Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …Read More
What kind of teen house party rolls on until 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning? That was the time that a disgruntled partier opened fire on a home in the 4900 block of West Race in the Austin neighborhood. Six people were shot, including the star basketball player at Orr, Tyquone Greer, 19. Greer was shot in the calf.
It is a miracle that 86-year-old Marian Hunter survived the winter. The former special education teacher was allegedly living in a townhouse at 3401 S. Giles that had no heat and no running water when she was evicted on Thursday. “This is my mother’s home,” …Read More
It is a sad day for justice when a gifted attorney is denied an opportunity to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division because he defended a man on death row. When you strip away the politics surrounding Debo Adegbile’s nomination, that’s what it boils down to.
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When Lupita Nyong’o walked across the stage to claim an Oscar for her supporting role in “12 Years A Slave,” she ushered in a fresh opportunity for black girls. From the glow of her dark skin to the crown of her closely cropped natural hair, Nyong’o made natural beauty fashionable again. Although black women have come a long way from skin-bleaching creams, hair remains a source of tension.
The owner of McNally’s at 11136 S. Western has some explaining to do. It’s been a week since a local musician accused the owner of the popular tavern of cutting the band’s set short because there were too many black people in the club.
A persistent gripe among some black people about President Barack Obama is that he hasn’t done enough to address disparities in the black community. On Thursday, Obama will address this issue head on when he unveils an initiative that is certain to please one group of naysayers while rankling another.
Yinka Solebo and her husband, Yomi, lived in their Plainfield home for ll years before they were evicted last November. Like too many homeowners, the Solebos claim they ran into a series of roadblocks when they attempted to get a loan modification after Yomi Solebo lost his job.
This is a public service announcement. If you are one of the thousands of motorists that exit northbound Lake Shore Drive at Wacker, you might want to slow down. The stretch from Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue is already hazardous because southbound traffic has …Read More
MARY MITCHELL: A lawsuit filed by a veteran female police officer accuses the Chicago Police Department of protecting the bad guys and punishing the good ones.
Justice was blindsided by race when jurors failed to convict Michael Dunn for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The 47-year-old Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder for firing 10 shots at the SUV in which Davis and three friends …
For the first time ever, my eyes have been glued to the winter Olympic Games. I usually keep up with the summer games and totally ignore the winter sports. But every night since the games opened in Sochi, I’ve sat spellbound watching snowboarding, halfpipe (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) ice skating and skiing.
I was born the year Shirley Temple made her last movie. By then, the child star had become a cultural icon. When bad weather forced us to stay indoors, my siblings and I would crowd around the small, black-and-white TV and watch a Shirley Temple …
MARY MITCHELL: It wasn’t “loud music” that led to the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Fla. It was the misguided notion on the part of the shooter that he could force his will on teenagers.
As long as there is money to be made from the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there will be lawsuits filed by those who believe they are entitled to profit from that legacy. Over the years, the King heirs — Martin Luther King …
I always had a bad feeling about this one. And as it turns out, my intuition was right. On Tuesday, NBC5 reported that five men who participated in a United Airlines mentoring program in the 1990s as children are claiming they were sexually abused by …
Last week, family and friends of Hadiya Pendleton came together to keep the memories of their daughter alive. Hadiya was 15-years-old when she was gunned down in a park not far from King College Prep High School. Two alleged gang-bangers were quickly rounded up and …
In one of his most famous poems, Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes asked, “What happens to a dream deferred? “Maybe it just sags,” the poet concludes “like a heavy load. Or does it explode” After meeting Ms. Pearlie Mae Robinson, I know there is another …
This winter’s unbearable cold has renewed my respect for the Hawk. Growing up in a CHA high-rise near the lakefront should have taught me that the hawk is nothing to play with. The wind that swept through the breezeways would drill through my thin gloves …
According to a report released last week, 92 percent of Chicago’s black male teens were jobless in 2012. The study by the Alternative Schools Network: “Trends in Teen Employment in Chicago, Illinois and the United States,” was an appalling snapshot of the predicament young black …
Local politicians are set to unveil a bill on Friday that would give Chicago a national park amid complaints that the bill is not inclusive. The designation would honor the legacy of George Pullman, the 19th century industrialist who founded a “company town,” and whose business practices sparked the black labor movement.