Jonathan Sims on his Evolution as Chicago’s Community Advocate

It was a cold winter night. Before turning off the car engine, Jonathan paused. He just hesitated. His shoulders started slumping after taking a deep breath. Slowly exhaling, he tilted the driver's seat further back. Feeling the frigid temperature, Jonathan blasted the heat as he dragged the blanket closer to him. His frosted window was … Continue reading Jonathan Sims on his Evolution as Chicago’s Community Advocate

Joshua Hopkins on His Journey to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

As the 8-year-old boy zipped up his jacket while the cold wind touched his face, he wistfully sighed once the Christmas song faded. The street lights were twinkling, and for a second, he felt warm. The holiday spirit was just infectious; it made him smile endlessly. He just wanted to keep this feeling as the … Continue reading Joshua Hopkins on His Journey to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Jasmine Smith on Creating Meta-Moisture, an All-Natural Hair and Body Butter

It's rare to know a company that offers the option of customizing your order based on your hair type and skin needs. Inventor and founder of Meta Moisture, Jasmine Smith, wanted to create an all-natural hair and body butter, handcrafted with love and care. "I'm proud to say that Meta Moisture is parabens-free, and it … Continue reading Jasmine Smith on Creating Meta-Moisture, an All-Natural Hair and Body Butter

Ulric Shannon on Championing Equity, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

What can I say, he is a humble humanitarian, an enthusiastic educator, a culture curator, and a fantastically-flawed Chicagoan. Growing up in the Austin neighborhood, Ulric calls it his "home space." It's a place where he sees excellence, love, talent, and affirmation of his identity. "My community inspires me. We are directly impacted by systemic … Continue reading Ulric Shannon on Championing Equity, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

With One Simple Idea, the PuffCuff Hair Clamp was Created

Ceata Lash, inventor and founder of PuffCuff, wanted to put her hair up without damaging her natural hair. She wanted something durable, affordable, and can be easily sanitized. "After years of searching for an accessory to accommodate thick, textured hair, we created the PuffCuff. It works with a variety of hair types from 2C to … Continue reading With One Simple Idea, the PuffCuff Hair Clamp was Created

Rickey Layfield on his Greatest Fear, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring Youth

When your mind is consistently creating ideas to be a part of the solution, you become a leader. Chicago's Youth and Community Advocate and Entrepreneur, Rickey Layfield, instills the definition of leadership as he continues to inspire others. "Death. Not leaving a legacy. Being forgotten. Those are my greatest fears. The more lives I changed, … Continue reading Rickey Layfield on his Greatest Fear, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring Youth