• MAGA science

    MAGA science
    Having spent the better part of the last week closely following the showdown between CPS and its teachers, I’ve concluded there’s no way Mayor Lightfoot truly believes the positions she’s been taking.Not unless the mayor—who ran as a progressive—has suddenly transformed into a Chicago version of Ron DeSantis, ’cause the stuff she’s been spouting is straight-up MAGA.No, I say what’s happened is that the Chicago Teachers Union embarrassed the mayor
  • State budget impasse linked to 2016 homicide spike

    State budget impasse linked to 2016 homicide spike
    When homicides spiked in Chicago in 2016, the increase was variously blamed on a drop in stop-and-frisk interactions by police following an ACLU of Illinois lawsuit, poor parenting, and the fallout from the release of video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald in November 2015.But according to a study published Monday by researchers at Northwestern University, the spike in violence may have been partly driven by a state budget impasse that temporarily defunded violence-prevention and youth o
  • Singing for the roses

    Singing for the roses
    For the longtime home of Million Dollar Quartet to have transitioned to the site of a rotating slate of parody musicals could be cringe-inducing, if not for their impressively consistent quality and ability to draw sizable audiences. It’s a feat that’s all the more notable with Omicron’s rise (and hopeful fall?) emptying chairs at live events citywide. This 75-minute parody musical came at the right time for me, as I’ve joined and since retired from Bachelor Nation over
  • Lil Durk Shocks Fans With His ‘One And Done’ Boxers Confession

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    Celebs have the luxury of not wearing hot pieces more than once, but who knew that was also the case when it comes to undergarment and shoes. Lil Durk shocked fans when he took to Instagram Story on Monday to reveal that he doesn’t ever wear the same of boxers more than once, while showing off his extensive collection of boxers.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYPqop3QSN8?feature=oembed]Durk isn’t the only rapper to declare his one and done rule. T.I. made
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  • Lizzo, H.E.R and More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration

    Lizzo, H.E.R and More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration
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    iHeartRadio’s Living Black Celebration is back for the second year, celebrating Black History Month in a major way. The month-long event, empowered by AT&T, will be headlined by Lizzo, who will celebrate with a special performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s celebration will also feature performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Stars like J. Cole, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Saweetie and Bas are all scheduled to m
  • Lizzo, H.E.R & More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration

    Lizzo, H.E.R & More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration
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    iHeartRadio’s Living Black Celebration is back for the second year, celebrating Black History Month in a major way. The month-long event, empowered by AT&T, will be headlined by Lizzo, who will celebrate with a special performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s celebration will also feature performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Stars like J. Cole, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Saweetie and Bas are all scheduled to m
  • Black Man Sues After Being Jailed Because Police Mistook Him For White Man

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    A Black man is suing Nevada police after officers misidentified him for an older, taller white man with the same name.
    In 2020, then 23-year-old Shane Lee Brown spent six days in two Las Vegas jails after police officers arrested him on a bench warrant issued for Shane Neal Brown–– a white man who was 49 years old at the time and had been convicted of a felony in 1994 –– before Lee Brown was even born.
    Lee Brown, now 25, filed a lawsuit against the Las
  • Clarence Thomas’ Wife Has Ties To Right-Wing Extremist Groups: Report

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    The wife of the only Black Supreme Court Justice currently serving on the nation’s highest court has ties to white nationalist organizations.
    According to an investigative report by The New Yorker, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas co-hosted and spoke at a banquet that was part of a conference attended by the founder of the Oath Keepers. Federal prosecutors have previously accused the Oath Keepers of planning out attacks on the US Capitol and holding trainings the wee
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  • Regina King’s Son Ian Alexander’s Disturbing Last Tweets Revealed

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    Many are still grieving the shocking death of Regina King‘s 26-year old son Ian Alexander, who died by suicide over the weekend. Although further details about the heartbreaking incident have yet to be revealed, fans dug up a few of Ian’s old tweets that showed a gloomier side to the Oscar-winning star’s son. Just five days before his passing, Ian tweeted:
    “You know that episode of SpongeBob where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini
  • White Man Arrested After Going On Racist Rampage Over A Smoothie

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    Lawyers for a white man in Connecticut maintain he’s not “a racist individual” but that he threw a drink and questioned the immigration status of employees at a smoothie shop “out of anger.”
    On Saturday (January 22) around 1 p.m., Fairfield police say James Iannazzo, 48, purchased a smoothie at a local Robeks. About 30 minutes later, his home phone was used to call 911 when he reported his child having an allergic reaction. The chi
  • Nick Cannon Honors His Late Son Zen With A Sweet Message

