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BLACK JOY, LEADERSHIP AND THE BLACK EXPERIENCE In the Summer of 2020, George Floyd had been killed and people were coming out with statements of support for Black life and social justice. P2

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– Sharon Bush is the president of the Grand Victoria Foundation. Bush, along with Liz Dozier, created the Abundance Movement to ensure equitable giving from philanthropic organizations to Black-led and Black-centered organizations. PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHARON BUSH.



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briefly CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO LAUNCH STUDENT OUTREACH AND RE-ENGAGEMENT (SOAR) CENTER IN ENGLEWOOD Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) this week opened the Englewood SOAR Center at Kennedy-King College to strengthen educational opportunities and outcomes for students, ages 15-21. Through the SOAR centers, a cohort of about 20 chronically truant and out-of-school youth are provided with guidance and support over six weeks to determine the best pathways for re-engagement and high school graduation. Participants are also provided access to adult education, CCC credit, and certifications. The Englewood location is one of four SOAR Centers in the city, strategically located in neighborhoods with the highest concentration of youth vulnerable to truancy and dropping out of school. The centers, detailed in the below table, have served more than 13,000 students since the program’s inception in 2013. The program supports students with one-on-one mentoring, workshops, transcript evaluations, and graduation planning. Stipends of $150 were made available to students who registered to join the first cohort. To learn more about SOAR Centers, residents can email, call 773-553-5103.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND CDOT CUT RIBBON ON MOTOR ROW STREETSCAPE Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gia Biagi and 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell to cut the ribbon on the recently completed streetscape project along Michigan Avenue between Cermak and 24th Place. The Motor Row streetscape implements a “road diet” that reduces the previous four travel lanes to three, reducing crossing distances for pedestrians. Other improvements include widened sidewalks, new crosswalks, new landscaping, and LED smart lighting. The enhancements encourage drivers to slow down and make it easier for pedestrians to cross safely. The improved streetscape at Motor Row features safety improvements that help address the recent increase in traffic fatalities citywide: Reduced Pedestrian Crossing Distance — Decreasing the number of travel lanes limits pedestrians’ time exposed in the roadway and increases their visibility to drivers when crossing the street. Improved Crosswalks — 20-foot continental crosswalk at 23rd Street helps drivers see pedestrians sooner and slow down earlier. Decreased Travel Lanes — Reducing the number of travel lanes from 4 to 3 forces drivers to slow down when approaching the crosswalk LED Smart Lighting — New lights and hanging baskets increase visibility for drivers and pedestrians alike. Widened Sidewalks ­— Increasing sidewalk width provides more room for pedestrians to maneuver. The streetscape at Motor Row also features aesthetic improvements that will have a long-term impact on the surrounding community: Full-width pavement resurfacing Parkway improvements and beautification New benches, litter receptacles, and bike racks New landscaping and trees Community gateway elements and light pole identifiers Located just west of McCormick Place, Motor Row is now known as an entertainment district; however, the area was originally named Motor Row due to the high concentration of car sales and repair businesses once located along the street. To reflect that history, the design of the custom, lighted identifiers was influenced by the Art Deco and automotive styling of that era. The nearly $11 million streetscape project, funded through two TIFs, was designed in close cooperation with a local task force and community stakeholders. Christopher B. Burke Engineering was the lead design consultant for the project, and Sumit Construction was the lead construction contractor. Duroweld fabricated the gateway community identifiers that welcome all to Motor Row. In addition to investments in infrastructure, Mayor Lightfoot and CDOT will roll out an awareness campaign encouraging drivers to slow down. The campaign, which will appear on digital billboards and social media platforms, highlights the importance of coming together to protect our neighbors and reminds drivers to “Slow Down Chicago.”

– Liz Dozier is founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond. Dozier, along with Sharon Bush, created the Abundance Movement to ensure equitable giving from philanthropic organizations to Black-led and Black-centered organizations. PHOTO PROVIDED BY LIZ DOZIER.

New initiative centers Black joy, leadership and the Black experience

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A question that Liz Dozier and Sharon Bush kept coming back to was, what does that support translate to, and what do those statements of support actually mean, in terms of action, specifically in the philanthropy community. Dozier and Bush began to talk about how to create a space and a movement that would center Black lives, Black leadership, Black experience and be rooted in joy. They came up with the Abundance movement. The Abundance movement is an initiative led by Chicago Beyond, Grand Victoria Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and its goal is to make sure Black-centered and Black-led organizations receive more equitable funding from the philanthropy community. Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, and Bush, president of the Grand Victoria Foundation. They know how Black-led and Black-centered are funded in comparison to their white counterparts, and it is not equitable. Dozier, Bush and John Palfrey, The MacArthur President, began a movement to get more philanthropic entities invested in doing work differently and creating funding and spaces that would honor Black-led and Black-centered work to get more new dollars to those communities. “One of the things we talked about was having other leaders of bigger foundations, white leaders of foundations to also consider what the moment meant, and what it meant to be in relationship to Black communities, what philanthropy’s relationship to Black communities could be,” said Bush about adding Palfrey to join the Abundance movement. Abundance has just hired a director. Jasmine Jones was formerly the executive director of West Contra Costa Public Education Fund. “Jasmine is a dynamic leader, a creative strategist

who excels at building and strengthening relationships and fostering trust while calling for accountability,” said Dozier in a release. “She is a strong communicator who is able to build and maintain a movement that goes against the grain of traditional philanthropy. She has high emotional intelligence and the maturity and insight required to guide people through individual and organizational changes. That’s exactly what we need to move the needle with Abundance.” There is a three-year commitment to launch to get the work started. The aim is for those in the philanthropic community across the country to take clear, strong, actionable, publicly accountable steps to increase the support of Blackled and Black-centered groups. There are philanthropic organizations in Chicago that have stepped up, even before the public launch of Abundance. “We really think of the Abundance movement, particularly the learning action community, which is a part of the Abundance movement, which is where foundations and foundation leaders can gather to talk through some of their internal policies and internal practices,” Dozier said. “Unpacking some of the biases that exist, that we all have in us, that will hopefully lead to more equitable decision making and essentially unleash new dollars out to Black-led and Black centered work.” Bush believes it is an opportunity for Black-led and Black-centered organizations that have existed for a long time to be seen and considered. The goal is to show others in philanthropy what it looks like when philanthropy and foundations love Black people and community. The hope is that it will lead to better understanding, more trust in Black leaders and more money for Black-led and Black-centered organizations. For more information about the Abundance movement, visit


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TOM SACHS: FURNITURE AT STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery are honored to announce Tom Sachs: Furniture, the fourth exhibition in Anthony Gallery’s year-long takeover of the Stony Island Arts Bank’s first floor gallery space. Through this collaboration, Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery are celebrating the work of emerging and established contemporary artists while amplifying Chicago as a worldclass destination for art and honoring the city’s rich cultural landscape. Tom Sachs: Furniture is an extension of Sachs’ sculpture practice, he has been designing and building furniture for 30 years. This is the artist’s first gallery exhibition of his furniture in the United States in over twenty years. Sachs’ furniture is conspicuously handmade and shows evidence of each piece’s construction, removing it from

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the realm of miraculous conception that pervades industry. This transparency— the idea of showing marks—tells the story of the making. The more we can tell the story, the more we can invest in our things and build greater connections with the items and rituals in our daily lives. Sachs challenges us to reflect on the objects we buy; the furniture we have, our sound systems and the music they play, and reminds us everything is art - it’s about the rituals that activate it. This long-held ethos of accessibility, ritual and making are not dissimilar to the

history and mission of Theaster Gates’ and Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank. Built nearly a century ago in 1923, the meticulously restored formerly abandoned bank serves as a creative space for the preservation, redeployment and amplification of art and cultural artifacts on the South Side of Chicago. The Stony Island Arts Bank, a site of historical importance for the neighborhood, has become a landmark cultural institution honoring Black experiences and creative exploration of art and cultural artifacts on the South Side of Chicago.

