Big Ten Media Days review

Big Ten Media Days

By DeForest Mapp, Connor Yahn, Brianna Williams and Jake Riepma Medill Reports The annual Big Ten Media Days were held in downtown Chicago. Medill anchors and reporters, DeForest Mapp, Connor Yahn, Brianna Williams and Jake Riepma all give insight on what to expect for the 2018 football season, just weeks away.

Chicago tech startups and activism on the South Side

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By DeForest Mapp and Kiara Brantley-Jones Medill Reports African Americans make up only one percent of all tech startup founders and another one percent of all US venture capitalists. DeForest Mapp hosts Chicago startup founder Garry Cooper and venture capitalist Yelena Shkolnik as they counter punch on the lack of diversity and myths around investment […]

Go solo or find a partner: When a startup needs a co-founder

By DeForest Mapp Medill Reports Today’s startup inventor often brings revelation to fruition by returning home from a fulltime job to start a second life. The inventor may catch a few hours sleep, push forward on design in pajamas until 4 a.m., get a little more sleep, show up for work and do it all over again. For an entrepreneur in […]

Poised for the prowl: Black Panther’s box office attack continues

By DeForest Mapp Medill Reports Superhero King T’Challa led the multitudes  to “Black Panther” for two consecutive weekends. The blockbuster topped attendance at any other movie with a domestic gross of $400 million and shattered previous earnings records for a film that showcased a majority African American cast. “Black Panther” made gold for a Marvel gamble that debuted on […]

South Siders divided over the Obama Presidential Center

By DeForest Mapp Medill Reports Transportation, parking and the use of Jackson Park for the  Obama Presidential Center are dividing area residents as plans and community feedback continue to pour in. The Chicago Park District is setting the date for the next public meeting for the Obama Presidential Center as well as the Tiger Woods-designed  golf course that would refurbish […]