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Thousands Of Chicago's Black Residents Opt For The Suburbs In Reverse Migration

The steady loss of the black middle class poses a pressing issue in neighborhoods across Chicago.

With about 1.3 million black residents, Chicago's Cook County recorded the largest black population of any county in the United States, but that may change soon. The Chicago Tribune reports that since 2010, the Chicago area has lost more than 35,000 black residents in what Brookings Institution demographer William Frey calls "reverse migration."

Reasons for the exodus, greater than in any other metropolitan area in the country, include the search for safe neighborhoods, secure incomes and prosperity. Residents are now setting their eyes on the suburbs, which have better housing and job opportunities, but the steady loss of the black middle class poses a larger issue in neighborhoods across Chicago.

Stephanie Schmitz Bechteler, director of research and evaluation at the Chicago Urban League, weighed in on the matter. "You lose that healthy mix of incomes in the community, which can be problematic for the families still living there, in terms of investment and reinvestment and circulating dollars," she said. "I'd never fault a family for leaving, but it does present challenges for the community they leave behind."

Former Chicago resident Roosevelt Johnson, 47, is also aware of the potential consequences linked to the shifting demographic. "I think it's very unfortunate. It's creating a dangerous culture of individuals. If I didn't have a job, if I had little education and I'm hungry ... I'll become a desperate individual," he said. "I'm saddened by the fact that my trips to the city are now filled with less enthusiasm, more apprehension and a much more sobering view that 'Sweet Home Chicago' is more so in song than reality."

While Chicago continues to see a drop in its black population, the Greater Atlanta area has seen massive gains. 2015 marked the city's largest influx of black residents with 198,031 newcomers.

"Atlanta has a rising black middle-class population, and people want to link into that labor market," Frey said. "But there's also a cultural part to it. If you're moving to a place where the economy is not so much better (than where you were) and you don't have family or friends there, but there is an established black community, that's attractive to you."

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French Montana Hospitalized For Series Of Medical Ailments

On Thursday (Nov. 21), medical authorities responded to an emergency call derived from French Montana's Calabasas home. According to TMZ, the "Shot Caller" rapper began to experience health ailments from nausea to an increased heart rate.

Around 1:30 p.m., the officials arrived at the scene and transported the 35-year-old entertainer to a nearby hospital. Authorities were initially responding to a call about a robbery but it was a false alarm. He then began to experience health ailments that encouraged the authorities to take him to a hospital. Details of his condition are still being kept private. The Bronx-bred, Morocco-born artist has been on the go since the charting success of his 2018 hit "Unforgettable." After filming the song's video in Uganda, Montana was inspired to provide adequate health services for over 300,000 people, AXS reports.

"Health care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a right," he said to CNN. "When it comes to humanity I feel like a lot of people gotta step up to make it better." Montana continued to state the power that artists have the power to make a significant change but shy away from doing so. "I feel like a lot of artists and a lot of actors and people that have a platform like mind don't like to touch them kind of subjects because they real risky."

Happy one year anniversary to my family in Uganda 🇺🇬 cant believe we got so much done in one year !! Thank u for the opportunity💪❤️ !! pic.twitter.com/VBeGRIi6Zg

— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) March 14, 2018

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by Self.com, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.

 

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How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald

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