Earn an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at No Cost, and in Just One Year CHICAGO — The “1 Year and Out” City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Criminal Justice program offers Chicago residents the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Criminal Justice at no cost and in as little as 12 months. “We are incredibly grateful to offer this high value degree in Criminal Justice to Chicagoans,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado. “We hope this no cost pathway will encourage many people to pursue their career goals in this growing profession. This degree is sure to open many doors that lead to great job opportunities.” The Criminal Justice degree program is offered at Olive-Harvey College this Fall (2022). It is a 60-credit hour program that places a high emphasis on: Ethics, Diversity, Inclusion, Critical Thinking and the historical significance of all people groups. Classes will be a mix of in-person and on-line. All classes will be three (3) credit hours and each term will be eight weeks. Students can earn 48 credit hours over four (4), eight-week periods and 12 credit hours in the summer. Student must test into English 101 for admission into pathway.

Olive-Harvey College will offer additional support with: ● Laptops and book vouchers ● Assistance on police exams and power tests “This is a great career pathway and I am thrilled that Olive-Harvey can offer this and with excellence, and at no cost to our community,” said Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College. “Olive-Harvey has much to offer and prepares all of its students to meet the needs of growing industry, but more important, to meet the goals of our students.” The list of possible jobs you can attain with a Criminal Justice degree include Air Marshal, Forensic Science Technician, Fraud Investigator, State Trooper, Crime Scene Investigator, Computer Forensics Specialists, US Postal Inspector, Victims Advocate, Police Dispatcher, and more. For more information and assistance, call 773-College, or email: with questions. You can also stop by campus anytime to ask questions or start your application. Apply today, click here.

Lightfoot for Chicago Has More than $2.5 Million Cash on Hand Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s reelection campaign announced today that it raised more than $1.25 million for the second quarter of 2022, ending the quarter with $2.5 million cash on hand. “I’m so grateful to the supporters who are Ridin’ with Lori and have joined our reelection campaign,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “When I announced my reelection bid last month, I promised to never back down from the tough fights that lie ahead. I will continue to tackle our biggest problems head on, like continuing to bring down violent crime, standing up for women’s bodily autonomy and access to high quality reproductive care, helping bridge the financial burdens that too many Chicagoans face and continuing investments in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but we are seeing what happens when we join together and focus on making a difference in people’s lives. I am honored by the support of so many Chicagoans and I will keep fighting everyday for you. Since assuming office following her historic election in 2019, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities. She has led the city through the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic with tough, fair leadership – all while keeping her campaign promises. Mayor Lightfoot has: Increased Chicago’s minimum wage to $15.40 an hour for hundreds of thousands of workers. Expanded funding for community-based violence prevention and implemented measures to combat gang violence. Championed the creation of a new civilian police oversight body, advancing Chicago on a path toward police reform. Forged an equitable and inclusive vaccine distribution program and made unprecedented investments in public health, with a particular focus on the communities most devastated by the virus. Passed transformative, unprecedented budgets, including historic investments in affordable housing, youth programs, mental health and environmental justice.

DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS OF THE 7TH DISTRICT KINA COLLINS THANK SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF HER DURING ILLINOIS RECENT PRIMARY ELECTION Dear Friends, It has been just over a week since our election on June 28th, and now that we have had a few days to recharge and reflect, I wanted to reach out, and express my deepest gratitude to all of you. This election was about giving our city a better vision for the future. A future free of gun violence where we take on the corporate class with Green New Deal union jobs, universal healthcare, and a fully funded public education. A future where we strengthen our labor movement, protect our reproductive rights, and finally end poverty. The campaign that we built together showed everyone that a young Black woman from the West Side of Chicago can take on the Chicago machine without a dime of corporate money. My opponent had to call in every political favor, from the President of the United States & Speaker of the House, to the Mayor of Chicago and the Governor of Illinois, only to barely win. I am proud to say that after 40,000 doors knocked, 300,000 phones called, and over $840,000 raised, they can never ignore our movement again. I am so grateful to all of you for every donation, every knock on a door, every house party, every phone call, every parade, and every meeting that you made possible over the course of this campaign. Together, we transformed our political landscape. This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.




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iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God Announce First-Ever Black Effect Podcast Festival (Black PR Wire) NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God today announced the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival to celebrate, uplift and amplify Black voices in the podcast industry. The event will take place Sunday, August 28 at the Avant Gardner, Brooklyn Mirage. Charlamagne Tha God will join the festival alongside some of the Black Effect’s most popular personalities for a day full of live podcast tapings and informative discussions aimed at aspiring podcasters in the Black community. The festival will be hosted by comedian Lil Duval and Power 105.1 DJ and personality Nyla Symone. For more information on the inaugural festival, visit for live updates. BusinessWire The Festival will feature live podcast tapings first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival, where talented from the Black Effect’s most popular shows includBlack creators and aspiring podcasters will come together for ing “The 85 South Show,” “All The Smoke,” “We Talk a day to uplift and inspire one another. This festival is for the Back,” “Reasonably Shady,” “Black Tech Green Money,” culture and is one of many events the network will host for “WHOREible Decisions” and “The Trap Nerds Podcast.” the Black community.” Additionally, ticket holders will hear thought-provoking The Black Effect Podcast Network has emerged as the and informative discussions during the event’s Women in leading platform for Black creators to raise their voices and Podcasting Panel and The Business of Podcasting Panel be heard in the podcast space. It brings together the most featuring Dollie S. Bishop, President of Production and Creative Development for the Black Effect Podcast Network influential and trusted voices in black culture for stimulating conversations around social justice, pop culture, sports, menand Charlamagne Tha God. tal health, news, comedy and more. Launched in September “The Black Effect Podcast Network was created to 2020, the Black Effect Podcast Network has since debuted amplify Black voices for new and established content 32 shows, featuring a luminous roster of marquee talent and creators and storytellers, giving them a space to showcase culture-shifting voices committed to enlightening, educating their creative vision in the ever-growing podcast game,” and entertaining audiences, curated by Charlamagne Tha said Charlamagne Tha God. “I’m excited to celebrate the

