Someone You Need To Know (Series)

“Someone You Need To Know with Rashanah Baldwin” is the latest body of work Rashanah has created to capture the stories of amazing leaders, experts, and everyday people who are thriving amidst COVID-19 and civil unrest around the country.

Rashanah prides herself on being a great content creator and storyteller. She tells the stories often overlooked by the masses, she explores the untold stories of everyday people making a difference in their communities, the good news in the neighborhood, community news often ignored, and people you need to know.


  • Rallying The Vote!

    America braces for national civil unrest pending results of the 2020 presidential election as polls close in less than 3 days.

    In a conversation with Maggie O’Keefe, 40th Ward Committeewoman, we explore the work she is doing to mobilize Generation Z to show up to the polls,  how she is using her platform to do voter education, accountability in government, her reasons for running for political office, and more.

    Maggie O’Keefe is 40th Ward Committeewoman, a voting rights activist, a small business owner, and a former aldermanic candidate.  Maggie O’Keefe will support progressive Democratic candidates building a responsive, accountable government and increase voter turnout and engagement in the 40th Ward of Chicago.

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    America braces for national civil unrest pending results of the 2020 presidential election as polls close in less than 3 days. In a conversation with Maggie O’Keefe, 40th Ward Committeewoman, we explore the work she is doing to mobilize Generation Z to show up to the polls,  how she is using her platform to do voter ...
  • The Urgency of Now! Rocking The Vote Like Never Before in 2020!

    I caught up with Ted Williams, III who explains why this 2020 presidential election is more important than any other U.S. election. We discuss why voting in all elections are important, Ice Cube’s Black Agenda, how President Trump became president and past policies of former Vice President Joe Biden. Plus Williams explains how he is keeping his students informed about the role civics plays in our everyday lives.

    Ted Williams III has taught Political Science at Wright College, Chicago State University, and currently is the Chairman of the Social Science Department at Kennedy-King College. He holds degrees in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University and is the former host of WYCC-PBS television’s The Professors weekly talk show. He has provided political commentary for BET-TV, WGN-TV, NBC-TV, Upfront with Jesse Jackson, PRI’s Smiley and West, WVON radio, and a host of periodicals.

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    I caught up with Ted Williams, III who explains why this 2020 presidential election is more important than any other U.S. election. We discuss why voting in all elections are important, Ice Cube’s Black Agenda, how President Trump became president and past policies of former Vice President Joe Biden. Plus Williams explains how he is ...
  • Leading Communities In Faith Through A Global Pandemic

    Keeping the faith is one way to navigate the challenges the world faces in 2020 with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and recent national civil rest in the United States. I recently talked with Pastor Jonathan Brooks of Chicago on how he is keeping the peace in his home community of West Englewood, how residents are expressing their frustrations holistically through community activism, community organizing, and the policy changes needed to propel underserved communities forward.

    Pastah J, as he is affectionately called, is a sought-after speaker, writer, artist, and community activist.  He has contributed to numerous blogs, articles, and books and recently released the book Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods.

    Jonathan Brooks is a lifelong resident of Chicago and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in the West Englewood neighborhood and as an educator on many different levels.  As a firm believer in investing in your local community, Jonathan has a deep desire to impress this virtue on the students and young people in his congregation, classroom, and community.  His ministry focuses on youth development, holistic health, college scholarships, art and music training, and restorative justice practices and cares for the incarcerated and their families.

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    Keeping the faith is one way to navigate the challenges the world faces in 2020 with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and recent national civil rest in the United States. I recently talked with Pastor Jonathan Brooks of Chicago on how he is keeping the peace in his home community of West Englewood, how residents ...
  • Voting With Purpose During All Election Cycles!

    The phrase “Vote Like Your Life Depends On It” rings loudly and consistently during these uncertain times in our world. The 2020 Presidental election is less than two weeks, and the battle between political parties gets muddy as everything seems to be at stake. I go deep with Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of Men4Choice, on why the #Millennial generation & #GenerationZ need to show up in full force at the polls, the importance of local elections, consistency in voting during all election cycles, accountability with police reform, impacting policy, using your vote to voice for your concerns, women’s reproduction rights, plus more!

    Oren Jacobson is a civic entrepreneur, organizer, thought leader, and consultant focused on helping communities and organizations build the strength and capacity necessary to drive tangible systemic progress.

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    The phrase “Vote Like Your Life Depends On It” rings loudly and consistently during these uncertain times in our world. The 2020 Presidental election is less than two weeks, and the battle between political parties gets muddy as everything seems to be at stake. I go deep with Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of ...
  • Staying Productive & Changing Your Mindset During COVID-19 with Creativity Coach Kanesha Baynard

    Wondering how to get back on track with your life goals and cope during COVID-19? How to focus on your inner wellness or give yourself grace? I recently caught up with Kanesha Baynard from the Bay Area on developing a plan of action and creating simple steps to being productive, proactive, happy, and living a bold life.

    Kanesha Baynard is a professional and personal certified life coach, educator, facilitator, blogger, crafter, and an inner wellness author featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

    Kanesha is the author of The Self-love Playbook for #boldthinkers, 52 Powerful Questions: A Journal and Planning Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs, and Focus on What Matters: A Guided Journal.

