Zeshan Bagewadi's new album combines American funk and soul with Punjabi lyrics.
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April 08, 2017

The Second-Generation Soul Of Zeshan Bagewadi

Zeshan Bagewadi's new album, Vetted, sounds a lot like classic American funk and soul from the 1960s and '70s. The difference? He sometimes sings in Punjabi. Bagewadi was born in Chicago to parents who were Indian Muslim immigrants, and he learned about soul, funk and blues from his father's music collection.


The Men of Impact kitchen crew includes Olivier Jacques (in John Deere hat), Uyi Idemudia (in white hoodie), and Dwayne Mitchell (in the Nike cap).
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December 13, 2016

Midnight Breakfast Is Food For The Soul

For college students, December means cramming for final exams. Some schools try to help students keep studying by serving midnight breakfast in the dining halls. But at the University of Illinois, one student group puts their own twist on that tradition.


Proponents of immigration reform rallied in Chicago in 2010.
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November 29, 2016

Illinois Issues: Deferred Decision

More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA. 


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