John Hancock Celebrates 15 Years of MLK Scholars Program 600 Boston teens at 50 local non-profit and BOSTON, PRNewswire -- John corporate organizations. This unique youth Hancock, the US division of Toronto-based Manulife (NYSE: MFC), have celebrated the employment model empowers Boston teens 15th anniversary of its annual MLK Scholars with career readiness skills and financial literacy tools, in addition to a steady paycheck. Program, the Nation’s largest and most com“The MLK Scholars program is a prehensive corporate summer jobs program of its kind. Since the program’s inception in proven model of success for Boston’s youth 2008, the program has provided summer em- and for leading private and public institutions,” Michelle Wu, Mayor of Boston, ployment for more than 6,000 Boston youth said. “Thanks to the at nonprofit organizations throughout Boston resources and guidance and at John Hancock. from partners like John Hancock, our City is “This year marks a leading the way on summomentous anniversary mer jobs programs. We for our MLK Scholars CNW Group/John Hancock encourage others to join Program,” said Marianne Harrison, John Hancock president and CEO. us in our continued commitment to youth “For the past 15 years, the program has gone employment and financial education.” The far beyond a summer job for students – it John Hancock MLK Scholars summer jobs also provides the skills, knowledge, educamodel leverages youth employment to build capacity within the non-profit community tion, and advice that will help them succeed for summer programming, creating opportuacross many aspects of their lives. For many Scholars, the professional relationships and nities for long-term employment within our financial capability established throughout public service and private corporate sectors. the summer provide the foundation for a The program benefits the organizations that meaningful and prosperous future. John Han- employ MLK Scholars by engaging Boston’s cock is extremely proud of the MLK Scholdiverse student population in potential career ars Program and its ability to drive inclusive paths in their industries – with some students economic opportunities for our young people even returning as college interns and fulltime hires. to help build a more equitable Boston.” For more information about the MLK Each summer, in partnership with The Boston Globe, Boston University, Mass Gen- Scholars program, visit https://www.johnhaneral Brigham, and the City of Boston, John Hancock sponsors the employment of nearly mlk-nonprofit.html

God himself. The Black Effect Podcast Festival is sponsored by Nissan who will be on-site at the festival with an engaging activation for attendees. In addition, the festival will also feature a variety of other entertaining activities and games such as a popup market showcasing merchandise from Black businesses, a family game room, and a photo booth. Black Effect Podcast Network partners include AT&T, BetterHelp, Hulu, Molson Coors, Nissan and State Farm. Fans can visit to purchase tickets. The Black Effect Podcast Network is a transformative network founded by renowned cultural architect, executive producer, bestselling author, and media mogul Charlamagne Tha God. In a historic joint venture with the world’s number one commercial podcast publisher, iHeartMedia, Charlamagne and iHeartMedia created the groundbreaking first-ever Black Effect Podcast Network, celebrating the most important Black culture-shapers on the planet— in education, politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture. The Black Effect Podcast Network gives rise to emerging and established content creators and storytellers whose perspective and creative vision have been marginalized and overlooked while serving an audience that has been underserved. The Black Effect Podcast Network helps its partners define their place in podcast culture through influence, ideas, and experiences that engage, inspire, inform and empower.

MyOwnDoctor Announces Heart & Health App CHICAGO -- MyOwnDoctor, an Illinois-based telehealth company, today announced the launch of the free Heart & Health app, which will provide users with a multitude of culturally specific mental health resources and services beginning in September 2022. The MyOwnDoctor Heart & Health app is designed to address the mental healthcare epidemic in America rooted in racebased traumatic stress. The app’s services will include weekly free webinars featuring MyOwnDoctor’s mental health experts and will cover a wide range of timely topics— from managing stress and anxiety, to tips for building healthy relationships, to coping with daily stress of racism, discrimination, sexism and violence. Multiple crises in America—including a spike in racially motivated violence and gun violence and too few mental health providers, especially in Black communities—have increased the need for culturally specific health care services such as those that MyOwnDoctor provides. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that 2020 marked the highest spike in reported hate crimes since 2012. Incidents targeting people because of their race increased more than any other category, with the Black community seeing the largest increase. At the same time, the U.S. suffers from a shortage of mental health providers, particularly in Black and Latinx communities. Only 3 percent of U.S. psychologists

are Black and only 7 percent are Latinx, according to the American Psychological Association. “Everyone has the right to good health—including mental health—but not everyone has access to mental health resources or providers who understand and relate to their lived experiences,” says Cheryle Jackson, Chief Executive Officer at MyOwnDoctor. “The Heart & Health app offers free access to culturally specific mental health providers, which research has shown can improve health outcomes for patients.” According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience a serious mental illness and 25 percent more likely to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Despite these realities, fewer than one in three receive treatment. “A recent study showed that 63 percent of Black participants believed that having a mental health issue represented a personal weakness,” says Dr. Jay Weems, Chief Mental Health Officer at MyOwnDoctor and doctorate in Clinical Psychology. “It’s difficult to improve treatment outcomes when there are so many barriers to that treatment—including barriers like shame and stigma that we construct ourselves. Free, culturally specific care makes it possible to overcome those barriers.”

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Americans still have financial goals, just not sure how they will reach them “Consumers often think they aren’t in a position to take advantage of sound wealthbuilding strategies that will benefit them over time, when there are technology tools out there like Digit that can help them find ways to save and invest .”

(BPT) - If you have a vision for where you’d like to be financially in the coming years but no clear idea of how to get there - you’re far from alone. In fact, a recent survey by Wakefield Research and financial services company Digit (now a part of Oportun) found that 78% of American adults with financial goals have no strategy in place for reaching those goals. Unfortunately, with challenges like student loan debt and rising inflation, financial planning is more difficult than it has ever been. These challenges may mean people are missing out on opportunities to build financial security and prosperity as they move through their lives, at any monthly income. “Although most of us recognize the importance of smart financial planning, money management is challenging, complex and time-consuming,” notes Snigdha Kumar, head of product operations for Digit. “Consumers often think they aren’t in a position to take advantage of sound wealth-building strategies that will benefit them over time, when there are technology tools out there like Digit that can help them find ways to save and invest .” That concerning trend is reflected in

these other survey findings: * Young people are especially concerned about having no financial plans in place; those who say they’re worried include 95% of Gen Z-ers, 92% of millennials, 84% of Gen X-ers and 60% of baby boomers. * Nearly three in five respondents (58%) consider managing their money more mentally demanding than solving crossword puzzles. * Respondents spend an average four hours per month managing their money, and in spite of AI technology tools that could help them, 37% rely on pen-andpaper methods to do so - including 30% of Gen Z-ers and 28% of millennials. * A significant 44% reported being at least somewhat likely to dip into their savings during the first three months of 2022, and 27% said they were very likely to do so. * A full 13% of all respondents (and 19% of women respondents) say they have no savings at all from which to draw. The good news is that Digit by Oportun can help you manage your money with confidence and less stress by intelligently (and automatically) budgeting, saving and investing according to your short-term

needs and long-term goals. Digit uses advanced technology to analyze your full financial picture and make smart money decisions for you - with no need for additional tools or mental math. Available for download on Apple or Android devices, Digit members are setting aside more than $3,000 per year on average (based on daily average saves of all paying Digit members in 2021). As Kumar points out, having a solid financial plan in place can mean more than just financial freedom. In fact, 92% of survey respondents report feeling less daily anxiety when their finances are under control. And 70% of those who directly manage their own finances (including those who use apps for that purpose) report having a positive relationship with money. “There’s really no substitute for financial peace of mind,” Kumar advises. “And there’s no longer any need to spend hours each month trying to determine the best courses of action for managing your hardearned money. AI technology can streamline that process on your behalf so you can spend that time and energy elsewhere, but still know you’re on a sound financial path.”



