Black history trivia night celebrates Chicago HBCUs

By Roderick Diamond II Medill Reports Chicago’s black history boasts famous personalities such as the late comedian Dick Gregory, founder of the Chicago Defender Robert Abbott and Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, who launched the DuSable Museum of African American History. The list goes on, but the city also has deep roots with alumni communities of historically […]

Painter Fran Joy Brings Black Artists Together for ‘Justice for Peace’ exhibit


By Carlos D. Williamson For Fran Joy, art is another way to challenge people’s perspectives on race, gender and inequality. And the 65-year-old painter had yet another opportunity to display her unique artwork when she curated the “Justice for Peace” exhibition from Jan. 31 until the end of February. One of the objectives was to […]

Pop-up library celebrates black women

By Meggie Morris Earlier this month, Scheherazade Tillet watched an older, African-American man take the stage at Breathing Room, a recurring event that inspires proactive conversation about transformative justice through art and performance. Holding Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow,” the man admitted to the audience he had only just finished it, before inviting […]