When you drive around Chicago, or any city like it, recognition for its leaders should not just be visible in Black neighborhoods

See that highway hugging Lake Michigan? That’s Chicago’s historic Lake Shore Drive. Just last week it was renamed for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the Black man who is credited with creating a trading post and being the first non-Native permanent resident of the area that is now known as Chicago.


GEORGE FLOYD: ONE YEAR LATER

Mainstream support for Black Lives Matter has waned. But for Black people, the fight continues — and so does the agony.

A makeshift memorial for George Floyd fills with flowers and candles nearly a year after his brutal killing by Minneapolis police. Photo: Getty Images


A guilty verdict does not always equal appropriate consequences

Roxie Washington (L) and Gianna Floyd, daughter of George Floyd, look on during a news conference following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images


Chicago police killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo, and some media responded by questioning Toledo’s character. Black and Brown kids deserve better.

Adam Toledo, 13, was killed by Chicago police. This group marches for his justice. Photo: Getty Images


Black Thoughts

The stimulus discussion proves we don’t trust people — especially poor and Black folks — to make their own best decisions

People wait in line to receive uncooked food donations from the food pantry at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on December 15, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images


Black Thoughts

When it comes to Black employees, we already know the challenges

An employee at a Walmart in Los Angeles, CA on November 29, 2013. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images


Inside the exclusive women’s group that trades ideas on tricking out yards and patios

A Black couple take a selfie in their backyard, where they’ve set up a projector screen to watch a movie with hanging lights.
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Reallocating the budgets of police departments isn’t a new idea, but one that’s reached the mainstream

A photo of a protest. One big sign reads “DEFUND THE POLICE.”
A participant holding a Defund The Police sign at the protest. Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Brooklyn on June 2, 2020, in a massive march to demand justice for George Floyd, killed by Officer Derek Chauvin and to make a loud call for the defunding of the police force. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images


With professional help, parents of kids with autism and developmental delays are embracing DIY therapies

A photo of a mom and her young child high fiving as the kid plays with blocks.
Photo: Weekend Images Inc./Getty Images


Yara Shahidi’s show salutes young mothers who are getting degrees and dream jobs with their babies in tow

The cast of “Grown-ish” films a scene for the second season. Photo: Eric McCandless/Getty Images

Arionne Nettles

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, a Chicago-based journalist, and a special needs mama.

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