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Entries in Black youth (30)

VIDEO: Young Chicago Males Spend Christmas Evening With Homeless

The internet shoud be buzzing with this positive story of young Black men in Chicago. 
This is end of the year story of 2013 that the media missed!! Young Black men giving back; thinking of those less fortunate than them. Of all the things they could have been doing Dec. 25, 2013, this is what they choose to do. We applaud them, we salute them and we encourage them to continue to push back against the false, negative stereotypes of Chicago Black youth.

These four men provided clothing to 26 people on lower Wacker Dr. in Chicago, a place where homeless people live. You see them, not throwing gang signs, mean mugging, faking like they have money, but you see them shaking hands, hugging, praying and giving brand new, designer clothes to those less fortunate than them. 
To hell with having the mind of a gangster, they displayed the mind of a savior. "We fail to realize, you know, how blessed we is; you know, we got this (referring to clothes), we post what we have on Instagram on Christmas Day, but we fail to like give back, you know that's what today is about," said Charles, one of the cheerful givers while handling the clothes they were about to give out.
At the end of the video Nate Fields speaks: 

"I want this video to make world star and I want people to know that all young black people are not all bad. We all have a heart," he said.



Follow The Guys.
Nate Fields - @RealNateFields
Nike aka Charles - @NikeBoiSwoosh
Louis - @NoMercyDemani

Dreams Deferred the Stage Play: Guaranteed to Save Lives

Over 900 Chicago school children have been shot since September of 2007 and as of 2012, Chicago had the highest youth homicide rate in the nation. On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Messiah Equiano and Namaskar Productions will present one of the best solutions to ending the prolific violence plaguing Chicago’s streets.

“Dreams Deferred” is a riveting, groundbreaking and inspirational stage play that illustrates what Chicago’s dying youth could have achieved with their lives, had they lived. The play also displays the devastating long term affects of violence and touches on several issues that contribute to the epidemic such as: poverty, bad parenting and drug abuse just to name a few.

The play will take place at The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Herman Hall Theater located at 3241 S. Federal St. in Chicago. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the play will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets purchased in advance are $40.00 for V.I.P, $20.00 for adult general admission and $10.00 for students under 18. Tickets purchased at the door will be $50.00 for V.I.P, $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for students under 18. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the IIT Chapter of The Black Student Union.

This is a must see production for every Chicago land resident. Gripping, powerful, and inspiring, “Dreams Deferred” serves as a proactive approach to stop crimes from occurring before they happen. The play also touches on: multiple sclerosis awareness, teenage pregnancy and the HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in the African American community. In addition to the play, Kids of the Block Inc. founder Diane Latiker will be honored during the intermission. 

“Dreams Deferred” is written, produced and directed by Chicago’s own rising star Messiah Equiano and the cast consists of Chicago raised actors. Actor Jay Thurman, who portrays multiple characters in the production, was born and raised in Matteson, IL.

Select attendees will receive gift certificates to select restaurants and other businesses in Chicago. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 773.979.2383.