• Ten Black-Owned Holiday Must-Haves for Women

    Ten Black-Owned Holiday Must-Haves for Women
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holly jolly time of year that we have all been waiting for is only ten days away. This means that there is still time to find that special gift for the special lady in your life.
    But while these multifaceted queens have access to all of the things, searching for the right gift can leave many in a state of confusion. Especially when trying to shop for the woman who has everything and needs nothing. However, thanks to the innovativeness of man
  • Progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black deliver the brutality on Vicissitude

    Progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black deliver the brutality on Vicissitude
    In 2018, Long Island progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black threw down the gauntlet with a video for their debut single, “The Herd,” announcing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. The following year, they released their first EP, Pneuma, to considerable acclaim: it’s an intense, versatile, and strikingly assured burst of brutality that hit like a progressive deathcore derecho and left me wanting more. Last fall’s full-length Vicissitude has scratched tha
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Advice on Money 

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    What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about your spending habits?   
    Many know the Civil Rights-era giant to be one who spoke about peace, justice, fairness and love amidst unspeakable hate and threats made against Black people and other disenfranchised groups.  
    Dr. King, however, had a penchant for pennies, too.  
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  • Journalist Marc Lamont Hill Talks Radical Activism at MLK Service

    Journalist Marc Lamont Hill Talks Radical Activism at MLK Service
    Journalist, author and activist, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill spoke at St. Sabina Church on Sunday for their annual MLK service. The Temple University professor and host of BET News and the Coffee and Books podcast delivered an electrifying message honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    In his message, he highlighted the necessity of telling the truth about Martin Luther King Jr’s work, activism, and legacy. “Our work to honor King is an act of resistance…You will not kill
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  • MLK’s Legacy in North Lawndale, Chicago

    MLK’s Legacy in North Lawndale, Chicago
    Fifty-six years ago, on January 26, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family moved to 1550 N. Hamlin Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago. Dr. King’s mission was to protest slum conditions, overpricing of rent, and discriminatory housing practices. The King family moved on the third floor, where tenants in the three-story building were living without water, electricity, and heat. King’s rent was $97.00 per month for a four-room apartment, whereas whites would
  • MLK Series: What Social Justice Looks Like Now with Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger

    MLK Series: What Social Justice Looks Like Now with Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger
    In his own words, Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, Sr. Pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina says, “St. Sabina is, I believe, more than a congregation, but a teaching ground where countless people from around the world pass through our doors and take something with them. It is a ground where denominational walls have been dismantled and racial barriers removed. It is a ground where the Spirit of the Lord has brought freedom and where young and old, wealthy, and poor have been welcomed.
  • MLK’s Family To Biden: No MLK Day Holiday Without Voting Rights Legislation

    MLK’s Family To Biden: No MLK Day Holiday Without Voting Rights Legislation
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    The family of Martin Luther King, Jr. is calling for a “no celebration” of the January federal holiday named in his honor without action by lawmakers and Joe Biden on federal voting rights legislation.
    Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea Waters King and their daughter Yolanda Renee King have plans to mobilize activists over MLK weekend next year to push Biden and Congress on passing two key pieces of legislation that would secure voting rights for millions.
    B
  • OP-ED: Candidate for Congress Kina Collins Says It is Time to Let Young People Lead

    OP-ED: Candidate for Congress Kina Collins Says It is Time to Let Young People Lead
    Community organizer and activist, Kina Collins.
    Kina Collins is an American community organizer and activist, whose work has focused on issues of gun violence, criminal justice reform, and universal healthcare. Collins is a candidate in the 2022 U.S. House election for Illinois’ 7th congressional district.
     
    By: Kina Collins
    Martin Luther King Jr. was just 26 years old when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dr. King witnessed and experienced injustices in his communities, and he wast
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  • Ways to Give Back for MLK Day

    Ways to Give Back for MLK Day
    On Monday, January 17, people across the country will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. This national day of service – MLK Day – celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy, and empowers individuals, strengthens communities, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
    The Honeycomb Project invites families to reflect on the life and work of Dr. King and discover new ways to carry on his mission with everyday actions:
    Activate change fro
  • A Piece of Peace – Why Dr. King Would Still Believe in Nonviolence  

    “No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.”  
    That common phrase has been shouted from the rooftops and exclaimed on the streets from activists, protestors and others looking for some answers from the latest crime that afflicted someone with melanated skin who looks like them.  
    On Monday, January 17, MLK Day is celebrated in the Black community and beyond as many reflect back on what he did with the Civil Rights movement and look forward to what is still po
  • 7 Best Love Spells That Work and How To Cast Them in 2022

