November 15, 2011
Dear Justin, Can we call you Justin? We may not be on a first-name basis just yet, but you've always made us feel so at ease that we just can't help but ... OK, Justin it is. Anyway, we've been meaning to bring this up for a while, but we thought you might figure it out on your own. It's OK, because we know you can't read our minds, even though we're pretty sure you can read our hearts. At this point, you're probably wondering a) Whether we can see into your bedroom and b)
December 27, 2011 |
The Harlem Globetrotters will be looking a bit different in more ways than one when their world tour stops at Allstate Arena on Friday. For a squad known historically for boasting a roster full of African-American men like Wilt Chamberlain and Connie Hawkins, it's unusual that the newly minted rookie class includes Fatima "TNT" Maddox and Jacob "Hops" Tucker. Maddox, a South Side native, is the first female Globetrotter in 19 years and only the ninth in the team's history.
January 18, 2012 |
Bridgeport, the neighborhood where I grew up, doesn't show up in the news a lot. It is a fairly quiet community that Chicagoans probably know best as home of the White Sox and the late Richard J. Daley, but for the next couple of days, it will likely be most notorious as the place where six teenagers beat up and robbed an Asian high school senior. By now, you've probably seen or at least heard of the YouTube video of the attack. Even British tabloid The Daily Mail has picked up the story.
November 15, 2012 |
In ABC's "Last Resort," Navy SEAL James King has come to the rescue of the USS Colorado crew on more than a few occasions, despite claims he doesn't want to get involved in their standoff with the U.S. government. Daniel Lissing, who plays King in the series from Rockford native Shawn Ryan, thinks that makes perfect sense. "He's a Navy SEAL. He's an American and he's patriotic," Lissing said during a phone interview Tuesday. "He's got a lot to make up for, but he still gets a buzz from all the action.
April 3, 2013 |
Most protestors have a rallying cry. Matt Farmer's is more of a song. Farmer, an attorney, musician, and education policy writer from Rogers Park, has been critical of Chicago's plans to close more than 50 public schools this year. On Sunday morning, he put pen to paper and wrote a song to express that frustration. "Nine times six / Fifty-four / Schools gettin' closed / Like never before," the song, posted to YouTube at midnight on Monday, rhymes. "It's time to fight back / Rahm has gone too far. " The song takes jabs at Mayor Emanuel for...
March 7, 2012 |
Screw you, Internet. Thanks to a couple of posts on blogs that I refuse to own up to following, my afternoon has been dedicated to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe. " If my Spotify could talk it would say something like "Emily Van Zandt listened to 'Call Me Maybe' 18.5 times today, kind of in a row. " Thankfully there's that whole "private session" function, which has never been more necessary. Apparently Jepsen was a contestant on Canadian Idol? And Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and some girl from a few...