Here's a recap video of the conversation we had about leveraging local resources for a global audience for the Chicago Made panel presented by Donda's House & the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special events.

Chatham gave birth to many of Chicago's greats, Common, Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett and Mahalia Jackson. Join us as we share how you can leverage local resources to increase your following and attract the attention and support of the world! This panel will feature some of Chicago's most talented artists and industry professionals presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with Donda's House, Inc. live from the historic Southside Community!

Moderator, Matt Muse

Chevonne Nash
A versatile writer and communications strategist, Chevonne Nash is a lover of the digital space and values authenticity, creativity, innovation and relevance. Chevonne has utilized her communications expertise to market brands like McDonald’s, Miller Lite and Honda to multicultural audiences through strategic digital/social content, experiential marketing, media relations and brand partnerships.

Lavone Nicole Pettis
Lavon Nicole Pettis is a Creative Business Development Specialist who blends her background of psychology and sociology into the world of creative professionals such as fine artists, writers, actors, and cultural arts musicians with all of the business acumen of a comprehensive fine arts company. It is her goal to make inroads into presenting an artist to a gallery, critic and/or collector while also encouraging a community to take note of the artist’s work. She is an effective promoter of music, storytelling, cultural arts and is not limited in her extensive expertise of providing support to other genres such as education, and community outreach.

The MCing half of progressive rap duo Kidz in the Hall, Naledge was born Jabari Evans in Cincinnati, OH, but grew up on Chicago's South Side since he was two years old. He first met his DJ/producer partner, Double O, in 2000 on a recruiting visit to the University of Pennsylvania, and the two became good friends and musical collaborators. While still attending Penn, Naledge acquired a solo deal with Rawkus Records, but ended up bringing the Kidz in the Hall brand under Rawkus management as well, once he and Double O finally decided to start the group.

Soon after Naledge graduated from Penn in 2004, he released The College Graduate mixtape, which was a nod to Kanye West's breakout debut album, The College Dropout. After a few Kidz in the Hall mixtapes and an aggressive Internet-promoting campaign, Naledge and Double O dropped their debut, School Was My Hustle, in 2006. Kidz in the Hall's fourth studio album, Occasion was released November of 2011. Since 2005, the group has appeared on several nationally syndicated television shows, toured in 12 countries and sold more than 100,000 records worldwide.

Jabari has founded his nonprofit organization (The Brainiac Project Inc.) to leverage a commercial recording studio as a safe haven and means for violence prevention in Chicago’s West Chatham community.

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