• The Biden Effect and the Black Community

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been in office for close to a year and critics of the duo remain displeased with the promises made during the campaign versus the reality of the administration’s approach to leading the country. Rallied by millions of Black voters across the country, the historical win, for some, signified a promising new beginning after four years under the troubled Trump administration. Voters are scrutinizing the pair under a watchful eye and hav
  • New Trial Date Set For Three Officers Involved In George Floyd’s Murder

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    The state trial of the three former Minneapolis police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd has been moved to June 13, court documents show.
    The original state trial was scheduled to begin March 7 but was pushed back to make way for the charged ex-cops’ federal trial that begins Thursday (January 20).
    Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and Alexander Kueng each face state charges of aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020. They’re all also facing fe
  • Florida Bill To Shield White People From Feeling ‘Guilt’ Over US History

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    A new bill in Florida would ban schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” over historic actions based on their race, gender, or nationality.
    The bill –– named “Individual Freedom” –– successfully made its way out of a Republican-controlled state senate committee and has the backing of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s famous “I Have A Dream&rd
  • New Bill Cosby Documentary Trailer Suggests ‘A Lot Of People Knew’

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    While Bill Cosby got his 2018 aggravated indecent assault charge overturned, the court of public opinion is still in session and a new documentary is exploring the embattled comedian’s legacy with a powerful message.
    The trailer for the four-part documentary series “We Need To Talk About Bill Cosby” dropped Thursday (January 20) showing director W. Kamau Bell and others actively processing the fact that Cosby is a beloved television personality and someone w
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  • Regina King’s Son, Ian Alexander Jr., Dies At 26

    Regina King’s Son, Ian Alexander Jr., Dies At 26
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    Regina King‘s son, Ian Alexander Jr., has died by suicide, People confirmed. He had just turned 26 years old on Wednesday (January 19).
    “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement to the publication. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”
    Ian was the actress’ only child, w
  • One Of Ahmaud Arbery’s Convicted Killers Is Filing For A New Trial

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    One of the men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery has filed for a new trial, after saying the state failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Earlier this month, attorneys for Travis McMichael filed a routine motion for a new trial shortly after the gunman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The motion suggests state prosecutors didn’t prove McMichael’s “guilt” for pulling the trigger of a shotgun February 2
  • Florida Teacher Drags 7-Year-Old Black Girl Off The Bus, Leaving Bruises [Watch]

    Florida Teacher Drags 7-Year-Old Black Girl Off The Bus, Leaving Bruises [Watch]
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    A Florida mother is planning to sue her daughter’s school district after the 7-year-old –– who has special needs –– reported being bullied by a teacher.
    Witnesses confirmed that on September 29, 2021, an unidentified white teacher at the Airbase K-8 Center School in Homestead, pulled Amaria Clark off her school bus, dragging her down the steps, before falsely accused of stealing a cellphone in front of a crowd. The teacher grabbed Amaria so force
  • What Retirement Among Black Congress Members Means For The Future

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    The Congressional Black Caucus will be experiencing some major changes in the upcoming midterm election cycle.
    At least seven members of the lawmaker group former more than 50 years ago will not be returning to office after this session. A wave of retirements, campaigns for other offices, and the passing of a longtime member provides an opportunity for new membership –– and leaders –- to rise.
    “The CBC is very much in a transitional phase right now aft
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  • Twitter Drags Mitch McConnell After Suggesting Black People Aren’t American

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    Twitter is letting Mitch McConnell have it after the Republican leader made a comment suggesting Black people aren’t fully American.
    While speaking to reporters Thursday (January 20), McConnell answered a question asking his thoughts on the concern many Black voters have after two key pieces of federal voting rights legislation failed in the Senate this week.
    “Well, the concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting
  • The Complexities of Grief   

    For more than two years, the world has felt the pressures of loss and dealt with the harsh reality that grief brings. While grief looks differently for everyone, it is an emotion that has been fueled with force in recent months. At a time when mental health is being widely discussed, topics surrounding grief Have become a hot button issue as individuals look for ways to cope with sadness and process the events of the last several months.  
    The coronavirus has claimed more than 8
  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First
    The Scary of Sixty-First is an ambitious film, and while it doesn’t always hit its mark, it remains admirable in its attempts. Noelle (Madeline Quinn) and Addie (Betsey Brown) seemingly strike gold during an apartment hunt by landing a swank duplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It is, of course, too good to be true. But the drawbacks are much more sinister than shitty plumbing, noisy neighbors, or an asshole super. It turns out the property used to belong to the infamous and recen
  • Little Wild, little bunnies, a little gong

