Someone You Need To Know (Series)

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.


  • Scoring A Touchdown In Business During A Pandemic.

    I recently huddled with Corey Mays, retired NFL linebacker turned angel investor and motivational speaker about life after professional football, business strategies for entrepreneurs, ways for small business owners to stay connected, and business tips for how entrepreneurs can pivot during COVID-19.

    Corey Mays is an angel investor, entrepreneur, mentor, keynote speaker, and volunteer with various organizations that give back globally, as well in the Chicago community. He currently serves as President of the NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter and is Co-Chair of the Economic Empowerment Committee for the 100 Black Men Chicago Chapter.

     

    Continue reading →I recently huddled with Corey Mays, retired NFL linebacker turned angel investor and motivational speaker about life after professional football, business strategies for entrepreneurs, ways for small business owners to stay connected, and business tips for how entrepreneurs can pivot during COVID-19. Corey Mays is an angel investor, entrepreneur, mentor, keynote speaker, and volunteer with various ...
  • Chopping It Up With Chef Jessica Holmes

    What’s happening in the restaurant industry you ask? I chop it up with Chef Jessica on the state of the restaurant and food industry amidst #COVID19. Jessica Holmes is the Co-Founder/Executive Chef of SoulBoricua and a culinary instructor of Washburne Hospitality & Culinary Institute, located in Englewood at Kennedy King College.

    Continue reading →What’s happening in the restaurant industry you ask? I chop it up with Chef Jessica on the state of the restaurant and food industry amidst #COVID19. Jessica Holmes is the Co-Founder/Executive Chef of SoulBoricua and a culinary instructor of Washburne Hospitality & Culinary Institute, located in Englewood at Kennedy King College.
  • Navigating The Real Estate Industry During Covid-19 with Rob Rose

    How can consumers avoid a repeat of the 2007/2008 housing crisis? Avoid predatory lending? There is a lot of misleading information regarding the lending and housing market. I explore the state of the real estate market, the local economy, steps consumers can take to protect future real estate investments, developing relationships with lenders, should consumers buy properties during the pandemic or pause?, Black & Brown homeownership, plus more with Rob Rose, Executive Director of Cook County Land Bank Authority.

    Robert (“Rob”) Rose joined the Cook County Land Bank Authority in March 2015, where he is responsible for the Authority’s day-to-day activities and all staff; and will be responsible for managing the Land Bank’s multi-million dollar budget. Rob has a strong vision for the future of the region, and the ability to execute that vision among diverse stakeholders. This vision is bolstered by his extensive background in finance, underwriting, real estate and community development.

     

    Continue reading →How can consumers avoid a repeat of the 2007/2008 housing crisis? Avoid predatory lending? There is a lot of misleading information regarding the lending and housing market. I explore the state of the real estate market, the local economy, steps consumers can take to protect future real estate investments, developing relationships with lenders, should consumers ...
  • Exploring Ministry During COVID-19 With Pastor Katrese Kirk

    During these uncertain times in our world with the COVID-19 pandemic, I discuss keeping the faith and new normal of ministry with millennial Pastor Katrese Kirk aka Pastor K. Reverend Katrese Kirk of Smith Chapel AME Church (Inkster, Michigan) is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

     

    Rev. Kirk is passionate about millennial ministry, and has developed a workshop to help churches attract and retain young adults entitled “Bring Back Our Millennials, Why Young Adults Are Done with Church”. Rev. Kirk received her B.A. in Mass Media Communication from Wilberforce University, where she held the title of Miss Wilberforce University 2002. She has a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rev. Kirk is a student at Payne Theological Seminary, pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership and Community Engagement. She is a Pastor and motivational speaker who is committed to helping others unlock their purpose, and live the abundant life that God has purposed for them.

    Continue reading →During these uncertain times in our world with the COVID-19 pandemic, I discuss keeping the faith and new normal of ministry with millennial Pastor Katrese Kirk aka Pastor K. Reverend Katrese Kirk of Smith Chapel AME Church (Inkster, Michigan) is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.   Rev. Kirk is passionate about millennial ministry, ...
  • Governing Locally During COVID-19 with Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer

    In this interview I talk with 6th Ward Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer on running his ward, keeping his constituents informed, staying safe during COVID-19, discussion of reparations for healthcare and racial disparities, his feelings on how Illinois Governor Pritzker and Mayor Light is handling the pandemic while addressing the concerns of residents.

    Continue reading →In this interview I talk with 6th Ward Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer on running his ward, keeping his constituents informed, staying safe during COVID-19, discussion of reparations for healthcare and racial disparities, his feelings on how Illinois Governor Pritzker and Mayor Light is handling the pandemic while addressing the concerns of residents.
  • Business as Usual During COVID-19 with Karl Riley II

    In this interview, I chat with Karl Riley II, VP of Small Business Community Lending with Fifth Third Bank in Chicago on the changes in the bank industry, how to get financial assistance for small businesses, and new lending protocols as #COVID19 has changed every industry. We discuss how entrepreneurs can seek assistance via Paycheck Protection Program.

