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A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

By Cheryl Kravitz Sometimes things take awhile. Saying “you were right” is one of them. I peaked pretty young. I started working as a journalist at the age of 18 on the South Side of Chicago, best known for Bad Boy Leroy Brown, Barack Obama, and, in many circles, David Axelrod. By the age of(…)

Locals report on aging conference

Locals report on aging conference

Editor’s note: Members of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) wrote this letter sharing their thoughts on this year’s White House Conference on Aging. The White House Conference on Aging is held every 10 years. This year it was held in Washington, D.C., on July 13 and streamed(…)

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The art of storytelling has long been passed down within African culture as a means to share rich oral history. Later, storytelling passed onto Blacks in America, who utilized the oral traditions to transcend the harsh conditions of slavery and give voice to the struggles and triumphs they faced on(…)

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Local pastor and hip-hop artist Julian DeShazier, also known by his stage-name ‘J.Kwest,’ recently won an Emmy for his role in a short film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holliday song “Strange Fruit.” In late June, DeShazier was one of a team of filmmakers that received an(…)

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)

CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)

Review: Summer music at two Hyde Park landmarks

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago is the world’s second largest musical instrument. The largest is its sister carillon (also named for Laura Spelman Rockefeller) at the Riverside Church in New York City. This year, the University of Chicago marks half(…)