Minar Kalyango's Wild Yams residency has incorporated her portrait photography and painted works. She also creates with charcoal, as she appreciates its potential for contrast — "It’s a dirty medium, but I guess what medium isn’t?" she said.Provided

Art Residency For Black Mothers Moving Forward With Ambitious Plans Despite Pandemic Setbacks

Englewood mother, painter and photographer Minar Kalyango is the first artist to hold the Wild Yams residency. “I’m not a religious person, but this was a blessing."

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Retired Chicago Firefighter Killed In Attempted Carjacking In Morgan Park

Dwain Williams, 67, joined the fire department in 1992. Police say he was stopping at a local popcorn shop when he was attacked.

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Kitten Trapped In Car’s Engine Rescued By East Ukrainian Village Neighbors

A neighbor who cares for a feral cat colony alerted Animal Control and cops for help, to no avail. It took a nearby vet tech and the car's owner to save it.

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Social Distancing Is A Privilege — And More Black And Latino Chicagoans Died Because They Couldn’t, Study Says

That translated into neighborhoods with more Black and Latino residents seeing more COVID-19 deaths in the spring, according to the study.