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Trevor Wilkins, Princeton Alum, Co-Created App That Encourages Good Grades

By Imani J. Jackson

#Blackboyjoy sounded more like hustle than hubris earlier this week during a telephonic interview with Trevor Wilkins. The tech entrepreneur is a Southside of Chicago native and celebrant. He is also a Princeton sociology graduate who shared parts of his journey to co-creating an app with more than a half million users that encourages students to get good grades.  

How a Chicago mayor’s proposal to make post-grad plans a requirement for graduating harms Black & Brown students

Not content with over-policing Black folks in the streets and at their schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now extending these practices into their academics. Earlier this week, the mayor shared his bright idea for requiring Chicago Public Schools students to produce a letter of acceptance from a 2 or 4-year university, vocational school, a branch of the military, or a job before receiving their diploma–starting with this year’s freshman class.

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Chance the Rapper Announces Arts and Literature Fund For Chicago Schools

As if his initial $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools wasn’t already more than enough, Chance the Rapper continues to outdo himself. The Chicago rapper held a second press conference last week to announce some major news. First, the Chicago Bulls organization would be matching his initial donation. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, he announced the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Meet Chicago’s First Transgender Filipina Bakery Owner

Jenne Vailoces inherited her love of baking from her mother while being raised in the Philippines. When she came to Chicago, she used that passion to offer her talents to the public after opening Jennivee’s Bakery.

Outside of its convenient location near Chicago’s Boystown and Wrigleyville neighborhoods and her signature purple velvet cake, Jennivee’s Bakery is special for one very important reason: it’s the first bakery in Chicago to be owned by a transgender Filipina woman.

Nearly 1,000 Protestors Gathered for Trans Liberation March in Chicago

Chicago’s Trump Tower has become a hotspot of local protests in recent months for obvious reasons. Given all of the president’s controversial statements and policies and the mostly-liberal ideology of the city, the stretch along the Chicago River has become even more of a high-traffic area than it already was.

The latest example of the area’s growing buzz came this past Friday as nearly 1,000 protestors gathered for a Trans Liberation March, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Aldermen Will Vote On Future Of Street Performers Known as ‘Bucket Boys’

Whether you’re driving past the expressway or walking down State Street, every Chicagoan knows the familiar sound of drumsticks clanging on plastic buckets. These street performers, which are almost always young Black men, are commonly referred to as “bucket boys” and mostly accepted as a part of the city’s culture.

Apparently, a select portion of the city’s population feels differently about them and are hoping that a group of aldermen will vote to crack down on their ability to perform downtown on Wednesday, according to WBEZ.

Chance the Rapper Hopes Trump Doesn’t Mean What We All Think He Does About Chicago

Chance the Rapper recently sat down with ESPN’s The Undefeated for a joint interview with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler. The two talked about the city and how they’re each leaving their own legacies, one being a hometown kid who just won three Grammys, the other being the centerpiece of an historic basketball franchise.

During part of the discussion, Chance responded to President Donald Trump’s vague threats to “send in the feds” if Chicago’s gun violence wasn’t curbed. As a native of the city’s South Side, the rapper had some interesting insight.