Before Superman, the Flash, and Captain Marvel, there was real-life hero Harriet Tubman. The biopic Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), plunges into drama right away, showing a young Harriet (then known as Minty), her freeman husband, John, and extended family receiving a resounding “no” after pleading for Harriet’s freedom with her master. Read… Read More Harriet is the heroic biopic Harriet Tubman deserves
Teen heartbreak is real. In 2014, there wasn’t a high school on the south and west sides where you couldn’t find teenage girls passionately singing “Somebody real is hard to find,” the opening lines of Tink‘s “Treat Me Like Somebody” from Winter’s Diary 2. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
When young Black girls are presumed missing or kidnapped in the U.S, broadcast news and mainstream publications rarely pick the stories up. But if by chance they do, the care put into the reporting is questionable, if not completely careless and without nuance. Read the full story in The Triibe.
Here‘s editors and contributors reminisce on the best places they traveled this year—and lay out the places they’re dying to see in 2020. Read the full story in Here Magazine.
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.