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Black Friday Magic

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 11.26.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

When I was a kid, on the day after Thanksgiving my mom and dad would take me to Chicago to see the Christmas lights and decorations on Michigan Avenue. I felt like a grown up in the bustling big city, bumping into ladies in high-heeled boots and fur coats, and men carrying stacks of big department store boxes and fancy-looking shopping bags.

School Official: Laquan McDonald Lived A Disadvantaged Life

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.26.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) — A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being ...

Black Lives Matter Protesters In Chicago Plan To Boycott Black Friday

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.26.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) -- Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white poli...

Chicago Protesters To Storm Shopping District On Black Friday

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.26.2015 | Black Voices

  CHICAGO (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 time...

Racial Standoff: Chicago Failed Laquan McDonald

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Living as an African American in a middle class urban community, I've seen my share of heinous and unjust things. But this killing -- 16 shots -- and others like it has to end.

Thankful for Young Black Men

Lauren Carson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

This Thanksgiving as we gather with family and loved ones to give thanks for the blessings of life, health, perseverance and hope, I personally want to express my resolute thankfulness for your (young black men's) unwavering resilience in this environment that fumes evil, hatred, and lack of compassion for you; still you remain ever strong, ever alive, and ever fighting.

Chicago's Top 10 Creative Food Twists on Thanksgiving Classics

Ximena N. Beltran | Posted 11.25.2015 | Taste
Ximena N. Beltran

My love for Chicago, food and food pics has no bounds. Combing the three with a round-up of the best food ideas I've seen in the weeks leading up to arguably the largest food holiday. Enjoy!

Yalla, Let's All Speak Arabic on the Plane Today

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Robert Naiman

If somebody is trying to use a marker to marginalize the vulnerable, it is time to undermine the marginalization by appropriating the marker for the multitude. That's why we should all speak a little Arabic on the plane today.

Have You Ever Heard Inner-City Chicago Children Cry?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

As a child, I often cried in unison with other young children on the Westside of Chicago. Have you ever heard Chicago children cry? No matter how or why, it is hard to justify the continuous cries with blame and criticisms of their ties to an ongoing plight that has lead to the demise of countless lives for way too much time.

Police Have No Idea How Laquan McDonald Footage Vanished Right After They Watched It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday evening, more than a year after Laquan McDonald's death, Chicago police released dashcam video showing officer Jason Van Dyke killing...

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.

Reporter Who Forced Release of Laquan McDonald Video Is Barred From News Event

The New York Times | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Media

The freelance journalist whose lawsuit forced the Chicago Police Department to release video of a fatal police shooting of a black teenager says he wa...

Laquan and Woodrow Wilson: A Case for Horrific Images

Julian DeShazier | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Julian DeShazier

I'm tired of people with privilege being able to wash away their mistakes, while those without privilege must carry and live with their mistakes for a lifetime. If a black man must have a criminal record follow him into job interviews, then Princeton must have Woodrow Wilson everywhere

Protesters And Chicago Police Clash After City Releases Video Of Laquan McDonald

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

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An Impact Investing Holiday Reading List

Elizabeth Coston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Coston

Image credit: Image by pixabay, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 Generic license. The holidays are often the time of year when people are re...

A Buoyant Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Ooh-la-la! As John Oliver mentioned in response to the recent attacks on France's capital, Paris will endure - largely due to its rich culture and pas...

10 Best Airport Hotels for the Stranded Traveler

trivago | Posted 11.24.2015 | Travel

Forget falling asleep on a terminal bench -- to find stranded travelers the ideal airport hotel for waiting out the nightmare of holiday delays, hotel search analyzed every hotel close to 10 of America's most notoriously weather-delayed airports.

Fraternity Marches Through Ongoing Gang War To End Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

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Chicago Fine Dining Shows Resilience and Finesse

John Mariani | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
John Mariani

With the opening of C Chicago, David Flom and Matt Moore again prove themselves among Chicago's savviest restaurateurs, not by bankrolling feverish ...

Why I Haven't Had a Conventional Christmas in 20 Years

Steve Albini | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Steve Albini

Nineteen years ago, my wife Heather Whinna stopped by the post office on the way home. She found bins there full of letters addressed to Santa Claus, left out by the post office for people to read and answer. Curious, she read a few of the letters and couldn't believe what she saw.

Fire Rages In One Of Chicago's Tallest Skyscrapers, Injuring 1

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Crime

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This Woman Started A Sex Strike To Help Stop Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Similar to the premise of "Chi-Raq," April Lawson from the South Side of Chicago, wants both married and single women to join her in a sex strike unt...

Chicago and Havana: A Musical Connection At The Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I recently enjoyed a scintillating evening of international cultural exchange featuring a concert of orchestral musical magic at Chicago's famous Au...

Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers For Complaints, Data Shows

New York Times | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

In 18 years with the Chicago Police Department, the nation’s second-largest, Jerome Finnigan had never been disciplined — although 68 cit...

Judge Orders Chicago Police To Release Video Showing Officer Shoot Teen 16 Times

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Crime

The Chicago Police must release a hotly contested video showing a white officer repeatedly shooting a black teen, a judge ordered on Thursday.  T...