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In the Mix: Kennedy Hits a Nerve, Chicago Students Register to Vote, Oprah for Prez?

Moving into our second week of the New Year has not slowed down the political campaign trail; as temperatures begin to warm up above the 40-degree mark—hot heads prevail.

Nathaniel Pendleton endorses Chris Kennedy at a press conference on the Westside. PHOTO: Mary L. Datcher

CPS’ New Leader Dr. Janice Jackson Has High Hopes

The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster ride of high turns, low drops and tight curves for CPS Acting CEO Dr. Janice Jackson. Upon the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s third appointed school district CEO Forrest Claypool–former teacher and principal Janice Jackson stepped up to the plate in a leadership role.

Marsha Ambrosius: Carving Out Her Niche

Breaking out on the music scene as part of the soulful duo Floetry in 2001, Marsha Ambrosius wasn’t trying to develop her passion because she knew it was already there. Joining forces with high school friend Natalie Stewart, known as the The Floacist, to add her poetry for a song she penned and submitted to her publishers.

Tracie Morris: Nurturing Talent, Creating Leaders

Surrounded by the love and nurturing of her family, Tracie Morris knew she was destined for great things, but growing up throughout the various communities on the South Side of Chicago—she didn’t quite know where her path would lead her.

Chicago Defender Year in Review: In Memoriam

With breaking news comes the loss of some recognizable names both locally and nationally who have graced our headlines over time. In every area of interest and industry, these individuals have contributed a great deal to not only the Chicago African American community but to the world.

February 2017

Dwayne Holmes

Chicago Defender Year in Review: Chance the Rapper Holds It Down

It has been a whirlwind year of ups and downs, joy and pain, triumphs and daily tribulations. Yet, many of us are still here and standing strong. As we review 2017, from a Chicago perspective—we understand national occurrences have affected us locally but hey, we love our beloved home despite what the little orange man in the White House says, right?

In the MIX: Chicagoans Strap Up For Safety, Top NYE Parties For Adults and Kids

As we’re still digesting our Christmas dinner, jingling those last coins for 2017 and praying some will be left for the ‘first of the month’ bills—folks are gearing up for New Year’s Eve festivities. Whether you’re running deep in the streets with your friends, popping bottles in the club or having a house party with family and loved ones—it’s a celebration of making it through another year and looking forward to a new one.

3rd District Cook County Commissioner Candidate William “Bill” Lowry

When 16-year old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed ten feet from William Lowry’s home in 2013, it created a ripple effect throughout his household and throughout the Kenwood community. Little did he know, her death would open up his eyes to the reality of violence that plagues our city and how quickly a family can endure tragedy—challenged by a simple question by his son, Evan, who asked, “Dad what are you going to do?”

Cast Members Avery Smith and Josh Dawson Talk About “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

One of the components of a successful musical is the performances carried by the actors. Nothing could be closer to the truth for “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical.” Based on the musical journey of the legendary singer/songwriter Carol King—the ensemble cast gives a riveting and nostalgic performance bringing King’s hit songs to life.

Christmas Traditions: Chicago Celebs Share What The Holidays Mean to Them 

Christmas Traditions: Chicago Celebs Share What The Holidays Mean to Them

Dawn Hasbrouck 

Dawn Hasbrouck, Evening Anchor, Fox 32 News at 5 and 9pm.