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Amara Enyia: The woman who plans to beat Rahm Emanuel

Amara Enyia:  The woman who plans to beat Rahm Emanuel
Never again. I say this to myself whenever I think back on that fateful day almost four years ago.  The day when I fought cold and snow to complete my civic duty. When I walked into the voting booth, I was confident in how I would cast my vote.  Like many other Chicagoans, it was... Read more »

Rice, Peterson, Marshall: Celebrity scandals prove that celebrities are tragic and flawed, just like everyone else.

 Rice, Peterson, Marshall:  Celebrity scandals prove that celebrities are tragic and flawed, just like everyone else.
For a short time, the universe seemed to support my avoidance of this topic. A broken laptop, a demanding infant, a precocious preschooler… A new season of Oprah’s Life Class. Beginning to read a new book. Finally learning how to smother chicken. Yes, these things were all sufficient reasons for not writing about Ray Rice,... Read more »

The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson

The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson
A great American author once said, “To be Black and conscious in America means to be in a constant state of rage.” While I’m in no position to improve upon the words of James Baldwin, I would like to slightly tweak this statement. To be Black and conscious in America is to have Black nationalism... Read more »
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On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America
  By their very definition, well-meaning people do not know when they are being offensive. Many have uncomfortably asked, “How are YOU feeling about everything that is going on in Florida Chicago New York City Ferguson, Missouri?” Others have proclaimed, “With EVERYTHING that is going on nowadays, I just pray that I have girls.” With... Read more »

Seven Things You Need To Know About Your Rights, Courtesy of Ferguson Missouri

  1.)    Looting, not zombies, can lead to an American city becoming a police state. 2.)   Peaceful protests, not terrorism, can lead to a neighborhood being tear gassed at night. 3.)   A no-fly zone can be issued over a city to protect “law enforcement activities,” regardless of the questionable legality of those actions.... Read more »

Can you and a Black man feel safe at the same time?

Can you and a Black man feel safe at the same time?
Part One:  Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Are gang members mindless? Part Two:  Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?   Whenever I have trouble writing about something I have come to realize that it’s always for a reason.  While... Read more »
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Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence:  Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?
(Previous post in series:  Are gang members mindless?) I am not proclaiming to have any answers. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a guy, asking him to love her. (Sorry, wrong pop culture reference.) I’m just a woman who, like Mahatma Gandhi, believes that commerce without morality is a deadly sin. I am... Read more »

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Are gang members mindless?

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence:  Are gang members mindless?
Confession time. I have a secret fascination with stories about unconventional solutions. Like in World War Z when Brad Pitt inoculated himself with an unknown disease in order to keep himself from getting eaten by zombies… I thought that was pure genius. …and the fact that a very hungry person, armed with nothing but Corn... Read more »

Q & A with a ChicagoNow Blogger: Nicole Knepper, Much More Than A Potty Mouth

“I think if there’s one gift I could give to moms it would be to help them calm the f*** down and be okay. Do your best. That’s good enough. I’m not saying lower our standards, but we should increase our tolerance for ourselves.” – Nicole Knepper     Writer.  Clinical Professional Counselor.  Self-proclaimed, “Queen... Read more »
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Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy: Be brave, young girls.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy:  Be brave, young girls.
Fry cook. Prostitute. Night-Club Dancer and Performer. Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Journalist. Professor. On the heels of my birthday, I sat in my kitchen contemplating a blend of life lessons as I tried to decide what project I would work on for the day.  When I read the news of Maya Angelou’s... Read more »
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