March 21, 2013 |
I've always wondered what might happen to me after I die. As a semi-avid churchgoer in my youth, I always thought I'd end up in one of two places: a fluffy permanent vacation called heaven or an interminable nightmare-infested hell. These were the only two options, and as far as I was concerned, neither allowed me (or any other dead people) regular visits back to Earth to say "hey" or "wassup" to family and friends. That is to say, once you died, you were dead. Case closed. Until now. Thanks to LivesOn , a new app that lets you continue tweeting from beyond the grave, your voice - er, your tweets - can live forever.
May 22, 2013 |
New Slaves: ***1/2 (out of 4) Black Skinhead: *** (out of 4) Kanye West's face appeared on 66 buildings across the country last Friday to premiere his new song, "New Slaves. " Just days earlier, Kanye had endearingly declared himself "not a celebrity" at a New York show--now he was stopping traffic while 20-foot-tall projections of his mug spit lyrics of equal proportion: "My mama was raised in the era when/clean water was only served to the fairer skinned/Doing clothes you would have thought I had help/but they wasn't satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself.
June 18, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) When was the last time you saw Kanye West smile? He was once a schoolyard dick-joke rapper; now he's “all black everything,” every day, constantly dressed for a funeral and fighting the paparazzi with Kim Kardashian on his arm. In a recent New York Times interview, he said, “Maybe 90 percent of the time it looks like I'm not having a good time.” On 90 percent of “Yeezus,” Kanye's sixth studio album,...
March 11, 2013 |
Learning how to sit like a lady or how to apply maquillage for daytime versus evening looks are just a few of the things "Mama Gloria" Allen, a 67-year-old-retired nurse, teaches her young, transgender pupils at Charm School, the popular etiquette class at Center on Halsted in Boystown. But as a transgender woman with a treasure trove of experiences to draw from, Allen ("Mama Gloria" to her students) offers pearls of wisdom beyond makeup tips and good manners, including life-saving advice on safe sex, alcohol and drug abuse, and how to locate a safe bed for the night.
December 16, 2013 |
The fall TV season is wrapping up with finales and holiday specials. Here are a handful of viewing options for Dec. 16-Dec. 22. This schedule of premieres, finales, movies and specials includes many holiday programs, but you can find an even more comprehensive holiday schedule here . Monday, Dec. 16 Robot Chicken 11 p.m. Monday, Adult Swim In "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special," we learn what Ebenezer Scrooge really...
June 3, 2012 |
Terran Thomas bumped into Nekia Austin during a fire drill. Fast-forward 13 years - 10 of those spent dating and three engaged - and the Curie High School sweethearts still are not married. Life just sort of happened. A month after the proposal on Valentine's Day 2009, the couple found out they were expecting their second child. And Austin, 28, wanted to get her graduate degree in social work. "We kind of put things on hold," said Thomas, 29, a salesman. Today, the couple live in Homan Square with daughters Kyla, 10, and Kelsi, 2. Count them among the number of engaged couples this wedding season who are taking their time in tying the knot.
August 7, 2012 |
Your boyfriend used to text or call you every day. You used to have your hands all over each other. Your girlfriend used to plan fun date nights. The operative words being "used to. " As in, not anymore. Now you hear from him four days later. You two barely hold hands in public. And she's all about going out with her friends instead. What exactly is going on? Hate to break it to you, but all signs point to one thing: You, my friend, are about to be dumped. Welcome to Splitsville.
August 28, 2012 |
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan bill themselves as the "Comeback Team. " But will they energize voters enough to get elected this year? Romney, 65, is the presumed presidential candidate heading into the Republican National Convention held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., and Ryan, 42, is his choice for the veep spot. More than 15,000 media are expected to cover the event, during which representatives from all 50 states will formally endorse Romney as their choice for the party's presidential candidate.
February 26, 2014 |
In the past year and a half or so, independent rapper Macklemore undeniably has become one of the biggest faces in hip-hop. New York rapper Le1f took some issue with that. Le1f, who is gay (and has produced for artists like Spank Rock and Das Racist and released his own acclaimed mixtapes), made waves in August when he went on a lengthy Twitter tirade slamming Macklemore, accusing the rising star of exploiting the gay community for his own gain. Before Le1f's show Friday at Empty Bottle, he connected by phone to elaborate.
April 10, 2012 |
Name me one TV show besides "RuPaul's Drag Race," squirrelfriends, in which a visiting celebrity is moved to tears by the elimination of a contestant. "Survivor"? Please. "Project Runway"? I doubt it. Not even a show like"American Idol"can hold a candle to"Drag Race,"the best reality show on television. It's Emmy time, folks. For it was thus this week as we waved goodbye to our Queen Latrice Royale. I'm in mourning, but I knew this was coming last week after Even Lil'er Kim, Kenya Michaels, was sent home for the second time.