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Chicago Violence

In Chicago, Warning Shots Lead to Felony Charges

Timeica Bethel | Posted 05.31.2016 | Chicago
Timeica Bethel

The violence in Chicago has reached a critical level, and holiday weekends like Memorial Day tend to be particularly deadly.

The Only Way to Stop Killings in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Shootings and homicides continue to make headlines daily in Chicago. The police do their best to implement one strategy after another to help reduce gun violence, however, the strategies are coming up short as it relates to achieving real results.

This Assault Victim Might Still Be Alive If Bystanders Had Helped

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.21.2016 | Crime

Bystanders ignored a Chicago assault victim lying lying on the street. Moments later, a taxi accidentally ran over his body and killed him. ...

Chicago Teen In Anti-Violence Video Critically Wounded In Shooting

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.27.2016 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago teenager who appeared in an award-winning anti-violence video was in critical condition in a hospital on Sunday after he...

Removing the Violence Model from Chicago Youth

Dave Stieber | Posted 03.17.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

This piece is written by my father, Arnold Stieber who is the Chicago coordinator for Veterans for Peace. He was infantry in the Army stationed in Vie...

Obama Laments 'Vulgar And Divisive' Rhetoric And Violence On Campaign Trail

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama stepped up his call for civility in the increasingly coarse 2016 presidential race, which has in recent weeks been marked by vi...

How This Journalist Got The Laquan McDonald Video Released

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

Over a year after 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally gunned down, officials were finally forced to hand over the dashboard camera video footage d...

Man Charged In Killing Of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.27.2015 | Black Voices

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after a Chicago boy was lured into an alley by gang members and fatally shot. Fourth-grader Tyshawn Le...

Say Her Name: Chicago Gun Victim Kaylyn Pryor, Model

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

This is the face of Chicago's Inner-city gun violence victims: a face of elegance, potential, beauty, and ambition. Pryor had a promising future, an Evanston high school graduate, winner of the Mario Tricoci competition, and was someone people praised and enjoyed being around, according to various social media tributes. Say her name.

Black on Black Crime: The Myth That Divides

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

I cannot imagine hearing of lives lost of someone of a different race than me and brushing it off as "their" problem. As a nation, citizens being affected by violence and having to live in unsafe communities is an American problem, not a black problem.

Spike Lee On Chicago’s ‘Self-Inflicted Genocide’ And How To Combat Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

Receiving backlash from local politicians for his forthcoming Chicago-based film, “Chi-raq,” won't deter Spike Lee from highlighting gun violence ...

Chicago Rapper Chief Keef: The New King of The Blues?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 07.17.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

On May 14, 2015, the world lost blues legend Riley B. King, also known as B.B. King who wowed the world with his soothing, somber Delta Blues that connected new generations with the lingering pain of struggles rooted in the Deep South.

Joseph Erbentraut

How A Group Of Mothers Helped Bring Peace To A Troubled Chicago Neighborhood | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

A group of mothers who patrolled Chicago's streets with a message of peace helped keep one of the city's most violent neighborhoods free of shootings ...

Man Reportedly Dies Shielding Mother From Gunfire

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 06.21.2015 | Crime

A Chicago man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while shielding his mother from bullets, according to family members. Dietra Luckett told the ...

Spike Lee Defends His Planned Film On Chicago Violence

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO, May 14 (Reuters) - Movie director Spike Lee, known for films that deal frankly with racial issues, appeared in Chicago on Thursday to defend ...

A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Whether you see the film for its story, character depictions, New York habitat, or message -- or all of the above -- remember that since 1981 things have changed. Brutal social problems can be tackled. Safety and fairness can stand a chance. One person, one community, one city at a time.

Why Was Crawford, Texas Not Politicized Like Chicago Has Been?

Tina Issa | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Tina Issa

At what point did we start being a political party instead of Americans? I don't remember anyone trashing Crawford, Texas and saying it was a horrible place.

Changing Chicago: Reducing Violence in the Windy City

Robert Piper | Posted 12.02.2014 | Chicago
Robert Piper

Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Causing change can't just come from a few people in one community; it needs to come from all. It's going to take the entire city of Chicago to create change.

Could Hip Hop Hold The Answer To Changing These Kids Lives?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices

A growing body of research suggests that those who live in violence-stricken communities are subject to post-traumatic stress and PTSD at rates higher...

For Mothers in Mourning: A Solemn Prayer

Michael W. Waters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I awoke one recent morning with an overwhelming sense of grief and anguish. My heart was unusually heavy, the cause for which I did not know. After some still moments, my mind soon returned to my bedtime reading.

Inner City Blues: Chicago Style

Evan F. Moore | Posted 06.28.2014 | Chicago
Evan F. Moore

The unfortunate side of the reporting of the violence is that someone or something is going to profit from it.

Chief Keef Hits the North Shore: Two Chicago Perspectives

Sheila Quirke | Posted 06.10.2014 | Chicago
Sheila Quirke

Last year, Englewood's very own, Interscope Records recording artist Chief Keef, moved to the north suburban enclave of Northfield. Apparently, he's been nothing but trouble ever since.

Chicago's Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

A controversial new policing strategy being touted by Chicago's top cop for helping reduce gang violence is raising questions over its possible racist...

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

LOOK: Vice's 8-Part 'Chiraq' Series Debuts

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

As Chicago's violence grabs headlines and its hip-hop scene grabs airplay, the intersection of rap, politics and crime is the focus of yet another doc...