It’s easy to feel disheartened in these staunch economic times, but consider a chair with a dozen layers of paint. It’s full potential is only evident once that paint is stripped away, allowing pure possibility.
That said, one of my favorite television shows right now is nextTV, a local program produced by the Chicago Urban League (and hosted by Chicago Urban League CEO Cheryle Jackson. According to their website:
“nextTV is a fast-paced lifestyle program focusing on the urban community. [They] take a closer look at people changing their lives through entrepreneurship, their careers and day to day living.”
What I love is that it lifts the gilded curtain to show the meat and bones of a number of businesses (and career paths) in our community that don’t get a lot of exposure (especially to younger people).
Two examples include profiles of Quentin Love (a young man who owns the Quench Restaurants peppered across the South and West Sides) and a chemist by the name of Linda McGill Boasmond, who is President and General Manager of Cedar Concepts Corporation. We follow their struggles to grow and flourish with the help of the Urban League’s nextONE business acceleration program. It may sound like a bad time to do such a thing, but a business is everything you put into it. It’s successes and failures rely on a few. Why not make that person you? Besides, there are a number of incentives (many spurred by the Stimulus Package) to get us growing in more entreprenural directions.
Economic Enpowerment is a theme I’ve mentioned a few times here at Darkjive. I believe it’s a sure route to social change. And the paint has been stripped. What else is there to wait for?
It feels to me that now is the moment to move. To dream. Big.
nextTV airs 8:00am and 12:30pm, Sundays on My50 WPWR-TV
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