Community Focus

City Colleges Of Chicago And Chicago State University Support Transfer Students with Admission Agreement

A new partnership between the City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago State University aims to remove the barriers students may experience when it comes to transferring from a two-year college to a four-year college. The partnership is offering students from City Colleges guaranteed admission to Chicago State University once they complete their Associate’s Degree.

Male Mogul Initiative Opens CO-LLAB

The Male Mogul Initiative recently celebrated the grand opening of its CO-LLAB Warehouse. The warehouse, which is located at 6055 S. Wentworth, will serve as a hub for creativity.

Art Exhibit Shows And Tells The Stories Of Widows

LaTrice “Elle” Davis believes that everyone has the ability to bounce back from life’s challenges. One of her most frequent social media hashtags is #obstacle2opportunity, because she believes that with every obstacle people face there is an opportunity to do something greater or support someone, even in the midst of those challenges.

Farm Provides Fresh Produce To Community

A five hundred square foot container farm in Altgeld Gardens is being used to teach young people entrepreneurship and bring fresh produce to the community. By The Hand Club for Kids, along with Freight to Plate and the Kenilworth Union Church, have launched Bowen Harvest in Altgeld Gardens. In March, the farm harvested its first crop.

Community Blood Center Opens In Beverly

The Community Blood Center has opened a location in Beverly, which is the first one in Chicago, to meet the needs of those local hospitals and those who want to donate blood. It is located at 9920 S. Western.

On The 9 Run Crew Builds Community Through Running

A community of runners have made their mark by running on the South Side. On the 9 Run Crew began on Feb. 24th, with a run, which started from the Regal Theater to the Mahalia Jackson Court on 79th and State St. On the 9 Run Crew was founded by Neishe Russell, Philip Weatherspoon, Tess Branklin and Danya Rosen. They wanted to run on the South side in communities like Chatham, Avalon Park and South Shore.

Spiritual Coach Wants People To Get In Alignment With Their Spirit

Rita Ricks has been a spiritual business coach since the mid 2000’s. She started out as a teacher, then a trainer and decided she wanted to spend more one-on-one time with people. Ricks has written a book called #Just for Today.

Unsung Heroes Are The Subject Of Art Exhibit

Kristen Williams is using her talents as an artist to highlight community leaders and memorialize them with portraits for an art exhibit. Williams’ Unsung Heroes exhibition is on display at Mahalia’s, which is located at 735 E. 79th St.

Environmental Justice Advocate Mari Copeny Speaks At Girls In STEM

Mari Copeny loves helping people. She’s not doing it for clout, she genuinely loves helping people, especially kids. It is why she has so much courage to do what she does.

Chicago Hip Hop Museum Cements Chicago’s Place In Hip Hop

In a Greystone in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, there is a museum that celebrates Chicago’s contributions to Hip Hop. The Chicago Hip Hop Museum is a labor of love that was started by three friends who grew up in embedded in Chicago’s Hip Hop culture.

La Femme Dance Festival Celebrates Black Women Choreographers

As a Black woman, Vershawn Sanders-Ward wanted to create a dance festival that celebrated the voices of Black women and brought their work to Chicago stages. Sanders-Ward, Founder and Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company, created La Femme Dance Festival for that reason.

Hot Sauce Poetry Provides A Space For Poets And Spoken Word Artists

Heartbreak led Tiffany McCaskill to start writing poetry. In high school, she was an emcee. She had dreams of leaving college and becoming a rapper. Her parents weren’t going for that, so she stayed at her HBCU. But, in the back of her mind she was always thinking of rhymes and lyrics, putting pen to paper to express herself.

Metropolitan Peace Academy Looks To Expand Work With New Training Facility

The Metropolitan Peace Academy now has a brick-and-mortar facility to hold its community violence intervention training. Metropolitan Peace Academy started in 2018 with eight community-based organizations that came together with the hope to reduce shootings and homicides in the city, as well as reclaiming safe spaces in neighborhoods. It also aimed to professionalize street outreach through the Metropolitan Peace Academy. The first cohort was 25 outreach workers who had lived experiences, and some were returning citizens

New Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Is The First Black Woman In Role

Dr. Olumsmbo Ige has been appointed as the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, making her the first Black woman in the role.

Illinois Made Program Amplifies Small Businesses

Stephanie Hart opened the Brown Sugar Bakery on 75th Street in 2002. Since then, Brown Sugar Bakery has expanded to include a space in the former Cupid Candies building where she makes candy.