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Thoughts on Chi-Raq

In Culture, Film by fivefifthsLeave a Comment

I genuinely don’t know where to begin. All I know is that I watched Chi-Raq last night and I feel...feelings. So let me tease them out. First of all, Chi-Raq is a beautiful film, visually. Director Spike Lee is up to all of his old tricks, and a few new ones. There’s striking bold text,…

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A Yogi in the South Side: Reaching Black Youth in Chicago

In Culture, Health by Frank Jackson1 Comment

I had been working for I Grow Chicago, a non-profit organization helping "at-risk" youth revitalize one of the Englewood neighborhood's many vacant lots by transforming it into an art garden. As we broke for lunch under a sweltering summertime Chicago sun, the leaders of I Grow approached me with a proposition. They wanted me to…