THE WORD | Checkout Virgil Abloh's New Art Exhibition at the MCA In Chicago

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Creator of the top Urban Brand Off White and men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh launched his  first-ever solo exhibition, "Figures Of Speech," of his work will be on display opening Today (Monday, June 10 ) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The Illinois-born designer, 38, has been creating fashion, objects, furniture, graphic works, painting, sculpture and photography for the last 20 years. Abloh became a household name after working on creative direction for Kanye West’s DONDA firm, where he collaborated with the musician on album covers, concert designs and merchandising.

"I felt the public needed to know more about this artist and why he is important,There are so many ideas embedded in his work and such ambition there. Virgil’s work seems to speak to people from all sorts of different interest groups." Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chief Curator.

Also Checkout Virgil’s Louis Vuitton creative pop up in Chicago’s west loop.

THE WORD | Pregnant Chicago woman found dead; baby found alive but in grave condition

A body was discovered just after midnight Tuesday in a trash bin behind a home on the 4100 block of West 77th Place. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the body on Wednesday as that of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopezi. She was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, and there are now indications that was the day she was killed.


Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled, authorities said. Police said her baby, who was in grave condition, had been "forcibly removed" from her mother's body. The newborn was found when paramedics responded to a call of a baby in distress April 23, the day Marlen Ochoa-Lopez went missing after arranging to pick up baby clothes from someone she met in a Facebook group, a Chicago fire spokesman said, according to NBC Chicago.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing after she was last seen leaving the Latino Youth High School were she was enrolled. She had arranged to pick up baby clothes on the day she disappeared, plans she had made through a Facebook group called "Help A Sista Out."

Ochoa was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from day care later that afternoon, but she never showed up, her family said. Four people remain in custody in connection to the murder.


THE WORD | Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot meets with Ivanka Trump at White House

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot arrived at the White House Tuesday, kicking off three days of meetings in the nation’s capital.

She started by meeting with Ivanka Trump at the White House. Lightfoot and the president’s daughter, a senior White House adviser, discussed workforce development, vocational education, economic revitalization, parole reform and crime prevention, among other topics. Lightfoot also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional leaders.

Lightfoot was not scheduled to meet with the president.

On Wednesday…

The mayor-elect attended a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus with her fundraiser at a government affairs group. Lightfoot encouraged the CBC’s members during a closed-door meeting to visit Chicago during next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“Once I take office, my responsibility is to be the chief ambassador for our great city and make sure that people really know the true nature of what’s happening in Chicago and not just screaming headlines that may be tweeted out by a certain someone,” Lightfoot said at an evening news conference, making a clear reference to President Donald Trump.

Her last public meeting of the day was with DeFazio, the transportation chairman, at his office in the Rayburn building, where Lightfoot said she worked as a young staffer making $12,000 per year after college.

“Where I came from, being here in the big city and really being away from home for a lengthy period of time and being on my own was a very big deal,” Lightfoot said.

On Thursday she met with the Chicago and the rest of the Illinois congressional delegation at lunch and breakfast in addition to one-on-ones with Democratic Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin.

THE WORD | Chicago cops demand Kim Foxx’s resignation over Jussie Smollett case

Chicago’s police union is demanding the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office’s decision to drop all charges against alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and a group of suburban police chiefs on Thursday announced a “no confidence” vote against Foxx due to her office’s handling of Smollett and other felony cases, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

 Michelle Obama‘s former top aide was in contact with the prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case, weeks before a grand juryindictedtheEmpireactor on16 countsof disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports on Feb. 20.

Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama’s chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, texted with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation. The communication between Foxx and Tchen, who describes herself as a “family friend” of the Smolletts, raised questions after Foxx’s office dropped all felony charges against Smollett.

Since then, the city has gone after Smollett,demanding he repayChicago $130,106 — the cost of the police overtime hours expended in the investigation into his allegations. The actor missed a city-imposed Thursday deadline to pay or face further legal action.

Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos balked at the city’s demands in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by the Tribune. Los Angeles-based Geragos wrote that Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”

THE WORD | All of Jussie Smollett's charges have been dropped

A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in February. Cook County prosecutors on March 26, 2019, dropped all charges against Smollett on disorderly conduct charges. The 36-year-old actor vehemently denied lying to police and faking a homophobic attack in the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29, 2019.

