"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

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If we truly believe that all people are created in the image of God then ANY assault on that truth must cause us to lament. We must acknowledge, lament, inform ourselves, repent, and take action is response to a year long spike in violence again the AAPI community. May we not let this moment pass […]

Lament & Action

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Are you convicted that the racism you see around us must change but feel overwhelmed about where to start or how to sustain this work (and not just go from outrage to apathy)? Do you acknowledge that there is a lot you do not know but are willing to learn? Do you want to see […]

How to Fight Racism with Jemar Tisby

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Farah is the designer and entrepreneur behind Top Modist & we joined forces again to capture Top Modist’s Spring 2021 Line. The colors, design, and details are amazing! We captured the launch of the clothing line last year and it is so exciting to see the brand expanding. Top Modist “is an ethical fashion brand […]

Top Modist Spring Line 2021

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“I let people underestimate me, it gives me an advantage every time.“ Christina Gonzalez-Valentin is the force behind Los Comales restaurants. We captured some creative portraits at their Little Village location for her new position at the Illinois Restaurant Association Advisory Board. Christina is the literal face of the restaurant brand as when her father […]

“let people underestimate me”

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“Kindness is not justice, and charity is not reconciliation.” -Tyler Burns. Tyler Burns is a pastor, podcaster (Pass the Mic), writer, husband, father, president of The Witness BCC, and prophetic voice for justice in our time. He quotes often to others that “leaders are born in the time they are needed most” and this is […]

“Kindness is not justice, and charity is not reconciliation”

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I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions but I spent time reflecting on 2020 and what all the chaos has to teach me. I tend to be really forward looking & would rather just move forward to the next thing (#ennegram7issues) so for me this is growth. There have been a lot of things I […]

New Year’s Reflections

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Tamekia Swint, founder and executive director of Styles 4 Kidz is adding Children’s Book Author to her amazing list of accomplishments. She is a force, visionary leader, and her passion is empowering Black young people to love themselves and their hair. Her work with the salon Styles 4 Kidz has allowed her and her team […]

Your Hair is Your Crown

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Farah Trabulsi is the creative and visionary female business owner behind Top Modist; a newly launching clothing brand that seeks to show that modest fashion can be elegant. Farah is passionate about the meaning behind her brand, “I want to portray that beauty comes from within and that anyone can be modest in their own […]

elegance, modesty, & inclusion: Top Modist

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“At the beginning of this pandemic everything we were doing as an EMT became 10 times harder.”  Twenty-six-year-old Reyna M. has been working as an EMT and front line worker throughout this current Covid-19 crisis.  On an unseasonably warm November day she sits on a step at a park in Chicago and shares parts of […]

“I am both Mexican & American. Chicago is where I belong.”

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