The University of Chicago’s International House Global Voices Series presented AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: Hip-hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex. The event featured Beth Elaine Richie, Amanda Klonsky , Marc Lamont Hill , Silky Slim, Niaz Kasravi, Che Rhymefest Smith, and was moderated by Jasiri X (Hip-hop artist, activist, and founder of 1Hood). Photos by Garrard McClendon.
When will Black filmmakers muster up the courage to produce slave narratives? Well, I guess we will have to rely on Quentin Tarantino to come up with Django Unchained as the quintessential slave narrative. No Tyler Perry, no Spike Lee…Glaringly absent when it comes to telling the stories of Gustavus Vassa, Venture Smith, Charlie Ball,... Read more »
We will never know whether there is a mental, metaphysical, or philosophical reason for the mass murder of 12 people and wounding of 58 people in Aurora, Colorado. My speculation is that the hyper-intelligent mastermind of this horrendous act was indeed under demonic possession while concocting the scheme, compiling the tools for the murders, and... Read more »
God, we ask that you give comfort to the Hudson and King families. Lord we ask that your spirit enter their hearts and that they may successfully get through this trial with grace and dignity. We pray for justice to be served in the murder cases involving the family members of Jennifer Hudson, Julia Hudson, and... Read more »
Dear Mr. George Zimmerman: My name is Dr. Garrard McClendon, an education professor from Chicago State University. I am humbly asking for you to surrender to the authorities for the incident occurring on February 26, 2012. Two teenagers murdered my parents (Milton and Ruby McClendon) two days after their 54th wedding anniversary. It took 7... Read more »
I am saddened to hear about the tragic death of Judi Simpson-Beaver, as she was gunned down in a convenience store while simply trying to work a shift. We teach our children to do no harm, embrace a work ethic, and help fellow citizens. But in the new millennium we are still subject to a... Read more »