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Nike's New Campaign Showcases Some Pretty Inspiring People (& No, They're Not Celebs)

The word "hero" gets thrown around a lot. This week alone, we've seen it used to describe the ass-kicking protagonist in a new action flick, a courier that delivered a colleague's quinoa bowl in 10 minutes flat, and an Instagram influencer's super-hydrating face serum. Don't get us wrong — all of the above definitely deserve major praise. But hero status? Let's reserve that title for real-life role models. As in, people using their strengths to inspire others and ignite change in the world. Tak...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nike, Chicago, Bronx, Air Force, Don, Watts, South Central, Kava Gorna, Dream World, Girlgaze, Heather Hazzan, Saraciea Fennell Chicagoan Isaiah Sosho, Chaniel Smiley, Girlgaze Saraciea Fennell Saraciea


‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in a Decade is Still Only Okay at Best

At 88, Clint Eastwood remains a steadfast, no-nonsense filmmaker, and The Mule doesn’t show him changing in his twilight years. Inspired by a true story, this new film is equally no-nonsense, which here means that it’s unambiguous in its character arc and development, rote in its depiction of the Mexican drug cartels, and unwilling to dive deep into its eponymous character. No doubt, with Eastwood mostly staying behind the camera these days, The Mule is notable for featuring the Man with...
Tags: Movies, Best, Features, Chicago, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Paris, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Michael Pena, DEA, The Mule, El Paso, Andy Garcia, Cooper, Peoria Illinois


AIDSfree: Rapper Vic Mensa compares HIV rates for gay black men to 'epidemic' of gun violence: 'This wouldn't fly in Manhattan'

In his home city of Chicago, rapper Vic Mensa has launched projects to train medics responding to gun violence in some the nation’s deadliest neighbourhoods, and a summer education camp to help indigenous and black youth. When the 25-year-old came to Atlanta in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s campaign to confront HIV, he immediately saw a parallel between the epidemics facing poor black communities in the two cities. “When they spoke to me on the way here about the problems in Atla...
Tags: Science, Atlanta, Chicago, Manhattan, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Vic Mensa


What We’re Reading: December 10-14

 The history of traffic lights, insurance for stolen packages, fax machines, dangerous toys, architectural gingerbread and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. Cubicles=Freedom? Not so much. Traffic lights are 150 years old. Dagny Mol/flickr/2010 Police are teaming up with Amazon to outwit thieves.  Will insurance cover those stolen packages?  Maybe. Does anyone still use a fax machine? A shower for your dog. Boxy apartment design and how it relate...
Tags: Amazon, Chicago, University, Radio, Alaska, Dashlane, What We're Reading, Anne Marie Siudzinski, Dagny Mol


Green Bay fan loses bid to wear Packers gear on sidelines for Sunday's Chicago Bears game

A die-hard Packers fan has lost his court bid to don his Green Bay gear and stand on the sidelines before Sunday’s Chicago Bears-Packers game. A federal court judge in Chicago on Thursday denied the temporary restraining order and injunction sought by Green Bay resident Russell Beckman against...
Tags: Chicago, Chicago Bears, Green Bay, Packers, Russell Beckman, Chicago Bears Packers


The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2018

None Americana is a peculiar label, isn't it? Whenever we attempt to identify the most authentically American musical form, the one that most accurately captures the history and culture of the United States, we end up debating all night, just as we do every year here in the PopMatters offices and recreation areas when it's time to write our year-end Americana list. What we can all agree on is that Americana music ought to be music that incorporates some traditional elements of any number of Ame...
Tags: Spotify, Feature, Music, America, Chicago, United States, Grenada, Ford, Dolly Parton, Delta, Bird, Oklahoma, Steven Tyler, Americana, Memphis, Elvis


Friday, Dec. 14 Filming Locations for S.W.A.T, Chicago Fire, Billions, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Dec. 14, 2018: Filming in California TV Series: S.W.A.T. Stars: Shemar Moore Location: 24338 Main St, Newhall TV Series: American Idol Stars: Katy Perry Location: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (12:00 AM – 12:00 AM) Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kinney Location: […] The post Friday, Dec. 14 Filming Locations for S.W.A.T, Chicago Fire, Billions, & more! appeared first on On Location Vacations.
Tags: Movies, News, California, Chicago, Katy Perry, Illinois, Taylor Kinney, Daily Filming Locations, Grand Ave Los Angeles, Newhall, Shemar Moore, Filming Locations for S W A T Chicago


