On this day, the Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966. In honor of this monumental, pro-black movement, this week's #TBT is the 1989 hit "Fight the Power" by Hip-Hop group Public Enemy. Press play on the revolutionary video above.
This Woman Creation Wednesday is dedicated to Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh and her creation, Tree Change Dolls. She found inspiration from noticing many fashion dolls in the trash outside of shops in southern Tasmania.
"I thought I could upcycle the dolls and turn them from discarded plastic waste to a unique toy children might like to play with in the same way I had played with dolls in the outdoors and had great adventures as a child," she mentioned on the TCD website.
She gives the dolls a "make under" to appeal more to young girls and inspire them to be themselves. Once a month, Singh releases a new doll on eBay and a portion of the proceeds goes to the International Women's Development Agency, Tasmanian Land Conservancy and Global March Against Child Labour.
To learn more about this amazing organization, check out Sonia's Tumblr page here.
Welcome to Unstable Mix Mondays where we feature the latest, hottest mixes from up-and-coming DJ Unstable.
Born and raised in Chicago, Unstable (also know as Sam-Well) has always had a keen interest in music. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and DJs at gigs all around the city. Follow his Audio Mack profile here and chill out to his Vibeee mix below:
Tis' the season for video games! Some of your favorite franchises have upcoming releases to keep you glued to your console this fall. See the games that are sure to consume your holiday break below:
Game: Halo 5: Guardians
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Platform(s): XBOX One
After a three year break, the wait is over for another chapter in the Halo series. The story line of Halo 5: Guardians will continue where Halo 4 left off and is said to ease slowly into the "sci-fi nonsense" than we usually expect at the start of the game. The only bad news I have heard so far about this game is that it will not be released on XBOX 360 so if you don't own the One, you're doomed! View the thrilling trailer for the game here.
Game: Guitar Hero LIVE
Release Date: October 20, 2015
I am excited to announce the return of Guitar Hero! Struggling against the stiff competition of the Rock Band franchise (which is owned by Harmonix and heavily pushed by MTV, btw), Activision put a halt to the musical game series after the plummeted sales of their last 3 games Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
In the late 2000s, the hype for the music game era died down tremendously and all publishers stopped production of all games of the sort. Activision has now returned to fill in the void and the air guitarists everywhere are crying tears of joy. View the stellar playlist here.
Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Release Date: November 6, 2015
Platforms: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBOX 360, XBOX One, Microsoft Windows
Speaking of Activision, they always know how to keep us gamers busy with a new Call of Duty every year. Whether the Warfare or Black Ops series, they never fail to disappoint (ignoring the existence of Call of Duty: Ghosts, of course).
The story line of Black Ops III occurs 40 years following the events of Black Ops II, which means there will be an advance in technology for war weapons used in gameplay. Also, the ever-so-popular Zombies game mode can be played in Multiplayer as usual, but now includes a separate story mode as well.
Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release Date: November 10, 2015 (for XBOX platforms), 2016 (for Playstation and Windows)
Platform(s): Playstation 4, XBOX 360, XBOX One, Microsoft Windows
Lara Croft has been blazing paths in the video game world for almost 20 years and this one is sure to lure fans back to the tombs. Now published by Square Enix, the Tomb Raider saga continues from the rebooted original story line from the first game in 1996. This is good news due to the many failures of the Tomb Raider spin-off games published by Eidos in their later years. I've been a fan since owning the first game on Playstation so I'm excited to see how the story re-unfolds in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Game(s): NBA 2k16, FIFA 16, Madden NFL 2016
Release Date(s): September 29, 2015; September 22, 2015; August 25, 2015
Platform(s): Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBOX 360, XBOX One, Microsoft Windows
Even though these games have already released, you gotta pay homage to the sports games of the year that did not disappoint. Some may argue that there are very slight changes to some, but with the help of Spike Lee, the new story mode additive on NBA 2K16 is pretty awesome! But regardless of if they include major improvements or not, the hype these sports games create every year will always result in millions sold.
The Beverly Hills and Evergreen Park neighborhoods gathered in nostalgic union to say their final farewells to the Evergreen Plaza shopping mall Tuesday afternoon. The deconstruction began at the rear end of the establishment as town leaders, journalists, and current and past residents celebrated the end of a successful era and the beginning of a new one.
