Ernest Wilkins

Freelance writer

Writer covering men's interests, sports, music and pop culture.

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Culture writing

Chicago Reader

The sweet steak sandwich should be a Chicago food icon

MOST COMMONLY AVAILABLE IN MAJORITY BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS ON THE SOUTH SIDE, THE STANDOUT SANDWICH IS UNFORTUNATELY OVERLOOKED.

Vulture

Chance the Rapper 'Probably Won't Be Ever Running' for Mayor of Chicago

In 1976, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois named Milton Rakove penned " Don't Make No Waves, Don't Back No Losers,",an ice-cold analysis of the...

Air.Jordan

The New 312. air.jordan.com

Words: Ernest Wilkins Photos: @bradleyamurray The creative pulse of today's Chicago hums with a new frequency. It feels more inclusive, hungry and inspired than ever before....

Gawker

The Road to Montgomery: Residents Recall the Historic Selma Marches

The story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches has been documented countless times. What hasn't been explored with the same scope is the effect these momentous events had on...

Gawker

Blood in the Streets: A Conversation About Gun Violence in Chicago

Earlier this week, writing for The Daily Beast, Roland Martin proposed a solution to combat the surging violence on Chicago's South and West Sides: Send the National Guard to...

Morning After

Black Dynamite Is the Best Show on TV You're Not Watching

Black Dynamite is the best show on television. Since beginning its second season on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim back in October, Dynamite-an animated spin-off of the 2009...

Music writing

Pitchfork

Shalamar: Uptown Festival / Disco Gardens / Big Fun

The constant churn of an underground sound leads to mainstream success leads to brazen attempts to cash out. For every genre-shattering release, there are thousands of...

Pitchfork

Leon Bridges: Coming Home

Leon Bridges, a 25-year-old Fort Worth native with a golden voice, is wholly comfortable living in the past. His Columbia debut (Bridges commented on this phenomenon recently in...

Consequence of Sound

The 50 Greatest Wrestling Themes

With all the chair shots, chokeholds and convoluted storylines, you can sometimes forget that pro wrestling at its essence is purely entertainment. Nowhere else is that more...

Complex

Review: Drake Loves His Mom and His Woes, but Hates Everyone Else on "If You're Reading This...

Angry Drake rules this new project, which is either a mixtape or an album.

Pitchfork

Kweku Collins: Hip-Hop Misfit

This time last year, Kweku Collins was sitting in class at Evanston Township High School, counting down the days to graduation. The school stands in the shadows of Northwestern...

Complex

Review: Earl Sweatshirt Turns From Introvert to Recluse on His Gloomy New Album, 'I Don't...

Earl Sweatshirt retreats even further on his new album, 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt.'

Pitchfork

HXLT: HXLT

The self-titled G.O.O.D. Music debut from HXLT (F.K.A. rapper Hollywood Holt) aims to revisit a time when Debbie Harry and Grandmaster Flash rubbed elbows at New York's...

Pitchfork

Boosie Badazz: Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

The Baton Rouge-based rapper Boosie returns from a jail sentence he began in 2010 with a new deal with Atlantic and his sixth studio album. Touch Down 2 Cause Hell is...

Complex

Review: A$AP Rocky Goes From Rapper to Rock Star on 'At.Long.Last.A$AP'

The Harlem rapper carries the weight of his sophomore album alone.

Complex

D'Angelo's "Black Messiah" Is the Dynamite Answer to a Million Prayers

D'Angelo's latest is the answer to a lot of people's prayers.

Pitchfork

Lil Durk: Remember My Name

Durk's first studio album since signing to Def Jam has the spectre of death looming over it at all times. While it isn't going to change lives, it is a view into the psyche of...

Pitchfork

Lil Bibby: Free Crack 3

The Chicago rapper Lil Bibby got his introduction to the world with the drill scene gold rush of 2012, with every rapper with a 773 or 312 area code getting a look and/or a...