podcast, The Huffington Post reports.
    “It could have easily been a bloodbath so kudos to everybody there that showed a measure of restraint with regards to deadly force,” Goodman recounts the incident. Photos
  • Federal Court Rules Alabama Has To Redraw Congressional Map

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    Alabama must redraw its Congressional Map after a federal court threw out the map they initially submitted, which they said violated the Voting Rights Act.
    On Monday (January 24) a three-judge panel ordered the Republican-controlled state legislature to redraw its Congressional map to match the state’s demographics and has two different Congressional districts that each have a substantial amount of Black voters.
    The judges –– two of whom were appointed by Do
  • Rihanna’s Foundation Donates $15M To Climate Justice Organizations

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    Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation has pledged $15 million to help push the fight for climate justice forward.
    The multi-million donation, made in collaboration with Jack Dorsey‘s #StartSmall Initiative, will be delivered to select climate justice organizations around the US and the Caribbean who are “are focused on and led by women, youth, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and people of color accelerate climate justice for those greatest risk,” a press relea
  • Family Sues After Cafeteria Worker Forces Black Girl To Eat Out Of Trash

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    An Ohio family is filing a federal lawsuit after disturbing video caught the moment a cafeteria worker forced their daughter to eat from the trash.
    Last month, a Black fourth grader at Palm Elementary School in Lorain threw away a waffle but was ordered to finish her meal by a lunch monitor –– identified as Monika Sommers-Fridenstine –– who fished it out of the garbage and forced the girl to eat it while her classmates looked on.
    Lorain City Schools re
  • Family Demands Answers After Black Man Is Fatally Shot While Camping

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    A Pennsylvania family is seeking answers after their loved one was shot dead while on a camping trip with his co-workers last month.
    According to Pennsylvania State Police, 29-year-old Peter Bernado Spencer was shot nine times on December 12 around 2:30 a.m. at a residence in a rural part of the state.
    Spencer’s family is describing his killing as a “modern-day lynching” and demand answers after four people who were at the residence were detained but not arr
  • Getting real about economic justice in theater

    Getting real about economic justice in theater
    Two years ago, right before COVID-19 threw the theater world (and everything else) into a state of uncertainty, four Chicago costume designers—Theresa Ham, Elsa Hiltner, Bob Kuhn, and Christine Pascual—came together to address pay inequity and other employment issues by creating the advocacy group On Our Team. Growing in part out of the Theatrical Designer Pay Resource spreadsheet put together by Hiltner (which provided crowdsourced data on the pronounced difference in pay for costu
  • August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” Opens at Goodman

    August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” Opens at Goodman
    The Goodman Theatre kicks off the new year with a major revival of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean two decades after the play premiered on the same stage. Resident Director Chuck Smith directs a cast of seven featuring Sharif Atkins (Citizen Barlow), Sydney Charles (Black Mary), Lisa Gaye Dixon (Aunt Ester), Gary Houston (Rutherford Selig), Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Caesar), A.C. Smith (Eli) and James A. Williams (Solly Two Kings).
    Originally directed by the late Marion McClinton at the Goodman
  • Artist Adeshola Makinde on His New Exhibition Celebrating Blackness

    Artist Adeshola Makinde on His New Exhibition Celebrating Blackness
    Adeshola Makinde is a Nigerian American multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Illinois. During his upbringing in the Chicagoland suburbs, Makinde attended predominantly white schools during his younger years that were starkly different from the life he led at home with his immigrant parents from Nigeria. These schools also lacked curriculums that engaged with a great deal of Black history and culture. This neglect of Black subject matter led Makinde on a personal journey of Black consciousn
  • Fighting the man

    Fighting the man
    I can’t remember where I was when my old friend Adolfo Mondragón first told me he was thinking of suing former Alderman Danny Solis for using campaign funds to pay criminal defense fees.A White Sox game? A restaurant?Doesn’t matter, the point is—it was the summer of 2019, which seems like eons ago. Just shows if you want to beat the man, you have to be willing to give it a few years of your life.As I recall, Mondragón was fired up over a story in the Sun-Times sa
  • Where to find the Chicago Reader in print every other week

    Where to find the Chicago Reader in print every other week
    The next issue will be the issue of February 3, 2022.The latest issue is the issue of January 20, 2022, the Winter Arts Preview issue.You can also download the issue as a free PDF.To keep up with your demand, we have expanded our print run to 60,000. Many Reader boxes including downtown and transit line locations will be restocked on the Wednesday following each issue date.
    Never miss a copy! Print subscriptions are available for 12 issues, 26 issues, and for 52 issues from the Reader Store.The
  • Tiffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’

    Tiffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’
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    Tiffany Haddish is finally speaking out about her recent DUI arrest in Georgia, that sparked much conversation about her emotional state, following her split from Common, as well as a viral mugshot. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the Night School star jokingly addressed her arrest, telling Fallon:
    “I can say this, Jimmy… I’ve been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four&hell
  • iffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’

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    Tiffany Haddish is finally speaking out about her recent DUI arrest in Georgia, that sparked much conversation about her emotional state, following her split from Common, as well as a viral mugshot. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the Night School star jokingly addressed her arrest, telling Fallon:
    “I can say this, Jimmy… I’ve been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four&hell
  • Whoopi Goldberg Calls Out Bill Maher For ‘Flippant’ Covid-19 Comments

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    Whoopi Goldberg is letting Bill Maher know that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is no laughing matter.
    On Friday (January 21), Maher performed a monologue on his show, Real Time, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has “gone on too long” and “nobody cares anymore.”
    “You go out, it’s silly now. You have to have your mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a booster,” Maher said. “They scan your head like you’re a
  • Mr. Sonny 1/26/22

    Mr. Sonny 1/26/22
    The post Mr. Sonny 1/26/22 appeared first on Chicago Defender.

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