On his third studio album, Few Good Things, the Chicago-born rapper reimagines failure and abundance as he draws on ancestral lessons to build new worlds. Read in the Chicago Reader.
Hood feminism is unabashedly angry, a little asshole-like, proactive, and, sometimes, it’s illegal—but in her latest release writer Mikki Kendall argues that hood feminism is necessary for all women to win. Read the full book review in the Chicago Reader.
Los Angeles and New York might still be the film industry’s biggest hubs, but Kartemquin Films is a reminder that, with support, filmmakers can thrive in Chicago too. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
When I learned The L Word was set for a reboot, unlike many queer folks, I felt nothing. Hear me out: the first season is not well developed–even the biggest of The L Word stans couldn’t and still can’t make it through season one. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
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
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.
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