Three stories from the front lines of the 2020 protests, when the bridges went up and the statues came down
Capturing social justice movements and amplifying voices of change are at the core of Soft Cage Films.
The Reader got creative to find ways to keep uplifting Chicago gig-poster artists in 2020.
“When you look around your community, it’s easy to help the people around you. And once you start doing that, it’s easier to understand how we can effect change.”
Femdot’s nonprofit, Delacreme Scholars, has run the Scholars Slide By to deliver groceries to hundreds of people in need this summer.
A retrospective look at the weekly Black-led food distribution program outside Burke Elementary.
Two bills introduced in the state legislature are “a smack in the face,” says one torture survivor.
Our country has always privileged the powerful—a group that, historically and presently, has consisted almost exclusively of straight white men. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve only intensified their avaricious push to feed the rest of us into the grinder in order to prop up a broken, inhumane economic system. It can feel […]
Sault are an anonymous UK trio who create music grounded in the tenets of Black rights and Black freedom, and there’s never been a better time than now to hear their message. Last year they put out their debut album, 5, and an almost immediate follow-up, 7, and this summer they released their third record, […]
An analysis of 2,172 detainments raises questions about CPD claims of equitable policing practices.
For years the schools of Chicago have been pawns in the mayor’s budget games.
Two legacy institutions wrestle with issues of diversity and economic justice.
The fourth Run the Jewels full-length, RTJ4, is the hardcore rap duo’s first since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Not at all by coincidence, it’s also the most sociopolitically outspoken album they’ve released to date. On their third, released at the end of 2016, rapper-activist Killer Mike and rapper-producer El-P let poignant, sober lyrics about war, religion, […]
In a recent interview with Minnesota Public Radio host Andrea Swensson, rapper Chad Heslup (aka Longshot) talked about his history of involvement in protest movements since moving from Chicago to Minneapolis 11 years ago. He was inspired to join his first march after Minneapolis police shot and killed 24-year-old Jamar Clark in November 2015, and […]
Englewood multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and rapper Christopher Horace started releasing solo recordings a little more than two years ago. He released his first mixtape, February 2018’s Exodus, under the name Nephset, but since then he’s been performing and recording as F.A.B.L.E., which stands for Finally a Black Life Explained. For a year or so now, Horace […]