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Apr 10, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 10, 2024 - Full Show

A look at when Chicago police officers are allowed to use force. And community reaction to the police killing of Dexter Reed following the release of graphic body camera footage.

Apr 10, 2024

Community Calls for Change, Accountability After Video Released in Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed

The footage of Chicago police officers firing 96 shots at Dexter Reed following a traffic stop has caused outrage with the city’s Black community and led to demands for change — and accountability — for the police officers involved.

Apr 4, 2024

Beyoncé’s New Country Album Highlights How the Genre Has Long Been Shaped by Black Culture

Black artists and culture have shaped the country genre for generations, pulling from the melodies of Black hymns and incorporating African instruments like the banjo. 

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Apr 3, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 3, 2024 - Full Show

Anti-violence programs could be seeing more federal dollars. Exploring country music’s roots in Black culture. And the ex-chair of the state Prisoner Review Board speaks out after a tragic death.

Apr 3, 2024

Former Chair of Prisoner Review Board Pushes Back Against Pritzker’s Criticism Following Killing of 11-Year-Old Boy

“It’s one thing to say that I think the judgment was in error,” Donald Shelton said in an exclusive interview with WTTW News. “It’s another thing to say that there was a lack of concern for a victim of domestic violence.”

Mar 28, 2024

New Book Celebrates Chicago’s Black Culture and Influence

Chicago native Arionne Nettles pens a love letter to Chicago in her newest book titled, “We Are the Culture: Black Chicago’s Influence on Everything.”

Mar 28, 2024

What Efforts to Expand Access to Sickle Cell Treatment Could Mean for Illinois Patients

Sickle cell disease affects about 5,000 people across Illinois — and it’s mostly impacting Black communities. While gene therapies have emerged to treat the disease, high costs can limit access.

Mar 27, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 27, 2024 - Full Show

Gentrification concerns in South Shore as Obama Presidential Center construction continues. Efforts to increase access to sickle cell disease treatment. And a new book celebrates Black Chicago’s influence.

Mar 20, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 20, 2024 - Full Show

Mayor Brandon Johnson doubles down on his progressive agenda. What’s next for the Bring Chicago Home campaign. And a peek at Steppenwolf’s new show before it’s even finished.

Mar 20, 2024

Led by Director Phylicia Rashad, Steppenwolf Cast Explores Family Politics and Identities in New Play ‘Purpose’

The play about a Black political Illinois family is brand new — so new that cast members didn’t even have a complete script when WTTW News sat down with them.

Mar 20, 2024

Bring Chicago Home Referendum Still Too Close to Call as Mail-In Ballots Counted

The ballot measure would give Chicago City Council the power to hike the Real Estate Transfer Tax on property sales over $1 million to help fight homelessness. The close race could point to some disagreement among Chicagoans over how to support the city’s unhoused.

Mar 13, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 13, 2024 - Full Show

The mayor’s new plans to address violence. What being named a cultural district could mean for two historic Black communities. And a new study shows Chicagoans are dying from cardiac arrests at a younger age.

Mar 13, 2024

Chicagoans Are Dying From Cardiac Arrest at Younger Ages: UIC Study

While researchers haven’t yet pinpointed the cause for the decreasing age, they caution it indicates a need for awareness from both patients and responders.

Mar 13, 2024

Bronzeville, Chatham Expect Boost From Cultural District Designation

The cultural district designation will allow districts to apply for a share of $3 million set aside in state funding to support projects that uplift communities, spur economic development and preserve cultural heritage.

Mar 6, 2024

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 6, 2024 - Full Show

The Bring Chicago Home referendum is back on the ballot. Pushback as plans for a hybrid elected school board move forward. And the difficulty of getting around town with a disability.