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The Donny Hathaway Legacy Project Sponsors Tribute to Donny Hathaway Produced by Brother Let’s Talk in Partnership with Birmingham Cares

Donnita Hathaway, daughter of music legend Donny Hathaway, and founder of the not-for-profit organization, The Donny Hathaway Legacy Project, announced today that the NFP will be a sponsor of Songs of Strength: A Tribute Concert for the late music icon featuring renowned and accomplished recording artist Frank McComb on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 6pm to 9pm and encore from 9:30pm to 12:30am at Uptown Jazz Lounge, located at 2250-B 9th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

OVER 5000 MOTHERS AND EXPECTING MOTHERS ATTENDED WORLD’S LARGEST BABY SHOWER IN RICH TOWNSHIP

Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin and Rich Township Supervisor Calvin Jordan teamed up to host the 1st Annual World’s Largest Baby Shower in the Southland last weekend that drew over 5000 attendees. The event was hosted by the In His Hands Resource Center in Collaboration with The Village of Matteson and Rich Township. The premier baby extravaganza took place on Saturday, May 4th, at the Matteson Community Center (Oakwood)in Matteson. With support from major sponsors, including Black Men United, Cradle to Crayon, and Midwest Foods, the World’s Largest Baby Shower a monumental event benefiting so many families

UNCF TO HONOR EIGHT AT “A MIND IS…” GALA, JUNE 15

As a major event during the year-long 80th anniversary celebration of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), UNCF Chicago will recognize seven extraordinary individuals and one corporate supporter at its “A Mind Is…” (AMI) Gala, at 7 p.m., on June 15, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Visit uncf.org/Chicago.

Asthma Awareness Month: American Lung Association Focuses on Addressing Challenges of Extreme Heat and Asthma

Millions of people in the U.S. live with asthma, which is a life-long chronic lung disease. While we have proven asthma management techniques and treatments, people living with asthma and their healthcare providers face increasing challenges due to climate change and extreme heat. During Asthma Awareness Month, the American Lung Association is working to increase awareness and help people with asthma and healthcare providers better manage asthma during times of excessive heat or extreme weather.

Burrell Communications Group announces agency restructuring

Burrell Communications Group, one of the world's most highly regarded Black-owned advertising agencies, has announced the appointment and promotion of several senior-level executives to complete its long anticipated restructuring, and its growing leadership roster. The group will work together to seamlessly create centers of brilliance around core disciplines and improve agency operations, while strategically guiding Burrell's evolution as it moves confidently through its first year with CEO Tara DeVeaux at the helm.

EBONY POWER 100 RETURNS

For nearly eight decades, EBONY, the iconic and beloved Black-owned media company, has been the leading platform showcasing the excellence and brilliance of Black individuals in America and around the globe. And we are thrilled to announce the return of the EBONY Power 100 list!

More than 321,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021

n estimated 321,566 children in the United States lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The rate of children who experienced this loss more than doubled during this period, from approximately 27 to 63 children per 100,000. The highest number of affected children were those with non-Hispanic white parents, but communities of color and tribal communities were disproportionately affected. The study was a collaborative effort led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

River SaaS Capital Announces Its Newly Launched Equity Fund

River SaaS Capital provides alternative venture financing to growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses. They offer fast, flexible financing solutions to qualified new borrowers. The company announced today its newly launched equity fund, TruWest Fund I. This new $50 million fund will invest in US-based B2B software-as-a-service businesses and act as a continuum of capital for high potential companies in River SaaS Capital’s venture debt portfolio.

Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building hosts free Second Fridays

On the heels of its 125th anniversary last year, Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Avenue) presents a monthly showcase of artists throughout the building with its ongoing Second Fridays open studios events, free and open to the public on the second Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m. Upcoming dates are June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11, 2024. For more information, visit fineartsbuilding.com/second-fridays.

MAYOR BRANDON JOHNSON LAUNCHES THE 2024-2025 MAYOR’S YOUTH COMMISSION APPLICATION

Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the launch of the Mayor’s Youth Commission application. This new cohort will be made up of 40 young people from across the city who will be advising Mayor Johnson on policies that impact Chicago’s youth.

Federal Government Must Allow States To Return Unpaid U.S. Savings Bonds to Owners, Many of Whom are Black or People of Color

In an effort to help Illinois residents reconnect with more of their missing money and to right a historical wrong against the Black community and other people of color, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Illinois Congressman Danny K. Davis urged the U.S. Treasury to make it easier for states to facilitate the return of mature U.S. Savings Bonds.

UNION LEAGUE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS AND UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHICAGO AWARDED $250,000 GRANT TO IMPLEMENT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE FOR AREA YOUTH

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs (ULBGC) with the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) have been jointly awarded a $250,000.00 grant to support specialized Trauma-Informed Care training and programming at the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs’ stand-alone Club One and Baretto Clubs located in Pilsen and Humboldt Park, respectively. The grant will be utilized by ULBGC with three UIC partners: UIC Law School Restorative Justice Project, which promotes the values and principles of restorative justice and the peaceful resolution of disputes through educational programs; the UIC Urban Youth Trauma Center, which promotes and disseminates comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated care for youth affected by trauma; and the UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships, which promote health equity, participates in the revitalization of underserved communities, and builds leadership capacity through service, education, and research.

Gov. Pritzker Celebrates $200K Commitment from CREATE Program Partners towards STEM in Chicago

​Governor JB Pritzker joined leaders from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program at Englewood STEM High School to announce the fifth year of CREATE grant funding. As part of the 75th street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP), the CREATE Program and its partners have donated over $600,000 since 2019 as part of their educational commitment to communities within the 75th street CIP corridor. This year’s grants will be dispersed among nine awardees including Chicago Public Schools, Leo High School, The Museum of Science and Industry, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

MAYOR BRANDON JOHNSON ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT OF AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDING

The City of Chicago is proud to announce its strategic plan for its remaining American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, part of the landmark $350 billion stimulus package enacted by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021. This funding represents one of the largest economic stimulus packages in U.S. history, aimed at providing comprehensive relief to individuals, businesses, and governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heaven Has a Heart Creates a Brighter Future for the Next Generation

Heaven Has a Heart is thrilled to announce its Enchanting Futures Gala, slated to grace the historic Charles Gates Dawes House on Saturday, June 1st, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Located at 225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL 60201, this Bridgerton-themed fundraiser promises an evening of elegance and charm, supporting a noble cause to provide a lifeline of opportunity for disadvantaged youth in Zimbabwe.