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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Top Dawg Entertainment’s newest superstar, Doechii, was in Chicago recently. Rolling out talked to the eclectic artist about her style, her influences and how she navigates the industry as a dark-skinned Black woman.
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 […]
Briahna Gatlin of Swank PR shares how she has managed to run her business and be successful at it for 15 years. She also explains why she decided to launch her first music festival, The Purple Block Party.
DJ Reese is thankful for the current perspective he has. The official DJ of Lil Durk and Tink has seen a lot during his time in the music industry. Meanwhile, in his life, his off-stage priorities changed to focus on a more faith-centered way of living. In May, after Lil Durk performed in front of […]
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, […]
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 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 .
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 […]
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 […]
Vincent E. Norment of the Marijuana Hall of Fame shares his experience with cannabis and how it has helped him with his health. He also expounds on what marijuana diversity and equity mean to Black and Brown people in this industry.
Jury selection in R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago starts on Aug. 15. Kelly is charged with creating and receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, among other charges. The current charges are based on a tape that showed Kelly allegedly having sex with a teenage girl, and then urinating on her. Kelly was tried […]
The Bud Billiken Parade and Festival celebrated 93 years of tradition and legacy on Aug. 13, 2022. The Bronzeville community of Chicago was brimming with excitement as the parade made its way down King Drive. The path was filled with the smiling faces of children and adults. The Bud Billiken Parade is the longest running […]
Myiti Sengstacke-Rice, CEO of The Chicago Defender Charities and publisher of Bronzeville Life honors her family’s legacy through the Bud Billiken Parade and Festival in Chicago. It is the longest running back-to-school parade in the United States. Rolling out spoke with Sengstacke-Rice about legacy, the parade and Black families.
Lollapalooza took over Chicago as it usually does every year. Saturday, July 30, was probably the most explosive night of the event. The organizers planned out the set times, allowing patrons time to leave one set and get to another without missing a beat. The only exception was traveling between the T Mobile stage and […]
Nia Kay has matured as an artist right before our very eyes. She has blossomed professionally and personally and is in new frame of mind. Rolling out talked to her about her music, the industry and why she gives back.
Jazmine Sullivan and Lil Baby brought their A game to the Bud Light Seltzer Stage last night at Lollapalooza 2022. The four-day festival kicked off with a series of music acts and performances throughout the day with Lil Baby closing out the Bud Light Seltzer Stage in Grant Park. Jazmine Sullivan had the honor of […]
Through a grant provided by the TERRA Foundation for American Art, Africa International House USA Inc. in collaboration with the Reva and David Loga Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, presented a symposium Juneteenth weekend titled “ART AGENCY: Exploring the African American Quilting Tradition.” Multiple quilt exhibitions will be hosted by collaborating […]