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    Nick Cannon is still grieving the loss of his youngest bundle of joy, Zen, who died of brain cancer back in December. Over the weekend, the father of seven took to social media to share a sweet message to his “little dude” about how much he still misses him. Nick shared:
    “Still missing my little dude… His Spirit and brightness were soo strong#ZensLight“To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”. 2Corinthians 5:8 The whole
  • Tax Season 2022: What You Need To Know

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    Tax season is upon us and given the economic recovery the country is in, it’s important now more than ever to be in the know.
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin accepting and processing federal income tax returns on Monday (January 24) –– two weeks earlier than previous years. And while theoretically the earlier you get your returns in, the earlier you get your refund, experts suggest making accuracy a priority, especially with a new wave of chang
  • Jay-Z Taking ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Photographer To Trial Over Iconic Photos

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    Jay-Z‘s lawsuit against the photographer behind his Reasonable Doubt album cover is headed to trial. According to recent court documents, Hov and legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion couldn’t come to a settlement agreement regarding photos that Mannion took for the rapper’s debut album — so Jay is filed a suit against Mannion, who has several photos of Hov on his website with a sale price attached, for using the images without his permission.&n
  • Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Arguments Against Race In College Admissions

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    The United States Supreme Court is taking on yet another blockbuster issue on its already busy term.
    On Monday (January 24), the nation’s highest court agreed to hear a challenge to the use of race in college admissions decisions, which could potentially lead to a landmark overhaul of affirmative action in higher education.
    The case was brought on by the conservative-supported group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), who sued Harvard University and the University of N
  • Bow Wow Trends After Fans Hilariously Attempt To Name Three Of His Songs

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    Bow Wow is known for making headlines for his funny social media antics, and Monday’s debate was no different. After one fan sparked the conversations, tweeting, “Imagine a ***** put a gun to your head and tell you to name 3 bow wow songs,” 90’s babies and 2000’s kids went head to head in a Bow Wow verzus of their own, with many 90’s babies defending the rapper-turned-actor‘s legacy.   
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  • A Dangerous Number’ Of Restaurants Could Close If Congress Doesn’t Step In

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    A group representing more than 380,000 restaurant business insiders submitted a letter to Congress Monday (January 24), requesting additional federal aid to keep their doors open.
    The National Restaurant Association told lawmakers in the letter that the recent Omicron variant surge is putting a strain on eating establishments across the US and may lead to more business closures as cases surge and more Americans opt out of eating in.
    The group is specifically seeking Congress
  • Here’s What You Need To Know About Human Trafficking Prevention

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    January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To better understand this tragically pervasive issue and learn more about the critically important efforts being made to curtail it, the Black Information Network spoke with Anita S. Teekah, Esq. of Safe Horizon.
    “National Human Trafficking Prevention Month is a month that commemorates a crime that happens every single day, all over the world,” Teekah, who serves as the Senior Director of Safe Horizon’s
  • Black Woman Says She Was ‘Racially Profiled’ While Buying Items At Store

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    A Black woman is accusing a Target employee of racially profiling her while she was purchasing Black History Month items. Pamela Smith, who goes by @blackhomeeducators on TikTok, posted a now-viral video last week describing her experience at a Kalispell, Montana store.
    “Don’t buy their Black History Collection,” Smith wrote, tagging the retailer in the post. “They need diversity training. Tag Target and Black Businesses that we can purchase from.&rdqu
  • Open canvas

    Open canvas
    Painter Ayanah Moor is careful not to reveal spoilers about her work. The Chicago artist incorporates highly focused intentions into her paintings in the “I Wish I Could Be You More Often” exhibition, on display at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art from February 10 through April 10, but she wants patrons to be able to bring their own experiences when they interpret her work.The title unlocks impressions of the 20-some paintings in the exhibit, but it is also a lyrical, open-ended
  • On winter and the built environment

    On winter and the built environment
    Winter is inevitable, but it still feels like an unwelcome surprise each year. To architecture journalist Anjulie Rao, it’s a season of reevaluation, reflection, and transformation.Fascinated by what winter represents, Rao has started a small publication on the topic—a “grand experiment” whose biweekly publishing schedule will follow the length of the season, December 21, 2021, to March 30, 2022. Through Weathered, a newsletter hosted on the platform Substack, Rao c
  • Slutty Vegan Entrepreneur Pinky Cole Brings Plant-Based Recipes Home with New Cookbook

    Slutty Vegan Entrepreneur Pinky Cole Brings Plant-Based Recipes Home with New Cookbook
    Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Pinky Cole, the founder, and CEO of the hugely successful “Slutty Vegan” Restaurant empire announced her new upcoming cookbook, “Eat Plants B*tch.”  With several locations in Atlanta, her crave-worthy, indulgent menus attract both locals and visitors to wait in now-infamous lines down the block for her vegan burgers and more.
    Fans include Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, Taraji P. Henson, and more. From Avocado
  • What New Workforce Dynamics Mean for Black Professionals

