Creating a TRiiBE of her own

By Grace Asiegbu Medill Reports On the ninth floor of the historic Nichols Tower on the West Side of Chicago sits a shared workspace with creaky floors and the smell of old books. Tiffany Walden, 31, walked out of a corner office with a bright smile. Tiffany relayed all the meetings and work she hadn’t […]

Journalist Teryn Payne speaks to challenges Black women face in the industry

By Grace Asiegbu Medill Reports Teryn Payne, director of strategic communications and logistics for Chance the Rapper and former deputy editor and project manager of the Chicagoist, walked into Dollop Coffee Company in relaxed, casual joggers and a sweatshirt under her black puffer coat. Payne, 25, sits somewhere between communications newbie and magazine veteran. While […]

Blackness in Puerto Rico

Picture of the stage at COPI

By Grace Asiegbu Medill Reports Driving down the winding roads of Piñones, cars are greeted with green leaves and bold flowers. Between barrios, roads are marked with bright, lively signs informing drivers of their current location. Soon the view shifts from natural vegetation to sights and smells of restaurants lining the strip. People are buzzing […]

CTU strike finally comes to a close


By Grace Asiegbu Medill Reports Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) agreed on a five-year labor contract, ending the record 11-day strike that kept 35,000 students at home. The two sides had reached an agreement late on Wednesday about the contract, with specifics including a nurse and a social worker in every […]