The Plaza opened its doors in 1952 and became a staple shopping location for Chicago's southsiders. For the residents of the nearby neighborhoods, it was more than just that.
My siblings and I grew up on the 95th block of Seeley Ave so the Plaza was our coming-of-age headquarters. I can recall many encounters with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, and witnessing screaming children dying to take pictures with them (some of excitement, most with agony). I remember shopping there with my mom and sisters for every holiday and school picture outfit. I reflect on the moments when my older brother/ babysitter would drag my 4-year-old self there to be used as a chick magnet, and would bribe me with ice cream so I wouldn't tell my mom. Yes, those are the moments that will stay near and dear to my heart.
After 60 years of service, Evergreen Plaza officially shut its doors in May of 2013. It will be replaced by an outdoor shopping center called Evergreen Marketplace with 30 to 40 stores.
Out with the old, and in with the new.
via Chicago Tribune
Update: The United Center sent out a statement that noted the performance as an "error" on Ticketmaster's website and that Kanye will not be performing at the popular venue on Nov. 9.
However, Complex stated "A similar thing happened when the first two Los Angeles' shows were announced, so stay tuned."
Revisit the link to their article here.
Not much needs to be said but... Kanye's coming home! After two LA performances of his emotional record 808's and Heartbreaks, Yeezy is coming to the Chi to bless the United Center stage. @TeamKanyeDaily tweeted their excitement early Friday morning and the rest was history.
The concert is set for Monday, Nov. 9 at 8pm at the United Center. If you are as stoked as I am, be sure to check Ticketmaster for hourly updates (I wouldn't trust any 3rd party sites this early on).
West had a multitude of surprises during his LA performances, including Kid Cudi. Who knows what tricks he will pull out of his $10,000 bag in Chicago?
TGIT! In honor of ACM's very first #ThrowbackThursday and October 1, it's only right to celebrate with a little Bone Thugs. Press play on "First of the Month" above.
2015 marks the second year that the Gallup Organization and Purdue University worked together to conduct a study on college graduates and post-grad happiness. The survey specifically asked about how their college experience influenced their happiness in life and at work, years or decades later.
They surveyed 30,000 graduates overall but the results that stood out the most was that of later graduates. Only 38% of grads, class of 2006 and later, "strongly agreed" that college was worth it. Now of course money is a huge factor in why that percentage isn't higher, especially with the strong incline of tuition rates and larger debt. But there's so much more to take into consideration.
As a recent graduate of a public institution, I can contest to the fear of having Sallie Mae (or whatever new name they gave her) coming to knock on my door to say, "Your 6 months are up!" *cues Rihanna's "B---- Better Have My Money"* Many companies that students like me eagerly seek to apply for post grad have outstanding job requirements, even for their entry level positions. We have reached a time where us graduates are either under qualified for every job that we want and overqualified for even the little jobs that we need. The depreciated value of a Bachelor's degree makes it hard to find work where they are ultimately going to pick the person with the higher degree, or even the ones with no degree but have a shit ton of experience. Then you don't want to go to grad school because that's just going to add to the preexisting debt and then you are in an even bigger jam! Thennnn, there are some instances where graduates do find great occupations that tends to "bring home the bacon" and then some, but they aren't necessarily in their field of study. So is it more rewarding to get the salary that you worked 4-5 years slaving to get to, or to continue the struggle of searching for the job of your dreams? I know they say money can't buy happiness but today's economy make the pursuit that much harder.
Looking back on my college career, I can honestly contest to the process making it all worth it. Everything that I have experienced, learned, hated, loved, lost, gained has helped me to establish an undeniable work ethic and how I react to things in the "real world". Humbleness is key and as adults, we have to retrieve that same thought process we had in college. All of those long nights in the library, the gallons of coffee we demolished, the tears of frustration when you got put in a group you strongly disliked for a semester long project... It wasn't easy then and it most definitely won't be easy now, and that's okay. We clearly didn't get that degree by giving up so why start now?
In the words of my good friend Brandon "Real T@lk" Williams, "I paid for school to get a job, just to get a job so I could pay for school." And that's just the reality of it. Keep moving forward millennials!
Shaunda Brooks is a Graduate student at Columbia College Chicago, studying Arts Management. She received her B.S. in Journalism at Illinois State University in May 2015. For more information, visit her website here.