| Nov 9, 2013
| 6:43 PM
Less than a week after she was killed by a shotgun blast to the face while seeking help for a car accident, Renisha McBride went to her final resting place on Friday, the latest civil rights figure in a panoply of slain young African Americans.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Harry Anderson, a magician and comic (made famous by his stint as the judge on the old sitcom "Night Court"), used to have a routine where he'd promise to juggle George Washington's ax. I'm quoting from memory here, but he'd say something like: "I have...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
We are so programmed by our history with race in America that reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin depends largely upon one's individual, even group experience.
If you are African-American, you might...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Back in 2000, Chicago saxophonist-bandleader Ernest Dawkins had a dream: to launch a jazz festival in one of the city's tougher neighborhoods, Englewood.
Starting Thursday, the Englewood Jazz Festival will swing into its 14th year and, better yet,...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
In a single stroke, the Chicago Jazz Festival went from grunge to glamour over the weekend, thanks to a simple – and desperately needed – change of address.
For its first 34 years, the long-suffering, often cash-strapped event subjected...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:29 PM
There are many fine books that concern the joys of walking around the city, and I would enthusiastically recommend "Walking Chicago: 31 Tours of the Windy City's Classic Bars, Scandalous Sites, Historic Architecture, Dynamic Neighborhoods, and Famous...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
They're both in their 70s now, seasoned men of jazz who are entitled to kick back, relax and enjoy the admiration they command around the world.
But Wadada Leo Smith and Ramsey Lewis seem to be turning up the dial, and the premieres they'll present this...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and if you've missed all the hoopla surrounding it in the past week, you must have been making a conscious effort to avoid it.
I think anniversary commemorations are...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 6:45 AM
The focus may be on race the day after George Zimmerman was acquitted, but in the end, the case could set off more off alarms about the state's power.
About race, civil rights leaders were sending conflicting signals that will have people talking for...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 6:57 PM
Young African-American males are “under siege and should be classified as an endangered species,” the keynote speaker told a conference of delegates from West Virginia’s 16 NAACP branches on Friday.
The remarks came in an address by...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:30 PM
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Did the ghosts of our slave-holding and Jim Crow past high-five each other in the Florida courtroom on Saturday? George Zimmerman was acquitted, but does that mean that American history was, too?
The experts who weighed in on...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON — "No justice, no peace" chants the telegenic mob. In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn't rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial. It's the best that humans can do.
And in the case of George...