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

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

Asia Janay on Giving Up Twice as a Fashion Designer – and How She Conquered it

Too often, fashion designer, Asia-Janay, finds herself second-guessing her decision, fearful of people not liking the product she put and merely failing. But she finds that when she put that fear aside and fully trust God with the ability that he has given her, she started to exceed her expectations. Follow the brand on Instagram … Continue reading Asia Janay on Giving Up Twice as a Fashion Designer – and How She Conquered it