Changing the Narrative in Chicago

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Chicago got good news too. This is a dream come true. To pay Black youth to read and write. It's not easy. We so accustomed to valuing and compensating them for physical work, beauty or entertainment they don't as easily embrace being paid for their ideas, for #literacy, or being paid to invest in themselves.

It's been a beautiful collaboration, youth need to see that too. Real Men Charities got money from Lawrence Hall to pay them to work at The Quarry Event Center, in a Black owned venue to learn about business development with Krissy of The Bleu Den and culinary arts from Signature Plates By: Dequandre Williams, history and culture from Yvette J. Moyo, and they are creating all the content for the August issue of the South Side Drive Magazine: Guide to the Good Life Chicago. (While earning more than they would've serving poison to the community at McDonald)

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

― James Baldwin

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We also partnered with Dr. Kim L. Dulaney and DuSable Museum of African American History for a book club starting with Derrick Rose's biography generously donated by Kendel Reese and Michael Reese of #Wond3rStudios.

So when folk wonder what it look to keep the work going despite intersecting pandemics. When they ask what to do with #reparations and the money defunded from the police. When they ask what #healing looks like outside the walls of a #therapy office. When they ask what the Black youth in #Chicago are doing. This is it.

Writer Obari Cartman

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