Lametrios West has made a point to separate himself from the trouble around him. Despite heavy rain and steady cracks of lightning, the 14-year-old Kershaw Elementary School student made his way on a recent afternoon to the nearby Teamwork Englewood, a community organization whose after-school programs draw boys and girls from the surrounding area. Here, he holes up to “get out of the neighborhood.”
Staying out of trouble means closing himself off from the outside world. “It’s hard but I can do it,” he says. “By staying in the house, going to school, coming here. The only areas where I go is where I know people.”...
No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »
Hundreds gathered at New Beginnings Church of Chicago for the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Emani Watkins. One week earlier, the baby was shot in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood, according to the Chicago Police Department. —Produced and photographed by Jonathan Gibby and Lucio Villa
On last week’s Barber Shop Show, we touched on a timely topic here in Chicago: youth violence. Photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz from the Too Young To Die project joined us at Carter’s Barber Shop, along with students from the Columbia Links youth journalism program who write about the violence they see happening around them. Here’s... Read more »
We like to feature a range of issues on the Barber Shop Show–some serious, some more light-hearted. Our monthly WTF segment usually brings quite a few laughs. But lately, Chicago’s news has been serious and so have we. Last week, host Richard Steele and sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout discussed a shooting that took the... Read more »
Last week, Hayida Pendleton was performing at President Obama’s inauguration festivities. Today, the body of the 15 year-old girl is in the Cook County morgue. She died yesterday of a gunshot wound to the back, hit by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of teens gathered under a tent after school, trying to... Read more »