New EP: Vic Mensa ‘Hooligans’

Vic Mensa’s debut album The Autobiography released back in 2017, serving as his first full-length project under Roc Nation. Since that time, the Save Money MC has continued to put out records, continued to dedicate time to activism and community work, and has been the subject of headlines for some controversial remarks. The Chicago native closes out the year with a collection of new songs, the Hooligans EP. Coming in at eight tracks, the project is lead by the song “Dark Things.” Ty Dolla $ig...
Tags: Chicago, Jazz, Hooligans, Hudson, Mixtapes, Vic Mensa, Save Money MC, Eazy Charlie Wilson


Jets Win 3rd Straight With Victory Over Oilers

WINNIPEG — Defenceman Josh Morrissey scored 41 seconds into overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Morrissey took a pass from Mark Scheifele and fired a high shot past goalie Cam Talbot for his fourth goal of the season. The Jets have won three straight, while Edmonton’s win streak ended at four games. Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg. Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler each con...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Wheeler, Philadelphia, Jets, Hockey, Morrissey, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg, Kevin, Connor McDavid, Cam Talbot, Talbot


Church Killer would have been a Threat Even if Air Force had Reported Him

Who thinks submitting required reports would have defused this ticking time bomb? U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- “The DoD Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigated the circumstances surrounding the United States Air Force’s (USAF) failure to submit Devin Patrick Kelley’s criminal history information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for inclusion in its databases,” a redacted December report advises. “Because his fingerprints were not submitted to the FBI CJIS Division, Kelley was ab...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, Chicago, Air Force, Baltimore, Usaf, OIG, Oklahoma City, United States Air Force, Kelley, NICS, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, David Codrea, General Court Martial, National Institute of Justice, Gun Rights News


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Plans for its Future on Chicago's South Side

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater DEEPLY ROOTED RECEIVES SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING FROM LOGAN FOUNDATION AND ARTS WORK FUNDTO BUILD CAPACITY, RECONFIGURE ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP, ENVISION FUTURE OF DANCE ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) announces significant funding support from the Reva & David Logan Foundation and the Arts Work Fund to support institutional capacity building that will facilitate the first steps of a major initiative: creating a vision for a po...
Tags: Religion, Chicago, Logan, Jeff, South Side, Arts Business Council, Chicago Community Trust, William J Zick, Bill Michel, Logan Center, DRDT, Nicole Clarke Springer, Kevin Iega Jeff, Reva David Logan Foundation, South Side The Logan Foundation, Logan Foundation


When Todd Gurley disappears, as he did last week, the Rams usually suffer

THOUSAND OAKS – The question continued to be asked for days, even on sports-talk radio in Chicago, where they should have been thrilled with the outcome. But really, what happened to Todd Gurley? Gurley vanished in last Sunday’s loss to the Bears, with only 11 carries, which tied for his lowest single-game total since his rookie season of 2015. A handful of other factors derailed the Rams’ offense in the 15-6 loss, but Gurley’s low production (58 yards from scrimmage) drew rightful attention. S...
Tags: Sports, NFL, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Philadelphia Eagles, Todd Gurley, Philadelphia, Espn, Gurley, Eagles, Doug Pederson, Phillips, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams, Rams


Packers fan loses bid to wear team colors at Soldier Field

CHICAGO (AP) — A Green Bay Packers fan has lost a court battle to wear green and gold on the sidelines of Soldier Field, home of the rival Chicago Bears. The Chicago Tribune reports a federal judge on Thursday denied a request by Russell Beckman for a temporary restraining order and injunction so he could […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Chicago, Green Bay Packers, Soldier Field, Nation & World, Russell Beckman, Chicago Bears The Chicago Tribune


Ducks have become the NHL’s comeback kids

ANAHEIM — The Ducks were down in the third period Wednesday at Honda Center, but they were not out of it, not by any stretch of the imagination. As if on cue, they rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a determined effort over the final 20 minutes to take a 6-3 victory from the Dallas Stars. If their latest victory looked and felt like many of their recent ones lately, it was no coincidence. It was, in fact, their eighth consecutive victory in which they were either tied or trailing in the third perio...
Tags: Washington, Sports, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, New Jersey, Dallas, NHL, Calgary Flames, Pacific, Ducks, New York Rangers, Anaheim-ducks, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Chad Johnson


