I co-edited the Whack Factory zine for Red Bull Music Festival Chicago in 2019 in celebration of rapper Tierra Whack’s show. RBMF Whack Factory Zine
The tenth annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) features 65 films that center on the experiences of South Asians across the diaspora and shed light on a range of social issues that impact their communities. Read the full film festival preview in the Chicago Reader.
The rise of house music is a large chapter in Chicago’s story, yet Revolution Chicago’s retelling makes the genre an uncompelling sidenote. Despite no support from his father and skepticism from his mother, Mickey “Mixin’” Oliver pursues a career DJing house music, eventually landing a gig at then-failing WBMX. Read the full theatre review in the… Read More Revolution Chicago doesn’t fully capture the fervor of house music’s early days
Photo by Andy Hood. I led the Washington Heights & Brainerd section of South Side Weekly’s Best of Chicago. Read the stories here.
This story is part of the Marshall Project’s “We Are Witnesses: Chicago” series. In 15 direct-to-camera testimonies, this collection of videos gives voice to Chicagoans affected by the justice system. Watch the videos at themarshallproject.org/chicago. Toni Morrison told O Magazine in 2003 that “when you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your… Read More The Marshall Project: Responsibility and recovery
The Comedy Central series offers a nuanced, and incredibly funny, depiction of Englewood you won’t see on the news. Comedy Central’s South Side isn’t interested in making north-siders—or any nonsouth-side Chicagoan, for that matter—laugh, but it’s sure to get plenty of kicks out of them anyway. Read the full story here.
Armed with bombs and high-tech military devices galore, a Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) takes viewers on a thrill ride as he fights for his reputation and his life. Read the full review here.
One of Chicago’s best-kept secrets takes center stage in Chuck Coppola and Harvey Moshman’s documentary. The year is 1915, and thousands of Western Electric factory workers, most of whom are eastern-European immigrants, board the SS Eastland on the Chicago River to sail to neighboring Michigan City, Indiana, for a rare vacation day with their families. Unfortunately no… Read More Film Review | Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day
AWAY’s Here Magazine It’s early on a Saturday morning and writer, poet, and singer Jamila Woods is walking swiftly to the entrance of the Young Chicago Authors (YCA) building. Dressed comfy-cozy in a large jean jacket, Woods unlocks the doors with her AirPods still in her ears. Aside from a few joggers and cyclers, the block is nearly as… Read More Returning to Chicago with Singer Jamila Woods
Studies show moms with doulas have far better health outcomes than those without doulas—but only three states allow Medicaid (which pays for nearly half of all U.S. births) to cover doula care: Minnesota, Oregon and New Jersey. Illinois just missed its chance to become the fourth. Read the full story here.