By John W. Fountain Dateline: CHIRAQ—One hundred days later, and we don't remember her name. I am sure. It is gone. Vanished
But in Chicago, like in New York, I also saw a vibrant city, where races mix, at least on the L and in the street and parks
Far from the plight of the children who remain in harm's way, even as they resume play, making cold mud pies beneath sun
In his last breath, I wonder, did Tyshawn wonder why he was about to die? Or whether--if black lives really matter--why his assassins most likely looked like the family he saw soon after he first opened his eyes?
Long before hashtags, before Black Lives Matter marches and social media campaigns, the names of Chicago murder victims have been etched into the hearts, psyches and souls of family members and friends. Among them was Frances Colon, 18. I promised her mother I would not forget.
I'm so Chicago I remember when diabetes was called "the sugar" and it was less frequent in our community. A time when the
A BD (a Baby Daddy) too often becomes just a DB (a Deadbeat). Choose instead a HF (Husband/Father) who will help you build
Imagine Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, filled beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24--more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict.
Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades.
Chicago's rising star artist Chance the Rapper went to Twitter this Christmas to announce "Warmest Winter Chicago" (a partnership between Chance and the Empowerment Plan to bring 1,000 coats to Chicago's homeless) had raised almost $60 thousand in only 10 days.
In the wake of the recent Paris bombings, I sat down with newly minted Academy Award winner Spike Lee, and the cast of his new film Chi-raq. Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and John Cusack went on record to discuss the state of the country, the recent Paris attacks and how much tragedy we as a world can take.
When outrage over a fictional movie outweighs outrage over the horrific gun violence happening all too often in Chicago, the question is, what are we really angry about?
Spike Lee’s latest, Chi-Raq, is a dizzying mélange of genres, tones, and styles, all whirling around two poles: one, the
As a child, I often cried in unison with other young children on the Westside of Chicago. Have you ever heard Chicago children cry? No matter how or why, it is hard to justify the continuous cries with blame and criticisms of their ties to an ongoing plight that has lead to the demise of countless lives for way too much time.
Call it Chiraq, Fifth City, Holy City, The Hole, K-town, Motown, The Circle, or L-Town, you will get the same version of events with different characters under the blue and white bars with four red stars that make up the symbol of this metropolis.
Is the violence in Chicago a laughing matter? Certainly not. However, if Chicagoans held their politicians, community and church leaders as responsible as they hold Spike Lee, I dare say things may change.
This is the face of Chicago's Inner-city gun violence victims: a face of elegance, potential, beauty, and ambition. Pryor had a promising future, an Evanston high school graduate, winner of the Mario Tricoci competition, and was someone people praised and enjoyed being around, according to various social media tributes. Say her name.
"The trailer for 'Chiraq,' in all its glitz and shock value, is arousing - but the premise of this film isn't." You make this a black-on-black trauma without taking into consideration external systemic factors. And to top it off, you place women of color as the barriers to these men's burdens. That's not original, that's just plain pathetic.