    Little Wild, little bunnies, a little gong
    Let’s get into it, revelers, there’s a lot of stuff to do both online and off in the next few days!FRI 1/21Fish (and visitors) are said to go bad after three days, but Fillet of Solo has been keeping it fresh for 25 years. Originally created by Sharon Evans for Live Bait Theater, the annual celebration of storytelling has been produced by Lifeline for the past several iterations. They’re going virtual for a second time this year, bringing performers and storytelling collective
  • Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man’s Night and Nocturna: Side B – Where the Elephants Go to Die

    Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man’s Night and Nocturna: Side B – Where the Elephants Go to Die
    Gonzalo Calzada’s ghost story Nocturna is broken up into two distinct films: Side A, the more linear narrative, and Side B, an abstracted addendum that parallels the events of Side A. Narratively, Nocturna tells the story of elderly Ulises (Pepe Soriano) who lives a life bordering on reclusive, his only companion being his wife Dalia (Marilú Marini), who imposes a constant fear that the building association is going to forcibly remove them from their apartment due to their age and
  • Cicada

    Matthew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s Cicada isn’t sure what it wants to be. Is it a cinematic narrative or a heart-wrenching documentary? The story of a partnership, or a classic character study? A tale of love overcoming obstacles, or of opposing identities colliding? When Ben and Sam’s lives—and traumas—intersect, it creates a cacophony much like the song of the cicadas: a scream we can witness but cannot quite understand. But cowriters and costars Fifer and Sheldo
  • The Afterparty

    The Afterparty
    At the after-party of a 15-year high school reunion, a famous alumnus is murdered and his classmates are all suspects. Tiffany Haddish stars as the detective trying (not very hard) to find out whodunit. The rest of the cast is filled out by a murderers’ row of SNL and SNL-adjacent comedy vets, none breaking a sweat. Each episode threatens to focus on a different character and send up a separate film genre, but aside from the painful parody musical featured in episode three, I wasn’t
  • Art houses live

    Art houses live
    In an article for the Chicago Tribune published on November 26, 1972, film critic Gene Siskel (after whom, ironically, the institution would later be named) announced the pending commencement of a new film center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, set to open on January 3 of the coming year. “This article,” he wrote, “is dedicated to the hundreds of persons who have stopped me in movie theaters, dinner parties, baseball games, and lecture halls and complained
  • Black female friendships are taking over the small screen

    Black female friendships are taking over the small screen
    Ever since Bernadine, Gloria, Savannah, and Robin laughed together, cried together, and fussed at each other in the name of friendship in theaters around the world, many have exalted the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale as the blueprint for showing Black women’s friendships on-screen. Waiting to Exhale followed four African American women experiencing the ups and downs of love and romance in Phoenix, Arizona. Based on the 1992 novel by Terry McMillan, the film has also stood the test of time i
  • HBCU Virtual Fair Helps College Students Find Schools and Money

    Even with the pandemic raging across the country, thousands of high school students are still trying to figure out where to continue their education after graduation.  We know how hard it is to gather in person — so an HBCU Virtual Fair based in Atlanta is bringing the opportunity to connect with colleges and universities, right into their homes. 
    Real Times Media National News Director Mark Hayes sits down with Oliver Hunter to get the details on the event and to tell us about a
  • Extremism Expert Eric Ward on Dr. King’s Practice of Non-Violence

    Extremism Expert Eric Ward on Dr. King’s Practice of Non-Violence
    According to a poll conducted by the Washington Post, one in three Americans says violence against the government can be justified.  As the nation commemorated the anniversary of the Jan 6th insurrection, the question of whether the nation is in the midst of a civil war is a relevant one.
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “it is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”  
  • Voting Rights Bills Dead After Senate Fails To Change Filibuster Rules

    Voting Rights Bills Dead After Senate Fails To Change Filibuster Rules
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    The voting rights of millions of Americans were left vulnerable Wednesday evening (January 19) after a Senate vote failed to change the filibuster rule to get key legislation passed.
    The 52-48 vote came after Senate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema sided with every Republican to vote against changing the filibuster rules. According to reports, Republicans erupted in applause after the vote was complete.
    The rule they wanted to change would allow for a talking filibust
  • Federal Trial Of Three Former Officers In George Floyd’s Murder Begins

    Federal Trial Of Three Former Officers In George Floyd’s Murder Begins
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    The federal trial of the three former Minneapolis police officers who participated in the murder of George Floyd began Thursday (January 20) with jury selection.
    Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao each face state and federal charges for their role in the May 25, 2020 murder of Floyd who was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. Each of the former officers face state aiding and abetting a murder and manslaughter charges, while the federal prosecutors
  • Tiffany Haddish Shares An Update On Her Plans To Become A Parent

