Something about Chris $pencer sounds familiar, but it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what.
“Now, a generation later, I’m wondering if I’m ‘authentic’ because I can’t speak the language but still identify as Mexican-American”
“It’s what he loves to do, it’s what I love to do.”
Last January, the South Side Weekly interviewed Jahmal Cole, an energetic community member and activist, who founded My Block, My Hood, My City, an organization that enables adolescent mentorship. Last week, Cole’s aunt, Bettie Jones, a mother of five, was accidentally shot by a Chicago police officer. In this interview, the Weekly talked with Cole about what this tragedy and the calls for an end to unjustified police violence mean for him, his family, the teens he works with, and the city.
I am seated at Matthias Merges’s favorite table in A10, a relatively recent addition to Hyde Park. The decor is tasteful and clean, filled with crystalline glass and warm colors. The space is mostly empty, yet buzzing with espresso machines and blenders as the staff preps for the busy Friday dinner rush, when the restaurant will be filled with diners largely oblivious to the local origins of their meals—the Cook County Jail.
This moment of finding the minutest impairment is when the real discussion begins.
“A number of people have mentioned to us that they don’t normally like exhibitions where you have to ‘do’ something, but that they really got into trying out his instructions. I think that there is a certain humor to them that makes them a bit more palatable.” – Anna Searle Jones
Even though the factory has gone from the South Side, the name lives on through oral histories, good smells, and the Snyder’s online ordering site.
I never considered myself a rapper or a musician by profession. But jazz, jazz is everything,” says South Side native Thaddeus Tukes of his musical career so far. In only his early twenties, Tukes is working to make a name for himself through crafty rapping and a classical background. Continue reading
Muddy Waters’s house in Kenwood stands as a physical testament to his legacy—Tim Samuelson has been known to call his home “Chicago’s real House of Blues.”