• University Investigates Reports Of KKK Recruiting Students On Campus

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    The University of Utah is investigating several reports of on-campus racist incidents, including Ku Klux Klan sightings and on-campus hate crimes.
    In early October, a group of white men dressed up in hooded robes and walked into a dorm, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. In a separate incident, a Black student reported having feces smeared across their dorm door in the same building.
    The incidents got attention after a student posted about them on Instagram, publicly questioning
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Local members, local food

    Local members, local food
    Since 2009, the Dill Pickle Food Co-op has offered locally owned products, healthy food options, and specialty items that can’t be found in any other grocery store. This full-service independent grocery co-op builds a dynamic and evolving local community with a more sustainable world. The Dill Pickle meets community needs and strengthens area diversity through products, services, and education. We are also a member-owned and financed grocery cooperative located in the Logan Square neighbo
  • Journalism and Police Accountability: Perspectives from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Torture Justice Center

    Journalism and Police Accountability: Perspectives from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Torture Justice Center
    Reader co-publisher Karen Hawkins, former Reader reporter John Conroy, Aislinn Pulley, co-executive director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center, and Mark Clements, an activist and police torture survivor discussed the role of journalism in uncovering police violence.You can watch the entire program here:
    Co-sponsored by the Chicago Reader, this Newberry program was held in connection with The Chicago Reader at 50, on view in the Newberry exhibition galleries through March 5, 2022.The p
  • Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” tells Society’s Unspoken Truth

    Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” tells Society’s Unspoken Truth
    Comedy and a threat to humanity glossed over with consistent questioning on whether what experts say is true. That sums up Netflix’s science fiction movie, “Don’t Look Up.”  Two Michigan State scientists, Dr. Randy Mindy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) complete a group study among colleagues and realized a large comet is headed towards Earth. It is guaranteed to hit the planet and kill everyone.
    Dr. Mindy and Dibiasky alert the pub
  • Come winter, come market

    Come winter, come market
    The cold outside might make you think that farmers’ market season is over, but there are plenty of ways to purchase locally grown and regionally-created food year round. Here are a few upcoming possibilities. Plant Chicago in Back of the Yards offers year-round indoor markets, usually scheduled biweekly, with a limited number of vendors inside their building (which was originally a Chicago firehouse). The next event features local makers Bee-utiful Honey and Soap Junkii, among others
  • Putting on the plaid

    Putting on the plaid
    It’s not unusual to pick up labels in life; some you’re born with, some you achieve, some are thrust upon you. Cat McKay’s labels have come to her by all three methods as she wends her way through a theater career taking her from Ohio to London to Chicago.Some labels she’s collected are fighter, nerd, feminist, and queer theater artist. Her resume reveals she is an actor and playwright. She’s performed on stage and on camera, and for a while laid claim to having pe
  • Welcome to Venus

    Welcome to Venus
    Back in December, there was a shining sliver of time when it looked like we—as individuals, as artists, as arts institutions—were forging a clear, or at least clear-ish, path forward. Hundreds of people were back at work on live, in-person shows. A Christmas Carol burned bright at the Goodman. The Snow Queen got a shiny new reboot from a refreshed House. The Nutcracker, problematic as ever, nevertheless took root in the Joffrey’s sumptuous new home at the Lyric. And in an
  • One on One with Congressional Candidate Kina Collins

    One on One with Congressional Candidate Kina Collins
    Kina Collins is a lifelong activist and nationally recognized gun violence prevention and health care advocate with a proven track record of policymaking, coalition building, and collaborating with communities to improve public health and safety.
    She was born and raised in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. She grew up in a working-class union family and attended Chicago public schools.  Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Kina Collins saw her community heavily impacte
  • Winter Arts Preview

