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Watch Live Stream of Minister Farrakhan Speak in Chicago

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Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam is speaking at the Mosque Maryam. To watch live click here @ https://www.noi.org/webcast/.

Chance The Rapper & STATE Bags Will Donate 30,000 Backpacks to CPS Students

By: BIANCA GARWOOD

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Chance The Rapper, waits to announce a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. The Grammy award winning artist is calling on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to use executive powers to better fund Chicago Public Schools. It follows a Friday meeting with the first-term Republican the artist said didn’t go well. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chance The Rapper continues his philanthropic efforts through his youth empowerment brand SocialWorks in his hometown of Chicago. Read More

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Chicago Police Has a Database Profiling Individuals Who Are Likely To Commit a Crime Based on Gang Affiliation and Prior Arrests

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Chicago is joining other cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Milwaukee in using computer algorithm technology to try and predict where crime will occur in the city. One of those methods is called Strategic Subject’s List that compiles the name of individuals who are likely to commit a crime before they do it. The SSI was developed by Illinois Institute of Technology and is compiled on eight factors which include gang affiliation and prior drug arrest records. The people on this list are assigned a number between 0 and 500. If you have a higher number than that means you are more likely to commit a crime. According to Reuters, the Chicago Police are tight lipped about revealing about more details about the Strategic Subject’s List. To read more about this story click here.

The second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party proves that poetry belongs to everyone

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On Saturday, July 29, Crescendo Literary presented the second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Founded by prolific Chicago-based poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, Crescendo is an arts and educational organization devoted to the principle that artists enrich their communities and vice versa—and the block party doubles as an incubator for writers who want to combine their creative work with community organizing.

Ewing, who’s also an essayist, visual artist, and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, says the point of the block party was to take poetry out of the ivory tower and increase its accessibility.

“Poetry is not a luxury,” she says, quoting Audre Lorde. “To me that means that poetry is something human beings have been doing forever and ever. It’s a chance for self-expression that belongs to all people, no matter where you come from or who you are.”

Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Elise Johnson captured the block party’s all-inclusive guiding principle in action.

Article Appeared @https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/08/01/the-second-annual-chicago-poetry-block-party-proves-that-poetry-belongs-to-everyone

Inspirational Chicago Artist Cupcakke Talks About Her Influence and How She Wants to Open Up an Homeless Shelter

By: Jarrod Horton

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20 year old Chicago artist Cupcakke had a talk with Rolling Stone about her career and what inspired to turn from church poet into a rapper who makes sexual songs.  “One day, I was listening to ‘My Neck, My Back’ by Khia and… I was like ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna write something that’s sexual to get it out.” That transition has turned her into successful recording artist and an inspiration to other people.  She has use her influence to try and help other people. After spending a part of her youth in a homeless shelter, she wants to help those in need. “That could be the last 99 cents in their pocket to pay for your single. If they are able to give you that and tweet you to say ‘I’m homeless’ or ‘I need money for school,’ you should be able to give it back.'” To read more about this story click here.

Chicago Judge Rules Nonviolent Criminals Must be Given Affordable Bails

By: MP The God

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The criminal justice system holds no punches in terms of bail and sentencing for violent offenses, and most times, nonviolent offenses get hit with harsh penalties as well. However, that is set to change in Chicago as judges in Cook County will be required to set affordable bail and bond amounts for nonviolent offenders who do not pose any threat to the general public.

The new policy will find defendants being interviewed about their current financial state before a bond hearing on their case. The information given will be passed along to judges who are legally required to set a bond that a defendant “has the present ability to pay.” The policy is set to be in effect starting September 18, 2017, and will bar judges from setting a higher bond that felony defendants can financially afford. In January 2018, the policy will be in effect for misdemeanor cases as well.

Article Appeared @http://www.vladtv.com/article/230559/chicago-judge-rules-nonviolent-criminals-must-be-given-affordable-bails

R. Kelly Says He is “Disturbed” By Women Cult Allegations and Denies Any Involvement

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Kelly has been trending on the internet all day in regards to accusations that he has a “cult” of women in his Atlanta and Chicago residences. Parents of three women have come forward and accused Kelly of holding their daughters in an “abusive cult”. Their accusations include that Kelly is physically and verbally abusive toward their daughters. R. Kelly has released a statement through his lawyer Linda Mensch denying the accusations.  “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.” the statement reads.  It also states that Kelly is “alarmed and disturbed” about the allegations. The 50 year old singer was acquitted of 14 charges of child pornography in 2008. To read more about this story read here.