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August 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
One Englewood resident is hoping a film fest can be one weapon in the fight against Chicago violence. Mark Harris, the man behind the second annual Englewood Film Festival, wants to send a positive message with the Oct. 26-28 event. "Our message is that there is a way out, and violence doesn't have to be the answer," he said. "I think art can change a life. " After receiving virtually no support from local businesses, politicians or community leaders leading up to last year's festival, Harris has turned to the internet for help funding the fest.
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April 8, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins
"Chi-raq" is a loaded word, isn't it? The term, made popular by the Chicago rap scene in 2012 (but most likely hit mainstream consciousness in Kanye West's "Black Skinhead") and the name of Nicki Minaj's newest track, is a byproduct of the nation's obsession with Chicago's ridiculously high number of homicides. The term generally produces two reactions: disgust and pride. Outsiders - Chicagoans who don't experience the almost routine murders - are disgusted. They are aghast at exposing this music to the rest of the country.
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April 23, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Mariame Kaba was tired of hearing about Chicago's violence problem. That's what she told her friends in a Facebook posting shortly after the South Side teenager Hadiya Pendleton was fatally shot. But she wasn't too tired to listen to her friends share their feelings about it; in fact, she set up a voice message system to record their thoughts and many more, in the form of minute-long monologues.Two weeks and 120 minutes later, she had the ingredients for an audio collage of stories, lamentations, and opinions on how the city experience violence and responds to it. ...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Cinemax's action series "Banshee" is a shotgun loaded with sex, violence and bad behavior, but star Ivana Milicevic sees something sweeter in all the darkness: love. "I grabbed onto this understanding of loving desperately somebody that you have no business loving," Milicevic told me during a recent phone conversation about the show's second season airing at 9 p.m. Fridays. Milicevic's character, Carrie Hopewell, currently sits in jail for shooting up her gangster father, Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross)
NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
The sequel to Collaboraction Theatre Company's hit play, “Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology,” set for release this summer, targets the issue of violence in the city head-on. With the help of the Chicago Park District, the company will take “Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise” to four public parks--Austin Town Hall Park, Hamilton Park, LeClaire Hearst Park and Sherman Park--and offer free admission. Collaboration hopes to engage and connect with people in the communities by not only performing but also providing them with discussions, free workshops on how...
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September 24, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The message is simple: Stop the shooting. Put down your guns. If you see something, say something. And it's a message that is spread by the Chicago Ruff Ryders, a group of motorcycle riders who have traveled as far as Gary, Ind., to come to violent hot spots in Chicago where shootings have been reported. Tuesday is expected to be the last of the weekly rides that have occurred over the past two and a half months due to the weather, said organizer Dawn Valenti. “When they see us, don't be nervous.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
No matter how much or how little time has passed, the heartache was still very real for parents who on Wednesday shared tearful stories about children they lost to violence in Chicago. “I have not yet accepted the fact that my daughter has been murdered,” said Cleopatra Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya, was shot and killed in January at a park near President Obama's home. “I was looking forward to her Sweet Sixteen. I was looking forward to teaching her how to drive,” Pendleton said.
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June 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city.  A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram ...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
History continues its onslaught of promotional material for its first scripted drama, "Vikings," which is set to premiere at 9 p.m. CT March 3. On Monday the network released the series' key art, which shows the hero of the story, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a "curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. " Here's a breakdown of the symbolism in the key art from History: Covering Ragnar's face is the bold "Vikings" logo that captures the spirit of the Viking culture.
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October 3, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Alex Kotlowitz, a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and resident of Oak Park, won an Emmy on Tuesday for his documentary “The Interrupters.” The film follows three individuals with CeaseFire Illinois, an organization that works to “interrupt” acts of violence in some of Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods. The group sees violence as a social disease, and attacks the disease at its source - which means intervening with conflicts on the streets before they turn into violent acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Can good things come from terrible situations? Chicago achieved national attention in 2012 due to both murder and a flourishing rap scene. The first full-length production from World Star Hip Hop takes a look at the symbiotic relationship between the two and features everyone from  Lil' Durk to Tink to Lil' Mouse to Rhymefest talking about the songs and the streets. Watch below. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Here is a timeline for the Violence Against Women Act, the federal government's response to reports of sexual and domestic violence: 1994: Congress passes the Violence Against Women Act to combat domestic and sexual violence by funding response services within and beyond the criminal justice system. 2000: Congress adds provisions to VAWA specifically to target family members of victims and immigrant victims, and to help create new legal assistance programs. 2005: Congress adds provisions to VAWA to develop...
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October 14, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Carey Stephenson felt helpless when confronted with violence plaguing the city. She rushed Ramaine Hill's brother and cousin to Northwestern Hospital when the family received news of Hill's shooting. Hill, 22, was shot on Aug. 31 in the 1100 block of North Orleans Street close to Seward Park in Near North. He died the next day from gunshot wounds. "I can't change the circumstances. I can't reverse what happened. I can't take away all pain and discomfort," she said.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Alex Kotlowitz, a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and resident of Oak Park, won an Emmy on Tuesday for his documentary “The Interrupters.” The film follows three individuals with CeaseFire Illinois, an organization that works to “interrupt” acts of violence in some of Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods. The group sees violence as a social disease, and attacks the disease at its source - which means intervening with conflicts on the streets before they turn into violent acts.
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
On Tuesday, Kerry Wood received the Daily Point of Light Award for his charity work with the Wood Family Foundation. The former Cubs All-Star spoke with RedEye about his work and how baseball gives kids hope. Describe your efforts with the South Side clinic. Our baseball clinic was a week long. This year was our second year doing it. Last year, our first year, we went in for a week and we had over 300 kids on the first day. So we were like, "Wow, there's a need here. These kids want to be involved in something.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The message is simple: Stop the shooting. Put down your guns. If you see something, say something. And it's a message that is spread by the Chicago Ruff Ryders, a group of motorcycle riders who have traveled as far as Gary, Ind., to come to violent hot spots in Chicago where shootings have been reported. Tuesday is expected to be the last of the weekly rides that have occurred over the past two and a half months due to the weather, said organizer Dawn Valenti. “When they see us, don't be nervous.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans are being asked to help run violence out of the city. The Safe and Healthy Summer 5K Walk and 10K Run through Woodlawn and Englewood is planned for 8 a.m. June 15 at Washington Park, followed by a peace rally at 10:30 a.m. So far, 350 people have registered, said Corey Brooks, pastor of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He is behind Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) , which is organizing the event. The goal is to get 5,000 people to participate in the run/walk and even more at the peace rally, he said.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Carey Stephenson felt helpless when confronted with violence plaguing the city. She rushed Ramaine Hill's brother and cousin to Northwestern Hospital when the family received news of Hill's shooting. Hill, 22, was shot on Aug. 31 in the 1100 block of North Orleans Street close to Seward Park in Near North. He died the next day from gunshot wounds. "I can't change the circumstances. I can't reverse what happened. I can't take away all pain and discomfort," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Whenever geeky folk get together for comic-book and sci-fi/fantasy conventions, a lot of attention is given to the more colorful aspects of fandom; like how some fans will go out in public dressed in costume even though it isn't Halloween; or how some can quote entire scenes of dialogue from a show that may haven't aired in decades. While the dedication that some fans have for their favorite shows, books or movies can manifest itself in many peculiar ways, it can also be a powerful force for good.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city.  A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram . That led him to...
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