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Couples Inc. : Keewa and Doug own Kidswear Brand, Kido Chicago

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Kido Chicago is a Chicago based clothing line for babies and toddlers. The brand features a number of colorful, positive images and messages on onesies, t-shirts and more. We spoke to husband and wife founders, Keewa Nurullah and Doug Freitag to find out how they balance business and family. How did you both meet? Keewa:…

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Chicago’s Eve Ewing will pen Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’

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Fangirling over Eve L. Ewing is a new pastime if you’re an African-American female writing in Chicago. Ewing is an academic, a social media maven, a poet, a playwright. Now, she’s adding Marvel writer to her resume. Yes, Ewing is penning the upcoming Marvel series “Ironheart.” For novices unfamiliar with the heroine, the title centers…

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Chicago Area Woman Opens Beauty Supply Store

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Princess Dempsey knows that she’s a rarity — it’s nothing new. The Broadview businesswoman has for years owned one of the few minority- and women-owned certified staffing firms in the country. So owning Princess Delights Beauty Supply — what she and some of her patrons suspect is very likely the first and only black-owned beauty…

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15 Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago

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The Windy City has always been able to hold its own against the best food cities in the country. We’ve listed a few of the Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago that make the city special. Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago Peach’s is a comfy American eatery with biscuits & other Southern staples for breakfast & lunch.…

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From Prison Chef to Successful Burger Business Owner

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By 11 a.m., the first hungry customers start milling about outside of James Purifoy’s burger joint, 15th & Chris in Rockford, Illinois. By noon, the line often snakes around the small, red building and into the parking lot. “Some of the customers I see so often that I already know what they’re ordering, just by…

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Black Owned Construction Firms Hired for $300 Million Obama Foundation Project

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Three Black-owned construction firms joined forces to form the Presidential Partners consortium. It has recently been announced that this new joint venture will take the lead on the $300 million construction of the Obama Presidential Center. Construction is one of the most lucrative industries on the planet. There are many successful construction companies across the…

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Couples Inc. : Brian and Autumn Own One of Chi-Town’s Dopest Boutiques

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Sir & Madame is a men’s & women’s clothing brand and luxury lifestyle boutique, based in Chicago. The brand is the lovechild of the creative husband and wife team, Brian and Autumn Merritt. We reached out to find out more about their journey as partners in life and in business. SB: How did you both meet? Autumn: We…

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Chicago Deposits $20 Million Into Its Last Black-Owned Bank

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Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers announced Monday a $20 million city deposit into Chicago’s last remaining black-owned bank, Illinois Service Federal (ISF) Savings and Loan. The deposit will help fund loans under an overhauled business plan for ISF, which is intended to strengthen its service to underserved communities in the Chicago area. “As a lifelong…

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Chance The Rapper Raises $2.2 Million For 20 CPS Schools

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Grammy Award winner Chance The Rapper announced Friday that he raised $2.2 million to help 20 Chicago Public Schools schools in Chicago. He began raising the funds six months ago through his nonprofit Social Works. The organization has been collecting donations for Chicago Public Schools since it was formed last year. Each school will receive $100,000…

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Black Bank To Receive $1 Million From Billionaire

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Billionaire Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is making a $1 million deposit in Chicago’s last remaining Black owned bank. As we reported earlier this year, Chicago’s Seaway Bank & Trust failed, leaving Illinois Service Federal Savings as the last Black owned bank left in Chicago. The Announcement Pritzker hinted towards the investment earlier this week…

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