    Winter Arts Preview
    Cover the Winter Arts Preview, Chicago Reader print issue of January 20, 2022. On the cover: Illustration by Mike
    Centeno. For more of Centeno’s work, go to
    mikecenteno.com.When we first started planning this special winter arts issue, there was reason for cautious optimism about live performances. But as December turned to January and the Omicron surge hit, several companies did what they’ve been doing for almost two years: they made new plans. Bridgette M. Redman profiles playwrig
  • Kia Smith is a south-side diplomat of dance

    Kia Smith is a south-side diplomat of dance
    At Chicago Dancers United’s Dance for Life festival last August, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage reverberated with layers of rhythm. Each row of dancers formed a different section of intertwining phrases—movements playful and powerful that recalled the musicality of jazz. The piece, South Chicago Dance Theatre’s Architect of a Dream, was the work of Kia Smith, the company’s founder and executive artistic director. Smith created the piece for SCDT’s annual Blac
  • A Conversation with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

    A Conversation with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton
    Juliana Stratton made history becoming the first Black American to serve as Lieutenant Governor serving alongside Governor JB Pritzker. The southside native’s entire career has focused on bringing people together, building consensus, and solving problems. In her role as Lt. Governor, she leads the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, and chairs the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Military Economic Development Council, and the Illi
  • It’s become a different world

    It’s become a different world
    We see a show and later learn that it had to close abruptly. We can empathize with the actors’ disappointment and distress because we can visualize their faces and recall their voices. But how has the pandemic impacted those we see only briefly in the lobby as we enter or don’t see at all? How are they managing this crisis? I talked to stage managers and front of house staff at large, medium, and small Chicago theaters in late December and early January. When we talked, some theater
  • Talking democracy to death

    Talking democracy to death
    If you think Congress is inept in a crisis now, just wait till you see what 2465 has in store! In Brendan Pelsue’s dystopian dramedy, Wellesley Girl, the U.S. has been reduced to three (or maybe four, if you count abandoned Wellesley) towns in Massachusetts—the only places on the eastern seaboard where, thanks to MIT scientists, the water is safe to drink. The population is so small that everyone is a member of Congress, though the Supreme Court is now just Donna (Deanna Reed-Foster
  • Communicating from beyond

    Communicating from beyond
    Have you ever felt like a thing was made especially for you at just the right time? This was my overwhelming impression as soon as I walked into the Art Institute’s Ray Johnson show. I didn’t know much about Johnson prior to a deep dive I took, prompted by this exhibition’s sprawling collection of his endeavors. In my experience, Ray Johnson’s reputation has been more often name-checked than explained. The mystery and misdirection, it turns out, were by design. Johnson w
  • Singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada conquers heartache on her debut Marchita

    Singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada conquers heartache on her debut Marchita
    On her exquisite debut album, Marchita, Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada dissects the many bruised facets of a breakup in 11 intimate, elegant tunes. Estrada colors her compositions with her experiences growing up in a family of classical musicians and luthiers as well as her jazz studies at the University of Veracruz. On Marchita, she traces a line between those influences and iconic Latin American composers from the mid-20th century, including Chilean folk luminary Violeta Parra and
  • Karen Mom-Son Duo Lose Jobs, Arrested For Assaulting Black Worker On Camera [watch]

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    The white mother and son in Tennessee who called the cops and assaulted a Black man working at an apartment complex’s garage have lost their jobs and been charged.
    As the Black Information Network reported last month, Johnny Martinez was working in the parking garage of a Nashville apartment complex, checking vehicle permits, when a mother and son approached him, demanding to know what he was doing there.
    The now-viral video captured the moment the son, identified in a
  • Lizzo Responds To Critics Who Claim ‘Rumors’ Is The Worst Song Of The Year [watch]

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    Lizzo wants fans to know the true difference between viral music and good music.
    The Grammy Award winning star, whose 2021 song “Rumors” featuring Cardi B reached the top of the charts this year, is known for making huge records that can’t be put in a specific box. Her music is not only featured in television commercials, most of her songs a major hits on TikTok. So it comes as no surprise that “Rumors” is already breaking records since it’

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