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When statements claimed New York Times reporters were being dispatched to embattled Chicago to investigate possible shootings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it seemed rather presumptive. While the deadly city, which has taken on the moniker “Chi-raq” due to high numbers of shooting deaths of residents, mostly Black men, it seemed impossible for the publication…

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Rapper King Louie, 28, whose real name is Louis Johnson, has been shot in the head in the Ashburn neighborhood of Chicago. His management is reporting that he was grazed and is awake and talking at this time. King Louie has been a staple in the Chicago drill scene with the likes of Chief Keef and…

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Despite, or maybe because of, the controversy surrounding his latest film, Spike Lee’s musical drama, Chi-Raq, did exceptionally well at the weekend box office. Playing in just over 300 theaters nationwide, Lee’s modern-day take on Aristophanes’ classic play Lysistrata took in an impressive $1.2 million dollars to narrowly miss making the top 10. Even more impressive, and…

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Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq hits theaters on December 4, and the film has drawn both early praise and derision from fans and critics. At the New York City premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan, Spike, stars Nick Cannon and Harry Lennix, as well as other celebs in attendance, shared their thoughts on community, Black Lives Matter, Chicago and what they hope the audience takes away from the movie.

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After 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee and 20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor were senselessly gunned down two hours apart in Chicago, native writer and media personality April Lawson decided she’d had enough. Fed up with what she describes as “apathy” among the men of Chicago and inspired by the upcoming Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, Lawson has come up with…

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