Video - Heart and Soul - Originally aired Aug. 10, 2013
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Red Clay Dance
In this episode, we profile the founder of Red Clay Dance Company Vershawn Sanders Ward - dance scholar and choreographer. Ms. Sanders holds a MFA in Dance from New York University and is proud to be the first recipient of a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. In addition to her traveling dance company, she also teaches dance to children in the Bronzeville community hoping to inspire the next generation of young performers.
Red Clay Dance
1507 E. 53rd #905
Chicago, IL 60615
773 624 8411
Heart & Soul sits down with former model Tondalah Stroud who is now the founder of the cosmetic line F.O.G. Cosmetics sold online and inside the company's flagship location at the River Oaks Mall. The show takes an intimate look at how she is growing her line of cosmetics all while giving deserving women an opportunity to transform themselves inside and out through her non-profit organization "Beauty for Ashes."
96 River Oaks Center Dr.
Calumet City IL 60430
Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibit
For half a century, many fashionistas were privileged to experience the remarkable fashions produced by the traveling Ebony Fashion Show. Today, the exhibit "50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair" can be viewed by all at the Chicago History Museum. The show takes a look at some of the fashions brought to life thanks to the late Producer and Director Eunice Johnson.
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Mel Jackson & Purposed One Entertainment
Chicago native Mel Jackson whose credits include the film "Soul Food", "Deliver us From Eva" and the "Temptations" is back in his hometown filming a new sitcom. This Hyde Park High School alum and his creative partner Angela McGee (Sister Sister, Living Single,) of Purposed One Entertainment give us a behind the scenes look into their latest collaboration and why it's important for the world to see the tremendous amount of talent Chicago has to offer.
Michelle Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
If you've ever enjoyed some of Chicago's trademark 'rites of summer'.. like Taste of Chicago, SummerDance or the Air and Water show… then you've experienced Michelle Boone's mission first-hand! Boone became the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events two years ago. With her staff, she now presides over close to 2,000 programs and events for Chicagoans to enjoy all year long. Just one year ago, Boone and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago Cultural Plan… the most significant arts enhancement program this city has seen in 25 years.
Commissioner Michelle T Boone/Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
78 East Washington
John H. White, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist
John H. White picked up his first camera at the age of 13, when his minister father gave him an assignment, to take pictures of his North Carolina church after it burned down. Since that day, John has been passionately documenting the world around him. After his college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant, serving as a photographer. White began covering news in Chicago when the Chicago Daily News hired him in 1969. He transitioned to the Chicago Sun-Times, when the Daily News stopped the presses. It is his work in Chicago news that earned him the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1982. He just received a Lucie Award at Carnegie Hall this October. The Lucie is to photography what the Oscar is to film. Despite being laid-off from the Sun-Times, along with the rest of the photography staff this year, he takes pictures each and every day. White has been sharing his passion for his craft with students at Chicago's Columbia College for more than 3 decades.
Kristopher Murray, Executive Director for Washburne Culinary Institute
He was born and raised in Jamaica.. .but Kristopher Murray knows the Chicago food scene well. In his 10 years in the Windy City, he served as sous Chef at the Peninsula Hotel.. and Executive Chef at the St. Charles Country Club, Tower Club and Chicago Yacht Club. Last year, Murray combined his love of food with academia.. when he took the helm of Washburne Culinary Institute.. as both Executive Director and Executive Chef. For 75 years, this cooking school has been training students at their Englewood location. At least 90 percent of Washburne's 225 students are African American. Murray's mission for those 225 students… is launching each and every one into high-end kitchens. We'll get a tour of the student kitchen and student-run restaurant… and catch up with a successful alum, currently working in one of Chicago's hottest sushi restaurants.
Washburne Culinary Institute
740 West 63rd St.