• Quavo Hit With Lawsuit After Allegedly Beating Up Limo Driver In Las Vegas

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    Quavo is being sued for allegedly assaulting a limo driver in Las Vegas. According to court documents obtained by TMZ on Thursday, the Migos star and his crew were upset because the driver left behind someone else from their group when he picked them up from a club to take them back to the Virgin hotel.
    In the lawsuit, the unidentified driver says he tried to reason with Quavo and crew, but they began shouting at him before things escalated and they assaulted him —alleg
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Wyoming’s First Black Sheriff Fires White Deputy For Years Of Racism

    Wyoming’s First Black Sheriff Fires White Deputy For Years Of Racism
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    Wyoming’s first Black sheriff took steps to fire a high-ranking white deputy who is currently being sued by a former Black officer for years of racism in a federal lawsuit.Last year, Sheriff Aaron Appelhans fired Albany County Patrol Sgt. Christian Handley for the years of racism he put another Black officer through –– so much to the point the officer quit the force in 2017 and is now suing Handley.A federal lawsuit filed by Cpl. Jamin Johnson last week accu
  • Global Protests Halt Auction Of Nelson Mandela’s Personal Items

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    Several of Nelson Mandela‘s personal items were nearly auctioned off in New York City earlier this month, but protesters from around the world halted the sale.
    “Important Artifacts from the Life of Nelson Mandela” was scheduled to take place on January 28 at the Guernsey auction house in NYC. Among the items were gifts the late South African president received from former President Barack Obama and George W. Bush, clothing, a signed copy of the South African
  • Two Years Later: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Me

    Two Years Later: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Me
    I, like many people, did not believe the severity of COVID when first learning of it. I thought it was a fear-mongering tactic by the media to put us in a constant state of panic. Dismissing their updates and shaking my head at people for wearing masks wherever they went. Thinking that this was something that would end soon after it started. But on Friday, March 13, 2020, I began to take it a little more seriously.
    Now, I am not sure why, but something in my spirit told me to take that day off o
  • Sammy Lawhorn might be the most widely recorded blues guitarist lost to time

    Sammy Lawhorn might be the most widely recorded blues guitarist lost to time
    Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who’ve been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.Folks often ask me how I’ve come up with subjects for the Secret History of Chicago Music month after month. I have lots of answers, all of them true, including digging in record bins, falling down Internet rabbit holes, and cultivating knowledgeable friends. I’m
  • Percussionist and bandleader Kahil El’Zabar starts his sixth decade of making restorative rhythms

    Percussionist and bandleader Kahil El’Zabar starts his sixth decade of making restorative rhythms
    It’s probably not possible to give a brief overview of Kahil El’Zabar’s resumé—the Chicago jazz percussionist has been a crucial part of the city’s musical heritage since he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians at age 18 in the early 1970s. (He also served the AACM as its chairman for a few years beginning in 1975.) He’s spent decades making high art that grips your body as well as your mind. His melodies swing between hypno

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