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    Tiffany Haddish has a lot of love to give, and plans to become a parent are in full swing. In a recent interview with E!’s Daily Pop, the “Night School” actress, who was placed in foster care as a child, opened up about her plans for parenthood, sharing:
    “I just went to Africa. I was just in Eritrea, and people were trying to give me their kids. I was like, ‘Hold up now, I gotta get the paperwork right now. I can’t just be taking kids with
  • Client Sends Racist Email After Finding Out Business Owner Is Black

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    A Portland, Oregon business owner shared the racist email she received from a customer who demanded a refund once they found out they supported a Black owned business.
    The business owner, TikTok user @royaltysonestopshop, started Royalty’s One Stop Shop with the mission of making people feel “pretty and safe” with her fashionable self-defense items. One customer, however, no longer wanted to be a part of that mission once they found out a Black woman was beh
  • Chloe Bailey Slams Critics Who Compare Her To Sister Halle

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    Both Chloe and Halle Bailey have seen success in their respective, solo careers. Chloe has been going hard, slaying performances and promoting her single “Have Mercy”, while Halle recently wrapped filming of the live-action version of The Little Mermaid in which she stars as Ariel. But like most sisters, the “Ungodly Hour” singers are constantly being compared to each other, and big sister Chloe has had enough.
    During an interview for the digital cover
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Proposes Self-Defense Law Named After Kyle Rittenhouse

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    A Tennessee lawmaker proposed a new self-defense law that would reimburse accused killers if a court determines they acted in self-defense and a jury acquits them of the charges.
    The bill is named “Kyle’s Law” –– named after Kyle Rittenhouse, the acquitted gunman who fired on protesters, killing two of them and injuring another, back in August 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Jr. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    “I’m trying to
  • Hollywood creative Cassandra Butcher talks breaking color barriers with Beyoncé & John Singleton friendship

    Hollywood creative director Cassandra Butcher shares how she always knew she’d work in television, how she broke color barriers with Beyoncé while filming ‘The Fighting Temptations,’ and how amazing her friendship was with the Academy-Award nominated director, John Singleton.
    Cassandra is the CMO of BRON Studios (Bombshell, Judas and the Black Messiah) and Co-Creative Director of BRON Life. She also oversees BRON’s creative, publicity and media Awards strategy which
  • Dr. Anthony Harris on Keeping Kids Safe in Schools Amid a Surge in COVID Cases

    Dr. Anthony Harris on Keeping Kids Safe in Schools Amid a Surge in COVID Cases
    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected America’s schoolchildren in numerous ways. From remote learning and the loss of personal and social interaction to the current disruptions of in-person learning due to the Omicron variant, students are feeling the effects of losing precious in-person time in school.
    With the recent CPS and CTU fight regarding resuming in-person learning and safety protocols, parents have grown increasingly frustrated. Struggling to balance children’s need to return
  • Building 63rd House

    Building 63rd House
    On August 5, 1966, near Marquette Park, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was attacked while leading a protest to demand housing desegregation. Several blocks away from this spot stands 3055 W. 63rd, a formerly abandoned post office that turned 100 years old in 2020. This is the location where Blue Tin Production (a worker-run apparel manufacturing cooperative) is now building 63rd House, a hybrid organization headquarters for Blue Tin and community center for the greater neighborhoods of
  • Chicago Americana outfit Dogs at Large flirt with the comforts of lo-fi sounds

    Chicago Americana outfit Dogs at Large flirt with the comforts of lo-fi sounds
    Since the mid-2010s, Chicago multi-instrumentalist Sam Pirruccello (aided by a shifting group of collaborators) has been releasing languid, Americana-inflected indie rock as Dogs at Large. In 1975, Pirruccello’s father, Bo, and Bo’s brother Frank (Pirruccello’s uncle) cofounded the delightful country-rock band Ouray, and the music of Dogs at Large has a noticeable twang too. Dogs at Large’s sixth album, My Epiphone (which they self-released in December 2020), began as a
  • Chicago rapper Vic Spencer sticks to his ideals on Spencer for Higher 4

    Chicago rapper Vic Spencer sticks to his ideals on Spencer for Higher 4
    Chicago rapper Vic Spencer has built a catalog worthy of a book-length exposition, but for the time being I’ll restrict myself to a handful of observations about December’s Spencer for Higher 4 (Old Fart Luggage). One: UK rapper-producer Sonnyjim, who had a hand in every beat on the album, employs sumptuous sonics that help even Spencer’s most petulant turns go down easy and give his voluble verses a lived-in resplendence. Two: Spencer sometimes sounds like he’s dragging

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