    Continue reading →In this interview, I chat with Karl Riley II, VP of Small Business Community Lending with Fifth Third Bank in Chicago on the changes in the bank industry, how to get financial assistance for small businesses, and new lending protocols as #COVID19 has changed every industry. We discuss how entrepreneurs can seek assistance via Paycheck Protection ...
  • Coffee Chat on Entrepreneurship with Trez V. Pugh III

    During a recent coffee chat, I explore pivioting in entrepreneurship, keeping your business afloat during a pandemic, and worldwide protest to end racial injustices with Trez V. Pugh, III of Sip & Savor Chicago.

    Trez V. Pugh, III is the Founder & CEO of Sip and Savor Chicago, Inc., a company that owns and runs high-end coffee houses on the Southside of Chicago. Pugh, in addition to being the Chief Executive Officer, works a full-time job for the U.S. Government. He prides himself on being a mentor volunteering with at-risk kids through the Becoming a Better Man Project (BAM).

    Continue reading →During a recent coffee chat, I explore pivioting in entrepreneurship, keeping your business afloat during a pandemic, and worldwide protest to end racial injustices with Trez V. Pugh, III of Sip & Savor Chicago. Trez V. Pugh, III is the Founder & CEO of Sip and Savor Chicago, Inc., a company that owns and runs high-end coffee ...
  • Dentistry During COVID 19 with Smile Theory Dental

    I explore  dentistry during the COVID-19 and what the new normal will become post-COVID-19 with Dr. Alexandra Jundt and Dr. Kenya McCaleb owners of Smile Theory at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

    Here some tips they recommended following:

    1. Wash your hands before brushing and flossing. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer, but make sure to wash your hands before touching your mouth to reduce introducing your mouth and body harmful bacteria and/or viruses.

    2. Replace your toothbrush after you feel sick. Make sure to replace your toothbrush with a new one so you don’t risk we infection. If you use an electric toothbrush, just replace the head. Generally, we recommend replacing toothbrushes every three months.

    3. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to avoid using regular alcohol-based mouthwash. Stay hydrated and look for mouthwashes that have “alcohol-free” on the label.

    4. Stay healthy mentally and physically during this time by exercising, maintaining a healthy balanced diet, reading a good book, or possibly maintaining a daily journal.

    5. Communicate respectfully to loved ones while living together during this time, by maintaining a healthy open dialogue with everyone within the household- as well as communicating with loved ones outside the household.

    6. Continue to brush and floss after meals and in between snacking-as well as before bedtime and in the morning to reduce the development of caries (decay).

    Smile Theory at Millennium Park believes that by fostering an environment of communication and delivering the highest standard of care possible, our patients will leave feeling confident — ready to proudly show off their signature smile! About Smile Theory at Millennium Park: Dr. Alex is from Madison, Wisconsin, and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Following dental school, Dr. Alex received advanced formal training in surgical, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, where she served as chief dental resident. Prior to opening Smile Theory at Millennium Park, Dr. Alex was a premier provider in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    Dr. Kenya McCalebb began her undergraduate educational journey at Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in communication. She continued her post-baccalaureate education at Rush University in Chicago and received her Master of Science in biotechnology. Realizing that her passion for health, science, and technology would be more fulfilled in a career that serves and cares for people directly, Dr. McCalebb furthered her education in pursuit of a career in dentistry and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Her professional journey continued at Marquette University, where Dr. McCalebb completed her residency in advanced general dentistry, during which she was able to enhance her professional skills and knowledge. Her advanced training includes all aspects of dentistry, such as restorative and cosmetic procedures, with emphasis on comprehensive care and health awareness.

     

    Continue reading →I explore  dentistry during the COVID-19 and what the new normal will become post-COVID-19 with Dr. Alexandra Jundt and Dr. Kenya McCaleb owners of Smile Theory at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Here some tips they recommended following: 1. Wash your hands before brushing and flossing. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water ...
  • Exploring The Film Industry During A Pandemic with Mark Harris

    Will the film industry go back to normal? Can actors still work? Can they file unemployment? These are questions Hollywood faces.

    I talk with international film director, producer, and writer Mark Harris on what the new normal will become for the film industry as the world deals with the pandemic of COVID-19.

    Mark Harris is the owner of 1555 Filmworks and is a self-taught filmmaker. His movies have come out to the major distributor and he’s self-distributed many of his earlier films and sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the US and overseas. Mark was born and raised in the Englewood community of Chicago.

    Continue reading →Will the film industry go back to normal? Can actors still work? Can they file unemployment? These are questions Hollywood faces. I talk with international film director, producer, and writer Mark Harris on what the new normal will become for the film industry as the world deals with the pandemic of COVID-19. Mark Harris is the owner ...
  • Sheltering In Place During COVID-19 West Coast Style

    Could you imagine being 9 months pregnant and raising a family during #COVID19? I chat with Sana Shukairy from The Bay Area who discusses her new normal during pregnancy, Ramadan, and raising a family. Shukairy is a wife, mother, educator, and sheltering in place with her family during COVID-19. Learn more on how she is sheltering in place.

    Continue reading →Could you imagine being 9 months pregnant and raising a family during #COVID19? I chat with Sana Shukairy from The Bay Area who discusses her new normal during pregnancy, Ramadan, and raising a family. Shukairy is a wife, mother, educator, and sheltering in place with her family during COVID-19. Learn more on how she is ...