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Chance The Rapper continues to make it very clear that he’s not fucking around on the topic of Chicago politics and civic life; fresh off his donations to the city’s schools, his critiques of mayor Rahm Emanuel, and his purchase of local news site Chicagoist—once a mainstay of street-level city reporting, back before…

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A trial is set to begin for one current and two former Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the Laquan McDonald shooting.

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While the punk-ass president continues to desecrate the highest office in the land, black America’s forever president and current president of Wakanda, Barack Obama, continues to make us miss him after he made a surprise visit to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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He’s best known for hit songs, industry independence, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, but the ever charismatic Chance the Rapper is about to add a new title to his growing list of credits, as producer of an original musical for Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM).

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Before launching her sold out book tour, former first lady Michelle Obama returned to her former high school, Whitney Young.

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The community activist who filed a freedom of information act request for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to release the dashcam video of the fatal police shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald has announced plans to run for City Council. William Calloway will run against Leslie Hairston, a five-term incumbent for 5th Ward, according to the Chicago […]

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Shortly before he was compelled to resign as attorney general by President Trump, one of Jeff Sessions‘ final acts was to sign an order limiting the Justice Department’s ability to use consent decrees. According to a New York Times report, the order signed by Sessions on Wednesday, would require top political appointees to sign off […]

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  Kanye West has given a total campaign contribution of $200,000 to West Side activist and Democratic Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, according the Chicago Tribune, which reviewed state campaign finance records. Last week, Ye donated $73,540 to Enyia so she could pay off fines for not properly filing quarterly campaign finance reports during her 2015 mayoral campaign, according to […]

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Kanye West was stumping for Chicago Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia on Tuesday afternoon along with Chance the Rapper. —Former president Jimmy Carter asks Brian Kemp to step down as secretary of state amid accusations of voter suppression— During a campaign event, Chicago native, Chance The Rapper, who recently announced plans to campaign for Enyia extensively, spoke to the crowd […]

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The rapper, designer and superhero whose resumé for a post-Thanos substitute Avenger claims his “Make America Great Again” hat gives him superpowers, made an appearance with a Chicago mayoral candidate but bounced after five minutes because he probably got a call to save a child from a burning building or wanted to…

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The U.S. Postal Service has ramped up efforts to find one of their own and has offered a $25,000 reward for help in locating 27-year-old Kierra Coles

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  TheGrio has launched a special series called #BlackonBlue to examine the relationship between law enforcement and African-Americans. Our reporters and videographers will investigate police brutality and corruption while also exploring local and national efforts to improve policing in our communities. Video released this week by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, shows an off-duty Chicago police sergeant opening fire and wounding an unarmed autistic man […]

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As the resident Chicagoan on The Root’s staff, it’s safe to say I keep an eye on the city’s resident talents—including Chance the Rapper and problematic prodigal son Kanye. Now, I’m thinking I need to get out more—or, at least, take a Lyft—since apparently, hip-hop’s favorite number-wearing philanthropist has been…

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The city of Chicago has sued the U.S. Department of Justice again for withholding public safety grants

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On Friday afternoon, after a day of deliberation, a Cook County jury found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. The high-profile shooting commanded national attention after video footage of the shooting—which the city delayed…

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  Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty for the 2014 shooting death of Laquan Mcdonald. Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old 16 times and continued to fire his weapon even as the teenager was on the ground motion-less. None of the other officers on the scene opened fire. The jury began deliberating yesterday afternoon. […]

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Chance the Rapper is committed to helping his hometown. On Thursday, he promised the city of Chicago $1 million for mental health services for its citizens.

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Kanye West claims he’s off his bipolar meds, which may explain why he’s hip-hopping cross-country in his MAGA hat while commanding attention with his wild rants about slavery, loving-Donald Trump and how Black folks are being programmed by the Democrats. When Ye pulled into Detroit for a business meeting at the College for Creative Studies, […]

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As a 12-person jury continues deliberations in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago cop who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, two alternate jurors say they consider Van Dyke guilty of murder.

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Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday in the shooting death of a Chicago teen, Laquan McDonald, who died at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The defense rested their case on Wednesday, and as early as this afternoon, a Cook County jury will decide Van Dyke’s fate, and along with it,…

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A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald testified that he opened fire when the black teenager kept advancing toward him while waving a knife, adamantly sticking to his version of events even when confronted with video that showed a different scene. In a clear but sometimes halting […]

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Tensions in Chicago are nearing a peak as the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the police officer charged in the killing of Laquan McDonald, rolls on.

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A culture clash has reportedly rocked the Department of Aviation at the heating and cooling plant at O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. According to the publication, at the center of the controversy are “the plant’s predominantly white city workforce” and the majority-black independent contractors “assigned to do pipefitting work there.” READ MORE: Trump praises Kanye […]

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Heather Headley is a bona fide a superstar with an incredible career as a singer and stage performer. The actress who has joined the cast of Chicago Med as a series regular has already nabbed a Tony and a Grammy, making us wonder if she will be the next talent to nab an EGOT.  On […]

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If you haven’t already been hooked by NBC’s slew of Chicago-based dramas, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D., it’s time to tune in. Aside from the heart-stopping situations that unfold each week, the series’ powerful performances by a long list of badass Black women are worth checking out. Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago […]

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CHICAGO (AP) — In front of jurors in the trial of a white Chicago police […]

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It’s Wednesday, Sept 19th— and these are trending political stories— you should know. Starting with Charlamagne Tha God– who’s executive produced a new documentary about attorney, politician and CNN commentator, Bakari Sellers. While I breathe, I hope takes us back on Sellers 2014 run for lieutenant governor of the great state of South Carolina. With midterms fast […]

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While we see it with far more frequency, it’s still not often that a cop goes on trial for an officer-involved shooting, and rarer still for that officer to receive a murder charge.

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Chicago's mayor and Illinois' attorney general unveiled an updated plan Thursday to reform the city's police.

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A shooting near a high school on Chicago's South Side has left three teenagers seriously injured.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The next mayor of Chicago will take over a city that is […]

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Within the next year, any Chicago police officer who points a gun at an individual during an arrest or a street stop will have to radio in dispatchers about the incident.

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