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The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman.
In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants.
Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.
“You can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution…You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hunton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton.

Asean (ah-Shawn) is a 9 year old at Marcus Garvey Elementary School, slated for closure by the Chicago Public School administration, an un-elected board who’s members are appointed by Mayor Rahm Elmanuel, former Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama

full transcript after the jump…

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Reports are emerging that the The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photo staff.

According to The Chicago Tribune, 20 full-time staffers in the photo department received layoff notices Thursday. In a statement shared with its chief competitor, the Sun-Times said it was looking to shift more resources to video and other multimedia elements:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.” Read More

A Documentary about the Life of Robert Yummy Sandifer an 11 year old kid who life was tragically ended due to gang violence in Chicago’s Roseland Area. The story is about how an 11 year old kid took Chicago Police Department on a Three day manhunt which would come to an end when they found him shot dead under a train viaduct.

The Film is Directed By Blind Folks Vision and Produced By Open World Films

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The website NeighborhoodScout used FBI and other data to determine the top 25 neighborhoods in America that have the highest predicted rates of violent crime per 1,000 neighborhood residents. Violent crimes, in their definition, includes “murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.”

Here’s the list:

1. Detroit, MI (W Chicago / Livernois Ave) Found within zip codes: 48204

02. Detroit, MI (Mack Ave / Helen St) Found within zip codes: 48207

03. Detroit, MI (Gratiot Ave / Rosemary) Found within zip codes: 48213, 48205

04. Chicago, IL (S Halsted St / W 77th St) Found within zip codes: 60620

05. Spartanburg, SC (Washington Heights) Found within zip codes: 29306

06. Houston, TX (Scott St / Wilmington St) Found within zip codes: 77051

07. Detroit, MI (Wyoming St / Orangelawn St) Found within zip codes: 48204

08. Greenville, SC (Woodside) Found within zip codes: 29611

09. Atlanta, GA (Hopkins St SE / Adair Ave SE) Found within zip codes: 30315

10. Saginaw, MI (E Holland Ave / E Genesee Ave) Found within zip codes: 48601

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Roger Ebert, the legendary film critic, has passed away at age 70. Though active as a critic and pundit to the very end, Ebert had battled thyroid cancer since 2002, and lost his voice in 2006 following surgical complications.

Just yesterday, Ebert, who reviewed thousands of movies across his career as a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the host of several television programs, had announced he was taking “leave of presence” from his popular blog on the Sun-Times website. His last line: “So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

source: Gawker

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