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
Are we going to stand by and let another summer be marked by blood? Is that the plan?
With time running out on a petition seeking a revision on Army regulations that ban certain ethnic hairstyles, the petition’s creator, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia Army National Guard, has gotten some influential support from members of Congress.
MARY MITCHELL: The daughter of the founder of Harold’s Chicken Shack is asking for the city’s help in her fight to stop people from ripping off the iconic brand. Kristen Pierce-Sherrod and her husband, Vincent Sherrod, say they are the legal owners of the Harold’s Chicken name, but a half-dozen “rogue” stores have popped up in recent years. “We want to take back control over what’s rightfully ours,” she said.
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MARY MITCHELL: For nearly 65 years, Harold’s Chicken has been a staple in the black community. But there are signs that the franchise, which has locations all over Chicago’s South Side, may have worn out its welcome — at least one planned for the Bronzeville neighborhood.
Is the “no-snitch” culture a cult fantasy? After all, when the highest-ranking member of a Mexican Cartel is cooperating with Chicago prosecutors, it pretty much proves that even hardened criminals will sing if it will save their hides from a life sentence.
There are all kinds of activists. There are the limo activists who swoop into a community when cameras are rolling. There are the boardroom activists who cut deals behind closed doors. Then there’s the Rev. Al Sharpton.
I put off watching the CNN documentary, “Chicagoland.” After all, it is painful enough bearing witness to the tragic homicides so many Chicago families have suffered. But with only three episodes left, criticism surrounding the series has gotten louder.
MARY MITCHELL: There is no shortage of data when it comes to African-Americans. But two national studies released last week suggest African Americans may be too reactionary on some issues, and too complacent on others.
The U.S. Army released its new appearance and grooming regulations — and it was a real burn for African-American female soldiers. The updated rules ban twists, multiple braids bigger than a quarter of an inch in diameter, and dreadlocks of any size. Cornrows also can’t be bigger than a quarter of an inch.
When I grew dreadlocks two decades ago, I saw it as a way of expressing my cultural heritage, not to mention saving my scalp from the torture of chemical relaxers. Today, however, a young black male wearing locks is often stereotyped as a “thug.”
MARY MITCHELL: If the best Nick Cannon can do to promote his new album is pretend to be a stereotypical white man, he should stick to his day job.
A federal bankruptcy judge ruled last week that seven plaintiffs can proceed with a sexual abuse civil case against United Airlines in state court.
When a the photo surfaced of two white students at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park wearing blackface masks during the regional basketball game between Nazareth and Orr Academy, I thought it had to be a nasty prank. After all, it’s easy to manipulate a photograph. But I received the same photo from several credible sources that claimed to have witnessed the blackface incident.
For those who dare to dream, life has a way of making a path for that dream. Such is the case for Kamilah C. Banks-Word, who is on track to earn a medical degree in psychiatry from the Chicago Medical School this year. Banks-Word grew …
MARY MITCHELL: About 114,000 people in Illinois have already signed up for the new health insurance polices. But the administration is making its final push to attract individuals between ages 18 to 34, the group seen as the key to offsetting the higher costs of insuring older people.
United Airlines has the opportunity to help right a terrible wrong. On Wednesday, a federal bankruptcy judge will decide whether the court can reopen the airline’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. That would allow five plaintiffs who allege they were molested in the 1990s to file …
MARY MITCHELL: Corey Hardiman and his crew could be kicking up sand this week in Florida. Instead, Hardiman and 14 other students from the historically black Morehouse College are in Chicago shoveling snow — and delivering hope — to young people who have been impacted by the violence on the Far South Side.
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,” …
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.