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May 15, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 14, 2022 - Full Show

Connecting more people to quality internet, the latest push in bridging the digital divide. Plus, the first Black woman named to the state’s Supreme Court. And the Last Word from Chicago French Press.

May 15, 2022

Growing Push to Bridge Digital Divide as University of Chicago Study Highlights Deep Disparities

The Internet Equity Initiative is analyzing data from the U.S. Census and city of Chicago Data Portal which shows 80% of Chicago households are online, but there are deep disparities between neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods, especially on the South and West sides, nearly 40% of the neighborhood doesn’t have internet.

May 15, 2022

Lisa Holder White, First Black Woman on Illinois Supreme Court, Reflects on Historic Nature of Appointment

The state’s highest court will soon have its first Black woman justice as Fourth District Appellate Court Judge Lisa Holder White is set to replace Justice Rita Garman, who’s retiring this summer. Holder White’s term begins in July. 

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May 15, 2022

The Last Word on Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: Chicago French Press CEO Kris Christian

While many companies struggled during the pandemic, Chicago French Press saw sales skyrocket. The coffee brand can now be found on Amazon and in several stores, including Chicago-area Targets, which started selling the products in February. 

May 8, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 7, 2022 - Full Show

A grim Mother’s Day for moms of missing or murdered daughters, as they search for answers. The head of the Chicago Community Trust is heading to Spelman. And Black Americans in the Victorian era.

May 8, 2022

Mothers, Relatives Team Up to Raise Awareness for Missing Women

In 2021, 521,705 people were reported missing, according to the National Crime Information Center. Of that number, 89,020 were Black women and girls. That means despite making up about 7% of the U.S. population, Black women and girls were 17% of missing person cases last year.

May 8, 2022

Chicago Community Trust CEO Dr. Helene Gayle Steps Down, Will Lead Spelman College

The first Black woman to lead the Chicago Community Trust, Dr. Helene Gayle, will leave her role in June to serve as president of Spelman College in Atlanta. 

May 8, 2022

‘The Birth of Gospel’ Showcases Chicago’s Place in Music History

The birth and growth of gospel music in Chicago is the subject of the latest episode of WTTW’s documentary series, “Chicago Stories.”

May 1, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 30, 2022 - Full Show

The life expectancy gap between Black and white Chicagoans widens again. The city moves forward in testing a guaranteed income program. A former Secret Service agent receives a presidential pardon.

May 1, 2022

More Than 100,000 Applications Started for Chicago’s Cash Assistance Pilot Program; Deadline Is May 13

Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery to determine who will get $500 a month for one year. Ultimately, 5,000 households will receive checks in one of the largest tests of guaranteed income across the country.

May 1, 2022

Drastic Drop in Life Expectancy for Black Chicagoans Exposes Inequities in Health Care

For the first time in decades, life expectancy for Black Chicagoans fell below 70 years old. In 2020, the gap in life expectancy between Black and White residents was 10 years, an increase from 8.8 years in 2017. Overall, life expectancy in Chicago dropped almost two years from 2019 to 2020.

May 1, 2022

TV Series Set in Woodlawn Explores Police, Community Relations

A new television series shot on Chicago’s South Side is airing now on AMC. “61st Street” is set in Woodlawn and explores the relationship between community, police and the courts.

Apr 24, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 23, 2022 - Full Show

Neutralizing environmental racism in a crossover edition of Voices, on this Earth Day weekend. Diagnosing autism. A story of freedom told through opera. And the city’s oldest Black camera club.

Apr 24, 2022

Early Intervention Key to Best Outcomes for Children with Autism, Local Advocates Say

Autism affects about one in 44 children, and while therapists say early intervention is key to treating it effectively, Black children are five times more likely to be misdiagnosed or diagnosed later in life.

Apr 24, 2022

Working Toward Environmental Justice: A Voices Crossover Discussion

Chicago’s environmental justice advocates are working to address the systematic structures that created these inequities. They say a greener future is possible as long as the city and industry are willing to do the work.