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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 […]

R. Kelly allegedly did this to a teenage girl, and now she’s ready to testify

R. Kelly allegedly did this to a teenage girl, and now she's ready to testify

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 93rd annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival featured love and legacy

The 93rd annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival featured love and legacy

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 talks about the impact of Bud Billiken Parade

Myiti Sengstacke-Rice talks about the impact of Bud Billiken Parade

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.

J. Cole and Willow Smith made Lollapalooza 2022 sizzle

J. Cole and Willow Smith made Lollapalooza 2022 sizzle

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 […]

Jazmine Sullivan and Lil Baby ignite Lollapalooza in Chicago

Jazmine Sullivan and Lil Baby ignite Lollapalooza in Chicago

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 […]

Find a quilting treasure this weekend at Navy Pier

Find a quilting treasure this weekend at Navy Pier

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 […]