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THE WORD | Anthony Davis clarifies his comments about considering signing with the Bulls

On Monday, while home in Chicago, Anthony Davis made a surprise appearance for members of his Alma mater, Perspectives Charter School, at a local restaurant. There, Davis left the door open when asked about potentially playing for his hometown team, the Bulls, in the [near] future. 

"Honestly, there's nothing like playing at home," Davis said. "I don't know. I mean, I am a free agent next year ... but we will see. It's a possibility." 

This might make some Lakers fans weary, but during shootaround on Tuesday morning, Davis made it clear that the comments he made the night before does not mean that he's thinking about playing for the Bulls next season.

"I never said I'd consider anything," Davis said while swarmed by at least 20 reporters. "I said that I'm focused on a championship with the Lakers, and of course everyone knows I'll be a free agent next year and I said we'll see where it goes."

THE WORD | Chicago native Kendrick Nunn is shocking the league with his hot start

Kendrick Nunn dropped a career-high 28 points and became the all-time leader for most points through first five games (112) for an undrafted player in NBA history. As an undrafted rookie, Kendrick Nunn is shocking the league with his hot start.

Nunn has not cooled down since his NBA debut last week. Even with Jimmy Butlerback in the starting lineup after missing time due to the birth of his daughter, Nunn has not only maintained his level of play from the first week, but he's also started every game for the Miami Heat this season. He's set the record for most points scored by an undrafted rookie in their first five games of the NBA season, holds the record for the most points by a Miami Heat rookie in their first five games and to top it off he's the first rookie to reach 100 points in his first five games since Kevin Durantdid it in the 2007-08 season. Nunn's is obviously far more impressive since he's been toiling away in the G League, but the Heat look like they have a legitimate building block for their future in Nunn.

The Chicago native played four season at Simeon Carer Academy. During his senior season, Simeon Career Academy honored Nunn's contribution by retiring his jersey, No. 20, along with that of fellow senior standout Jabari Parker, No. 22.[5]Nunn and Parker thus joined Derrick Rose, Bobby Simmons, and Benji Wilson as the only other Wolverine basketball players to have their jersey number retired.[6] Over the course of his high school career, Nunn won four IHSA state titles with Simeon.

Nunn, 6-foot-2, spent three years at Illinois and one at Oakland University. Nunn was dismissed from Illinois in 2016 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

Nunn signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors in July 2018 but was waived three months later. The Heat snatched up Nunn over the summer, signing him to a 3-year, $3.1 million deal.

THE WORD | POLO G LAUNCHES NEW AAU BASKETBALL TEAM FOR INNER CITY YOUTH OF CHICAGO

During a recent visit to his old neighborhood near the North Side of Chicago, Rapper Polo G was alerted by the local youth that they didn’t have an official competitive basketball or AAU team. He expressed, “This messed me up a little bit because I know comin up we at least had this one opportunity, and without these types of programs it's only trouble out there.”

With the help of his mother and manager Stacia Mac, and a hand full of local community leaders, the Columbia Recording Artist was able to not only host tryouts but successfully create a competitive youth team where coaches will develop talent to actively compete and travel during the summer months. Players will also be provided transportation to and from practices in additional to hot meals and a safe community environment to hone in on their skills. “Our ultimate goal is to develop the skills of our talent while attracting college scouts and creating scholarship opportunities for our boys” says Stacia Mac.

Polo G, who rapidly rose to fame with his Top 10 Billboard Charting hit “Pop Out”, has made it a point to be involved in his community as much as possible between touring and recording. This year alone he paid the graduating class fee’s at Chicago’s Manierre Elementary School and is slated to hold a coat drive in the same neighborhood. The Chicago rapper feels he is just getting started as he pledges to continue to invest in the neighborhood that raised him and looks forward to developing his new youth team.  For more information visit http://polocapalot.com

THE WORD | Black Ink Crew Chicago's Ryan Henry, says every man dreams of a woman like this

THE WORD | Chance the Rapper advocates for Chicago teachers as host of 'Saturday Night Live'

Chance the Rapper showed support for the Chicago teachers on strike by wearing a Chicago Teacher's Union Sweatshirt when he hosted "Saturday Night Live." Chicago teachers have been on strike since October 17 demanding more support staff, higher raises and limits to class size. Chicago Public Schools is the third biggest school district in the country. Several SNL cast members were seen at the end of the show wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts.



