A woman dressed in a Native American headdress.
James Kenney/AP
October 29, 2015

Halloween Cultural Costumes Raising Debate On Stereotypes And Racism

It’s the time of the year when department stores stock their shelves with different outfits for Halloween, including costumes of other cultures. Sexy Geisha, Hey Amigo Mexican man and replicas of Native American headdresses are some real life examples of cultural costumes and they can be found on various Halloween websites.

Cultural costumes have led to a controversial dilemma over whether or not they are racist, sexist and perpetuate cultural appropriation.


Members of the public attending a Champaign County Board meeting to talk about a proposed Racial Justice Task Force.
Video Screenshot/Champaign County Clerk
October 23, 2015

Formation Of Racial Justice Task Force Up To County Board Chair

Champaign County Board Chair Pattsi Petrie says she hopes to find 21 people to serve on a new Racial Justice Task Force, to study racial disparities in the county's jail population and justice system.


Coach Matt Bollant and members of the U of I Women's Basketball Team scrimmage at the Ubben Basketball Complex August 5.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 21, 2015

U of I Argues Women’s BB Players’ Lawsuit Should Be Dismissed

The University of Illinois wants a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by seven former members of the women's basketball team who allege they were the victims of racial discrimination.  The U of I argues that the sovereign immunity that prevents the state from being sued in federal court also covers the state university.


Rashada Dawan and Kevin Pollack in the roles of Chaz and Roger Ebert in 'The Black White Love Play', now playing at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.
Black Ensemble Theater
October 08, 2015

Ebert Romance Captured On Stage

'The Black White Love Play', an original musical written by Jackie Taylor, CEO of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, delves into the courtship of Roger and Chaz Ebert, and their more than 20 years of marriage. 


Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet discusses the Unit 4 consent decree during a school board meeting at Central High School Monday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2015

Unit 4 Board Reviews Consent Decree; Community Seeks More Improvements

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet provided a brief history of the Unit 4 consent decree, and its 2009 settlement to address racial inequities.  But community leaders who worked on the agreement want more changes in areas like discipline and hiring. 


Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami. People are protesting n
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
August 21, 2015

What #BlackLivesMatter Means One Year Later

“Black Lives Matter has become something that’s very easy to identify, and I’m going to say it again, it’s more hashtag than reality," said Cha-Jua, "and if these kids think that they can tweet their damn way to freedom, then they are sorely misguided.”


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