ISF BankThe Illinois Service Federal Savings & Loan Association (ISFBank) is the last black-owned bank left standing in the city of Chicago, and Chicago has recently taken a giant step toward ensuring that the bank does not close its doors.

$20 million has been deposited into the bank, which has long supported underserved communities, courtesy the city. 

Photo courtesy Artesha Crews

Photo courtesy Artesha Crews

When most little girls are turning six, they want the perfect party complete with their best friends, their favorite cartoon/Disney princess characters, and their favorite cake, ice cream, and other treats. Not so for Armani Crews.

Crews, who turned 6 on March 5, wanted to celebrate her birthday in an unusual way; she wanted to show love to the less fortunate. 

chance-the-rapperWhen Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday to discuss cuts to school funding, he ended up making the decision to deal with the issue on his own.

The Chicago native, real name Chancelor Bennett, announced via news conference on Monday that he is set to donate $1 million to the Chicago Public School system.

zulubanner“Zulu” is a new comic series that chronicles the life of Lazarus Jones, a boy of sixteen who is possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu during a visit to South Africa accompanied by his father. Once he returns to America and to his hometown Chicago, he finds out that a huge corporation is behind the gang violence and other challenges that his city faces.

sip & savorIf you live in the Chicago area and you love Starbucks, there’s a Black-owned alternative that’s just as good, or maybe even better.

Sip & Savor, owned by entrepreneur Trez Pugh III, serves coffee of excellent quality, made from shade-grown, certified organic coffee beans. The coffee house also serves espresso, lattes and cappuccino, and, if you’re not a coffee person, a selection of exotic teas.

buy blackEveryone knows that black folk have a unique flair for fashion, with some of the most iconic fashion items (such as the headwrap and dashiki) coming out of the black community.

We’re always on the lookout for black-owned clothing companies and boutiques that are making waves. Here are five of the hottest black-owned fashion boutiques in the Chicago area.

Common Common is seeking to give back to residents in his hometown of Chicago with a new initiative.

The rapper partnered with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for the organization’s recent Park Exchange Event Series held at Chicago’s Washington Park on June 11.


160205090646-chicago-officers-save-baby-young-newday-00001211-exlarge-teaseWith so many recurring instances of police brutality, particularly against blacks, coming across the following report was a welcome breath of fresh air.

Two Chicago police officers are currently being hailed as heroes for saving the life of an 11 month old African-American child. If not for officers John Conneely and Mike Modzelewski’s bravery and selflessness, little Princeton Chew would not be alive today.

According to CNN, both officers responded to a call that there had been a drive by shooting on the South side of Chicago, and, upon arriving at the crime scene, found five people lying in the street, including baby Princeton.

chicago-teen-policeWhile the majority of the US is either stuffing their faces with leftover turkey or taking in replays of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the AP (Associated Press) is posting shitty articles about Laquan McDonald. It never ceases to amaze me how these not-so-closet racists in media can add insult to injury after the wrongful death of a black man or woman.

I was scrolling down my news feed when I came across the following headline: