Behind The Stereotypes

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Stars of Englewood

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Rashanah Baldwin

Influential figures, rising stars & extraordinary people come from Engleoood. I’m from Englewood & love the reactions I get when people ask where I'm from. Since high school journalism has always been my career passion.

The murders, robberies, gun shots and gangs are the things you hear about in conversations about Englewood. It seems like an everyday hellhole for those who are not from the community right? We rarely hear about the amazing, distinguished and high profile individuals who have come from Englewood.

Here is a contemporary list of eleven noted professionals who did not conform to the stereotypes and were not afraid to call Englewood home.

Chef Cliff Rome- Radio Personality, well respected and noted Chef

and Entrepreneur.

Bernice Mac-Late comedian and actor.

  Jennifer Hudson-Singer and Actress

  Derrick Rose-NBA Basketball Player.

     Liz Toussiant-Country Music Singer and Songwriter.

     Kevin White-Rising Comedian

  LeAlan Marvin Jones-Journalists, Role Model and Senate hopeful.

Janet Hubert-Actress, Dancer and Author.

     Merri Dee- Journalists, Role Model and Senate hopeful.

 Mavis Staples-Jazz Musican.

     Dr. Terry Mason-Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.


I had the opportunity to encounter these extraordinary African Americans through various means including meeting personally, interviewing, working alongside, attending the same school or meeting at a community event. This list only represents a small group of talented people who are rising or have risen to the top of their careers.

Behind the stereotypes of Englewood there are more than just the negative depictions in the media.





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