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America to Him: A Conversation with ‘Hoop Dreams’ Director Steve James About Race, Class and…

The director of the new Starz series ‘America to Me’ talks about being empathetic, using his whiteness for good and the one incredible scene he…

From ‘No Nose’ to ‘Benny Eggs’: The Weirdest Gangster Names and Where They Came From

Last month, John “No Nose” DiFronzo — a former capo of the Chicago Outfit — died from complications from Alzheimer’s. How did DiFronzo get the nickname “No Nose?” Glad…

Chicago’s Top Boxers Are Fighting the City’s Violence, Too

The golden dome of the Garfield Park Fieldhouse glows in the midday sun as it looms above the surrounding neighborhood — a monolith of hope visible from…

The Tragic Death of Boxing’s Next Big Thing

Ed “Bad Boy” Brown lived an impossible life—the first impossibility being that he somehow made it to the age of 25. “They was trying to…