Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times

Maudlyne Ihejirika

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Maudlyne:

Mother’s Day in the age of coronavirus: With social distancing, can she feel the love?

I haven’t seen my 93-year-old mom in six weeks and I won’t see her on Mother’s Day. How do you mark a day acknowledging so much love and sacrifice from a social distance? → Read More

‘The Cross Man’ was a carpenter trying to emulate the one in the bible

There are some people that once exposed to the bright light of their spirit, you never forget them. Greg Zanis, "The Cross Man," who died of bladder cancer Monday, was one of those people. → Read More

‘The only thing she really had was the truth’

Ida B. Wells, a pioneering journalist and activist who went on to become an icon of America’s civil rights and women’s rights movements, was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize special citation Monday. → Read More

Founder of South Side nonprofit doles out COVID-19 supplies to hard hit black community

Kids Off The Block founder Diane Latiker, her husband and volunteers have been driving around distributing food, gloves, masks, sanitizer and information since March 31. → Read More

South Side food delivery startup, American Heart Association tackle COVID-19 race disparity

The American Heart Association teamed up with Stacey Minor, who launched her tech-based, fresh food delivery startup, Sweet Potato Patch, last year. → Read More

Public health expert: ‘Marshall Plan’ needed to redress coronavirus race disparities

Racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths have turned a light on inequities like segregation in Chicago — requiring nothing short of a "Marshall Plan" says lauded social scientist David R. Williams. → Read More

Reasons why Blacks are hit hardest by COVID-19 require prioritizing access to health care

As the coronavirus pandemic steamrolled across the nation, conversations with my black friends highlighted conspiracy theories, the prevalence of underlying health conditions and lack of access to health care among the many reasons the black community is being hit hardest. → Read More

Towing firm drivers deliver food to shut-ins during coronavirus outbreak

With business down but calls to help the needy up, Early Walker, owner of W&W Towing in Dixmoor, kept his drivers working by delivering care packages to elderly or disabled shut-ins on Chicago’s South Side. → Read More

Sister of first coronavirus victim in Illinois dies from disease

Wanda Bailey was the sister of Patricia Frieson, a retired nurse who died March 16 after testing positive for COVID-19 just a day earlier. → Read More

Churches shuttered amid COVID-19 pandemic, many hunger for spiritual comfort

Though uncertainty is rising right along with the number of U.S. coronavirus cases, home has become a sanctuary, and spiritual encouragement is reaching us right there. → Read More

Patricia Frieson was more than the 1st COVID-19 death in Illinois. She was their sister.

When 61-year-old Patricia Frieson died Monday, she was the first COVID-19 death in Illinois. But her death was also a huge loss for a large South Side family in which she played a central role — a family that has journeyed through the stark reality of a loved one dying in COVID-19 quarantine. → Read More

Illinois primary 2020 recap: Blame game ensues in election hobbled by coronavirus, marred by low turnout

Voters straggled in off half-empty streets into half-empty polling places that nonetheless weren’t always ready for business. → Read More

I’m afraid of COVID-19. There, I said it.

I’m afraid not only for me but because I am part of the sandwich generation. I am worried for a 93-year-old mother who’s frequently out and over a special needs son with an impacted immune system. → Read More

Advisory council to manage curation, programming for $30 million Ebony/Jet photo archive

The nonprofit consortium that acquired Johnson Publishing Co.’s photo archive for $30 million at auction has named an advisory council to oversee curation and programming around the historic collection here in its hometown before it’s turned over to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. → Read More

CPS students get living history lesson from one of the Little Rock Nine

Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine students who desegregated Arkansas’ Little Rock Central High School in 1957, amid local violence and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaks at an assembly of students from several Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday as part of CPS’ Facing History and Ourselves curriculum. → Read More

West Side nonprofit inspires many as it helps the formerly incarcerated find jobs

Actress/activist Alysia Reiner, best known for "Orange is the New Black" and for her advocacy of prison reform, urged stronger support for the formerly incarcerated returning to their communities at a fundraiser for the North Lawndale Employment Network. → Read More

New virtual reality exhibit at DuSable lets users experience Dr. King’s ‘Dream’

TIME Studios’ groundbreaking, immersive experience, "The March," bringing Dr. King to virtual reality for the first time, gets its national debut this Friday at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. → Read More

Mass shooting turns attention to violence at Lightfoot’s Black History Month celebration

Mayor Lori Lightfoot hosted the city’s annual Black History Month reception Tuesday night at South Shore Cultural Center, but a mass shooting in Avalon Park during the event turned the focus to Chicago’s violence, and poverty. → Read More

Dozens line up for new Jesse Jackson book at Starbucks’ Black History Month event

The world’s largest Starbucks hosted the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a Black History Month event Thursday. The business purchased some 250 copies of Jackson’s latest book — "Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr." — that Jackson handed out to customers. → Read More

NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal takes on plight of foster children with new film, ‘Foster Boy’

When Chicago attorney Jay Paul Deratany was asked to represent an abused foster care youth, he was unprepared for the horrific abuse he’d find rampant at private foster care agencies. Now retired NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has executive produced a film on that experience. → Read More