Three stars are supporting their hometown of Chicago, IL, with a new business project.
Nov 15, 2023
A family is creating more job opportunities for those who are formerly incarcerated.
Aug 15, 2023
Ahead of his high school graduation, this Chicago student has reached quite the academic achievement.
Apr 13, 2023
A Black family-owned business has made history in Chicago. ABC 7 Chicago reports that Matthew Brewer, Chuck Brewer, and Dianne Brewer have opened Grasshopper Club — Chicago’s first independent, Black-owned cannabis dispensary.
Mar 3, 2023
This Chicago native’s story serves as a reminder that not all financial advisers may be looking out for your best interest.
Dec 8, 2022
Before even receiving their diploma, these high schoolers from the South Side of Chicago have an impressive accomplishment under their belt.
Nov 21, 2022
This initiative is making the world a better place, starting with Chicago neighborhoods. The Love Fridge — a Chicago mutual aid group — supports the community with food through using sustainable energy, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
Sep 14, 2022
In 1978, gospel legend Walter Hawkins pinned lyrics that stated, “a little rain mixed with God’s sunshine a little pain, makes me appreciate the good times.” These words position themselves perfectly to the rags to riches story related to tech billionaire David Steward. Stories like these often provide hope, invigorate motivation, and inspire change, and Steward’s is no different. Born in Chicago, IL, Steward came from humble beginnings with seven other siblings. Although he was born in the Windy City, his family moved to his mother’s hometown of Clinton, MO, where he was raised. There, they lived in a small home that did not include indoor plumbing or heating. The family had a small farm with cows, vegetables, and crops. Tending to the land was a part of the Steward family’s daily responsibilities. “My jobs included emptying the chamber pots, shaking down the ash in the potbelly stove and then spreading it on the driveway for traction, cleaning the barn, feeding the cows and pigs,...
Sep 13, 2022
When Rashad Bailey started his Dinner and A Movie restaurant, he had high hopes for bringing good food and entertainment to the citizens of Chicago, IL. But soon after his business opened, the trouble started. This trouble ultimately led to the City of Chicago shutting down the restaurant, which Bailey believes is solely based on race.
Aug 2, 2022
Lil Durk’s new initiative will support Black youth in his city. UPROXX reports that the Chicago native has partnered with his Neighborhood Heroes Foundation to launch a career readiness program that will include an HBCU tour.
May 4, 2022
An Illinois based car-dealership has found itself on the paying end of a $10 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the state attorney’s office. The settlement comes after numerous claims that the car dealer was charging illegal fees and adding additional finance charges to its Black customers. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Ed Napleton Automotive, headquartered in Oakbrook, IL was among nine other dealerships in Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Missouri with complaints filed for similar discriminatory practices. According to the local news outlet, the joint settlement was filed in Chicago federal court alleging the dealerships across multiple states charged up to thousands in additional products like paint without any prior consent. The complaint against the dealership also alleges that Black customers were charged an estimated $190 more in interest and paid about $99 more for similar add-ons than white customers, the FTC released in a statement....
Apr 4, 2022
Over the last week, the student bodies of five Chicago public high schools received a heartwarming surprise to catapult their future careers. Hope Chicago, a non-profit organization that promotes educational equity, awarded 4,000 students in 9th to 12th grade and their parents with full, debt-free college scholarships, according to a press release. The funding is a part of Hope Chicago’s commitment of investing $1 billion in scholarships to Chicago student-families over the next decade to “redefine the education landscape” across the Windy City. “I know from experience the promise of Chicago’s public school students, as well as what limits the ability of those in under-resourced neighborhoods to go to college and eventually build great careers, start businesses, add to the city’s economic vitality and contribute to the growth, stability and safety of their communities,” CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson said in a statement . “The city and all of us who live and work here are missing out on...
Feb 28, 2022
Whoever said perfection was not attainable hasn’t met this teen! Mastering a feat not accomplished by many (less than one percent to be exact), Mario Hoover can now add “perfect ACT score,” to his list of accomplishments per reports from ABC7 Chicago. “It’s amazing,” he shared. “When I first saw the score, I was surprised. I was exalted, astounded.” The ACT is a standardized test that measures students’ skills in five core areas that include English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing, which is an optional portion of the exam. The test is given to students who are juniors and seniors who can then submit their scores to colleges as a part of the application process. They are given 45 minutes to answer 75 questions.
Feb 25, 2022
Tamyra Mensah-Stock walked away from the Olympics with gold. Now, she’s using her heart of gold to give back to the woman that made it all possible — her mother. The 28-year-old athlete made history during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she became the first Black woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. After defeating Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling, Mensah-Stock secured a spot in the history books by becoming the first Black American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. She is the second American woman to walk away with the title. “These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways and they’re going to look up there and go, I can do that,” she said following the historic win. “I can see myself.” Not only is she encouraging others with her winning spirit, but she’s also giving back to her mother, the woman that is the blueprint. After losing her father in a tragic car accident following one of her wrestling matches,...
Aug 23, 2021
Designer and Creative Director Joe “Freshgoods” Robinson has made a name for his Chicago-based streetwear brand by building authenticity within fashion. Over the years, the self-made entrepreneur has become the people’s champ when it comes to combining the essence of his local community with a culturally-significant message, and his latest collaboration with New Balance is no different. The “Outside Clothes” collection is described as bringing back the nostalgia of playing outside during our childhood, but it’s also a nod to Robinson’s creative process and the privilege we lost of actually being outside on account of the pandemic last year. The phrase “We miss when outside was outside” is used on some of the pieces from the new collection. It is a statement that Robinson believes to be a true sentiment for many people at this time. Photo courtesy of Joe Freshgoods “I didn’t realize until last year how much the act of being outside had played a major part in my career,” he said in a...
Aug 20, 2021