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Activism is more like football than you think

One of the ongoing undercurrents in the Black community, particularly’s Chicago is the divide between the so-called “activists” and people who don’t get on the front lines to protest, march and visibly advocate for change. Those who assume the activist […]

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Now the hard work starts…maybe

Another savory ingredient has been added go to gumbo that is Chicago’s Black community, Even critics of the July 7 Dan Ryan shutdown would have to agree it was successful beyond measure. What many observers predicted would be a turnout in […]

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Me and Mary J. Blige

First, I ask you not to be confused by the headline here. Mary J Blige and I  have never met or even been in the same room. Although I know she is one of the most prolific songstresses in recent […]

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Marijuana could be the key to increased voter turnout

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Before the end of the year, November 6 to be exact, Illinois voters may be asked their opinion on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana for residents 21 years and older. The obvious reason legislators are presenting this option […]

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Not watching is not boycotting

The incessant din on social media re African Americans boycotting all things NFL because Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a contract with any National Football League team makes no sense. Yes, demonstrations at the NFL stadiums, like the one leaders of […]

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Speed humps can slow down Black youth unemployment

Study after study and forum and forum confirm what most of us have known for a long time. Black unemployment is a hindrance to the community and only gets lip service from those who could impact it-particularly our municipal and […]

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What is Chris Kennedy thinking?

A common and somewhat mean-spirited quip that often snakes through election cycle circles is whether someone just got up that morning and decided er or she would run for __________(fill in the blank). It is generally an indication that the […]

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Questions political candidates should answer

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Too often as voters, we see two important things before and during election cycles. The first is the news media tries to define who the capable or best candidates are. The problem there is they don’t necessarily have the same […]

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For those who want new leadership, be it

A Facebook friend, Willie Preston has coined a phrase that seems to be gaining resonance every week. Mr. Preston has adopted and promoted the mantra “We Need a New Breed of Leadership!” Any marketing professor would give him an A […]

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You say you love Harold so why not follow his lead?

Few, if any will argue that when he was elected in 1983 Chicago Mayor Harold Washington interrupted the political stronghold the traditional Democratic Party in Illinois had on Chicago, particularly Black Chicago. That fete, nearly 35 years later, is still […]

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