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The Plug: July 6, 2018

  Hello YCA Fam, Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore…
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This Week at YCA

Tuesday, December 19th, 6-8:30pm @ YCA, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. Wordplay is the freshest youth open mic in the city. Open to everyone age 13-25. Hosted by Kevin Coval and featuring Jesse 5000.  Saturday, December 23rd 1-4pm @ YCA, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. YCA hosts the Free Store. Come get free clothes, shoes, accessories, and…
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The Top Five Featuring José Olivarez

  Welcome to the Top Five. It’s Monday and that means it’s back to business. If you’re looking for inspiration, we got you covered. Every Monday, we invite some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find new music, poems, and more. Today, we have YCA’s Marketing Manager,…
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The Plug: August 18th, 2017

Hello YCA Fam, Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different…
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The Third’s Playlist

By Aurelius Raines lll “The Third” The concept of “same topic, different approach” has always been attractive to me, especially when it comes to music. Because of the artist’s own swagger and perspective, the songs stand out in their respective genres in a way that redefines music.The way that Lucki, Jhene Aiko, and Trip Lee approach…
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Miss Mulatto

  Miss Mulatto is a new rapper in the game. She has signed a label deal with Jermaine Dupri. She’s had singles out for a while now ,but has recently came out with an album named,”Latto Let ‘Em Know”. This album has 16 songs in total and some songs featuring famous rap artists and singers,…
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A light brighter than the sun

      By: Payton Gray   Andrew Law is a 28-year-old from Chicago, IL. He grew up Southside of Chicago in the Pullman neighborhood. Andrew attended Mount Carmel High school in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Then for college, he went to Indiana State. Growing up he was raised by his Mother, Donna, and his older…
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Biography of Vic Mensa on The Autobiography

By: Jacqueline Nunez    Vic Mensa is a young Chicago artist, who at the age of 24 uses his album to speak out about the violence and the deaths of young people in the city. He makes himself an integral part to Chicago culture, using the album to reveal his own views as a native…
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Kaina Castillo

  By Nylijah Barnes Chicago is home to plenty of creative souls, like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Noname and twenty-one year old Kaina is definitely one of them. When I first entered her job at Bucketfeet she was instantly recognizable, greeting me with a bright cheery smile before she briefly returned to help…
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After Laughter 2017

by Nylijah Barnes   Paramore seamlessly transitions from their old pop punk and emo sound (Riot, Brand New Eyes) to a more pop sound with their 2017 album After Laughter, littered with new wave influences across the board, notably in the songs “Hard Times” and “Rose Colored-Boy.” The group didn’t stray too far from their…
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