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FILE-Officers attempt to block protesters, including one with their hands up.

Much of police brutality goes unnoticed

Kalia Butler, Contributing Writer May 31, 2021

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright are just some of the names of people of color that have fallen victim to police brutality. Their stories are known around the world — their...

How Covid-19 impacted the opioid crisis in Chicago

How Covid-19 impacted the opioid crisis in Chicago

Sofia Leal, Contributing Writer May 23, 2021

In March 2020, Illinois enacted a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The rules were simple: socially distance, limit travel and stay at home. The very thing that would save thousands...

A newsstand near Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue.

Freedom of the press comes at a cost. But who’s going to foot the bill?

Alayne Trinko, Contributing Writer May 17, 2021

Freedom of the press is a quintessential part of our democracy. In 1892, journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells investigated and reported on lynchings in the South, making data on racial discrimination...

Deceased artists live on through posthumous albums

Deceased artists live on through posthumous albums

Lauren Uhlrich, Contributing Writer May 9, 2021

The mere mention of Pop Smoke, a Brooklyn rapper who was killed in February of 2020 in a home-invasion robbery, brings both nostalgia and the reminiscence of a young life cut short. Pop Smoke’s death...

Chicago Police Department 9th District station at 3120 S. Halsted St.

The difference between reform, defund and abolish

Sofia Leal, Contributing Writer May 2, 2021

Marching footsteps and thunderous voices crowded the streets of cities nationwide last May after the murder of George Floyd. Anguish and outrage propelled the Black Lives Matter movement forward in a way...

America’s reality singing competitions forge onward despite cultural shifts

America’s reality singing competitions forge onward despite cultural shifts

Jason Grapenthin, Staff Writer April 25, 2021

It was June of 2002 when the experiment of televising a singing competition where viewers could determine the results was put to the test. Three months later, that experiment produced a multi-platinum...

Media historically portrays youth of color as older, more dangerous

Media historically portrays youth of color as older, more dangerous

Chinyere Ibeh, Focus Editor April 11, 2021

The press has a habit of covering the actions of white adults and youth of color quite differently.  According to a study published in 2014 by the American Psychological Association, Black boys as...

K-pop is redefining music marketing in the U.S.

K-pop is redefining music marketing in the U.S.

Lily Lowndes, Contributing Writer April 4, 2021

Why do people like K-pop? “All of the work that the artists put in from their trainee days until they debut is something admirable,” answered Jorge Solis, a member of TCN Pulse, a K-pop organization...

Manuwara Begun, 46, sorts out garbage collected from households in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Begun lives in a cardboard hut behind a five-star hotel in the heart of New Delhi and feels the inequity keenly. Trash pickers often find it hard to get vaccines because they are not considered by the government to be essential workers or cannot afford to wait at overburdened public hospitals for free shots. Chintan estimates that each year, those like her save the local government over $50 million and eliminate over 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide by diverting waste away from landfills. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Pandemic showcases how corporations take advantage of their ‘essential workers’

Hayley DeSilva, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

As the country begrudgingly celebrates the one-year mark of quarantine, there has been a widespread reflection. Students have recalled thinking they’d scored just an extra week or two of spring break,...

Police officers are shown arresting Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri after a Black Lives Matter protest she was covering on May 31, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa, was dispersed by tear gas. Sahouri is set to stand trial on Monday, March 8, 2021, on misdemeanor charges, a case that prosecutors have pursued despite international condemnation from advocates for press freedom. (Photo courtesy Katie Akin via AP)

Journalists detail their work during the pandemic

Chinyere Ibeh, Focus Editor March 14, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic hit its one-year anniversary and many industries have changed drastically, one being journalism. Journalists have had to adjust the way they conduct their business, including the...

In this video grab issued Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, by NBC, nominees in the category for best supporting actor in a motion picture react as Daniel Kaluuya, top center, is announced as the winner for his role in

Virtual award shows highlight failures in diversity, entertainment value

Olivia Wootton, Contributing Writer March 7, 2021

On Feb. 28, people gathered for the 78th Golden Globes ceremony, whether that was from their couch, bed or the red carpet. In the first semi-online Golden Globes, which Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted...

‘Framing Britney Spears’ highlights the abuse faced by women in the public eye

Amber Stoutenborough, Contributing Writer February 28, 2021

With a recent New York Times documentary about Britney Spears trying to get out of her conservatorship with her father and Taylor Swift rerecording her albums as her own, we have entered a new era of women...

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