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The Legacy of the 87th Street Theatre

The Legacy of the 87th Street Theatre

The theatre on 87th Street has served as the community theatre for 20 years and continues the legacy of its founders, Alisa and Donzell Starks. Located at 210 W. 87th St, the Texas-based theatre franchise Studio Movie Grill is the current owner of the theater, but it began as a black-owned theatre under Inner City […]

Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

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Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

Enester Amerson has a warm smile and kind brown eyes. He was a high school athlete back in the day; he ran cross country and won multiple awards and trophies playing basketball. Basketball is still important to him, apparent by the Oklahoma City Thunder cap on his head. He proudly described himself as “60 years […]

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Not Just a Journalist: Q & A With Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens

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Not Just a Journalist: Q & A With Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens

Heidi Stevens, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s Life and Style section, embodies the meaning of “balancing act,” which also happens to be the title of her daily column. Stevens is a true Chicagoan whose writing style is as real as her genuine and humble personality. As a wife, mother and writer, Stevens shares her […]

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Musician inspired by Standing Rock movement

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Musician inspired by Standing Rock movement

When Chicago musician Adam Gottlieb packed his guitar into a van filled with food and winter gear to embark on a 900 mile October trip from Rogers Park to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he was going to lend his support to the Sioux people gathered to oppose the construction of an oil […]

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The War on Slacktivism

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The War on Slacktivism

Slacktivism- (n.) the delusion that your reposts actually change anything. It is easy to be an activist online. We know this. We do this. My Facebook feed is often full of my like-minded, progressive, liberal friends sharing their beliefs, from photo collages of alarming statistics to HuffPo articles that they probably only had time to […]

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

Sitting in her living room in Hyde Park, Rosey Puloka makes her hands into fists, signifying anger. She starts pounding her fists on her legs in a steady motion, adding force and speed, then decreasing them until the movement slows and her fists release the tension and anger that had built up inside. Puloka, 29, […]

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Women Elected to Municipal Offices Find Themselves Ignored, Excluded

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Women Elected to Municipal Offices Find Themselves Ignored, Excluded

Patti Pacino, a councilwoman on the Batavia, New York City Council, reads official documents five times over before heading to regular meetings to avoid questioning from her male counterparts. “I read everything over and over,” Pacino said. “I don’t ever have the luxury of saying ‘Oh, tell me about it, I don’t remember.’ I would […]

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