In a recent conversation with Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, we talked about race, racism, and fitting in. He remembered a moment (it's a pretty big--and funny moment) from when he was four where, looking back, he recognizes he was too young to understand code switching. It made me want to know: How, when, and why do YOU code switch? What's code switching, you ask? Whether you're Black, LGBTQ, an immigrant from another country who has a different accent or speaks a different l
Jerome Summers is a big man with a big personality and an oversized laugh. At 62, he has been homeless twice and hungry often. He has been hurt by racism, helped by hustlers, and has hustled himself. Born and raised in Evanston, he is the son, grandson, and brother of city council members and was elected to the board of Evanston/Skokie School District 65 twice.
He is an entrepreneur, a writer, a storyteller (his book, Parables from the Outskirts of Polite Society, is part
Patricia Swanson's story, and others I’ve gathered over recent months, helped inform and inspire Tim Rhoze and Stephen Fedo, the writers of the play A Home on the Lake. The production, a collaboration between Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop, is a fictional story about race and property in Evanston, and runs from April 20 to May 20.
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The idea for the play was sparked after Tim heard older Black Evanston residents remembering hou
[This essay was first published several years ago in the fifth-ward newsletter and is retold here with Bruce's permission] Bruce, 64, is a lifelong Evanston resident, a chef, a Kendall College graduate, an activist, a former barber, a writer and teller-of-stories, a recovering addict, and an enthusiastic lover of humankind! I interviewed Bruce and his father Roy recently, and I'll post that interview soon. Posting this essay kicks off the series of essays and interviews I'll
Robert Crayton is at a crossroads. Literally. The compact, muscular 40-year-old with an earnest face and gentle eyes, plans to open Rubies, a new restaurant/community- gathering-entertainment space, at the corner of Simpson and Darrow in Evanston’s 5th ward. If the City Council approves it, Rubies, named after Robert's mother, will mark a new direction in Robert's life--and, he hopes, bring new energy to the neighborhood. Robert is at a juncture figuratively too. A respected
An interview with Tim Rhoze, artistic director, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre If you’re a regular at Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, you know that although the play’s the thing, Tim Rhoze treats his audience members as though they’re just as much in a starring role. At each performance, before the lights go down, Rhoze takes the stage in the 150-seat theater and greets his guests: “How ya’ll doin'? How yo’ mama and them?” he asks. Then he instructs the audience--a raciall