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Looking at Nikko Washington’s artwork, the first feature that captures your attention is his use of bold colors in his portraitures. The 25-year-old School of the Art Institute artist recently wrapped up a major solo exhibit at Café Logan at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. The “53 ‘til Infinity” creator pays homage…

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Considered one of the most important composers and pianists in 20th-century music, Thelonious Monk is one of the most enigmatic figures of his era. Noted professor Robin D.G. Kelley will be delivering a lecture titled Thelonious Monk: An American Original based on his highly acclaimed 2009 book, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American…

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Almost everyone would agree that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man who worked tirelessly to right many of the grave injustices that Blacks faced during the civil rights era. However, when considering Dr. King’s legacy, many people often forget that he held some pretty radical views on everything from his staunch stance against the Vietnam…

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A few of Chicago’s most known and beloved celebrities have banded together in a new promotional video in hopes of encouraging President Barack Obama to “bring it on home” and select the city’s South Side to house the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, media personality Val Warner, and hip-hop artist Rhymefest are just…

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Avoids African-American History to the very end Every year you can count on the TV game show Jeopardy having their College Championship series. This week during Black History month the TV show featured African-American History. The result is surprising and a testimony to how far America still has to learn about diversity. The three students,…

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HAMZA WALKER Neatly tucked away on the fourth floor of Cobb Hall on the University of Chicago’s well-manicured campus is the Renaissance Society. Founded in 1915, the Renaissance Society is a 3,200 square foot, non-collecting, contemporary art venue whose mission is to promote developments in contemporary art through exhibitions and related events.  Hamza Walker is…

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Philip Coleman, a 38-year-old experienced hospice executive was tasered twice by Chicago police and sedated before he died this past Thursday.  There is a “Justice for Philip O. Coleman” press conference scheduled for Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at NCBALM at 12900 South Halsted Street, Chicago. Coleman was arrested for allegedly beating his 69-year-old mother, which is…

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