Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Former NBA player Charles Oakley and his friend John Kelly talk about the connection to West Side and working with Orr Academy students on the basketball team and Orr coach Lou Adams speaks about Michael Jordan stepping up to help. Kelly and Oakley surprise them with the Air Jordan 5 Premium shoes, which Jordan himself donated. He threw in some jerseys, too.
Chicago Public Schools on Monday unveiled its new curriculum to teach all eighth-graders and high school sophomores about the decades-old torture and brutality by disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives who worked under him. The coursework was mandated as part of the 2015 deal in which the City Council approved a $5.5 million reparations fund for dozens of victims with credible claims of torture by Burge and his so-called "midnight crew" of rogue detectives.
The new name, the St. Jane Chicago, pays homage to Chicago social worker and activist Jane Addams, who ran the Hull House on the city's West Side, according to the property's owner. Rebranding the landmark Carbide & Carbon Building takes a different approach from some other Michigan Avenue boutique hotels that have opened in recent years — such as Chicago Athletic Association on South Michigan Avenue and LondonHouse to the north — that took names from their buildings' colorful history. Addams won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, two years after the 40-story Carbide & Carbon Building was completed, but has no connection to the building. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-hard-rock-hotel-ryan-ori-0829-biz-20170828-column.html
Friday, August 25, 2017
Two bars near Soldier Field say they will stop showing NFL games until Colin Kaepernick is back on the gridiron. Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Road, and The Bureau Bar, 75 E. 16th St., announced their NFL boycott on social media Wednesday in support of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who kneeled during the national anthem last year in protest of police brutality against black people. Kaepernick, now a free agent, has remained unsigned in what supporters believe is a conspiracy among NFL owners to keep him out of the league and suppress his message.
ESPN's Nick Friedell on Tuesday, as he stated definitively that a buyout between the club and the 12-time All-Star is "inevitable." "The young players on the Bulls really can't stand Dwyane," Friedell added. "It's no secret in Chicago, they have had enough."
Monday, August 21, 2017
Repping for both Philly and Camden, Gorilla Family Ent.'s own, Veez brings his high octane single "Work" to the net. The street single is already making noise around the east coast as he turned the H3 Entertainment powered, "Get Signed Or Die Trying" Philadelphia stop into his own personal showcase. Bringing the whole Gorilla Family out Veez left quite the impression with the judges on his way to an invite to be a featured performer at the upcoming Midwest Best $1,000 showcase Sept. 23rd in St. Louis.
Fresh off a stellar performance at H3 Entertainment's "Get Signed Or Die Trying" tour stop in Philadelphia, PA, Duece brings the world his infectious project, "Make Bread". The 2 song project is exactly the type of introduction an independent artist needs to leave a mark in the mind of a first time listener.
Duece allows his vocal talents to shine on both the lead single "Our Year"and the follow up single, "Famous." Creatively written and masterfully performed DaGod gives you just enough to make you want more. Taking on subjects like racism, poverty, and living your dreams on such a short project is a tall task and this burgeoning star high jumps all expectations.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Bagley is rated as a 5-star prospect and was the top-ranked player across the board in the 2018 class before reclassifying, per Scout.com. He's listed at 6'11" and 220 pounds.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Amari Bailey, a rising eighth grader at Skinner West Elementary, announced an oral commitment to DePaul on Twitter Friday night. Bailey, a 6-2 guard, and his mother Johanna Leia are both featured on the Lifetime reality television show “Bringing Up Ballers.”
XXL has learned that Apple Music is producing a documentary on Chief Keef called The Story of Sosa: The Movie. The documentary will cover a large portion of the 21-year-old rapper’s life, including his incarceration as a teen, rumors of his death after he was shot at by cops, landing a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope, the impact of his music on the crime rate in Chicago, flawed gun control in his hometown, his escape from a rehab facility in Malibu on foot, and his undeniable influence on the new generation of hip-hop today. The documentary is set to be released in December to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Keef’s debut album Finally Rich. Earlier this week, Sosa and Jackson reunited in L.A. for the first time in nearly three years. The reunion was apparently triggered by our interview, and seeing how Sosa just announced his third mixtape of the year, now’s as good a time as ever to let the world know about his upcoming Apple Music documentary.
"Make it Out" is the fourth single and video from the "Can't Take Me" mixtape by Chicago rapper Kenny Mac. The mixtape is available for free download on: My MixTapez https://mxtpz.me/a/132208 Spinrilla http://spnr.la/A9E3Nemm
Produced By Jay Boogie and John Monopoly. 4,331 people were injured in gun violence incidents in 2016, up dramatically from the year before. Adriana Diaz looks into Chicago's gun crisis for "CBSN: On Assignment" and meets people who feel they can never risk leaving home without one.
The teachers and other employees received their pink slips from the taxpayer-funded school district on Monday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago’s elementary schools will have 240 fewer teachers this fall. Second City high schools will have 116 fewer teachers. In addition to the 356 teachers, Chicago Public School officials also sacked 362 classroom aides and 221 employees who were security guards and special education aides. Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman Stacy Davis Gates blamed an ongoing budget battle between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in particular for the layoffs. (link below) http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/09/broke-chicago-public-school-system-lays-off-356-teachers/
The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit Monday against the Department of Justice, claiming its policy of withholding federal funding to sanctuary cities is unconstitutional and constitutes blackmail. The suit names Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the defendant. It contests Sessions’ July announcement that the Justice Department will not provide Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to cities that espouse “sanctuary city” policies, refusing to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. (link below) http://dailysignal.com/2017/08/07/chicago-sues-justice-department-withholding-funds-sanctuary-cities/
The Illinois Senate on Sunday moved quickly to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a school funding measure he’s declared a Chicago bailout, with the fate of the bill now in the hands of the Illinois House. (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/illinois-senate-overrides-rauners-school-funding-veto/