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THE WORD | Class is NOT in Session...Chicago Teacher's Remain on Strike

Simeon Wolverines Likely To Forfeit State Football Playoffs Due To CTU Strike

The football team at Chicago’s Simeon High School is taking the strike especially hard.

The Wolverines are highly- ranked in the state and at the top of the public league. They needed the strike to be over by yesterday to be eligible for the state playoffs. All CPS football teams must play at least eight games to qualify. But, Simeon was down one game, after a scheduling issue earlier this season.In addition, dozens of public league soccer teams were set to begin the playoffs yesterday.

The canceled that, too, forcing teams to forfeit.

Confessions from some teachers

Background information on the strike….

For the third school day in a row students aren’t in class; the teacher strike in Chicago started on Thursday and it seems like it’s not ending anytime soon. According to ABC News Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking the Teacher’s Union to end the strike and go back to work. However, Teachers and the Teacher’s Union aren’t trying to hear what she has to say.

About 300,000 students are out of school, 25,000 educators are out of a paycheck and 7,000 support staff aren’t helping anyone.


The reasoning for the strike comes after demands from CTU weren’t answered by the city. CTU is asking for 15% raises over three years, while other demands related to staffing, class sizes and prep time. They also want nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, more special education classroom assistants and case managers.



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THE WORD | Chicago's King Drive Will Sparkle Like The Mag Mile For Christmas

King Drive shine even brighter this winter thanks to My Block, My Hood, My City. The organization, focused on empowering youth through exposing them to new experiences, started the MLKLights initiative last year, when it covered 6 miles, 100 homes and 400 poles with lights and decorations along King Drive as a way to bring the sparkle of the Mag Mile to the South Side.

According to the Block Club, this winter the organization hopes to light up 250 homes, 8 miles of King Drive (from 51st Street to 115th Street) and 500 street poles. People who live on King Drive can sign up to get the lights for free as well as a $25 subsidy to cover their electric bill.

Those who wish to help with the project can sign up to volunteer or can donate money. The group also has an online wishlist where supporters can buy and donate decorations.

The group will kick off the event on Dec. 1 at Nat King Cole Park, 8502 S. King Dr., when supporters will help homeowners between 67th and 87th streets hang lights. There will be hot cocoa, coffee and food. The event is noon-3 p.m. and participants can RSVP online.

THE WORD | From Chicago to LA, 4 Chicago Prep Stars will play for the LA Lakers

The NBA preseason tipped off over the weekend. The highly anticipated game which featured the Lakers vs the Warriors. The Warriors' ugly loss to open their preseason slate was a predictable one, though. The player of the evening was Anthony Davis. Davis was brilliant in his 18 minutes, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

The former Chicago prep star was the highlight of the evening, but it wasn’t until I seen the tweets below, that I noticed that there are 4 Chicago Highschool prep stars on the lakers roster.

Along with Davis, Chicago has produced several other NBA stars from the current generation, led by Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Davis mentioned this summer that Chicago is the “Mecca” of basketball. That comment probably made some New Yorkers angry, but no one can doubt the fact Chicago produces some elite talent.

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Dominant force on offense + defense. Can do everything on the court. Anthony Davis averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and 7 blocks as a senior playing in the Chicago Public League's Blue Division. Anthony Davis committed to Kentucky in August 2010 when he was at Perspectives Charter School. Davis was ranked #1 ESPN, #1 Scout, #2 Rivals.

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McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan, Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. McGee received special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune his senior season. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and he could play both forward spots. McGee went on to play in college for two season at Nevada.

Zack Norvell Jr

Zack Norvell closed out his high school career at Simeon Career Academy by winning a Chicago city title. He was the school's top scorer since Jabari Parker (teammates for one season). There is always a lot of attention placed on Simeon locally and nationally, as one of the leading public league basketball powerhouses. The players receive accolades but also face a great deal of scrutiny too. Zack rose to meet each challenge. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Norvell averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists his senior season, leading Simeon to a 30-4 record (Illinois 4A 3rd place) playing a national schedule.

