South Side High Schools Take on Urban Data to Improve City Living

Over the last couple of years curriculum and careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields have become a national priority. According to the Office of Science and Technology and Policy, STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008-2018. A big part in the growth of Read More …

Kartemquin Films: ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ Chicago Screenings!

The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, Read More …

N’Spire: Comedian Kevin Hart Begins Philanthropic Journey

With so much negativity roaming the universe, it’s always great when we can drop gems of inspiration and positivity. And who can resist highlighting the selfless act of giving back? It was about more than just jokes when comedian/actor Kevin Hart donated $250,000 to the Philadelphia Public School System, his hometown, last week. Sadly, Philadelphia Read More …

Bishop Arthur M. Brazier – The Activist

Bishop Arthur M. Brazier was committed to his call as a minister and a pastor; however, he recognized early in his life a need for being actively involved in the civic life of Chicago, and particularly in the community in which his church resided, Woodlawn. He began his community work with the Industrial Areas Foundation Read More …

UCAN Breaks Ground on Modern $34.4 Million Campus in North Lawndale

  An energetic crowd of more than 200 North Lawndale residents, elected officials and others were on hand on Sept. 12 as youth service organization UCAN held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new state-of-the-art $34.4 million campus in North Lawndale at 3605 W. Fillmore St. Participants included (from left): John Nichols,  vice chairman, Marmon Group; Illinois. Read More …

FREE! Fiction Writing Class | Sept. 14

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University is hosting a Fiction Writing Master’s Class on Saturday, September 14, 2013. SEATING IS LIMITED. Please call 773-995-3286 by Thursday, September 12, 2013 to receive confirmation for your RSVP. This event is FREE and open to the public. Continental Breakfast will Read More …

NBA Champ Dwyane Wade Hosts “Live To Dream” Music Festival

                                                On Saturday, September 7th, Dwyane Wade will host the “Live to Dream” Festival at Douglas Park. The Wade’s World Foundation has collaborated with the City of Chicago to provide a day Read More …

“Captain Bill” Could Mean Safe Harbor for Bronzeville

  (Photo Credit: Dawn Kish) By Carole A. Parks The 50-knot winds and waves 30-feet high besieged Captain William “Bill” Pinkney’s 47-foot cutter for 48 hours, knocking it over twice and disabling most of his instruments.  If he survived, thousands of miles and countless months (two in total isolation) still lay ahead.  Surely this qualified Read More …

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy Offers Second Chance Education

Chicago has had its share of educational drama. From the closing of 50 schools this year, educational budget cuts, an extended school day followed by the Teacher’s Union Strike, there’s no question as to why there’s a lot of frustration when it comes to education systems. The focal point should be proper education, adequate teachers Read More …

Year UP: From Poverty To A Career In A Year

For many young people, the hardest part of life comes after they’ve graduated from high school or earned their GED and the question becomes, “Now what?” For any number of reasons, there may be no direct path leading them into either college or the workforce. Year Up is a relatively new national and local support Read More …