Best breweries in Chicago for winter

Winter in Chicago can be long and dreary. Luckily, there’s beer to wash those winter blues away. Even luckier, the city is full of great breweries so you can enjoy your beer at its absolute freshest. Best of all, when you’re ready to head home and crawl under a blanket, you can grab a growler to go and enjoy that beer with your Netflix. From brewpubs with haute cuisine created to pair perfectly with the beer to simple tap rooms that let you bring in your own food, here are the 12 best Chicago...
Tags: Travel, Bars, Chicago, Michelin, Northwest, Bridgeport, Evanston, Southside, Bohemia, Lakeview, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Temperance Movement, Eugene Porter, North Center, Bedford Park


Distilleries off the Bourbon Trail

Visiting the Kentucky bourbon distilleries is big business. Over the past couple of years, more than one million people have trekked to the Bluegrass State to drink bourbon from the source at the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. And while there are plenty of solid distilleries on the official trail, you’re missing out if you don’t get off the beaten path. There are distilleries both large and small throughout the state that make some of the most sought-after whiskey in Kentucky....
Tags: Travel, Drinks, Kentucky, New York City, Indiana, World, Chicago, Ireland, Castle, Louisville, Radcliffe, Frankfort, Barton, Lexington, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Central Kentucky


Tribune Publishing ends talks about selling company to McClatchy

Tribune Publishing has terminated negotiations to sell the Chicago-based newspaper company to McClatchy, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday. The decision, reached by the Tribune Publishing board Thursday, followed several months of negotiations with the California-based McClatchy Co....
Tags: California, Chicago, McClatchy, Tribune Publishing


‘Roma’ Stars on Alfonso Cuarón’s Mysterious Casting Process and Learning They Were in a Biographical Film [Interview]

As much as Roma, the latest from writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También), is a barely veiled account of his childhood growing up in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City, in truth, it is the story of the two most important women in his life — his mother (renamed Sofia in the film and played by veteran Mexican actress Marina de Tavira) and Cleo (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio), the woman who raised him full time while also taking care of the house ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Interviews, Mexico, Features, Chicago, Netflix, United States, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, Sofia, Cleo, Marina, Alfonso, Cuaron


Why ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ host Scott Aukerman says podcasting is creating a revolution in comedy

It’s been almost a decade since actor-comedian Scott Aukerman took a flyer on a radio version of the Comedy Death-Ray show he’d co-founded at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. There was no money, but he was working a lot at the time. It was a decision, made almost by accident, that in time made him a big deal in the podcasting boom to come. “Pretty much the second week we decided to podcast it,” he says of the May 2009 debut of the show on Indie 103.1, by then an internet-only...
Tags: Comedy, Amy Schumer, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Radio, Things To Do, Soccer, Ifc, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Adam Scott, Scott Aukerman, Southern California, Ray


Placemakers: Why Midsize Cities Are the Next Music Hubs [Kyle Bylin]

Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin writes about the rise of midsize cities. He believes these places are the next platforms for music ideas. Local residents are choosing to build their businesses where they live rather than relocating to pursue their dreams. These small businesses, fused with state personality and pride, are poised to reshape the music landscape in the coming decades. By Kyle Bylin | @kylebylin I. No Place Like Home Four years ago, I boarded a flight from Los Angeles, Ca...
Tags: Apple, Google, Music, Minneapolis, California, La, America, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Pandora, North Dakota, Idaho, Washington Dc, New Orleans, Simon Cowell


Apple becomes second tech giant to skip Chicago, picks Austin for $1 billion campus

Chicago was bypassed by another tech behemoth Thursday when Apple announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, with smaller sites or expansions in six other cities. It was just last month that Amazon said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Chicago, Austin, Austin Texas


Musulmamis: Parenting while Latina and Muslim

For new Muslims nothing can be more daunting than dealing with family members’ reactions to the decision of converting to Islam. Parents, siblings, and other relatives can either shun their newly-Muslim family member, ask very tough questions, make hurtful comments regarding their faith, or even give them ultimatums in order to pressure them to abandon their choice to embrace Islam. While some of these initial reactions and resistance may be well-intentioned, they are no less hurtful. The first ...
Tags: New York, Parenting, Life, Relationships, Religion, Women, Chicago, Islam, Muslim, Newark, Motherhood, Muslims, Puerto Rico, Hispanic, Inner City, Manhattan New York


