Charlene Haparimwi

Charlene Haparimwi

Chicago based freelance writer.

I've done freelance writing for HelloGiggles, Huffington Post, Seventeen & Hooligan Mag about intersectional feminism, fashion + beauty, and positive news stories. Email:

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A Conversation with Vagabon

“Run and tell everybody
that Laetitia is a small fish.”- The Embers

Laetitia Tamko, also known by her stage name Vagabon, is anything but a small fish.

This lyric is on the rock anthem that opens her 2017 debut album Infinite Worlds. The dynamic, versatile, powerhouse singer has the sweetest voice and most infectious confidence. The 24-year-old Brooklyn based DIY artist put out her first EP, Persian Garden in late 2014. The six-track masterpiece is something she never thought anyone would listen to, but after a slow burn it catapulted her into the world of Frankie Cosmos, Allison Crutchfield, Told Slant, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and other indie artists changing how the scene looks and sounds. Tamko chooses her words carefully as Hooligan Mag sits down for an interview with the impressive young musician.

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Have a laugh at iO Chicago’s All-Women Comedy Show “Having it All” - The DePaulia

The intimate, multi-level iO Chicago theater at 1501 N. Kingsbury St. is surprisingly buzzing on a Monday night. In the Chris Farley Cabaret, a well-lit room on the second floor of the building, the all-female improv and storytelling show “Having it All” is about to begin.

A cool young crowd of about 30 people shuffle in, grabbing drinks, food, and sharing laughter while a playlist featuring strong female artists such as Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez accents the atmosphere.

At 8 p.m. on the dot an incredible light show begins as a group of ten improvisers grace the stage. Rebeccah Singer, comedian, teaching artist and creator of “Having it All” makes a grand entrance through the thick red curtains with her horn-rimmed glasses, big bold smile and flowy skirt. The St. Louis native’s energy and charisma is emphatic and engaging as she encourages the audience to give “laps and claps” to the ladies on stage.

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Maureen Choi Quartet bridges gap between traditional and modern classical music

In The Promontory’s warm, candle-lit space on the second floor of the Hyde Park concert venue and restaurant, there is an exciting buzz in the air.

It’s a Tuesday summer night and an intimate, older crowd is ready to hear the iconic Maureen Choi Quartet, a classically trained group of flamenco-jazz musicians.

Maureen Choi steps out in a stylish sleeveless black top, billowing white pants with black stripes, and a gracious smile upon her face. She shakes back her luxurious long black hair and thanks the audience for coming out for her quartet’s second performance at The Promontory.

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Sustainability grows as a priority in sports

When you go to a baseball game you focus on the players, the food, time with family and friends and enjoying a great game. You’re not thinking about how many recycling bins are in the stadium, if they are using LED lighting, or whether or not your cup is biodegradable. But should you be?

That’s where DePaul’s Public Relations and Advertising program in collaboration with FOX Sports University comes in. Sustainability practices in professional sports often go unnoticed, but this year FOX Sports University is trying to change that. They are working with 38 different colleges to give students a marketing, research, or strategy challenge the business faces and time to come up with a real world solution via products or campaigns.

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Sensory-Friendly Performance Expands Accessibility at The Theatre School

Glittering costumes, catchy songs and colorful characters in the play "Cinderella: The Remix" were made to appeal to kids. But for children on the autism spectrum, sometimes noise and bright lights can be overwhelming.

On May 13, 2017, The Theatre School at DePaul held its first sensory-friendly performance, adapted to welcome children on the autism spectrum and others with sensory sensitivities. Theatre manager Leslie Shook and director Coya Paz Brownrigg coordinated with special education faculty Anne Butler and Linsey Sabielny to modify "Cinderella: The Remix," an urban twist on the classic fairy tale.

"Kids with autism deserve the chance to experience the magic of theatre," says Butler, an instructional assistant professor in the College of Education. "With a lot of planning and just a few modifications, we were able to give children with sensory sensitivities the opportunity to see a play with their families."

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‘All Hands on Deck’ with SGA’s new President and Vice President - The DePaulia

Last week, the DePaul community chose its new president and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA).

“A month ago we launched the ‘All Hands on Deck’ campaign to reinvent DePaul University’s Student Government Association (SGA) and today the students decided they agreed with that vision.”

This begins the statement that juniors Michael Lynch and Gracie Covarrubias put out Friday as the newly elected president and vice president of SGA, respectively.

“Words can’t even begin to describe how honored I am to have been elected president of the DePaul University Student Government Association alongside Gracie Maria Covarrubias as Vice President,” wrote Lynch. “‘All Hands on Deck’ is a student movement that is larger than any one person. It’s an opportunity for students to come together to actualize change in the DePaul community.”

