February is a month we spend in celebration of love. Valentine’s Day is conveniently placed in the middle of Black History Month, so we not only pay homage to historical figures but we also celebrate black love. What could be a better time to celebrate black love than during Chicago Black Restaurant Week (CBRW)?

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When photographer Petra Collins’ Instagram account was suspended in 2017, it was for a fairly conventional image—a bikini line. In fact, as Collins stated in Huffington Post, over 5,000,000 images on instagram were tagged with the #bikini at the time of her suspension. What makes her photographs controversial  is the way that Collins photographed her bikini line.

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At the start of 2019, young rapper She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who goes by the name 21 Savage, was at the top of his game. His newly released album “I am > I was” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, he had two Grammy nominations for the song “Rockstar,” and he was a musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  

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There has been only one time in my life where my friends convinced me to buy a movie ticket just to see the previews. Leading up to the Incredibles 2, my friends were on the edge of their seats to see the latest Pixar short Bao. As we watched the eight minute short, we smiled, we laughed, we gasped, and ultimately we choked up.

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For many of us, music offers an escape that makes hard times more bearable. But with artists like Matt Maeson, music is all about confrontation. Creating work that explores his darkest moments, the Virginia singer-songwriter works through his love-hate relationship with familiar themes: drug abuse, violence, and religion, and the ways each of these things connect.

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