    7 Best Love Spells That Work and How To Cast Them in 2022
    Throughout history, witchcraft has had a notoriously bad image. Most of the world links witches to Satanism and pure evil, and just looking into the past tells you how much of a bad rep witches have had, with the fatal witch-hunting and numerous trials where witches burned at the stake.But in recent years, witchcraft has become popularized and romanticized through pop culture, like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and everyone’s favorite movie series, Harry Potter.Wicca is a modern Pagan religion
  • The Black Press Supports New VP Harris’ Comms Director Jamal Simmons

    He’s one of the top five high-ranking Black men leading the way at the White House.  
    He is none other than Detroit’s native son Jamal Simmons and he was recently tapped as Vice President Kamala Harris’ new communications director in early January.    
    Simmons, a political analyst (who has appeared on national news networks like MSNBC and CNN), is no stranger to the spotlight or diligently working behind the scenes.  
    Within Harris’ administration
  • TikTok Star Rory Teasley Strangled To Death By Boyfriend Over Video Game

    TikTok Star Rory Teasley Strangled To Death By Boyfriend Over Video Game
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    TikTok star Rory Teasley has reportedly died after his boyfriend of 10 years strangled him to death over a video game dispute.
    According to police in Pontiac, Michigan, Teasley’s boyfriend, Docquen Jovo Watkins, choked the 28-year-old to death during a fight over the popular video game Overwatch. Watkins, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder, court records obtained by People show.
    Teasley amassed more than 20,000 followers on th
  • Cardi B Says She Felt ‘Extremely Suicidal’ As She Testifies In Libel Trial

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    Cardi B testified in court on Thursday during her libel case against Youtuber Tasha Kebe, revealing that she felt “extremely suicidal” after Kebe allegedly spread salacious lies about the “WAP” rapper. As Cardi took the stand on day four of the trial, she opened up about how Tasha’s “malicious” smear campaign, including rumors that the Grammy Award winning star contracted sexual diseases, caused her to develop fatigue, anxiety, weight
  • Judge Agrees To Delay Trial Of 3 Officers Charged In George Floyd’s Murder

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    A Minnesota agree this week to delay the state trial of three former officers charged in the murder of George Floyd, but only if attorneys on both sides can agree on a new date.
    On Monday (January 10), Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ordered attorneys to agree on a new trial date that’s within one year, but if they can’t come to an agreement by Sunday (January 16), the current date of March 7, 2022 will remain in place.
    Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Keung are e
  • Biden Nominates First Black Woman To US Federal Reserve Board

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    President Joe Biden is expected to soon unveil his three picks for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, which includes a potential history-making nominee.
    Lisa Cook, a long-time Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University, is among Biden’s selected Fed leaders, and would be the first Black woman to serve in the role.
    Cook is also the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and, if confirmed by the Senate, would join Bid
  • No Black Creators Made ‘Forbes’ Highest Paid TikTokers List

    No Black Creators Made ‘Forbes’ Highest Paid TikTokers List
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    With all of the dances, popular sounds, skits, and original content series that Black creators bring to TikTok one would assume at least one innovator would’ve made a list amongst the platform’s top earners.
    But, that wasn’t the case in Forbes‘ new list of “Top-Earning TikTok-ers 2022” released a week ago. Not a single Black TikTok creator made the publication’s list, which ranked the collective $55.5 million white creators are bringi
  • Dave Chappelle Opens Up About Regret He Feels Following Bob Saget’s

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    Dave Chappelle is dealing with the regret that comes with losing a close friend unexpectedly.
    During a stand-up show Thursday night (January 13) in Los Angeles, the legendary comedian revealed that Bob Saget, who passed away on Sunday (January 9), texted him before he died, but he never responded to the text.
    “Tomorrow I’m going to go lay my comrade [Bob] to rest,” he began. “Listen, I’m getting old, so a lot of people I know die… I starte
  • School Board Member Uses ‘Data’ To Go On Racist Rant About Black Teachers

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    Parents in the Houston area are calling for a school board member to resign after he went on a racist rant blaming Black children’s lower graduation rates on the high number of Black teachers in the district.
    Cypress Independent School District board member Scott Henry unleashed a racist rant during a January 10 meeting that left parents and educators in shock.
    “I’m a big data guy, so I know data. Data can be skewed any way you want it to,” Henry said
  • MLK Day Celebrations Happening Around The Country

    MLK Day Celebrations Happening Around The Country
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    The US will mark its official commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday on Monday (January 17).
    For many, the day off is really a day on, full of service projects, celebrations, and ceremonies that on the life’s work of the late civil rights icon.
    King, born January 15, 1929, is known for his speeches, leading marches and a movement for Civil Rights in the United States. Before his assassination in 1968, King’s platform was rapidly expanding int
  • Ohio Supreme Court Blocks GOP-Drawn Congressional Voting Map

    Ohio Supreme Court Blocks GOP-Drawn Congressional Voting Map
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    In a ruling Friday (January 14), the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a GOP-drawn congressional map that would’ve given Republicans an advantage in elections over the next decade.
    The Court ruled in a narrow 4-3 vote that the map’s boundary lines violated a 2018 measure passed by voters that gave map drawing authority to a commission in hopes of circumventing the practice of gerrymandering.
    The ruling comes just two days after the same court decided against legislat
  • History In Action: What Martin Luther King Jr’s Descendants Are Doing Today

