Chance The Rapper, Bud Billiken Parade

Chance the Rapper to give away 30,000 backpacks at Bud Billiken Parade

The Bud Billiken Parade is a major part of every Chicago summer. Once a year, one of the busiest streets that stretches across the city’s South Side is shut down for 16 blocks for the largest Black parade in the country.

Everyone from current, former and future presidents, celebrities, and athletes have attended the parade, and a privileged few have been granted the honor of being Grand Marshal. This year, the honor has been passed on to hometown hero, Chance the Rapper. 

Chicago sues federal government for targeting sanctuary cities

Many of the Trump administration’s values directly contradict those of the country’s largest cities. While Trump is strongly against the immigration of undocumented citizens, cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and even Atlanta have taken on the approach of being “welcoming” to them. This separation has now led to legal action.

Chicago has become the first city to file a lawsuit against the federal government over what it feels is unfair punishment for being a “sanctuary city” where all citizens, including the undocumented, can feel safer.

Chicago church becomes focus of protest after pastor expels member for same-sex marriage

One of the most active churches on Chicago’s South Side is caught up in controversy and protest after kicking out a long-time member following her wedding ceremony to her partner, a woman.

“Her grandmother was a member, her mother was a member and she was a member for 30 years. All of this ended last week because she made the decision to marry her partner,” said Pastor Jamie Frazier, a community activist, according to CBS Chicago.

How two young Black Chicago women are using art and activism to change narratives about Black communities

“Fighting the system is a very big burden to take on” – Martinez Sutton, “Another Life”

The future of Chicago often seems uncertain as two factions within the city battle for power. The current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and his supporters are continuing to push a narrative which supports the divestment from Black and Brown Chicagoans while many young activists have emphasized a narrative of people over profit. In that respect, two young Black women, Morgan Johnson and Eva Lewis, are working to recognize how uplifting others, creating space for marginalized groups, and embracing authenticity are just a few of the ways that The People can reclaim power over their lives and communities. 

Atlanta’s murder rate is now higher than Chicago’s

President Trump and conservative supporters have made a habit out of using Chicago, a historically left-wing city, as a prime example of the failures of gun control.

They mention the city’s high murder rates and tragic tales on a regular basis hoping to drive home the point that more guns and police presence will somehow stop the violence. However, looking at the numbers carefully reveals that their efforts may be misdirected. 

Two women, 41 and 32, shot and killed in Chicago’s Washington Park

The stories of Chicago’s gun violence often follow the same narrative – young men of color, particularly Black, fall victim to either side of the weapon while their women loved ones are left to grieve. A shocking incident in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood has throw that pattern out of play after two women, 41 and 32 years old, were shot dead.

Three Chicago cops charged with conspiracy in coverup of Laquan McDonald shooting

There was a clear coverup in the Chicago Police Department after Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. Not only did it take a year for the video to be released to the public, but officers on the scene agreed to claim that McDonald assaulted them, prompting the shooting. The only question remaining is how deep did the coverup attempt reach?

In an attempt to answer that question, three Chicago police officers have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to NBC News.