Here are the top stories from the Chicago Defender for the Week of Sept.11-16:
On Wednesday, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced a partnership with the Economic Security Project to pave the way for a municipally owned grocery store in Chicago. If this initiative advances, Chicago would become the first major city in the country to have a municipally-owned grocery store to address food inequity.
Don’t expect Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of one of the most successful Broadway productions ever, to make another Hamilton or anything like it.
“I don’t think I’m writing another history musical ever f–king again. You think I can top this?” he asked during a Thursday interview at the Broadway in Chicago offices.
Thanks to Hamilton’s enduring appeal and longevity, the momentum for the eight-year-old musical isn’t slowing down anytime soon, especially in Chicago.
White spoke with The Chicago Defender ahead of her show to discuss her love for performing, being away from the music business and coming to a new understanding about what the “Superwoman” anthem has meant to her life. We even talked about what she was doing away from the music biz.
On Wednesday, Mayor Brandon Johnson unveiled the City of Chicago’s Budget Forecast for the forthcoming 2024 fiscal year, revealing a projected budget shortfall of $538 million. A significant portion of that shortfall is being attributed to the city’s ongoing migrant crisis. A third of that estimated shortfall, around $200 million, will be needed to support new arrivals.
At a Bay Area studio over twenty years ago, singer Goapele heard the bare bones of a song that would ultimately change her life. That track would become a song entitled “Closer,” a neo-soul favorite turned anthem for those who aspire to something greater, a reality vaster and more meaningful than we thought possible. Earlier this week, Goapele spoke to The Defender about making “Closer” and the moment she knew that music would become her career.
A unique initiative from Chicago strives to tackle the agonizingly complex issue of gun violence at home and in metropolises across America. On Monday, the University of Chicago Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy welcomed its first cohort of leaders from 21 cities nationwide. These leaders are coming together to transform communities of color by addressing the cycles of violence that occur there.