    History In Action: What Martin Luther King Jr’s Descendants Are Doing Today
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    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a legendary icon in the ongoing fight against racial injustice in the United States. Even though it’s been nearly 54 years since he died, his legacy continues to endure through his children and grandchild.
    All of his descendants have advocated for civil rights in some way through their lives, and their advocacy has even extended to other issues. Some have lent their voice to the LGBT+ community, while others have their activism overseas. H
  • Homeless in a pandemic-stricken Chicago

    Homeless in a pandemic-stricken Chicago
    Underneath the city streets on Lower Wacker, many people have set up encampments along a stretch of concrete and iron rust. It can smell like gasoline, cat urine, pigeon droppings, rat decay, mold, and rotted fruit, depending on where you’re standing. At night the light is harsh and artificial, and the hum of cars, buses, and trucks never stops. Those who live here call it the Underworld. Some struggle with PTSD and substance use disorder. It’s late December 2020, and they are all t
  • Celebrations and dance floors

    Celebrations and dance floors
    Looking for some ways to spice up your winter free time? We’ve got you covered, just read on.FRI 1/14It’s certainly been gloomy and gray enough lately to turn your mind to gothic fancies, and A Red Orchid Theatre (1531 N. Wells) feeds that inclination with the Chicago premiere of Jen Silverman’s The Moors. The company returns to live performance (fingers crossed for no Omicron shutdowns!) with Silverman’s dark comedy, which combines Brontë-esque spinsters who are li
  • Donald Glover Has A Message For His Critics Ahead Of ‘Atlanta’ Return

    Donald Glover Has A Message For His Critics Ahead Of ‘Atlanta’ Return
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    It’s been four years since Donald Glover‘s series Atlanta graced televisions, and the unexpected hiatus has garnered many critics over time. But Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has a message for his critics ahead of the season 3 premiere of his Golden Globe Award winning show.
    On Wednesday, the actor/rapper, who rarely posts on social media, shared a tweet to let the naysayers know, he’s open and ready for all the criticism, writing:
    “please @ me this ye
  • Lionel Richie To Be Honored By The Library Of Congress

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    Lionel Richie will soon be saying “Hello” to yet another award for his lasting impact in music –– this time from the Library of Congress.
    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday morning (January 13) that the singer-songwriter is the 2022 winner of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song because the his work has “entertained and inspired us –– and helped strengthen our global connections.”
    “Lionel Rich
  • A 21st-century Oklahoma!

    A 21st-century Oklahoma!
    Director Daniel Fish’s controversial 2019 Broadway revival of the classic musical Oklahoma! has come to Chicago for a two-week run at the CIBC Theatre. I don’t know how Fish’s innovative rethinking of the work (first developed at Bard College’s Fisher Center in 2015, and then produced off-Broadway at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2018 prior to the Broadway move) will resonate with audiences who don’t already know the show; as a piece of theatrical storytelling, this
  • Family Of 23-Year-Old YouTuber Found Dead Can’t Get Answers From Police

    Family Of 23-Year-Old YouTuber Found Dead Can’t Get Answers From Police
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    A Connecticut family is calling out police who they say isn’t not giving them any answers into the investigation of their 23-year-old daughter’s death.
    Lauren Smith-Fields was allegedly found unresponsive in her Bridgeport apartment on December 12 and “later died” police said, but it was her family members who noted her death came shortly after meeting “an older white man” on the Bumble app earlier the same evening.
    According to reports, it
  • GOP Senator Calls Black Judicial Nominee’s 3 Speeding Tickets A ‘Rap Sheet’

    GOP Senator Calls Black Judicial Nominee’s 3 Speeding Tickets A ‘Rap Sheet’
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    A Republican senator from Tennessee said she would block President Joe Biden‘s judicial nominee over concerns about his extensive “rap sheet” made up of a whopping three speeding tickets.
    During a judicial committee meeting Wednesday (January 12), Sen. Marsha Blackburn vowed to block Andre Mathis‘ nomination to the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit after alleging he has a criminal record.
    “He has a rap sheet with a laundry list of citations
  • Young Dolph’s Partner Speaks Out In New Interview: ‘They Stole My Future’

    Young Dolph’s Partner Speaks Out In New Interview: ‘They Stole My Future’
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    Young Dolph‘s partner Mia Jaye is speaking out for the first time officially since the rapper’s sudden death. In a recent interview with ABC News Live Prime, Jaye opened up about losing her “soulmate” and managing life as a single mom following the tragic loss. Speaking with ABC anchor Linsey Davis, Jaye shared:
    “It’s been extremely difficult, just having to pick up the pieces and to find the strength for my children. We felt we had a duty

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