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Logic, Jesse McCartney announced to perform at FEST

This year’s Battle of the Bands competition hosted by the DePaul Activities Board (DAB) showcased a show-stopping mix of talented student DJs, bands and solo artists. The winning DJ gets to perform at FEST After Hours, while the winning band gets to be a featured artist on all of Music Garage’s social media, free rehearsal time at Music Garage, and an opportunity to book a local show with Music Garage.

The seven acts that performed a 10 minute set each at Lincoln Hall and Schubas on May 2 were DJs DIY Dan, SNOOF, DJ Tawasahn and CLB, solo artists Beach Bunny, and Mike Fulahope and six-member-band Punting Baxter.

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Inside Issue #18: Getting To Know Tommy Pico — Hooligan Mag

Tommy “Teebs” Pico says the last song he recently listened to was “Where is My Mind?” by the Pixies. As you read this piece, let the melodic notes of the song cascade over the words, infiltrate your mind, and open up your heart as much Pico’s writing can and will do for you.

International Scholars Gather at DePaul for World Catholicism Week

In 1517, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by nailing a proclamation to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Five hundred years later, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka will gather at DePaul University to address the lingering repercussions of the Reformation on Christianity, particularly in the global South.

"Christians all over the world are using this anniversary to take stock of where we have come over the last five centuries," says William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney Visits DePaul

Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney returned to DePaul April 20-21, 2017, still beaming from his Oscar wins for his film "Moonlight." McCraney spent time with the DePaul community at several events. After a special performance of his play "Wig Out" at The Theatre School, McCraney presented an Award for Excellence in the Arts to the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. During his visit, McCraney also spoke on a panel for Theatre School students. Later, the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change at DePaul hosted McCraney for a screening of his film "Moonlight," which won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay this year at the Academy Awards.

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Autism experts at DePaul University discuss education, awareness

CHICAGO — Advances in education and the arts are changing the lives of people with autism, and DePaul University experts are available to discuss their research on accessibility and care. Scholars can discuss designing theatre performances for people with autism, advances in special education, media representation of autism and other disabilities, and communication methods for adults and children with autism and their parents.

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Chicago food truck scene grows with warm weather - The DePaulia

The Chicago food truck scene is a mixture of culture, food, communication and community. They can provide a quick snack or sweet treat on any given day, as well as cater events and bring awareness to their brick-and-mortar stores.

“The food truck craze really took off about three or four years ago in Chicago,” said Tim Coonan, founder and owner of Big Shoulders Coffee. The coffee brand has two building locations and provides coffee in some of DePaul’s cafes.

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500 years after the Reformation: Scholars gather at DePaul University for World Catholicism Week

CHICAGO — In 1517, Martin Luther nailed a proclamation to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany and launched the Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years later, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka will gather at DePaul University to address the lingering repercussions of the Reformation on Christianity, particularly in the global South.

“Christians all over the world are using this anniversary to take stock of where we have come over the last five centuries,” said William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul.

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Students, faculty chosen for TedxDePaul event - The DePaulia

Connection is the key to conversation, awareness, and change. For the second annual TedxDePaul talks, DePaul University’s extraordinary students, alumni, and faculty members will be discussing their interpretation of the theme “Courage to Connect” on April 18. Hundreds of people applied to share their story and put their ideas into action on the iconic stage, but only ten people were chosen.

“I’ve always wanted to speak at a TEDx event,” DePaul alumna Nelly Mueller said. “I think they’re so valuable as a platform for sharing, and I felt especially compelled to apply because it was with a community that’s given me so much.”

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From the left to the right, students find podcast for every political view ...

The popularity of podcasts, particularly political podcasts, has grown substantially in recent years.

“I saw this boom in the industry where everyone is getting podcasts,” said Jack McNeil, a sophomore political science major and president of DePaul College Democrats.

“All of these news commentators now have their own podcasts. There’s a former speechwriter (Jon Lovett) who helps to host ‘Pod Save America.’ Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ podcast has over a million downloads every time they have an episode. People are more reeled in now, and it’s gotten really big.”

Political podcasts have also grown in variety, especially post-election. They analyze and give depth to many issues in ways that will appeal to all kinds of people.

“I reccomend political podcasts for everyone,” Hope Herten, a senior health sciences major and the Treasurer of the DePaul College Democrats, said. “Politics, whether or not you like them, impact our daily lives and no one can escape that. In our current environment when we are constantly bombarded with shallow information, podcasts offer a sanctuary to really hear people discuss things in depth.”