While prosecutors claimed to have overwhelming evidence, the deal did not require Smollett to admit he did anything wrong. What’s more, Smollett’s lawyers have vehemently disputed there was an agreement at all, and now the entire court file has been sealed at the defense’s request.

The unanswered questions surrounding the development left many wondering what might have happened behind the scenes. It also appeared to have caught Chicago police brass by surprise and brought swift condemnation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called it a “whitewash of justice.”

“From top to bottom, this is not on the level,” Emanuel told reporters at an afternoon news conference, emphasizing repeatedly that a grand jury had chosen to bring 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett. “Where’s the accountability in the system?”

"All-Star" Chicago Gang Members Headed To Prison

Five members of the Hobos gang was found guilty and convicted of racketeering conspiracy. The gang was at the center of the biggest gang trail in Chicago's history. Prosecutors described the gang, which consists of Black Disciples and Gangster Disciples, as the "all-star team" of ruthless gangs. They say the South Side group created a community of brutality even going so far to torture a robbery victim with a hot clothing iron.

The trail took three months with six days of deliberations before a verdict was reached. Altogether the Hobos was charged with 10 counts including drug and gun charges. The gang invoked so much fear, one witness who took the stand pleaded the 5th saying he chose not to testify "for the sake of me and my family," the judge held him in contempt and that witness was sentenced to 60 days. 

Chicago Police Accused of Patterns Of Excessive Force By U.S. Justice Department

Their resume of crimes including going as far as to fatally shoot Keith Daniels, a former gang member himself turned government informant, in front of his children age 4 and 6. Daniels was a witness for the prosecution and testified against the Hobos. They were also the ones behind the robbery of former NBA player Bobby Simmons. They stole a $200K diamond and gold chain outside of a night club. 

Hobos were noted for their few member but very organized, corporate-like business. They were well-armed and quick to kill. They would often commit their hits during the day and celebrated at a luxury hotel of Michigan Avenue at night.

The conviction comes as the city is reeling with one of the deadliest years in Chicago with 762 homicides in 2016. Experts say the destruction of public housing is a root problem to the gang and violence. The name Hobos reportedly was used because the members lost their homes from the tearing down of housing.

Recently President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted about the violence and what should be done. You can check that out and let us know what you think in the comment section below 

Chicago Police Accused of Patterns Of Excessive Force By U.S. Justice Department

The Chicago Police Department has a pattern of excessive force, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday, wrapping up a 13-month federal probe of a department that has been under heavy scrutiny over officer-involved shootings.

The city and the Justice Department have agreed to negotiate a reform plan that would be overseen by a federal judge, Lynch said in Chicago.

    The Justice Department, which began its investigation after the  uproar over the fatal shooting by Chicago police of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald back in 2014, they found numerous incidents of unjustified force, including:

    • Shooting at fleeing suspects who presented no immediate threat;
    • Using force to retaliate against and punish people.
    • Using Tasers on people who posed no threat;
    • Shooting at vehicles without justification;

    Read the full Justice Department report

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    Trump tweets Chicago might need federal help on violence

    President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday where he drew attention to Chicago's struggles with surging violent crime, this time suggesting that perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel should seek help from the federal government. Homicides rose nearly 60 percent from 2015 to the highest levels in 20 years.



    The Word via Chicago Tribune....

    Three women were killed and two people were critically injured early Thursday morning in a horrific crash in south suburban Posen.

    Emergency crews responded around 3:15 a.m. to a report of a crash near West 143rd Street and Harrison Avenue

    Police a driver lost control of a BMW as it approached a four-way stop. There were five people inside the car - a male driver and four women, one of whom may have been his girlfriend. Investigators said the BMW struck several parked vehicles and at least one of the victims was ejected

    "We think alcohol is involved. Obviously, with the extensive damage to the cars - the parked cars - probably excessive speed. That's why we have the Accident Reconstruction Team out here to fill in those blanks," said Chief Doug Hoglund, Posen Police Department.

    The investigation is ongoing, condolences goes out to the family of the victims.

