Black Aesthetic, White Supremacy: Steve Perry’s Tweet Needs Cutting More Than Black Boys’ Hair

Black People know We Are In trouble when we turn our children over to men like Steve ” I don’t give a damn about slavery” Harvey, Sean Puffy Combs and Steve Perry to educate and mentor our young Black boys. The notion that traditionally black hairstyles are synonymous with being unsuccessful speaks directly to the[…]

Boyse Edwards

Musician, West Side activist and Friend of Black Star, Boyse Edwards dead at 67

By Maureen O’Donnell May 28, 2016 When he was onstage with the musical group Gentlemen of Leisure, Boyse Edwards was a turbanned, tuxedoed, cowbell-ringing, tambourine-banging band director, setting off pyrotechnics to keep the party pumping. He was trained by the legendary James “Major” Adams, who helped establish the Henry Horner Boys & Girls Club, which offered music lessons[…]

MacArthur Grant Making by Race (2)

Grants Made in Chicago by MacArthur Foundation in 2015

MacArthur Foundation Chicago Grantee Organizations in 2015 Name of Organization Year Granted Grant amount Topic Location Race of Community Served 137 Films 2015 $5,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White 3Arts Inc. 2015 $25,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White A Red Orchid Theatre 2015 $200,000.00 Arts and Culture Central White About Face Theatre 2015 $40,000.00 Arts[…]

MacArthur Benefit Chicago

MacArthur Foundation is ducking on Chicago’s most crucial issues

OPINION MacArthur Foundation is ducking on Chicago’s most crucial issues By: PHILLIP JACKSON Photo by Getty Images The heads of foundations think they’re gods. And they can never understand why people, who are economically subjugated by their grant-making, would complain about their treatment by the Foundation Gods. At my organization, the Black Star Project, we[…]

MacArthru Redlining

MacArthur Foundation’s Redlining Practices Help Decimate Black Chicago

MacArthur Awards One-Tenth of 1% of its Grants to Black Organizations in Chicago Redlining is the practice of denying capital or critical services to targeted communities based on race or ethnic makeup.  Redlining in banking is illegal.  Redlining in insurance is illegal.  Redlining in real estate is illegal.  Redlining in healthcare is illegal.  Redlining in[…]