The Board of the Harvard Club of Chicago recently presented the Club’s Annual Award to Sarah Herda and Michelle T. Boone. The honor was given to these two Chicagoans because in October 2015, they launched a new Chicago institution, the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Award was presented on Wednesday, April...
By Charlene Crowell While economists contend that the economic recession is over, the reality for much of Black America is starkly different. Racial disparities in unemployment and under-employment persist. And homeownership, a key measure of economic health for consumers and communities alike continues its downward decline even now. According to the...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader At the age of 15 Rozelle Hammonds began working at a men’s clothing store in the midtown section of Gary called Esquire Men’s Store as a stock boy and window washer. Little did he know that after 70 years he would become the owner...
By Charlene Crowell Since 2004 approximately 8 million homes have been lost to foreclosure, according to CoreLogic, a national mortgage data firm. Although the number of homeowners entering foreclosure has fallen dramatically since the height of the crisis, 434,000 home-owners remained in some stage of foreclosure in February. Serious mortgage delinquency,...
To commemorate Earth Day, NIPSCO has awarded 14 grants totaling $50,000 through a new environmental grant to support local nonprofit organizations with environmental initiatives. The goal of NIPSCO’s Environmental Action Grant is to provide funding for restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana. "We received nearly 50 applications, all with...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Business mogul and philanthropist Hill Harper kicked off an inspiring weekend for minority business owners, who flocked to Chicago’s 49th Annual Business Opportunity Fair at the Hyatt Regency. As the keynote speaker at the event’s breakfast Friday, April 22, Hill challenged business executives to push forward...
By Charlene Crowell For more than a decade, state and local consumer advocates have challenged triple-digit interest rates on small-dollar loans like payday and car-title. To their combined credit, 14 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to limit interest and fees to about 36 percent. Despite these successful...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader Carlton L. Guthrie is co-chairman and president of Detroit Chassis LLC and its parent company, Spectra LLC headquartered in Detroit, MI. He and his brother Michael are the sole shareholders of Spectra, which has a majority interest in several automotive related businesses. Their business...
The Chicago Chapter of National Women of Achievement, Inc. will recognize three of Chicago’s ”Unsung Hero- Honorees” at the 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday. April 23, 2016 at the Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets are $60.00. This...
Juwana Dorsey is not lazy. She wasn’t unemployed because she wanted to be, and it wasn’t for lack of effort. She just needed a connection. In 2014, Dorsey decided to move back home to Chicago from Minnesota, confident that she could find a good job with her experience in hospital environmental...