Author: Alisha Dixon

This Weekend: Nick Cave, Jeanne Gang and Kahil El’Zabar “Here Hear Chicago”

This weekend in Chicago, there is a wonderful line-up of activities taking place throughout various communities. Following a successful debut performance of Here Hear Chicago on Wednesday, Navy Pier looks forward to continuing to showcase the works of world-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang this weekend. The two creative powerhouses have come together for the first time to present Here Hear Chicago, a new site-specific project series that incorporates art, design and performance. This collaboration is an extension of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

A Conversation with Grambling State University’s Athletic Director Paul Bryant

As the Chicago Football Classic is steadfastly approaching its 20th Anniversary weekend, co-founder and producer Everett Rand along with business partner Larry Huggins have made the Chicago media rounds with the participating school Athletic Directors. HBCU football teams Clark Atlanta University Panthers and Grambling State University Tigers are facing off on Saturday, September 30 at Soldier Field for the only collegiate football classic in the North.

JPMorgan Chase Invest $40 Million To Create Economic Growth on Chicago’s South and Westsides

On Thursday, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $40 million investment over three years to create economic opportunity in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. A lack of opportunity is a root cause of Chicago’s gun violence, concentrated poverty, and persistent racial and economic inequities, so the firm’s investments will focus on key drivers of inclusive economic growth including jobs and skills development, small business expansion, neighborhood revitalization and financial health. 

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy finally selects a running mate

Chris Kennedy’s running mate, Ra Joy.

In an exclusive announcement reported by the Chicago Tribune, Chris Kennedy’s campaign finally revealed his choice for lieutenant governor. Change Illinois’s Executive Director Ra Joy will be joining Kennedy as his running mate.

In the MIXX: Family of Kenneka Jenkins Demands Answers, Illinois Politics Heat Up

The tragic murder of Kenneka Jenkins has Black social media on fire and the 19-year-old’s mom is demanding answers. Tereasa Martin immediately knew something was wrong when she was notified by the young ladies her daughter called friends that she was missing early Saturday morning.

J Lin Dawson: Clark Atlanta University’s Athletic Director Is “Finding a Way”

The Chicago Football Classic is celebrating 20 years of hosting its annual weekend of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) collegiate excellence and entertainment. Chicago businessmen Everett Rand, Tim Rand and Larry Huggins are the founders of the CFC, which has become reputable for inspiring African American high school and college students.

Family of Emmett Till’s Cousin Release Official Statement on His Passing

Statement from the Wright Family on the Passing of Simeon Wright

It is with tremendous sadness that the Wright family confirms that our loved one, civil rights advocate and champion for the truth, Simeon Brown Wright, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day).  At the age of 74, he passed away in his home in Countryside, IL, after a long battle with cancer.

One-on-One With Mayor Rahm Emanuel: School Funding, CPS Plans and Crime

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the mayor Chicago residents love to hate, and at times, hate to love; but begrudgingly, critics of his politics sit on the fence. He has learned some hard lessons in his seat, serving the third-largest city in the U.S. and one of the most historically segregated ones that encompasses race and class.

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Hold Informative Townhall Forum

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation held a special town hall discussion at Malcolm X College after a ground-breaking vote to pass the School Education Funding bill in Springfield.

Members of the ILBC were on hand to participate on three major panel discussions to outline to the public different parts of the legislation including topics on Budget and Revenue, Healthcare and Education.

In the MIXX: State of the African American Male, Emmett Till Cousin Dies

Folks are still recovering from the Labor Day weekend festivities taking place throughout the Chicagoland region. For the most part, the weather was a bit moody but the sun shined heavily on 28th African Festival of the Arts for Sunday and Monday’s activities and live performances. Although, Saturday evening’s Reggae concert was interrupted by a brief storm—Wayne Wonder carried over to Sunday night’s line-up, hyping up the park before the headline act.

Juliana Stratton: Pritzker’s Running Mate Speaks Out

Photo: Mary L. Datcher/Chicago Defender

On a hot summer day in early August, people packed into the Englewood field house for an official announcement that some anticipated was the boldest move made by the JB Pritzker campaign since the billionaire started his bid as an Illinois gubernatorial candidate.

Q and A With Gubernatorial Candidate Ameya Pawar’s Running Mate: Tyrone Coleman

Q and A With Gubernatorial Candidate Ameya Pawar’s Running Mate: Tyrone Coleman

What made you decide to join Ameya Pawar as his lieutenant governor running mate?