Best photos from the Good Morning Gorgeous concert

Grammy Award winner and Oscar-nominated Mary J. Blige brought her Good Morning Gorgeous tour to the United Center in Chicago on Sept. 25, 2022. The opening acts were Queen Naija and Ella Mai. Hologic and The Black Promoters Collective presented the tour.

Vic Mensa helps the city of Chicago with good deed

Gas, food and rent prices have been skyrocketing this year, and Vic Mensa has been helping people in his hometown of Chicago with extra compensation. The rapper recently donated $10,000 of gas for 200 cars and gave out pre-rolled joints. Mensa’s company, 93 Boyz, Chicago’s first Black-owned cannabis company, helped with the donation. He told TMZ […]

Tory Lanez and August Alsina show no love during tour stop in Chicago

Commedian Rip Micheals of Wild ‘N Out Fame brought his Fall Back in Love Comedy & Music Jam to his hometown of Chicago on Sept. 17, 2022. The Arie Crown Theatre was brimming with fans ready to laugh with the comedians and swoon over their favorite R&B stars. Based on the line up this tour […]

James Ijames shares why he focuses on Black culture in his work

James Ijames is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director and educator. The North Carolina native pulls from his experiences growing up in his community. His productions are extremely intentional, they provide a voice to the disenfranchised and tell stories that are oftentimes ignored. Rolling out spoke with Ijames about his recent production, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable […]

R. Kelly found guilty in the state case in Chicago

To hardly anyone’s surprise, disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly faces decades in prison after being found guilty in his state trial in Chicago. Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was convicted on six of the 13 counts he was indicted on related to sexual assault of minor females. According to WGN-TV, Kelly was acquitted on seven counts […]

Whitney White says representation means survival

Obie Award-winning director, actress and musician Whitney White has a keen understanding of what her presence means in the world of theater. She is passionate about Black stories and works to amplify the voices of Black women in spaces where they are not heard. The Chicago native is currently directing The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial […]

Juror in R. Kelly trial suffers panic attack during graphic closing arguments

On Sept. 12, one of the jurors in R. Kelly’s trial in Chicago suffered a panic attack during closing arguments according to TMZ. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said, “I’ve been advised she said she can’t go on one minute more.” During close arguments, prosecutors cited graphic videos of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter, who […]

TV bright spot: ‘For the Culture’ launches with Christina Steed

This fall, CAN-TV Channel 19, Chicago’s public access channel, is launching a series of signature programming under the leadership of its new executive director, Darrious Hilman. One of the shows on the docket is “For the Culture” with Christina Steed. For the Culture is a new show highlighting the unique perspectives on culture and life […]

DJ Terry Hunter’s remix of ‘Break My Soul’ highlights annual picnic’s revival

After two years of virtual live-streamed events, the in-person family reunion experience of the Chosen Few Picnic returned to Chicago’s Jackson Park on a perfectly hot July Saturday to the delight of scores of house music heads near and far. Among the  amazing highlights was DJ Terry Hunter’s debut of his remix of Beyoncé’s “Break […]

Another woman testifies that R. Kelly had sex with her as a minor

The third week of R. Kelly’s federal child pornography trial resumed on Aug. 29, as two more women testified that the singer engaged in sexual activity with them while they were minors. Kelly is charged with creating and receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, among other charges. One of the witnesses, testifying under the […]

Dionne Nicole Smith shares why compassion is critical in health care

Dionne Nicole Smith, the director of development for the Guest House, is passionate about what she does. Her caring nature and life experience informs her work and perspective. The Guest House provides resources and lodging for individuals who travel to Chicago for major surgeries. Rolling out spoke with Smith about why she chose this career, […]

Chicagoans honor Charles Stepney during Millennium Park Summer Music Series

On Aug. 18, 2022, Chicago converged on Pritzker Pavilion to honor famed producer, songwriter and arranger Charles Stepney. Charles Stepney: Out of the Shadows was a tribute to the unheralded musician who has impacted the world with his talents. His music has been the soundtrack of many lives. His production, song writing and arrangement contributions […]

McKinley Nelson shares what inspired Project Swish

McKinley Nelson joins Culture in the Crosshairs to discuss his organization, Project Swish, and how losing close friends inspired the mission. He also talks about the importance of education and the celebrity softball game that is happening at the organization’s fourth annual festival .

Woman recounts in testimony how many times R. Kelly had sex with her as a teen

The woman who played a big part in R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades testified on Aug. 18 that he sexually abused her “hundreds” of times starting when she was 15 years old. Kelly is charged with creating and receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, among other charges. The current charges […]

Judge will not remove jurors who’ve seen R. Kelly documentary

Dishonored singer R. Kelly will not get his wish to block prospective jurors who watched the damning documentary that is greatly responsible for putting him behind bars for 30 years. Kelly, whose given name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been convicted in a federal court on a slew of charges related to sexual assault, and […]