NHL Hat Tricks History & Fun Facts

A hat trick is one of the NHL’s rarest achievements with only 81 during the 2017-18 season, or roughly one in 6.4 percent of games. That’s more rare than a shutout, with 144 in 2017-18, or one in 11.3 percent of games, or a shorthanded goal, of which there were 211 last season, or one in 16.6 percent of games. Of the 7,552 goals scored last season, 250, or 3.3 percent, were scored in a hat trick. The greatest player of all-time, Wayne Gretzky, had 50 regular season hat tricks in his career, or o...
Tags: Archives, Editor's Choice, Hockey History, Long Read, Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky


Joey Purp – “Aw Shit!” Video

A few months ago, the hungry young Chicago rapper Joey Purp released his QUARTERTHING album. That's an exciting record for a lot of reasons, and one of the reasons is that it finds Purp branching his sound out, pulling in influences from Chicago strains of dance music like house and footwork. In particular, … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Chicago, Joey Purp, Purp, Jason M. Peterson


Ferrara Candy confirms its headquarters will move to Chicago's Old Post Office

Ferrara Candy will relocate its corporate headquarters to Chicago's Old Post Office from Oakbrook Terrace next summer, bringing almost 400 jobs to the massive structure straddling Congress Parkway. News of the lease comes on the heels of word Thursday that Apple will build a $1 billion tech campus...
Tags: Apple, Chicago, Old Post Office, Oakbrook Terrace, Ferrara Candy, Chicago s Old Post Office, Congress Parkway News


Violin app Trala scores $1.29 mln seed

Chicago-based Trala, an app that teaches violin, has raised $1.29 million in seed funding. The investors included Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, Origin Ventures and Techstars Ventures. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Chicago, Jeff Weiner, VC Deals, Trala, LinkedIn Origin Ventures


Southbound side of Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel near LAX to close overnight

LOS ANGELES — The southbound side of the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel near Los Angeles International Airport will be partially closed overnight Thursday into Friday to accommodate maintenance work. The work by the city street-services and street-lighting bureaus is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Friday. Crews will be performing maintenance and lighting repairs in the tunnel from World Way to the 105 Freeway. Related Articles New $516.7 million Terminal ...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Traffic, Chicago, Soccer, Lax, Los Angeles International Airport, La Cienega Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


10 Best Spike Lee Movies

10 best Spike Lee movies Unafraid of confronting all kinds of controversial social divides within different aspects of American culture, filmmaker Spike Lee established himself as an essential voice in the late 80s and remains one of modern cinema’s most valuable assets. No other director has been able to confront the racial and societal differences between black and white people like Lee. Whether he’s covering the life and mission of Malcolm X or the hate and bigotry that exists within some...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Movies, America, Chicago, Netflix, Brooklyn, United States, Kkk, Spike Lee, Bronx, Edward Norton, Sam, Little Girls, Purchase, Denzel Washington


Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet on drugs, disillusionment and playing father and son

In Beautiful Boy, Chalamet plays a teenager hooked on crystal meth, Carell his father. They talk about the challenges of their roles – and missing out on best actor OscarsBeautiful Boy is based on a brace of memoirs that together provide a father-and-son, “he said, he said” account of the same story. The books in question are Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, and Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by Nic’s journalist father, David. Timothée Chalamet –...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Stephen Colbert, Film, NIC, Chicago, Culture, Steve Carell, Second City, Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy, Chalamet, Sam Wasson, OscarsBeautiful Boy, David Timothée Chalamet


The Struggles Continue For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune, The Pittsburgh Penguins have earned themselves an unenviable distinction in the first two months of the season. They’re the team that struggling clubs want to play in order to get back on the right track. The 13-11-6 record the Penguins have fashioned through 30 games is good enough to keep them in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference, but four of the 11 regulation losses they suffered came against teams that probably won’t s...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Penguins, Blackhawks, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh Penguins, Bryan Rust, Jonathan Bombulie, Pittsburgh Tribune The Pittsburgh Penguins



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