Talen Horton-Tucker

Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker was one of the MOST UNDERRATED players in the 2018 Class coming out of Highschool. The 6'6 Guard/Forward led Simeon (IL) to a 29-4 record while playing a tough national schedule. Horton-Tuckers averaged 20.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 4.8 APG in his senior campaign with the Wolverines!

THE WORD | FBI Announces First African-American Head Of Chicago Field Office

According to ABC7 Chicago’s I-Team a native Chicagoan will soon return home to run the FBI office here.

The new FBI Chicago Division special agent in charge will be Emmerson Buie Jr., currently in charge of a field office in El Paso Texas. The 54-year-old Buie will be Chicago's first black FBI boss! See the official statement from the FBI below.

THE WORD | Anthony Davis & Derrick Rose to sponsor 4000 Chicago kids to watch Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field

Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose, two of the best basketball players to make it out of Chicago, are always giving back to their community.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood — the neighborhood they grew up in Chicago — to watch Howard University play Hampton University on September 14 at Soldier Field.

Now in its 22nd year, the Chicago Football Classic aims to bring 15,000 students to Soldier Field to watch Howard University play Hampton University on Sep. 14. Each year, the game showcases some of the country’s top HBCUs both on and off the field, with a college fair designed to encourage students to “achieve their personal best in school and beyond.”

Two NBA players from Chicago — the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose — will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood. Former NBA player and Chicago native Mark Aguirre will pay the cost of transportation to the game for pre-selected students. Syd Stone of Chicago Sun-Times

THE WORD | Kanye West is hosting Sunday Service in Chicago

Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service to Chicago.

The "Brothers" rapper is set to host the event at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sunday (September 8) at 9:00 a.m CT. 

The service, which will be about communicating messages of positivity and peace to Chicago’s youth, is free and will be open to the public. However, tickets are required. You can get them HERE! (If they are not old out)

If you're unable to attend the Sunday Service, it will also be Live streamed:

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Chicago radio stations such as Power 92.3 and WGCI will be broadcasting live as well as doing giveaways. Say stay locked in to get your tickets.


Fans are already auctioning off tickets online:



THE WORD | “I am a Hall of Famer” - Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose might not make the Basketball Hall of Fame, but he explained Friday on The Stephen A. Smith Show that he doesn’t care, he is a Hall Of Famer when it comes to the expectations he has lived up to.

"Imagine being 12 or 13 and everywhere you go, people are putting their burdens on you, like, 'You're gonna be the man to make it,'" Rose explained.

The Chicago native was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, after leading the Memphis University Tigers to the NCAA Championship against the Kansas Jayhawks. Derrick aka “Pooh” as many Chicagoans refer to him as is one of the city’s biggest success story. Not to many urban Chicago athletes have achieved the success that Derrick has had. The Simeon High school graduate was a prep basketball star since he was in 8th grade.

The Youngest MVP award winner in NBA history career was plagued by knees injuries. According to Bleacher Report, Basketball Reference gives Rose just a 10.5 percent chance of being a Hall of Famer. Rose is not done he feels like he has more to accomplish like, like when a NBA Championship.

THE WORD | Roc Nation, NFL to Donate $400,000 to Chicago Charities

The NFL and Roc Nation will donate $400,000 to the Better Boys Foundation Family Services and Crusher's Club. Accordingly to TMZ the two organizations were hand picked by JAY-Z's Roc Nation. Meek Mill and Megan Trainor will visit Crusher's Club, whose mission is to help Chicago youth “restore their lives and improve their neighborhoods.” Appearance from Rapsody and Vic Mensa as well.

The Chicago organizations will set the blueprint for how Roc Nation, the NFL, and the Players Coalition aim to Inspire Change across each NFL city.

A free concert is taking place today , September 5th in the city’s Grant Park that will feature Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody; it is the first in the “Songs of the Season” concert series that was announced last month at a press conference held by Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the partnership.

According to the source said that this event will be the first in a planned Inspire Change series that will make similar donations in each NFL city. Songs of the Season is a season-long initiative in which selected musicians will create and deliver a song to be integrated in all NFL promotions each month. The songs will debut during an in-game broadcast and will be simultaneously released to all digital streaming platforms worldwide. All proceeds from the songs will go toward Inspire Change.

