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Black Doctor Killed by Ex-Fiancé at Chicago Hospital

Tamara O'Neal was one of the many Black women who are victims of intimate partner violence.

Tamara O'Neal

A study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) found that intimate partners killed more than half of all female murder victims. Black women were found to die at a partner's hands more often than women of any other race; approximately 4.4 out of every 100,000 Black women are killed by their partners.

Dr. Tamara O'Neal broke off her engagement with Juan Lopez in September. On Monday, he killed her.

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Jemel Roberson's killer, a Midloathian officer, has not been named for over two weeks, and the civil rights attorney for the family says it's hiding evidence.

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Black Security Guard Doing His Job Shot Dead By Police

Police officers saw, Jemel Roberson, "a Black man with a gun, and basically killed him," said a witness.

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Jemel Roberson, age 26, was working as a security guard at Manny's Blue Room bar in Robbins, Ill., when a drunken patron who he had been asked to leave earlier, returned with a gun. The patron shot four people.

Roberson, who was armed at the time, returned fire, grabbed one of the men, held him down and waited for police to arrive, according to witnesses.

"He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, 'Don't move,'" Adam Harris told WGN-TV.

An unnamed Midloathian police officer, according to other officers in that department who were called to assist Robbins' police, opened fire on Roberson, killing him.

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Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.


Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

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On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

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Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

Justice is Partially Served as a Jury Convicts Chicago Police Officer of 2nd Degree Murder

It won't bring Laquan McDonald back but it's a small step in the right direction.

A shocking verdict came back for the 2014 murder of teenager, Laquan Mcdonald. A jury has convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder.

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Chicago hip-hop artist Vic Mensa has organized an event through his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation, giving away 10,000 pairs of shoes in the same neighborhood where the bait truck sting took place.

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Black Activist Exposes White Chicago Cops Allegedly Caught on Camera Using 'Bait Truck' Filled with Nike Shoes

Chicago cops would rather lure residents to steal and create criminals versus going after real ones.

On Aug. 2, a white semi-truck, left partially-opened, appeared in the Englewood section of Chicago's south side. It was parked near a basketball court where neighborhood residents were out in full force enjoying the hot, summer weather.

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Chicago Mayor Pleads for Calm Amid Protests as Trial Date Set in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Police publicized video footage in the Harith Augustus shooting quickly, but tensions remain high as the city prepares for the upcoming, long-awaited McDonald trial.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked his city to remain calm as protests carry on for the shooting of a Black man by police — and as a trial date is set for the officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014.

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A Chicago-area cop resigned amid allegations and video footage of him turning a blind eye to a Puerto Rican woman being harassed and accosted by drunk, racist Timothy Trybus.

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Mastercard: Advancing Inclusive Growth for Cities

In Chicago, Mastercard is working with a number of partners to decrease congestion for residents and visitors of the city.

As cities around the world continue to grow, urban leaders look to digital technologies and new partnership models to give more people more opportunities to participate in what their city has to offer.

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Obama Reports for Jury Duty

The former president turned a normally dreaded task into an exciting morning for Chicago citizens performing their civic duty.


Former President Barack Obama showed he is committed to his civic duty when he showed up for jury duty on Wednesday.

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Chicago Officials Use Work Email for Racist Behavior

One email has an image of white people in "safari gear taking pictures of several Black individuals who are trying to break into a car," a report states


As Chicago's government offices remain in the spotlight regarding Black teen Laquan McDonald's police-related death and cover up, a series of racist and sexist emails sent by high-level officials in the city's Department of Water Management have been made public.

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