Esther Cepeda / Politics

Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen

CHICAGO -- It's no overstatement to say that we lost a trailblazer when Elizabeth Pena died earlier this month. To note that she was wonderful, but not exceptionally famous, isn't a knock on her abilities. It is a testament to her undervalued ...

Dividing By Class

CHICAGO -- Class, not race, may be the defining discrimination issue of my children's lifetime.

If Charles A. Murray's thesis in "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" -- that people of similar socioeconomic backgrounds cluster ...

Benefits of Closing the Word Gap

CHICAGO -- It has been almost 20 years since researchers found that during their early development, children from low-income households hear an average of 30 million fewer words than those from higher socioeconomic status homes.

And over the last...

Exposing Our Darkest Thoughts

CHICAGO -- Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately.

It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as ...

Surprised by a New Comedy

CHICAGO -- "Cristela," "Cristela," "Cristela" -- in my email, snail mail, my social media streams and practically in my fevered dreams. The new TV show, based on the comedy of Cristela Alonzo, seems to have stalked me into watching it even though ...

Liberated by Halloween

CHICAGO -- Death is all around me. The bleached bones of a desiccated human skeleton are scattered across my neighbor's front yard. Rotting skulls, eviscerated rib cages and decomposing corpses twist in the wind during my neighborhood strolls.

It...