More than 60 volunteers gathered at Ellis Park in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood to host a free community day for the city’s youth this past Saturday. For the third year in a row, The TakeBack offered a full afternoon of activities, such as kickball, a bounce house, football and a three-on-three basketball tournament for local children to enjoy.
City Bureau, a journalism lab located in Chicago, has announced a new effort to strengthen the connection between local communities and the journalism that directly reports on them. Through a Kickstarter with a goal of $10,000 from a total of 1,000 donors, the organization hopes to reveal a fully capable newsroom that can be utilized by community members this fall.
Ibtihaj Muhammad will return home from the Rio Olympics without a medal, but with a moral victory that may be worth just as much. Muhammad has been in the center of news leading up to the games because she would be, and has become, the first-ever U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab.
For some, teenage years are difficult for reasons beyond keeping up good grades, managing the ups and downs of popularity, and dating headaches. For many teens, navigating the complex route of joining or avoiding gang life has to be taken care of first.
Four young boys from Georgia came together to find a way to avoid being recruited by gangs – they continuously asked for and, eventually, received jobs.
It is always great to see young people in the spotlight using their platforms to activate others in the name of justice and equality. That is exactly what Yara Shahidi, who plays the oldest daughter on the hit show Black-ish, is doing.
Corey Menafee spent years cleaning Calhoun College, named after slavery advocate and former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Like many others that walked the halls, he always noticed a stained glass window that depicted slaves picking cotton. One day in June, enough was enough and he took his broomstick and smashed the window students have been unsuccessfully protesting for years.
“I thought, I’m tired of looking at this, I’m about to break this,” Menafee said, according to NBC News. “It’s the 21st century, why do I have to go to work and look at this?”
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are each all-star NBA players and the faces of their respective franchises. – James, for the entire sport. With the knowledge of how much influence they have, the four good friends came together to open the ESPY Awards with a speech about racial injustice and gun violence.
With the recent jump in black celebrities coming out to speak on the political climate in the U.S., it was just a matter of time before they all came together. And Cedric the Entertainer is being touted as the one responsible for making it happen.
A recent Instagram post from the famous comedian shows what was the end result of what’s being called a town hall meeting with 100 black celebrities in attendance. Some of which were Jesse Williams, T.I., Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Lorenz Tate, Meagan Good and many more.
Laurella Willis wants action and nothing else. The Blue Island resident, which is just outside of Chicago, has been walking 20 miles a day on the city’s Southside with a sign draped over her shoulders that reads, “Black America I’m Sorry” on both sides.