Bloomingdale’s Launches Exclusive AQUA x Studio 189 Collection NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- Bloomingdale’s announced AQUA x Studio 189, a limited-edition collaboration between the retailer’s best-selling exclusive brand and the artisan-produced fashion luxury lifestyle brand and social enterprise co-founded by luxury executive and educator Abrima Erwiah and actress and activist Rosario Dawson. The collection features vibrant hand-dyed prints produced by Studio 189 artisans in Ghana in vibrant summer-ready styles including dresses, tops, skirts, and swimwear – all designed to be mixed and matched. The AQUA x Studio 189 collection launches on July 1 at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide and on “By partnering with AQUA on this collection, we’re able to celebrate the work of our artisans on a whole new level,” said Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 co-founder. “The special hand-batiked prints that were created exclusively for this collaboration resulted in Studio 189’s largest single fabric order to date, which grants us the opportunity to present the craftsmanship of our artisans to a broader audience. It’s an accessible collection that embraces joy with vibrant and tropical designs fitting for the summer season.” “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Studio 189 on this beautiful collection,” says Denise Magid, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Ready-to-Wear, Center Core, Concessions and Bloomingdale’s Outlets. “As a brand that works with artisanal communities that specialize in various traditional craftsmanship techniques, Studio Looks from Bloomingdale’s 189 brings bold, inspired new looks exclusive AQUA x Studio 189 to our beloved and best-selling AQUA collection. PRNewsFoto portfolio this summer.” COLLECTION INSPIRATION & COLLABORATIVE PROCESS

The AQUA x Studio 189 collection entitled “AKUA” was born on a Wednesday during New York Fashion Week after Bloomingdale’s Creative Director of AQUA Erica Ruff Hatfield contacted designer Abrima Erwiah to collaborate following Studio 189’s SS2022 Runway Show. “In Ghana, we are named after the days of the week. For example, Abrima is Nzema for Tuesday born. I felt very moved by this idea of birthing a new project “AKUA” when I was contacted by Bloomingdale’s and AQUA,” says Erwiah. Akua is an Akan female name for a girl child born on Wednesday and is derived from deities. Akua is said to be a champion for the cause of others. Erwiah continued, “This was fitting because the goal of this collaboration was to allow Studio 189 to create more work for the communities we serve in Africa. We were able to produce more than 20,000 yards of hand-made fabric and activate rural communities that really need the work especially considering the effects of the pandemic and rising prices. This was also our first time producing in Asia which is where AQUA produces. We learned new ways of working via skills transfer from AQUA’s family-run factory that is based in LA, Korea and China. This was a true collaboration in every way. The team we worked with has been spectacular and have helped us to achieve our mission in providing jobs, to empowering women in disenfranchised communities, and to support education and skills training.” AQUA X STUDIO 189: ACCESSIBLE & ARTISAN-MADE

The AQUA x Studio 189 collection features vibrant prints produced by Studio 189 artisans using the art of hand-batiking. This art form starts with patterns carved into wood or sponge that are dipped into hot wax and stamped onto cloth. This cloth is dipped into hand-mixed dyes and then the wax is removed to unveil the finished design. Visit and your nearest Bloomingdale’s store to shop the full AQUA x Studio 189 collection.


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TIAA, Azzi Fudd and Curry Brand Collab on Custom Sneakers to Spotlight 30% Retirement Income Gap Between Men and Women NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- TIAA is once women she finds personally inspiring, including again working alongside top athletes to spotlight the TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett and her startling reality that women have an average of 30 perparents. centi less retirement income than men. The company “This partnership with TIAA and Curry announced a collaboration with UConn Huskies Guard Brand is a really special one for me,” said Azzi Azzi Fudd, the top-ranked basketball recruit in 2021, Fudd. “I am proud to have helped design these and Curry Brand, Stephen Curry’s bespoke apparel incredible shoes that pay homage to the women who and footwear line produced by Under Armour. The have paved the way for gender equality, while spreadparties have collaborated to debut nine one-of-a-kind, ing awareness around the retirement income gap for hand-painted #RetireInequality sneakers. The sneakers athletes and women across the board.” were custom designed by David “DEZ” Zambrano “Azzi Fudd is the best choice to start a brand and Moe of Creative Custom Kicks and symbolrelationship like this because she is the next face of ize the progress that women’s basketball and has has been made over been a part of SC30 Inc. the past 50 years since and the Curry Brand family the passing of Title IX since she was an invitee to legislation and all of the All-American Camp,” the work that still needs said Stephen Curry. to be done. To hear inspirational “On average, stories, join the conversawomen still earn just 82 tion, and learn how you can cents on the dollar and help, please visit: https:// retire with 30 percent less income compared TIAA is a leading proto men – a gap that the vider of secure retirements pandemic has exacerand outcome-focused investbated,” said Stephen ment solutions to millions Tisdalle, TIAA’s Chief of people and thousands of Azzi Fudd. PRNewsfoto/TIAA Brand and Demand institutions. It is the #1 notGeneration Officer. “We launched the #Refor-profit retirement market provider1, paid more than tireInequality campaign during March Madness $6.4 billion in lifetime income to retired clients in 2021 this year to celebrate the advances made and to and has $1.3 trillion in assets under management (as of raise awareness of gender wage and retirement 3/31/2022)2. gaps. The collaboration with these all-star athTIAA Powered by Women’s Sports Foundation letes and designers further helps tell that story (founded by Billie Jean King), The Equity Project™ in an effort to advance the pace of progress for is a movement of individuals and organizations that women and society overall.” aims to impact participation, policy, representation TIAA launched its #RetireInequality and leadership in sports in sustainable and measurcampaign in March 2022, aligned to Womable ways. en’s History Month and just ahead of the 50th The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to anniversary of Title IX, the landmark law that enable girls and women to reach their potential in drove equity in education and opened the doors sport and life. We are an ally, an advocate and a of college sports for women. The campaign catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we brought together some of the most influential strengthen and expand participation and leaderplayers and coaches in the NCAA and WNBA ship opportunities through our research, advocacy, – women who have played pivotal roles in community programming and a wide variety of stamping out inequities in the sports arena – to collaborative partnerships. From its inception to Title bring awareness and educate others about why IX’s 50th anniversary in 2022, WSF has invested the fight to retire inequality still matters. over $100 million in these impact efforts, helping to As a #RetireInequality campaign ambasshape the lives of millions of youth, high school and sador, Azzi Fudd became passionate about encollegiate student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. couraging young women, particularly athletes, We’re building a future where every girl and woman to take hold of their financial futures, and was can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong benefits of eager to team up with TIAA and Curry Brand sport participation. All girls. All women. All sports ®. for this collaboration. As part of the collaboraTo learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, tion, Azzi will also gift pairs of the sneakers to please visit

