Samuel González Kelly
Arts and Culture Reporter, The Real Chi
Sam is a Chicago native from the Logan Square area. He graduated from Pomona College in 2018, where he majored in Media Studies and minored in Music, in addition to serving on the staff of both the Pomona Office of Communications and the campus radio station, KSPC 88.7 FM.
Sam is an aspiring journalist interested in issues of social justice, politics, the arts, sports, and any intersections of the above. He also writes on these topics for LoganSquarist, a blog covering the neighborhood he grew up in on the northwest side.
In his free time, Sam enjoys playing basketball, reading, and going to the movies.
RELATED IN-DEPTH FEATURES
“Citizenship” is a loaded word, used to confer different sets of rights depending on the context in which it is used and the people it is describing.
The Chicago West Community Music Center began in a North Lawndale kitchen. It was 1999, CPS had cut music and art funding from public schools, and Howard and Darlene Sandifer were frustrated with the lack of opportunities that young people in their home of North Lawndale had to pursue an affordable, accessible arts education. So, they took matters into their own hands.
City Limits is a series from The Real Chi profiling artists who are not only pushing the culture forward with their work but actively working in their communities to better the city of Chicago.
It’s not yet the holiday season but Damon Locks thought Chicago deserved a gift. On Nov. 15, Locks and the Black Monument Ensemble will present “Where Future Unfolds – Flowers for Chicago,” a sprawling 80-minute music-and-dance performance hosted at the Garfield Park Conservatory as part of the month-long Red Bull Music Festival.
Last month, the Garfield Park Conservatory hosted its annual FLEUROTICA runway show, where floral designers from across the Chicagoland were given the opportunity to showcase garments made entirely of plants, flowers, and organic materials.
Rising from her seat in the middle of William Penn Elementary School’s small library, a young mother looked over her shoulder, sighed, and pleaded, “Please stop taking my pencils out of my pencil box.”
In a small, dimly lit art gallery in Pilsen, a projected video montage of prior concerts, fashion shows, and gallery parties plays in a loop on the main room’s western wall, while a rotating cast of DJs spin a high-octane blend of contemporary hip-hop. Partygoers comfortably trade laughs and dance moves in equal measure, soaking in their last night at the influential AMFM art gallery.
Less than a month after he kicked off the first #IncreaseThePeace campout of 2018, community organizer Cutberto ‘Berto’ Aguayo has announced he will be running for 15th Ward Alderman in the 2019 municipal election.
For Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia and Liz Dozier, a good support system made all the difference in how they endured the strain of having an incarcerated parent. Now, the two women are ready to pay it forward.
In Chicago, there is a direct correlation between an increase in temperature and an increase in crime, according to data from the City of Chicago Data Portal and the Midwest Regional Climate Center.