What’s up network! Here are three super creative Chicagoans in need of some financial assistance (any dollar amount works). Scroll down to learn more about them, their work, and their needs. I hope you can help.
Teena’s Legacy is an organization founded by Jamika Smith whose mission is to provide a soul changing experience where women become architects of their future and skilled in the trade of reviving through restoring and reupholstering furniture. Smith began the organization in 2012, and every summer, she hosts a 5K Legacy Walk, an opportunity for her friends, families, and communities to come together and connect on a deeper level.
This year’s theme is “A Message From The Soul” and registrants are encouraged to share their soul’s message with one another and walk for healthy relationships, understanding, human dignity, and peace. The walk also serves as a fundraiser for Smith’s summer youth retreat and summer apprentice program. She also announced that if you raise $ 400.00 or more for Teena's Legacy you will received a re-upholstered small to medium size piece of furniture during their Summer 2016 program. The walk is this Saturday from 9AM to 1PM at Sherman Park.
Jay Lyn Gatz is an independent hip-hop artist who’s currently working on a project with local producer Warith Hajj called “Liquid Heart Syndrome.” According to Gatz LHS is “defined as the withering of a person’s emotions due to constant heartbreak, failure, and betrayal.” The project will document his personal tale of love and music as he avoids becoming another victim of (you guessed it) Liquid Heart Syndrome--which seems interesting enough, considering he’s apart of the Surreal Gang Crew featuring the LA-based Ramaj Eroc who’s responsible for hits like “Hooptie,” “Mitches Do That” featuring Kevin Hart, “Cosby Kids,” and “I Love You More” featuring Noname.
Gatz is no stranger to fame either and has recently gained attention from his single “Lone Gone” featuring Raffinae Keyes. He was also featured in USTYLEU Magazine’s Spring 2016 Issue as the artist “On The Rise.” By supporting The Liquid Heart Syndrome Fund, you will be helping fundraise for public relations, marketing, music videos, merchandise, and promotional materials related to the project.
Simeon Norfleet, SR, known best by his studio name Shadow Master MC, has been heavily involved in Chicago’s hip hop movement for as long as I can remember--he’s been the ringleader for open mics, festivals, and battle competitions throughout Chicago (and a successful rapper himself) for a very long time and is highly respected. The Master recently refocused his efforts towards his most recent project, THE CRIB, “a place where Chicago’s youth can escape the trials and tribulations of guns, violence, and gangs.” He says the CRIB will also serve as a hip hop safe haven where kids are free to express themselves through music, specifically rap (of course). Considering his track record, this move makes perfect sense.
"I can't just talk about change, i have to be about change and with your help, all things are possible. Please help me save our future and children." - The Shadow Master
“Real hip hop (the CULTURE) saved me from a life of crime, misery and despair,” wrote Norfleet on Gofundme. “I can no longer sit by and watch our children die and suffer simply because they have no options to feel safe and learn how to deal with life situations in a healthy manner,” he continued. He’s needs $5,000 to get started.
Are you a Chicago brand or organization in need of donations for an upcoming project? Let me know so I can spread the word to my network!