Check out some pictures and dope moments of Meek Mill and Rapsody Performing at the NFL kick off in grant park.

THE WORD | KEVIN HART FACES MAJOR BACK INJURIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN MALIBU!

Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 1. Hart is currently suffering major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off Mulholland Highway, rolled over and landed in a ditch in Malibu. The driver Jared S. Black also suffered major injuries. Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat with no major injuries from the accident. While Hart was rushed to medical attention both Black and Broxterman were stock in the car. 

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We are all praying for a fast recovery for those involved in the car accident. 

THE WORD | 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE KILLED WAITING OUTSIDE A STORE IN DOLTON

Today is a very sad day in news as we report a 16 year old female was shot and killed waiting inside a car at a convention store.

The teenager has been identified as Keira Foster. Monday would’ve started her junior year of high school. She was a student of Simeon High School.

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The shooting took place outside of the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor Store in Dolton, Tuesday night. ABC 7 is reporting “The gunman hopped out of the passenger side of a car that pulled up, taking aim at a man getting into the car with girl- Keira Foster.”

The target of the shooting left the scene unharmed however, Miss Foster was shot twice in the abdomen. She is not thought to be the intended target of the shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with this young girl’s family.

THE WORD| Gunman Opens Fire at Tee Grizzley in Detroit, Killing Tee’s Aunt/Manager Jobina Brown


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Grizzley was reportedly involved in a Detroit shooting that left his aunt/manager, Jobina "JB" Brown, dead.

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Law enforcement indicated that the incident occurred Tuesday night as the rapper got out of the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade. 


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It has been noted that the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, hitting Brown on her left side as she sat in the backseat. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.

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Grizzley nor the driver were wounded during the shooting as officials mention. At this time, it's unclear if the rapper was the target. 

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Our thoughts & prayers go out to Grizzley and his family.

THE WORD | Illinois passes law requiring LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed legislation ensuring state schools teach the role and contributions of LGBT people in American history.

Pritzker signed off on House Bill 346, which was recently passed by state House earlier this year, last Friday.

The law requires all schools in the state include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks.

The state’s Board of Education is also required to publish a list of the textbooks authorized to be purchased under the law annually. 

“Each public school district and state-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks,” the bill text reads.

According to The Hill State Sen. Heather Steans (D) gave the following statement

“The bill also includes a section that allows the department to adopt rules "as necessary" for the implementation the law and “to ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program. One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.” An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community,”

“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” Steans also said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”


Gov. Pritzker's said, "The LGBTQ community won't just have a seat at the table, they will be equal partners in the fight to make equality a lived reality for all."

New Jersey, California, and Colorado have also embraced the new LGBT school curriculum.

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THE WORD | OVO CHICAGO IS NOW OPEN

Drake’s OVO brand took to Instagram to announce that they will be opening a store in Chicago this weekend. The OVO Chicago store will opened Saturday, August 10 and it featured merchandised with the traditional OVOOG owl.

Owners of October’s Very Own, or OVO, include Aubrey Drake Graham, the rapper known simply as Drake; the musician’s manager and business partner, Oliver El-Khatib; and producer Noah James “40” Shebib.

OVO has two stores in Toronto, where Drake is from. Other stores are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

OVO Chicago Location
9 W Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

A big question some people are asking how did Drake get a store in Chicago before Kanye?


THE WORD | JET & EBONY MAGAZINES AUCTIONED OFF FOR $30 MILLION AND DONATED TO NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

Four Foundations Team Up to Buy the Historic Archives of ‘Ebony’ Magazine for $30 Million in a Bankruptcy Sale. The foundations will donate the archive to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the Getty Research Institute.

Isaac Sutton,  Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special”  (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Isaac Sutton, Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special” (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Moneta Sleet Jr.,  Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal  (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Moneta Sleet Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and once the country’s largest African American-owned publishing firm, Johnson Publishing launched Ebony magazine in 1945 and its sister publication Jet in 1951. But Johnson died in 2005, and the company has struggled for at least a decade, first attempting to sell its archives back in 2015. At the time, they were appraised at $46 million. The company sold off Ebony and Jet the following year, and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in April.

“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” said Capital Holdings V in a statement in April, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”

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THE WORD | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 

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