Women Leading by Example: Jahari Soward

I normally try to keep my civic tech chats pretty short. But Jahari Soward shares my same passion for seeing our young women excel in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). So I wanted to take my time and hear exactly what inspired her to become the founder of My eSTEAM Kits!  

You Are Not a Brand

On October 8, 2018, KBLX radio personality Armand Carr was joined by the co-director of Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew for a discussion on "The Business of Podcasting." This was not your average discussion on millennials and technology--and that's a great thing! Agnew informed #TECHCNXT attendees on his opinion of "branding" and the potential impact of … Continue reading You Are Not a Brand

News, PR and Politics

The Chicago Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists hosted a panel on Wednesday, September 19, offering an inside look into the careers of the industry's most notable journalists turned press secretaries. "Career Insider: Behind the Scenes With Spokespersons for the Politically Powerful" included: Monroe Anderson former press secretary for Mayor Eugene Sawyer, Avis LaVelle former … Continue reading News, PR and Politics

Voyage Chicago: The Road to Social Entrepreneurship

“I’ve had an interest in public affairs for quite some time. My introduction to being a social entrepreneur comes from my parents who have both served (and continue to) in public service. However, it was more than likely the countless times I tagged along with my grandmother to Southwest Priority Board meetings in Dayton, Ohio … Continue reading Voyage Chicago: The Road to Social Entrepreneurship

Women Leading by Example: Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is the first tenured professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of: The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in a Democracy The Miner's Canary: Rethinking Race and Power Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law Schools and … Continue reading Women Leading by Example: Lani Guinier

Sheer Beauty

In 2017, my friend, Jihan invited me to a Friday night service for women at Free Church in Oak Park, IL. It was an experience or rather a celebration of women who love God and remain vigilant on their journey to being who God called them to be. At the close of service, I told my … Continue reading Sheer Beauty

Something to Consider on the 153rd Anniversary of Juneteenth

A black child born today has less of a chance of being raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. Michelle Alexander, Author of "The New Jim Crow" | March 15, 2013 Video Credit: University of Chicago

From Hampton to London

I've told the story of my love for Hampton University many times to friends and in the occasional social media post. The first college acceptance letter to arrive in the mail during my senior year of high school, was from Hampton University. A Different World made it my dream school. But out of state fees … Continue reading From Hampton to London

Letter to Jacque Reid: Tales of an Eager College Intern

Almost every day is TBT when I turn on the radio and often times when I post a photo. But this… Oh boy. This I have to share: So I was scrolling through my 1TB external hard drive in search of a photo. I never found the photo. But I did find a now 13-year-old … Continue reading Letter to Jacque Reid: Tales of an Eager College Intern