CLEO WADE HOSTS NEW ORLEANS DINNER CELEBRATING THE BUY FROM A BLACK WOMAN INSPIRE TOUR PRESENTED BY H&M NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- H&M USA and Buy From A Black Woman kicked off the start of the non-profit’s 2022 Inspire Tour in New Orleans with a celebratory dinner hosted by artist, poet, activist, and author Cleo Wade. Preceded by a special screening of BFABW’s new documentary, “The Story Behind A Black Woman,” the dinner was followed the next day by the tour’s first pop up at H&M’s French Quarter location, which highlighted Black Woman owned businesses from all over the country. On June 30, H&M and non-profit Buy From a Black Woman celebrated the start of their 2022 Inspire Tour, now in its second year, in New Orleans, La. The evening began

with a special screening of the non-profit’s new documentary “The Story Behind a Black Woman” at New Orleans’ WB Collective in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. The film examines Founder Nikki Porcher, the background of her creation of the non-profit as well as its incredible effect on Black Woman business owners operating in a world where they may not always be seen. Following the screening, guests were led by a classic New Orleans brass band to a dinner at Calcasieu, hosted by Cleo Wade, in celebration of the start of the Inspire Tour the following day in H&M’s French Quarter location at 418 N. Peters St. “As a New Orleans native, it’s so special to me to be

supporting Buy From a Black Woman and the kick off to their Inspire Tour 2022 here in the Crescent City,” says Wade. “I’m inspired by the work Nikki Porcher and the organization has done in empowering Black Woman business owners, and I look forward to continuing my work with them this year.” The Buy From a Black Woman Inspire Tour is a series of pop-up shopping events across 12 U.S. cities, highlighting local Black Woman owned businesses and providing them options in a world that limits their voices. July 1 marked the beginning of the Inspire Tour in New Orleans.

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RELATED MIDWEST ANNOUNCES CHICAGO BASED, VETERAN-RUN VETERAN ROASTERS SELECTED AS COMPANY-WIDE COFFEE PROVIDER The Local Coffee Roaster Staffed By U.S. Military Veterans Will Host a Variety of Pop-Ups, Beginning June 30, Across All Related Midwest Construction Sites

CHICAGO—Related Midwest has announced that Veteran Roasters has been selected as the company’s in-office coffee provider, and will also feature the Chicago-based coffee roasters coffee on-site daily at construction projects. In celebration of this partnership, Related Midwest hosted an event at the 900 Randolph job site on June 30 to provide free coffee for hundreds of tradespeople and highlight the U.S. Veterans who make Veteran Roasters so special. Veteran Roasters, founded in 2017, is a veteran-owned and -staffed coffee brand that sources, roasts and distributes its own coffee beans, cold brew and other coffee products from its Chicago-area roastery and warehouse. Veteran Roasters trains its new employees through the production process, finding that many service members’ mechanical aptitude is welcome and needed on the production line. Many tradespeople are also veterans, finding their duty-tested skills well suited to construction and development work. Both Veteran Roasters and its sister company, Rags of Honor, provide veterans with continuing education and housing support as needed, while paying employees a living wage. Rags of Honor is a veteran-staffed Chicago-based screen printing company dedicated, like Veteran Roasters, to the mission of providing employment and services to returning vets. Rags of Honor is the exclusive supplier of safety vests, T-shirts, jackets, vests and other construction and branded gear for both Related Midwest and LR Contracting. “Veteran Roasters empowers veterans to transfer their valuable skills to the civilian workforce, providing

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IAMHP and State Legislators Rally Support for Behavioral Healthcare Services Recent incidents such as school shootings, the pandemic and inflation are all factors that could greatly impact mental health. Several measures, designed to improve efficiency and efficacy of behavioral health services, were approved for increased funding during the last legislative session. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed gaps in healthcare services throughout the country. One such gap, which will be difficult to improve in the short term, is access to behavioral health services amid a significant provider shortage. To address this situation, IAMHP collaborated with legislators on many shared priorities during the last legislative session. “The legislature introduced and passed a number of bills that align with IAMHP’s goals of increasing equitable access to healthcare and supporting providers who treat patients with behavioral healthcare needs, said Samantha Olds Frey, CEO of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans. Funding for additional training, in the form of academic detailing, offers providers opportunities to enhance their level of expertise in caring for patients with behavioral health disorders. In addition, behavioral health providers will now find it easier to locate appropriate care settings for patients thanks to funding that expands a new system that tracks the availability of inpatient treatment beds. Added to these new measures are simplified billing and payment codes for behavioral health and substance use disorders. For patients in treatment for substance use disorders, additional funds approved cover new Peer Support Services (PSS). Peer Support Services are community based and known to improve treatment outcomes. IAMHP led the initiative to gain this coverage. The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP) is an advocacy, member organization representing the Medicaid managed care health plans (MCOs) operating in the state of Illinois, which includes: Aetna Better Health of Illinois, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, CountyCare Health Plan, Humana, Meridian Health and Molina Healthcare. As a member organization for the Medicaid managed care health plans, IAMHP works with the Illinois state government, legislators, advocacy groups and Medicaid patients to invest in and provide high-quality health care focused on cost-effective, individualized care that helps the residents of Illinois live longer and healthier lives.


