We have entered a new phase in media where corporate empires are becoming the norm, and only a few voices seem to matter. Independent platforms like blogs, websites, and even Twitter are now suspect, and #FakeNews is easy to manufacture and spread. In this new landscape, True Star Media is giving a voice to the next generation, providing them with ownership of their stories, as they gain real world skills for the adult chapter of their lives. Join us for the third installment of our #ChiTownWarriors series, featuring DeAnna McLeary-Sherman and Na-Tae’ Thompson of True Star Media and Foundation.
DeAnna McLeary-Sherman, True Star Media
DeAnna McLeary-Sherman, co-founder and executive director of True Star Media & Foundation, oversees operations of the organization created to inspire dreams so that young people can find their voice, choose their path, and prepare for life. Being part of the day-to-day operations of True Star has given McLeary-Sherman the opportunity to marry her passion for the business world with her personal goals of educating and empowering underserved youth. Her past career path crosses several industries, including management consulting with Accenture and advertising sales with Essence Communications Partners. In 2015, McLeary-Sherman launched True Access; a marketing strategy group that delivers thought provoking, creative insight for the youth and the young adult urban consumer market. McLeary-Sherman is a 2016 Vanguard Award Honoree recipient of the State of Illinois, Office of Comptroller. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and finance from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. McLeary-Sherman is a wife and mother of three girls ages 4, 21 months, and 9 months. LinkedIn | Twitter | Website
Na-Tae' Thompson, True Star Media
True Star Foundation Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, JeQuana Na-Tae’ Thompson is recipient of an Arts & Youth Community Development Masters and Marketing and Management Bachelors from Columbia College Chicago. Thompson manages the organization’s programs, offering youth skills based apprenticeships as well as community partnerships, ensuring collaboration across multiple organizations throughout the city of Chicago.
Mrs. Thompson utilizes her corporate knowledge, community organizing and natural ability to effectively create niche programming for True Star Foundation, ultimately assisting with the growth in youth served and programs offered. Her school-based network steered the organization’s newest target, middle school students, creating the True Star Jr. program, which emulates the high school programs. Following her desire to impact the lives of youth, Thompson has worked for the Chicago Park District to Chancellor Marketing Group to Vibe Magazine where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience to lend to the success of True Star Foundation. LinkedIn | Twitter | Website
Vaughn Bryant, Ambassador
Executive Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance
Vaughn is the Executive Director of the Chicago Literacy Alliance and joins after spending the last four years as the Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Park District, where he was responsible for its largest department, Community Recreation, which focused on the Park District’s core mission of providing high-quality leisure services to Chicago residents and visitors. Vaughn joined the Park District after working on the Violence Prevention Initiative as a Deputy Officer at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to his work at CPS, he served as a manager in Player Development for the National Football League, worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist, and was a former fourth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions. Vaughn received a master’s degree from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University and is on various committees with the Chicago Community Trust. Vaughn is also a board member for the Positive Coaching Alliance – Chicago. LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram
What’s the 411:
- As we kick of Black History Month we ask the circle… do you know who Marcus Garvey was and what he did? And speaking of Marcus Garvey… a park named after him will continue to help the homeless.
- While people take to airports across the nation to protest #45’s ban on immigration Bay Area tech leaders state their thoughts too. And what is a “sanctuary city” anyways and how many refugees are currently living in the Bay from the seven countries attempted to be banned?
- The Bay has always been known to be home to some of the world’s most vocal activists and several have been charged with hanging the “Resist” banner over the White House.
- All the chatter and happenings in Chicago can make anyone feel dizzy… especially the Police Superintendant. As politickin’ and #45’s focus on Chicago continues the blame on Democrats comes with laughter so does the violence.
- But Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a few thoughts to share with the new President and the Windy City’s police bring out the high tech weapons to fight crime while the unofficial mayor rapper/activists Common implores local folks to continue working to solve it’s own problems!
- And before we go and get into some brighter news about the city of Chicago we leave you with this hilarious smash cut of a line from #45’s inaugural speech and the villain Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. (Play audio) Where’s Batman when you need him!?
- Last Word - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
- Love Jones Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina, Love Jones OST)
Featured Quick clips:
Mary J Blige “What’s the 411”
Drake ft Future “Grammys”
Redman “Time 4 sum Aktion”
The Dark Knight Rises Main Theme
Vic Mensa “Lovely Day”
Jennifer Hudson “You Pulled Me Through” and “Walk It Out Ft. Timbaland”
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