Tag: violence

Are We Raising Our Girls to KILL Over Boys?

Are We Raising Our Girls to KILL Over Boys?
Beehives and Bathroom Brawls By Sylvia Snowden When Prince died, I was devastated (he seemed almost immortal, you know?), and one of the things I did to help overcome my sorrow was to immerse myself in all things Prince. I listened to all of my favorite Prince songs, I watched all of my favorite Prince... Read more »

An Open Letter to Spike Lee

An Open Letter to Spike Lee
By Sylvia D. Snowden Dear Spike, You released your movie “Chiraq” recently and unsurprisingly, not much has changed.  Young kids are still carrying guns and killing each other in Chicago’s streets.  But you had to know your life wasn’t really going to help anything around here, right? Ok, so, no, the movie was not an... Read more »

Mass Shootings: America’s New Norm?

Mass Shootings: America’s New Norm?
By Kym B. To date, there have been 355 mass shootings in the United States in one year. A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more individuals have been injured or killed, and there have been 355 in 336 days, thus far. We have experienced more mass shootings than any... Read more »
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Top 5 Reasons Why the Sex Strike will Fail

5. Netflix & Chill. How likely is a successful sex strike, when a man can hit up a lonely old flame on social media--at the height of cuffing season--and invite her over for a little Netflix & Chill? I'll wait.
We’ve suffered many days of heartbreaking violence here in Chicago, and I am down for anything that would bring it to a halt. But the sex strike is not the way to go. Yes, women banding together to withhold sex until men stop the violence makes an awesome plot for a movie. But taking this... Read more »

Tyshawn Lee: Leave His Parents Alone and Find His Killers

Tyshawn Lee: Leave His Parents Alone and Find His Killers
By Devin Miller I must admit that I have avoided the news recently. I live in Chicago and there is obviously a ridiculous amount of senseless violence here, and it takes a depressing hold on journalism. Being a Chicago native is a gift and a curse. It’s a gift because the city, the food, and... Read more »

Will It Take Another Tragedy to Unite Us? I Hope Not

Will It Take Another Tragedy to Unite Us? I Hope Not
A Lesson from 9/11 By Lana Pipkins Recently we paused to remember September 11, 2001, a day when millions of Americans were affected. Like many of you, it was a day that I’ll never forget. But unlike so many of you who probably witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center on the morning news... Read more »
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When a Mother Attacks Her Grown Child

When a Mother Attacks Her Grown Child
By Devin Miller When a mother fights her grown child, do doves cry? Does the mother lose her spot at the pearly gates? Does time stop? These questions were pondered after the news of Grammy nominated neo-soul singer Angie Stone, was arrested Monday for aggravated assault against her 30-year old daughter. Reports state that the... Read more »

An Open Letter to My Black Son

An Open Letter to My Black Son
by A Comeaux An Open Letter to #mySun At 8-years-old you still believe in superheroes and friendly neighbors. You see the world with love in your eyes and no color-lines in sight. I love that about you. I’m sorry it’s not awesome in today’s world. I’m sorry that you will be judged by your skin... Read more »