Tiffany Walden, Chicago Reader

Tiffany Walden

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Past articles by Tiffany:

Jamila Woods builds on legacies that shook the world

The Chicago singer and poet’s new album lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future. → Read More

The Vixen revisits the starting line of her personal drag race

She didn’t win over RuPaul, but she’s carrying on the fight for inclusivity that she began at the south side’s venerable Jeffery Pub. → Read More

Tink remembers the trial by fire that launched her career

The crowds at Adrianna’s wouldn’t rock for just anybody, but as a Calumet City teenager she won them over with a mix of drill rap and R&B. → Read More

How a south-side church taught rapper and activist Ric Wilson to fight back

Rapper and activist Ric Wilson grew up attending Fellowship Missionary Baptist, a south-side congregation that helped nurture the civil rights movement. → Read More

Vic Mensa revisits his vanishing Hyde Park

The rising rapper considers his teenage stomping grounds home, even though gentrification has killed his favorite hangouts. → Read More

Jeezy is set to take us down trap memory lane on his Cold Summer tour

Let’s be real. Trap music, in all its glitzy mainstream flair, wouldn’t exist today without one of Atlanta’s most storied dope boys, Jeezy. Though T.I.’s... → Read More

Res has never fit into any musical box

Res defines her sound as soulful rock – influenced by the classic rock n' roll of Stevie Nicks from the 1970s. → Read More

Rappers increasingly choose Chicago as the place to be

A bit ago, any Chicago rapper who wanted to get big had to leave the city for the East or West Coast, where the big labels were based. No more. Artists such as Chance the Rapper are defining a new way to make it in the biz. → Read More

What's up with Chicago's party scene for professional black millennials?

As the third largest city in the country, Chicago still struggles to create a lavish day and nightlife scene for the black professional millennial crowd. → Read More

On True to Self, post-Drake R&B star Bryson Tiller sulks over failed relationships

On his sophomore album, True to Self, Bryson Tiller keeps doing Bryson Tiller things, like lamenting over trap-infused 808s about a girlfriend’s emotional distance and... → Read More

With his clever genre blending, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is a natural foil for hip-hop great Talib Kweli

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s brass is boundless. The trumpeter blows seamlessly in and out of moods that sample liberally from hip-hop, blues, rock, and contemporary jazz, making him a natural collaborator for lyrical poets such as Prodigy, Jean Grae, and Talib Kweli. → Read More

Solange supports black Chicago creatives at Pitchfork and beyond

Solange and her Saint Heron collective show off the depth and richness of the city’s black cultural expression with a festival installation and three off-site events. → Read More

The Era crew attempt to bridge the gap between hip-hop and footwork

The Era are tired of footworkers like themselves being pigeonholed as background dancers to the rappers and DJs who’ve taken the breakneck tracks from the streets of Chicago to the mainstream. The four-man crew are pushing the culture forward through “footwork with words,” their attempt to bridge the gap between hip-hop and the 160-plus BPM homegrown tunes. → Read More

Mike Love and the Dizz on the rise and fall of WGCI’s Bad Boy Radio and the birth of the Birthday Line

Mike Love and the Dizz launched Bad Boy Radio on WGCI in 1997, and their show's decade-long run created cultural touchstones that still bring black Chicagoans together. → Read More

How Beyonce's 'Formation' tour mirrors Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation'

Beyonce is bringing her Formation tour to Chicago, and it reminds a lot of people of Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation. → Read More

Rappers increasingly choose Chicago as the place to be

The blue room in Classick Studios, on the top floor of a factory-turned-office space in trendy Humboldt Park, is bustling with activity. Dressed in sweat pants and a plain red T-shirt, rising rap artist Smino is seated in front of a large mixing console, playing back a freshly made track for the follow-up to his 2015 mixtape, "Blk Juptr." → Read More

Chicago rapper Wil Akogu fights against inner and outer enslavement on "Buried Alive"

On his recent EP, The Language of the Soul, 19-year-old Wil Akogu turns his journey to find himself into an invitation to other lost brethren. → Read More

Chance the Rapper collaborator Jack Red steps out of the MC's shadow with his solo debut

South-side singer Jack Red tackles popular notions about black love and marriage (and other thorny subjects) with his distinctive R&B. → Read More

J.Kwest makes room for rap in the house of the Lord

By defying the Christian reluctance to embrace rap, Hyde Park pastor and MC J.Kwest hopes to help people find God in their daily lives. → Read More

UCF cops, Orange deputies team up to tackle fake ID, underage drinking problem

Sifting through a pile of confiscated fake IDs, University of Central Florida police Sgt. James Mangan remembered the time he pulled over a teen driving home from a bar. → Read More