Heart and Soul July 30, 2016

A special presentation of HEART & SOUL, an ABC 7 series that taps into the essence of Chicago's African American community, aired Sat., July 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Little Black Pearl/Jordan Brand WINGS Design Program
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Little Black Pearl/Jordan Brand WINGS Design Program



One is an unmistakable brand on athletic fields and courts, bearing the name of a true sports legend, the other is a hub for the arts with a rich history in Chicago and the two have recently come together to offer up amazing opportunities for aspiring young artists. For more than 20 years, Little Black Pearl has taught Chicago youth the basics of art and marketing that art. So, LBP Founder Monica Haslip knew Nike's Jordan Brand was such a logical partner to help her most talented students learn more about designing and marketing some of today's hottest apparel and footwear. Jordan Brands' solution was launching the WINGS Design Program. Two classes of 30 students took part in design sessions with Jordan designers at the State Street flagship Jordan Brand store. At the conclusion of the 10-week session, each member of the team of young artists with the winning T-shirt design wins a $10K college scholarship, courtesy of Jordan Brands. Also when the most recent 10-week session wrapped, Jordan Brands flew all 30 students out to visit the corporate headquarters in Portland, OR.

Little Black Pearl
1060 E. 47th St.
Chicago
773-285-1211
www.blackpearl.org

The Jordan Brand Retail Experience
32 South State St.
Chicago
www.32southstate.com

Christopher Augmon- Jewelry Designer
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Christopher Augmon, jewelry designer



Long before jewelry designer Christopher Augmon touched a piece of jewelry, he worked as a fashion model. His eye for fashion expanded when he started making jewelry several years ago. To date, his collection of earrings, bracelets, cuff links and even engagement rings has caught the eyes of actress Zoe Saldana and former Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose. For the past twenty five years, Christopher has volunteered with the Chicago Youth Programs helping troubled youth. As a result, he started the line "18K" to inspire young people who may be faced with challenges.
For more information:
www.augmon.com

On Facebook at www.facebook.com/Christopher-Augmon-Fine-Jewelry-and-Luxury-Handbags
On Twitter at #@ChrisAugmon

Crane High School Debate Team
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Crane High School Debate Team



At Crane High School on the city's West Side, students are learning how to argue their case as participants of the school's debate team. In existence for a little over three years, this program has become very popular as the teenagers have gotten a chance to improve their oratory skills. Just last year, a few students were privileged to attend a summer program on the campus of Dartmouth University that allowed them to hone their debate skills. This opportunity allowed these young people to look at their lives through a different lens and as a result some of the students have decided to change careers with one young lady looking to become an attorney.

For more information:
Crane High School
2245 W Jackson Blvd,
Chicago, IL 60612
312-534-7550

Smile for Nikki
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Smile for Nikki



When northwest Indiana mother Vicki Walker lost her only daughter in an accidental drowning, Walker donated her daughter's heart, saving the life of a close family friend. Now, as she continues to work through the heartbreaking loss, Walker has teamed up to leave another legacy for her daughter Domonique "Nikki" Smith. Nikki sang, danced and performed since the time she was 2 years old. To pay tribute to Nikki and her love of the arts, Walker helped to launch a children's performing arts program. Chicago Heights Park District heard about the concept of "Smile for Nikki" and they now offer the classes two evenings a week this summer. The 6 to 13 year olds enrolled in "Smile for Nikki" learn how to act, dance and sing from working professionals. The program culminates with a final performance, called The Jungal Book. Eventually, Vicki and her "Smile for Nikki" co-founders hope to open their own Performing Arts School.

For more information:
www.smilefornikki.org
Inspiration Kitchens
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Inspiration Kitchens located on Chicago's Westside, in Garfield Park, is a full service dining facility that serves contemporary American food. This restaurant prides itself on training and employing individuals interested in the culinary arts. Inspiration Kitchens also serves many less fortunate residents in the community while educating those passionate about cooking. Housed in a former warehouse, Inspiration Kitchens has turned into a place where lives are changed and new beginnings had.
For more information:
Inspiration Kitchens
Garfield Park
3504 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60624
www.inspirationskitchen.org

Malcolm X College
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Malcolm X College



In January 2016, the doors of the new Malcolm X College opened to a crowd of supporters and students interested in the health sciences industry. This 251 million dollar facility, years in the making, is located directly across the street from its old campus. A staple in the community for over 100 years, Malcolm X College is now making a huge impression in the city of Chicago with its comprehensive program and virtual hospital that is receiving a lot of buzz. From the fully functional mechanical patients to the life like Emergency Room to the Ambulance Simulator, Malcolm X has positioned itself to be a hub for the thousands of healthcare jobs set to land in this region over the next ten years.
For more information:
www.ccc.edu/malcolmx
1900 West Jackson
Chicago, IL 60612
312.850.7000
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