Heart & Soul from Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 29, 2012 11:35:12 AM PST
An original presentation of HEART & SOUL, an ABC 7 series that taps into the essence of Chicago's African American community, will air Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 pm.

This edition of HEART & SOUL co-hosted by ABC 7's Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose, will have an encore presentation on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. HEART & SOUL, a Chicago Emmy Award winning program, is produced by Rubye Wilson.

HEART & Soul turns up the spotlight on a Chicago native who is making a mark in acting and theatre, J. Nicole Brooks. Brooks, a graduate of Curie High School, is directing the critically acclaimed and engaging production; "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the story of the meeting where Jackie Robinson learns he's going to get the chance to play in the Major Leagues, currently playing at the Lookingglass Theatre. Brooks talks about her involvement in theatre, even during her high school years in Chicago, and explains how she turned her passion into a dream fulfilled. In another segment, Heart & Soul features Jackie Lomax, the executive director of "Girls 4 Science." Inspired by her daughter, Lomax's non-profit organization introduces girls to the exciting fields of science and technology. Next, Heart & Soul features a member of the Young Chicago Authors, Lamar Jordan, who was featured in the documentary, "Louder than a Bomb." Jordan, who hails from the Austin neighborhood, hosts a monthly poetry "slam" where students from all over Chicago come to express themselves. Finally, the program looks at Artists & Brands, the company that gives local musical talent the opportunity to be the voice of major corporations.

    Featured on Heart & Soul:
  • Artists & brands
    Formed in 2009, artists & brands llc is the brainchild of rodney jerkins, ira antelis & daryl jones ? three luminaries who have been pioneers of music and advertising for the past 25 years.
    It all started with a simple, dual-sided realization- that advertising is now of the best channels for music distribution, and music is one of the most powerful channels for commercial message distribution. On this simple premise, the three co-founders brought together their wide ranging expertise for a common purpose ? to make the collaboration between artists and brands easier, more effective and more meaningful for all parties involved.
  • Young Chicago Authors
    Young Chicago Authors was founded in 1991 by Dr. Robert S. Boone, a published author and educator with extensive experience teaching teens in chicago urban and suburban settings. He assembled a group of educators, writers and philanthropists who all believed that young people should have more exposure to creative writing. Young chicago authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.
  • Girls 4 Science
    Girls 4 Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in chicago ages 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering and math. We focus on developing skills, self-esteem, awareness and relationships to help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in these fields. G4s has an open enrollment policy that does not discriminate on the basis of financial status. Many who take part do not have readily available resources to support educational opportunities.
    Others, who once had access to enrichment programs, no longer do because of budget cuts during these difficult economic times. G4s draws upon external partners to provide comprehensive hands-on, personal experiences during our summer and fall six-week sessions. It is chicago's only all-girls science initiative providing certified instructors in a state of the art laboratory. It is also a club offering noncompetitive, peep-to-peer environment of encouragement.
  • Lookingglass Theatre
    Mr. Rickey calls a meeting highlights the moment that jackie robinson integrated major league baseball. With energy and forcefulness, the play looks at the terrible consequences of racism and the fierce debate over the meaning of integration within the black community. lookingglasstheatre.org

    About the director

    J. Nicole Brooks is the newest ensemble member with the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Most recently, she played the title role in her adaptation of Fedra for Lookingglass. As an actor she has appeared in Summertime directed by Joy Gregory, and Race directed by David Schwimmer. Brooks also wrote the Jeff Award nominated political satire Black Diamond: the years the locusts have eaten which she co-directed with David Catlin. She currently has a project in development in the gglassworks program and continues to create other projects for film, television, and the stage. Other professional affiliations include Collaboraction Theatre Company (Chicago), and Abootlegbuppie Productions (Los Angeles). She is a proud graduate of Northern Ilinois University and resides in Los Angeles, California.

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