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This week’s Chicago Speaks schedule is packed with impressive guests from all walks of life—be sure to tune in this Sunday from 6am-8am on v103!

Tamera Mowry-Housely

We are excited to welcome Tamera Mowry-Housely, author of You Should Sit Down for This, to speak about her new memoir and experiences this Sunday.  Most of us are familiar with Tamera’s career as an actress, singer, and television personality—but You Should Sit Down for This gives readers a glimpse into heartfelt stories of empowerment, faith, and tough lessons.

Luda by Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison joins us at Chicago Speaks this week as a writer with 30 years of experience, having written best-selling stories for Marvel and DC Comics, as well as writing and creating a number of TV shows and films. Ahead of the release of his newest comic book Luda, Grant Morrison joins us this Sunday to share some information on what readers can expect from the newest installment of his catalogue. Following the story of a drag queen initiating her protégée into the world of the magical arts, Luda is sure to be a journey that incorporates the inventive facets of Morrison’s style and cultivates into a must-read tale. Be sure to tune in this Sunday to hear more about Morrison’s extensive career and upcoming works. 

Uniting Voices Chicago

Josephine Lee, President of Uniting Voices Chicago, joins us this weekend to speak on Uniting Voices Chicago’s mission and goals. Previously the Chicago Children’s Choir, recently renamed Uniting Voices Chicago is starting their new season off with a bang. This nonprofit network of choirs has been growing in Chicago communities for over 65 years, committed to providing education and broadening perspectives for Chicago’s youth. Don’t miss this Sunday’s segment to learn more about the harmonious vision of Uniting Voices Chicago, and check out this website for more information on upcoming performances.

The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc

This weekend, Chicago Speaks is thrilled to welcome Patricia Abrams, Executive Director of The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc., to speak a bit about the history of the Wabash Y in Bronzeville and give information on TRC’s upcoming Benefit Event and Awards Ceremony. The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. (TRC) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary at the Annual Benefit Event and Awards Ceremony on October 20th. This event honors community leaders who exemplify TRC’s mission, vision, and values while raising funds for the organization’s mission of promoting self-sufficiency. This year’s event will be held at the Historic Former Wabash YMCA with doors opening at 6 pm. This year, TRC honors three invaluable individuals with awards:

  • Carl West, receiving the Joan Wood Award
  • Philip Johnson, receiving the Cornerstone Award
  • Heather Parish, receiving the Bridge Builder Award

TRC invites all to join them in their mission of Putting People First.

Chicago Fire Department Recruitment

Commissioner Annette Holt, CFD Fire Fighter Jamar Sullivan join Chicago Speaks this weekend to share insights on public safety as well as information on their efforts to recruit more black firefighters into the Chicago Fire Department. CFD is the largest fire department in the midwest, as well as one of the oldest major organized fire departments. For citizens interested in serving their communities, CFD offers excellent career opportunities and invites anyone interested to apply. To learn more about job requirements, steps to prepare, and application information, check out the CFD website.

Obama Speech Writer

Cody Keenan, author of Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America, joins Chicago Speaks this Sunday to speak on his experiences as President Obama’s Director of Speechwriting from 2013-2017. A Chicago native, Keenan now works in the political science department of Northwestern University but has recently been traveling as he promotes the release of his new novel. Grace chronicles ten days of drama and tension in the White House in June of 2015. Keenan’s novel gives readers insight into speechwriting at the highest level throughout a tumultuous time for our nation, and exemplifies how carefully President Obama had to walk a “rhetorical tightrope” when the character of our country was on the line.

David Blaine

A magician from the age of 18, David Blaine has performed live for audiences of over 20,000 in arenas around the world, as well as for millions of viewers on television. Blaine’s next journey is the opening of his new magic show on the Las Vegas strip, which promises new logic-defying stunts, acts, and tricks sure to blow audience’s minds. Since its opening on September 30, David Blaine: Live in Las Vegas has stunned audiences at the Resorts World Theatre, and we here at Chicago Speaks are beyond excited to welcome Blaine this weekend to share more about his background, career, and what to expect at his brand new show.


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