Community Focus

“THE TEMPLE” TO SERVE AS BEACON OF LIGHT

Pastor John Hannah had a vision to create an oasis in a dry spot with the goal to reinvigorate and revitalize the community where ‘The Temple’ is located. John Hannah, the founder and senior pastor of New Life Covenant, celebrated the grand opening of its new church and performing arts center, ‘The Temple’, with a three-day event. The 100,000 square foot facility, located at 7621 S. Greenwood, has 4,000 seats and can also be used as a community performing arts center.

Chicago Urban League Partners With Landmark Development

The Chicago Urban League and Landmark Development are collaborating on a comprehensive framework for a new program designed to create economic opportunities in neighborhoods that have been historically underinvested – starting on the South Side of Chicago. The program, called SouthSideWORKS, is tied to Landmark’s proposed ONE Central multi-modal transit hub and mixed-use destination development, which was enacted by the State of Illinois in 2019.

‘Sisters Working It Out’ Executive Director Beulah Brent is nominated for cancer award

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beulah Brent, executive director of Sisters Working it Out, has been nominated for her work to eliminate Breast Cancer disparities in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Kennedy-King College Ranks No. 1 Community College In The State

Kennedy-King College, located at 6301 S. Halsted, has been named the No. 1 Community College by Forbes Magazine. The community college also ranked No. 8 in the nation, according to Academic Influence, which conducted the rankings. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, a resolution was adopted by the City Council during a City Council meeting.

Pastor John Hannah and New Life Covenant Church SE Host 3-Day Grand Opening Celebration for New Temple Church Major Revitalization Project in Greater Grand Crossing Community Opens!

Pastor John Hannah, senior pastor at New Life Covenant Church SE, will host Grand Opening Celebration to kick off the opening of new church and performance arts facility “The Temple.” The 3-day Celebration will take place September 28, 29 and 30th, 2021. The New Temple facility is located 7621 S. Greenwood Avenue; Chicago, Illinois.

The Son Of Revolutionary Activists Keeps father’s legacy alive

August 30 would have been Fred Hampton’s 73rd Birthday. Hampton, Chairman of Illinois’ Chapter of the Black Panther Party was assassinated on Dec. 4, 1969. There has been a concerted effort to make the Hampton’s childhood home in Maywood, Ill., a historical landmark. Fred Hampton, Jr., Chairman of the Black Panther Party Cubs, has been working to keep his father’s story in the forefront. Hampton, Jr. describes his father as someone people could relate to and a servant of the people.

Oooh Wee! It Is! Restaurant expands to Beverly and Wicker Park

Mark Walker has been in the retail business for seven years, starting out with Oooh Wee Sweet Tea. The tea was being sold in the Harold’s Chicken at 87th and Dan Ryan in December of 2014, at a tea stand set up on vintage luggage, with one flavor, lemon honey. It blossomed. In the first year, there were 286,000 cups of tea sold and name recognition from celebrities and elected officials. Walker hired staff and was able to get tea in more places.

CVS ALUMNI DONATE MONEY TO THE SCHOOL’S ATHLETIC PROGRAM

The CVS Alumni Association answered the call from the high school’s athletic department for support by hosting a 5K run and walk to raise funds. The Association was able to raise $5,000 which it will donate to the athletic department.

WOMAN ATHLETE CREATES PODCAST FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

Michelle Dunham, who also is known as MissFitt, is doing her part to raise the profile of young women student athletes with her podcast, “Ladies Ball Too.”

GRAND OPENING OF THE PULLMAN NATIONAL MONUMENT IS SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Visitors who have been interested in seeing all the renovations at the Pullman National Monument will get their chance at the grand opening, which is set for the Labor Day Weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 4-5

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION CHANGES ITS NAME, COMMUNITY COMMITMENT CONTINUES

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group has changed its name to Greenwood Archer Capital. With the name change comes more commitment from the Community Development Financial Institution to invest in the Black community.

Ark Entrepreneurial Center partners with the Citizen Newspaper Group to prepare young moguls for the Black Women’s Expo

Sunny Davis Nicholson wanted to create a place where young people would learn skills that would set them up for future success. Davis Nicholson started Ark Entrepreneurial Center, located at 2458 S. Millard Ave. She describes it as a youth business school.

CHATHAM DISCOVER CUSTOMER CARE CENTER HELPS WITH BACK TO SCHOOL

Employees at the Discover Customer Care Center, located at 8560 S. Cottage Grove, packed backpacks with school supplies for Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for Learning. The goal was to pack and distribute 60,000 backpacks to children throughout Chicago.

Real Life Uncle Remus Celebrates 95th Birthday

Gus and Mary Rickette met a vendor who was trying to sell a sign that a previous customer no longer wanted. The sign read “Uncle Remus,” and the couple knew immediately it was exactly what they wanted to hang over their restaurant door. That was in 1969; and, as they say, the rest is history. Uncle Remus, a fictional character from a collection of African American folktales, has been representing the brand fittingly.

M.A.D.E. Foundation Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

A vision in the middle of the night is what prompted Theo Hill to found the M.A.D.E. Foundation in 2001. Hill was a professional basketball player and left the profession. He was looking for something to do. He tried working in corporate America and found it wasn’t for him.