Amid the doom and gloom of MAGA’s resurgence in the race for governor in Virginia, a little good news from Illinois . . . The Democrats stuck it to those […]
“We weren’t only honoring Professor Dorsey—this was a major event introduced by the first Black mayor of the city, and it needed to be outstanding.”
The documentary is a window into the Harlem Culture Festival and discussions of Black history, community, and identity in the 60s.
Stevie Wonder’s personal archives are reputedly filled with decades of homemade demos and jam sessions that have never been released. If I had to guess what they sound like, I’d […]
The Lovelites had their biggest success with “How Can I Tell My Mom and Dad,” which came out when they were so young they could barely tour.
Hey, MAGA, stop using Dr. King to justify police brutality.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
Chicago native Johari Noelle has shaped her polished debut EP with years of choir and theater, half a season on reality TV, and nearly 18 months in the studio.
R&B legend Andre Williams influenced generations of rockers and rappers—and his decades-long comeback ended only with his death at 82.
The ‘industry plant’ is hip-hop’s favorite conspiracy theory, used to discredit breakout successes—and it’s spreading to other genres, where it’s no more plausible.
All kinds of Chicago music—AM radio pop, free-spirited R&B, bold Afrocentric jazz, soulful funk—came together to shape her incredible voice.
Also, Chicago is raising $2.5 million less than anticipated from its seven-cent bag tax.
The late 1960s was a time of change for the prison thanks to Winston Moore, the country’s first black warden.
It’s sheep-herding season in Chicago, as everyone from Mayor Daley to the editorial boards of the mainstream papers urges the voters to reelect Mayor Rahm.
As a young, mop-topped lad of 22, the Reader political columnist was on WTTW . . .