    What New Workforce Dynamics Mean for Black Professionals
    By Alan Hughes
    The last two years have resulted in a paradigm shift in the global workforce. The pandemic drastically changed behavioral norms– and businesses and employees alike had to adjust to the new rules of corporate America.
    Businesses had to identify ways to retain productive employees, particularly during the “Great Resignation of 2021 which saw thousands of employees exit the workforce to seek better working conditions, compensation, and opportunities. As corporations set u
  • Earthless return to form on the psychedelic Night Parade of One Hundred Demons

    Earthless return to form on the psychedelic Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
    Earthless started releasing anachronistic 40-minute jams steeped in 70s hard-rock riffing at a time in the early 2000s when spindly postpunk seemed to dominate the underground rock landscape. A new wave of psychedelic metal was also beginning to take shape, though, and the Southern California trio’s studio debut, 2005’s Sonic Prayer, opens with a track whose title references Japanese experimental psych act Flower Travellin’ Band (even though the music sticks mainly to stoner-r
  • Atom & His Package tweaked the punk scene where it counts

    Atom & His Package tweaked the punk scene where it counts
    I still often think about Atom & His Package, the one-man, one-sequencer band that charmed and annoyed the U.S. punk scene from 1996 till 2003—that is, mostly before I knew how to find my way into that world. I love the novelty factor of the act: bespectacled Philadelphia punk Adam “Atom” Goren would yelp over lo-fi synth melodies in front of the same crowds who’d come to see noisy rock bashed out on the usual guitar, bass, and drums. In the early 90s, Goren had
  • Police Expert: Kim Potter Wasn’t Justified In Shooting Daunte Wright

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    A police use of force expert testified Wednesday (December 15) that ex-Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Kimberly Potter wasn’t justified in shooting Daunte Wright during an April traffic stop.
    “The use of deadly force was not appropriate and the evidence suggests a reasonable officer in Officer Potter’s position could not have believed it was proportional to the threat at the time,” Seth Stoughton, a University of South Carolina Law professor, testified.
  • Jay-Z’s $6 Million Patek Watch Has The Internet Buzzing: See The Rare Piece

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    Jay-Z isn’t just businessman, he’s a business, man.
    The Roc Nation CEO isn’t usually one to rock a bunch of expensive jewelry, so when he does, it’s usually more expensive and luxurious than some minds can fathom. On Wednesday, Hov gave the ultimate watch flex, rocking a Tiffany-blue Patek Philippe Nautilus that typically costs a whopping $6.5 million. However, since Jay is an official ambassador of Tiffany & Co, he most likely didn’t have to
  • Sgt. Alwyn Cashe Becomes 1st Black Medal Of Honor Recipient Since 9/11

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    President Joe Biden on Thursday (December 16) awarded three soldiers the Medal of Honor –– the nation’s highest military award for valor –– for risking their lives “above and beyond the call of duty” while fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Among the soldiers honored was Army Sgt. Alwyn Cashe, who became the first Black service member to receive the Medal of Honor since 9/11.
    “Today, we honor three outstanding soldier
  • Mother Accuses Middle School Of Strip Searching Her Son [Watch]

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    A Michigan mother is accusing her son’s middle school of strip searching him on at least two occasions.
    Cheyenne Johnson said staffers at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School forced her 11-year-old Xavier to “pull down his pants,” and take off his clothes to the point where his “skin was showing” and placing him in isolated in-school suspension.
    “He was asked to remove articles of his clothing, pull down his pants, remove shirts, you know. His sk
  • Beyoncé Quietly Joins TikTok And The Internet Is Buzzing To Find Out Why

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    Beyoncé casually broke the ‘net once again on Thursday by creating a TikTok account while most East coasters were asleep counting sheep. On Friday, fans were elated to see that that the star had joined the social media service, although she hadn’t posted anything yet. With no posts and less than 10 hours of activation, Bey still managed garner over 150,000 TikTok followers.
    Beyoncé just created a TikTok account pic.twitter.com/k9IpsSlqZF
    — mick
  • Kodak Black Learns His Fate In New Year’s Day Trespassing Case

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    Kodak Black is officially free of all charges related to his New Year’s Day trespassing arrest. According to an Instagram post from his attorney Bradford Cohen, the “Super Gremlin” rapper’s case has been dropped. Cohen shared via his Instagram page:
    “Case dismissed yesterday, the State agreed that this arrest and charge were not warranted Quick legal discussion….a cease and desist letter is not a trespass notice. A cease and desist to a co

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