| May 23, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Mamie Till did the unspeakable almost 60 years ago. She opened the casket at her son Emmett's funeral so the world could see how this 14-year-old was shot, bludgeoned, mutilated and then drowned in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River with a cotton gin fan...
| May 16, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Someone alert the paparazzi: Kanye West is not a celebrity, and you guys can pack up and go home. Nothing to see here.
That was the intended takeaway, at least, from another classic-Kanye monologue during West's set Thursday night at the Roseland...
| May 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Corporations are quick to recruit rappers to sell their soft drinks, shoes and smartphones — but the moment there's a whiff of controversy, they are just as quick to cut them loose.
The latest example is PepsiCo and Lil Wayne. Last week, the...
| Apr 29, 2013
"Man has not until this day, done what God would have us do. That is, love our neighbor as ourselves, especially if one neighbor happens to be black, and the other neighbor white." — Medgar Evers
1963 was an eventful year in America — one...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:09 AM
Kanye West took to Twitter on Thursday morning for a major announcement: "June Eighteen."
And that's it -- no context, no explanation, no additional clues as to what that date might bring.
Is it the release date for his new album, which Pop & Hiss...
| May 1, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Months after Lil Wayne created a firestorm for lyrics that name-dropped slain civil rights figure Emmett Till along with a vulgar sexual reference, the rapper has formally apologized to Till’s family.
In a letter sent to the Till family, which...
| May 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
In a week that has already seen PepsiCo pull an ad developed by Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator, the beverage giant is severing ties with another rapper, Lil Wayne.
PepsiCo announced it has ended its partnership with the rapper over a vulgar...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
She was not thinking of writing a play about Anne Frank and Emmett Till.
Janet Langhart Cohen was just enjoying her life in Washington D.C.’s social whirl as the wife of former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen.
But she did,...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Is a modern day Emmett Till necessary to upend America's state of denial about gun violence?
For those who go looking, there are detailed verbal accounts of the carnage that happened behind the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Of the gore created...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| Apr 15, 2013
Mara Tapp was driving through the North Kenwood neighborhood on Jan. 29 when she saw a swarm of police cars. She knew something was wrong but continued to the after-school class she teaches at nearby Reavis Elementary.
She would later learn that the...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 7:15 AM
Ever since the late 1990s, the forces behind the Pulitzer Prize in music have tried to push the award outside the narrow precincts of classical composition.
On Monday, the Pulitzers made the next dramatic step in that evolution, with jazz musician...