Wow. What a year. A good year, with tons of room for improvement. I’ve learned what it meant to truly be busy, but I also recognize I have a ways to go as far as my discipline and work ethic to achieve the outcomes I’m hoping for. 2015 was filled with ups and downs personally, professionally, and financially, but we made it through, and at a high level. 2015 will be the year I’ll always remember as the year where I had a sneak peek of what’s to come.
I keep saying I’ll get back to blogging on a regular basis, and I’m back. I’ve finally found my purpose and ready to share with whomever is interested in taking it in.
The highlight of my 2015 was being named the Ebony Power 100, which was truly a dream come true. I’m still in shock and had an amazing experience. I’m not one to be amazed by awards, but it was truly an honor and reminded me how much impact we’re having in the lives of others.
I also directed two documentaries! It was amazing to get back into filmmaking and combine both of my interests: social change films and our work with BLUE1647. I’m looking forward to a 2016 where I can do even more filmmaking. Here’s the first documentary film, and here’s the trailer for the second one.
BLUE1647 did some major work in 2016!
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
We pulled off our 4th Annual Film Festival and it keeps getting better and better every year. Despite being stretched thin with BLUE1647, we put together a one of a kind festival. I expect even better things for 2016. We doubled our film submissions we received.
Chicago’s Top 100 Innovators by the Chicago Tribune
American Graduate Champion by WTTW Chicago
Men of the Month
TBT News 25
Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards by South by Southwest
Ebony Magazine Power 100
Small Business Influencer Awards Top 100 Champions for 2015
African-American Influencers Making an Impact on Society by Inc Magazine
TBT News Business Stories of the Year
Press We Received