Water Tower Place Get’s Called Out For Racially Profiling Black Youth

According to The Chicago Sun*times. On the evening of  March 3rd, 2018 a group of six teenage black males were kicking it at the Water Tower Place. When a doctor by the name of “Dr. Carla Hightower” noticed them because they were so clean, and their style was on a whole other level.

The group was seen doing nothing wrong inside of the mall, however by the time that the doctor was making her way out of the mall. She saw the group being escorted out by mall security. Dr. Hightower then asked the apologetic looking female guard, “what did the boys do wrong?” the guard responded by saying “I don’t even know if they did anything wrong”.

Dr. Carla Hightower Source https://twitter.com/DrHightower/media

This situation didn’t sit well with the doctor. She felt that it was highly possible, that this was a clear cut case of racial profiling. But instead of turning a blind eye to the situation at hand, Dr. Hightower took action. She went to find a manager, and was left in shock when the manager informed her that the group of boys were thrown out of the mall for basically “loitering” and not buying anything out of the stores.

The manager went on to further hit Hightower with bs excuse after bs excuse to justify kicking the group out of the Water Tower Place. But Hightower was not buying any of the managers excuses. She left the mall and got in contact with the company who owns Water Tower Place through email. A business named General Growth Properties.

The email caught the attention of a man by the name of Kevin Berry. Berry, is the executive vice president of human resources and communications for General Growth Properties. Berry agreed to put together a meeting with Hightower and the top dawgs of security and asset management at the Water Tower Place.

Kevin Berry. Source http://investor.ggp.com/leadership/management/kevin-berry

Hightower was impressed by the fast response and how seriously Kevin Berry took this situation.

The meeting led to Water Tower Place’s management reviewing its policies on what exactly defines loitering. And It’s mall security teams are supposed to go through retraining.

The mall will also like to get in contact with the six boys from the incident, bring them back to the mall to apologize to them in person. Read the full story here, on the Sun*times website.

My Thoughts Of This Story

Off of experience of growing up as a black male, I’ve experienced my fare share of racial discrimination. I’ve been targeted by store staff more times than I can count. And just like the group of boys, I wasn’t doing anything wrong.

And being unfairly targeted not only gave me a lasting negative image of the business who did it. It also made me feel violated and less than human.

I think that society needs more people like Dr. Hightower. This story is proof that one person can make a difference. Small changes can lead to bigger things . Like in this case, security teams are being retrained and “rules” are being reviewed. That’s power and progress right there!

Read the full story here.

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SNOW DAY

SNOW DAY

By: G.Othello

In the Chicagoland area we are expecting about a foot of snow and so far it is looking like we will get that foot of snow. I was lucky enough to get the day off due to inclement weather. But here at IzzyVision Entertainment, there aren’t any off days. We are a collective group of great minds and talent who are constantly learning and working to bring you the best in entertainment. There are so many projects that we are working on. Currently we have the music video for IzzyVision’s own TonyBeenChi and King Dougie’s banger “Quan” in the works. “Quan” is TonyBeenChi’s first single. It was mixed and mastered by Bos Stacks and produced by Weatherman Beatz.  This track does not disappoint. We are also working on our podcast, “Next Stop”, featuring myself and TonyBeenChi.  “Next Stop” will feature entertainment news, comedy, trending topics, social issues, and will showcase Chicago’s local talent. The music video and the podcast are a couple of the projects you can expect from us within the next few months. We appreciate the love and support from our followers. We ask that you continue to support us in our journey to becoming the #1 source for entertainment in Chicago.

If you are taking a snow day, enjoy the day off because you’re awesome. Make this day off a day to better yourself and those around you. If you have to fight the storm and work. We love and appreciate what you do. Be safe. You also continue to be awesome and make those around you awesome.

Chicago Drill Rapper “Shoota Shellz” Killed On Chicago’s South Side ( Written By TonyBeenChi)

On Monday Morning of July 10, 2017. Another rising star in Chicago’s Drill music scene was Gunned Down, on the city’s South Side.

“Shoota Shellz” was a 21 year old rapper from the East side section of Chicago’s South Side.

He has various music videos posted on YouTube, with his most well known song entitled “Death Of 150” which is a very controversial record, where he disses a number of guys with deep gang ties. Including popular rapper “G Herbo” who is also from Chicago’s South Side.

Heavy speculation over the cause of Shoota Shellz’s murder has been making its way around the Internet. Along with gruesome pictures from his murder scene.