A short film by Creative Producer Jessica Estelle Huggins that explores violence using the voices of Chicago poets from the Black and Brown communities heavily impacted by this epidemic. In partnership with BRIJ, we were able to assist in securing a collaboration between Institute for Positive Livings second change program which resulted in the receipt of the Illinois Humanities Media Grant, spring 2014. BRIJ has also assisted the crew with fundraising, administrative support and marketing. The film will premier this fall and tour high schools and colleges shortly thereafter.

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#CHIVoices is a poetic short film that explores violence using the voices of #ChicagoPoets from black/brown communities that are impacted by this epidemic. With our partner @BRIJFund, we have been able to assist the Institute for Positive Living program, that resulted in receiving the Illinois Humanities Media Grant in Spring 2014. This film will premier the fall.

Shot and Edited by @jlesliemonique | Directed by @shiripaulina
Featured poets: @kiemofwheat, @breajanaeharris, @melodicpoetics and more!


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Need to come from the self and the most high..

I Pray..

For understanding and acceptance within myself.

Making My 1st Attempt at Iced Chai..

Here it goes…

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Black Excellence - Actors

Gary Dourdan, LL Cool J., Idris Elba, Will Smith, Yaphet Kotto, Clarence Williams III, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nelsan Ellis, Chadwick Boseman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Shemar Moore, Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Anthony Mackie, Eddie Murphy, Craig Robinson, Donald Faison, Alfie Enoch, Michael B. Jordan, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Don Lemon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Edi Gathegi, Sinqua Walls, Mykelti Williamson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Terry Crews,  LeVar Burton & many more.

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Black Excellence - Actresses

Laverne Cox, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, Kelsey Scott, Octavia Spencer, Nicole Beharie, Cicely Tyson, Lyndie Greenwood, Naomie Harris, Amandla Stenberg, Danai Gurira, Jill Marie Jones, Bianca Lawson, Thandie Newton, Meagan Tandy, Zoe Saldana, Gabourey Sidibe, Aïssa Maïga, Nia Long, Gina Torres, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey, Rutina Wesley, Maya Angelou, Freema Agyeman, Yvette Nicole Brown, Lynn Whitfield, Tatyana Ali & many more.

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Someone once told me the grass is much greener on the other side.
Macy Gray - I’m In Between

Seriously. This song was my sister and I’s favorite theme song to one of our favorite TV shows growing up. Still know all the words by heart. :)

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