Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett begins his trial today after he alleged a racist and homophobic attack two years ago against him in downtown Chicago.  Watch as he describes the incident in detail. His family walked alongside him this morning as he entered the courthouse for jury selection. The trial comes not as a result […]


Follow The Beat On Twitter:  Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Sounds like Soulja Boy aka Big Draco is having some fun while on vacation in the midwest. Press play and peep the vibes that Draco is providing via Chicago. O block former area of King Von accepted Draco’s attendance respectfully.  Watch til the end to see […]

Text DFW to 24042 to join 97.9 The Beat’s mobile club for exclusive news (Terms & Conditions) Follow The Beat On Twitter:  Looks like the Chicago’s native Chief Keef is back with the visuals of his current residential drip. Court side hoops to stairwell loops. Watch a day in the life of the famous “Faneto” rapper.Press play for the […]

Text DFW to 24042 to join 97.9 The Beat’s mobile club for exclusive news (Terms & Conditions). Follow The Beat On Twitter:  Chicago host the Lollapalooza music fest this week. Lets just say the energy is and will remain on 99 Degrees just like the weather. Press play and watch the most viral gate hoping stampeded moment of […]

DFW Some anonymous people/artists are putting up posters promoting Kanye for President in 2024 in Los Angeles, Chicago, and NYC.  They are using Trump’s slogan “Keep America Great” and the hashtag #Kanye2024. These posters timing come after Kanye tweeted about how much he admires YouTuber Candace Owens, who’s known for talking badly about the Black Lives […]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was accused of a discriminatory gentrification plan that is pushing Blacks out of the city to make it "whiter" and "wealthier."

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Chance the Rapper spoke out Wednesday against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed plan to spend $95 million for a police academy in Chicago.

Chance The Rapper released the trailer for the film he’s co-producing with A24 called “Slice.” The horror film shot in and around Chicago last summer is about an outlaw who was framed for killing pizza boys (which explains the title)  and while the video game-themed clip still doesn’t reveal much about the film, it’s still […]

President Trump said that minorities “want” and “need” more police protection than other Americans.

The 19-year-old was finally laid to rest weeks after being found in a hotel freezer.

Kenneka Jenkins' mother announced that she tentatively scheduled a funeral for Sept. 30. A crowd of supporters is expected to attend.

The Department of Justice released a scathing report in January that found a pattern of Chicago officers who operate outside of the law.