Bikes & Music Announces Summer “Fun-Raiser!” Group Ride and Cookout to Follow Online Fundraising Drive Bikes & Music, a Chicagoland 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has a goal to raise $25,000 by August 20, 2022. The funds are needed for the repair of donated bicycles, and for the purchase of new bike helmets and locks. The bikes and equipment will be provided to children and adults in need. Since the start of 2022, Bikes & Music has collected over 100 bicycles throughout Chicagoland. “We received a terrific response to our spring bike drive,” says Bikes & Music co-founder Ryan Gable. “We have supported organizations that are doing amazing work, like Home of the Sparrow and RefugeeOne. We’ve supplied these refurbished bikes along with helmets and locks to children and some adults that need bikes for fun but also as a mode of transportation to work and school!” The challenge now and mission of the fundraiser is to cover the tune-ups and repairs for these bikes. When you add in the cost of helmets and locks, it takes about $100 to get each bike ready to go and into the hands of someone that desperately wants one. Gable explains that repairing used bicycles keeps them out of landfills. “We could almost buy new bikes for what repairs and parts cost sometimes. But we are dedicated to doing the right thing for the planet by recycling bikes that just need a little love. We’re fortunate to have support from two local bike shops (Crank Revolution in Hoffman Estates and Never Ending Cycles in Streamwood) for the safety checks, maintenance and repairs. They do everything they can to keep our costs to a minimum.” Attending the ride is not required. To make a donation to Bik, visit

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“BET AWARDS” 2022 DELIVERS UNPRECEDENTED +34% LINEAR VIEWERSHIP SURGE CLAIMING THE #1 SPOT AS BEST PERFORMING CABLE AWARD SHOW THIS YEAR AMONG P18-49 NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- Culture’s biggest night, the “BET Awards” 2022, remains the undisputed #1 cable awards show among P 18-49 for the 2022 broadcast season. Celebrating Black excellence, creativity, ingenuity, and innovation, the LIVE award show is now the best performing cable award show with viewership this year* “BET Awards” 2022 premiered Sunday, June 26, and drew 3.2 MM Total Viewers P2+ (EDAC), as it was simulcast LIVE across 10 Paramount Global networks, including BET, BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Pop, TV Land, and VH1, up +34% vs last year. 2.1 MM Total Viewers P2+ tuned in on BET alone.* BET now holds the Top 2 Cable award shows of 2022 for Black viewers: “BET Awards” 2022 (#1) and “NAACP Image Awards” (#2).* The special, jammed-packed with must-see moments, secured the #1 Most Social Show on ALL of TV. The “BET Awards” 2022 was the #1 most-watched TV show on social and the best-performing telecast on BET Digital ever across Instagram PRNewsFoto Reels, YouTube, and Facebook with +103 MM social views.** #BETAwards trended on Twitter in the #1 spot consecutively for five hours worldwide. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about this year’s ratings! Every year, we strive to have the BET Awards celebrate and reflect that which is best and most important to our community and culture in our hope to inspire them to dream big and take action. I salute my colleagues for delivering an event that has so profoundly resonated, “said Scott Mills, CEO of BET. “We always knew we had a very special show, but now the ratings confirmed we are truly culture’s biggest night! We are grateful to our audience for tuning in live and on social media, all who stepped on stage, from the artists who delivered show-stopping performances and their teams, to our winners, nominees and presenters. We could not be more proud,” said Connie Orlando BET EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, “BET Awards” 2022 honored Black excellence in music, television, film, and sports across more than 20 categories. The iconic show aired live Sunday, June 26, on BET. Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, and Tems took top honors. An array of artists delivered unforgettable and sensational surprise performances, including Lizzo who opened the show with a stunning high-energy performance of “About Damn Time” from her forthcoming album Special. Many artists also spoke out about the repeal of Roe v Wade and Gun Control. The night also included a star-studded tribute to Sean “Diddy”

Combs, who was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. The celeb-filled show featured performances, appearances by Babyface, Big Freedia, Billy Porter, Bleu, Brandy, Bryson Tiller, Busta Rhymes, Carl Anthony Payne II, Chance The Rapper, Chlöe, Crystal Hayslett, Daniel Kaluuya, Dashaun Wesley, Debbie Allen, Doechii, Dominique Jackson, Ebony Obsidian, Ella Mai, Eva Marcille, Faith Evans, Fireboy DML, GIVĒON, GoGo Morrow Idris Elba, Jack Harlow, Joey Bada$$, Irv Gotti, Janelle Monáe, Jodeci, Kandi Burruss, Keke Palmer, Kanye West, Kevin Prodigy, Franklin, KJ Smith, Latto, Lil’ Kim, Lil Wayne, Lizzo, Luke James, LUKE LAWAL JR, MC Lyte, Mariah Carey, Marsai Martin, Mary J. Blige, Maverick City Music, MC Lyte, Mignon, Muni Long, Nene Leakes, Ne-Yo, Novi Brown, OGI, Paula Patton, Ray J, Roddy Ricch, Sanaa Lathan, Serayah, Shannon Balenciaga, Shaun Ross, Shyne, Tamar Braxton, Terrence J, The Lox, Tisha Campbell, Will Packer, Young Dirty Bastard and many more. The “BET Awards” 2022 celebrated the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by an inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers, and cultural icons. The “BET Awards,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year. Internationally, the show was simulcast on BET Africa, BET France and will be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil. Connie Orlando, BET’s Executive Vice President, Specials, Music Programming, Music Strategy, and News oversaw the annual show as an Executive Producer, along with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, who will serve as Co-Executive Producer for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers. Relive the “BET AWARDS” 2022 digital red carpet via the live stream powered by Bulldog DM, available on BET’s official YouTube page. For more information on the “BET Awards” 2022, please visit *Source: Nielsen (Live+SD) | Viewership % increases based on EDAC Coverage Rating (cumulative sum of avg imps of simulcast nets over BET coverage universe | Tentpole ranker based on Imps ranking on home network only (cable only) **Social Source: YouTube Analytics, Instagram, Conviva, ListenFirst, Tubular, Adobe Analytics; 5/1/22 - 6/26/22, as of 9am; Talkwalker Social Content Ratings, GetDayTrends; 6/26/22


COUNTRY LEGEND STONEY EDWARDS’ SIX ALBUMS MAKE STREAMING DEBUT LOS ANGELES, PRNewswire -Stoney Edwards’ personal story filled with the struggle, grit, courage and heart is what has long been the basis for songs that have shaped country music. He was among the early black country music artists to find success and the first black country singer-songwriter signed to Capitol Nashville in the 1970s. With 2022 marking the 25th year since his passing, UMG Nashville/UMe concluded Black Music Month and honored Stoney Edwards with the streaming debut of all six of his acclaimed 1971-1976 Capitol Records’ albums. Down Home In The Country, A Country Singer, Stoney Edwards, She’s My Rock, Mississippi You’re On My Mind and Blackbird have been remastered from original analog tapes. Stoney Edwards had 15 charting singles across his six Capitol Records albums and two top-20 hits “She’s My Rock” and “Mississippi You’re On My Mind,” available to stream/download here: Although his country music career began later in life, Stoney Edwards brought classic twang to his deeply personal lyrics such as “last night a two dollar toy made a million dollar daddy out of me,” the opening track and his first single, “A Two Dollar Toy,” from his debut album, A Country Singer. Also from his debut, “A Few of the Reasons” is a romantic ode with “Your love was there when everything else was gone….” Hailed by critics from Nashville to London, The Nashville Scene praised him as “A wonderful country vocalist and a highly entertaining songwriter who tirelessly beat the bushes on Music Row in the early and mid-’70s. His style interspersed bits of Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams with his deep, coarse, yet ingratiating delivery.” The Guardian stated, “the former trucker’s recordings were regarded as crying-into-your-beer classics.…” In addition, country stalwart Billy Ray Cyrus, who narrated a new video about Stoney Edwards, said “I was captivated and mesmerized by this story. He opened the door for so many great talents to follow their dreams in country music. “ Discover Stoney Edwards, HERE:

