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Reclaiming the avenue

Neighbors don’t know exactly when the building at 6210 S. Fairfield Ave. became abandoned. But by 2009, the two-flat was a hollow wreck, with chunks …

Real Estate

Making a house a home again

A vacant house can tell you a lot about the history of a neighborhood. Fourteen years ago, I explored an abandoned house in an aging subdivision …

Housing

Spring 2014

In January, <b>Sherry Skalko</b> joined the Reporter as its new managing editor. Skalko is an experienced digital leader with an impressive record of …

Journalism

Moving Latinas beyond Bella, Betty and bra burning

For many Latinas and women under 40, feminism is associated with “bra burners,” a misnomer that has become part of the narrative of the women’s …

Feminism

Dogfood

<b>By Omari Ferrell, Kenwood Academy</b><p>Bag of Frooties for a dollar!<br>Pack of socks for five!<br>Headphones for seven!<br>But I’ll give you $10 for a conversation.<br>A …

Dog Food

A natural history of the queer black body

<b>By Dominique Chestand</b><p>It is kind and gentle,<br>loving of all things,<br>including Itself,<br>at first.<p>It knows Itself to be beautiful,<br>unafraid of the mirror,<br>or …

Manchester

Wreck-It-Rahm

<b>By Team Englewood</b><p>Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, Cause He’s Wrecking it All<p>Hammer in one hand paint brush in the other<br>Rahm …

Rahm Emanuel

Words are their weapons

The words can be soft like a pillow or hard like bullets. They can be comforting like grandma’s hands or cold like handcuffs.<p>Words are powerful. If …

Creative Writing

Match-makers

During a recent housing workshop held at Gage Park High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side, David McDowell asked a small group of nearby residents, …

Housing

How One Milwaukee Zip Code Explains America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

A three-sport star and standout student at the Milwaukee Public Schools in the 1960s and ’70s, William Harrell worked with the city’s health …

Can Chicago Curb Menthol Smoking among African-American Youth?

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration launched its first nationwide anti-tobacco campaign targeting youth in February. The “Real Cost” campaign …

Public Health

Obama sees focus on young black and Hispanic men in post-presidency

In 2013, President Obama’s quietly met with students at Chicago’s Hyde Park Academy High School who were participating in the “Becoming a Man” program for inner-city youth.Obama has used the meetings as motivation for a new White House initiative on young men of color, which he promised to launch …

Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow discuss mass incarceration and restorative justice

<i>Notes from the Media Lab Conversations Series with Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow, 2/7. This is a collaborative liveblog and may contain errors.</i> …

Where the Good and Bad Jobs Will Be, 10 Years From Now

Louis Farrakhan says blacks should start their own justice system

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses a crowd of thousands this Sunday and called for African-Americans to create their own justice system.<p>…

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

One of the great hopes of health care reform is that it will reduce the number of Americans who file for bankruptcy because of medical debt. A new …

The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist?

When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer …

What buying power buys African-Americans

There are many different kinds of power: economic, social, political. Buying power is the money that a particular demographic group has available to spend, and when advertisers recognize that your group has buying power, it means you can turn on a television and see someone in a commercial who …

Subaru

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In December 2013, President Obama gave a speech on economic mobility, in which he called income inequality and lack of upward mobility “the defining …

$12 Minimum Wage For Walmart Workers Would Cost The Average Shopper Just 46 Cents Per Trip

Walmart last week decided not to build three stores in Washington D.C. after the passage of a D.C. Council bill, which demands big-box retailers pay their workers a "living wage" of $12.50. Such a wage, Walmart claimed, would drive up its famously-low prices.<p>But by just how much? Not much, …

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

President Barack Obama met with the leaders of several major civil rights and legal organizations this afternoon to discuss issues pertaining to the …

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

According to a new study by University of California at Berkeley researcher Christopher Petrella, people of color who are sentenced to prison are …