Shooting the Lights Out: Remembering Chris Jackson

Personal decisions throughout his life; have made the former NBA Player an after thought in many people’s minds 


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Every year, the NCAA tournament rolls around and it’s another case of March Madness across the nation. Scouts drool, or not, over the next “crop of prospects” and every once in a while, some announcer raves about the prowess of some player who is alleged to be the best thing since sliced bread – or the best shooter since Larry Bird or the best passer since Magic Johnson or the best ball handler since Isiah Thomas or the most prolific scorer since Lew Alcindor Continue reading

A Peek into Prince’s Mind

The Tribune’s Greg Kot gets a look behind the scenes as the musician and his 20-member ensemble rehearse for United Center residency

By: Greg Kot

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CHANHASSEN, Minn.— Prince is rolling his eyes.   prince

“The hardest thing with musicians,” he explains to a visitor to his Paisley Park recording studio, “is getting them not to play.”

The quintuple-threat singer-songwriter-producer-performer-multi-instrumentalist is running a nine-piece band through a vigorous rehearsal in preparation for a Monday-Wednesday residency at the United Center, and right now the arrangements are getting too busy for his liking. He’s like a drill sergeant in a brown, button-up, Asian-style long coat with a hypnotist’s lulling voice. Continue reading

Louis Farrakhan’s Grandson was Just Signed by the Milwaukee Bucks

Mustapha Farrakhan, Jr. can both orate (we assume) and dunk all over your face.

By: Kevin Lincoln

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Mustapha Farrakhan, Jr.’s grandfather, Louis Farrakhan, is the leader of the Nation of Islam and one of the big players in the 20th-century saga of civil rights; he’s also an endlessly controversial figure, long accused of being anti-Semitic. But Farrakhan, Jr.’s a basketball player, not a politician. He starred at the University of Virginia from 2007-11, leading the team in scoring his senior year, and last year he played for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA’s D-League, averaging 9.0 points a game. Now he’ll get a shot at the NBA — the Milwaukee Bucks just signed the 6’4″ guard to their training camp roster. He still needs to make the regular-season team, but this is the best way to do it.

Although Farrakhan, Jr. spent most of his college career as an above-average player on a cellar-dwelling ACC squad, there’s one play that stands out: this dunk against North Carolina State. I was a student at Duke when it happened; it was the first time anyone had really heard of Farrakhan, Jr. outside of Charlottesville or the Farrakhan family, and nobody talked about anything else for a week.


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Lupe Fiasco Interview

Lupe Fiasco: ‘I’m afraid Chicago is dying’

Chicago rapper dishes out tough love on new album

By: Greg Kot

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Lupe Fiasco can come across as a teacher, preacher, cutup, conflicted citizen, jazz head, skilled rhyme machine and political radical.

His new album, “Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1” (1st and 15th/Atlantic), touches on all those personas. Fiasco — born Wasalu Muhammed Jaco 30 years ago — was part of a wave of socially conscious Chicago rap artists on his 2006 debut album, “Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor.” Since then, he has grown into a respected hip-hop veteran who has sold nearly 1.5 million copies of his first three albums while growing only more fearless in his outspokenness. Continue reading

Interview with Brand Nubians Sadat X

By: Jarrod Horton

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Sadat X and his rap group Brand Nubians arrived on the music scene in the 1990’s. The three man group that also included Lord Jamar and Grand Puba was known for hits like “Slow Down” and “Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down”.



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During a recent trip to the barbershop, I was lucky enough to bump into Sadat X and hear about his new album, his thoughts on today’s hip hop scene, and also his advice to the artists and young people coming up after him. Continue reading