Posts tagged "Really?"

Blackface On Halloween---Again

I knew it was coming.   It does every Halloween. There’s always some offensive blackface costume followed by denials of racism with a side of righteous indignation for people to “lighten up.” Then the perpetrators claim to not understand why their witty costume caused such an uproar—usually after they lose their jobs or have been publicly... Read more »

Poor Taxi Service Is Why Uber Is Winning

I have a very contentious relationship with the taxi industry in Chicago and it keeps on getting worse everyday. As a rule, taxis are an expense that I can rarely afford but sometimes you can’t put a price on your personal safety.  If I have the money and the situation warrants it, I’ll take a... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: The Judgment Of Others

It has been very difficult to share my unemployment stories. I’m not used to being vulnerable.  Even if I didn’t take the time and sit down to post these stories I’d still feel exposed. For some reason at this juncture of my life, I feel people’s silent judgments and condemnations. For the most part it... Read more »
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Gang Graffiti: Should The Neighborhood Be Concerned?

I was out early yesterday morning and saw this bus bench defaced with gang graffiti a block from my home.  In my nearly 13 years of living in Woodlawn, this is the first significant tagging I've ever witnessed.
Early yesterday I noticed something I’ve never noticed before in my part of Woodlawn—an overdose of gang graffiti on a bus bench. It seemed like there were warnings to “Maui town” and  “Hoodgang” to “Lee (leave?) block or get shot.”   Is this the foreshadowing of a gang war off of Stony Island or am I... Read more »

#YesAllWomen: Stop Insulting My P*ssy

“Stop being such a p*ssy.” Do you need time to adjust your skirt? “The pussification of America.” “Dude, don’t be so p*ssy whipped.” “What a twat.” “Man up.  Stop being such a bitch.” “Douchebag.” #YesAllWomen Because a guy’s favorite way to demean another guy is to compare him to a woman. — Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro)... Read more »

Brooke Kimbrough And The Teachable Moment

I had a reality check thanks to a disappointed seventeen year old in Michigan. And I’m a better woman for it. Brooke Kimbrough is a Detroit high school senior who when rejected by the University of Michigan, staged a protest criticizing the University’s admissions policies as racist. Despite her high grades and decent ACT score,... Read more »
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Mayor Emanuel And Community Values

Did Mayor Emanuel question the values and morality of the residents of violence plagued neighborhoods? Did those words seriously come from his mouth? That, ladies and gentlemen, take a set of stones.  An honest to God brass pair. The mayor has the gall to lay the bulk of the continuing violence at the feet of the people... Read more »

Chief Keef's Neighborhood

Let me see if I have this right. A landlord that doesn’t perform proper tenant screening. Questionable characters coming and going at all hours, stirring up a ruckus. Quality of life going down the shitter. Pissed off neighbors making frequent calls to the police. And those very same neighbors afraid to give their names to... Read more »

Idling Trains In Woodlawn: Are We Safe?

For as long as I have lived in Woodlawn, I can always remember seeing or hearing some type of train idling. My section of the neighborhood is a block from the Metra Electric or IC (Illinois Central) tracks. Frankly, I’m not sure who owns or maintains the tracks—that’s the one fact I haven’t been able... Read more »
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Defending Lupita Nyong'o

I, like many others, have fallen under the spell of newly minted Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Aside from her Oscar and Yale acting school credentials, she has been slaying the red carpet all awards season with her signature style. Did I mention that she is a very poised and polished young woman in an... Read more »