Bronzeville

Music from the Netup Cafe

“I’m a gospel artist with a kick.” That’s how Sharnay Dupont introduced herself to the patrons at Bronzeville’s Netup Café this Sunday. She beamed at the crowd, quickly tuned her guitar, and started strumming her next song, “Stop Killing Our…

Power from the People

“Something needs to be done, and something needs to be done now!” Reverend Booker Steven Vance’s canorous voice enveloped the crowd that filled West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Bronzeville. “Something needs to be done now,” repeated a rather tall,…

A Dream, Ft. Jay-Z

Perhaps the pure white walls had something to do with the naming of Blanc Gallery. This much white could be overwhelmingly sterile, but in “Dreams in Jay-Z Minor,” it acts as a contrast to the powerful works of Amanda Williams and Krista Franklin. The name of the exhibit comes from a time when Williams and Franklin were both having recurring dreams that featured rapper Jay-Z. But the exhibit is far from a shallow homage to a pop culture icon.

A Life & Story

  Timuel Black Jr., aged 8 months old, and his two parents, both sharecroppers from Alabama, arrived in Chicago in August 1919. The parents were only a generation removed from the scars of slavery and the Civil War, and found…

Little Park, Big City

The first lessons a child learns growing up in a city are simple but essential: don’t talk to strangers, come home when the street lights go on, and, last but not least, never think about playing in the streets. So it’s understandable that the city’s new parklets, dubbed People Spots by the City of Chicago, take some getting used to.

A personal history

“Buzzing! This place was buzzing!” Mr. Young, the tour guide, shouted as our bus plowed north on Cottage Grove from 43rd Street. “And I mean buzzing, like people everywhere, twenty-four-seven.” Within the first few minutes of this tour sponsored by…

Pearl’s Place

Back in the rural parts of my home state, it is common to walk into a restaurant and be greeted with not only a friendly smile, but also a swarm of questions. A gentle pat on the shoulder accompanies inquiries…