Since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been declared the album of the decade so far, it’s time for your periodic reminder that UChicago’s student radio station WHPK hosted a rap battle between Kanye and Common in 1996.
|—||In the wake of the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Steve Bogira looks at the toll Chicago’s violence epidemic takes on the children who survive. (via chicago-reader)|
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The Guardian is asking readers to suggest Chicago books for a list they’ll publish next week. The most recent book in the piece is Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March”, which was published in 1953, so let loose with the recommendations, please.
"My basic concern is that the youth in Chicago has not quite got a grip on how important life is, and they’re taking each other’s lives without thinking too much about it. I understand that a lot of it has to do with education. Education is the bottom line on why the kids on the South Side are doing this to each other.
But obviously there are a lot of issues that are causing it. It’s unfortunate that we can’t get a hold on it because all we’re doing is filling up the penitentiaries and lack of education is getting us nowhere. That’s the basic problem and the issue that needs to be cleaned up, and whether it will be, in my lifetime or not, I don’t know.”
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