    Kanesha has over 20 years of experience as an educator, leadership developer, and curriculum designer. She was a secondary teacher for eight years, served as a K-12 professional development administrator, and oversaw the teacher certification program at a large university. She holds degrees in Spanish, secondary education, educational leadership, and linguistically diverse education. She is also has a certification in life coaching.

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    Wondering how to get back on track with your life goals and cope during COVID-19? How to focus on your inner wellness or give yourself grace? I recently caught up with Kanesha Baynard from the Bay Area on developing a plan of action and creating simple steps to being productive, proactive, happy, and living a ...
  • Exploring The State of Housing In Chicago During A Global Panademic

    Sarah and I go deep into the state of the housing market in Chicago. We explore the unfavorable lending practices and often times bias underwriting standards toward Black & Brown future homeowners. We discuss ways in which NHS Chicago is helping current homeowners, future homeowners, and how they are holding financial institutions accountable for better lending practices for in these communities. And the need to increase racial diversity among decision-makers.

    Sarah serves as the Public Policy & Innovation Strategist at Neighborhood Housing Service of Chicago.

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    Sarah and I go deep into the state of the housing market in Chicago. We explore the unfavorable lending practices and often times bias underwriting standards toward Black & Brown future homeowners. We discuss ways in which NHS Chicago is helping current homeowners, future homeowners, and how they are holding financial institutions accountable for better ...
  • Personal Stories Captured By Canadian Palette Knife Painter Nada Khatib

    Are you wondering how the rest of the world deals with #COVID19, national civil unrest, and shifting their lives and professions to maintain normalcy?  In a recent interview, I chat with Nada Khatib, a Canadian Artist, and Professional Palette Knife Painter on the stories she tells through the images she creates and a look at how Canada is doing during these uncertain times in the world.

    Nada was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her family arrived in Canada as Syrian refugees fleeing persecution in the late 80’s, and she currently resides in Petawawa, Ontario with her husband. Nada began painting 14 years ago as an outlet for creativity and self-expression.

    Nada work is available online and can be seen on her website Expression By Nada.

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    Are you wondering how the rest of the world deals with #COVID19, national civil unrest, and shifting their lives and professions to maintain normalcy?  In a recent interview, I chat with Nada Khatib, a Canadian Artist, and Professional Palette Knife Painter on the stories she tells through the images she creates and a look at ...
  • Black Women Who Dominate The Real Estate Industry: Meet Darlene Morris

    I recently chatted with Darlene Morris a real estate influencer and community developer who is improving Chicago’s underserved communities one property at a time.

    Darlene has worked as a real estate consultant for the last 20 years in the Chicagoland area. Through her years of experience in the industry, she has helped to revitalized many Chicago communities by the rehabbing of distressed properties for future Black & Brown homeowners and landowners.

    As a seasoned real estate consultant, Darlene has built an impressive portfolio as a community developer, recognized as a notable real estate professional, and is respected as a leader by her peers in the real estate industry.

    Her experience also includes expertise in residential & commercial acquisition, disposition & project management; Negotiating sales of residential and commercial properties, tax and judicial sales, project management, property management, receivership, and short sales.

    Darlene continues to improve underserved communities of Chicago and mentors fellow real estate professionals.

     

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    I recently chatted with Darlene Morris a real estate influencer and community developer who is improving Chicago’s underserved communities one property at a time. Darlene has worked as a real estate consultant for the last 20 years in the Chicagoland area. Through her years of experience in the industry, she has helped to revitalized many Chicago ...
  • A Glance At The Positivity Rate and COVID-19 Updates In Illinois

    I chat with Dr. Terrell who is the Chair of Surgery, she discusses why #COVID19 is plaguing the Black and Brown communities, steps to staying safe during COVID-19, the latest cases in Illinois, the positivity rate in Illinois, and information you need to know to be well informed on keeping your loved ones healthy.

    Daria Brooks-Terrell, MD, serves as St. Bernard Hospital’s Medical Director of Clinical Programming and Health Outcomes.

    Dr. Terrell collaborates with the Administrative team to aid in the development of the hospital’s community health initiatives with a focus on patient education, preventive care, improved patient outcomes, and health disparities. She also serves as the Chair of Surgery and Vice President of the medical staff.

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    I chat with Dr. Terrell who is the Chair of Surgery, she discusses why #COVID19 is plaguing the Black and Brown communities, steps to staying safe during COVID-19, the latest cases in Illinois, the positivity rate in Illinois, and information you need to know to be well informed on keeping your loved ones healthy. Daria Brooks-Terrell, ...
  • Navigating The Medical Field During a Global Pandemic

    In this interview, Rashanah chats with Nurse Georgette Brown right in the thick of the global pandemic and at the time the state of Illinois was in mandatory curfew and strict shelter in place guidelines was enforced. We explore new protocols for visiting the doctor’s office, scheduling appointments, and what is considered urgent or non-urgent doctor’s visit, plus ways to stay safe.

    Georgette is a registered nurse with a Bachelors’s in Science and been working as an RN for the last 5 years. Georgette’s specialty is Women’s Health and she currently works for a private practice in Oaklawn, Illinois.

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    In this interview, Rashanah chats with Nurse Georgette Brown right in the thick of the global pandemic and at the time the state of Illinois was in mandatory curfew and strict shelter in place guidelines was enforced. We explore new protocols for visiting the doctor’s office, scheduling appointments, and what is considered urgent or non-urgent ...