    Kanye West Reportedly Has New Music On The Way


    Not even Divorce Rumors can keep St. Pablo himself out the studio. Reports of exhaustion and erratic behavior may have landed Kanye West in a hospital which ended the remainder of his St. Pablo Tour Mr. West is back home recovering and reportedly new music is on the way.

    After the release of The Life of Pablo in February, Kanye announced that he will release a follow-up album titled Turbo Grafx 16.  Sources close to the Rapper say since returning home, West has been at peace and is more relaxed and focused. He has reportedly built a temporary studio in his Bel-Air home to work on new music.

    Upon his hospitalization, word broke that Kanye began recording music from his bedside. After J. Cole suggested on his new song “False Prophets,” Kanye may have lost the gift that drew millions of fans to him has been a creative influence that has gotten him through personal and professional turmoil.


    Congrats to Chicagoland native and to one half of Da Internz, Tuo Clark, as he was just appointed as the Senior Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records.

    Read Def Jam’s official statement below:

    Dec. 5, 2016 – New York, NY – Tuo Clark, of famed production duo Da Internz, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings.

    Mr. Clark will oversee selected current and new artist projects – including Big Sean, Jeremih, Lil Durk and Trap Beckham among others – while actively seeking out, discovering and signing new and established talent to Def Jam. Mr. Clark, who is based in Los Angeles, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.

    “Tuo is an incredibly talented producer and a proven hitmaker,” said Steve Bartels. “His talent and energy extends itself beyond the studio; it’s felt throughout the artist and creative community and industry-wide. I’m excited to continue working closely with Tuo and our entire staff of gifted, young A&R executives to keep music & artists at the forefront of what we do.”

    Of his appointment at Def Jam, Mr. Clark said, “I want to thank Steve Bartels for the continued opportunity to grow with this amazing team, doing what I love: making great, timeless music.”

    Hailing from Harvey, IL on Chicago’s Southside, Tuo Clark has spent nearly a decade as one-half of the six-time Grammy®-nominated duo Da Internz, working with multi-platinum chart-topping superstars Big Sean, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ludacris, Trey Songz, and many others.

    Rhymefest Is Turning Kanye West’s Childhood Home Into An Arts Center

    Rhymefest a long time friend of Ye, Activist and hip-Hop artist announced via his Instagram that he'd purchased the house and plans to turn it into an art incubator: 

        "I'm excited to announce the purchase of Kanye's childhood home as a community Arts incubator," Rhymefest told his followers on Instagram before confirming he will be turning it into a new essential spot for Donda's House. "It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museum."

    "We want to show bright spots in communities that've been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated," Rhymefest added of his hopes for the new space. Of course, you can also help Rhymefest in his quest to help the community by donating your own money. "Please click the link in my bio & Donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth. #givingtuesday"

    Working with Kanye’s charity Donda’s House, he intends to convert the building into an “incubator” for local artists, offering a recording studio, events space and Southside music museum.

    Donda's House program was co-founded by West and launched back in 2013 in honor of West's late mother Donda, as a way to provide essential training and education in the arts to the Chicago youth. The methods are based on Dr. Donda West's own research and career who believed that arts instruction "improves a child's analytical and creative capacity." You can read all about Donda's House right here and donate to the program through Rhymefest's link.

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    Its sad to inform everyone that a Chicago legend has passed away. Long time collaborator 'Twista', we ask for prayers for singer "Johnny P" as it been announced that he has passed. Johnny P, was one of Chicagos very own most talented performers.

    His music draws influence from R&B and Hip-Hop/Rap. He was instrumental to the successful careers of many artists coming out of Chicago and who have made great accomplishments in the music industry such as Twista and Do or Die. He has multi-platinum records collaborating with the late TuPac, Twista, Do or Die and ScarFace.

    Rest in peace Johnny P, you will be missed by many.

    Chicago Public School Students Forced to Fight By Teacher

    Monday November 14th, a video was recorded of two boy students being forced to fight in an after school program, located at Stagg Elementary School in Englewood, IL.

    The Chicago police department is beginning an investigation of this recorded fight between the two boys that were forced by the supervisor of the class. This same video was posted to social media almost hitting viral.

    Now in the video you don’t only just here an voice egging the fight on but forcing it to continue by locking the door, students’ say. The two boys fighting in the video are reported to be 5th and 6th graders. Gerald Jackson, one of the fighters, said that both boys were forced to fight attached with threats.