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR HALL DES LUMIÈRES, MANHATTAN’S NEW CULTURAL CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART Visit to Purchase Tickets and be the First to Experience Its Debut Multi-Sensory Exhibition, “Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion” NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- Culturespaces, France’s leading private manager of museums and cultural heritage sites, and IMG, a global leader in events, media and fashion, announced today that tickets are now on sale for Culturespaces’ first North American property, Hall des Lumières, a permanent center for custom-designed immersive digital art experiences, which opens in New York City September 14, 2022. Culturespaces is the creator and producer behind numerous digital art centers around the globe which marries its exhibitions to historic places that it redesigns and reimagines as permanent destinations, including the famed Atelier des Lumières in Paris, which welcomes 1.4 million visitors a year. Hall des Lumières will be located at 49 Chambers Street, inside the elaborate former teller hall and vault level of the historic, landmarked Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank opposite

Manhattan’s City Hall Park. The former bank has been redesigned and reimagined to become New York’s newest cultural destination. The immersive digital arts center presents new, innovative ways for audiences to interact with and experience artists and their work, and will showcase entirely new, custom-curated exhibitions every ten to twelve months based on the work of different world-renowned artists, starting with the debut exhibition, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion. The inaugural installation will feature luminescent, 30-foot-high images of celebrated works by the legendary painter, moving across the spectacular architecture and mapped precisely to the exact specifications of the building, along with other sensory elements including a musical soundtrack arranged especially for this presentation. The experience is designed to bring guests through Klimt’s prolific career while perfectly

complementing the marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of the grand space. The artistic team for the exhibition is led by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, whose previous projects include his original immersive experience of the work of Vincent van Gogh at Atelier des Lumières. Shorter, complementary digital experiences will accompany Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion. These will include an exhibition featuring works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist inspired by Klimt; a contemporary creation by the interdisciplinary studio Nohlab, titled 5 Movements, which will guide visitors to explore space and time through a performer’s five different types of body movements; and a contemporary creation, Recording Entropia, exploring the vast possibilities of the human mind.

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U. S. REPRESENTATIVE DANNY K. DAVIS ANNOUNCED OVER $26 MILLION DOLLAR COMMUNITY PROJECTS U. S. House of Representative Danny K. Davis announced at a press conference recently 25 community projects as part of the U. S. House of Representatives initiative. The projects range from technology, healthcare, education, substance use treatment, mental health services, mentoring programs, affordable housing, and capital improvements. Attendees included: • U. S. Rep. Danny K. Davis • Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer • State Rep. Lakeisha Collins • Alderman Monique Scott 24th Ward • Christa Hamilton, President UCAN • Rukiya Curvey Johnson, Interim VP, Community Health Equity, Rush University System for Health • Mayor Nathaniel Booker, Mayor of Maywood • Mr. Le Monte Booker, Field Museum’s Chief Financial Officer • Mr. Sharif Walker, Bethel New Life • Lashunda Brown, Chief Officer of Quality and Impact • Ms. Jamie Noto, Executive Director, Youth Outreach Services • Neli Rowland, A Safe Haven • Isaac Lewis, Jr., Strategic Human Services/North Lawndale Community News • Representative from Sankofa • Representative from Introspect U. S. House of Representative Danny K. Davis said, “When the U. S. House of Representatives revisited and brought back earmarks it was a great opportunity to strategically identify worthwhile community projects which might never receive funding, special needs, and increase the quality of life for marginalized communities.” The community projects are a part of the U. S. House of Representatives’ earmarks which provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to identify community projects in their legislative districts. Congressman Danny K. Davis’ community project include programs and capital projects across the 7th Congressional district, but also specifically in the following areas: Cities in District: Bellwood Berkeley City of Chicago Forest Park Maywood Community Areas in Chicago: North Lawndale Downtown East Garfield Park West Garfield Park Austin Michigan Ave. Englewood Near Westside U. S. Representative Danny K. Davis’ 2023 funded Community Projects A Safe Haven Foundation • The Behavioral Health Center Expansion Initiative project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it increases access to quality substance

abuse and mental health services to disenfranchised adult men, women, and families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to improve social, emotional, and economic well-being and stability. • $2,000,000 Ashunti Residential Management Systems, Inc. • The Ashunti Campus project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it increases long-term, residential, supportive housing for formerly-homeless individuals in Chicago to provide housing security and improve social, emotional, and economic well-being and stability. • $2,000,000 Bethel New Life, Inc. • The Mildred Wiley Wellness Hub project is a good use of taxpayer funds because creating a multi-faceted community wellness hub will greatly increase westside residents’ access to health, nutrition, and community services to improve well-being. • $750,000 City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College • The Malcolm X College Initiatives for Minority Male Mentoring and EMT Diversity and Inclusion project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it would improve college and emergency services certification completion for low-income students underrepresented in higher education and the health fields. • $1,000,000 City of Chicago • This Prairie District Affordable Housing project is a good use of taxpayer funds because increasing affordable housing will improve housing security and community well-being for marginalized, low, and very low-income residents on the near south side of Chicago. • $2,000,000. Field Museum of Natural History • The Field Museum Facilities Upgrades project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it would allow the world-famous Field Museum of Natural History to modernize its air-handling systems to improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality for its visitors and staff, and humidity levels to help safeguard its priceless collections as well as to significantly reduce its overall carbon footprint and operating expenses. • $2,000,000. Mount Sinai Hospital • The Mount Sinai Hospital ICU Expansion project is a good use of taxpayer funds because renovating and expanding the Sinai Intensive Care Unit will help address the increased health needs of and improve the advanced health care quality for low-income residents on the westside

of Chicago. • $2,000,000. Mount Vernon Community Foundation • The Mount Vernon Affordable Housing and Community Services Expansion project is a good use of taxpayer funds because increasing affordable housing and community services on the westside of Chicago will increase housing security and community well-being for residents in under-resourced communities in Chicago. • $2,000,000. Near North Health Service Corporation • The Near North Health’s Center Infrastructure Improvement project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it would improve access to affordable, high-quality primary and specialty healthcare for residents living in communities lacking primary care, mental health, and oral health services and who have been disproportionately affected by persistent, pre-existing health and economic disparities. • $2,000,000. New Age Services Corporation • The Expansion of New Age Services Corporation’s Client Center Treatment project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it increases access to

substance abuse and mental health services to help individuals improve social, emotional, and economic stability. • $600,000. Primo Center for Women and Children • The Trauma-Informed Network of Care for Chicago’s South and Westsides (TIN for Chicago) project is a good use of taxpayer funds because providing trauma-informed mental health services to homeless children experiencing trauma will improve their social-emotional well-being while improving the coordinated trauma-informed care network on the south and westsides of Chicago. • $800,000. Strategic Human Services • The Strategic Human Services Youth Employment Intervention and Media Podcast Training Program project is a good use of taxpayer funds because out-of-school programs that develop the journalism skills of high school students promote interest in and expand diversity within the high-demand careers of communications and media as well as strengthen pre-employment and college readiness skills. • $832,140. UCAN • The Expansion of UCAN Ser-

vices Supporting Foster Youth and Community Wellbeing project is a good use of taxpayer funds because expanding social services to foster youth and community well-being programs will improve the economic and social-emotional welfare of youth and community safety. • $1,000,000. United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago • The Supportive Living, Community Day Services, and Housing Site Project for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities project is a good use of taxpayer dollars because expanding the array of supportive and affordable housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will improve housing security and social-emotional well-being for vulnerable individuals. • $750,000 Youth Outreach Services • The Ensuring & Empowering Homeless Youth in IL07: Independence, Life Skills & Workforce Development project is an important use of taxpayer funds because it expands the array of affordable housing and support services for homeless youth which will improve housing security and social, emotional, and economic well-being of vulnerable individuals. • $750,000










