Pre-show notes: - Brandon here.
- Geek & Sci-Fi
One week ago, the grisly violence we've grown to know Chicago for seemed to be down.
Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are reuniting at Riot Fest for the first live performance for The Replacements in 22 years.
For every 999 stories of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2013/05/hadiya-pendelton-friends-story-chicago" target="_blank">bad publicity</a> resonating from the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2013/05/chance-the-rapper-paranoia" target="_blank">streets of Chicago</a>, there's a video like this which reminds us all there are people in The Chi fighting to preserve the beauty that is one of America's most historic cities.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/hf-danetria-klyn-kyra.jpg"></a>Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune A lot of Chicago went into this writing.
Much like a Bat Signal shining into the foggy night sky of the Internet, it’s rare that I would miss the resounding <a href="https://twitter.com/cagepotatomma/status/273261678966235136">“DAT ASS” battle cry</a> sent out by <a href="https://twitter.com/cagepotatomma">our friends at Cage Potato</a> last night.
We’ve seen a few examples of how growing up in an impoverished community where violence is a way of life has informed the behavior of one pair of young men from Chicago.
Late Friday night, Lil Reese issued an apology <a href="https://twitter.com/LilReese300/status/262011060616318976">via Twitter</a> after coming under intense fire once the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/10/lil-reese-assaults-girl-video">video of him attacking a young woman</a> went viral.
The biggest news on the net two weeks ago was a video of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/10/cleveland-bus-driver-punches-girl">a bus driver upper-cutting a 25-year old female</a> that had attacked and spit on him.
Sports can't save the lives of our youth, but they can influence and possibly change the direction for adolescents and teens looking for options.
The title of Mikkey Halsted's project MMM Season doesn't include a typo, despite the unnecessary Ms.
Just when you thought the situation in Chicago couldn't get any more dire, the seemingly unimaginable happens.
Yesterday was a long day for Lupe Fiasco given the whole <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=318099">set of Twitter exchanges with Chief Keef</a>.
A little over a month ago, we saw <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/07/video-lupe-fiascos-emotional-interview-on-rapfix-live">Lupe Fiasco overcome with emotion</a> as he watched video of friends whose young lives were snuffed out by violence.
Last night, 19 people were shot in Chicago; including a span of 30 minutes where 13 people were victims of gun violence.
Choosing to strike a match instead of damning the dark is always admirable in words and theory but harder to achieve in practice when the odds are stacked against you.
Photo: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/us/rate-of-killings-rises-38-percent-in-chicago-in-12.html?_r=1" target="_blank">NYT</a> For the most part, I've remained quiet on <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/chicago-crime">Chicago's inexplicable murder rate</a>.
Erica Mena Snoop Dogg Busted In Norway With Marijuana, Cash [Yahoo] No Bath Salts Found In Miami Face-Eater's System [HHW] 24-Year-Old Mom Delivers Baby Herself On New York City Subway [News One] 10 Things That Chief Keef Clearly "Don't Like" [Broken Cool] Diana Ross Refuses [...].