The Obamas’ October Cover Of Essence Magazine Is Straight Flames

As the Obamas wave us all goodbye as they prepare to leave the White House, we’re getting even more intimate looks into the past eight years of their lives. Most recently, Barack and Michelle have been revealed to be on the cover of October’s issue of Essence Magazine.

The first couple took the opportunity to speak on their legacy and the impact they’ve made on America, especially its youth. 

Local Organizer Hosts #TheTakeBack, Free Youth Community Day On Chicago’s Southside

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. 

Chicago Organization Launches Kickstarter For Community Newsroom

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.

Group of Teens Ask For Jobs To Avoid Gang Recruitment

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.

Yale To Rehire Black Employee Who Broke Window Depicting Slavery

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?”