As much as mainstream Western music-media outlets compare contemporary African artists to one another, often flattening the expansiveness of their sounds under a single Afrobeats umbrella, some musicians from the continent continue to prove they’re in a league of their own with every new release. Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, Twice as Tall, is the latest testament… Read More The personal and spiritual growth doesn’t stop in Burna Boy’s Twice as Tall
Imagine an intimate room full of young children playing decorated DIY shakers and other instruments they’d just learned to make from beans, beads, macaroni, water bottles, and rice; or an audience at a senior citizens’ center cheering on an all-Black string quartet; or a crowd that ranges across the ages in between that’s dancing, mingling,… Read More D-Composed redefines classical music
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.
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
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
Loose squares, loose squares!” rang through the aisle. “Boy, if you don’t bring yourself back over here,” said a middle-aged woman with long twists flowing from her roots. The wide-eyed little boy tried to run farther down the el car when a teenager in a puffy jacket slightly stuck his Js out in front of… Read More Chicago Reader: Red Ahead
Mobile applications have provided space for young people to build new relationships and express themselves, through a variety of social media platforms, apps, and digital content platforms. However, applications can play even larger roles in young people’s lives, by giving them the ability to have more control of their health. Applications have proved useful in… Read More 7 Health Apps To Keep Youth Healthy in 2019
Scapi Radio sat down with Karen Hawkins, “Rebelle-in-Chief” of Chicago’s Rebellious Magazine. The six-year-old digital magazine covers Chicago events, culture and news through unique, feminist perspectives. Read the full piece here.