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Ideas to Upgrade Backyard Kitchens table. You might also consider combining your outdoor kitchen with a comfortable outdoor living room, which can be done with cozy yet durable outdoor sofas and lounge chairs.

(Family Features) There are few better ways to gather and enjoy the outdoors than in a beautiful backyard kitchen. Backyard kitchens allow you to entertain and dine outside with ease. They also add value to your home, encourage healthier eating, lower spending on eating out and save energy. Whether modest modern or full-service functional, consider these ideas for integrating or updating backyard kitchens from the experts at Best Pick Reports.

Pick the Right Location The location of your backyard area should be relatively flat and easy for you and your guests to access. It should also be large enough to include a cooking area and comfortable seating. Another aspect of your backyard kitchen’s location is its distance from a power source. If you aren’t sure which area of your backyard would work best, reach out to a professional. He or she can help you pick a safe space and aid you in design. Protect Your Space from the Weather Perfect weather is never guaranteed. Don’t count on it, especially when you have plans. Ensuring you can still use your backyard kitchen even if it rains is important. The sun can also be a mood killer for you and your guests on scorching days. Having a shaded space can make everyone more comfortable. The ideal backyard kitchen should include a screen or shelter against the elements, whatever the weather may bring. This may be as simple as installing large

umbrellas. A more substantial option is a fully screened gazebo or room. Be sure to keep the temperature in mind as well. Fans for air movement can help increase everyone’s comfort level.

Ensure There’s Enough Seating for Everyone When enjoying your backyard kitchen, you and your guests will want someplace to relax. A few questions to ask yourself: • How many guests do you want to seat? • What type of seating would you prefer (bench, stone, cushioned)? • Do you want the seating to be secured? • Will the seating be outside and exposed to the elements year round? One idea is a rustic outdoor bar with bar-style seating. Another is a sturdy wood or stone picnic-style

Choose the Right Appliances A backyard kitchen isn’t complete without a collection of appliances. From the grill to the refrigerator, it’s important to choose the right options for your family based on budget and usability. • Grill – Whether it’s gas, charcoal, electric or a hybrid model, a good grill is often the focal point of the outdoor kitchen that keeps your guests coming back for more. If you’re not much of a griller, a smoker or wood oven will work just as well. • Refrigerator – If there’s one thing that lets bugs into your house, it’s guests going in and out to grab a drink from the fridge. Outdoor fridges are convenient additions to backyard kitchens. Available in freestanding or built-in options, they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and capacities. • Sink – If you’re grilling, chances are you’re handling raw meat. Aside from using it as a handwashing station for guests, a sink in your outdoor kitchen can help keep you and your workspace clean and sanitary. If you need a professional to help plan your dream outdoor kitchen, visit and to find experts in your neighborhood. Photos courtesy of Getty Images



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Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 (2 lettuce cups each)

Put Sustainability on the Family Menu

Serve wild, sustainably produced seafood (Family Features) Cooking delicious family meals is surely the focus of many home chefs, from quick dishes on busy weeknights to homestyle favorites on the weekend. Equally important, however, is dishing up foods and ingredients you can feel good about serving to your loved ones. The next time seafood is on the menu, consider the source of your main course. Available fresh, frozen, smoked and canned year-round and nationwide, seafood from Alaska is sustainably harvested, and you can trust it comes from a responsibly managed fishery. Utilizing a science-based approach, the state sustains the long-term vitality of species and their natural habitats, as well as the fishing communities that rely on them.

Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Sari Diskin Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 2-3 2 cups slaw mix 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for serving 1 lime, divided salt, to taste pepper, to taste nonstick cooking spray 1/2 pound Alaska cod olive oil blackening seasoning, to taste, plus additional, divided

Fishermen and scientists work together to ensure they only harvest what science tells them the ecosystem can support, so that fish stocks, communities and the marine environment can thrive for generations to come. Wild, sustainable and harvested in the USA, Alaska seafood is full of flavor and high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and oils essential to good health, including omega-3s and vitamin D. You can feel good serving your loved ones these Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos as a classic way to spice up your dinner table, or give a sweet heat kick to Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups with Korean chili paste, miso and honey. Visit to find more information and family-friendly recipes.

sea salt, to taste 4 small flour tortillas 1 avocado, sliced Preheat oven to 400 F. In bowl, mix slaw with mayonnaise, hot sauce, juice from 1/2 lime and salt and pepper, to taste; set aside. Line baking dish with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place Alaska cod on top and coat lightly with olive oil. Generously season with blackening seasoning and sea salt, to taste. Bake 5 minutes, set oven to broil and broil 3-5 minutes. When fish is done (when it flakes easily with fork and is opaque throughout), remove from oven and break into small chunks with fork. In flour tortillas, add avocado and slaw. Top with chunks of cod and drizzle with additional hot sauce, squeeze of lime

1/4 cup yellow or white miso 1 tablespoon Korean chili paste 1 tablespoon honey 1 pound Alaska sablefish (black cod), cut into 2-ounce portions nonstick cooking spray 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped 1-1 1/4 cups cooked sushi rice or quinoa 1/2 cup chopped English cucumber 1/4 cup thinly sliced halved radish 1/2 cup pickled ginger, chopped 1/2 cup bottled Asian-style salad dressing with wasabi and ginger 8 medium-large butter lettuce leaves 1/2 cup cilantro leaves Preheat oven to 450 F. Blend miso, chili paste and honey; spread onto Alaska sablefish portions. Place portions on nonstick cooking spray-coated, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 5-7 minutes, or until fish is opaque throughout and deep golden brown; cool slightly. In mixing bowl, combine avocado, rice or quinoa, cucumber, radishes and ginger; pour in dressing. Toss to coat. To serve, place about 1/3 cup vegetable-rice mixture in each lettuce leaf. Top with one sablefish portion. Sprinkle each lettuce cup with 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves.

juice from remaining 1/2 lime and additional blackening seasoning. Photo courtesy of Sari Diskin (Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos)

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