•August 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Exavier Pope of the Pope Law Firm tells his DWB police abuse story in support of St. Louis boy Mike Brown, shot and killed by police. (Ben Speckman for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
If you follow my work at the Law Bulletin, you probably read about Exavier Pope, the sports and entertainment lawyer whose harrowing & uplifting backstory was our front page story for Law Day 2014.
Ex and I spent a day together — it started with him talking to students at Hyde Park Academy High School and continued as we visited his childhood home where he lived with his foster mother, toured parks where he played ball, was attacked by gangs and later slept, went to the projects where he nearly sold crack and finally to one of his two law offices, this one at Lacuna Lofts.
While the story was packed with episodes from Exavier’s life — it included a sidebar strictly on his Twitter game — there were a few anecdotes from later in Exavier’s life that we had to leave out of the story. One of them was the story of how Exavier and friends were pulled over in Kentucky when they were in college, leading to Ex spending nearly two weeks in prison for a traffic stop.
In light of the Mike Brown murder, Ex decided to share that story on Twitter. Here it is, tweet by tweet: Continue reading ‘Exavier Pope’s story continues’
•May 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment
The Nocturnals – 7 Sins
My buddies the Nocturnals have released “7 Sins,” their third album following 2010’s “Next Time It’s Personal” and 2011’s “To Be Continued.” Like those two, this record fuses the duo’s personalities into a playlist of weird bravado.
To celebrate the album, The Nocturnals are playing a FREE SHOW this Saturday night at Weeds (1555 N. Dayton, a few skips from the North/Clybourn/Halsted area and the Red Line.
Here is the event info.
Thank you to everyone who is spreading the word about the album, especially Tibs at GoWhereHipHop and Tumelo at Chicago Slam Works. More to come… Continue reading ‘“A fun listen!” — a proud mom reviews 7 Sins by The Nocturnals’
•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Does this look like convincing photo evidence of a machete attack? (source: imgur)
Today I read three reports and two posts linking to those reports about a man who was allegedly attacked on his bike March 22nd by a machete-wielding teenager and his buddy who was filming.
The story’s origin is a Reddit post by a man originally identified on Reddit as “condirice” who later deleted his name, and whose details leave a lot to be desired:
On Saturday (March 22, 2014) at 3am I was riding my bike home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. I saw two teenagers come out of the alley and it was immediately apparent they were coming for me. The next thing I realized was that one of the kids had a machete. The machete wielder ran directly at me and hit the back tire of my bike with the knife. It stopped my bike on impact – shattering my fender and slicing through both tube and tire. The next thing I remember was being punched directly in the face but I didn’t go down. That’s when I realized I was being filmed and the camera-kid was laughing. I assumed I would be robbed of everything I had on me but instead the machete wielder hit my bike again in the rear wheel and shouted at me to “get the f#$% out of here”. Somewhat relieved I left as fast as I could (on a broken down bike, mind you). In my departure the machete wielder hit my bike two or three more times. I got home 10 minutes later and called the police. They were unable to find the perpetrators but I filed a report.
Continue reading ‘Alleged Chicago machete attack — Why is this news?’
•March 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Mick Dumke (left) and Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader
Not sure how I missed this, but I just learned today that on Tuesday, April 1, Mick Dumke & Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader will host the first in what is hopefully a longstanding series called “First Tuesdays,” in which Mick & Ben host a political roundtable at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia.
Event details can be found on Facebook. Ben’s take at the Reader can be found here. Outside the Loop Radio’s interview with Mick about the event is here.
Guests for the first show are a pair of aldermen and one retired alderman: Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st), Scott Waguespack (32nd), and longtime alderman of the 33rd ward Richard Mell. Continue reading ‘Mick Dumke & Ben Joravsky host First Tuesdays at the Hideout’
•February 23, 2014 • 1 Comment
MJ and LeBron are both on my NBA Mount Rushmore. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/
The NBA’s True Mount Rushmore
by Jack M Silverstein (@readjack)
LeBron James’ prediction that he will one day be part of an “NBA Mount Rushmore” has, not surprisingly, stirred up debate over the NBA’s greatest players. LeBron’s pre-LeBron Rushmore was Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. Kobe Bryant’s list is the same as LeBron’s though with Bill Russell in place of Oscar Robertson. Walt Frazier honored Jordan, Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Dwight Howard dropped an all centers edition with Russell, Kareem, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon.
The lists go on. Continue reading ‘The NBA’s True Mount Rushmore’
•January 23, 2014 • 2 Comments
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Grantland’s Dr. V Story* (But Were Afraid to Ask)
The Complete Dr. V Response Archive (for now)
Illustration courtesy of Grantland.com.
Jan. 23, 2014
As if Grantland’s now-infamous story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter” wasn’t long enough on its own, a mountain of fascinating response pieces have been penned in the eight days since the story dropped. In lieu of writing my own response, I’ve instead tried to compile all of the other stories about the Grantland story.
The list is ordered by date, and then ordered alphabetically by author within the date. The only exception are the two Grantland response pieces from January 20th, which I have placed at the top of that date group.
I will update the list as new stories come along. And if you come across a story that is not here, please feel free to tweet it to me @readjack.
Two quick notes from me. Continue reading ‘The Complete Dr. V Response Archive (for now)’
•January 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Chicago journalism is more than just fiction.
(Some of) the Best of Chicago Journalism, 2013
An open letter to Richard Deitsch
by Jack M Silverstein (@readjack)
January 6, 2014
To Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated,
Like everyone in Chicago, I spent much of Sunday gearing up for today’s windchillapalooza. This meant shoveling/salting the front stairs and sidewalk and testing/bolstering my arctic wardrobe.
I also spent time reveling in the 49ers-Packers game, drinking mimosas with my girlfriend and reading.
Namely, I finally checked out your best 100 pieces of journalism of 2013.
And hot damn, that’s a lot of good writing. Continue reading ‘Best Chicago journalism of 2013 – shout out to Richard Deitsch’