    “She said if we didn’t fight, we were going to get beat up, by her,” said Gerald.  Afterwards, Gerald was rushed to the hospitals from the school for having a panic attack. The schools previously addressed the incident with some parents before the video went viral. Sending out a letter in response, in part, it reads:

    "The safety of your children is always our top priority. This adult is not a CPS employee and is no longer supervising after school activities at our school.”

    Rep. Danny Davis grandson killed over shoes in Chicago


    The 15-year-old grandson of Congressman Danny Davis was shot to death in his Englewood, Illinois home Friday evening. The shooting was initially thought to believe was a home invasion but according to Chicago police it rooted from an argument of some gym shoes

    Jovan Wilson, 15, was inside his home about 6:45pm CDT when a 15 year old boy and 17 year girl arrived at his home An argument ensued and he was shot in the head, according to police.

    Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office..

    “Unfortunately, this is another example of a 15-year-old with a gun that he never should have had,” said Davis.

    Willie Wilson bails out 46 Cook Co. Illinois Jail inmates


    Former Chicago Mayoral candidate Businessman Willie Wilson bailed 46 inmates out of the Cook County Jail Wednesday afternoon who had non-violent misdemeanors crimes. 

     Wilson also bailed the inmates out to bring awareness to a jail system that often leaves the poor behind bars for petty crimes.

    The biggest change, Wilson says, needs to take place in Springfield.

    "That's a sad situation that our politicians could stand by and watch this thing happen. It takes an individual citizen like myself to step up to the plate and donate money and to make the thing change. And all they had to do was pass a bill,” Wilson said.

    According to a spokesperson, Wilson has spent $50,000 of his own money to bail out a 100 plus people.

    Wilson is also planning a Thanksgiving meal for all of the people he has helped get out of prison. The individuals will not only receive a meal but take home $200. Wilson plans to release 2 to 3 thousands of individuals by next year.

    Common Says Being Vegan Helped His Career

    Common is giving credit to changes in his diet by that helped improve his rap skills. In a recent interview with Food & Wine, The Chicago Rapper spoke about healthy eating and how is working to help children make healthier food choices. 

    “I believe that what you eat affects the way you feel, the way you think and how beautiful you can look, so I’m really passionate about introducing kids to a holistic, healthy, good life,” he said.

    According to Common, he ate everything from barbecue to burgers, but when he started listened to how other rappers removed meat from their diets, he did the same.

    “Then I heard rappers, like KRS-One in ‘My Philosophy,’ say things about not eating meat, which was a real education, especially since it was coming from somebody cool. That stayed with me and made me want to learn more,” Common said. “As soon as I removed meat from my diet, I started to feel a clarity I didn’t have before. It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping better.”

    But as with anyone, he has his cravings. “I’m a cookie monster. I like the gluten-free, sugar-free ones from Erin McKenna’s in NYC,” he said. “I’ll come home after working hard, and they’re my treat—I’ve earned them.”

    He’s still living a healthy lifestyle, and with his Common Ground Foundation, he’s also teaching children about healthy eating.

    The Kings of Comedy Announce Bernie Mac Day on the Steve Harvey Show

    Monday November 14th, Steve Harvey dedicated his concluding daytime talk show to the legacy of the late Bernie Mac. The notorious comedian passed away in 2008 at the age of 50. Steve Harvey wrote about is friend on his show and had a very sensitive moment in the midst of the tribute.

    The talk show host was joined by Comedians D.L Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer as well as Mike Epps via Satellite. United together the original Kings of Comedy pay homage to their lost friend Bernie Mac in announcing that Nov. 14th is now declared Bernie Mac Day by Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

    Steve Harvey goes on to say, “This is from the City of Chicago. It’s a proclamation that says, In recognition of Bernie’s remarkable life & Legacy, Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel has proclaimed Nov. 14th Bernie Mac Day.”

    Harvey, joined by Bernie Mac’s wife Rhonda McCullough Gilmore and his daughter Je’Neice McCullough, urges a message to his audience. “I urge all Chicagoans to mark this occasion just as Bernie would have,”.

    “With Thanksgiving for both our trials & triumphs, and finding the humor no matter what. It’s Bernie Mac Day today”.