Avoid A Fine, Get Health Insurance Coverage Today

Avoid A Fine, Get Health Insurance Coverage Today

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obama Care, was signed into law, it has been met with its fair share of praise and criticism. Those for and against, both make some valid claims, and each side has expressed very compelling arguments to support their respective positions. And...Read more
"Starving Artists" Don't Have To Skimp On Health Care, Anymore

“Starving Artists” Don’t Have To Skimp On Health Care, Anymore

Many freelancers, artists, entrepreneurs and those with non-traditional employment often experience volatile incomes. One minute things look great with that new order you just received, then months later you’re eating beans out of a can (for breakfast, lunch and dinner), wondering when the tides will change. Or another familiar scenario,...Read more
Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza 2014

This Summer, Lollapalooza celebrated its 10 year anniversary, gracing Chicago’s Grant Park with some of the world’s best musicians. If you’ve ever been, you know that Lollapalooza is a 3-day, monster festival that requires attendees to have boundless energy, stamina and mostly, a sense of humor. The sense of humor...Read more
Janelle Monáe is the Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe is the Electric Lady

You may have walked the Tightrope with her or sang along w/her, but how many can say they danced with her?   Thanks to CoverGirl and Atlantic Records, Janelle Monáe put on a private show for some of Chicago’s most Hip.Artistic.Stylish. socialites. After appearing on stage and sharing details about...Read more
Meagan's Got the Goods!

Meagan’s Got the Goods!

We’re not sure if you noticed but Meagan Good’s career has been reaching new heights! Aside from her recent marriage to DeVon Franklin (which probably didn’t hurt her image), Good has been proving the doubters wrong and quieting the naysayers with her recent moves. Now we don’t generally toot our...Read more




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Issue No. 29

Issue No. 29

"FREE ANGELA" Hits Theaters April 5th [Official Trailer]

“FREE ANGELA” Hits Theaters April 5th [Official Trailer]

    Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, is a documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis. how she became one of America’s most renowned revolutionaries and ended up on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. After making its way through many film festivals in 2012 and winning the award for...Read more
PROJECT NY | LV Highlights + Recap [Men's Fashion]

PROJECT NY | LV Highlights + Recap [Men’s Fashion]

PROJECT is a three day affair that goes down twice a year, in New York and Las Vegas, where contemporary menswear and dual gender brands are united with retailers, media and industry insiders. Stay ahead of the fashion curve and go inside PROJECT 2013 in New York and Las Vegas through the photos + videos...Read more
Hip-Hop + High Fashion: Nothing New

Hip-Hop + High Fashion: Nothing New

  Recently, it was asked, “What’s with all these rappers wearing and talking about high fashion these days?” But if you’re a true scholar of the rap game (aside from the hip-hop v. rap debate), you know that fashion has always been a huge element. Whether having to wear the “same damn ‘Lo sweater,” (as...Read more

The Evolution of the Major Label Recording Deal

Many artists have been going the independent route for quite some time and even more so now than ever before. But there are still many who are looking to ink deals with the majors. Of course there are benefits to both, but what really happens once the labels get a hold of you? Despite the...Read more

Editor’s Performance Picks

Here a few artists who are currently on national and/or international tours or who have upcoming performances we think may be worth checking out!  Listings are generally for the Chicago dates, but click the tour link for shows in your area. Brandy 1/19, The Venue @ The Horseshoe Casino.  Editor’s note: Longtime Brandy fans will...Read more
Meagan's Got the Goods!

Meagan’s Got the Goods!

We’re not sure if you noticed but Meagan Good’s career has been reaching new heights! Aside from her recent marriage to DeVon Franklin (which probably didn’t hurt her image), Good has been proving the doubters wrong and quieting the naysayers with her recent moves. Now we don’t generally toot our own horn but we can’t...Read more
Ava DuVernay's Award Winning MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Hits Theatres Near You!

Ava DuVernay’s Award Winning MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Hits Theatres Near You!

Earlier this year Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Sundace Film Festival’s Best Director Award. DuVernay’s award winning, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, is now premiering this weekend (10/19) in theatres across the country. See listings below.         Chicago – AMC RiverEast (new) Detroit – AMC Southfield 20 (new) Atlanta...Read more
No. 26 w/Jean Grae: Print or Digital

No. 26 w/Jean Grae: Print or Digital

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Questions Without Transitions: The Rebirth of an Artist in Society

Everything is art… The art of composing words… The art of arranging melodies that penetrate the soul… The art of creating a vision… The art of unifying a broken society… Photograph: Personal Collection. Event: Afro-Futurism by Hebru Brantley at Zhou B Gallery. In some ways, we are all creators and we hold the innate gift...Read more

Mike Eagle presents the Extended Nightmares Getdown (the dark blue door) EP

Photo Credit: Jacqueline Arevalo You never know exactly what to expect from an Open Mike Eagle EP. Well maybe a few things, a long ass title, extremely forward thinking arrangements and concepts that have no respect for gravity. Outside of that though, nothing. Luckily, with this latest Extended Nightmares Getdown(the dark blue door) EP, OME...Read more

a Night with Grey Goose Rising Icon Miguel

With all due respect to the music I’ve heard on wax from Miguel, I simply wasn’t prepared for the live show.